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Monday Enhancement: Virtual Bling
A piece called Euphoria of Lights: The Comte’s Pyramid Ring, which can be virtually "tried on" with augmented reality. The Man Who Knows Everything is the name of a new jewelry collection from London designer Hannah Martin. The collection is inspired by the Count of St. Germain, an eighteenth-century German alchemist who chased immortality. To...
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TYPEFACE
TYPEFACE is an application that creates a custom font using facial recognition via your computer's Webcam. The sophisticated software even allows you to make silly faces at the camera and watch as the typeface adjusts in real time. The project was created using Processing, the open-source programming language. A font created with the TYPEFACE application...
Bill’s Design Talks: Nonobject—A Radical New Approach to Design
Does form always follow function? Within the world of product design, only a few lone voices challenge this convention. Among this group of visionary individuals is Branko Lukic, Founder and Principal of Nonobject Studio. Lukic’s design philosophy presents an entirely new way of developing and experiencing the world of objects and our relationship with them....
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Designing Media – Mark Zuckerberg
This is the second in a series of posts about my new book, Designing Media Mark Zuckerberg, November 2009 Mark stares at you from the cover of this week’s Time Magazine with intense green eyes. Here is Time’s accolade: “For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for...
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Armadillo Suits, Soil Lamps, Folded Bikes, Oh My!
Over the next two weeks on the Cooper-Hewitt Design Blog, students from an interdisciplinary graduate-level course on the Triennial taught by the Triennial curatorial team blog their impressions and inspirations of the current exhibition,‘Why Design Now?’.     This year the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial: Why Design Now? explores topics of sustainable design. Current...
Why Design Now?: Mapungubwe National Park Interpretive Center
Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the...
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Mobilizing Resources
The majority of India’s poor still live in rural villages, while the many living in the urban areas have increasing purchasing power. In response to this growing disparity an Indian organization, GOONJ, has developed a large-scale resource mobilization initiative to re-use surplus clothing from the urban consumers to the rural poor; rather than simply giving...