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Designing Media – Chris Anderson
This is the fifth in a series of posts about my new book, Designing Media Chris Anderson, November 2008 I interviewed Chris Anderson in the offices of Wired magazine in San Francisco. He had taken the job of Editor in Chief just before the crash in 2001, so he was faced with hard choices about...
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...
Crowdsourced Crochet
images from The IFF’s contributors’ galleries You’ve heard of open-source software. But what about open-source objects? The Los Angeles-based Institute For Figuring shares the instructions and principles behind their hyperbolic crochet technique right on their website. Like a team of data-hungry programmers, they invite people from all over the world to replicate the design, and...
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...
Why Design Now? Conference, October 1st
  There was a deluge at dawn on Friday, canceling many trains and tempting people to stay at home, in spite of their commitment to arrive at Jazz at Lincoln Center by 9:00 am for the start of the WHY DESIGN NOW? Solving Global Challenges Conference. Luckily, the event was streamed live, both on CooperHewitt.org...
A Tree Grows In The Backyard
Angela Riechers is a student from an interdisciplinary graduate-level course on the Triennial taught by the Triennial curatorial team. Her first post titled “Green Burials: Recycling Our Loved Ones” appeared on the Design Blog July 9th and was met with a huge response. We figured a follow up was warranted!   Despite the 21st century’s...
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...
BarCamps to Books
From citizen journalists to user generated conferences the dialogue keeps expanding. Those of us who could not make it to BarCamp Africa this past October in California the organizers posted video clips of the panels. This user generated conference was designed to make connections between people and opportunities in Silicon Valley and Africa. Bryan Bell’s...
Design for the Other 90% Wins
For the second year in a row Cooper-Hewitt wins a Webby, the “oscars” of the internet! Congratulations to our very talented web creator, William Berry, for his amazing work. This Web site, Design for the Other 90%, is the official Webby Award Winner for Cultural Institutions. Hailed as the “the Internet’s highest honor” by the...