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Posted by Allan Chochinov  |  16 Jul 2014  |  Comments (10)


And we are not intending a pun in the title at all. The thing is perfect.

We were excited to attend the press preview of Airbnb's new identity last week in Tribeca and have to say that the new marque is pretty brilliant. Co-founder and friend Joe Gebbia kicked off his remarks with a shout out to Core77 as "the first site to ever write about Airbnb"(!)—back when it was "Air Bed and Breakfast"—and then took us through the evolution of the brand to its new birth this morning.

The heavy lifting was done by DesignStudio, a London-based shop who basically embedded themselves at Airbnb HQ for months (and is now led in SF by immensely thoughtful founding partner Paul Stafford).

All we can say is that if they wanted something completely universal, instantly memorable, drawable, customizable, and hackable by every homeowner, front lawn sign maker, and (we're guessing soon) restaurant and shop window, DesignStudio and the folks at Airbnb have hit it out of the park... and, well, right through your bedroom window.

They're launching a Create Airbnb site today to let you make your own version, so we figure by tomorrow this logo will have worked its way around the world into myriad interpretations and some pretty smart embodiments...especially since this is such a beloved brand with countless fans with Photoshop, phones, tablets, and painting apps in their arms.

Ready, set, go. And congrats to the team.

Ed. Note: Additional thoughts on Bélo here

Posted by core jr  |  10 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


Foaming at the mouth? Got infoamation on the whereabouts of the blue stuff? Hoarding scraps and offcuts with nary a purpose? Don't wait—donate! The Foam Agency, a new initiative by Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops, is currently accepting contributions of rigid insulation foam for an installation at the Brooklyn outpost of the Makeshift Society, where the two SVA Products of Design students are artists-in-residence this summer (a first for both the designers and the co-working space). As their very first project, "The Insulation Installation" is intended to showcase—or show-wall, as it were (wall-case?)—the unsung material that is familiar to artists, architects and designers for its unique utilitarian properties.

Traditionally, insulation foam has worked hard to prevent drafts and keep moisture out of walls. Artists and designers have adopted the material as a tool for expressing ideas because of its low cost and high flexibility. From beautifully articulated handcrafted models to full-scale architectural mockups, rigid foam has become an integral part of the making process. The installation at Makeshift Society celebrates all of the wonderful properties of rigid insulation foam.
Housed in a transparent wall, at Makeshift Society Brooklyn, TFA's reclaimed foam will showcase the many talents and ambitions of the design community, while continuing to do its job as an insulator. Why hide the most dynamic of materials? TFA is looking to showcase foam that has already lived an exciting life, foam that has been sawn into pieces, shaped with hot-wire cutters, hacked away with a rasp or sanded down with 600-grit sandpaper.


As with, say, reclaimed wood, the provenance of the foam is paramount: The Foam Agency will catalog the story of the secondhand materials. They're currently accepting contributions in-person and online—if you're in NYC, they'll "dispatch their agents" to pick it up—fill out the submission foam here.


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


Once again, we're pleased to announce that Core77 will be the media partner for the Bike Cult Show, New York City's annual celebration of handbuilt bicycles and the craftspeople behind them. Now in its second year, organizers Harry Schwartzman, Dave Perry and Benjamin Peck are bringing the two-day bike extravaganza to the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, a 50,000 sq. ft. event space that will host an impressive (and still growing) roster of exhibitors from the Northeast region over the weekend of August 16–17.

As with last year, we're looking forward to seeing sweet new bikes from the likes of Johnny Coast, Jamie Swan, Rick Jones and Thomas Callahan. Indeed, all of the builders whom we profiled last year will be participating again this year—except, of course, the late Ezra Caldwell, who succumbed to cancer in May, after long outliving his doctors' prognoses. A beloved member of many communities beyond bike building, Ezra is gone but not forgotten, and the show will go on.

Stay tuned for a series of builder profiles leading up to the show, as well as news and updates, here on Core77. As with the inaugural show, the second annual Bike Cult Show promises to be a good one!

BCS-Jamie.jpgIn case you missed it, check out our video profile of Jamie Swan

Posted by Ray  |   2 Jul 2014  |  Comments (1)


By now, it seems like the conceit of a 'home of the future' has existed for as long as we've taken residence in permanent structures—while subsistence cultures certainly didn't fret over replacing HVAC filters, our domestic life perpetually bears the promise of being easier or more comfortable. But even as sci-fi films offer tantalizing glimpses into a swipeable, location-aware near-future, the app-enabled abode has proven to be an elusive dream as we once again crank up our noisy old air conditioners, much as we did with barely adequate space heaters just four months ago.

Well that's the case here in New York City, but for those of you who live outside the endemic constraints of shady landlords and co-op boards—and,to some extent, even for those of us who do—the fabled smart home may be appreciably closer to becoming a reality with the launch of a new collection of products on Monday, July 7, thanks to a new free app called Wink and your local Home Depot.

It's not a retail partnership in the traditional sense: Wink is a software ecosystem for other networked devices and appliances. It relies on a single piece of hardware, a pointedly nondescript white box that will likely gather dust alongside your modem and router—plugged in, of course, but scarcely touched after initial setup—since the entire interface is accessed via smartphone. Several Wink-enabled products will work without the hub, which facilitates networked communications for less deeply integrated products; compatibility is clearly indicated by labels on the packaging.


Nor is it a 'collection' so much as the launch of the app and 60 compatible products from 15 well-known brands, including literal household names such as GE—who have partnered with Wink's parent company Quirky to produce a series of networked products—and first mover Phillips to smart sprinkler startup Rachio and tech darlings Dropcam. So too does the selection run the gamut from entry-level light bulbs (GE & Quirky have developed one for $15) to more advanced products such as motorized curtains, deadbolts and garage doors. (Both the Wink Hub and the products will also be available via Amazon, though the displays at Home Depot will drive awareness and in-store sales.)


Posted by core jr  |  20 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

C77DD-EmergencyBenches.jpgPhotography by Ikon Photo and Nudesignstudio

It's been a whirlwind of a weekend, but from the feedback we've been hearing so far, the Nimble Scooters—spent a good part of Monday revisiting WantedDesign with our friend Jamie Wolfond, whose fantastic Emergency Benches we had set up outside WantedDesign).


If you still haven't seen the finished product, you can still grab a copy here and there at some of the shows that are finishing up in the next few days—dash;we'll post locations via @C77DD on Twitter. If you didn't make it to NYC for the festivities, catch up with the #C77DD on Twitter and Instagram for some behind-the-scenes pictures and updates. And make sure to keep an eye on the website for additional NY Design Week content to come, as well as some of the features from the very pages of the Daily.

And lest we forget, here is the solution to the crossword for C77DD Issue #4 [PDF].

Until next time, faithful print enthusiasts!

JamiWolfond-C77DD.jpgDesigner Jamie Wolfond with his Emergency Benches


Posted by core jr  |  19 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


It's official: The last issue of the C77 Design Daily—#C77DD for all of you social media inclined folk—is hitting the newsstands this morning! get your hands on the latest copy to peruse our finds from ICFF, WantedDesign, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, INTRO NY and all of the other pop-up shows and parties that are wrapping up in the next day or two.

We spent our Sunday revisiting some of the shows and exhibits we wanted to spend a little more time with—and we recommend you do the same today. Stop and grab the latest issue from one of our newsies. They're raring to go with the kind of energy that comes with bearing good news.



C77 Design Daily at NYCxDesign 2014
@C77DD on Twitter
@CoreJr on Instagram
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Print Guide


Posted by core jr  |  17 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

We're halfway through our four-day run for the C77 Design Daily and it seems like people are diggin' it. There's plenty of content within those pages and the weather happens to be absolutely perfect today, so we'll keep this short and sweet.

We'll also be checking out some of the parties and opening receptions that are happening at this very moment, so smile for the cameras!

» Look for the newsies or they'll come looking for you!
» #DesignersReadingtheC77DDatICFFonTheirChairs (and more)
» Tweet at / Follow @C77DD for updates!


Posted by core jr  |  14 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


"I think our life is our most important project. It is full of constraints and challenges, just like a design project. It's this realization that inspired me to apply my design process to my life--that is how Design the Life was born. It has been growing by word of mouth ever since..." –Ayse Birsel

Join Ayse on Sunday, May 18, in New York City, at her acclaimed Design the Life You Love Master Class to think about your life like a designer. Set aside two hours to playfully design your life with renowned designer, Ayse Birsel, using constructive metaphors, inspirational tools and optimistic visualizations. Attendees will draw from concepts in fields as diverse as fashion, design, art and gastronomy, looking to the work of thinkers like Issey Miyake, Ferren Adria, James Dyson and Steven Jobs. No prior design or creative experience is necessary—just a desire to be playful, introspective and to learn a unique process.


A limited number of spaces are available for the Design the Life You Love Master Class being held in at SVA on Sunday, May 18. For firsthand accounts of the workshops can be found at Huffington Post and by Molly Klimas for Metropolis.

Morning Session: 10am – 12pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 3pm

School of Visual Arts
D-Crit Studio
136 West 21 Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

For more information and to reserve your place, please see the Eventbrite page.

Posted by core jr  |  13 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


With two days left in our Kickstarter campaign, we've still got a lot of ground to cover to make our $27,000 goal. We can't begin to tell you how appreciative we are for all of your support and word-spreading when it comes to our debut in the print world. For those of you who haven't heard, we'll be producing, printing and distributing 4,000 copies of a 16-page tabloid newspaper for each of four days, starting this Friday, May 16, through Monday, May 19. The C77 Design Daily will feature LIVE reporting from this year's events, exhibitions, designer and parties—listed in our handy print event guide at a venue near year—as well as features, recommendations, cartoons, games and much more!


Printing is an expensive process, so to offset production costs, we've also launched our first Kickstarter project. With two days to go on the campaign, there's still plenty of time to get in on the action. We're offering plenty of the usual swag—snarky bumper stickers, custom tote bags, T-shirts, limited-edition inflatable benches, etc.—but as with any crowdfunding campaign that's worth its salt, the real reward is the satisfaction of supporting a worthwhile cause. Check out the video for more details:


Posted by core jr  |   9 May 2014  |  Comments (2)


And so it begins: The second annual NYCxDesign creative culture extravaganza has officially kicked off with a theremin fanfare (no joke) and we are pleased to present the event guide—in print—for the ongoings from now until May 20 (a.k.a. sleep day). We picked them up bright and early orange yesterday morning, fresh off the prodigious presses at Linco Printing, and have distributed them at various art and design venues throughout the city, with more locations to come.

Those of you who are in town this weekend can find the guide at Industry City, Frieze New York, Collective 2, BKLYN Designs and the Rapha Cycle Club (who will kindly host an official C77DD Reading Room next weekend); watch this space for updates as our distribution network expands leading up to ICFF, WantedDesign, Sight Unseen OFFSITE, etc. next weekend.

Full list of locations (updated 5/13):
» Industry City, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
» Alessi, 130 Greene St
» Atelier Courbet, 175/177 Mott St
» Blu Dot, 140 Wooster St
» Environment, 350-352 Bowery
» Fab Showroom, 151 Wooster St
» Foscarini, 17 Greene St
» Fritz Hansen, 22 Wooster St
» Room & Board, 105 Wooster St
» Storefront for Art & Architecture, 97 Kenmare St (at Centre)
» The Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St
» Vitsœ, 33 Bond St
» WeWork Lounge, 173 Lafayette St (at Grand)
» Lucille Ortel Theater
» Museum of Chinese in America
» New York Historical Society
» New York Botanical Garden
» Museum of Arts and Design



Posted by core jr  |   5 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


As you may have heard, we are very excited to launch an ambitious project—unlike anything we've ever attempted before—during NYCxDesign this year, and we would love for you to help us!

In less than two weeks, we will be launching the C77 Design Daily, a PRINT publication, covering NYCxDesign festivities for four days straight, from May 16‐19. We've laid much of the groundwork but need help to make the newspaper all it can be. We're calling it the C77 Design Daily and hope you can be a part of it by backing our Kickstarter campaign.

A pledge at any level will help, as will any links, tweets or likes: Check out our 'Printervention' on Kickstarter!


Posted by StuCon  |  25 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

2014 Core77 Conference June 19, 2014

At long last, the first Core77 Conference is officially open for business! We've got the initial round of speakers listed, with more still to come. Hopefully you've already arranged your schedule to be in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 19, so all you have to do now is buy your ticket and you're good to go. We recommend you act now, as the tickets are very limited and are going fast.

In addition to a full day of presentations and discussions, we'll be broadcasting two Core77 Design Awards jury announcements from the stage, giving away some great shwag and then throwing a bash that night to wrap it all up. All conference attendees will get VIP access to the party (a.k.a. cut the line and get an open bar) as a bonus for spending the day with us.

Check the website now for a list of speakers, information on the schedule and venue and a convenient link to the ticket purchase page. See you there!

Posted by core jr  |  18 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)


Although NYCxDesign is still three weeks away, we've been lining up some of the content for the C77 Design Daily—after all, it's our very first effort at publishing our content in print and it's not going to write itself.

In the interest of verisimilitude, the Daily will feature an advice column from renowned designer Ayse Birsel. With some twenty years of experience working with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies, Ayse is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, a New York City-based design studio, and the creator of the acclaimed Design the Life You Love workshop series.

Please submit your questions to mail[at] with the subject line "Ask Ayse" by Thursday, May 1, for a chance to have Ayse answer your questions in print when we publish the Core77 Design Daily from May 16–19.


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


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)


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)


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)



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:


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


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.


Posted by Coroflot  |  19 Mar 2014


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)


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.

BeOriginal-PosterComp1.jpgVia Be Original Americas' Tumblr page

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:


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


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 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.


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)


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

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)
Content sponsored by the IHA

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)


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)


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,, and don't forget to tune in live next week!

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


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.