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Daniel Pipitone

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since October 10, 2008


  • The Women of the Cloud Forest

    Community, Fashion Design

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    High in the in the Guanacaste Mountain range of Costa Rica is Women of the Cloud Forest, a Fair Trade project dedicated to offering opportunities to the women of rural Costa Rica and their families. There are about 50 women in the project who hand-embroider bags and jewelry decorated with the variety of beautiful seeds found wild in the rainforest.

    The women who participate in the project live across the Monteverde region - from “downtown” Santa Elena to two hours away in Cabezeras. Women of the Cloud Forest operates a small Arts Center where women gather together to take free classes in embroidery and produce rainforest seed jewelry.

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    The classes are offered in a communal setting, where the women who range in skill level from beginner to expert, can all learn from each other.

    From birds to butterflies, frogs to insects, the women produce color accurate reproductions of North and Central American species. Each design is lovingly “painted” using single strands of embroidery thread.

    After the women have finished decorating the bags, they are then sent to their talented seamstress, who puts the finishing touches on them, including the zippers, straps and pockets. Over 200 custom crafted designs by the women are then shipped and sold throughout the US.

    The Women of the Cloud Forest project also offers Teacher’s Packets, do-it-yourself kits for teaching small classes of about 30 people to make their own rainforest seed bracelets and jew...

  • A Little Personal Green Up

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    • Manufacturing a cellphone uses approximately 1390 MJ of energy and produces 60 kg of CO2 emissions
    • A gallon of gasoline has 131 MJ of energy and emits 8.8 kg of CO2
    • Manufacturing a cellphone uses as much energy as 10.5 gallons of gasoline and emits as much as 6.8 gallons of gasoline
    • Using a cellphone for a year on average uses 4,221 MJ of energy (equivalent to 32 gallons of gasoline) and emits 112 kg of CO2 (equivalent to 12.8 gallons of gasoline)
    • replacing a cellphone every 2 years rather than one would save 30 kg of CO2 emissions (about 3.3 gallons worth) and 700 MJ

    Source: Fat Knowledge Blog & UMTS report (ESU-services Ltd.)


    Bucking the Trend and Dialing it Back

    Generally speaking, I tend to go against the grain. I reject trends, I change jobs when I shouldn't (ask my wife), I ride the bus everywhere and I have the economy cable package (although DVR takes care of the time shifting).

    Admittedly, though, until recently I was a BlackBerry user (also known as the “CrackBerry” around my house) with a serious affliction. For the most part it began as a work-related nice-to-have – something all the managers carried – and was a sort of necessity.

    It wasn't until the prospect of ditching the BlackBerry came up that I realized the impact it had on my everyday life. From a purely practical standpoint, I was scanning email 24/7 and perpetually strapped to it. From an psychological perspective, I was always "waiting" for something to come in, and basical...

  • Designers as Agents of Change

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    What a debt we owe to Michael Bierut for advocating for us designers, and proving that the design's role in our culture and surroundings is one of importance and prominence.

    To say that as designers we have a responsibility to the people we work with, and that we have power as agents of change is indeed an understatement.

    In the following interview, given by AIGA Phily, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut discusses this in the context of the global economic climate, the proliferation of forces like "Target" and their ability to democratize design in today’s culture. He is also asked to comment on IBM’s Watson’s idea that “Good design is good business.”

    If you had any doubts about the collective influence of the design discipline, take a listen to one of today's foremost thinkers on the subject.

  • Recognized by "Creative for a Cause"

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

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    I have been officially recognized by Creative for a Cause, and listed on their site:

    http://www.creativeforacause.org/rolemodels.html

  • Good to be here.

    Community

    This is my first post. I am glad to become a member of the community. Reach out if you get the chance.

    Cheers!

    Daniel

My Interests

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