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  • Icoon Communication

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Here is a book I have owned for almost a year, after a friend bought it back from Berlin. Icoon is a Global Picture Dictionary that you can fit in your back pocket and take all over the world to talk via point and communicate action. Removing all language barriers, this is an essential item for all travellers and a great collectable for graphic designers.

  • Reflective Environments

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Here is an innovative example of environmental analysis and art scultpture. "Aleph" is a public display that uses the spaces, people & objects it faces as a "palette" to display messages from hidden viewpoints. "Aleph" consists of a matrix of car side mirrors controlled by a network of micro-controllers to position each mirror relatively to each other, revealing animated pixel-like graphics that literally reflects the environment. Cameras are used to analyze the environment reflected through the mirrors, which is used to position the mirrors & thereby controlling what the visitors will see.

    See the Aleph project details here from Aether Architecture

    Via Information Aesthetics

  • I Am A Plastic Bag

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design

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    The Photographers' Gallery is inviting people to submit photographs of plastic bags spotted around London and elsewhere. Reminding us of our ability to consume and dispose, this project provides the public with their own platform for visual expression and is part of the Gallery’s continued remit to encourage further audience participation and highlighting photography’s influence in everyday life.

    Magnificent concept! Make sure you visit the online archive of photographs here.

    The Plastic Bag Gallery Exhibition is on show from 29th June - 2nd September 2007, at The Photographers' Gallery, 5 Great Newport Street, London.

    Via 30gms

  • Move In The Wind

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    Theo Jansen is an artist and a scientist who makes awesome plastic tube skeletons who are able to walk by the force of the wind. See the video here.

    via createmake / via 30gms

  • Green Week

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Focusing on the ways that the construction sector can respond to increasing green ‘pressures’, Green Week commences in London this September. The week is describes as:

    ‘…an opportunity to learn new skills and strategies from some of the most experienced names in sustainable construction, while networking with others who are facing the same challenges.’

    The Green Construction Summit will bring together the most forward-thinking industry leaders, in a two-day event to explore the business case for green construction, present best practice case studies, and provide clarification on key pieces of legislation. The inaugural Green Construction Awards will also recognise those firms that have already made the first important steps down this path, providing the example for the rest of the industry to follow. Both of these unique opportunities will allow you to hear from your peers as well as network with leading clients. The shortlist will be announced in August and the awards will be presented on 26th September at the Hurlingham Club, London.

    The event will be hosted by Tim Smit, inspirational co-founder of the Eden Project. For further information see Greenweek.co.uk.

  • London Design Festival 2007

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Thanks to Tony Taglianetti over at Artshole.co.uk for his recent review on the forthcoming London Design Festival. This year looks ever more exciting than before and includes a series of sustainability focused events and exhibitions.

    The London Design Festival 2007 will be defined by a series of new and innovative installations and events, making it the most comprehensive and diverse in the Festival's five-year history. This coincides with the announcement that Swarovski Crystal Palace has agreed to be the main sponsor for The London Design Festival 2007; their involvement will take the form of specific installations, the opening reception and initiatives during the 11 days of the Festival.

    The London Design Festival has also recently secured a three-year funding agreement from the London Development Agency, enabling the Festival to develop further for the on-going benefit of London’s design sector as well as providing a focal point for design activity in the city every year. The agreement reflects the creative sector’s increasing relevance to London’s economic sustainability.

    The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, says: "The London Design Festival has quickly established itself as an important event that demonstrates the breadth of London's creativity. Its programme reflects the diversity and strength of one of London’s most important and growing sectors. ‘Through projects in public spaces such as Trafalgar Square, the Festival uniquely allows design to reach th...

  • Something to Sit On

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Modus Furniture, one of the UK's top design manufacturers, has got together with the Architectural Journal for the second Something to Sit On competition. Modus will produce a prototype of the winning seating design that could become part of its product range.

    The Brief:
Gone are the days of being chained to your workstation nine to five. The traditional boundaries between the city and the office are breaking down as today's dynamic workforce logs on in coffee bars and parks alike. Submissions should conceptualise a seating opportunity for informal working on a laptop. It should be designed for a range of public or informal office interior environments. It may be for individual or group use. There are few limits on how the piece is made but it must be predominantly upholstered and should be designed so that it can be developed for production. It should be suitable for use with the existing Modus ranges.

    Judges for the competition include:
Jon Powell, Director, Modus
Ed Richardson, Director, Modus
Ben Addy, last year's winner and Director, Moxon Architects 
Ian Stallard, co-founder of Fredrikson Stallard
Patrik Fredrikson, co-founder of Fredrikson Stallard
Ola Rune, Claesson Koivisto Rune
Simon Pengelly, Pengelly Design
Kieran Long, Editor, The Architects' Journal
Will Hunter, Editor, AJ Specification.

    See Modus, AJ Mag, Caro Comunications.

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  • ORGANICKS

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    SKK lighting will be exhibiting new material, with two new collections on show during this years London Design Festival, both based around sustainable design.

    Skski - A collection of pendant and table light shades that use recycled glass as their primary material. This new collection is exclusively designed in-house by SKK and is a great example of how sustainable design can offer stunning results.

    Ledtek - this range of LED products has been selected by SKK to offer practical and affordable LED solutions for the home. The range offers products that can be used for many different purposes, from simple edge, or pathfinder lighting to more elaborate DMX colour change systems. As well as these two new collections there also be an arrangement of Shiu-Kay Kan's iconic animal lights.

    The two collections will be on display from 15-18 Sept 2007 at Bodhi, 214 Brick Lane, E1. See SKK and London Design Festival information here.

  • The model of economic development that we are currently pursuing is unsustainable. Our energy consumption per unit of GDP is seven times that of Japan, six times that of America, and even 2.8 times that of India. China’s labour productivity is less than 10 per cent of the world total, and yet our emissions are over 10 times higher than the global average.

    by Pan Yue deputy director of China's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA). Part of a new generation of outspoken Chinese senior officials, Pan has given rise to a tide of environmental debate, attracting enormous attention and controversy.

    Part One and Part Two of his article online.

  • Mobile news from Africa

    Communication

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    Advances in wireless communications are now permitting Africans to share news in the form of text or video over their mobile phones. Voices from Africa shares these stories from their 'mobile reporters'.

    The Economist covers the topic as well, mobile phones are making far reaching changes in disaster relief, aid distribution and shifting the balance of power between donors and recipients.

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