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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 05, 2013


A Tower in Manhattan

FEATURED THIS WEEK : OWEN EDWARDS

A Tower in Manhattan

Owen Edwards grew up in suburban New Jersey, listening to jazz and longing to live in Manhattan. Eventually he found his way to the magical city, and not only that: he found his way to a tower apartment with panoramic views of the park, the river, the bustle far below. Today he lives in California but thinks often of his decades in New York, back when the city was less rich and more open.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : JOHN BERTRAM

John Bertram on Silence

On this episode of Insights Per Minute we present John Bertram — a graduate of Yale School of Architecture, the principal of Bertram Architects in Los Angeles, co-editor of Lolita - The Story of a Cover Girl and editor of the site Venus Febriculosa. No wonder he spends his 60 seconds wishing for silence.
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OBSERVATORY : BONNIE SIEGLER

Dear Bonnie: Troubled in Techworld, Befuddled in Buffalo

We are very excited to present Dear Bonnie — a new truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler. This week Bonnie answers questions about computer programming and the role of beauty in design.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : JEFF MILLER

Jeff Miller on Timing

Jeff Miller is a leading industrial designer and the Vice President of Design at Poppin. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, he speaks about timing.
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OBSERVATORY : ADAM HARRISON LEVY

Artist's Cookbook: April Gornik

Boredom, a hotplate and a book ignited April's Gornik's impulse to cook. “I really started to become an adventurous cook when I was 23 and was attending the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. The winters were long and someone got into making these fancy meals. So I joined in the spirit of the game. I got hold of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and instantly I was incredibly ambitious.”
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OBSERVER MEDIA : CHERYL HELLER

Cheryl Heller on Words

Cheryl Heller designs change and growth for business leaders and social entrepreneurs. She is Founding Chair of MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA. On this episode of Insights Per Minute, she discusses valuable words.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : JOHN CASERTA

John Caserta on Obfuscation

John Caserta is a Providence-based designer, artist and educator on the faculty at The Rhode Island School of Design. In November of 2007, he founded The Design Office. And today he gives us 60 seconds of insight on obfuscation.


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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Messenger Boys, Call Girls and a Photographer

Lewis Wickes Hine was a dedicated American sociologist and photographer who used his camera to document the plight of children working in America’s factories, farms and industry. Beginning in 1908, Hine was hired by the National Child Labor Committee to travel the American South and elsewhere to bring back evidence of child labor abuses. Hine’s photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.
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Audio: Design Matters Archive

AUDIO: DESIGN MATTERS ARCHIVE

Marian Bantjes, Alexander Gelman & Michael Surtees

Marian Bantjes, typographer, Alexander Gelman, designer extraordinaire & Michael Surtees of DesignNotes.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Pig 05049

Report on Pig 05049, a book cataloging all of the products made from a single pig, which won the 2009 INDEX award in the Playful Learning category
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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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