Infrastructure Field Trips
The Macro City conference in the Bay Area includes "field trips" to examine "overlooked networks of infrastructure that surrounds us," firsthand.
Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
John Thackara interviews Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, is to lead a strategic policy project for Ecuador’s government called Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK), also known as the
social knowledge economy
Alexandra Lange, and Mark Lamster
Lunch with the Critics: Fourth-Annual Year-End Awards
Our intrepid critics, Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster, celebrate (and castigate) the best and worst architecture and design of 2013.
Belgian Solutions: The True State of Things?
The foul-ups or “Belgian solutions” in a new book of street photographs are simply the way things are.
Trust Is Not An Algorithm
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?
Parking Meter History
The history of the parking meter — originally designed to have a positive affect on traffic flow and shopping.
Oops: Understanding Failure
A review of
To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure
, by Henry Petroski.
A Campaign to Save The Post Office
Tucker Nichols is campaigning to save the Post Office.
Forgotten Tube Stations
A graphic tribute to the forgotten stations of the London Underground.
Celebrate World Toilet Day
2.6 billion people don't have access to a toilet. For them poop can be poison.
Knolling Your Polling Place
Knolling your polling place: for the next election, a little spatial organization would go a long way.
The Infrastructure of the Cloud
On the material structures we depend on to deliver us the immaterial digital world.
Design In The Light of Dark Energy
A shortened version of a talk on why the world has to reduce energy consumption, the five per cent energy solution and some of the people around the world who are leading the way.
Lessons from the High Line
How can the High Line become a new paradigm, and not a dead end?
What Makes Architecture Useful?
At Experimenta Design 2011, the buildings of Lisbon make the best argument for the ongoing usefulness of good design.
An Atlas of Possibility
The Institute for Urban Design's By the City/For the City project provokes crowd-sourced possibilities for New York's future.
Jane Jacobs Is Still Watching
Despite my dislike of Jane Jacobs's beef with architects and planners, so many points seem strangely prescient.
Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army
Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, is no easy feat.
Welcome to Fort Brooklyn
Let us sincerely hope that the Atlantic Terminal Entrance in Brooklyn, a gateway to the LIRR and the hub’s many subways, marks the end of empty transport monumentality.
Report on prototype for GlobalTap water refilling stations.
A Makeover for the BART Map
Unlike the notorious 1972 Massimo Vignelli redesign of the New York City subway map, the new BART map didn't make much of a splash in graphic design circles.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.
Report on Better Place, winner of the 2009 INDEX Award in the Community category.
| March 30
Your afternoon distraction:
How TV opening titles got to be so damn good
A rabbit hole worth falling down:
Archivo Grafica Italiana
showcases Italy’s graphic design legacy.
the first ever Latvian design award
| March 29
one writer dives into the belly of the assembly-required beast:
How 12 hours in the biggest Ikea in the U.S. destroyed my soul
obsession with hula girls
almost wrecked Hawai‘i. [BV]
What author uses the most exclamation points? Or,
literature by the numbers
Trying to save you from yourself a
Dutch town installs traffic lights on the ground for texting pedestrians
. “They were looking down there anyway.” [BV]
| March 28
could ban Heineken‘s red star logo
over communism concerns. [MPL]
Annals of material culture
: the Bodlean Library at Oxford mounts an exhibit of ledgers revealing what famous people once paid for shoes. [JH]
New one-pound coin in Britain
is designed by a 17-year-old
Design as tourism :
| March 27
The smartphone with
a mission to be used less often
Ethics can‘t be a side hustle
. (Thanks to Ashleigh Axios.) [MB]
Target is redesigning
to take on Amazon. [MPL]
| March 24
A history of the zipper
Designer vs Developer: Google‘s YouTube and podcast series aims to
help bridge understanding
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
on the early days of design at Apple
| March 23
Norway has redesigned its banknotes:
here’s a preview
. (Via Kevin Hicks.) [JH]
Gurafiku founder Ryan Hageman on
Japanese graphic design
How a photo of a tour van became a “lovely graphic tool”
in the hands of Harry Pearce
The US Supreme Court
rules that design elements can be copyrighted
... if you’re a cheerleader, that is. [JH]
| March 22
10 notebooks for designers
. (And they‘re not all Moleskines.) [MPL]
All of Frida Kahlo‘s anguish, beauty, and pain in, what else,
A collection of
East German beer and drink labels
"The standards of good design don’t change when designing for doing good.”
Why the Resistance doesn’t need another logo
“So now is a good moment to think about
how protest works and what it can achieve
An exhibition on the visual history of protest
opens tomorrow at the Imperial War Museum in London. [JH]
| March 21
Why Christopher Gray was
the witty architectural historian everybody loved
The Resistance has a
from the 70s and 80s. [MB]
Roman Mars ranks government logos
| March 30
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