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  • Service Design

    Well-being, Communication Design

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    Again something for sustainabilty I forgot to mention:

    Of course the world would be much more »sustainable«, if we would not need to produce so many products. A way to achieve this would be the design of services that attract the user.

    For example, if public transportation would offer more comfort and joy, more people would do without their cars. Well - difficult area though. But let's take the drilling machine: the average person probably only uses it ten times a year - for maybe 8 minutes in total.

    A well-designed service could offer home worker tools on every corner - probably at the next pizza snack or the supermarket. »Using instead of owning« would be the motto for this.

    The picture shows Prof. Birgit Mager who is an expert on the field of Service Design on a conference in Pittsburgh. It was taken by Flickr user simonk. Seems she's also making a joke about the German »Bad Design« (bath design) in this moment. Good shot!

  • MIPS - Measuring Sustainability

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    As we were talking recently about sustainability: the Wupptertal Institute developed a system how to calculate whether a product, material or service is sustainable or not. The MIPS (material input per unit of service) puts all energy, raw materials, waste and so on in a calculation in relation to the period of usage.

    Very interesting - there's a rather short explanation at Wikipedia. But the Wuppertal Institute also offers a PDF with a list of some materials for download. Because of the transportation factor the values are all geographically related.

    At the Köln International School of Design, where I studied, Prof. Horntrich used to give the example of the yogurt cup: the plastic cup is made in Poland, the lid is from Italy, the yogurt from France and the strawberries (if it's not some substitue made of tree rinds) are from Portugal. Everythings is then assembled in Germany. So it's thousands of kilometers the yogurt travels across Europe till it's finally in the shelf of the supermarket. Maybe the countries are not correct - but I think it's a good example for what has all to be considered to rate a product as being sustainable or not.

    The factors of humanity not even included! Because then it really gets complicated as there are different parties and interests that have to be considered. Difficult subject!

    (Picture taken by Flickr user Christian Watzke)

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  • See My Blog on Blogspot

    Arts & Culture

    I have an existing blog at: http://designlikeyougiveadamn.blogspot.com

  • War and Peace Tools

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Currently working on an installation of wartools and peace tools for an installation. Check them out at www.jvrf.wordpress.com!

  • 我爱工设

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    最喜欢的专业就是现在我所学习的工业设计。希望以后可以成为中国小有名气的工业设计师~为国争光哦~加油! 我的白度BLOG: http://hi.baidu.com/%CC%D2%CA%B8%B5%C4%B0%AE 欢迎大家的留言!

  • Photography of Argentina

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    A short report of our trip to Argentina

    For more info : http://share.subvitamine.com/Argentina

  • Peace before war

    Peace, Communication Design

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    Peace

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    Do you believe in social change?

    Well, this group of designers + artists does. And to prove it they gathered their wares for the first annual Firebelly Art Market. Come and see all of the spectacular goods: fashion, stuffed friends, posters, cupcakes, music, accessories and more! Admission is free and 50% of all Firebelly Art Market sales will be donated to a Firebelly friend who is battling cancer.

    Handmade one of a kind goods from: Firebelly Design / Art School Girl / Good Night TV / Qylaar / Katie Hates Couture / Nako Design / Will Miller / Delicious Design League / The Match Factory / Travis Barteaux / Rick Valicenti / Kara's Super Cute Cupcakes / Barb Valicenti / Alex Moulitsas / Molly Carter / Ilsa Flanagan / Jess Weida / Drew Garza / Early to Bed / Brian Kelly (DJ)

    Firebelly Art Market Saturday, June 9th, 11am–5pm

    2701 W Thomas, 2nd Floor, Chicago IL 60622

    For more info: http://firebellydesign.com/artmarket.php or 773-489-3200

  • Intelligent Design? How stupid...

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    It’s dangerous enough that people more than 150 years after Charles Darwin start propagating a theory that denies the scientific proven evolution process and rather stays to the words of the bible - of the book Genesis (where god created the world in seven days). But it’s even more annoying that those people, so called »creationists«, claim the term »intelligent design« for their abstruse cause.

    So it’s absolutely understandable that last year the members of the St. Moritz Design Summit wrote a letter to George W. Bush (one of the spiritual leaders of a USA that is going more and more neo-conservative and »back to the roots«): »The participants of the St. Moritz Design Summit 2005 don’t want design and designers to be divine and they claim intelligence against such stupidity«, so the tenor. Well done!

    On May 30th though, the [Creation Museum] http://www.alrcnewskitchen.com/creationmuseum/index.htm opened in Petersburg, Kentucky. »The Creation Museum is a walk through the Bible using science, geology, biology, astronomy and anthropology to confirm the accuracy of biblical history,« says founder Ken Ham in a press release. »Christians are tired of being beaten down and marginalized in this country. Many are telling us it’s about time we had a place where Christians can stand up and say the Bible is true; its history is true; we can defend it; we have the answers; and we can proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s what this museum is all about.«

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  • Rethinking Design

    Education, Communication Design

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    Commonly design is still perceived as something stylish, fashionable or slick. And if you flip open a design magazine, usually you see those glossy and perfect products and gadgets. And still also designers think that this in fact is design. Well - it’s only a part of it. Design also is the ability to solve problems - wicked problems even (whereas design should also be able to generate problems).

    For those who yet did not arrive in the 21st century of design, NextD offers the chance to get an idea about what potential design has got and that is long ago demanded by industry and economy. Designers as the experts for planning and connecting multi-disciplinary interests, specialists and parties - the designers as a conductor. Many interviewers express their thoughts and experience on this view on design: Lorraine Justice, Curator of the MoMA in New York, Malcolm Gladwell, Journalist of »The New Yorker« and Book Author or Professor Dr. Ralph Bruder of the Zollverein School of Management and Design and many more.

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