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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.


Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  29 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is so pleased for tonight's presentation from Jami Curl of Quin Candy! 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!

Jami Curl
Quin Candy: "Candy is Magic"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, Oct. 29th, 6pm PST

Tonight's conversation will focus on the creation of candy recipes—Not only the science of cooking sugar, but also the creative process behind the evolution of a candy recipe. Many tiny details go into the recipe writing process—Some start with a memory of some childhood obsession, others begin with one perfect ingredient and then some arrive in the minutes between wake and sleep...almost like magic.

The emotional connection to candy, or to the feeling of candy, is key to recipe development. At the same time, sugar, time and temperature are also essential. How these two worlds come together...that's the magic of candy.

Jami Curl is the Owner and Chief Candy Maker at Portland's artisan candy shoppe Quin. She brings a passion for sweets to the shop, truly believing that everything is better handmade instead of machine-made. Hoping to build a sense of community around the store, she uses the best of Portland's local ingredients in her products. Never too far away from food or cooking, her father taught her to sear tuna and make ceviche at a young age. Her childhood memories almost always include food in some way or another, making it difficult for her to pinpoint the moment she fell in love with food. With a passion for food and a strong work ethic, Jami began her career in the food industry at 12-years-old when she began scooping ice cream at the Geneva Dairy D'Lite and found her way back to food after college, eventually moving to Portland and opening Saint Cupcake in 2005. When she is not making candy and coming up with new flavors, she likes to cook at home, dream of the summer camp she intends to open and spend time with her son Theo.




Posted by core jr  |  23 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


The MFA in Products of Design program at SVA in New York City is holding its Information Session/Open House on Saturday, November 9th, from 11am to 2pm. Meet faculty Kyla Fullenwider, Sarah Lidgus, Johan Liden, Abby Covert, Sinclair Smith, Helen Walters, Carla Diana and Richard Tyson, along with current students. Tour the department and Visible Futures Lab, and preview projects and the 2-year curriculum. Here's a bit more:

"Please join us for our Open House and Information Session. The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change.

Students gain fluency in the three fields crucial to the future of design: Making, from the handmade to digital fabrication; Structures: business, research, systems, strategy, user experience and interaction; and Narratives: video storytelling, history and point of view. Through work that engages emerging science and materials, social cooperation and public life, students develop the skills to address contemporary problems in contemporary ways.

Graduates emerge with confidence, methods, experience and strong professional networks. They gain the skills necessary to excel in senior positions at top design firms and progressive organizations, create ingenious enterprises of their own, and become lifelong advocates for the power of design."

Check out all the goings on at the department goings on at the site and on their blog.
RSVP for the Open House/Information Session event here.

Posted by Mark Vanderbeeken  |  22 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

westergasfabriek_1903.jpgWestergasfabriek - The administration of the Western Gas Factory in front of the newly constructed main gas container building, 1903

Interaction14, the next highly acclaimed interaction design conference, is 100 days away. Moreover, the event, which is organized by the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), will take place in the lovely city of Amsterdam.

We asked the two conference chairs, Alok Nandi and Yohan Creemers, to tell us more about what has been planned.

Core77: Interaction14 will be in Amsterdam in a few months. What will be different from the previous editions?

Alok Nandi & Yohan Creemers: This will be the 7th edition of the annual conference and the second time it takes place outside North America (in 2012 the conference was held in Dublin). The upcoming edition will definitely be the most international yet, as it is the first time the conference will be held in a non-English speaking city.

Our vision is to make sure that there are dimensions specific to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Europe. Otherwise, why travel and come here?

So the first answer to your question is the city, the location. It will be different, but we are hard at work to make the attendees feel they are at home, in a creative city, and that they have the space to experience Amsterdam for its own sake.

The second answer is that there will be more non-Americans, both in terms of speakers, and most probably also in terms of attendees. The upcoming Interaction14 conference showcases in other words how global IxDA has become.

In terms of content and experience, our team wants to make sure to cater to different types of attendees, from the ones looking for inspiration to those wishing to connect and be part of the community, and from the newcomers to the regulars. Very early on, we actually created five personas to bring the typical attendees to life, and they have guided all our planning.

Finally, this year we also want to find ways to better engage the 50,000+ members of IxDA members worldwide. The 4-day experience of the 850 conference attendees and the knowledge that is generated should ripple back to this community.

You have recently announced all six keynote speakers: Peter Greenaway, Irene Au, Daniel Rosenberg, Saskia Sassen, Scott McCloud and Gillian Crampton Smith. What was your logic in selecting them?

The guiding 'theme' we gave to the conference is "Languages of Interaction Design." We want to see the theme in a very large, inspirational sense. Clearly, it is not about linguistics, but about exploring the diversity and hybridity of our practice(s) and craft(s) while getting inspired by other disciplines. So, if we think of terms like conceiving, connecting, engaging, empowering, optimizing, disrupting and expressing—which, by the way, are the six IxDA Awards categories—how can the attendees benefit from two types of content: those provided by keynote speakers and those by our community based on a call for speakers?

In the end, we wanted to shortlist different types of topics and points of view. Initially our list of potential speakers was very long, but the conference theme and the overall motto of IxDA—"Interaction Designers create compelling relationships between people and the interactive systems they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances; Interaction Designers lay the groundwork for intangible experiences"—allowed us to narrow it down.

Storytelling, urban design, education and enterprise were some keywords we had included explicitly in our roadmap, and these topics were brought to life through the five personas that I mentioned earlier.

We think these six speakers offer a balance between different points of view, inspiration sources, expertise and experience in various fields connected to interaction design. The keynote speeches will of course be taking place in a context of talks provided by 50+ speakers.


Posted by core jr  |  18 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Even as real estate agents push Williamsburg's eastern border deeper and deeper into Bushwick proper (at least there's a borough line to demarcate where Ridgewood begins) and the Brooklyn Navy Yard sees a fair share of artists and designers fill its massive warehouses, the City and its commercial real estate partners are looking to revive the historic manufacturing center of Sunset Park. The neighborhood is about a mile due south of Red Hook, which is home to a number of designers who will be participating in the Factory Floor marketplace, a kickoff event for the renovated manufacturing complex known as Industry City at Bush Terminal.

FactoryFloor-wides.jpgL: Google Maps Streetview; R: Photograph by Brian Harkin for the New York Times

Of course, the economic investment dates back to the mid-2000's, and as the owner of nearly six million square feet of the space in the area, the City is subsidizing the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone, which is largely situated in a complex of 16 buildings known as Brooklyn Army Terminal. ('Southwest Brooklyn' is relative; it's south of well-known neighborhoods such as Williamsburg, Fort Greene and Park Slope, but it's nowhere near the far reaches of the D/N/F/Q train, viz. Coney Island.) The Times has a fairly comprehensive report on state of the IBZ as of just over a year ago; this weekend sees the launch of Factory Floor, a new 22,000-sq. ft. pop-up marketplace.

FactoryFloor-Rendering.jpgRendering courtesy of Factory Floor / Industry City

FactoryFloorCOMP-1.jpgClockwise from top left: furniture by David Gaynor, Colleen & Eric, Juniper, Ethan Abramson and Pickett Furniture


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


Columnist Fosta and his compatriot Julian Bleecker of Near Future Laboratory are pleased to announce an upcoming IRL event at IDEO's Pier 28 Annex in San Francisco. Along with James Bridle, they'll be expanding on the notion of The Future Mundane at "Design & Fiction" on Thursday, October 24.

We are the Near Future Laboratory. Welcome to us.
On Thursday, October 24th, we would like to meet up with you to talk about design. And fiction. And the ways of approaching the challenge of all challenges, whatever it may be. We'll talk about expressing the opportunities those challenges raise as distinctly new tangible forms. As well as the essential value of mundane design. We'll talk about clarifying the present. We'll talk about designing the future. And doing both of these things with design. And fiction.
Come and enjoy. We'll be us, and we'll also be James Bridle, a friend of ours.
There will be two and a half free regional beers for everyone.
Space is limited because we're in a room. Sign up on Eventbrite, or you may become deflated.
Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  15 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is stoked for tonight's presentation from Ginger McCabe of New Church Moto.

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!

Ginger McCabe
New Church Moto: "Sleeping Under Sewing Machines: My Journey into Motorcycle Upholstery

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Tuesday, October 15th, 6pm PST

Ginger McCabe makes custom motorcycle seats out of her manufacturing/retail shop in SE Portland. Her process starts with a base—a stock motorcycle seat, an aftermarket one or sometimes nothing but a piece of metal the builder chose to use as the base. She builds up the foam to the customer's specs, patterns and fabricates a cover out of leather or vinyl, and attaches it to the pan. Ginger gathers ideas from vintage designs, from jackets to furniture and (obviously) motorcycles. She draws inspiration from the motorcycle builders she works with, relishing ideas that they come up with that trust her skills and aesthetic.


"To start with a flat piece of metal and create a luxurious three dimensional piece of work is rewarding. It's usually the last piece someone puts on their bike, and where they sit to ride! After three years, I still enjoy it—which is more than I can say for any job I've ever had." Her dream tool would be another set of hands as good as hers.


Posted by core jr  |  10 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Toymaking has made its way from whittle and wood to hi-tech CAD renderings and space-age materials. But when it comes to today's designer limited edition art toys, apparel and accessories, Kidrobot takes the cake in fun factor. Now you too can learn the ways of the toymaker through a Skillshare class led by Kidrobot's founder, Paul Budnitz.

For $19, the beginner level course will walk you through the process of designing and making your own toy—from sketches to finished art. For this particular class, you'll gain access to three instructional videos on October 16th after paying the entry fee. There's no expiration on your access to these videos—you can go back to them long after the download date.

But why a class on designing limited edition toys? Paul Budnitz gives his thoughts:


Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   4 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)


Core77 and Hand-Eye supply are thrilled to be part of the Portland Design Auction, the first-annual Contemporary Art & Design Auction that provides a platform for artists and designers to connect directly with creative consumers and collectors. This provides a rare opportunity for design enthusiasts to access works directly from exciting, new and established artists. Starting bids for items in the collection run to the high four figures, but also include pieces priced starting in the $100 range.

The auction features recent, original works spanning a wide range of disciplines such as fashion, photography, painting, sculpture and applied arts and crafts. Participating artists and designers include Meg Callahan, Jason Rens, Philip Iosca, Eric Trine, Jamie Iacoli, Brian McAllister and so many more. See below for a smattering of some of the lovely items that will be auctioned off.

The live auction takes place Thursday Oct. 10th at 6pm at the Good Mod. The online auction catalog is available for viewing now on Proxibid. Pre-bidding opportunities become available as of Sunday, October 6, 2013, ahead of the live auction.

Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 PM
The Good Mod
1313 W Burnside, 4th Floor