Friday, May 27, 2011

Grapic Designer: Michael Bierut

Michel describes the development of his interest in design and highlights of his career during his presentation before a D. Crit School audience.

Michael Bierut, “Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job”.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Design History: Dieter Rams, The Father of Modern Consumer Product Aesthetics

Dieter Rams prefers being described as an architect, because of the over use of the term designer/design that has lessen the value of the word in his opinion.

Article and More Interview Videos

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Furniture Design: Clear Concept

Few furniture items could serve the new nursery better than this cool dresser. The graphical elements speak to the developing mind of a child learning to store their essentials.

Training Dresser

Fashion News: Olivier Rousteing

Wow! a black (mixed-raced) man heading a fashion house in Europe I wish him the best. With a number of talented fashion types trashing and burning in the high pressured world of fashion I hope Mr. Rousteing is prepared for the riggers of the industry.

"Just two weeks ago, the 25-year-old Olivier Rousteing was one of the legions of nameless, faceless designers, patternmakers and stylists toiling behind-the-scenes at a fashion company. Now, he heads one of the most storied, influential luxury labels in Paris, Balmain, and will debut his first, hotly anticipated collection for the house this fall." - Forbes

Forbes Article: Name You Need to Know

Daily Beast Article: Balmain's Olivier Rusteing

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

2011 Solar Decalthon Empower House

The collaborative approach and life after the competition is the basis of a strong conceptual approach to Parson and Stevens Institute solution. All the models will be on the national mall in late September.

Department of Energy/Solar Decathlon Website

Newletter:Building Positive

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

NYC Taxi of Tomorrow

New York City announced the winner of its Taxi of Tomorrow competition. I must say its about time that to Ford Crown Victoria is retired as a taxi. Hopefully, other city's will follow New York's lead.

NYC Taxi of Tomorrow Website

Video of New NYC Taxi

Friday, May 06, 2011

Fashion Design: Alexander McQueen a Master at His Craft

It was only after his death in 2010 that many outside of the fashion world including myself began to hear of the influence and talent of Alexander McQueen.

The power of his skills are now being celebrated at a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition and more recently at the annual fashion gala at the Costume Institute. From what I have been able to understand, McQueen was both a skilled craftsmen, designer and performance artist, a very rare feat to master.

Exhibition Review

The New Yorker Magazine Review

NYTimes Review

More photos

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Now is the Time for Electric Mobility

Now that electric car are being produced for the mass market and a gallon of gas is fast approaching $5 a gallon, the tipping point for all things mobile is moving to electric power.

From bikes to motor cycles more products are being made for the plug-in and go crowd.

Brammo Electric Dirt Bikes

NYTimes Article: Electric Car Proved Useful after the Disaster

Article: How is the transition to electric cars going?

Wired Article: Electric Superbike

Marc Newson Thinks Design is Easy

In the attached article one of this generations most successful product designers explains how he experiences design.

His latest creation is the RFID luggage tag. So if you would like to track your luggage now you can.

WSJ Article