Friday, December 22, 2017

Article: America's Humanitarian Architect

Phil Freelon, of Perkins and Will, is one of the few architect of color operating at the highest levels of the profession.

In Their Own Words: Phil Freelon, A Personal History from Perkins+Will on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Google Maps and AI as a Demographic Tool

A brave new world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to be closer than ever before, the question is just what impact it will have on our lives and the opportunity for designers.

Article Is Google Street View the Next Census Tool

AI What's Coming in 2018 for Designers

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Nine Design Trends Shaping the Future

The next massive role of industrial design and design in general is going to be the creation of an entirely new design practice: AID, Artificial Intelligence Design.

Article: Future Design Trends

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

3D Printed Designs in the Digital Age

Joris Laarman, a pioneering force at the frontier of design, art, and engineering, the 37-year-old Dutch designer makes 3-D-printed bridges, tables constructed with the aid of industrial robots, and chairs that can be downloaded from the internet. “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age”—the first U.S. museum exhibition of his work, opening September 27 (through January 14, 2018) at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York—affords us a closer look at his haute-cerebral brand of futurism. 

Article: Furniture's Design Brave new Present

Joris Laarman Website

Cooper Hewitt Museum Exhibition

Monday, December 04, 2017

Tesla Continues to Push the Auto Industry in the Future

The transformation of the transportation industry is being driven single handedly by Telsa's Elon Musk and Designer Franz von Holzhausen.

Article: How Telsa Designs Cars...

This Generations Most Influential Product Designer - Jonathan Ive

In 1997, Steve Jobs discovered a scruffy British designer toiling away at Apple’s headquarters, surrounded by hundreds of sketches and prototypes. Jony Ive’s collaboration with Jobs would produce some of the world’s most iconic technology products, including the iMac, iPod, iPad, and iPhone.

Smithsonian Article: Why Jony Ive Is Apple’s Design Genius

Friday, November 17, 2017

Exhibit: Making Rooms - Housing for a Changing America

The National Building Museum's (DC) new exhibit explores housing that suits the needs of the living spaces where spaces are being shared with roommates, extended family and empty nesters.

Designed by architect Pierluigi Colombo, a new concept home, illustrates how to accommodate three increasingly common household types: retired couples, extended families, and roommates. 

Each arrangement includes two distinct living areas that can be joined or used separately and a smaller, more independent private space.

Exhibit Looks for Ways to Combat the US Housing Crisis

Article: Furniture from MIT Moves

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A new museum has opened in Cape Town South Africa showcasing the continents art.

Article: A Provocative Museum Places African Art on a Global Stage

Architect Thomas Heatherwick Molder to Master Builder

The Zeitz Museum of Modern Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA), which has opened in Cape Town, is the  world's largest museum solely dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. It includes 100 galleries, a rooftop sculpture garden, state of the art storage and conservation areas, a bookshop, a restaurant and bar, and various reading rooms. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Smithsonian Copper Hewitt's National Design 2017 Award Winners

The list of 2017 National Design Award winners are listed in the link below:
Copper Hewitt Design Award Winners

The Best Architecture Projects of 21 Century

Where is architecture heading in the 21st century? A peek at one list of best architecture projects since 2000 gives some insight.

Article: The 16 Best Architecture Projects

14 Stunning Examples of 21st Century Architecture

Friday, October 20, 2017

How Nike Design for the NBA

Nike design process as captured in NYTimes video.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Grahic Design: Honoring Artchitecture

The USPS honors the newest Smithsonian Museum constructed on the national mall with a stamp.

Article: One of the Best Buildings of the Century

Article: David Adjaye Told The Story of A People with a Building

Painters Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley Selected to Paint the Obama's

Painters foreshadow the aesthetic of the society, consider Picasso, Warhol or Basquit as reflections of Modern, Post-Modern and Contemporary aesthetics.

The painters selected to paint the Obama's portraits for the Smithsonian are apart of the current generation shaping the aesthetics of early 21st century.

Smithsonian Selects Artists to Paint Portraits of the Obama's

Article: Who is Amy Sherald?

Article: What are Kehinde Wiley's Thoughts?

Article: painting the Powerless and the President

Monday, October 09, 2017

Fast Company 2017 Design Innovation Winners

The athletic shoe has arrived as a dominate cultural item, holding the changes over the past forty years in its designs. Since the Chuck Taylor "All Star" the sneaker has continually grown to where it could be argued that it is the singular product that maps the post-modern attitude of the destruction following the rules and a move toward to a less formal more causal approach to living.

Both Nike and Adidas were awarded innovation awards by Fast Company Magazine.

2017 Innovation Award Winners

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Architect David Adjaye Designs Another Museum

After having successfully completed one year of operation, the Smithsonian Museum of  African American History and Culture designed by David Adjaye.

The Studio Museum of Harlem's new building is the latest commission for Adjaye Associates.

Article Studio Museum of Harlem New Building

Article: New Spy Museum

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MOMA Exhibit - Items: Is Fashion Modern?

This looks to be an interesting look at fashion from a design perspective.

Article: Paola Antonelli Interview

The exhibition, which uses a design lens to explore fashion's many functional, aesthetic, and social dimensions, will run from October 01, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Article: High Tech Couture

Iris van Herpen, a Dutch fashion designer, combines 3-D printing and hand stitching to reimagine the possibilities of the human body.

Article: Review

"Because “Items” focusses mostly on types, not dream clothes, everyday women’s concerns and how women actually get dressed are placed front and center". 

Article: Garments that Changed Modern Fashion

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Design Indaba's Conference Talks

Check out the video talks at the annual international design conference:

Design Indaba Talks

Ekene Ijeoma combines data and design to tackle pressing global issues. In the video below he presents his work at the 2017 Design Indaba Conference held annually in South Africa.

Ekene Ijeoma combines data and design to tackle pressing global issues from Design Indaba

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Design Activism

A New Orleans designer responses to the debate around public spaces being used to promote racism.

Aritcle: How One Designer Fights Racism with Architecture

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy 10th Bday iPhone

The most influential product of the last decade was introduced by Apple ten years ago today.

Wired Article: iPhone Turns 10

Friday, June 23, 2017

American Politics Hits the Fashion Runway

The Italian fashion house of Dolce and Gabana has generated controversy for their embrace of political positions.

GQ Article: Raury Protest Fashion Design House

Magazine Cover Design

The New Yorker magazine riffs on a classic film to draw a parallel with the current political administration.


Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times one of the last silent movies depicts a protagonist who constantly undermines himself by not grasping the mechanisms that frames his environment.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Obama Library Center Plans Revealed

This is the first look at the plans in the works for the 44st President's library. It is described as transformational for the south side of Chicago neighborhood where it will be located.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Up and Coming Designers: Virgil Abloh and Dozie Kanu

A creative voice that you may not know, Virgil Abloh...
video link

Off White website: Off White

What will be the moniker that will be assigned to this era of design where an urban aesthetic is formalized into a language embraced by the "high society" taste makers?

Virgil talks about his retail store and collaborations with Levis..

Virgil discusses his design inspirations and philosophy:

Another Up and Coming Designer - Dozie Kanu

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Matrixx the Movie: A Metaphor for the Virtual World of the 21st Century

The decision to know the truth, the blue pill or the red pill...

Is what you think is real, real or a construct of your imagination...

The Matrix is the system...

Design Ethics -Tristan Harris

Design in the digital era is focused on attracting the human mind and holding its attention, this manipulation of people is the goal of many social media companies.

Tristan Harris points out that this is not in the best interest of the user, but the advertisers.

Tristan Harris website

Monday, May 22, 2017

Art is NOT Design but There is a Connection

The highest price paid for the work of an American artist happened last week when Jean Micheal Basquiat's untitled painting sold for $110 million. Two other artist, Picasso and Andy Warhol 20th century artist captured and defined here times.

Picasso reflected the birth of Modernism, Warhol mirrored the Post-Modern era's break with the past, and Basquiat's aesthetic expresses the graffiti/hip hop/urban inspired aesthetic of the 21st century.

Music that Shaped Basquit

Basquiat Breaks Record...

Basquait Sells for $110 Million

Book: A Quick Kiling in Art

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Institute of Design Selects a New Dean

Dennis Weil (MDes 2001), the newly selected dean of the Institute of Design (ID) at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has embarked on a five city listening tour soliciting feedback from alumni on the future direction of the school.

During his stop in NYC, alumni living on the east coast met at Doblin to share their thoughts on design and ID's future.

Website: Institute of Design

Hair and Beard Trimmers Updated

What does it mean when you pay three times the price for a new product but what it delivers is an experience valued less than another lower priced competitor?

It means a customer experience that translates into disappointment. The newly introduced Bevel Trimmer is the product that has left this consumer underwhelmed.

As a designer I would say the product comes up short to provide the most important element for a premium priced product, the feeling of quality in the way the trimmer sounds and feels when in use.

When products are sold as premium I expect to feel the weight of a solidly built piece of equipment.

In contrast, The Andis BLACKOUT trimmer is classic piece of a tried and true product that delivers where it counts with its update. At half the price, this solidly made smooth running trimmer with power to spare.

An Update on the Ceiling Fan

It is great to see product designers continue to improve the items we use in function and aesthetics.

Article:The Modern Fan Company - Brazilian designer Guto Indio da Costa Edition

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Welcomed Alternative to the Smart Phone

The time has arrived to look back to the value of the simple mobile phone to fill a new need created by the ubiquitous up scale phones and the disappearing land line phones.

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone

Monday, January 16, 2017

Internationally Renown Stararchitect Zara Hadid

Hadid rose to become one of the world’s most famous architects with her brand of mathematically inspired curving buildings. She died aged 65 after suffering suspected heart failure while on holiday in Miami following an earlier bout of bronchitis.

Video: Architect Zaha Hadid