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Archive for October, 2010
November 12th is getting closer! All the Fellows have been selected for this year’s Design Fellowship. And, WOW, what great entries from both fellows and students. It was exceptionally hard to only select 12 out of all the entries received. Please go to Facebook to see the winning entries and help me congratulate this year’s 2010 Design Fellows.
Celebrating the can-do attitude, the HKS Dallas office recently completed their entry in the 2010 SDA CANstruction event with a sculpture of a toaster complete with toast and a stick of butter titled “Toasters…fighting hunger one slice at a time!” Why a toaster? Each year the team has tried to generate ideas that are easily identifiable – something along the lines of, if a six year old can’t figure it out maybe we should do something else. After discussing a variety of household objects, the toaster just seemed right, especially considering its role in food preparation and the goal of the event to help put an end to hunger. With a SketchUp model, several shopping trips, approximately 3,000 cans and some dedicated volunteers, the oversized toaster dream turned reality as one of 23 structures at Northpark Center on the morning of October 9th. The structures will be on display until October 24th when they will be packed up and taken to the North Texas Food Bank. To learn more about CANstruction visit www.canstruction.org.
With the advancements of technology, hand painted advertisements are quickly becoming a thing of the past. A handful of painters are continuing the craft by painting advertisements on the sides of buildings in New York City, while printed vinyl signs have become the norm. This documentary captures the art of the hand painted advertisement, as well as the stories of the people that continue to carry on the tradition. After watching this, it made me want to abandon my computer and go become an apprentice under an old master, the way a craft used to be passed on. I guess I would have to get over my fear of heights.
The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), responsible for civic projects including libraries, firehouses and senior centers, is a leader and advocate for a healthier city by design. This year Active Design Guidelines book was designed by Pentagram, a famous design firm with an office in New York. If you visit the DDC website you can download the entire PDF for free.