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