OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER AND MIRKO ILIć
Before printing, lettering was writ large on stone and in wood. Today, type is no longer the product of a special breed of type designer used by specialist typographers. Architects and artists as well as environmental graphic designers are big on type. And making type big on everything from buildings to mountains.
OBSERVATORY : GORDON SALCHOW
In 1963, Gordon Salchow was a graduate student at Yale University. On November 22nd he heard the radio report that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. His reaction was to immediately purchase several roles of film and wander around New Haven with his Rollieflex. Here is a gallery of some of those photos, one way to remember that terrible day in US history.
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PLACES : ZEULER R. M. DE A. LIMA
Lina Bo Bardi's career spanned two continents and six decades, but we are only just beginning to appreciate what Zeuler Lima describes as the "vast and original body of work that emerged from her prolific but discontinuous trajectory as architect, designer, illustrator, writer, editor and curator." We are pleased to present an excerpt from Lima's monograph on Bo Bardi, with a slideshow of major projects.
CHANGE OBSERVER : PAUL POLAK AND MAL WARWICK
Today there are still 2.7 billion people living on $2 a day or less. The conventional definition of economic growth — increase in average per capita GDP — is totally irrelevant to people living in extreme poverty. If you’re one of 400 million people in India earning $400 a year or less and the board chairman of Reliance Industries earns $18 million, the fact that the average per capita income between the two of you is $9,000,200 will give you scant comfort.
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Jennifer Kinon & Bobby Martin — designers and educators who co-founded OCD (Original Champions of Design) — talk about the philosophy behind their work and their willingness to do the unexpected.
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
It is always good to give attention to an extraordinary and important scholarly effort in the world of art. Jo Farb Hernández spent close to fourteen years surveying the elaborate fanciful worlds, idiosyncratic sculptures and unique visionary creations of 45 self-taught Spanish artists.
OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE
This December, Woodbury University's WUHO Gallery will host the first retrospective of designer Deborah Sussman's early work, which ranges from games for the Eames Office to the 1984 Olympic Games. In light of the renewed interest in Los Angeles's contributions to the visual arts, this seems like an ideal moment to take a closer look at a career that spans many scales and movements. The organizers need help to make the show an immersive experience worthy of Sussman, and have launched a Kickstarter to fund mounting, screenprinting and associated programming.
OBSERVER MEDIA : KRISTA DONALDSON
Krista Donaldson, PhD, is a mechanical and design engineer based in San Francisco who focuses on development in less industrialized economies as CEO of the nonprofit firm D-Rev. Krista has led the release of Brilliance, a revolutionary technology treating neonatal jaundice, and the ReMotion prosthetic knee. On this episode of Insights Per Minute she comments on users of design.
CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND MICHAEL MOSSOBA
A group of leading thinkers and practitioners in design, management, architecture, and engineering gathered to address issues central to promoting design education and social innovation. While the vast majority of participants had attended at least one of the three previous Winterhouse symposia, there were also individuals joining for the first time from institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2009
Learning from New Orleans, or why we really need a new New Deal.