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Posted by core jr  |  15 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Our readers are likely well aware that Core77's Allan Chochinov has been primarily focused on his duties as co-founder and chair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Products of Design program for the past few years now, and he is pleased to announce that they will be graduating their inaugural class next month. It has by all accounts been a major learning experience for all parties involved, from Allan and his faculty to the students themselves (who, of course, were joined by a second class, of 2015, last semester).

On Thursday, May 8, the 15 intrepid students who first set foot in the department back in 2012 will be presenting their year-long thesis work (names and projects listed below). The event at the SVA Theater on West 23rd St will take place from 1:00–6:30pm, starting with a few opening remarks from Allan and a keynote presentation by author and social theorist Douglas Rushkoff, whose latest book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now was published last year, followed by formal presentations by each student.

Richard Clarkson - "Super. Moments of Remarkable"
Emi Yasaka - "Upward: Fostering Human Mobility in a Sedentary World"
Clay Kippen - "Lucid: Seeing as a Tool for Learning
Kathryn McElroy - "Presence: How to Use Digital Technology to Live a More Analog Life"
Mansi Gupta - "BETTER: The Prejudices and Practices of Mass Production"
Damon Ahola - "The Benefits of Harvesting Ambient Energy"
Gaïa Orain - "the goods"
Samantha Moore - "Around: Drawing Out Relief and Engagement in the Urban Environment"
Rona Binay - "Coexist: Mixing with Wildlife in an Urban Environment"
Cassandra Michel - "Five+: An Exploration of Mindful Experience Through the Lens of Sense"
Joseph Weissgold - "The Teacher's Lounge: Re-Empowering Teachers Through Design Offerings"
Willy Chan - "Alive: Comforting Your Food"
Zena Pesta - "State of the Art Project: Transforming Local Businesses Into Learning Laboratories"
Charlotte Hellichius - "Whateverest. Exploring the Landscape of Apathy and Agency"
Matt Barber - "The End."

It seems like just yesterday that we saw the fresh faces of the inaugural class of SVA PoD roaming the floor of WantedDesign for their 2013 NY Design Week project "ALSO!" Congrats to Allan and all of the students!

Seating is limited, so RSVP is required.

About the Masters Thesis
The http://productsofdesign.sva.eduMFA Products of Design Masters Thesis is a unique, year-long design pursuit that investigates, iterates, and articulates around a given subject matter or territory. Using a series of progressive lenses—from speculative objects to social interventions—student work is instantiated along a continuum from product to service to system to platform. Integrating brand, business, and environmental and social stewardship, the thesis stands as a testament that the "products of design" must span multiple modalities in order to provide effective, holistic offerings.

About the MFA Products of Design Program
The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional leaders for the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change. Graduates emerge with methods, confidence, and the strong professional networks necessary to excel at top design firms and progressive organizations, to create ingenious enterprises of their own, and to become lifelong advocates for the power of design.

Posted by core jr  |   8 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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After years of running the definitive online guide to NY Design Week we are now taking it to the next level by taking a step back. Hey, don't freak-out though, our #1 design week web coverage is still going to be in effect, in fact, get ready for it by visiting and bookmarking our mobile site from your phone or tablet here.

This year though we are making an audacious addition—we are moving beyond listings and blog posts to a full lineup of coverage, profiles and opinion, and we are going to be doing it in *PRINT* in the C77 Design Daily. That's right: we are going to be covering the NYCxDesign events LIVE and producing a daily newspaper, reported, designed and printed in NYC. Then we'll be burning rubber—by car, bike and foot—to distribute the tabloid which will include our top picks form ICFF, WantedDesign, Soho and more! NYCxDesign attendees will be encouraged to collect the daily tabloid at their favorite design venues.

If you want to see YOUR NAME IN PRINT, and to draw in the DESIGN-CRAZED citizenry of the greater NYC metro area to your show or event, or if you simply want to get on our editorial team's radar, you need to fill out this form immediately.

More details will be coming in the next weeks as our plans finalize, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile things are still fluid, so if you want to be a part of our Mean Green Street Team—on the scene, cool team, doin' design-y things—hit us up at: mail [at] core77 [dot] com.

Posted by core jr  |   7 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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What are you doing all day on June 19th? Nothing? Wrong. Clear your schedule to make room for the very first Core77 Conference! We're putting together a day-long shindig in Brooklyn featuring some of the most forward-thinking people in the design world talking about how and why they do what they do.

We're finalizing the details now, including a full lineup of speakers, special guests and swag. We've booked a venue with a great vibe, large enough to hold a crowd but small enough so it's easy to meet everyone. Of course, as with any Core77 gathering there will be plenty of food, drinks and music throughout the day and into the evening.

If you're not in the neighborhood, start making your travel plans now so you don't miss out. Tickets go on sale shortly, so keep your eyes here for upcoming announcements.

Posted by core jr  |   2 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Just over a month ago, we posted a Call for Entries for a Dutch design-inspired gift item that could be produced on a 3D printer, to be produced by Kikkerland. The Royal Netherlands Embassy has since announced the 14 finalists, selected by an expert jury for public voting and (for those of you in NYC) viewing at the Museum of Arts and Design starting tomorrow, April 3, through April 20. Even if you can't make it to MAD to see the 3D-printed prototypes, anyone can cast his or her vote for the winner until April 30.

We caught up with jury member Jan van der Lande, CEO of Kikkerland, at the Housewares Show a few weeks ago, where he elaborated on the company's philosophy, including its longtime support of young designers:

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Posted by core jr  |  27 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Long before the likes of Facebook and Flickr co-opted the color, the original Big Blue had established itself as a giant in a different era in tech. A perennial fixture of "most valuable brands" lists, IBM is pleased to announce that will be committing over $100 million to "globally expanding its consulting services capability to help clients with experience design and engagement." The Armonk, NY-based company is capitalizing on its strength in the Big Data with plans to open IBM Interactive Experience labs in Bangalore, Beijing, Groningen, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo.

In short, IBM is making a major foray data-driven service design, a nod to a broader definition of product as experience or interaction (a.k.a. the shift from physical to digital, hardware to software, etc.). Shannon Miller, a Global Strategy Leader at IBM Interactive Experience, shared more details on their vision for what the future holds both for IBM, its clients and the end user.

Core77: We've witnessed the rise of service design (i.e. experience design) as a discipline in its own right, what makes this a good time for IBM to make this major investment in this area?

Shannon Miller: We have seen growing client demand in the marketplace around experience design capabilities and the front office transformation—and this market only continues to grow as consumers continuously look for the next best experience. IBM is the only company that can bring research, creative and design skills together with data experts and a traditional consultancy to solve our clients' biggest problems. We see this demand globally and wanted to expand our reach to create centers around the world where we can collaborate and co-create with clients to develop innovative solutions.

To what degree is this data-centric approach to experience design an extension of the company's long history in the computer industry, and to what degree is a new frontier for IBM's strengths?

Technology is becoming ingrained into the DNA of every business and personal interaction, especially in today's customer-centric world, and IBM is helping clients understand their customers as individuals through the use of Big Data. While this certainly is an extension of IBM's 100-plus-year history and commitment to design, IBM researchers within IBM Interactive Experience invented unique algorithms that conduct the analysis for new capabilities—Intelligent Customer Profiles, Influence Analysis and Customer Identity Resolution. These join an existing portfolio of data-driven capabilities including Life Event Detection, Behavioral Pricing and Psycholinguistic Analytics.

IBM Interactive Experience is an industry first—a management consultancy and systems integration company combined with a digital agency powered by data and research. IBM Interactive Experience drives insights from data—including information on individual decisions, choices, preferences and attitudes—to transform the customer experience.

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Posted by Coroflot  |  19 Mar 2014

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Are you ready for a spring season filled with celebration of design thinking and how it impacts successful businesses? The Industrial Designers Society of America announced their annual District Design Conference season with a line up of events that no one should miss. These local and affordable events will cover topics designed to help you meet expanding business demands and take advantage of new opportunities, all while networking and sharing ideas with like-minded design enthusiasts.

To get involved in the IDSA District Design Conferences, here are the important dates and locations:

On April 5th, Denver, CO - The Western District Design Conference: Running with the Bulls will be at the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State.

Also on April 5th, Grand Rapids, MI - The Central District Design Conference: Unfolding Design takes place at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

On April 12th, Savannah, GA - The Southern District Design Conference: Design: Mind. Body. Soul. is being held at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

On April 26th, Chicago, IL - The Midwest District Design Conference: Industrial Evolution takes place at Lane Tech College Prep High School.

On May 15th, New York, NY - The Northeast District Design Conference: Design it. Build it. Fund it. will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

For more information on the conferences, including pricing and why you should attend, check out their FAQs.

Posted by core jr  |  14 Mar 2014  |  Comments (5)

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As we're discovering (and hopefully already knew) from the latest installment of True I.D. Stories, stealing designs is a nerve-wrecking and inexcusable act for all parties involved. Despite the guilt that comes with the crime, it happens far more often than anyone would like to admit. Be Original Americas, an organization committed to raising awareness and initiating discussion on the importance of preserving original design, is taking a step toward raiding awareness on the sore subject. As of this morning, they've announced that they'll be opening up membership to the public. Companies, individuals, arts and educational institutions are invited to join the movement in recognizing the value of original design by participating in events, lectures and other original design focused happenings.

Membership levels will be available in three different options: members, affiliates and individuals. You can read more about the different memberships on the organization's website.

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Be Original and Berhardt Design President (and Design Gatekeeper) Jerry Helling shares some words on what being a part of the organization means to him:

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Posted by core jr  |  12 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

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About three months ago, we were interested to learn that Kiel Mead, co-founder of American Design Club and friend of Core, had taken a leadership role at Fab.com. As the Executive Vice President of Design, Mead is looking to spearhead new initiatives to support designers through Fab as a global online platform. Here he presents his first project, "First Things First," a call for entries for NYCxDesign, in his own words.

Fab Submit is a new initiative at Fab that stems from our longstanding goal of discovering and promoting the work of designers at all stages of their careers. Fab Submit is an open door for designers to present their designs to us, with the very real potential to have Fab produce and sell their work. The intent of our first call is to inspire new design with an intentionally broad brief. "First Things First: Finding Inspiration In A Fresh Start" is a prompt that we think will get the wheels turning for designers to take pen, pencil or indigo blue Prismacolor to paper.

My career before Fab was all about supporting designers and finding new and interesting ways to show, share and sell their work. For the past several years I have helped to foster an ever growing community of designers through my work with the American Design Club. Now I can pair those resources and that camaraderie with the expansive reach and established platform of Fab. One of the best things about Fab is how much this company wants to discover new and exciting work from designers at any level of their careers. Through programs like Fab Submit, we will discover great new designs and amazing new talents.

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The deadline to submit is March 21, so check out the call for submissions and enter today!

Posted by core jr  |  24 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Calling all designers!

The Dutch government is looking for a new giveaway to distribute in the United States and is inviting designers to submit inventive, quirky, and smart ideas for a functional and affordable small item. The item should be inspired by Dutch Design and fit in the collection of our partner, Kikkerland. For more information please see www.Dutchcultureusa.com.

The competition is open to everyone. Organizers hope that Dutch designers, US designers inspired by Dutch Design, as well as special teams of Dutch and US designers will participate.

The top 10 entries will be selected by a high-profile jury by the beginning of April, and will be printed in 3D by Shapeways. This competition, however, does not require that every part of your design can be printed on a 3D printer. The winner will be anounced mid-April.

See the full Call for Entries and submit today!

Posted by core jr  |  24 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)
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With less than a week to go until March, the International Home + Housewares Show is just around the corner—from March 15–18, Chicago's McCormick Place will once again see the latest and greatest in new and improved housewares. From kitchen gadgets to cleaning supplies, the three main exhibition areas will be chock full of practical and playful items for every nook and cranny of your home.

As always, we recommend downloading the app and checking out our past coverage; follow @HousewaresShow or hashtags #IHHS2014 or #IHHSHappenings for the latest from McCormick Place. Whether you'll be in attendance or simply watching this space for updates from McCormick Place, check out the IH+HS Blog and our archive of coverage from 2011, 2012 and 2013... but be warned, you might get sucked into a few hours' worth of browsing products for your home.

Posted by core jr  |  18 Feb 2014  |  Comments (1)

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As we announced last week, Brunel University's top design students have been preparing for a 24-hour design-a-thon, which kicks off right now, at 6pm GMT.

The Made in Brunel 24hr Design Challenge sees 157 students tackle briefs from world renowned companies including Lego, Rolls Royce, IDEO and Seymour Powell. Working under pressure this is an opportunity for us to prove what Brunel designers are capable of.

Tune in below and join the conversation with @MadeinBrunel on Twitter and Vine.

Posted by core jr  |  12 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Editor's Note: This post, which was provided by the student organizers of Made in Brunel, has been amended to reflect that Core77 is a media partner for the event.

On February 18 at 6pm, Made in Brunel's 24-hour Design Challenge will begin. Over 150 design students will work on eight briefs from some of the most recognizable brands all over the world. This unique event has been organized to give people an insight into the design process of Brunel University's top design students as they develop concepts live on camera.

Never before has such a large group of students worked together in this way, providing them with the opportunity to directly show their abilities to potential employers. Working in small teams, briefs will be answered in just three hours; conceiving, developing and delivering their ideas under high pressure. In just one day, talented young designers will collaborate on a range of real-world briefs and we are excited to see what the students come up with.

To find out more visit the website, MadeinBrunel.com, and don't forget to tune in live next week!

Posted by Mark Vanderbeeken  |  10 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Interaction design students were juried by Interaction Design Assocation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Yesterday evening IxDA (the global Interaction Design Association) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the winner of the IxDA Student Design Challenge at Interaction14, IxDA's yearly conference, which is currently taking place in Amsterdam.

Kevin Gaunt (rightmost on photo) of the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden has been chosen as the winner of the student challenge. The challenge focuses on the design of the experience of the child health record, which is a critical component of current health information systems worldwide. This is also a key focus of the work done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over six million children under the age of five died last year; more than half of these deaths could have been prevented with existing interventions. The global public health community could save millions of lives in the coming years by gaining the trust of families and informing them about how to access effective information about healthcare and hygiene. But, health organizations remain challenged by how to reach remote populations with life-saving health information when these children or their parents do not speak their country's national language or cannot read.

Rethinking and designing that experience was at the heart of this year's challenge.

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Posted by core jr  |   7 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)

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Once again, Core77 is pleased to partner with Design Indaba for their annual design/creativity/innovation Conference and Expo in Cape Town, South Africa, which has quickly grown to a week-long celebration of all things creative. As the biggest design event in the country, continent and hemisphere where it takes place, Design Indaba has firmly established itself as a progressive platform for artists and designers of all persuasions, as diverse as its locale even as the event attracts a global audience.

So much more than a "how-to" conference, this is a forum fuelled by inspiration that breeds ideas, ingenuity and innovation. Creativity is our currency and a better future our agenda. The Conference is your opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the world's foremost creatives, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and trendsetters. It's the not-to-be-missed creative inspiration event of the year, the perfect way to kickstart 2014.

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This year's speakers include: Jake Barton, Lauren Beukes, El Ultimo Grito, Naoto Fukasawa, Experimental Jetset, David Goldblatt, Thomas Heatherwick, David Higgs, Tom Hulme, Margot Janse, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Ije Nwokorie, Michel Rojkind, Dean Poole, Stefan Sagmeister, Scholten & Baijings, Marcello Serpa, DJ Stout and Clive Wilkinson.

As usual, Design Indaba's media team is producing tons of excellent video content—here is a video of the highlights from last year's event:

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Posted by core jr  |  29 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)

Walsh is good and dandy, but it's Sagmeister who is perhaps better suited to share things that he has learned in his life so far. To celebrate the launch of the new edition of his 2008 monograph Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far (Abrams Books, 2013), Designers & Books has teamed up with AIGA/NY for a very special book launch / signing event with all the [virtual] bells and whistles.

Designers & Books Founder Steven Kroeter shared the inspiration behind the Feb 6 in-studio + online book signing.

Most book signings I go to are very enjoyable and terrific social events—but frequently it seems that not too many books are sold. Our thought is that it's very nice to allow fans to connect with authors by providing signed copies. We like the idea of doing something special, to motivate as many people as possible.

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In this case, Stefan very kindly agreed to host the signing in his studio, so his fans will get the chance to meet him there. And not only are we providing a way for those in New York to get signed and personally inscribed copies, but with our new special relationship with Gumroad, we are able to provide signed and personally inscribed copies to anyone in the world that the US Post Office ships to. We think this is a very nice way to create a "next best" personal connection between an author and book fans.

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Posted by core jr  |  13 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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For 34 years running, the Industrial Designers Society of America sets out to find designers and designs that epitomize quality across design mediums and platforms. Are you ready to be discovered and recognized?

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) are given to only the brightest and best executed designs in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Winners of this award enjoy immediate benefits including pride, self-satisfaction and bragging rights, as well as some longer-term perks, like a stronger professional reputation and increased career opportunities.

All the information you need about the awards, how to enter, the jury and much more is available here. The call for entries ends February 14th, 2014, which we all know seems like an eternity from now, but we recommend you get your entry in sooner than later. Good luck!

Posted by shaggy  |  13 Dec 2013

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Dear designers, design aficionados and assorted creative types of the greater Portland, Oregon area,

Tonight's the Night for design and celebration. We strongly encourage you to drop by the design event of the season for some:
- Complimentary Social Lubrication (DJ Music & Cocktails!)
- Free perusal of the Bridge City Tool Works exhibit!
- Raffled-off gift certificates worth $500 at Core77's Hand-Eye Supply!
- Elbow rubbing with some of the creative luminaries from this year's Curiosity Club speaker series.

The Core77 & Hand-Eye Supply Holiday Shindig at
Museum of Contemporary Craft
in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art
724 Northwest Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Further information here.

Posted by core jr  |  10 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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We were excited to offer an exclusive weekly look into Francis Bitonti's first New Skins Computational Design for Fashion Workshop last summer. The debut session, which took place from July 22nd – August 8th at Pratt's Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center in Brooklyn, New York, ended with a beautifully collaborated dress using design elements from all of the students' work. The successful design for the Verlan Dress lead to the creation of another workshop starting this winter. But you'd better hurry—the registration deadline is December 15th.

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Posted by shaggy  |   4 Dec 2013

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Dear Designers, Craftspeople, Curious/ Creative Types of Portland, Ore.,
The Portland bureau of Core77 & Hand-Eye Supply invite you to the design event of the season: HOLIDAY SHINDIG at the Museum Of Contemporary Craft on Friday, December 13, 2013 -- 6:00pm till 9:00pm
- Complimentary Social Lubrication: * Dj Music * Cocktails *
- Peruse the Bridge City Tool Works exhibit for free!
- Win up to $500 in Hand-Eye Supply gift certificates!
- Mingle with & be dazzled by the illustrious, brilliant Curiosity Club speaker-alumni, incld. but not limited to:
--- Type-Casters, CC Stern Type Foundry
--- Camera Fabricator, Kurt Mottweiller
--- Guitar Maker, Matthew Reineck
--- Laser Mapper,Tarika Hanawalt
- All in attendance are eligible to vote for the Curiosity Club Speaker of the Year Prize.
Hope to see you there! - Core77 & Hand-Eye Supply
RSVP now...

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   3 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)

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The season of sparkling snow, stress and singing Santa figurines is here! In between the food and the familial feuding, we hope you'll find time to show your loved ones you support their creative aims. At Hand-Eye Supply we think a good gift sparks excitement about the object and the way you'll use it. We've gathered some especially inspiring objects for the shop, the studio, the campsite and the home. Who they're gifted to (or hoarded by) is up to you, but we guarantee they're all nicely made, satisfying to hold and ready to fit a creative lifestyle.

Check out the Hand-Eye Gift Collection Here!

Check out some of the collection stand outs after the jump.

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Posted by core jr  |  26 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

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It's that time again: As November draws to a close, the coming weeks invite a flood of countless clichés, hackneyed phrases and perfunctory platitudes (first four words included) to express all variety of holiday cheer, stress and the other bipolar sentiments of the season. It's not all fluff, though, and in the interest of offering a break from the Black Friday bombardment, we're pleased to present our annual Ultimate Gift Guide, featuring 77 selections from our editors and contributors, old and new.

In contrast to last year’s Ultimate Gift Guide, in which we neatly identified the “Seven Designer Phenotypes,” we’re taking a more introspective approach this time around, featuring selections from 11 members of our esteemed editorial team. From longtime contributors to a few fresh faces, we’re collectively forging ahead with our mission to bringing you the very best of industrial design and beyond, and the Gift Guide is no exception.

More than ever before, the Gift Guide represents a portrait of where Core77 stands today, as much a snapshot of the latest and greatest goodies, gadgets and all variety of beautiful object for the home, office and world around us as a look at the multi-faceted individuals who comprise our diverse editorial team. Yet we are united in our appreciation of quality, attention to detail, and unwillingness to settle for any less than the best.

These items—seven selections from each of 11 Core-tributors—are not your average, disposable products du jour: Each one is an investment in an object that you or your loved ones will be happy not only to receive but actually use.

Check out "Eleven × Seven,' our Ultimate Gift Guide for 2013→

Posted by erika rae  |  22 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

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After three weekends, six matches and 12 designs—all created in less than 90 minutes—we're ready for our Hatch Live Design Competition Final. Hatch Live concludes this Saturday with a live match open to the public starting at 1pm at the WeWork Lounge in Soho.

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The semi-finals were intense. Wil, Nick, Nelson and Ruben have already proven themselves getting this far, winning challenges in categories such as tables, seating and storage.

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  19 Nov 2013  |  Comments (2)

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The Adjustable Clampersand is a rare and precious thing: a true Core77-born commodity. Core77 readers may remember the original Clampersand Coretoon by Tony Ruth, showing the typographical tool in sketchy form. And now, with much hard work and horn-tooting, we're pleased to present the fully-fledged and functional Clampersand. The glittering conjunction is made from aluminum, cast at the Batavia Foundry outside of Chicago.

"I always envisioned the Clampersand as an ideal bookend for an open ended shelf," remarks Ruth. "I use them to clamp several books upright into a freestanding centerpiece. Or I simply stand it up by itself on a table. I'd recommend using it to clamp verbally associated objects together into some sort of visual pun: bacon and eggs, salt and pepper, turner and hooch. That sort of thing."

The clamps receive a rough polish and a secondary base grinding, ensuring that they sit flat while clamped. While the Clampersand is fully functional, it is not recommended as an actual shop clamp, because the cast aluminum is a lower strength material than a traditional steel clamp.

Tony Ruth is a designer, illustrator and occasional cartoonist from Chicago, a bacon enthusiast, and inventor of the adjustable Clampersand. Mechanical design by Tim Haley of Tangible.

You heard it (and saw it) here first: git your fresh Clampersands, clamp them around the house, shop and garden for all your bookending puns and visual run-on sentences. Punctuate your projects, support American production, and give kudos to zealous cartoonists.

Available now from Hand-Eye Supply! $40.

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  14 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Hand-Eye Supply is excited to announce that we've partnered with Instructables to create a contest encouraging open source inclined makers to create a workshop-based DIY tutorial. As if the joy of sharing your projects and process with your peers wasn't enough, we've put together some bitchin' prize packages (totaling over $2,500) to make this contest especially enticing!

Entries will be judged by Instructables members (including you, if you if you join Instructables). We've created a special judges' prize that will be chosen by the staff of Hand-Eye Supply and our special guest judge: workshop wizard Kurt Mottweiler, known for his intricate and meticulously crafted pinhole cameras that are partially made with tools he has designed and built himself. To be eligible for this prize your Instructable must instruct participants to build a tool.

To check out current entries and submit your own, visit the Instructables Workshop Contest Page. The contest ends January 20, 2014, so you can vote and submit until then!

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Posted by erika rae  |  13 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Hatch Live, the New York City-based live Rhino 3D design competition powered by Hatch Hub, kicked off on October 19th with a first round of eight students and is now moving toward its semi-final battles. We're pleased to present a behind-the-scenes look at the competitors, battles and winning designs that have led us up to the semi-finals. The winner of Hatch Live will walk away with the Grand Prize of $4,000 and a brunch/portfolio review with Dan Rubenstein, former Editor in Chief of Surface Magazine.

More prizes up for grabs from Shapeways and Hatch Hub include the Shapeway's Staff Favorite Prize and a "Designer in Residence" at the Shapeways' OUT OF HAND/HANDS ON interactive space at the Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Ronald T. Labaco, Curator of Out of Hand, explains: "As an institution that seeks to demystify the process of making, the HANDS ON lab provides a tangible means of experiencing the digital design and fabrication process." The Shapeways Staff Favorite from Hatch Live will have the opportunity to showcase their modeling and printing skills in a fully interactive environment within the space—courtesy of 3D printing marketplace and community Shapeways—for one week.

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Posted by core jr  |  18 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Even as real estate agents push Williamsburg's eastern border deeper and deeper into Bushwick proper (at least there's a borough line to demarcate where Ridgewood begins) and the Brooklyn Navy Yard sees a fair share of artists and designers fill its massive warehouses, the City and its commercial real estate partners are looking to revive the historic manufacturing center of Sunset Park. The neighborhood is about a mile due south of Red Hook, which is home to a number of designers who will be participating in the Factory Floor marketplace, a kickoff event for the renovated manufacturing complex known as Industry City at Bush Terminal.

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Of course, the economic investment dates back to the mid-2000's, and as the owner of nearly six million square feet of the space in the area, the City is subsidizing the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone, which is largely situated in a complex of 16 buildings known as Brooklyn Army Terminal. ('Southwest Brooklyn' is relative; it's south of well-known neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Park Slope, but it's nowhere near the far reaches of the D/N/F/Q train, viz. Coney Island.) The Times has a fairly comprehensive report on state of the IBZ as of just over a year ago; this weekend sees the launch of Factory Floor, a new 22,000-sq. ft. pop-up marketplace.

FactoryFloor-Rendering.jpgRendering courtesy of Factory Floor / Industry City

FactoryFloorCOMP-1.jpgClockwise from top left: furniture by David Gaynor, Colleen & Eric, Juniper, Ethan Abramson and Pickett Furniture

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