Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Open Source Imagination

Check out this article on Open Source Manufacturing. For my Designing for Production class: it touches on branding.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Euphoria Project

Check out The Euphoria Project by local filmmaker. I am cleaning up piles of stuff and came across notes about this film. I saw it a few years ago. It plays locally and is worth your look.
Happy Trails!

Clothing + Digital Technology

In the Design Like You Give A Damn Course this semester, Sherri had an idea to somehow "tag" people with drunk driving records in an effort to protect the greater good. Check out W-41, a clothing company based in the Netherlands combing digital technology and clothing. Here's a link to an article.Be.On.The.Edge. Know what is going on in your world.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I want to travel around the world,
drink coffee with my heroes,
sleep in a hammock &
build campfires under the stars.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

David Rockwell/The Rockwell Group

This past semester some of you asked for my opinion about brands or your notions of branding. I came across this article in last week's Business Week on David Rockwell. Rockwell is pretty interesting, I think you'll enjoy his story. I first learned of Rockwell's work at an international design conference. I greatly admire the work of The Rockwell Group. Check it out.

Eye Candy

Animal Collective's website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I am finding lots of great design research in some of your sketchbooks that I want to share. Megan Pase found Marimekko. Check it out. Thanks, Megan.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Short Term Interns Wanted for ACC Baltimore

From the ACC website:

Short Term Interns Wanted!

The American Craft Council needs interns for one week to assist with the 33rd annual American
Craft Council Wholesale and Retail Show in Baltimore, MD, February 24- March 1, 2009.

Baltimore is the American Craft Council’s largest show featuring more than 700 exhibitors and
25,000 attendees. If you are a student of craft, design, or the arts, don’t miss this fantastic
opportunity to gain first-hand experience setting up and conducting show operations, working with
makers and artists, exhibitors, wholesale and retail audiences.

Background: The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization
dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Through
our 6 juried craft shows across the country, our specialized library, and a roster of programs,
symposia, seminars, and conferences, The Council is the leading voice for crafts in America,
celebrating the remarkable achievements of the many gifted artists working in the media of clay,
fiber, glass, metal, wood and other materials.

Internship: The internship is a one-week internship, totaling approximately 85 hours that will run
from Sunday, February 22- Sunday, March 1, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. All work will be
performed at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD during the Council Show.
Responsibilities will be related to all facets of the necessary operations of the show.
The ideal candidate will have a background in art, art history, craft or media studies, design or
exhibition related field(s) and an enthusiasm and ability for working in a fast-paced, hands-on

Interns will work closely with Council Show Staff, playing an integral role with the following:

• Assisting Council show staff with Exhibitor Check In
• Assisting with Council office setup and maintenance
• Interacting with artists, makers, and exhibitors
• Disseminating exhibitor correspondence through out the week as needed
• Assisting show manger and show director with show operations as needed

Stipend: This is a non-paying internship. Interns selected who will be coming from outside the
Baltimore area will receive meal stipends and discounted rates on hotels in the area.

Eligibility: College student (junior year or above) or graduate level and above.

Application: Internship applicants should send or email –
• A brief statement describing your qualifications and interests
• Letter of recommendation from a professor
• A resume detailing prior academic and work experience

There are additional opportunities to apply for similar show internships at upcoming Council
Shows. For additional information, please contact Monica Hampton directly.

Applications and all other inquiries should be sent to
Mhampton@craftcouncil.org or to
Monica Hampton, Director of Education
American Craft Council
72 Spring Street, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10012
Fax: 212.274.0650

Deadline: All applications must be received by January 30, 2009. A decision will be made by
the first week in February.

Monday, December 15, 2008


This year's Design and Social Entrepreneurship class will be hosting Design.Vend/SocialsnACTS, an end-of-semester event showcasing the work students did over the semester. Student research projects include: fair trade, childhood obesity, learning disabilities, culture jamming, gratitude, overconsumption and excess packaging/trash, the instant gratification impulse of American society, and much more.

Come to Design.Vend/SocialsnACTS on Tuesday, December 16, Wednesday, December 17, and Thursday December 18th from 11am-1pm in the second floor atrium to experience- as the students wrote it- an exhilrating, looping, inverting social activist ride is a high speed experience! You'll make a complete socially aware loop before returning to earth!!

On site will be a vending machine dispensing student projects as well as roving displays for projects that don't fit into the vending machine.

Please join us for a very creative event!

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Art Deadlines

Art Deadlines lists all kinds of exhibition opportunities, conferences/workshops....and more. It is indispensable. Check it out.

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Adbusters, check it.

Graffiti Research Lab

I am in the throes of the end-of-semester grading. You all did some great work this semester! Thank you! It makes a huge difference to me. Teaching is WORK but when you all do interesting creative things, it makes it more worthwhile. I am going to post some links that you all didn't post on your individual blogs. I will try to give you credit.

Brenda Nickerson discovered the Graffiti Research Lab in her social design research. Check it out. Bookmark it. Thanks, Brenda.

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Christmas Carol=Self Publishing

I heard this week on NPR that Charles Dickens had to self-published A Christmas Carol when he wrote it. And it has forever affected the way we experience the holiday. Believe in yourselves.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Biologic Exhibition

Check out SIGGRAPH.

We are now accepting submissions for a forthcoming special issue of Leonardo. The issue will feature SIGGRAPH 2009 Art Papers and the SIGGRAPH 2009 Juried Art Gallery, “Biologic: A Natural History of Digital Life.”

Submission deadlines are at 22:00 UTC/GMT
Art Papers, Thursday, 8 January 2009
BioLogic Art, Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Submission details available online:

Contact information:

Silver Competition

Check it out at Design Boom.

Emerge at Heidi Lowe Gallery

Emerge is an online exhibition of emerging artists at the Heidi Lowe Gallery, Innovative Jewelry Studio. Check it out.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Public Domain and Internet Culture

Heard an interesting spot on Brooke Gladstone's On The Media today (WYPR, Sundays 2-3pm for local listeners) on copyright which all artists ought to be knowledgeable about. She hosted author James Boyle talking about his new book The Public Domain. Testing the openness of the internet culture he offers his book both through Amazon as well as on his website via a free download. Check it out.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Red Light District Project/Amsterdam

Last post for the night. I didn't realize or think about that many cities around the world have Red Light Districts. I have watched Sex Workers documentaries but besides that I haven't given it much thought. I was in Amsterdam as an undergraduate and visited the RLD then out of curiosity. When I was locating a place to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland, I learned they have a RLD. Interesting. I didn't know. One of my favorite projects from Amsterdam is the Red Light District Project. Art jewelers were selected to set-up studios in the red light district in an attempt to shrink and take back portions of Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District. Uli took us to see the street where these artists were located at about 1am on a Saturday night which was perfect....an authentic exprience. We didn't actually get to see Ted Noten's door in operation but what I understand is that he adopted/adapted the automateik [sp?] format and installed such an object in the door way of his RLD studio. In each of three slots is a ring that people pay $2.5 euros for. Above the slots is written, "Make her happy, buy her ring". Love it. On opening night there were so many people in the RLD for the "wrong reason" that the regulars got pretty angry. Things were tense. There were police. Of course Droog is part of the organizing team.
Learn. Live. Learn.
Find things that make your heart beat faster.

The Jerwood Prize + Lin Cheung

Take a look. Innovative Craft is currently exhibiting this year's Jerwood Prize winners. I loved Lin Cheung's work.
Bookmark these sites. Visit periodically.

Brazen in Glasgow

I told some of you about Brazen in Glasgow. They were by far one of my favorite things about Glasgow, well, in terms of art and culture at least. [There was a TERRIFIC little bar and not-so-llittle restaurant around the corner that I insist anyone visit: Cafe Gandolfi.] I can't quite find Brazen's true webpage right now and my images aren't downloaded yet.....but here is a link to some press on Brazen. Recent grads from the Glasgow School of Art. And in making this post, I learned that Marianne Anderson is the Director. Figures. I love her work too.
Check them out.

More Than Hip/Sustainable Goods

More Than Hip was at Dutch Design Week in October in Eindhoven. I was familiar with many of the products they represent. You might want to know about them.....

Fashion With Respect/Amsterdam

For the social designers, in Amsterdam I found a store selling Fashion with respect for people and planet. Check them out.

Fair Trade Coffee

Since I have really not kept up with the blogs this semester and people are asking about my trips to The Netherlands and Scotland
, I am just going to trickle info out on this blog. Here are a few easy ones.... For my social design students, while visiting the University of Dundee in Scotland, I found a little fair trade coffee shop and through them learned about Capstone Project. And I was reminded of my friend Arthur Hash.

"There is no crying in jewelry"

I don't know if it is a good thing or a bad thing that I love teaching and my students so much. I think most would say they like it and yes it has its drawbacks. I am enjoying checking blogs this wintery Saturday evening. And I came across a photo of the whiteboard in the studio on Ms. Jaxxon's blog: "there is no crying in jewelry". To which I am compelled to respond: of course jewelers cry, how do you think we get through making these magical, heart pounding, wonderful objects? Just don't get your tears on the tools....there is salt in your tears.