Design Life Now

Cooper-Hewitt: Fashion Life Now


New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn leads fashion designers Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Rucci and Maria Cornejo in a panel discussion about the state of fashion today. These designers, all featured in Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006, speak about their work and the role of fashion in contemporary culture.
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Design Life Now in Boston


On September 28, Design Life Now will open at the Boston Institute of Comtemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, where it will be on view through January 6.
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It's a Magazine, It's a Book, It's a Mook


The magazine Make, featured in Design Life Now, bills itself as a “mook,” a hybrid between a book and a magazine. The smallish paperback size recalls Popular Mechanics from the 1950s
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It's a Book, It's a Blog, It's a Blook


Recently released is The Word It Book, a collection of visual submissions to the blog Speak Up. “Word It” is one of SpeakUp’s most popular and original features. Each month, a different word is posted on the site, and anyone who so desires can submit a visual/verbal interpretation.
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Design 2.0


The phrase “Web 2.0” refers to the rise of social media over the past four or five years, in which users post their own content as well as shaping the way existing content is viewed through commenting, voting, rating, tagging, and other forms of interaction.
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Indie Publishing


One of the themes running through Design Life Now is the opening up of media to everyday citizens. There’s been an explosion of “social media”—Web sites that allow people to build communities and talk with each other on-line. (Blogs like this are one example.)
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Social Life


Many people complain that technology is isolating people from their fellow humans. I disagree. E-mail, cell phones, FedEx, Blackberries, and other systems are keeping people more in touch than ever. Indeed, many of us are expected to be “reachable” 24/7.
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