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High Ground Inspirations
High Ground Conversationalists I went to Colorado last week for the High Ground Conversation at Mike and Kathy McCoy’s place in the mountains. Every year they invite fifteen to twenty design academics and practitioners to come together for three days to talk about what’s happening in design. Everyone brings a short presentation that they deliver...
Voices in American Fashion
Last night at Cooper-Hewitt, Washington Post Style Editor Robin Givhan lead a conversation with past National Design Award Winners Francisco Costa (Women’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection), Yeohlee Teng, and Maria Cornejo about their work and the role of fashion in contemporary culture. Their designs are all featured in Design USA: Contemporary Innovation, which...
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Flowing Forms
Phil Patton Design Watch Members of the Museum had a preview of the 2010 New York International Automobile Show this week. Phil Patton led the group – he’s the design critic and author who knows lots about whatever moves you and writes the Wheels blog for NYTimes.com. As he guided us from one example to...
Rodarte in Conversation with Sally Singer
Laura Mulleavy, one of the designers behind Rodarte and Vogue’s fashion news and features director, Sally Singer were at Cooper-Hewitt this past Saturday discussing Rodarte’s work. You can watch the full program below:   Rodarte is featured in an exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt through March 14, 2010.
Rope Pumps
The show was conceived to begin a conversation and provoke discussion about the broad range of ways various organizations and individuals are addressing the underpinnings of poverty through design innovations. The selected objects tell a story and are windows into the numerous ways these groups are providing direct solutions. This blog will allow the discussion...
Are Designers the Enemies of Design?
Design writer Bruce Nussbaum delivered a speech at Parsons a few weeks ago whose controversial refrain was “designers suck.” Read the speech on his Business Week blog. Nussbaum claims that designers are slow to embrace the democratization of design. They still want to keep the “sandbox” to themselves, rather than inviting their clients, users, and...
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. One of the themes of Design Life Now is how design brings people together, through...