Conferences

Taste

Taste

On February 12, 2016, Design Observer hosted a symposium on the relationship between design and food. Held in the Los Angeles Theater Center in downtown LA, Taste featured speakers from across the United States and Europe: we discussed the visual evolution of artificial flavor; the historical artistry of mid-century menus; the future of permaculture, the promises of packaging, and the vicissitudes of waste. We looked at marketing tactics and distribution platforms; climate change and culinary excess; new economies of scale, old expressions of culture—and everything in between. More.


WDSL

WDSL

On February 21, 2015, Design Observer hosted the first design-centered event of its kind: a free one-day symposium that explored “What Design Sounds Like.” Held at the at the SVA Theatre in New York City, WDSL featured speakers from across the United States and Europe. From live interviews to musical performances, dynamic discussions to spirited debate, we explored together what design sounds like. More.


Observed | July 27

In a bold move, the UK will ban all gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. [BV]

Humanscale, the classic design tool, gets a second life, and users everywhere rejoice. [BV]

What is a data ethnographer, and why is it the crucial design job of the future? [BV]


Observed | July 26

The imperfect art—and the soul—of the toaster. [JH]

Kickstarter project of the week: Our friends at memobottle are launching new products and supporting water.org. [BV]

NASA. Origami. Radiation shield design. Discuss amongst yourselves! [JH]

Design, innovation, and the future of the electric vehicle. [JH]


Observed | July 25

Everything you need to read about Frances Gabe, self-cleaning house inventor. [BV]

Microsoft Paint, RIP. [MB]


Observed | July 20

Inside the high-profile Gilded Age resort you never heard of. [BV]

Some science to start your day: your brain doesn‘t contain memories—it is memories. [BV]


Observed | July 19

In the eye of the beholder: 2 photographers shoot radically different portraits of Detroit. [BV]


Observed | July 17

Karrie Jacobs discovered a manhole in the meadow in Prospect Park, a 526 acre park in Brooklyn and America’s premiere example of man-made nature. [BV]

It‘s World Emoji Day. Seriously. So what are the most popular emojis? [BV]

In case you missed it, there’s a woman’s name on the Declaration of Independence: Mary Katharine Goddard. She was the printer. [MB]


Observed | July 14

Rethinking prison design: the rise of the “justice hub”. [JH]

All hail the pepper mill! [JH]

Proving there is indeed no accounting for taste, Paris Hilton brags about her boyfriend’s tattoo “in a Disney font”. [JH]

Alan Kay on Quora: what you probably don’t know about Steve Jobs’s legendary 1979 visit to Xerox PARC. [MB]


Observed | July 13

Invaluable: a commonsense guide to PR and media relations from the brilliant Paul Ford. [MB]


Observed | July 12

The Mayor of London, announces the formation of a new social enterprise, Public Practice, to place talented designers and planners in local authorities for up to a year. [JH]

Just in case you need it: copyright law for balloon artists. [MB]


Observed | July 11

What’s the line between sampling ... and stealing? [JH]

Disability as design outcome. [JH]


Observed | July 10

Revealed at last: the world’s favorite color. [MB]


Observed | July 07

Leaving your footprint in nature, literally. [BV]

The creator of McMansion Hell on a new strain of modern houses for the masses. [BV]

Great piece: in the age of streaming TV, who needs title sequences? [MB]


Observed | July 05

Why do architects design furniture? [MB]

Steven Heller and Gail Anderson talk about their new book, ‘Type Tells Tales,’ a fascinating tour of books in which typefaces plays an active part in visual storytelling. [BV]



Jobs | July 28