William Drenttel
Design Matters Wins People’s Choice Design Award

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum announced the People's Choice Design Award — and Design Observer's own Debbie Millman, the creator of the popular Design Matters series of podcast interviews, was the surprise winner.

William Drenttel
National Design Award Trophy
The Editors
Announcement: Rob Walker Joins Design Observer

We are pleased to announce that Rob Walker is joining Design Observer as a contributing writer — and as the newest blogger in our Observers Room.

Gail Anderson
Gail Anderson’s Collection of Salt and Pepper Shakers

Gail Anderson shares her collection of Salt and Pepper Shakers.

William Drenttel
Best of DOG 2010

Hardly exhaustive, here are some of the highlights of essays and blog posts on the Design Observer Group during 2010.

William Drenttel
Dogs and Their Designers

Design Observer posted an open call for designers to submit photos of themselves with their canine companions. These are the results...

Jessica Helfand
Cats and Their Designers

Behold: our collection of feline wonders, and the designers who named them.

Dmitri Siegel
Paper, Plastic, or Canvas?

Dmitri Siegel explores the explosive popularity of canvas totes and the history of the plastic bags they aim to replace. From Anya Hindmarch to Ireland's PlasTax, Siegel examines the role of design in sustainability.

The Editors
10 Reasons to Buy a Design Observer T-Shirt

Buy the Design Observer T-Shirt for a holiday gift.

The Editors
Design Observer T-Shirt

Design Observer offers a T-shirt through Artefacture.

The Editors
People's Design Awards

The People's Design Awards are happening as we speak — with public voting open until October 21st. Design Observer welcomes the support of our readers: VOTE TODAY.

The Editors
Design Observer's Aniversary Party: 11.05

Design Observer 5th Anniversary Party. NYC. 11.05.08.

William Drenttel
Hurricane Watch: Gustav Emergency Relief

Becky Neiman
Taking Things Seriously XIII

Paul Maliszewski
Taking Things Seriously XI

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.

Rosamond W. Purcell
Taking Things Seriously XII

The Editors
Slide Shows on Design Observer

Allan Chochinov
"Ode To My Toaster"

Ode To My Toaster, a poem by Allan Chochinov.

Luc Sante
Taking Things Seriously X

Joshua Glenn
Taking Things Seriously IX

John Keen
Taking Things Seriously VIII

Chika Azuma
Chika Azuma: Taking Things Seriously VII

Beth Daniels
Beth Daniels: Taking Things Seriously VI

Thomas Frank
Taking Things Seriously V

Carol Hayes
Taking Things Seriously IV

Greg Klee
Taking Things Seriously III

Steven Heller
It's Easy to Criticize. . . Not

Convention was disrupted last Thursday night in New York City at Designism 2:0 when the sometimes "self-congratulatory" nature of the Art Director Club's social conscience-raising event was upended by Vanity Fair media critic Michael Wolff's unforgiving critique of design's do-goodery.

Dmitri Siegel
Taking Things Seriously II

William Drenttel
Taking Things Seriously I

Rob Kimmel
Coney Island Bin Laden

In 2004, the paper targets at the Coney Island shooting gallery featured a hand-drawn Osama Bin Laden.

Steven Heller
The Designer As Gumshoe

The aim in this essay is not to raise mass consciousness about gum pollution. Over the past year, I've been something of a gumshoe, investigating and documenting patterns of gum goop, and talking to perpetrators and victims alike. Now I'm ready to share my findings.

William Drenttel
Project M

It is clear that in the last decade, the rural poor in America have gotten poorer. But having safe water is not something most of us think of as a problem in our country. If you'd like to help, Buy A Meter.

Jessica Helfand

Where food is concerned, the relationship between what things look like and how we respond exists at its most primal level: what is a gut reaction, after all, if not something that attacks your gut?

Jessica Helfand
My Dirty Little Secret

Gardening is its own infuriating design challenge. You fret and you rethink and you second-guess yourself constantly, and then for one delirious, thrilling moment something blooms and you feel utterly triumphant. And then it dies and you are back where you started.

Jessica Helfand
I'm Not Ready to Make Nice

Jessica Helfand
How Hollywood Nailed The Half-Pipe

and Animal Logic have mastered a particularly persuasive (and as it turns out, rather literal) form of spin that makes Road Runner look like dryer lint.
William Drenttel
Polling Place Photo Project

Polling Place Photo Project seeks to advance innovation in citizen journalism by documenting local voter experiences during the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 7...
William Drenttel
Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing

In partnership with AIGA, we launched the Winterhouse Writing Awards for Design and Criticism, an initiative to increase the appreciation of design — by recognizing new voices in design criticism and commentary. Here are the 2006 recipients.

William Drenttel
Threat Advisory Pandemic Alert System (TAPAS)

How do we measure the danger level from the Avian Influenza A (H5N1) virus? What we lack is that one Tom Ridge-like bit of inspiration that would lend clarity to these confusing times. We took our cue from a certain John James Audubon. Herewith, one option for Homeland Security. Yes, we know: it's for the birds.

Adrian Shaughnessy
Living Without The Internet

The "community" that I find on the internet is the communality of shared enthusiasms for marginalised subjects.

William Drenttel
Dangerous Beauty: The Art of the Shiv

A shiv is a weapon crafted from the limited resources of a prisoner's closed world. Crudely constructed from such things as spoons, shoelaces and upholstery tacks, shivs are about masked utility: it's an innocuous object with improbably toxic intent (whether used to attack others or to protect oneself...).

Jessica Helfand
The Right Stuff

Prada is yet another in a long line of stories in which posessions loom large, at once shining beacons of material success and wagging fingers of moral turpitude. When will we have enough stuff?

Jessica Helfand
"Oui, Oui, Oui" All The Way Home

On a sweltering day last August, my daughter and I embarked with a friend on a 6-day tour of Paris: Kid Paris, the Paris of candy stores and carousels and more than a few weird new ice cream flavors.

William Drenttel
Weather Report: 53 Degrees F. Heavy Snowfall Predicted

The weather is fucked up. "Science is a way of making sense of the world. Design is a way of making the world make sense."

Jessica Helfand
Design Gone Mad

Jessica Helfand
A Blog Poem, Part I

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