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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 17, 2013


Design Observer Turns 10

FEATURED THIS WEEK : THE EDITORS

Design Observer Turns 10

Design Observer was created around a controversial talk — "Culture is not Always Popular" — delivered by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand at the 2003 AIGA conference in Vancouver. That talk was one of our first posts on Design Observer, 10 years ago this month.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : ENRIQUE ALLEN

Enrique Allen on Introductions

Enrique Allen is currently the co-director of the Designer Fund where he provides angel funding, mentorship and connections to designers creating businesses with positive social impact. He’s invested in companies who’ve developed through the dschool and 500 Startups including Culture Kitchen, Motion Math, Story Tree and Proven. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, he gives advice on introductions.
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OBSERVATORY : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Card Shark (a Poem)

How do you read a piece of art that's at once a poem and a made object? And how do you "read" that object when part of its appeal is its mystery, "Card Shark (A Poem)" being at once addressed to a card shark and about the card shark's crypticness, which the speaker claims to learn from. But how would we know? And don't we all know these mazes of intimacy, these intimate mazes in which, once you're inside, you lose sight of who's playing whom, whether you should stay?
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NEWS FROM DESIGN OBSERVER GROUP SPONSORS

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OBSERVER MEDIA : SEAN ADAMS

Sean Adams on Typography

Sean Adams is a partner at AdamsMorioka in Beverly Hills. Sean is President ex officio and past national board member of AIGA, and President ex officio of AIGA Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Design Conference, and AIGA Fellow. He teaches at Art Center College of Design. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, Sean comments on typography (and drinking).
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OBSERVER MEDIA : GABRIEL BRODBAR

Gabriel Brodbar on Iatrogenesis

Gabriel Brodbar is the Executive Director of the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship at New York University. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, he speaks on iatrogenesis.
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PLACES : BARBARA PENNER

Designed-In Safety

What is the role of the consumer in the design of products and environments? What are the professional and ethical obligations of the designer to the user? Barbara Penner explores the rise of the consumer as a collective force in the mid-20th century, from Ralph Nader and Reyner Banham to Henry Dreyfuss and Alexander Kira. She focuses especially on the bathroom, and Kira's efforts to enlist broad public support for the redesign of this most private of spaces.
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

From the Archive: Brian Eno, Artist of Light

“I think there are some problems that are peculiarly English,” says Brian Eno with frustration. “I’ve noticed so often people say to me: ‘What do you do?’ And I say: ‘I’m a musician.’ They say: ‘That’s interesting.’ Then I say: ‘And an artist.’ And they go: ‘Oh . . .’ I can really detect a change of attitude. It’s ‘Oh, well, he’s not serious; if he does two things he’s not serious.’” An early profile of Eno’s parallel career as a visual artist.
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OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE

MoMA's Modern Women

The key line in the introductory wall text at the Museum of Modern Art's new installation, "Designing Modern Women, 1890-1990" is this: "The objects, design drawings, posters, and films on view in this gallery, all drawn from the Museum's collection, showcase women's creativity not only as professional designers, but also as clients, consumers performers, and educators." This redefinition of the limits of design practice is long overdue.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DAVID WOMACK

David Womack on Space

David Womack is the executive creative director of experience design in the mobile and social group at R/GA. He is also on the faculty of the MFA in interaction design program at School of Visual Arts in New York. On this episode of Insights Per Minute he considers space.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : TEDDY BLANKS AND ANDREW SLOAT

Design Observer: Ten Years

A short film from Teddy Blanks and Andrew Sloat celebrating the last ten years of Design Observer.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : STEFF GEISSB├╝HLER

Steff Geissb├╝hler on Color Blind

Steff Geissbühler is among America’s most celebrated designers of integrated brand and corporate identity programs. His work for a broad spectrum of international and national clients includes identity systems for NBC, Merck, Time Warner Cable, Telemundo, Voice of America, Toledo Museum of Art, National Parks of New York Harbor, Crane & Co., Calamos Investments, Conrad Hotels and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. On this episode of Insights per Minute he recalls being told he was color blind.
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Brand Consulting

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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Emergence

Emergence, a new massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) fosters diplomatic skills.
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OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008

Mythologies of Placemaking

Designers and planners frequently herald the concept of “sense of place.” However, this ill-defined buzzword most often serves to rally support for redevelopment projects that ignore deep patterns of local culture.
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