Monday, September 19, 2011
By Nichole Christian : WDET Reporter
The push to re-imagine Detroit as a national Mecca for creative entrepreneurs takes another leap forward, starting September 21, with the new Detroit Design Festival, eight days and nights of crowd-sourcing ideas, talents and urban solutions.. The city has been making global headlines of late for its ability to draw young artists from all over the country and from every genre on the promise of cheap real estate and rich creative opportunity. This festival marks the first major showcase of creative Detroit and the potential local and relocating artists have to transform one of America’s anchor rust belt cities.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Simon Garfield talks about the history of fonts, from font "pirating" dating back nearly as far as Gutenberg to the creation of Comic Sans and Ikea’s font-change controversy. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts shows how something as simple as font choice can speak volumes about our cultural climate and personal tastes.
Monday, September 12, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
Could ziplines crossing the East River or a new concept for the MTA be in New York City's future? The Institute of Urban Design's first-ever Urban Design Week Festival says, "Perhaps."
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Countless artists in the past decade, from novelists to comic book illustrators to documentary theater directors, have grappled with the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror. What follows is a curated list of crucial works, by no means complete or definitive, that help us make sense of what happened a decade ago. (With thanks to Studio 360's listeners.)
Friday, September 09, 2011
Ten years ago, Lower Manhattan was the epicenter of the most shocking, upsetting day in many Americans' lifetimes. But today Ground Zero is bustling with construction workers, cranes, and other building equipment. The site is still a work in progress, except for the new national memorial ...
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Paul Goldberger, design professor at The New School, the architecture critic for the New Yorker, and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York and Why Architecture Matters, and Milton Glaser, celebrated designer who most famously designed the "I ♥ NY" logo, discuss New York City's image and brand pre and post 9/11.
Friday, September 02, 2011
By Sean Twigg
Look around you, specifically at the objects that are surrounding you right now. How would you describe the products you use for your everyday life? Unobtrusive? Innovative? Honest? These are the kind of questions that make up the legendary industrial designer Deitar Rams' 10 Guiding Principles of Good Design. ...
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Gadgets aren’t just for nerds anymore. In the age of social media, they've become an extension of who we are. Talk to Me, a new design exhibition focusing on the communication between people and objects at New York's Museum of Modern Art, brings all things techy into the gallery space. ...
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
When Nintendo released Donkey Kong in 1981, it was one of the only arcade games in which you did more than just blast space invaders. It contained an entire world, with a damsel in distress and an unlikely hero: a little Italian plumber named Mario. ...
Friday, July 29, 2011
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Sunday, July 10, 2011
By Luna Lin
Friday, July 08, 2011
(Washington D.C. - WAMU) In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in their place will be a fleet of all new train cars.
Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting
"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.
He says the interiors will be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.
Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.
"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."
The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
By Sean Twigg
You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp. Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.