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George Eid

Paris, France

Creative Director

Member since May 05, 2007


  • Taking a Pledge to Make Positive Change

    Community, Communication Design

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    Design Can Change (designcanchange.org) is a project created by designers that believe that positive change can happen by working together. The website is slick (sometimes annoyingly so) however the message is good.

    Take the Design Can Change pledge:

    In my professional practice, I will endeavor to: Learn, Think, Act, Inform, Unite.

    Learn: Engage in the topic and seek to understand the issues

    Think: Make a sustainable mindset second nature

    Act: Put my knowledge to use in my daily work

    Inform: Share information and build awareness for sustainability

    Unite: Spark change through collective strength

    Take the Pledge

  • The Eco-nomics of Echo-tecture

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The New York Times Magazine this week focuses on building design that is good for the environment with features on Eco-Housing, Zero-Energy Solutions and a case study on Curitiba, a city in Brazil that has set the international standard for environmentally conscious urban planning.

    Check it out

  • Well it seems that Design 21 is not alone in wanting to connect designers with social needs. Virb, a new media-sharing website (akin to YouTube and MySpace) is now entering into this effort.

    read article

    Its great to see that more and more companies are taking up interest in the promotion of good causes.

  • Internet as a Public Good

    Community, Communication Design

    Sustainable Web Development must go beyond money and effort and enters into the realm of public good. Public good means that consumption by one individual does not reduce the good available for consumption by others. A pure example of a public good is air - you breathing it doesn't stop me from breathing it (water was once considered a public good, but alas, times change). Creative works are often referred to as Public Good.

    In economy, this topic is highly theoretical, however the Internet starts to offer new examples that are real. This is not to say that the Internet itself is a public good, but accessibility of it is (or should be).

    Open Source Development and the buzz word Web 2.0 has marked a clear shift towards Internetworking as a Public Good. Social Networking, Media Sharing, Syndication, Blogs, Wiki's, etc all aim towards sharing and playing well together. Creating software that can mashup with other software is becoming more and more prevalent.

    Actually using the web for more than reference and email has drastically changed in the last few years. No longer do you need to be technically savvy (or have a friend that is) to publish, communicate or assert yourself through this medium.

    But what is the endgame of Open Source and the Web 2.0 trend, fad, crazy ... whatever you wanna call it? Is it sustainable or is it a burst of energy that is propelling the Internet in order for the private sector to take it over to do business through it?

    Big business is scrabb...

  • Defining Web Sustainability

    Community, Communication Design

    The idea of web accessibility has been a hot topic in web development. According to Wikipedia, Web accessibility refers to the practice of making Web pages accessible to people using a wide range of user agent software and devices, not just standard Web browsers. This is especially important for people with disabilities such as visual impairment. Design for accessibility is a sub-category of good design for usability.

    Web accessibility has peeked commercial interests also because websites that are accessible work well on mobile devices and allows for easy syndication of content to many platforms - publish once, use many times.

    Recently there has been a lot of buzz around the idea of Sustainable Web Development and Design 21 seems like a good forum to discuss the concept. So, I begin ...

    From an ecological perspective, sustainability is conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources. I've been working on websites going on 15 years and the same issues always creep up. A website is designed and 1-2 years later, it needs to be redesigned because the organization has grown or the business requirements have changed. This cycle is not sustainable because the website is always behind the organization (as opposed to in-line with it) and creates a financial drain.

    Sustainable Web Development includes accessibility but then extends it to scalabilty and agility. Scalability is the ability to grow the website and its functionality without having to start o...

  • Many designers, including myself have been deeply moved to do better design by Bruce Mau's Incomplete Design Manifesto. He has pointedly chosen to label his manifesto "incomplete", as a sort of "call to arms" for designers and creative-doers to progress.

    Social design represents this progression, or at least a branch of that progression. This post aims to pose back to the reader "is social design a category of design or is it a principle that should be a part of all design?" Similarly to the triple bottom-line of social entrepreneurs, is there bottom-line that all designers must adhere to or strive for?

    In the spirit of Bruce Mau's Incomplete Design Manifesto, let's create the Incomplete Social Design Manifesto. Please respond to this post with one point that articulates your beliefs, motivations and strategies towards making design more socially rooted.

  • Media for people who give a damn

    Communication, Communication Design

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    If you haven't checked out GOOD Magazine, its high time. This magazine, launched in September 2006, confronts the merger of capitolism and idealism head-on.

    Subscribe to GOOD Magazine and 100% of your money goes to help the organization of your choice! Amazing, but true – visit their website and see for yourself how they are redefining the magazine business model.

    Subscribe Now

    Here is what Ben Goldhirsh, the founder of the magazine has to say:

    We see a growing number of people tied together not by age, career, background, or circumstance, but by a shared interest. This revolves around a passion for potential mixed with fierce pragmatism and creative engagement. We sum all this up as the sensibility of giving a damn. But to shorten it, let's call it GOOD. We're here to push this movement and cover its realization.

    While so much of today's media is taking up our space, dumbing us down, and impeding our productivity, GOOD exists to add value. Through a print magazine, feature and documentary films, original multimedia content and local events, GOOD is providing a platform for the ideas, people, and businesses that are driving change in the world.

    Visit goodmagazine.com

Design saved my marriage ... and my chicken casserole too!

Contact George Eid
http://www.area17.com

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design