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    I'm relatively new to this network and not yet familiar with all of the customs. Perhaps this is why I'm finding many of the categorizations that structure the site somewhat troublesome. For example, on my profile I'm asked to rate my interest in various "design" disciplines (fashion design, communication design, industrial design, and audio/visual). Call me crazy, but I think there is possibly a conflict here with the underlying intent of the site.

    I certainly recognize that the predominant modes of design training rests in these disciplines. However, it stands to reason that many designers aren't trained to be designers in these traditions. Take this and compound it with the notion that design is a cross-cutting process that, for instance, might be better described in terms of, oh let's say, teaching and learning design, empathy design, sustainable design, scalable design, systems design, and/or behavioral design. I suppose I'm more interested in the conversations that can happen when we approach problems from a perspective of common ground rather than the traditions that have brought us here. Is there a way to move beyond these industry-centered skills categorizations into skills and methods that can bring us closer to the social themes we are here to affect.

    Semantics is everything.

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    It's sad that I can't leave an opportunity to blog alone, even though I have no idea what to say. I hope this social design concept takes off. If not, I'll have to go back to archaic practices like volunteering or donating blood.

  • Public Health, Complex Systems, and Design

    Community, Industrial Design

    On May 30th - June 1st I had the opportunity to attend a symposium that linked together the concerns of public health professionals and those who study and model complex systems. The symposium was hosted by the <a href="http://www.sph.umich.edu/cseph/">Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health </a>and the <a href="http://www.cscs.umich.edu/">Center for the Study of Complex Systems</a> here at the University of Michigan. The meeting brought together a very diverse groups of individuals. This provided me the opportunity to have substantive discussions with a range of individuals working in public health policy and implementation. <a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://sitemaker.umich.edu/complexsystemspopulationhealth/files/imageforwebsite.jpg"><img style="float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 220px;" src="http://sitemaker.umich.edu/complexsystemspopulationhealth/files/imageforwebsite.jpg" border="0" alt="" /></a>These interactions helped me gain a recognition for the scale (and complexity) that individuals and organizations face when attempting to solve problems on local and global scales. Among my many encounters, I was able to converse and share ideas with a Professor from Brown University that studies nursing home policy, a graduate student from John Hopkins that ...

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  • Hello Everyone...

    Peace, Industrial Design

    Hello everyone....

    Im looking forward to help the people around the world and involves with humanatarian works around the world. Hope you all can guide me and advice me.

    Im really concern about the world nowadays. See you all if we have the oppurtunity!!!

  • A Spring in Your Step

    Environment, Fashion Design

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    San Francisco design collective LIFT borrows the plant-life phenomenon phytoremediation, the process by which plants can decontaminate their surroundings, and regurgitates it in the form of the friendly Johnny Applesandal. Plant seeds are embedded in the soles, and normal usage allows the seeds to be released as the underside of the shoe wears thin, leaving a trail of greenery to counteract the debilitated urban environment.

    Although the Johnny Applesandal may bear too close a resemblance to its eco-darling ancestor, the Birkenstock (hewn almost entirely from cork, a highly regenerative natural material), surely this concept can provide a launchpad for future footwear, as well as a socially-conscious justification for any shoe fetish.

  • Material Watch: Corrugated Cardboard

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Corrugated cardboard, the Plain Jane of industrial packaging materials, is elevated to high art through the work of Slovenian sculptor Tobias Putrih and the New York-based architecture firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis. Durable, recyclable, and cheap, this underloved material is celebrated for its structural possibilities in Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis’ Ini Ani coffee shop, as the lowly “java jacket” is transformed into a sturdy and attractive wall treatment. Putrih, however, explores the surprisingly ephemeral and light-transmitting qualities of the material in tall, organic sculptures composed of stacked laser-cut cardboard sheets currently on view at the Max Protetch Gallery in New York City.

  • In the spirit of teaching a person to fish as a means of self-sufficiency, http://www.kiva.org enables anyone with a PayPal account to lend funding to aspiring entrepreneurs in developing nations. With a minimum of a $25 contribution, individual lenders can cruise the website for potential candidates and learn about their location, proposed business agenda, and repayment time frame. With Kiva.org, helping out is no longer an act of faceless charity; because the means of support is a loan as opposed to a donation, finances of both the lenders and the borrowers are bound together in a culture of mutual accountability.

    article on Kiva.org in GOOD Magazine: http://www.goodmagazine.com/section/Portraits/DIYVentureCapitalists

  • Fashion + Function

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    New York fashion designer Yeohlee Teng approaches the human body as an architect might approach a new site: meticulously, with a mathematical precision and an emphasis on economy and material, this 2004 National Design Award winner treats all built work as an inseparable complement to the body landscape.

    Teng pioneered an early collaboration with Nano-Tex http://www.nano-tex.com/index.html, a high-tech textile manufacturer, and the resulting innovations have given rise to linen that doesn’t wrinkle and silk that can be doused in water, illustrating Teng’s philosophy that everyday usability over preciousness should be a basic tenet of good design.

    Teng often draws on architectural forms and mathematical structures in her work, and under her direction, a mobius strip can become a cocoon-like shawl, an evening gown can appropriate the construction of a suspension bridge, and one rectangular piece of fabric can be cut and reconfigured to construct an entire garment, such that there are no scraps or waste.

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