Friday, May 28, 2010

Conference: Designing Change/Changing Design

The Society of Environmental Graphic Design will hold there annual conference here in Washington DC June 2-5th.

If you ever wondered who designs store layouts, musuem exhibits, airport wayfinding signage that makes spaces navigable the members of this professional society are the ones.

SEGD Conference

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Graphic Design: Album Art What Does it Mean?

Certain album covers can serve as meaningful expressions of a time, or a performers point of view as well as a visual extension of the music inside.

These released images of Eminem's soon to be available CD seem to be communicating a point of view?

The cleaver use of type in the way the title is presented and the photos of Detroit, Eminem's home, chosen as a back drop for his solitary figure is loaded with potential meaning.

Article: Eminem Album Image...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fashion Design: Is Vensus Channeling Victoria Secrets?

The tennis star Venus Williams a student of design recently launched her own clothing line, Eleven. As her designs are put on display on court tongues have begun to wag.

I can say that I can appreciate the expression femininity she bring to her sport wear line. This is in contrast to the WNBA who simple have cooped the masculine jerseys and shorts which fail to flatter its players and in many ways promote a stereo type of female athletes.

More Photos

Graphic Design: For the Love of Type

One of the latent benefits of having computers in our mist is an increased exposure to type styles by the masses.

With exposure comes some knowledge of the variety of choices and for the others that have grown to love typography many opportunities to cringe at how type is used.

Article: Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists

Type Explorations

Monday, May 24, 2010

Aircraft Design

New FAA rules have spured a growth in small personal aircraft according to a featured piece on the CBS Sunday Morning program that took a wide ranging look at design.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

More Type Choices Coming to the Web

Several firms that own the rights to several popular type styles have decided to make the fonts available for the web. This means that more than the embedded fonts of your Apple or Microsoft operating system.

Article: The Changing Typography of the Web

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Design Exhibition: Why Design Now?

The Smithsonian's National Design Museum: Cooper-Hewitt has opened its National Design Triennial exhibition celebrating significant design for 2006 to 2009.

Exhibition Website

Custom Capert Designer: Malene B

This NYC based textile designer has a way of capturing cultural references and reinterpreting them into floor coverings.

Malene B"s Website

Fashion Design Meets Technology

The tech friendly designer Diana Eng has melded LED's into her collection which is literally highlighting the potential wearable technology.

Video Fashion Show

Article: The Little Black Piezoelectric Dress - Magazine - The Atlantic

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Architecture: A New Look for McDonalds

The restraunt chain will modernize over 450 of its 14,000 U.S. stores over the next year.

Chicago Tribune Article: McDonald's New Look

Monday, May 10, 2010

Documentary: BBC2's The Genuis of Design

If you happen to be in the UK you can watch a new 5 part series on Design. It looks like a fascinating program, let's hope it makes it way to the states sooner and later.

"The first episode of this new series tells the fascinating story of the birth of industrial design. Alongside the celebrated names, from Wedgwood to William Morris, it also explores the work of the anonymous designers responsible for prosaic but classic designs for cast-iron cooking pots to sheep shears - harbingers of a breed of industrially produced objects culminating in the Model T Ford. Includes interviews with legendary designer Dieter Rams and J Mays, Ford Motors' global head of design."

Ghost in the Machine, BBC2 Link

Friday, May 07, 2010

Exhibiton: Design for the Other 90%

One of the great things about living in Washington DC is that most Museum exhibitions are free. As is this Cooper-Hewitt curated exhibition on designing for the world population not situated in Europe or North America.

Design for the Other 90% will be at the National Geographic Museum through September 6, 2010.

National Geographic link

more info. on the exhibition