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Posted by core jr  |  15 Aug 2014  |  Comments (0)


By Tim Adkins

Ambitions are often simple dreams, born in shallow pocketbooks, that yearn for accoutrements larger than whatever the Joneses own. Some dreams deviate. They're more elemental, more profound. Consider Walter Dorwin Teague's ambition:

"I will strive to make the name I bear a loved one long after I am gone."

More than 50 years after his death, Teague's name continues to resonate. But the story of the man who strove to give it an eternal life has largely been untold. Last night, Jason Morris premiered Teague: Design & Beauty, a documentary on the seminal industrial designer, for a few hundred designers attending IDSA's 2014 International Conference in Austin, Texas. The film, nearly five years in the making, fills a substantial gap in our contemporary memory.

TeagueDoc-Morris_Audience.jpgJason Morris addressing the crowd

In the film's first few frames, we meet Walter Dorwin Teague as he faces a mid-life problem that he must design his way out of: He's a successful industrial artist who is restless. He sees the road ahead and envisions an intersection where his many interests and skills—including fine art, illustration, typography, fashion, architecture and storytelling—could converge to create a new method for giving form to experiences.

After Morris frames the conflict for us, Teague backtracks and follows a straightforward chronology. We learn that Walter—as Morris's narration refers to him in the first act—listed in his childhood diary all the books that he had read from age ten onward. We see some of the beautifully composed short films that Teague—as he is known in the second act—shot of the Chartres Cathedral in 1930. And we get some insight on the creative tension that soured the relationship between Mr. Teague—of the third act, of course—and the talented son who inherited his name and many of the senior Teague's creative gifts.



Posted by core jr  |  11 Aug 2014  |  Comments (3)


The 2014 IDSA International Conference is next week and if you're into industrial design and want to exchange ideas with other ID enthusiasts from all over the world, the Austin Convention Center is the place to be from August 13–16. Just in case you're on the fence, perhaps the Austin Design Firms Tour will sway you? The Austin Design Firm tour will take you from the conference center in a luxe, air-conditioned bus to a variety of top design firms in the Austin area. You'll get to see the work/idea space of these firms, meet the teams and chat with them about their upcoming ideas. Here's what two of the firms have in store for lucky visitors:

First, we have Fahrenheit Design, who, on a whim, decided to go the less-traveled route when it comes to their tour giveaways. They're all big LEGO fans and decided that their schwag should mirror their interest—so they designed a series of famous designers minifigures. Can you identify all of them?

In addition, IBM is hosting an open house as part of the tour and they're looking forward to reviewing your portfolio. That's right, IBM designers from the best design schools around the country can give students feedback on a variety of aspects, from storytelling and visual appeal, to content and providing direction for ID students interested in a future career in UX. Who knows? Maybe this will open a door for you at IBM...

The other firms on the tour are Axis Design / FES International, M3 Design, (make+SHift)atx, mixer design group and Pump Studios. Once you've had your portfolio reviewed by the folks at IBM and/or picked up your designer minifigs at Fahrenheit, head on over to the Core77 Party that starts at 9pm at the historic Scoot Inn. If you don't have your tickets for the conference yet, you can still register on-site or by calling IDSA before they sell out. We'll see you at the Scoot Inn!

Posted by Coroflot  |  29 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


You might exchange ideas, motivations and inspiration within your own circles on a regular basis, but how often do you get to do it with people from all across the globe? Your chance to do just that at 2014 IDSA International Conference is almost gone. Late registration for this annual IDSA event ends this Sunday, August 3, but you can also register on-site from August 3rd to August 16th.

Not only is there an impressive line up of speakers and events to attend, the local arts and culture of Austin, TX should keep you busy and perfectly entertained when you're not at the conference center. And don't forget about the Core77 Party on Friday, August 15, at the historic Scoot Inn, kicking off at 9pm. Get your tickets today before it's too late and we'll see you there!

Posted by Deena DeNaro  |  25 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


Underway as of yesterday, the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been drawing lots of comparisons to the Olympic Games of London 2012. Some of this commentary has been plainly insipid, while others have been downright mean. Lyn Gardner's review of the XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony review was cruel and nasty, the way New York City fashion editors take pot-shots at Dallas by publishing images of big-haired women in loud dresses when covering social events in the Lone Star State.

While this may all come down to the "Scottish Cringe" (a national trait of self-deprecation), the Opening Ceremonies at Celtic Park on Wednesday night raise the valid question of how one distills culture and values into a stadium floorshow?


To be sure, there were several cliché moments like giant dancing tea cakes, an inflatable Loch Ness Monster and John Barrowman's costume of purple tartan. But there were also some inspired moments like the Scottish Ballet's touching duet to a muted version of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles"; the Scottish terriers accompanying each nation's athletes; and the gay kiss in the opening moments. This last gesture was an unequivocal statement to the 42 participating countries that have laws against homosexuality on their statute books: These Games (a.k.a. The Friendly Games) are a celebration of equality and diversity.

But aside from the impossible task of portraying a nation's historical contributions in a one-hour spectacle (London 2012's supermodels and Sochi's weeping bear seem farther from the mark than highland dancing on whisky barrels), there is some stellar design work associated with the XX Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014.

Queen's Baton

In addition to the Queen's Baton, which we reported on last October, the designs of the medals, podiums and medal bearers' costumes all have a quality of elegant abstraction as they contemporary updates to traditional representations of Scottish culture at the medals ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Posted by Coroflot  |  24 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


How often during a year, or perhaps a month, do you find yourself frustrated or underwhelmed by a tool, system or product you use regularly? Better yet, how often during those moments do you think to yourself, "If only it worked this way instead..." If you've ever dismissed the viability of these ideas because they would be too difficult/costly/complicated/inconvenient to manifest, then the third installment of the RKS Sessions is for you.

On August 5, RKS Sessions presents The Transformation of an Idea into Mass Success, featuring Craig Hickman, creator of the easy-to-use paint program Kid Pix. Hickman saw how frustrated his own son would get trying to use early computer drawing programs and turned his own "why doesn't this work better..." moment into the iconic easy-to-use paint program that encourages children to use computers.

Sign up today to attend this presentation on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Santa Monica, CA, where you'll learn how Hickman incubated his idea into mass commercial success.

Posted by Coroflot  |  10 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


Last week, in Santa Monica, the design consultancy RKS hosted a presentation by Tesla Motors' Javier Verdura on "Designing Disruptive Innovations." Verdura is Tesla's Director of Product Design, a post he's held for the last two years, so he was well-qualified to talk about the making of the Model S and the upcoming Model X—including the thinking behind the sci-fi "Falcon Wings" Tesla will be using as rear doors on the latter SUV model, which is slated for release early next year.

Verdura also touched on Tesla's recent release of its patents—"We want to make sure that everybody wants to make electric cars"--and described in depth the organization of his Los Angeles-based design team. Watch the video of his talk to find out what it's like to work with Elon Musk ("You really can't say no to anything; you just have to figure it out") and how Tesla's engineers make cars that are "just scarily built."

Posted by Coroflot  |   7 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)



From August 13th thru the 16th, the 2014 IDSA International Conference is bringing a list of provocative speakers to Austin, TX, all in the name of sharing valuable, practical and enlightening information with the masses. Core77 is proud to sponsor the event so we wanted to introduce you to one of this year's Conference speakers, Maria Boustead of Po Campo. Maria will be speaking about Designers as Entrepreneurs, a topic she is quite familiar with as the founder of her own bike-centric bag company. We asked Maria about her journey from designer to entrepreneur, where she finds the best creative exchanges and for a preview of her Conference presentation.

What limitations in circa 2008 era biking gear led you to start Po Campo?

At the time, I was working at a design agency. I liked biking to work or to meetings or wherever; I found it to be enjoyable and a good source of both exercise and new ideas. Of course, you need a way to carry your stuff and I quickly learned that backpacks and messenger bags would make my back sweaty and that they would be uncomfortable if loaded up with too much stuff. Therefore, I was on the hunt for a bag I could attach to my bike while riding and then easily detach and carry around as my normal bag throughout my day. There were plenty of good quality bike bags on the market, but they were built more for bike touring and weren't really designed to be carried around, both aesthetically and functionally. When I couldn't find a bag that fit the bill, I decided to design my own.

How did you get into softgoods/bag design?

I graduated from college in 2001, just when the first tech bubble burst. Hardly anyone was hiring junior designers so when I got a job at Arctic Zone, a manufacturer of sewn coolers and lunch bags, I was beyond ecstatic. I had always enjoyed sewing and was interested in softgoods, but hadn't had any experience in cut-and-sew manufacturing before that job. I really fell in love with it; it is perfectly suited for how I like to create. It is a truly iterative process because there is little to no tooling that you have to invest in, so you can literally update and tweak with every production run. I also enjoyed discovering new fabrics and experimenting with textures and colors and prints. Your palette is so much bigger than with other materials, and I find that to be a lot of fun from a design perspective.



Posted by core jr  |  26 Jun 2014


If you haven't heard about why the Tesla name has been all over the news lately, perhaps it's time to discover what makes this company so innovative. On July 1st, you have the chance to get the inside scoop directly from the Director of Product Design and Project Management, Javier Verdura. In their second event in this series, the RKS Sessions presents Designing Disruptive Innovations, a look under the hood of the innovative company- sharing their history, design process and where they're headed in the future.

Get your ticket today for this event and check out the rest of the RKS Sessions series for more thought-provoking presentations.

Posted by core jr  |  16 Jun 2014


It's just a few short days away. The inaugural Core77 Conference is this Thursday, June 19! If you're not sure about going, keep in mind there are only a handful of tickets left but there are TONS of reasons to attend. You've probably read about what the day's schedule has to offer, and who will be speaking there (including her, him and them,) but what about the rest of the day and night? Here's the scoop on the fun and food that will compliment some of the most enlightening presentations you'll hear this summer.

When you arrive, you'll receive your conference packet-on-a-lanyard that is stuffed with the following important items:
1.) Your name tag, which makes networking that much easier.
2.) The printed program guide so you know who is speaking when.
3.) Your dinner ticket, which is good for a some delicious chow from the Milk Truck Grilled Cheese food truck later in the evening.
4.) Your complimentary conference token, redeemable for $5 toward the goodies for sale at the conference merchandise table. This includes t-shirts, books, hand screen-printed posters, a notebook and a tile from +POOL.
5.) Your ticket to be redeemed for a mystery gift at the end of the night.

Your packet-on-a-lanyard is an important part of the entire day, so make sure you keep it close. Lunch, on the other hand, is on us, so there's no need to worry about a ticket. We are proud to be serving lunch straight from the Brooklyn Commune kitchen, a Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, community cafe and restaurant that serves local and sustainably-sourced food prepared by Chef Chris Scott. They promote sustainability through sponsoring educational opportunities about healthy choices, and through partnerships with local producers, artists and organizations. Their menu is well-reviewed, too, so everyone wins!

As the presentations conclude and we're all happily sated thanks to the Milk Truck, New Orleans brass-funk-rock band Bonerama will take the stage. If you haven't heard their music yet, check them out on Youtube for a taste of the good tunes and good times they're bringing to the conference. Registering for the conference automatically puts you on the VIP list to enjoy the drinks (on us) and music at the end of the day, but your friends are welcome to join us! Just let them know the fun, music and cash bar get started at around 6pm.

With all these reasons to register for the Core77 Conference beyond the day's content, what are you waiting for? Tickets are almost gone. Get yours today!

Posted by core jr  |  13 Jun 2014


From August 13–16, designers and design industry professionals from all over the globe will gather in Austin, TX, to participate in the 2014 IDSA International Conference. This year's theme is "The Exchange," which is something all designers can appreciate—between ideas and actions, designers and developers, educators and students, researchers and users and people and products, various exchanges create the dynamic space in which designers operate and thrive. The presentations and content will allow attendees to create meaningful exchanges in six main areas: context, community, value, culture, interpersonal and education. Sounds great, right?

This is why the time to get your ticket for this event is now. Regular registration, and ticket prices, lasts until July 13th, at which point the price goes up. Just take a look at the speaker lineup and schedule and you'll see plenty of reasons to register sooner than later. One of which is the Core77 Party on Friday, August 15. We'll be tearing it up at the historic Scoot Inn starting at 9pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!

While you're in Austin, don't forget to do some exploring. The city has more art, music, culture and drool-worthy food for every type of personality and palate than you could possible discover in one trip. For example, Iron Works BBQ is just a few steps away from the Austin Convention Center where the conference is being held.

But that's just our opinion. We encourage you to experience Austin for yourself, and what better excuse than the 2014 IDSA International Conference? Get your tickets today and we'll see you at the Core77 party!

Posted by erika rae  |  13 Jun 2014  |  Comments (0)


Editor's Note: Although this exhibition was originally scheduled to run through June 18, it has been exhtended to July 31—don't miss it!.

I wasn't a typography person until I paid a visit to the Century: 100 Years of Type Design exhibition, presented by AIGA and Monotype. Sure, I shared my peers' disdain for Comic Sans and admired a nice headline style from time to time, but for the most part I simply didn't appreciate the details. I guarantee that you, too, will walk out of the AIGA National Design Center with at least a few font facts on your mind, if not a full-fledged fixation. Presented on the occasion of the organization's centennial, Century presents the history and conception of typeface from the very first fonts to the ones we use today through a well-curated selection of artifacts, including typeface production drawings, packaging, advertisements and publications by prominent designers of the last 100 years, among other ephemera.

Check out the exhibit trailer for a look at the space and a few details on the work on display:

I made my way to the exhibit on a night that was hosted by the AIGA Women Leadership Initiative—a new project working to bring women in the design industry together through networking events, exhibits and salons—that included a guided tour highlighting women designers. Monotype's Dan Rhatigan did an excellent job leading the tour, highlighting the importance women played in the typeface evolution, introducing lesser-known gems and walking us through how some of the artifacts came to be in Monotype and AIGA's collection. One look at his typeface-tattooed arms and you know he's the perfect guy for the job.



Posted by core jr  |  11 Jun 2014


When was the last time you were so impressed and inspired by something that you thought to yourself, "Wow... I'm going to use that"?

It doesn't happen every day, but when it does, it's usually because we've broken away from the well-worn grooves of routine. When we set aside our regular to-do list and priorities we are suddenly open to shifts in perspective. The result: We walk away energized to apply what we've discovered to our work and our lives.

This is what the Core77 Conference is great for—breaking your routine and walking away energized. It's the perfect event for exposing yourself to theories, people and projects that will snap you out of your groove, but in a really good way. But don't worry, this event doesn't require a house sitter or an extended absence from your desk. All you need is one day and an open mind. We'll take care of the rest, from the presenters to the food, drinks and music later in the evening.

The only thing you should worry about is getting a ticket. With the event only 8 days away, seats for the conference are almost gone! It may be fashionable to wait until the last minute to solidify your plans for Thursday, but in this case, it pays to think ahead. Get your ticket today so you don't miss out on what could lead to your next big idea. You won't know unless you attend.

Posted by core jr  |   3 Jun 2014


In just over two weeks, a very interesting group of people will gather in Brooklyn to talk about what they do best in life: solve problems and generate transformative ideas for our benefit. Perhaps you've seen the line up of speakers for the Core77 Conference, but have you checked out the schedule yet? If not, here's a quick summary of what you'll get when you register for this June 19th, one-day event in the best borough of New York City. Get your tickets now so you don't miss out.

8:30am - When You Arrive and First Block of Presenters

Yes, it's early, but don't worry. We have coffee and snacks on deck to perk you up for the day. While you're settling in, shaking hands and getting to know your fellow conference-goers, Stuart Constantine, Co-founder of Core77, will welcome everyone with some opening remarks about the day. He'll then open the floor for our first presenter, Dong-Ping Wong of Family and +POOL. His work installing a floating, water-filtering swimming pool in the East River, which is also the world's largest crowd-funded civic project, should inspire you to consider what kind of "rad shit" you could accomplish where no one asked you to.

Following Wong, Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist at Autodesk, will present on what cloud-based data can teach us about teaching machines to design, which may lead you to examine your own learning process. Carla Diana, author of Leo the Maker Prince, is up next to share her theory about the meaningful stories that usher new technologies into existence by presenting them in a human context. The break that follows will give you a chance to discuss these presentations with fellow attendees and the presenters themselves.

11:15am - Second Block of Presenters

If you're a cyclist or just admire the bicycle as an enduring example of successful design, the day's first panel, Cult of Bike, is for you. Moderated by Core77's own Ray Hu, panelists Michel Dallaire, Ethan Frier and Edward Albert, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Hofstra University, will discuss how the humble bicycle influenced the urban landscape, personal expression and, of course, personal travel. Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer of Sound United, and Heather Flemming, CEO of Catapult Design, round out the second block of presenters with their presentations on creating and implementing a design strategy in the marketplace, and carving a role for design in the global development, respectively. These talks will leave you motivated to work smarter for the greater good.

12:45pm - Lunch & Core77 Design Awards Announcements

While you're eating lunch and chatting with everyone about your favorite bike story or what you found most inspiring about the morning, we'll announce the winners of the Consumer Product category from the Core77 Design Awards program. Jury captain Johan Liden, along with jurors Brett Tom, Josh Morenstein, Isabelle Olsson and Wyatt Cline will be there to announce the winners, the runners up and the notable submissions in the category.


Posted by core jr  |  29 May 2014  |  Comments (0)

CM-DavidKelley-1.jpgPhotos by Bekka Palmer

By Chris Beatty

On Friday, May 16, Joel Towers, Dean of Parsons the New School for Design, and Tina Roth Eisenberg, the 'Swiss Miss' behind Creative Mornings, welcomed David Kelley to speak at the New School's newly opened Tishman Auditorium. Despite the early wakeup call, over 600 guests showed up for the largest Creative Morning ever.

Hailing (somewhat unsurprisingly) from California, Kelley is a founder of IDEO and the creator of the at Stanford University. He began his talk by comfortably declaring that he was not going to present using any slides and that he enforces a no-slide rule for student presentations at the

Kelley is a natural storyteller who came to industrial design with a background in electrical engineering. At first Kelley was mesmerized by the magical, "as if out of nowhere" process of design; however, in reality, he spent many of his early days toiling over beige computer enclosures for Silicon Valley tech firms. It was then that he realized that design was pigeonholed as an object-centric process that routinely neglected the needs of its users.

Through his design practice, Kelley began to address this by carefully mapping the experience of a person using the product. By stepping back and thinking holistically about the product, the problem could be reframed, contextualized, and ultimately simplified. At the core, it was this thinking that allowed IDEO to nurture a human-centered design process that put the user, not the product at the center of the design process.

CM-DavidKelley-2.jpgKelley with Tina Roth Eisenberg


Posted by core jr  |  28 May 2014

6 Reasons To Attend the 2014 Core77 ConferenceThe images above are a small sample of the projects and people that make up the Core77 Conference.

As you choose which conferences to attend this season, what helps you decide where to spend your time and money? Is it the speakers? The content? The format? The location? If you're not sure about attending the Core77 Conference on June 19th, here are 6 great reasons to get your tickets today, before they sell out.

The speakers are really doers
Each of the presenters at the Core77 Conference is a practitioner of the ideas and solutions they share. Their action and determination to bring about change in their own environments will leave you wondering what unfulfilled potential you can tap into in your own life.

It's one day FULL of information, insight and inspiration
We designed the format with your schedule and goals in mind. You're busy, perhaps too busy to give up out three full days. We offer a single track, shared experience where you never have to choose between two presentations occurring simultaneously. We chose the speakers carefully to deliver a day full of relevant, thought-provoking content. All killer. No filler.

You don't have to be on the A-List to meet the speakers
Want to ask Ricardo Prada about his work at Google? How about talk with Marta Salas-Porras about what it was like to transform the Sydney Opera House? Perhaps you'd like to compliment Dong-Ping Wong on his creative efforts to clean up the East River? This is all possible at the Core77 Conference because we wanted to make the audience as much a part of the event as the presenters. Your feedback and interpretation are just as important as the content, so don't be shy. Get ready to say hello to everyone.

Brooklyn in the early summer time is awesome
Before the staggering heat and humidity hits, Brooklyn is a splendid place to be in the early summer. The venue, 501 Union, boasts minimal and sophisticated decor. The historic nature of the space makes it the perfect backdrop for the day's discussions and reflections.

Food, drinks and great tunes are on the house
When you get a ticket (or tickets) to the Core77 Conference, you're signing up for more than just a day of insightful presentations. Your full day pass also gives you VIP access to the after party, complete with delicious food, open bar and kicking tunes from New Orleans-based Bonerama!

When you and your friends/colleagues go, it's cheaper for everyone
Who better to bounce ideas off of and question theories with than your friends and colleagues. When you register for three conference tickets at once, each ticket get's reduced by $50. Grab 2 friends, get your tickets, and keep the extra $$$ for yourself.

We're all thrilled to put on this event and can't wait to see you there. Don't hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. We'll see you June 19th!

Posted by core jr  |  19 May 2014


In exactly a month, The Core77 Conference will kick off on the banks of the lovely Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. In case you haven't heard, the event will be a one-day exploration of the people and projects defining our new object culture. Join us and you'll have a chance to meet the presenters throughout the day, or at the party following that night. Tickets are on sale, so get yours while they are still available.

ConfProfile-DPW.jpg Dong taps into the potential found in New York City's rivers

Dong-Ping Wong, Partner, Family New York
Presentation: Everybody + POOL: Dropping the world's first water-filtering floating pool into the river A.K.A. Doing rad shit where nobody's asked you to do rad shit

I'll bet swimming pools are low on the list of methods that come to mind when you think of ways to clean up our rivers. What if a swimming pool—better yet, a swimming pool representing one of the world's largest crowd-funded civic projects—could be placed in a river and clean the water enough so people could actually swim in it?


Posted by core jr  |  14 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


"I think our life is our most important project. It is full of constraints and challenges, just like a design project. It's this realization that inspired me to apply my design process to my life--that is how Design the Life was born. It has been growing by word of mouth ever since..." –Ayse Birsel

Join Ayse on Sunday, May 18, in New York City, at her acclaimed Design the Life You Love Master Class to think about your life like a designer. Set aside two hours to playfully design your life with renowned designer, Ayse Birsel, using constructive metaphors, inspirational tools and optimistic visualizations. Attendees will draw from concepts in fields as diverse as fashion, design, art and gastronomy, looking to the work of thinkers like Issey Miyake, Ferren Adria, James Dyson and Steven Jobs. No prior design or creative experience is necessary—just a desire to be playful, introspective and to learn a unique process.


A limited number of spaces are available for the Design the Life You Love Master Class being held in at SVA on Sunday, May 18. For firsthand accounts of the workshops can be found at Huffington Post and by Molly Klimas for Metropolis.

Morning Session: 10am – 12pm
Afternoon Session: 1pm – 3pm

School of Visual Arts
D-Crit Studio
136 West 21 Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

For more information and to reserve your place, please see the Eventbrite page.

Posted by core jr  |  13 May 2014

Becky_Stern_wink.jpgBecky showing off the NeoPixel Punk Collar

The Core77 Conference is just over a month away. Don't you want to know who will be presenting and what they'll be talking about? If so, this profile series is just what you need. We want to introduce you to the sharp folks that will be sharing their insights on everything from creating future scenarios to demonstrating the value of design. Get your tickets today for this one-day event. You won't be disappointed.

Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit
Presentation: Panel – Integrated Technology

How much does technology determine your day to day? Through this panel, "Integrated Technology," we'll look into how designers are integrating technology into our daily lives, at two scales.

Along with Google UX Manager, Ricardo Prada, Becky Stern will talk about the individual/personal aspects of putting tech on and around your body including identity, expression & fashion, enhancing our natural abilities/senses, privacy and technological literacy/engineering education. Ricardo will bring to the table his broader, community/society experience working on things like self-driving cars. This is sure to be a lively discussion!


Posted by core jr  |   6 May 2014


As the Core77 Conference approaches, we'd like to give you a preview of the lineup of speakers and what they'll be discussing at the event. This series of profiles will give you a little more info on who is talking, what they'll be talking about and why you should get your tickets for this June 19th, Brooklyn, New York event today.

TnJDeskb.jpegPhoto credit: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune // March 30, 2014

Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth of Parsons & Charlesworth
Presentation: "Spectacular Vernacular"

How often do you take for granted the intentions, design and purposes of the objects you use and see every day? Have you ever considered how subtle shifts in the form and purpose of everyday objects can open up provocative alternate realities?

Tim and Jessica's presentation, "Spectacular Vernacular" will challenge us to consider that what we see as apparently real is actually fictional; what looks familiar is also somewhat out of place. The mass produced becomes unique and the vernacular, spectacular. They will lead the conference audience to rethink the conventional desires of commodity culture and extend us all into previously under-explored territory.


Posted by Kat Bauman  |   6 May 2014  |  Comments (0)


If the inaugural edition is any indication, Struktur might give the outdoor industry a new hub. Billed as "the first creative conference for the active outdoor industry," the two-day conference took place at EcoTrust in Portland, OR, last Thursday and Friday. Unlike existing outdoor industry events, Struktur focused on design itself, aiming to create a forum for creative interdisciplinary information-sharing. Founders Michelle Rose and Sam Ward put together a balanced lineup of outdoor design's heavy hitters, promising newcomers and entertaining speakers, casting a wide net, from materials development and component designers to apparel design and manufacturers. Even in a relatively intimate group, we noted attendance and presentations from along that spectrum, making for a fun and energetic mix. It may be poorly spelled, but it was well executed. For those of you too skeptical, broke or Oregon-loathing to attend, here's my recap of the first ever Struktur:


The event kicked off with a presentation from Jody Turner, a PDX-based speaker who works internationally on identifying macro trends. The takeaway message: generational shift is a-comin'. Fast. Over the last two generations, values have shifted a lot. From the first teenagers and hippies, through the reactionary Gen X, to the wily and maligned millennials, success and desire look wildly different. That's all pretty familiar, but it's beginning to look like the upcoming millennial generation steps particularly far from its predecessors. With all the interconnectivity, unstable job markets and environmental catastrophe brewing, it shouldn't be surprising that tomorrow's main decision-makers are obsessed with experience over owning.

Around the world, it appears that members of Gen Y, to the chagrin of grumpier elders, are concerned with personal expression, hard work, and meaningful action rather than material symbols of status. They're less likely to identify high-paying jobs as necessary for success and happiness; more likely to think of themselves as community-minded and to choose jobs based on values. However, that individualized expression, environmental morality and emphasis on action above acquisition does come with a caveat of expected luxury. Our future market will rely heavily on meaning, story, interaction and authenticity, but high quality of life is still a given.

To balance this global-scale, generation discussion, our second speaker talked micro trends and social media. Jeanine Pesce, a professional trend tracker with a focus on active apparel brands, presented an overview of her predictions and recommendations. The subsequent panel discussion on trends, marketing and social media included Star Hoerauf of Thrive Clothing, Alex Valdman of Giro Sport, and Benji Wagner from Poler Stuff. Their collective pro tips: letting a little fashion world in isn't a bad idea—it's jumping on the bandwagon anyway; and social media is your friend, as long as you have a plan and involve your users meaningfully. With our lives becoming increasingly mediated, the ways to share pictures, info and experiences are increasing too. Harness the love people have for their hobbies or their emotional relationships with gear, and you can unearth a wealth of valuable (and shareable) information about how people interact with your stuff.


Posted by StuCon  |  25 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)

2014 Core77 Conference June 19, 2014

At long last, the first Core77 Conference is officially open for business! We've got the initial round of speakers listed, with more still to come. Hopefully you've already arranged your schedule to be in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 19, so all you have to do now is buy your ticket and you're good to go. We recommend you act now, as the tickets are very limited and are going fast.

In addition to a full day of presentations and discussions, we'll be broadcasting two Core77 Design Awards jury announcements from the stage, giving away some great shwag and then throwing a bash that night to wrap it all up. All conference attendees will get VIP access to the party (a.k.a. cut the line and get an open bar) as a bonus for spending the day with us.

Check the website now for a list of speakers, information on the schedule and venue and a convenient link to the ticket purchase page. See you there!

Posted by core jr  |   7 Apr 2014  |  Comments (0)


What are you doing all day on June 19th? Nothing? Wrong. Clear your schedule to make room for the very first Core77 Conference! We're putting together a day-long shindig in Brooklyn featuring some of the most forward-thinking people in the design world talking about how and why they do what they do.

We're finalizing the details now, including a full lineup of speakers, special guests and swag. We've booked a venue with a great vibe, large enough to hold a crowd but small enough so it's easy to meet everyone. Of course, as with any Core77 gathering there will be plenty of food, drinks and music throughout the day and into the evening.

If you're not in the neighborhood, start making your travel plans now so you don't miss out. Tickets go on sale shortly, so keep your eyes here for upcoming announcements.

Posted by Coroflot  |  19 Mar 2014


Are you ready for a spring season filled with celebration of design thinking and how it impacts successful businesses? The Industrial Designers Society of America announced their annual District Design Conference season with a line up of events that no one should miss. These local and affordable events will cover topics designed to help you meet expanding business demands and take advantage of new opportunities, all while networking and sharing ideas with like-minded design enthusiasts.

To get involved in the IDSA District Design Conferences, here are the important dates and locations:

On April 5th, Denver, CO - The Western District Design Conference: Running with the Bulls will be at the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at Metro State.

Also on April 5th, Grand Rapids, MI - The Central District Design Conference: Unfolding Design takes place at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

On April 12th, Savannah, GA - The Southern District Design Conference: Design: Mind. Body. Soul. is being held at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

On April 26th, Chicago, IL - The Midwest District Design Conference: Industrial Evolution takes place at Lane Tech College Prep High School.

On May 15th, New York, NY - The Northeast District Design Conference: Design it. Build it. Fund it. will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

For more information on the conferences, including pricing and why you should attend, check out their FAQs.

Posted by core jr  |  11 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

GraphicPassport2014_HERO.jpgGraphicPassport2014-KoichiroTanaka.jpgStill from "Uniqlock" by Koichiro Tanaka

Japanese magazine +81 is pleased to present Graphic Passport 2014 in New York City, featuring two exhibitions—one in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn—and a presentation at NYU's Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center this Friday, March 14. Now in its fifth year, the biannual celebration of Japanese creative culture has established itself as a well-curated showcase of emerging designers and has visited global destinations from Paris to Sao Paulo to Mumbai; following the New York show, the 2014 edition will make its way to Bangkok in late April.

The event kicks off tomorrow evening with the opening reception for a group exhibition at the +81 gallery space in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Starting on Wednesday, March 12, the space will feature Tokyo Graphic Posters, a wildly successful exhibition that launched in 2011; Takeo Paper Show 2008, Fine Papers by "School of Design"; and Tohoku Standard.

GraphicPassport2014-YuniYoshida.jpgYuni Yoshida

On Friday, March 14, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center at NYU will host a triple-header of Japanese designers: art director Yuni Yoshida, digital ad wizard Koichiro Tanaka and filmmaker/photographer Seiichi Hishikawa. Given the quality of their work, this promises to be an enlightening evening indeed.

Last but not least, Saturday, March 15, will see the opening of a group exhibition at the +81 Gallery at 167 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, where work by Shun Kawakami, Gen Miyamura and Syoh Yoshida will be on view. Again, this looks like it will be a very respectable showing from some of Japan's leading young artists and designers.

GraphicPassport2014-SeiichiHishikawa.jpgSeiichi Hishikawa

Both the Brooklyn and Manhattan exhibitions will be open until April 25, from noon until 7pm daily. More details are available on the Graphic Passport New York and +81 websites.

Posted by Aart van Bezooyen  |   7 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)

iF2014_HERO.jpgShow master CEO Ralph Wiegmann with award winners from South Korea

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the iF design awards 2014 night, which took place at the impressive BMW Welt museum in Munich. Some 2,000 guests involved in design, business, culture, politics and press enjoyed a relaxed get-together while show master Ralph Wiegmann (iF CEO) hosted the ceremony, personally handing out no less than 75 iF gold trophies, which deserves some respect, to three categories of winners: product, communication and packaging.

iF2014-Jury.jpgIn January, some 50 jury experts from all over the world came together for three days in Hannover to select the winners of the iF design awards 2014.

Read on to see our top five picks:

iF product design awards

To select the 1,220 winning entries (including 50 coveted iF gold awards), an international jury of experts came together at the Hanover exhibition center to review no less than 3,249 (!) entries from 48 countries. Here are three of our favorite product winners, from big to small:


BMW i3
The BMW i3 is the first large-scale production car with an all-electric engine manufactured by BMW Group is tailored to the requirements of sustainable and emission-free mobility. With its revolutionary architecture and CRP passenger compartment, the BMW i3 weighs only 1,195 kg. Learn more about the innovative new vehicle in our feature story on the BMW i3, including an exclusive interview with Head of Design Adrian van Hooydonk. BMW Group München, Germany



Posted by core jr  |   7 Mar 2014  |  Comments (0)
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As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we are once again pleased to be partnering with the International Home + Housewares Show. With over 60,000 homegoods professionals showing off the newest housewares, it's easy to overlook the lineup of speakers the event has to offer. Fear not—the International Housewares Association has put together a series of blogposts featuring the event's keynotes—including speakers from Kickstarter, Food Network and Catalyze Chicago, the new community for hardware entrepreneurs, among many others. Make sure to read up and plan out your must-sees before you head to the big show.



Watch this space starting next weekend for our coverage, live and direct from the exhibition hall at McCormick Place.