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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 14, 2010


An Introduction to Graphic Design

FEATURED THIS WEEK : WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND JESSICA HELFAND

An Introduction to Graphic Design

Broadly defined, graphic designers (sometimes referred to as “communication designers”) are the visual ambassadors of ideas: their role is to translate, communicate — and occasionally even agitate — by rendering thinking as form, process and experience. Here is an introduction or short primer to this specialized zone of design — a fifteen-minute Graphic Design 101.
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OBSERVATORY : JAMES LAPIDES

Graphic Intervention

Posters are a way of remembering those who have died due to AIDS — a graphic quilt of a different kind. The poster itself once again should be celebrated for its central role in promoting awareness, saving lives, raising donations, influencing the public debate and speaking out in the face of this terrifying global disease.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : PHOTO BY ANDY DREWITT

Forty Angles and a Mule

Jimmy at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 2009.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Sustainable Health Enterprises Wins Prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize

Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a nonprofit founded by Elizabeth Scharpf that addresses the lack of access by girls and women in underdeveloped countries to hygienic and affordable menstrual pads, has won the prestigious Curry Stone Design Prize which honors an individual or group for developing and implementing a visionary design innovation.
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PLACES : QUILIAN RIANO

Relearning the Social: Architecture and Change

"Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement," which opened last week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, reinforces the institution's current focus on design as an agent of change, begun last year with "Rising Currents." Of course, as architect Quilian Riano notes in his review, which follows Alexandra Lange's on Change Observer, the exhibition is less a discovery than a rediscovery. "Leading architects," Riano writes, "were once fluent in the language and practice of social change." With this latest exhibition, he suggests, MoMA is attempting "to start up an old conversation — to move into the mainstream a movement long consigned to the edges, to the thankless realm of the 'alternative.'"
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Safe Agua

The 20 families living in Campamento, in Santiago, Chile, spend an estimated 500 hours a week on laundry. Most residents bathe “by parts,” or pouring a can of water on separate areas of the body.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 10.10.10

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Eric Baker

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Eric Baker discusses working with Gorden Parks, living in New York City, the soul of a brand, Paul Rand and working for himself.


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PLACES

Rockefeller Foundation: Bellagio Center

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, in Northern Italy, has issued a call for proposals for scholarly and artistic residencies in the summer and fall of 2011.
Applications are due by December 1, 2010. 

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Audio: Design Matters Archive

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Brand Consulting

A discussion about branding, design and cultural anthropology with leading practitioners in each discipline.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Food Not Bombs

Report on Food Not Bombs, an activist network, now about to turn 30, that distributes free vegan meals.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000

Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces

New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
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