Archive for the ‘education’ Category

DesignSojourn offers a Mentoring Program

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

I have recently in the start of 2009 started following and reading a lot of RSS feeds via Google Reader, and wow am I overwhelmed (in a good way) with design information, inspiration, and work that is out there!

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Of particular note are the great posts, advice, and information shared by Brian Ling of DesignSojourn. As a design manager at Philips Design in Singapore, Brian is constantly sharing insight into design. Brian recently decided to start a Designer Mentorship program that is currently accepting 5 mentees. So with that said, here goes my post in applying to be part of his program:

In the past year, I’ve been struggling with myself. What do I want to do? Where do I want to be in life? How do I get wherever that is?

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Gijs Bakker at Harvard GSD

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Gijs Bakker, one of the founders of Droog Design, spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Design tonight.

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Victor Schreckengost: unspoken legend

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This post is long overdue…

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Back in May of last year, I visited an exhibit which showcased the work of Victor Schreckngost, who passed away at the age of 101 in 2008.  Along with his own work was the work of his students and some of his students’ students at the Attleboro Arts Musuem in Attleboro, MA. Schreckengost completed or produced at least one piece of design or art work each week of his career! That is amazing. See more photos of the IDSAboston trip from IDSAboston’s Flickr.
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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.

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“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 🙂

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

GinkgoProject: Fill it out, Pass it on

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

I was on the phone this afternoon with Brendan Baker (Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge), who’s doing his master’s thesis on “the state of environmentalism in product design,” elaborating on the survey I filled out from his site.

He’s collecting surveys until end of August, so fill it out and pass it on because he’s still looking for help and more contributors from the product design field!

It’s a very interesting project with many intriguing questions. He’s not pushing environmentalism or sustainability, just pure research into what exists in the business world today. It made me think about my company very differently- or perhaps allowing me to internalize after verbalizing what I already knew…

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

I’m not one to follow on politics much, which is what intigued me about this site called Glassbooth.org. Through a series of questions, it rates which presidential candidates have values most like yours and address the issues most important to you.

Seems like a great way to get unbiased info on the candidate and really understand what these people stand for.

The site is rather well designed too!