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Shoelust
From top: shoe designs by Jen Kao, Noritaka Tatehana, and Proenza Schouler One of the joys of design is its relentless pursuit of variation. Textbook design objects like the chair, cup, and lamp are reworked again and again – conduits for observation and interpretation of our most basic human tasks. Shoelust is a blog devoted...
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Designing Media – Bruce Nussbaum
This is the second interview in Chapter 4 in my new book, Designing Media Bruce Nussbaum, September 2008 Bruce and I were speaking at the same design conference in the fall of 2008 at the Arizona Biltmore hotel, which is dubbed “The Jewel of the Desert” and resplendent with Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture and beautiful...
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The Daily Pattern
The Daily Pattern is a Dutch blog dedicated to “textile design in progress.” Run by Swiss designer Zara Atelj, the blog collects unusual bits of data— weather reports, economic stats, even inkjet printer glitches—and repurposes them as abstract textile patterns. Pattern based on news data over a period of 48 days An experiment with newspaper...
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It is time for you to teach the teacher
Were you the kid doodling in the back of the classroom? During gym did you draw elaborate designs on your arm with a Bic pen while waiting to be picked for a team? If you are reading a design blog I would think you might have been one of those kids. In my previous post...
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Best of the Blogs
The Design for the Other 90% blog is a finalist for a BOBs Award for Best English Language Weblog! Over 8,400 blogs were nominated and an international jury of bloggers selected the finalists. Voting is now open, so please get your vote in. Online voting continues until April 14th, 2010 and the winners will be...
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Virtual Marketplace
World Bank’s Development Marketplace has started a blog to exchange and expand knowledge about innovation and social entrepreneurship for early stage development around the world. Practitioners from different backgrounds and previous winners will discuss projects, share lesson learned, tools and resources. Expanding beyond the yearly themed global competitions (such as sustainable development, water, sanitation, energy,...
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CityRacks Competition
Last spring, the New York City Department of Transportation, in partnership with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, requested proposals for functional, innovative bike rack designs that would raise the profile of cycling as both a convenient and eco-friendly mode of transportation in New York City. The jury received over 200 entries from architects, artists, engineers, landscape...
It’s a Book, It’s a Blog, Too
Here’s another blog that just became a book: Michael Bierut’s new collection of essays, Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Sixty-eight of those essays first appeared on Design Observer, the blog that Bierut edits with Wiliam Drenttel, Jessica Helfand, and contributors. Bierut has started a conversation at Design Observer about why...
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. (Selections from Word It are on view...
Is D.I.Y. Bad for Design?
Viriginia Postrel has a piece on D.I.Y. design in the March/April issue of Print magazine. Postrel is a professional writer, not a designer, whose crossover book The Substance of Style helped convince people in business and cultural institutions that design has something to offer the economy. Her book was directed not at designers, but at...