Archive for the ‘process’ Category

off topic: A Better World by Design ’09

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The Association for Community Design has posted my article about “A Better World by Design” conference that happened last month! Re-posted below:

The 2nd annual “A Better World by Design conference” hosted by RISD and Brown University from Oct 2-4, 2009 in Providence, RI surpassed expectations, particularly for a first time attendee. The conference was fully organized and run by students, who are already actively engaged with projects that change our world. With a diverse speaker list and panel discussions, conversations ranged from affordable housing and architecture in the developing world to clean energy, emerging markets, and social entrepreneurship. As described on the website, “A Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island, to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal. [The event] is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to reshape our communities and sustain our environment.” Themes of cross-disciplinary collaboration, contextual projects, and the future of community empowerment were apparent.

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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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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?

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Read more at Boston.com via MedGadget

Book Review: Do you Matter?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

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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

via Core77

ethnography…

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

It’s good to see that ethnographic research is not just something learned in school. Some companies/people do practice and believe in its benefits for the design process!

Design Research
Nokia in NY Times

On the flip side, read what world acclaimed designer Philip Stark has to say about design being a waste of time.

story of stuff

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Everyone should take a look at this site, storyofstuff.com. A great, simple way of exploring and explaining how we are all affecting and being affected by the consumer world we live in. Where does all this ‘stuff’ come from? and how does it get here? Where does it go?

Really, how is it that we’ve become such a consumerist society. Just the other day, my co-worker and I had a brief conversation about what happened to the day when everyone knew their neighbors and knew what was going on- the gossip in the small town sort of feel. Today it seems like we’re locked up in our houses, often afraid to or too busy to talk to our neighbors, let alone strangers.

I’m off on a tangent. Just go ahead and take a look (and listen) to the site.