Thursday, March 02, 2006
Michael Chorost was born with a severe hearing impairment, the result of a rubella epidemic in the 1960s. He used hearing aids, learned to speak, went to regular schools and got his Ph.D. in English. Then, a few years ago, Michael's residual hearing abruptly gave out. His ...
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Set designers for television always want their sets to look good; whether a police precinct, fake emergency room, or news magazine backdrop -- but they never want them to upstage the performers in the foreground. As Dave Johns discovered, these days the super-sharp resolution of high definition ...
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Meet "Reverend" Brendan Powell Smith. He's not an ordained minister, but he's applied all his creative energies and a vast collection of Legos to telling one story — one that features rape, incest, stoning, forbidden fruit, and rains of fire and brimstone. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Stephan Sagmeister is a graphic designer who grew up in Austria and has designed album covers for the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads. This year he was awarded a National Design Award by the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum for excellence in graphic design. When we asked Sagmeister about his ...
Saturday, October 22, 2005
D. J. Waldie loves the suburbs. He was born in one of the tract houses manufactured by the thousands in Lakewood, California. He lives there still, and today works for the city. His book Holy Land is a strange and beautiful mix of personal memoir and suburban ...
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Set designers for television always want their sets to look good — whether a police precinct, fake emergency room, or news magazine backdrop — but they never want them to upstage the performers in the foreground. As Dave Johns discovered, these days the super-sharp resolution of high definition television is making ...
Saturday, July 23, 2005
When designer Jay Harman comes home from a sailing expedition, he’s got a head full of inventions which he spins into new products — beautiful, efficient designs that mimic nature. He grew up in Australia and spent hours in the ocean watching the way fish move. He envied ...
Saturday, July 02, 2005
With only one speed, no flywheel, and no brakes, the fixed-gear reduces the modern bicycle to its most basic machinery. In today’s Design for the Real World, graphic designer and amateur racer Naz Hamid tells why he loves to ride on the wild side. Produced by Jonathan Menjivar.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
A lot of us grew up with GI Joe and Princess Leia action figures. But today's selection of tiny plastic dolls isn’t limited to movie and comic book characters. Super heroes worked hard to make our democracy safe. So it naturally follows that we can now customize our ...
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Kurt Andersen and designer Todd Oldham talk about the intoxicating power of color in art, design, and music.
Todd Oldham is a designer for whom color is both whimsy and serious business. Oldham first made his name as a fashion designer of clothes known for their graphic patterns, ...
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Somewhere, right now, at a picnic or on a playing field, someone is pulling out a plate-sized plastic disk to toss around. Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art, tells us about how the Frisbee came about and how it has endured.