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The Next Generation of Car Designers

Friday, December 31, 2010

At the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, instructors Tisha Johnson and Blair Taylor explain why car design has changed so little in the last 20 years. Kurt talks with students Ben Messmer and Lili Melikian about the prototypes they're working on. And Jim Heimann ...

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Studio 360

Big Boy Drive-In

Friday, December 31, 2010

It's like an amazing ad hoc auto museum, with open hoods and idling engines. Every week hundreds of car nuts gather at this diner parking lot in Burbank, CA to show off their big, beautiful, all-American machines. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.

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Transportation Nation

Seeing Roads As Rails—A Clever Cartographic Experiment

Friday, December 24, 2010

Detail of Interstates as Subways Diagram, by Cameron Booth


(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation)  Transportation geeks with empty walls (and graphic design fans with wanderlust) have just one week to procure themselves a poster of Cameron Booth’s clever and fascinating “Interstates as Subway Diagram.” Booth, a Senior Graphic Designer at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Portland office and the father of a newborn, has decided to quit selling the prints, which met with some success.

“It was a fun design exercise for me: to come up with a set of rules for the diagram (a design brief, if you will) and to see what came out,” Booth said by email. “Secondly, I see it as a way of playing with perceptions. I took one kind of network, one that's almost always shown with absolute geographical accuracy (a road map) and substituted the simplified iconography and colored route lines of a subway diagram instead.”

Separating the road network from its context and creating “stops” for major exits produced some interesting results, Booth says. “Concentrating on route intersections instead of city population makes Teaneck, NJ look more important than New York City on my diagram, and Pittsburgh (which sits BETWEEN three different Interstates, but doesn't actually lie on any of them) doesn't appear at all.”

Booth’s fresh take on the Interstate map comes in part from the fact that he’s an Australian by birth. He moved to the United States just a few years ago, in pursuit of the woman who is now his wife. “The U.S. is definitely in love with the automobile. And while I love a good road trip as much as anyone, the state of passenger rail here is sad to see,” Booth wrote. He’s ridden the TGV from Paris to Nimes—around 450 miles in three hours—and he’s suffered the five-plus-hour Amtrak ride along the 170 miles between Portland and Seattle. (Booth has also created an Amtrak-as-subway diagram.)

Booth’s glad to see things gradually changing, he says, although “a lot of effort seems to be required to simply rebuild what existed before the car took over (witness the "new" Streetcar project in LA).” His job, he says, gives him ample chance to imagine the future: he makes maps, diagrams and graphs in support of proposals that Parsons Brinckerhoff produces up and down the West Coast. “We’re definitely at the forefront of a lot of the new metro/transit work and transit-oriented development around, so it's great to be a part of that.”

Matt Dellinger is the author of the book Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway. You can follow him on Twitter.


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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Dialysis Machine

Friday, December 10, 2010

Before the invention of the dialysis machine, kidney failure was basically a death sentence. Registered nurse Janice Breen explains how the design of dialysis machines has evolved since she started working with them back in 1973. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Neon

Friday, December 03, 2010

Neon signage has been around for exactly a century, but today the glowing lights face competition from cheaper LED technology. Physics professor Eric Schiff and Jeff Friedman, of New York's Let There Be Neon studio, explain what's behind neon's everlasting glow. Produced by Jordan Sayle.

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Studio 360

This Book Will Not Be Digitized

Monday, November 22, 2010

To the list of labels Jonathan Safran Foer has acquired over the years--wunderkind author, outspoken vegetarian, one of those Brooklyn "Jonathans"--  we can now add "literary sculptor." This month he's turned the paperback novel into an interactive sculpture which needs no battery power or wifi. Foer's new book will *never* be able to fit on a Kindle or Nook and that's kind of the point.

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WNYC News

City Announces Taxi Design Finalists

Monday, November 15, 2010

WNYC

The sedan is out, the van is in. New York city's iconic taxi cab is about to get a makeover.

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WNYC News

City Holding International Competition to Redesign Taxis

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

WNYC

An iconic symbol of the city is facing a makeover. The city is holding an international design competition to redesign the yellow cab. The winner will have the exclusive right to make taxis for the next decade.

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Studio 360

Join a Choir Without Singing a Note

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Recordings of choral music can be discouraging: soft and diffuse, like the music is coming through cotton balls. That’s what so fantastic about Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “The Forty-Part Motet,” now on view at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ballot Design

Monday, November 01, 2010

Jessica Friedman Hewitt, former managing director of AIGA's Design for Democracy, looks at the ballot that will be used in tomorrow's general election.

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Studio 360

Choose Your American Icon

Friday, October 29, 2010

What do Lucille Ball and Malcolm X have in common? They're both part of Studio 360 American Icons series.  This fall, we’ve traced the impact of The Autobiography of Malcolm X on race relations and glimpsed the dawn of the American sitcom with I Love Lucy.  Last week we visited Monticello – Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia – and in wandering the building and the grounds, confronted some lingering questions about the country and its founding.

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Studio 360

Performance-Enhancing Jewelry

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The World Series starts tonight.  And if you’ve watched any Major League Baseball this year, you've probably noticed the twisted metal chains many of the players wear.  If not, take a closer look at the necks of Texas Rangers' shortstop Elvis Andrus or San Francisco Giants' outfielder Andres Torres. The necklaces, which are often coordinated with team colors, are all over the league – they caught my eye mainly because they look really uncomfortable to wear.

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Studio 360

This Week in Swag

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Feeling adventurous this fall season? Well National Geographic has you covered with this zebra-printed Great Migrations reusable accessory. If you're in need of a new handbag, tote bag, grocery bag, or Mary Poppins bag (you know, the ones you just throw a lot of junk in and call it a purse), this is your lucky day.

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Features

Barbie Fashion: Creating the World’s Most Expensive Doll

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Australian jewelery designer Stefano Canturi spent six months working on the smallest client he’s ever had: toymaker Mattel asked him to design a Barbie doll that would be the most expensive in the world.

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: London Underground Map

Friday, October 15, 2010

London's old, intensely convoluted subway required a new kind of map that broke the rules of cartography. Chris Spurgeon explains why the 1931 Underground map was copied from Tokyo to Chicago.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Harley-Davidson

Friday, October 15, 2010

It’s not the fastest motorcycle or the fanciest, but to many Americans, a motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson.

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Studio 360

Sanitary Pads For The People

Friday, October 15, 2010

A few years ago Elizabeth Scharpf sprung to action when she learned that women and girls in Rwanda miss work and school because they don't have affordable sanitary pads. So the Harvard MBA started a business in Rwanda making pads out of the fiber from ...

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Features

'UrbanCanvas' Turns Construction Sites into Works of Art

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.

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Studio 360

Stewart, Colbert to Rally at Lincoln Memorial

Friday, September 17, 2010

Last night, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced that they would hold sort-of-but-not-really-competing rallies at the Lincoln Memorial on October 30th.

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It's A Free Country ®

NYC Ballot Design Could Cause Confusion

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New York City's new paper ballot includes several trouble spots where voters could easily make mistakes, like those made by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah when they tried, according to experts in ballot design.

→ VIDEO: Hi, I'm A Paper Ballot! Watch Brian and Azi Struggle With The New Voting System

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