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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 24, 2013


Status Quo or Transformation? A False Choice

FEATURED THIS WEEK : AN OPEN LETTER TO AIGA

Status Quo or Transformation? A False Choice

Recently, AIGA sent members a slick brochure titled "Stimulating thinking about design. Giving designers voice." It described AIGA's mission and goals, strategies, and opportunities. It also posed a choice between either a "status quo" option or a "transformative" option. This is nothing more than a false choice. But why is AIGA doing this? The answer is simple. Some members of the staff and board want to sell the organization's headquarters building in New York.
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OBSERVATORY : JEZ OWEN

Branding Terror

Graphic design has a considerable appetite for talking about itself. Constant book releases, dedicated magazines and an over-saturated digital world creates a cacophony through which it is difficult to define that which is of genuine worth to the discourse. Into this crowded environment arrives Branding Terror, a title that is rendered in gold foil stamping on black faux-leather hard back, a statement that suggests this book sees itself as an important tome.
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PLACES : DAN HANCOX

The Village Against the World

"For as long as human beings have dreamed, they have dreamed of creating a better world," writes Dan Hancox. "We’ll soon mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, his short book describing a fictional island whose name in Greek means 'no place.' We are used to utopia as an imagined world or an idealized vision of the future, an abstract intellectual exercise rather than a concrete attempt to forge a new community. But what if you actually tried to build utopia?"
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NEWS FROM DESIGN OBSERVER GROUP SPONSORS

The School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program students work individually and collaboratively during two intensive years to develop objects of value through electronic and handcrafted means.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Chip Kidd

On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie talks to book designer Chip Kidd about his new book Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design and why his TED talk was the 19 most frightening minutes of his life.
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PLACES : PLACES EDITORS

We're Launching a New Site: Places Wire

Places Journal is pleased to announce the launch of Places Wire, a companion site that will round up leading news and commentary on architecture, landscape and urbanism.
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OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Where We Work

"Being in a place where your peers are working on interesting things is critical." Makeshift Society is a successful co-working space for creatives in San Francisco. Now Rena Tom and Bryan Boyer are bringing the franchise to Brooklyn. And they need your help to get the right tools in place.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Asemic Writing: Open to Interpretation

I recently discovered a website called The New Post-literate: A Gallery of Asemic Writing. The website was created by Michael Jacobson as a repository for international artists, writers, readers and viewers to share their work. Jacobsen has produced several books, including a novella entitled The Giant’s Fence, an “evolving visual narrative written in trans-symbolic script that can be read aesthetically.” Jacobsen says that “any meaning drawn from the text is a correct translation; it is open to personal interpretation and exploration.”
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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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Audio: Design Matters Archive

AUDIO: DESIGN MATTERS ARCHIVE

John Maeda

John Maeda, was head of the MIT Media Lab, and currently is president of Rhode Island School of Design.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Cards of Change

Unemployed workers retrofit their former business cards to send hopeful messages.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2005

Superneighborhood 27: A Brief History of Change

From hot tubs to bodegas: a Houston subdivision built for the '60s singles lifestyle has found new energy as a multi-ethnic neighborhood.
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Michael Russem

A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage StampsA History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
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