Posted by Fosta
| 6 Oct 2014
Back in September 2012, I travelled to Detroit for a few days with Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova (two of my partners at the Near Future Laboratory). We invited many of our friends along too, for three days of discussions about the future. These friends included science fiction writers, designers, artists, engineers and makers, and we wanted to talk about a very particular type of future. For those of you who read my previous Core77 piece 'The Future Mundane,' this will come as no surprise. We wanted to talk about a future of middling indifference, of partly broken things, of background characters. A future where self-driving cars weren't a fantasy, but another place to be bored. A future where drones didn't draw gasps of awe, but eye-rolls of indifference. A future where today's 'technology' had become tomorrow's ho-hum.
Over three days, we ran a couple of workshops at the Henry Ford Museum and the university of Michigan discussing future product cycles, emerging behaviors and societies, but we had a very real purpose. Rather than facilitating a think tank, whose output was another written tome, blogpost or article, we wanted to produce a thing. A very real thing. A diegetic prototype. This thing was a catalog.
When we look at catalogs of any sort, they give us a tremendous understanding of the current state of things. In a very succinct way, they describe an entire society, its cultural norms, behaviors and tolerances. What's exciting about catalogs is that they become anthropological references over time. If you have ever picked up a catalog from the seventies for example, you'll instantly be transported to a place and time where the smallest details in shoe buffer design, TV remotes or advertisements tell much more about a society than any dry historical document. (As an aside, visit the Wishbook Archive and prepare to lose an entire afternoon).
Posted by core jr
| 22 Sep 2014
As part of the upcoming Design Week Portland, our friends at Ziba are hosting a heavy duty panel discussion, set to take place at their HQ on Friday, October 10, at 6:30pm. Taking the theme of "The Future of Product Design," panelists will address questions such as:
- What defines a product, today?
- How will customization and on-demand printing drive entrenched industries to change?
- How will crowdfunding impact the making or design of products?
- What's the difference between design and making?
- Does the discipline have a future, or could interaction design swallow us whole?
...as well as your questions, submitted via the comments section below!
To show us where we're going and how to think about it, the panel features a lineup of design industry veterans and visionaries from multiple disciplines. The panelists will be Allan Chochinov, Chair and Co-founder, SVA MFA Products of Design and Partner, Core77; John Jay, President and Executive Creative Director of GX (previously of Wieden+Kennedy, Bloomingdale's); Aura Oslapas the former SVP current Chief Design Officer at Best Buy; and Sohrab Vossoughi, Founder and President of Ziba Design.
The discussion will be filmed and released after the festival, and it will tangle with the issues of making of things in the era of apps, Kickstarter, 3D printing, and open source. If you will be attending Design Week Portland, you can buy panel tickets here.
What's missing? You tell us! Leave your questions for the panelists here, and stay tuned for our event recap along with the rest of our DWP coverage.
Posted by core jr
| 19 Sep 2014
Right now the buzz term in education is STEM, which is composed of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Despite the momentum building around STEM careers, students continue to be widely uninterested in these growing fields. Intimidation, fear, real-world disconnect and unequal representation for girls and minorities are all contributing to an overall lack of interest. With STEM related jobs projected to grow by 17% over the next ten years, it is imperative to find a solution that re-inspires and reengages young generations to pursue these STEM disciplines.
Really, STEM has a branding problem.
Two Bit Circus is leading the movement to re-inspire the inventors and designers of the future through STEAM (STEM + Art).
This means harnessing a person's passion for music by exploring how to build a musical robot, or tapping into kids' excitement around fashion and applying that knowledge to designing and constructing wearable technology fashion pieces. By offering these young inventors the opportunity to create their own combinations of interest in STEAM, Two Bit Circus provides the spark needed to ignite not just their curiosity in these disciplines, but most importantly their enthusiastic pursuit of STEAM careers in the future.
To kick off this STEAM movement, Two Bit Circus have created the STEAM Carnival, a unique, high-energy event that will feature tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse, and reimagine the way we learn and play through STEAM.
The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debuts October 25–26, 2014 at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles. Engage in 90,000 square feet of fun, featuring high-tech games, mad science demos, circus performers and fun foods.
Use Promo Code CORE77 for a $5 discount on each ticket!
Posted by core jr
| 11 Sep 2014
Detail of A Little Bit of Beijing (Tongji University Press 2013)
September isn't just back-to-school month—it also marks the second wave of international design festivals, an impossibly omni-terrestrial agenda that includes Paris, London, Vienna, Istanbul, Mexico City, Eindhoven, Tokyo and beyond. Beijing Design Week is easily among the more unique events in the mix, not least for the fact that it spans a sprawling, rapidly changing metropolis and is the single biggest design happening in the world's most populous country.
Core77 has been a media partner for Beijing Design Week since its inception four years ago, and once again we will be scouring Dashilar, CaoChangDi, 751 D-Park and beyond for the gems amidst the cross-cultural chaos. While some might consider leaked Apple components to be the most exciting 'design objects' coming out of the PRC, Chinese institutions and individuals alike have made a concerted effort to shift from "Made in China" to "Designed in China." Granted, the homegrown design scene still has a long way to go, but it's well worth witnessing its progress as a new generation of designers forges a path towards establishing Chinese design on the world stage.
Sneak peeks: CAFA Industrial Design Department (previously); Micro Yuan'er by Zhang Ke Architects (previously); new work by Naihan Li (previously)
Posted by core jr
| 2 Sep 2014
Photos credits: Jaineel Shah, Kyle Oldfield, Valdemar Haugaard Olsen
The equinox may be a few weeks out, but here in the States, Labor Day weekend marks the cusp of the seasons, when we must transition from the long, diverting days of summer to the deskbound marathon of fall. This is especially true for those of you in school, as students, faculty and staff reunite at campuses the world over. As always, Core77 is proud to serve as the premier online resource for industrial design students, prospective, enrolled, and graduated, and this September we are pleased to bring a special editorial focus to design education.
When it comes to design students, Core has long offered multiple platforms for exposure and expert advice: Besides accepting submissions for editorial consideration, we're happy to host thousands of free portfolios on our sister site Coroflot is (did we mention its free?); we offer students the opportunity to strive for glory in our annual awards program; and our dedicated Students and Schools discussion board offers a venue for direct feedback and comments from designers from the world over. We understand that (for better or for worse) it can be easy to lose yourself in the forums so we're revisiting the archives and have compiled handy Discussion Board digests, which we'll be publishing over the next couple of weeks.
Yet the higher education system is changing before our very eyes as the very definition of industrial design expands to include human factors, interaction and service, among other emerging disciplines. As with our popular Design Gatekeepers and Getting Hired series, we're pleased to present D-School Futures, comprising interviews with the chairs of ten top American industrial design programs. Whether you're considering grad school as an undergrad or professional, or you're simply curious about how things have changed (or not) since your own D-School days, this series is not to be missed—check out the first one with Wayne Chung of Carnegie Mellon University and stay tuned for more.
Meanwhile, our Hack2School special feature remains chock full of tips, tricks and lifehacks for undergrads of all stripes (ID or otherwise). Plus, we've refreshed the Design Schools homepage—long overdue for an update—with a few new pieces to complement perennial favorites such as Choosing a Design School and 1,000 Words of Advice for Design Students. While our Education category includes a broad range of initiatives, the Design Schools page is, as always, expressly intended as a one-stop shop for design students—bookmark it now for future reference as we'll be adding the new content over the next few weeks.
Posted by Kat Bauman
| 22 Aug 2014
We're sad to note the passing of bold designer Deborah Sussman, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. Sussman was a Brooklyn-born artist of many interests, known for colorful large-scale design work that often included whole built environments. Growing up in an artistic family, she was encouraged to explore many disciplines, attending Black Mountain School during the summers, and later studying painting and theater at Bard College.
Sussman first heard her calling "like thunder" at age 22 in the Eames' studio, where the refined combination of drawing and physical creation immediately attracted her. Her own work must have made a positive impact too - she worked for Eames for the next several years. As their Art Director her projects at the firm spanned graphics, print, exhibition layout, showroom design and film. She cut her teeth on both internal work and designing for clients like the Ford Foundation and IBM at the 1964 World's Fair.
Posted by core jr
| 22 Aug 2014
Last day of the semester at SVA, photo by Jeffrey Zeldman
With the start of the fall term just around the corner, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils (er, stylii?) is in the air. While there's no denying the excitement of new classes, spaces and professors, not to mention old friends and hangouts, we know that you're really looking forward to getting your hands dirty and making those spaces your own over the course of the semester. After all, it's these signs of life—of being inhabited and used—that truly mark a time and a place in memory.
With that in mind, we're looking to feature your photos from bygone years. Whether you're a rising sophomore, a recent grad or a nostalgic alum, we want to see candid shots of you and your classmates in deep D-school mode. We want to know what your cafeteria looked like, how you hacked your dorm room, where you met your bestie, where you snuck cigarettes—and, of course, what the studio looked like the night before (or should we say morning of?) a deadline. You can even send us pictures of an awesome campus bathroom if you've got 'em.
Here are a few examples of the kind of thing we're looking for:
The engine room at Pratt Institute, photo by George Estreich
The Nature Lab at RISD, photo by Emily Hummel
Posted by core jr
| 24 Jul 2014
Oscar Zhao & Yves Béhar: "You had me at nihao."
Late yesterday afternoon, we learned that Beijing's BlueFocus Communication Group will be taking a majority stake in fuseproject, Yves Béhar's design firm. This marks the growing agency's first foray into the States; it first dipped its toes into Western waters in April of last year, with a 20% stake in Huntsworth PR group, followed by taking a majority stake in We Are Social (both based in the UK). Now, the Financial Times reports that "BlueFocus will pay $46.7m in cash for 75 per cent of Fuseproject, to be paid out over several years depending on performance." (Figures on the agency's net worth and remarkable ascendancy are available here.)
Where fuseproject is a household name in the design world, we (like most of you) hadn't heard of BlueFocus prior to yesterday's announcement. Make no mistake, they are by all accounts a juggernaut, not just among native Chinese companies but on the world stage as well. Founded by Oscar Zhao in 1996, BlueFocus currently employs some 2,800 people—it is reportedly the biggest PR agency in the world—and Béhar's 75-person team, will join the ranks of the ~700 others at companies in which BlueFocus has a majority stake. fuseproject will continue to operate independently; while its multidisciplinary portfolio and services (i.e. rebranding Paypal) may well complement and align with BlueFocus's long-term goals, the San Francisco-based company is ostensibly the first industrial design consultancy in the Chinese company's highly diversified holdings.
Contrary to alarming AQI reports, BlueFocus invites blue-sky thinking at their Beijing headquarters (via Baidu maps)
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
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
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!
Bike Cult Show 2014 Builder Profiles:
» Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H Cycles on Saying "Yes" to Clients, the Decline of the Fixed-Gear, and More
» Brian Chapman Shares the Eight Secrets to Making a Living As a Custom Framebuilder
» Mathew Amonson of Airtight Cycles on Avoiding the G Train, Seeking a Master Framebuilder, and More
» J.P. Weigle Reflects on 40 Years of Framebuilding - A Photo Essay
In case you missed it, check out our video profile of Jamie Swan
Posted by Ray
| 2 Jul 2014
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
Photography 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!
Designer Jamie Wolfond with his Emergency Benches
Posted by core jr
| 19 May 2014
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
Posted by core jr
| 17 May 2014
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
"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
136 West 21 Street
New York, NY 10011
For more information and to reserve your place, please see the Eventbrite page.
Posted by core jr
| 13 May 2014
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
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
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
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
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]core77.com 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
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
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
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
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
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.