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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.

Posted by erika rae  |  25 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)


In the original story, we referred to this as the first ever show highlighting women's role in ID. We apologize for the mistake and acknowledge that there have been previous shows featuring outstanding work from female ID'ers. We're excited to share another great exhibit shining light on the growing community.

Ti Chang, co-founder of Crave and industrial designer, is working on a movement. While women have been quietly kicking ass in the ID department for years, there hasn't been a whole lot of coverage on the phenomenon (although, our forums did host a discussion on the movement back in 2012). This write-up from GOOD—as penned by our very own Core77 Design Awards Writing & Commentary jury captain, Alissa Walker—is a great look into the issue. After realizing the underrepresentation in the form of a Wikipedia list, Chang has been working to create a "Women in ID" show to debut at this year's San Francisco Design Week—and she's looking for designers. More on getting involved from the website:

For one night only, the show will feature 15 designers in two categories—Up+Coming and Professionals. The work can be conceptual, in full production or anything in between. WID's hope is to showcase a wide scope of industrial design work by women in various stages of their careers. Ladies, you know you rock. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work and meet your peers during the excitement of SF Design Week.

Get more information on how to submit your own work here before March 10th for a chance to be featured. To get a better feel for the event and what attendees can expect, read on for our questions and Chang's answers.


Posted by core jr  |  12 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)


Editor's Note: This post, which was provided by the student organizers of Made in Brunel, has been amended to reflect that Core77 is a media partner for the event.

On February 18 at 6pm, Made in Brunel's 24-hour Design Challenge will begin. Over 150 design students will work on eight briefs from some of the most recognizable brands all over the world. This unique event has been organized to give people an insight into the design process of Brunel University's top design students as they develop concepts live on camera.

Never before has such a large group of students worked together in this way, providing them with the opportunity to directly show their abilities to potential employers. Working in small teams, briefs will be answered in just three hours; conceiving, developing and delivering their ideas under high pressure. In just one day, talented young designers will collaborate on a range of real-world briefs and we are excited to see what the students come up with.

To find out more visit the website,, and don't forget to tune in live next week!

Posted by erika rae  |  11 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)


As if we already didn't have enough reasons to indulge in a bit of ice cream, a trio of designers/musicians have turned the crowd-pleasing treat into a musical performance. Carla Diana—smart object designer and author of the whimsical MakerBot book we reviewed and loved so much—has teamed up with food designer Emilie Baltz and musician Arone Dyer of Buke&Gase to create LICKESTRA, a sort of edible ensemble based on the consumption of conductive ice cream. Diana explains:

LICKESTRA plays with the experience from tongue to taste by presenting a series of conductive ice creams that trigger various baselines and tones when licked. Riffing on the "ice cream stand," guests are invited to stand inside a classic white pedestal and lick the ice cream that is presented to them. The result is a "4-piece band" that operates only by the licking of each guest.


Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  11 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)


Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is back for 2014. Tonight's exciting presentation is from furniture maker Amanda Wall-Graf of HENO Shop.

Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Amanda Wall-Graf
HENO: "The Power of the Hustle: Passion, Community and Creativity in a Town Where You're a Dime a Dozen"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 6pm PST


Posted by erika rae  |   7 Feb 2014  |  Comments (0)


Love it or hate it, the creative sector has not gone unnoticed by the current administration here in the States. In 2013, our ears pricked up when President Obama commented on the commented on 3D printing in the State of the Union address. This year, we eagerly witnessed 16-year-old maker Joey "Marshmallow" Hudy share the most recent presidential creative endeavor: a White House Maker Faire.


You might be wondering, who's this Hudy character? At the 2012 White House Science Fair, he got to show off his completely badass marshmallow launcher to a hands-on Head of State. Obama was so impressed by the then-14-year-old that he turned Hudy's business card catchphrase—"don't be bored, make something"—into his mantra regarding the creative community. Since the science fair, Hudy has taken the title for youngest-ever intern at Intel after impressing CEO Brian Krzanich at another Maker Faire—talk about poster child status.

Check out the video of Hudy and Obama's maiden launch together:


Posted by Anki Delfmann  |  21 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


Situated in the Messe Koeln along the bank of the Rhine, the IMM Cologne is the business hub for everything furniture and interior related. More than 1,100 companies show their work, from small brands to large scale international manufacturers. To bring you the highlights, we have strolled the southern parts of the vast venue, where the focus is set on design and innovation. Our favorites include Scandinavian interior design, unique materials, and exciting applications for new manufacturing processes.


IMM Cologne nominates a different designer each year to envision their ideal future home, Das Haus. This year, the guest of honor is danish-english furniture and interior designer Louise Campbell. She turned the 240 square meter stage into an open-plan house made out of two timber-framed halves that are visually separated by different color schemes. Amongst the highlights inside were a massive wall in the kitchen featuring 573 tools (at top) and a 16 meter long bed/lounger that was well enjoyed by tired fairgoers.


The Stage hosted lectures and panel discussions with a broad variety of topics ranging from the psychology of color and Bauhaus furniture to leather production and organic hotel interiors.


The German Design Council organized the 11th edition of the annual D3 Contest at IMM, and showed the works of design students and young designers. We liked Jin Il Park's Drawing Chair, which made us feel like we had stepped into a sketch on a napkin. He achieved the scribble effect by hammering, irregularly bending and then welding thin wires.


Posted by Anki Delfmann  |  20 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


The Thursday night of Cologne's Interior Design Week traditionally sees everyone heading to Design Parcours Ehrenfeld, grabbing one of the many drinks on offer, and promenading the city's most diverse and creative neighborhood. Ehrenfeld is home to a variety of converted warehouses, owner-run shops, bars, clubs, and creative businesses—and, during this time of the year, draws in even more of the latter. True to its alternative vibe, a lot of the work on show blurs the lines between art, design and fashion; sustainable design and local manufacturing are also recurring themes.


Designers Fair at DQE is one of the busiest shows every year. Amongst the crowds, Vase & Leuchte by Miriam Aust caught our eye because of the clever integration of the plant as part of the design. The object is distributed by Dua Shop, who specialize in realizing small batch series together with designers and small factories.


Another lamp on show by Dua Shop was Like Paper, designed by Aust & Amelung. The delicate appearance juxtaposes the fact that these lamps are actually made from slewed concrete, which displays the properties of the paper cast it is made in.


Posted by Anki Delfmann  |  16 Jan 2014  |  Comments (0)


A new venue has earned a place on the map of Passagen 2014, Cologne's annual Interior Design Week that runs concurrently with imm cologne with close to 200 exhibitions throughout the city. Set in a converted office tower, the t.a.t. new talents hosts two shows exhibiting works by the young and the restless: Designers Tower and Sensing The City/ Capturing Cologne. Designers Tower offers a platform for 15 selected studios and independent designers to show off their latest works. One of them is Markus Krauss with his rocking chair Sway (above), offering plenty of room for two people to lounge in sync, and featuring a patented telescopic mechanism that allows the chair to take on a number of positions.


We loved the graphic simplicity and purity of material of Prolog, by Daniel Rauch and Niklas Markloff. The two industrial design students of Folkwang University Essen developed the structure cast from pure tinted UHPC (ultra-high performance concrete) with their colleagues from the material sciences lab. It's one of the first applications of this material ever and elegantly shows off its amazing compressive strength.


Koelnmade is a label that takes pride in making products that are designed and produced in and around Cologne. Surfin Bird can be both a place for safely feeding your feathered friends in the winter, or a full-fledged birdhouse to provide a space for nesting and extending the family.


Posted by An Xiao Mina  |  16 Dec 2013  |  Comments (1)

1377703436_speedpowercomp.jpgThe Leveraged Freedom Chair, a wheelchair optimized for rural terrain. All images courtesy Icsid.

As the field of design for social impact grows, so does the discourse around it. Here at Core77, we recognize Social Impact as its own category in our own Design awards [Ed. Note: Which are now open for entries], and sites like Change Observer and the Design Altruism Project regularly highlight design and its role in social change. The World Design Impact Prize, started last year by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is one such prize, a new development in recognizing and rewarding innovations in the field.

"The goal of the World Design Impact Prize is to recognise and elevate industrial design driven solutions to societal challenges," noted Icsid Project Development Officer Mariam Masud. "By sharing these solutions, and the challenges they address the prize hopes to raise awareness of perhaps unknown obstacles and encourage a global exchange of ideas."

laddoo.pngFood design for social change: a repurposing of the popular Indian snack called a "laddoo", with rich nutrients to fight malnutrition.

The shortlist of projects met the standards of basic selection criteria that extend past basic questions of design aesthetics and functionality that an industrial design competition might be focused on. Rather, jurors are asked to consider questions around Impact, Innovation, Context and Ease of Use. "Are there elements of the project (best practices) that can be universally shared?" "How well does the project compliment or build on the existing infrastructure (physical, political, cultural etc.)?" "Is the project easy to maintain and are replacement parts easily available?"


Posted by core jr  |  16 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)


Boardroom techniques and grad school habits have been trickling down the education spectrum for ages. But decorating coloring books and building haphazard "houses" with wooden blocks are becoming more of a educational experience than ever for tiny learners. Creative education is the topic of choice for the first conversation in a series of discussions from the City and Country School and The New School. At "The Power of Progressive Education: Can Creative Thinking Be Taught?" on January 10th, attendees will learn about the century-old history of the City and Country School's progressive educational programs.

With words from creative standouts like The New School President David E. Van Zandt, Kickstarter Co-Founder Charles Adler, Industrial Designer Tucker Viemeister and Vimeo CFO Mark Pinney, you can expect a thought-provoking discussion on the state of today's creative education.

The event will take place at the Tishman Auditorium at the New School from 6pm–9pm. You can purchase $20 advance tickets until December 17th. After the 17th, tickets will be sold for $30.

Posted by erika rae  |  11 Dec 2013  |  Comments (0)


Since BioLite has already perfected stove design and garnered the highest achievement known to man with their HomeStove, there was only one thing left to do: make it bigger. The 2012 Core77 Design Awards-winning company is continuing its mission to bring light and heat to everyone by powering the Brooklyn Christmas tree with their new super-sized thermoelectric stove / generator. Sure, the Dumbo FirePit is a meant to be a festive holiday installation, but we can't help but think of it as a way to commemorate the launch of the Design Awards program earlier this week.



Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  26 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)


Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is head over heels for tonight's presentation from Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records! Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Eric Isaacson
Mississippi Records: "A Short History of Mississippi Records"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 6pm PST

This is a talk featuring the impossibly bad business model that is Mississippi Records. I'll be speaking about how Mississippi has managed to sustain as a "lo -fi" business for over 10 years. Mississippi Records has run a label and retail store with the only technology at play being a calculator and a notebook and no promotion or advertising of any kind. Despite these limitations, we have managed to release over 172 records and run a modestly successful record store. I will also discuss some of the great artists we have been honored to work with who share our low to the ground approach, our world wide strange as hell distribution system, and other aspects of the business. I'll be using slides to illustrate throughout the talk.

Eric Isaacson is the founder and owner of the Mississippi Records store and one of the founders of the Mississippi Records label. Mississippi Records has released 172 records, 104 cassettes and has existed as a brick and mortar store for over 10 years. Eric has run the store and designed and edited the majority of releases on the Mississippi label. He only recently started talking about the Mississippi project in public, spending the last 10 years under a veil of obscurity and total radio silence to the press. He plans on retreating back into the shadows after the new year.

Posted by Dave Seliger  |  26 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)


Civic Service, a new initiative from Parsons DESIS Lab, is about creating a culture in local government that supports innovation and design. Since June, Civic Service has brought civil servants together on a regular basis to have safe, open conversations about how to use service design to transform government and hear from inspiring speakers that include Public Policy Lab, Code for America, and the Center for Court Innovation.

On December 6–7, Civic Service is launching their first, free Civic Service Workshop to teach civil servants about the service design process by working through real, local problems. Each Workshop will feature a different NYC agency and different challenge. Applications for the first workshop close Friday, Nov 29th. Help them spread the word to civil servants working in local NYC government!

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  12 Nov 2013  |  Comments (1)


Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is so pleased for tonight's presentation from Jeff Shay and Rebecca Gilbert of the C.C. Stern Type Foundry! Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, Oregon. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Jeff Shay & Rebecca Gilbert
C.C. Stern Type Foundry: "Metal Type—How It's Made and Why It Matters"

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 6pm PST

We are in the midst of a resurgence of letterpress printing. While many printers are using photopolymer plates, there is a devoted group who still use "real" type. But even those printers rarely understand where that type comes from. At C.C. Stern we're cultivating a collection of the machines that keep type up and running. Our presentation will talk about those machines and why we feel it's important to preserve this legacy. Plus, we'll actually demonstrate hand casting type using a reproduction mould and matrix.

Jeff Shay, principal of Buzzworm Studios, Board Chair, C.C. Stern Type Foundry, has been making art for over 30 years. Jeff earned a BFA with Distinction (magna cum laude) from Art Center College of Design. He has taught a full range of printmaking techniques as a lab instructor at Art Center. Jeff acquired his first letterpress equipment in 1995 and has been collecting cast iron ever since. In 2010, he joined the Board of the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, where he works to restore, run and display the type casting machines that form the Foundry's Museum of Metal Typography.

Rebecca Gilbert is a co-owner/operator at Stumptown Printers, and a founding member and former Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She has taught workshops on zine publishing, bookmaking and letterpress printing at universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools and info centers around the United States. Rebecca Gilbert holds a BA degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a certificate for typecasting from Monotype University.



Posted by An Xiao Mina  |  11 Nov 2013  |  Comments (0)

Kuho Jung's Second Skin garment at News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory, 2013. Installation view, Sullivan Galleries, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Except where noted, all images by the author for Core77.

The premise of Desert Island Discs, one of the BBC's most popular radio programs, is a simple one: if you were sent away to live on a desert island, what would you bring with you? Guests are allowed to take a selection of music (which plays during the program), one book, and one luxury item with them. What makes the show delightful is not the mundane realities of its premise—after all, how would you play the music after the batteries run out?—but the thought process that comes with the assumption of lack.

News From Nowhere<, an ongoing exhibition at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, takes this basic premise of lack and sets it in the context of design. Developed by Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, News takes the form of a collaborative project in which designers, artists, poets, philosophers and others are invited to imagine a post-apocalyptic world, where humanity almost goes extinct and we must start over from the beginning. The title of the exhibition comes from the eponymous 1890 novel by William Morris, a British designer who imagined a future society in which all property is shared.

A screen still from Moon and Jeong's El Fin del Mundo. Image by James Prinz.

Upon entering the exhibition, we are greeted by El Fin del Mundo, a two-channel installation developed by Moon and Jeon, depicting parallel narratives of a young woman in a totalitarian society and an artist developing work on the side. The woman is dressed with plain severity, as many apocalyptic scenarios like 1984 and The Matrix have imagined we will one day dress. She examines a set of Christmas lights without context, while on the lefthand panel we watch the artist install the lights.

takram design engineering's hydrolemic system imagines organs that maximize our bodys efficiency in a world where water is scarce.

Toyo Ito's Home-for All: Kamaishi Revival Project.

This focus on an object and the narrative behind it sets the stage for much of the exhibition. Moon and Jeon invited leading design thinkers like Toyo Ito, MVRDV and Yu Jin Gyu, amongst others, to participate in the exhibition. Toyo Ito imagined a reconstruction of a Japanese village devastated by the recent tsunami, with a recreation of village life and structures. Takram design engineering's team assembled a series of metallic implants that would make the body more efficient in the face of rapidly-decreasing water availability.


Posted by core jr  |  30 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Reporting by Chris Beatty

Over 30 films were screened as a part of the 5th annual Architecture and Design Film Festival, which took place from October 16–20. This year's theme of 'Urbanism' encompassed a diverse array of feature length and short films, as well as a series of engaging discussions... and, of course, some great popcorn.

The festival opened with a screening of Andreas Dalsgaard's The Human Scale (2012) which moves beyond Gary Hustwit's Urbanized (2011) and examines the Danish architect Jan Gehl's user-centered vision for 21st century urbanism. By following Gehl's team as they work with six cities across the globe, Dalsgaard offers a window into an iterative design process and emphasizes the effectiveness of community participation in new development.