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  • Intelligent Design? How stupid...

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    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] 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.«


  • Rethinking Design

    Education, Communication Design


    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.

  • Network_177_

    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.

  • Country_road_177_

    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="">Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health </a>and the <a href="">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=""><img style="float:right; margin:0 0 10px 10px;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 220px;" src="" 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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    Communication, Communication Design


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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


    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


    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.

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