Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Urban Park Design is a Powerful Way to Improve the Quality of Life and Economies of Cities When Done Well

Washington DC has a unique opportunity to develop one of the few open parcels of land, 190 acres, into a useable space for its residents. Will the needs of the community be met or sacrifice for interest of profits.

Landscape Architect Thomas Woltz

Four Parks that are Making Cities More Beautiful

Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 Co-Design Innovation Design Awards

There were only 15 winners anointed in the entire competition. Each of those projects represents what's best about design today: big ideas, meticulously thought-out details, and a clear viewpoint about how we live now—and how it could be better. We hope that you'll dig in and be inspired.

Co-Design Innovation Awards

Architecture: A Unique History of a People Reflected in a Building

The unveiling of the newest Smithsonian museum will be celebrated this week with a series of events including a ribbon cutting by President Barka Obama. 
The building rises — bronze and "brooding," in the words of architect David Adjaye — floating in a sea of white marble and limestone on the sprawling National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The mission of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — set to open to the public next week after a 100-year journey into existence — is to tell the story of America through the lens of black history and culture.
That mission is reflected in the exhibits and encapsulated in a Langston Hughes quote featured inside the museum: "I, too, am America."
It's also reflected in the location and design of the building itself.
The decision to eschew the light-colored materials of the other "palaces of culture" on the Mall is one element of this narrative — and it also matched the philosophy of Lonnie Bunch III, the museum's founding director.

"He really embraced and really loved this idea of a dark presence on the Mall," Adjaye recalled. "In a way, the museum for him is about the way in which the African-American community is absolutely integral to understanding the American identity but somehow has been always in the back room. So this is a kind of coming to the front, sitting on the front lawn, with all the other monuments."
The museum doesn't try to hide or blend into the classical forms and perpendicular lines that surround it. It wears with pride an exterior that celebrates both Africa and America.
Take its striking silhouette — a triple inverted pyramid form, each tier angled up and out. The shape mimics that of the crowns atop the figures of the caryatids, or carved pillars, of the Yoruba, an African people with origins in Benin and Nigeria. It's an easily recognizable form from African art — akin to a Corinthian column in Western art — that denotes "very sacred, special and commemorative spaces."
"It is really a way of trying to speak to the narrative of where the African-American community originates from," Adjaye says.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fashion Design: Is It Design or Something Else?

New York's 2016 fall fashion week is wrapping up, which raise a nagging question for me...Is this version of Fashion Design...Design?

In considering the shows of Tom Ford and Kanye West put in to perspective what fashion design presented is really about.

"Though the results were not in any way alike, they shared a similar guiding principle: It’s not enough for any designer just to offer clothes anymore. Now it’s all about the experience.
But here’s the thing about experiences: Some of them are good, and some of them are bad. And while they can create an exciting aura around clothes, making the garments seem even more relevant and desirable, they can also cast a pall."

NYTimes Articles: Glam vs Sham..

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Logo Design: Why So Many Wordless Logos?

Making logo's simple is thought to enhance their appeal.

Some marketers believe that debranding can make global brands appear “less corporate” and “more personal” to consumers. Nameless logos can evoke more personal and immediate reactions—which is important in a media environment with plenty of possible distractions and diversions.

Article: Why are so many of today's logos wordless

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

President Obama Announces White House Frontiers Conference

The White House will host the first-ever White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, PA to explore the future of innovation in America and around the world, this October 13th.

Frontier Conference Details

The President will serve as guest editor for Wired magazine November issue.

The President Wired Magazine's Guest Editor

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Future of Fashion Design

The fashion industry has been slow to design for special populations. MIT students have step into the gap to consider how to include different sizes, persons with different abilities and older people an how fashion design could be more inclusive.

Fast Company Article: Fashion for Everyone

Modernist American Architecture in Pictures

Guardian Article: Machines for Living

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Design in Election Season

Its that season again for political posturing and selling of candidates, design can help...

Article: The Real Impact of Campaign Design

Article: Buttons Design for Hillary

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Does Urban Design Perpetuate Racial Inequality?

"For decades, planners slashed through neighborhoods in the name of urban renewal and slum clearance, underwritten by federal funding from the Housing Act of 1949 and the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, displacing residents using tactics like eminent domain and condemnation laws.
As a result, much of our highway system courses through black neighborhoods(which helps explain why they've often become spaces of civil protest). "This method fails," wrote grassroots urbanist Jane Jacobs in the Death and Life of Great American Cities, one of the most influential planning books ever written. "At best it merely shifts slums from here to there, adding its own tincture of extra hardship and disruption. At worst, it destroys neighborhoods where constructive and improving communities exist and where the situation calls for encouragement rather than destruction."

Monday, July 18, 2016

Architectural History: Le Corbusier Work Honored

The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Switzerland)—Chosen from the work of Le Corbusier, the 17 sites comprising this transnational serial property are spread over seven countries and are a testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past. They were built over a period of a half-century, in the course of what Le Corbusier described as “patient research”. The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unité d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society. These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalization of architectural practice across the planet. 


NYTimes Article

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cleveland Redesign's its Public Square

The new design brings together what was four squares intersected at its center by two roadways, into a more harmonious space by eliminating one of the roadways and adding pedestrian pathways to improve the flow around and across the plaza.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Product Design: Walker and Company Updates the Clipper

Tristan Walker is a man doing something I once thought about doing producing a shaver/clipper suited for the challenges of people with curly hair a means to get a close shave without bumps.

This summer his young startup has introduced clippers to its product line.

Tristan Walker Bio

Walker and Company: Bevel Trimmer

We’ve re-engineered an essential grooming tool, creating the most advanced device for trimming and shaping coarse or curly hair. Informed by exhaustive research into what Master Barbers and our customers alike wanted, Bevel Trimmer is another way we’re delivering on our promise to make health and beauty simple for people of color.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Suggested Books Every Designer Should Read

Top rated design programs were asked to provide recommendations for books that designers should read, if not at least know about them.

Fast Company Article: Books Designer Should Read

Article: 10 New Design Books 2016

NYC's 21st Century Park Design

New York City has again demonstrated that it understands that public spaces can be made both functional and attractive through design.

Article: NYC's Governors Park

Article: NY's Clever New Park

75 Years of Blue Note Graphics

The jazz music label is known for its pioneering iconic album covers featuring the kings of the golden age of jazz and bold layouts.

Guardian Article: 75 years of Blue Note Album Art

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

What Might be Design Jobs of the Future?

A list of 18 future Design jobs has been compiled my members of a few leading design organizations/

Fast Company Article" The Most Important Design Jobs of the Future

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Architecture: The Obama Library

The firm select to design the Presidential Library for Barak Obama is the husband and wife team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

 The Work of TWBT

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Home Decor in an Age of Uncertainty

The article below considers the question why Ikea is useful and continues to be a popular choice for home furnishing.

Guarian Article: The Real Reason You Still Shop at Ikea...

Public Lecture by Design Historian - Alison Clarke

Dr. Alison J. Clarke is Professor of Design History and Theory, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Director of the Papanek Foundation. She holds a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, and a doctorate in social anthropology from University College London. She is the author of Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century and appears as a design expert for the BBC television series Home and The Genius of Design. She is currently completing a monograph for MIT Press on Victor Papanek and design activism.

Designer for the Real World? A Public Lecture by Alison J Clarke from MICA Social Design on Vimeo.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fashion Rebels: Innovating and Changing the Industry

Alessandro Michele of Gucci and Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga and Vetements are making  clothes that capture the zeitgeist.

NYTimes Magazine Article

Guardian Article

NYTimes Article: Vetements Brings its Brand of Disruption to Couture

Sunday, June 05, 2016

In Tribute to a Cultural Icon - Muhammad Ali

Today America lost the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century Muhammad Ali.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Apple New Retail Aesthetic and Approach

Fifteen years after open its retails stores Apple is updating their stores aesthetic and customer experience.

Video: of San Francisco's New Apple Store

Friday, May 13, 2016

Article: What was the Greatest Era for Innovation?

The progress of society has been happening for awhile though many think that the last 25 years is the greatest time for innovations.

NYTimes Article: What was the Greatest Era for Innovation

Friday, February 19, 2016

NYC Installs WiFi HotSpots in Place of Public Phones

I am please to see NYC taking a big step in making my graduate thesis proposal a reality. Creating a public infrastructure for wireless connections - marvelous!!

My thesis project propose the replace of parking meters with wireless hotspots to create and infrastructure.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Documentary on the Internet: "Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World"

Coming to Sundance Film Festival 2016 is a film I am very interested in checking out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Architect Alejandro Aravena TED Talk

When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit. -TED

TED Talk link

NPR Link

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Posters that Cronicle the Age of AIDS

In the nineteen-nineties a physican named Edward Atwater began a collection of Graphic Art totaling more than 6,200 pieces. He recently donated the collection to the University of Rochester.
AIDS Education Posters

Atheletic Footwear Continues to Push the Boundaries

Adidas is pulling out all stops to catch up to Nike's lead in innovative processes and designs.

Beyond enlisting Kayne and a bringing on a number of Nike designers, Adidas is partnering with experienced European luxury brands and embracing new manufacturing processes to gain traction in the race to expand their market share.

Article: Adidas Reinvents the Leather...

Article: Futurecraft, Adidas Step into Design Innovation

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A great reference for iconic logos. Jens Müller, a Germany-based designer, has amassed a collection of 6,000 such logos that now fill the pages of Logo Modernism, a new book out from Taschen that’s a sort of textbook-dossier of icons created throughout the 20th century.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Richest Design Prize Award: INDEX

The winners of the 2015 INDEX Award has just been announced. This award seeks to celebrate solving world problems.

INDEX Award Winners

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Starchitect Changing the NYC Skyline - Bjarke Ingels

Wired Article: Meet the Superstar...

Marc Newson Updates the Fountain Pen

Newson process for approach designs problems is described here:

Newson always carries his sketchbook with him, where he jots down thoughts on whatever design problem he's trying to solve, as well as other ideas for new products or improvements on existing designs. From the sketchbook, Newson moves to the computer. "Only after that [sketching], do I sit down to begin the process of getting my ideas onto the computer with a colleague and special 3D software," he says. "And so the process begins—learning about and choosing the various processes and materials we may use for the design, refining the design bit by bit, meetings with the client, then to prototype."

Article: On Montblanc's Updated Fountain Pen

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Graphic Work of Emory Douglas

The revolutionary art work of the Black Panthers was created by the groups Emory Douglas, who served as the minister of culture producing images for their weekly paper.

Article: Creator of iconic imagery behind Black Panthers

Emory Douglas Revolutionary Art Work

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Google Updates it's Logo

Just a few week ago Google announced a new organizational structure, introducing Alphabet as its parent company.

Article: New Google logo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Shower Head Designed Reduce Water Usage

Silicon Valley start-ups are studying the home and finding opportunities to improve the function and quality of that experience. The latesteffort can be found in the Nebia shower head.

Kickstarter Campaign Video

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Sharing Economy, What is it?

Uber and Airbnb are two models for the new sharing economy. These organizations have disrupted the traditional hospitality and transportation frameworks and replaced them with a series of tough questions to be answered though the creation of new legislative policies.

Article: Gigs with Benefits

Article: This is How Uber Takes Over a City

Article: When is A Worker an Employee?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The New Ford Motor Company

The Ford "Mobility" Company is how Ford is redefining itself, looking at all forms of mobility as they predicts few car owners and congested future.

Article: Ford of the future: Wearables, car swapping, ebikes


Friday, June 26, 2015

Typography Used on Janet Jackson's New Project

Janet is flaming anticipation for her new music by selecting type very expressive of the digital world in which we are living in. To introduce her single the she animates her name as reflecting the sound waves embedded in the A and the E of her name - cleaver!

Guardian Article with the Animation and Song

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Google Implements My Graduate Thesis...

Well it feels great to know that my thinking about the future of public space is being validated by the implementation of a solution idea that I proposed in 2003 to address a multi-tude of urban issues such as: the growing digital divide, the urban challenge of identifying parking spaces, the need for cities to generate revenues and ultimately for cities to manage the public "virtual" spaces as they have used parking meters for decades to control the use of physical spaces in cities.

Article: Google, Lining City Streets With WI-FI Hubs

Below my thesis poster.