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  • Too many compertions and not enought time.

    Community, Industrial Design

    I have recently rushed and just managed to enter two of the Design 21sdn competitions. I'm very happy for the delayed entry time. I was just putting this post out there as I feel that entering a design competition using only four 400x400px images and 300 words is limiting for a design.

    For me these competitions are more of a 'concept' competition. Most works of design or projects takes months to complete, yet the initial concept can be created in a flash the design is really in the details.

    I look forward to see who wins, and the quailty of the projects. My entry's were very rushed, and even entered some badly hand drawn diagrams. As I work 9-5, exercise, sleep and drink. How do dose everyone find time to enter these things!

    Good luck to anyone who entered.

    Ben Arent

  • Need Filmmakers for Kenyan Documentary

    Poverty, Audio/Visual Design

    Watoto wa Dunia Inc.

    Watoto wa Dunia is seeking 4-5 film makers to document critical problems facing Kenyan citizens and bring to the public eye the goals and objectives of our organization and the work we are doing in Kenya.

    Person(s) interested will be guided for approximately one month and document the following subjects that must be brought to the public eye:

    •Micro-Finance Project •HIV/AIDS •Problems facing the women and children of Kenya •General Watoto wa Dunia goals and objectives for our work in Kenya

    This film will be collaboration between our co-founder and the filmmaker(s). It is very important to bring light to these mentioned subjects through the filmmaker(s) views. Creative vision will be give to the filmmaker; the most important goal is to show the world the problems facing Kenya and to use the film as a teaching tool.

    Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge and experience in filming, editing and a creative vision for documentary/educational style video. Must have necessary equipment to create and edit film or access to necessary equipment.

    Funding: As we are a grassroots non-profit, funding will not be provided. Interested person(s) must be able to sponsor themselves. Room and board will be arranged by Watoto wa Dunia as well as a rough timeline and schedule for traveling.

    What You Will Receive: An amazing opportunity to travel throughout Kenya and learn from the country and its citizens! This is an excellent opportunity for filmmakers to expand th...

  • open source humanitarian design website

    Poverty, Environmental Design

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    Hello, Chloe writing---on a Monday morning. So I would like to focus in this first post on the idea of evolving a social design network such as design21 to an open source humanitarian design website that would provide hands on exchange on construction solutions, with an emphasis on refugee camps.

    ‘A poorly planned refugee settlement is one of the most pathogenic environments possible. Overcrowding and poor hygiene are major factors in transmission of diseases with epidemic potential. The lack of adequate shelter means the population is deprived of all privacy and constantly exposed to the elements (rain, cold, wind, heat etc.)’ docteurs sans frontiers

    Pre-vent / in-vent: well, anyway, since the above is common knowledge, the thing is that the solutions provided usually for a large scale camp consist either of a container box or a plastic tent. We all agree I believe that the above do not consist of a healthy, friendly or sustainable environment for any human to live in. I would like to note at this point, that ‘camp shelters’ even though they are primarily designed as temporary housing solutions can become a family’s home for more than three years! (source dbo)

    The website proposed aims to reinforce collaborative design towards the creation of mobile shelters that will be collectively designed in a blog-formated web space to be then personalised by users on the spot.

    The website will focus on three areas:

    a) Locality

    b) Flexibility

    c) Identity

    a) Locality:...

  • Design = Happiness

    Well-being, Communication Design

    Fascinating talk from designer Stefan Sagmeister: Yes Design Can Make You Happy. [2004]

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  • -CO2

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Another resource worthy of a mention this evening are sponsers of this years <a href="http://www.dandad.org/education/new-blood.html">D&AD New Blood</a> exhibition in London; <a href="http://www.carbonneutral.com/">The Carbon Neutral Company</a>.

    "The CarbonNeutral Company has been leading the way in voluntary action on climate change for businesses, Governments and individuals for the past decade. With our broad range of carbon offset and climate-consulting services, expert team and market-leading industry standards, we help clients to measure, reduce and offset their CO2 emissions, and to communicate their action. When CO2 is reduced to net zero, the organisation, product or service can carry the CarbonNeutral brand, our registered trademark."

  • TheFLOWmarket™

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Quite simply; stunning!!!

    This project utilizes a supermarket to provoke customer awareness. It uses symbols and the physical representation of values to cause change in the society. Customers are invited to purchase products such as “Clean air” or “Commercial free space”.

    <a href="http://www.theflowmarket.com/">TheFLOWmarket™</a> is a project that utilizes traditional exhibition spaces to send an original message via an even more original medium. It is a supermarket selling consumer awareness. TheFLOWmarket™ has isles, shelves and registers like any other supermarket. But the cans, cartons and bottles on the shelves are all empty. The project idea is purely metaphysical and so are the products for sale. Entering the shop you can buy things like "Clean air", "Commercial free space", "Consumption moderators", "Good vibes" and "Holistic thinking" dressed up as basic commodities in standard containers.

    The approach of the project is highly metaphorical and both the employees and customers become part of a theatrical interaction that deals with basic values in todays society. The play becomes an opportunity for personal reflection that can help the process of exploring possibilities for development of our common world. It basically transforms abstract values into physical objects that can be picked up or left on the shelf. The mere symbolism of the products immediately makes you think in terms ...

  • The Venus Project

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Thanks to <a href="http://www.socialdesignsite.com/index.php%3Fidcatside%3D53">Social Design Site</a> for crediting the <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a>:

    "This organization proposes a feasible plan of action towards a peaceful and sustainable world; eradicating wars, poverty and pollution by using the idea of a resource-based civilization. The <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a> calls for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today's world."

    <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a>

  • Massive Change

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    For anyone not aware of the <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a> project by the magnificent Bruce Mau and his team... you must read this: <br><br> Design has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful forces. It has placed us at the beginning of a new, unprecedented period of human possibility, where all economies and ecologies are becoming global, relational, and interconnected. In order to understand and harness these emerging forces, there is an urgent need to articulate precisely what we are doing to ourselves and to our world. This is the ambition of <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a>. <br><br> <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a> is a celebration of our global capacities but also a cautious look at our limitations. It encompasses the utopian and dystopian possibilities of this emerging world, in which even nature is no longer outside the reach of our manipulation. <br><br> For many of us, design is invisible. We live in a world that is so thoroughly configured by human effort that design has become second nature, ever-present, inevitable, taken for granted. <br><br> For all information on the project and the books: <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a>

  • THE CLIMATE - Call for concepts

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a> have launched a competition for Climate Change. <br><br> "Ranging from ideas about food, heating, music, literature, fashion, architecture...anything you like in any form you wish. The 10 best design proposals will be published on our website; the public will be invited to choose one favourite and vote for an overall winner." <br><br> Deadline for participation is June 30, 2007. <br> See the website > <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a>

  • INDEX

    Communication, Communication Design

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    <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is a non-profit network organization - based in Copenhagen - that focuses on Design to Improve Life worldwide. <br><br> <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: works through a global network to ensure access to the best knowledge on design and the cutting edge of contemporary thinking. <br><br> The network consists of designers, businesses, organizations and design institutions who collaborate in disseminating and applying the latest knowledge in the field of “Design to Improve Life.” Between its large-scale biannual events, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: Community gathers the best expertise and collects and distributes the latest knowledge, making INDEX: the most extensive center of knowledge on Design to Improve Life. <br><br> To accommodate this large network, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: has taken a different approach in the design of its organizational structure. <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is made up of so-called “lounges” organized around its daily management, i.e. the operational lounge, which functions as a platform for dialog and the exchange of ideas. The organization is symbolically represented as a flower, since it cannot be contained in any conventional organizational plan. Each leaf represents a lounge that pr...

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