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Alex Knowlton
Miami Nice
Paul Polak
An Open Letter to Larry Page
John Thackara
John Thackara on Avatar
12.10.13

On this episode of Insights Per Minute John Thackara impresses us with thoughts on the brain and why Avatar is real.

Andrew Shea
Shaping Design Education at LEAP Symposium
10.07.13

A review by Andrew Shea of the recent, September 19-24, 2013, LEAP symposium at Art Center College of Design.

Nicholas Christakis
Nicholas Christakis on Networks
Observed
Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age
07.18.13

An exhibition of 118 socially, environmentally, and politically-motivated print posters by an international cadre of artists and designers.

Observed
The Documerica Project
07.11.13

DOCUMERICA was a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency from 1972-1977 in order to “capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities and everyday life in the 1970s”.

John Thackara
Xskool, Sweden, August
Observed
Transform 2013: Design Innovation in Healthcare
06.12.13

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation Transform Symposium will take place September 8-10 2013, in Rochester, MN.

John Thackara
Trust Is Not An Algorithm
06.07.13

By some accounts the world’s information is doubling every two years. This impressive if unprovable fact has got many people wondering: what to do with it?

Observed
Google on the Mountain
03.19.13

On Monday, March 18, Google released Street View images from four of the seven tallest mountains on earth.

Observed
Found: National Geographic
03.13.13

In honor of their 125th anniversary, National Geographic is showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past.

Chris Calori
Six Feet Under: Mapping Tangled Transit Networks
John Thackara
Healing The Metabolic Rift
Debbie Millman
Christopher Simmons
12.21.12

Christopher Simmons discusses his lastest book, Just Design: Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, and reflects on why designers should be continually redefining their profession.

Constantin Boym
Extra National Journey
04.17.12

What happens when a Russian-born American professor takes a group of his Arab students to a workshop in Amsterdam to work with a designer who has a Canadian passport but lives in Berlin?

Courtney Drake, William Drenttel, and Deirdre Cerminaro
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
10.27.11

This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.

William Drenttel
William Drenttel at Design Indaba
07.13.11


John Thackara
Ultra Modern
02.09.11

I dislike the word “Glocal,” I also dislike the word “Creative,” now a new word has come along to bug me: “Sustainism.”

Meena Kadri
Tinkers, Hackers, Farmers, Crafters
08.09.10

Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.

Maria Popova
The Language of Design Imperialism
07.29.10

Essay on the flawed language used to describe humanitarian design efforts and what it indicates.

The Editors
Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary
07.16.10

Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.

Robert Fabricant
In Defense of Design Imperialism
07.15.10

Weighing in on a controversy, frog design's Robert Fabricant supports global design interventions.

Kenneth Krushel
Bukhara: A Traveler’s Notes
06.28.10

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of the legendary Silk Road. Presented here is a slideshow of design and architecture from one traveler's visit.

Ernest Beck
Teach For All
06.19.10

Report on Teach For All, an $8.6 million program to expand educational opportunities throughout the world created by Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, and Brett Wigdortz, founder of Teach First in the U.K.

Allan Chochinov
Bellagio Design Symposium: Core77 Report
05.12.10

Allan Chochinov of Core77, sums up his experience at the Bellagio Design Symposium, the annual Salone Del Mobile Furniture Fair in Milan and being hostage to the whims of a volcano.

William Drenttel
Design for Change Contest
05.06.10

Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer, teacher, principal, advocate and social entrepreneur. Now her “Design for Change Contest,” a recent initiative that swept India in 2009, is expanding globally.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge
11.30.09

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Menstruation Challenge Project proposed an “eco-system” whereby sanitary pads became a linchpin for local economic growth, for educational programs about health and hygiene and for research into materials that could be adapted to other countries.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF and Early Childhood Development
11.28.09

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Early Childhood Development Project proposed a new approach to emergency kits that would be more precisely tuned to young children’s intellectual and emotional needs, as well as outlined a basis for the next AIGA/INDEX: Aspen Design Challenge.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: Hale County Rural Poverty Project
11.23.09

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Hale County Rural Poverty Project conceived of a socio-economic model of resource allocation through an online platform for accelerated regional development in the Black Belt counties of rural Alabama.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report
11.20.09

Initial report on the 2009 Aspen Design Summit, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute.

Jonathan Schultz
DESIS
11.16.09

Report on the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability project's latest home at New York's New School.

John Thackara
John Thackara Answers Your Questions
09.23.09

John Thackara answers questions from the readers of DESIGN 21.

John Thackara
Design & Development: Interview with 4baq
09.23.09

John Thakra discusses sustainability, design and development with 4baq.

John Thackara
Get Out of Your Tents!
08.17.09

In an interview with OK Do, John Thackara urges us to do real things in the real world.

John Thackara
Doctors with iPhones
05.08.09

The neighborhood doctor is back — and this time, he has an iPhone.

John Thackara
The Innovator Next Door
02.26.09

Whether it's narrowly defining innovation as technology, or imposing solutions on communities, John Thackara discusses the mistakes made by large companies.

John Thackara
Alternative Trade Networks and the Coffee System
08.04.08

Alterative trade networks are emerging in the coffee industry, attempting to eliminate the middle man.

John Thackara
Global Place — Or is it a Hat?
01.05.07

We must view the world with a new slant and take advantage of a huge design opportunity to create sustainable structures for the future.


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