Julie Lasky is editor of Change Observer. She was previously editor-in-chief of I.D. and Interiors, and managing editor of Print. Lasky has contributed to The New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, Eye, Slate and NPR.


Julie Lasky is editor of Change Observer. She was previously editor-in-chief of I.D. and Interiors, and managing editor of Print. Lasky has contributed to The New York Times, Metropolis, Dwell, Eye, Slate and NPR. 

She is the author of two books: Borrowed Design: Use and Abuse of Historical Form (written with Steven Heller) (Van Nostrand Reinhold) and Some People Can’t Surf: The Graphic Design of Art Chantry (Chronicle Books). Her essays have been published in the books Bridge: The Architecture of Connection (August/Birkhauser), &Fork: 100 Designers, 10 Curators, 10 Good Designs (Phaidon Press), Households (Monacelli Press), Dish: International Design for the Home (Princeton Architectural Press), and the forthcoming The Innovators (Thames & Hudson). Honors include a National Arts Journalism Program Fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the Richard J. Margolis award for writings on the cultural life of postwar Sarajevo. 

A frequent lecturer on design, Lasky has taught in the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts and recently joined the MFA Design Criticism faculty at SVA. She was a juror for the 2006 Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism.

Julie Lasky
Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

Julie Lasky
Faraday Utility Bike

IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles win people's choice award for utility bike prototype

Julie Lasky
Media Design Matters

Art Center offers a new graduate track in social design that combines communications and technologies strategies with field work.

Julie Lasky
IDEO Innovators in Residence

IDEO.org unveils its first class of fellows.

Julie Lasky
Happy Birthday, Handsome

Getting tired of praise for the IBM Selectric? What else do you expect from writers?

Julie Lasky
Between Two Convex Mirrors: A Conversation with Tomi Ungerer

Interview with illustrator and book artist Tomi Ungerer.

Julie Lasky
Ringing in the New Air

Nendo's Bell-Orgel collection for Tokyo's Isetan department store.

Julie Lasky
Everything Must Go

A new blog speaks to our current interest in shedding material goods.

Julie Lasky
Tribute to Tobi

A year after Tobias Wong's death, the exhibition "Brokenoff Brokenoff" opened in New York.

Julie Lasky
Chandigarh to Create Inventory of Corbu/Jeanneret Furniture

A committee convened by the government of Chandigarh, India, is assessing the value of site-specific furniture pieces designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret a half-century ago.

Julie Lasky
Hug a Worm

Julie Lasky
Search for the Obvious: Challenge #2

Once again, Acumen Fund is looking for creative solutions to social problems. This time the focus is on mothers.

Julie Lasky
Chandigarh on the Block

Furnishings designed for Corbusier's urban masterpiece are being sold at auction. How outraged should we be?

Julie Lasky
Lit from Above

Julie Lasky
Design Indaba 2011

Review of Design Indaba 2011 conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Julie Lasky
Alex Steffen: Worldchanging II

Interview with Alex Steffen on the new edition of his book Worldchanging

Julie Lasky
Rock Girl Benches

Rock Girl in Cape Town offers real and symbolic safe places for girls and women.

Julie Lasky
Horseman, Pass By!

I’ll admit right now to a fleeting dream of appearing on Antiques Roadshow.

Julie Lasky
DesigNYC, Round 2

Report on second round of pro bono design initiatives fostered by DesigNYC.

Julie Lasky
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Hype

After sitting through two dozen aerial stunts, accompanied by a score with a U2 pedigree, and by something that might be described as a plot, I emerged astonished by only one thing: that no one has actually died while making this musical.

Julie Lasky
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa

Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development

Julie Lasky
Index Names Design Challenge Finalists

Among the seven projects dedicated to schoolchildren are educational games, classroom furniture and products that support comfort and hygiene.

Julie Lasky
MSC Greenhouse Project

On learning about science, nutrition and politics at the Manhattan School for Children.

Julie Lasky
"Do Not Touch!"

Julie Lasky
AIGA on the Rebound

Kerfuffle over a design blog post about Dribbble

Julie Lasky
Ripped from the Headlines

Johnny Selman is a third of the way through his year-long project to graphically enliven the news.

Julie Lasky
Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge

Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.

Julie Lasky
Bigshot Camera Update

Reporting the status of an innovative children's camera in development

Julie Lasky
Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

The final report from a symposium held in Connecticut, October 17–19, 2010, where 13 educators from a variety of design and business programs discussed the challenges and objectives of social-change initiatives within their schools and universities.

Julie Lasky
Design Your Own Life

Ayse Birsel's Destruction Reconstruction method and workshop.

Julie Lasky
Massimo Vignelli vs. Ed Benguiat (Sort Of)

Vignelli Celebration: Republication of the 1991 debate between Massimo Vignelli and Ed Benguiat published in Print magazine.

Julie Lasky
Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”

In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.

Julie Lasky
Protect Me from What I Want

Photo in memory of Tobias Wong.

Julie Lasky

Essay on the revival of beauty in 21st-century design.

Julie Lasky
Sweating the Small Stuff

Review of TED 2010 conference, "What the World Needs Now," Long Beach, California, February 9–13.

Julie Lasky

DesigNYC is the latest grass-roots organization to match socially minded designers with nonprofits.

Julie Lasky
I.D.'s Executioners

Julie Lasky, shares her experience at ID magazine.

Julie Lasky
Bigshot Camera

Report on a camera that children assemble to learn about science and engineering principles.

Julie Lasky

Description of CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change, a multimedia installation created for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties (COP-15), held in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Julie Lasky

Report on a foundation that distributes bicycles to children in the developing world.

Julie Lasky
Pizza Farm

Report on Project M at Winterhouse's Pizza Farm event in rural Connecticut in August 2009.

Julie Lasky
Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff: Part II

Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff continue their discussion of the future in light of the current economic calamity.

Julie Lasky
When Worlds Collide

Report on TEDGlobal 2009, held July 21–24 in Oxford, England.

Julie Lasky
Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff: Part I

Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff discuss the future in light of the current economic calamity.

Julie Lasky
This End Up: Renzo Piano's Modern Wing

Julie Lasky reviews the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing.

Julie Lasky
Back to the Garden

Report by Julie Lasky about the 2009 International Furniture Fair in Milan.

Julie Lasky
Cranbrook Commencement Address

"I come to you, like all commencement speakers, as an emissary from the future." The commencement address delivered by Julie Lasky at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on May 9, 2008.

Julie Lasky
The Photography of Mark Robbins

Mark Robbins'
Households is a collection of portraits in which the sitters are sometimes sitting rooms (or kitchens or bedrooms), and the people are polished, draped, and arrayed like furniture. Composed to resemble architectural plans or elevations — or in some cases the triptychs of medieval altarpieces — the images represent home dwellers and their environments. Flesh, bone, brick, stone, contoured torsos, and varnished chairs assume equal status. The message is simple: You may not be what you eat, but you most certainly are where you live.

Julie Lasky
Edward Hopper, Village Person

My friend opened the door to a minimally furnished skylit room. It had a pot-bellied stove, a painter's easel, and photos framed on the wall of a grim man with long legs. The room was the studio of Edward Hopper. (Slide show by Duane Michals.)

Julie Lasky
Christo's Agent Orange

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Central Park gates lack that magnetic, landscape-transforming power. Could this be owing not just to the way the gates drive viewers to seek greater heights of sensation, but also to the off-putting emergency color, the subtle grid of the rip-stop nylon reminiscent of quick escapes from troubled aircraft?

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