Archive for the ‘books’ Category

Travel Therapy Book

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Travel Therapy is a book of “Top Trips Based on What Youย’re Going Through in Life!”
Sounds like just what I need right about now.. ๐Ÿ˜›

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inspiration search: sites, blogs, and links

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

If there’s not enough inspiration from the links above, there’s always the option of hallucinating.. or just freaking yourself out?


Read more at via MedGadget

Treasures of Syracuse University library

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Tonight I went to Boston Public Library to listen to Suzanne Thorin, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries of Syracuse University (my alma mater!), speak about SU’s treasured artifacts and special collections. And what an incredible collection it is! Of course, as always, I wish I knew about it sooner- when I was a student less than 2 years ago. Although there were only a handful of items presented, all had an impact that I wish I had known about- particularly during freshman art history class. I had no idea that SU had nearly 80% of Marcel Breuer’s original architectural design sketches or Margaret Burke-White’s original camera equipment and photography prints and negatives. It truly brings history to life to be able to see first hand the thought process of writers and artists or to appreciate artwork close up!

I was able to snap a few photographs of some artifacts:

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It’s not just the sound of “Thomas Edison’s Blue Amber Record,” but the packaging that is significant. Package on right LEFT uses less material and 1 less color- saves on cost, production, and materials! A genius Edison was.


“Illuminated Manuscript,” significant in its use of vellum paper and Gutenberg’s Printing Press over woodblock typography setting. Gorgeous.

The Special Collection (6th floor, Bird Library) is constantly in search of ways to better itself for the use of Syracuse University’s faculty and students. I can’t wait to hear more about the Plastics Collection of the 1940’s-50’s that came from Leominster, MA! This will certainly be a great resource for ID students in Smith Hall ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for the educational evening! Learn more about Syracuse University’s Library here.

Book Review: Do you Matter?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008


Do You Matter? won’t exactly be an eye-opener for most industrial designers. Indeed the author podcast makes it clear that business leaders are the target audience. Fortunately for Core’s readership, from a personal perspective, the answer to the title question is a resounding yes. Brunner and Emery have literally written a book saying that industrial designers are the answer to corporate irrelevance! So while designers may not learn much from Do You Matter?, it would be in all of our best interests to get a copy in the hands of senior managers everywhere.

read more at BusinessWeek

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Design Travel Guides

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I bought my first 2 Wallpaper City Guides (San Francisco and Hong Kong) this past weekend at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in NYC! Beautifully designed.


Interestingly, ID Magazine (current June 2008) has an article about IDEO’s Eye Open NYC and London guides. Here sold on Amazon.

Of course there’s the online city guides by DesignSponge.

Design travel guides popping up everywhere. Makes me want to write more in my own travel journals ๐Ÿ™‚

China Design Now

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I’m extremely disappointed that I probably won’t be able to visit London before the closing of the China Design Now exhibit in July at the V&A.


Instead, for my birthday last week, I bought myself a present: the book. I’ve only briefly flipped through it, but there is a lot of great background information on the influences of current Chinese design and how design has changed in 3 major cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzen. Needless to say China is the spotlight. Like many, I’m excited to see how design will continue to evolve and mature. Hopefully native Chinese along with those raised elsewhere, like myself, will continue to embrace their heritage and culture.

Exhibit review by Core77.