In every History of Industrial Design class, you look at slide after slide of the hits, the successes, the breakthroughs. But couldn't we also learn something about successful design by studying the failures? Dr. Samuel West believes so. As Director of the Museum of Failures in Helsingborg, Sweden, West presides
The Climactic: Post-Normal Design exhibition at Carnegie Mellon marks an important step forward for discursive design. The curatorial team created the most intentionally global representation of discursive work to date, and deliberately challenge the glaring under-representation of non-western design voices.
On an all-inclusive note that considers makers from all of New York City's boroughs, WantedDesign continues to give design lovers not one, but two locales and experiences to visit during the NYCxDesign festivities. Each event in turn brings its own special flavor to the fair and exhibition mix. One
Taking up more than 165,000 square feet in the gargantuan Javits Center, ICFF is likely home to any type of design style and designer you're looking for—lavish, minimal, handmade or downright dramatic, there's a little something for everyone in the sprawling space. This year felt particularly broad, as it welcomed
Tucked away in Soho was one of our favorite exhibits on display during NYCxDesign: The Strong collection. On display at Vitsœ's NYC location, the exhibit featured around 75 items from Tom Strong's 250+ item collection of Dieter Rams-designed Braun products. Strong's diverse collection ranged from tabletop cigarette lighters to electric
You might know that in the 1940s there were plans to build an airport right over Manhattan. But did you know that Buckminster Fuller wanted to build a climate-controlled dome over midtown in the 1960s? Or that in the 1880s, a pneumatic overhead railway was proposed for commuters? Or that
Set up as a gallery exhibition on the ground floor of 100 Avenue of the Americas in SoHo, Sight Unseen Offsite showcased some of the most innovative designers working today. Unlike other design week shows, the editors of Sight Unseen almost dictatorially command who gets to participate or not —
So it begins... the height of NYCxDesign, and perhaps at its highest ever? 2017’s New York May design calendar has turned out to be it’s most packed yet, and this weekend is the start of the real madness. Beginning this weekend, larger fairs such as ICFF, Sight Unseen OFFSITE and
2017's edition of NYCxDesign is proving to be the most jam-packed installment of the event to date—previously deemed New York Design Week, organizers of this series of cultural events are stretching it out to a completely saturated month of launches, exhibitions, conferences, crits and expos. We have yet to hit
Some of the most exciting work during NYCxDesign can be found at student exhibitions, but where are they? The short answer: all over the place. Some are hidden in larger shows like ICFF, and others are standalone shows. To make the search for great student work a little easier, we've
The early May opening of Collective Design in Manhattan always feels like the official kickoff to several weeks worth of design events attached to NYCxDesign, New York's extended alternative to Milan Design Week. Often a presentation of objects demonstrating both style and concept, Collective Design brings together works of designers
Our NYCxDesign Map is back to help guide you through the city that never sleeps on your quest to discover great design. Use our map on your phone or your computer to plan your schedule, filter through the events you really want to go to by category and/or location (yes, you can just search for parties) and hopefully have a more pleasant, carefree experience altogether.
Portland is unarguably a hotbed for design thinking, but in a lot of ways it's a graphic design town. No shade to our friends in the visual disciplines - seriously, most industrial designers' business cards could sorely use your help - but finding the tangible parts of PDX Design Week
There are always the industry veterans who lament a decline in the quality of Milan design week, but all told it was a solid one, with as many highlights as ever before. Sure, that might be attributable to the surfeit of events and exhibitions, but rest assured there is far
As the industry's biggest annual trade fair, the Salone del Mobile is certainly an occasion to reflect on the state of design today—both implicitly and explicitly as certain schools and organizations take the opportunity to critique the commercial pretense of both the Salone and the mobile. This year, two venues
Gallagher & Associates is seeking a Technical Project Manager to join our New York office. The Technical Project Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing the software development timeline for multiple digital interactives, concurrently. The ideal candidate has experience managing design-focused software applications and navigating complex development
In his Statement of Intent for this year's Japan Creative Projects exhibition at the Palazzo Litta, Director Hiroshi Naito notes that a central tenet of Japanese culture is "to make a point of treating things with great care and affection." Indeed, Japanese companies and designers alike made a strong showing
Design, like nearly every aspect of life today, is often as much about how the projects are represented in media as they are about their function or user experience. For anyone who is vicariously following along with design events and exhibitions via screen-based media such as Facebook, Instagram, and the
As of last year, mobile gaming revenue surpassed that of console and PC. Angry Birds or Pokémon Go may be great ways to kill time, but digital games need not be solitary pursuits confined to screens—on the contrary, distraction can aspire to reveal something more profound. Case in point, a
Here at Merrick Towle Communications, we’re looking for “the guy”. And by “guy” we mean anyone (girl or boy) who can help take a little baby idea, just sprouting out of the rich soil of creative endeavor, and help our creative teams make that idea into some really good
The largest annual tradeshow for Scandinavian design takes place—fittingly, perhaps—in the middle of the long Nordic winter, when the temperature is typically hovering around freezing. Even so, the quality and quantity of the products and projects brings some 50,000 visitors to the Stockholmsmässan over the course of a week. Taking
Want to seem like you're into cars, without having to actually give a damn about cars?* Ally Financial debuted some conceptual "New Car Smell" scent options at this year's NAIAS that might be able to help you out. Their fine line of auto-themed scents first showed up
General Description: The Exhibition Designer will support the development of the exhibition scope including concept design and presentation materials, spatial planning, millwork design and all drawings and renderings. This position will collaborate with other exhibition designers and curators, bringing best practices, and new creative strategies to
Attracting an estimated 295,000 visitors, Dutch Design Week celebrated its 15th anniversary this year with record attendance figures at exhibitions around Eindhoven. From the former Philips factories in Strijp-S to the galleries of the Van Abbemuseum, Dutch Design Week once again offered a crowd-pleasing (and oftentimes crowded) smorgasbord of art,
Japanese design studio nendo has taken their exhibit comprised of 50 manga comic inspired chairs across the pond from Milan to New York. The stainless steel chairs are currently on display at Friedman Benda in the Chelsea gallery district, accompanied by a graphic light installation.
Koji Nagano is in confident mood. During the 2016 Paris Motorshow at the world launch of the 5th generation Micra, a critical car for Nissan Europe, we asked him what influenced the new design and the key differences between this new car and the last, unloved Micra. "We really focused
It's been a bit of an ugly news cycle this week. Let's look at some gorgeous works of craft and science, shall we? If you don't frequent Boston museums or Ivy League special collections you might not have heard of the Harvard Glass Flowers, but you should. Harvard University's
There was nary an Arduino in sight at Electro Craft, a dense London Design Festival exhibition in the heart of Shoreditch Design Triangle. A showcase of design at various points where arts and crafts meet technology, the jam-packed show gives a first impression of overstimulation, with nearly 30 projects —
With an acronym that sounds like a college radio station or killer Scrabble word, the new King's Cross Creative Quarter launched during London Design Festival 2016. Spearheaded by designjunction, which now calls the KXCQ home, at least one tenant has already settled in nicely. Central Saint Martins moved into the
Ever since they opened in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art has been photographically documenting their exhibitions. After the displays were all set up, staff photographers would capture the scene. Well, this month the MoMA announced that they've spent years digitizing all of that stuff, and they're now posting it
A collection of recent work from Parsons and Charlesworth, "Spectacular Vernacular" will be exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center from September 10 to January 2. Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth have long had a broad, independent practice with emphasis on experimental design and discursive design.
When you see photos of classic cars from past decade, they're often beautifully restored, looking better than they did when they left the factory. No such love is given to old computers, as most people don't care. Photographer James Ball, however, does.
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