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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  15 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

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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!

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

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"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.

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

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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:

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

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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

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Posted by erika rae  |   2 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

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At this point, technology has found a way to wedge itself into even the most minute details of our lives. It's happened so quickly and at times without even being recognized as raising the bar from traditional to tech. This year's Xlab at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York will take a look at this our relationship with technology and urban landscapes through discussions and lectures from guest speakers. The one-day conference will consist of five sessions focusing on digital communications, immersive experience design and enabling information retrieval in the built environment.

The sessions will be lead by industry professionals, including Google architect Marc Syp, Anthony Vitagliano of Digital Kitchen, Anthony Townsend of the Institute for the Future at New York University and Laura Kurgan of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University.

Register here for the event on October 24th.

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   1 Oct 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is pleased to present commercial Photographer Ray Gordon!

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

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"My Preposterous Career Doing the Imaginary Job of Commercial Photography"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6pm PST

Ray Gordon will discuss his failures and successes as a commercial photographer. Observations include how absurd he finds advertising and the business side of photography and how becoming a commercial photographer is as realistic as becoming Robert Plant circa 1975.

Ray Gordon has been a professional photographer for over one thousand years, working with all sorts of spoiled brats, goldbrickers and filthy rich desperadoes. He's really fucking rad, if you've got an hour, just ask him. In spite of being a tireless blowhard, he's got a lot of great friends and an incredible family. And he takes a pretty good picture. A noisy dragstrip is one of the few places he finds peace of mind.

Posted by Teshia Treuhaft  |  18 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

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We've seen our healthy share of design conferences over the years, but a Better World by Design in Providence, Rhode Island, takes the cake for top-notch interdisciplinary social innovation. Begun just six short years ago as a collaboration between students of the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design and engineering at Brown University, the conference has since grown into a three-day event boasting some serious firepower in their recently announced line-up for 2013 covering a multitude of disciplines.

This year's conference will take place from September 27–29 at locations on the campuses of both the Brown University and RISD, who will host some of the major movers and shakers in design, engineering, education and more to share their ideas, stories and plans for action under the event's theme of "Pause + Effect."

The theme for this year's conference is Pause + Effect. It is a decision to make reflection a part of your creative process. Not stagnation, but rather, a state of dynamic equilibrium. Our conference is an opportunity for attendees to pause—reflect, revise and redirect their perspectives—and effect change wherever they go from here.

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We asked the a Better World content team to give us a sneak peak. Here are a few of our most anticipated speakers and workshops.

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Speaker Spotlight on Juliette LaMontagne: Breaking New Ground

The Breaker model of teaching and learning takes its lead from designers and entrepreneurs because these methods and mindsets help young people create value for themselves, for organizations, and for the world. Each short-term project answers a different challenge, convenes a unique set of collaborators and industry professionals, and results in viable business solutions. LaMontagne will discuss Breaker's most recent challenge, The Future of Stuff - a collaboration with the d.school at Stanford that tested a hybrid (online/offline) version of Breaker's design-driven model.

Speaker Spotlight on Doug Powell: Social Design - Where Do We Go From Here?

How does a designer who has been self employed for his entire career enter a new chapter, with a new employer, in a new city? Moreover, where does his passion for design-driven social change fit into this new experience? Doug Powell will tell the story of his life and career transition and connect this all to the emerging practice of design-driven social change.

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  17 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is honored to present Fashion Designer Adam Arnold!

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

Adam Arnold
"Practical Expression through Cursive Handwriting or How to get an A in Penmanship"

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 6pm PST

In the first grade, I was caught practicing cursive handwriting in secret, while we were supposed to be learning how to print. As someone who values creative, personal expression on many levels, this event has always stuck with me. Cursive, and Handwriting, is becoming less and less common. As a clothing designer, I express myself creatively through color, texture, form, and line. As a person, I am able to express myself through my handwriting.

Doesn't everyone have a signature? Isn't this your mark, your tag, your imprint, your expression? The keyboard is quickly replacing our fundamental artistic expression, handwriting. Through an evening of writing exercises and discussion, I will share my love of penmanship, as well as inspire to take a closer look at how yours can be a tool of personal expression.

From his studio in Southeast Portland, Adam Arnold designs and creates a line of clothing for men and women. His garments are known for their clean lines, tailored silhouettes, timeless appeal, and exacting fit. Drawing inspiration from many different sources, he creates sophisticated clothing with an inventive spirit. He has worked in collaboration with companies such as Schoolhouse Electric, Oregon Ballet Theater and The Portland Art Museum

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  13 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Come out and join Core77 and Hand-Eye Supply this weekend in Los Angeles!
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
HAND-EYE SUPPLY POP INSTITUTE FOR CRAFT & INGENUITY CLOSING PARTY WITH BURGER RECORDS

Join us for our closing party showcasing Burger Records! Because releasing records is making stuff too! DJ sets, live music and shenanigans will ensue to celebrate the last evening of our Pop-Up Institute for Craft in Ingenuity, and bring a close to Hand-Eye Supply's romp in Los Angeles. School's out for the summer y'all.

6pm - Burger Records DJ Set
7pm - The Garden
8pm - Pookie & The Poodlez

Drinks provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013
2:00pm - 4:00pm
OFFERMAN WOODSHOP PRESENTS THE WOODEN LAMP WORKSHOP (RSVP REQUIRED)

On September 14th Offerman Woodshop elves and resident lighting wiz, Jane Parrott, will teach you how to safely turn a boring chunk of tree into a slammin' Electrified Wood Loaf, a Whiskey Glowworm, or C3PO's Funky Phallus. Whatever you decide to call it, this lamp you create and take home with you is guaranteed to impress your friends and class up your joint.

Registration and $50.00 materials fee required. Click here to register! SOLD OUT!

Offerman Woodshop will also be bringing their own mini pop-up to our Institute of Craft & Ingenuity the weekend of September 14-15. Come down during open hours and say hello!


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2:00pm - 4:00pm
OFFERMAN WOODSHOP PRESENTS THE TREE SWING WORKSHOP (RSVP REQUIRED)

Offerman Woodshop elves will teach you some basic woodworking techniques & salty sailor knots in this wood tree swing building workshop. We'll provide necessary hand tools, local reclaimed timbers and rope. You will leave with the simplest & most effective handmade pleasure machine known to man, custom built to fit your rump.

Registration and $20.00 materials fee required. Click here to register! SOLD OUT!

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1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Posted by Ray  |   6 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

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The emerging field of biometrics, a.k.a. the Quantified Self, is giving 3D printing a run for the money as a contender for the next big thing in consumer electronics. Just as the former is a subcategory of digital fabrication, so too do wearable technologies represent the anthropomorphic side of augmented reality and the burgeoning Internet of Things. We've seen a couple variations on consumer-friendly brainwave-meters of late—the Kickstarted Melon and craft-meets-tech Knitic come to mind, as does the conceptual Bio Circuit vest—but given the backlash to Google Glass, the most visible wearable (pun intended), we're still a ways off from mass adoption.

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Even so, I was excited to have the opportunity to experience brainwave biometry firsthand at a pop-up installation in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. Billed as "The Art & Science of Feeling," Nike has put their formidable marketing budget into a remarkably cerebral launch event for the new Hyperfeel shoe; the immersive art installation, housed inside a mysterious black box, is open to the public for one weekend only, through Sunday, September 8 (NB: Guests must make reservations in advance). Yes, the sportswear innovators are in the business of selling shoes—there is, in fact, a limited-edition colorway exclusively available at pop-up shop—but you wouldn't know it as you remove your own footwear and are outfitted with a curious-looking headset. No Glass-shame here: every participant signs a waiver before gearing up and setting out into the unknown.

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Posted by Brit Leissler  |   3 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

If you are among the two million people who would have liked to expose their senses to the biggest revolution in cooking since the discovery of fire by visiting the legendary elBulli restaurant on Spain's Costa Brava, but didn't manage to do so before it closed two years ago, here comes a consolation: The Art of Food show in the Embankment Galleries of London's Somersethouse narrates the story of the elBulli restaurant and its protagonists in an engaging and well-executed exhibition.


Drawings and carefully crafted putty models preceded every new dish that Ferran Adria put on the table.

The work in the upper gallery focuses mainly on the molecular cooking techniques developed by Ferran Adria and his brother Albert Adria, whereas the lower showroom provides (via countless photographs and personal memrobilia) an intimate view into how the elBulli restaurant came into existence and how it developed over the years into the Mekka of New Cuisine. In the late 80's, chef and elBulli co-owner Ferran Adria's priority shifted from simply creating dishes, to create concepts and techniques that would be capable of making diners live experiences.

This giant meringue Bulli (french bulldog) was created for the final dinner at the elBulli restaurant in 2011. It's now on show in London's Somersethouse.

By doing so, he is an artist and a chemistry professor in equal measure (holding a honorary doctorate of Barcelona University), while being considered the most influential chef of the past two decades. To put it with the words of Richard Hamilton (a passionate disciple of Adria's cuisine): "Ferran did for cooking what Shakespeare did for language—he completely re-invented its vocabulary".

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   3 Sep 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is pleased to present David Butts of Mad Dog Garage!

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

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Mad Dog Garage: "A Reverence For Gears - Making and Using Gears in Kinetic Sculpture"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 6pm PST

Dave's sculptures start as an idea and proceed to hand sketches, notes and drawings. If the design looks like it will work, it's rendered accurately in AutoCAD. If AutoCAD doesn't expose a fatal flaw, a rough working prototype is built, and then final construction. David uses found and re-purposed objects, and builds from wood, plastic and various metals. He incorporates gears in his sculptures because they symbolize machines and industry, and they are shorthand for the workings of the universe. He loves gears: planning them, cutting them, and watching them work.

David Butts' Mad Dog Garage exists in the iconic Allen's Radiator Shop in the NW neighborhood of downtown Portland, OR. A bevy of fabrication implements: lathes, milling machines, an assortment of saws, drill presses and other tool miscellanea are used to create his work - interactive kinetic sculptures that can be experienced by passers by in his "sidewalk gallery."

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Posted by Carly Ayres  |  29 Aug 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Founder Noel Wiggins describes Areaware as "a gallery for artists, sort of like a group show." A fourth generation painter, Noel brought a different perspective to the product design industry when he formed of Areaware in 2005. Since then, the company's line of "everyday objects" has struck the perfect balance between function and sculpture, as they continue to seek out young, local designers for objects to include in their line.

Core77's Carly Ayres had the opportunity to talk with Noel Wiggins at NY Now (formerly NYIGF), where he walked her through some of Areaware's latest products.

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Core77: Areaware seems to strike the perfect balance between function and sculpture. Having a background in painting and the fine arts, what led you to form such a product-driven company?

Noel Wiggins: I'm an object guy. I like things. And I also have a lot of the engineer's mentality of wanting to do things better than they're already being done.

I come to it from a kind of problem-solving idea. Painting, honestly, wasn't collaborative enough for me. You have to be a really kind of solitary person to be an effective painter.

I love mixing it up with our staff and the artists, and then we're banging ideas around, so it's like movie-making with objects—you know, with crews—and thinking about things, and they have narratives, and stories behind things. So it keeps me very mentally engaged.

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  14 Aug 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Join us this Friday from 6pm - 9pm as we kick off Hand-Eye Supply's Los Angeles adventure: The Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity! Get inky with Karis Schroeder and Sarah Wilkinson of Tabletop Made as they do live letterpress printing and peddle their lovely print work. DJ Neil Schield from Origami Vinyl will be providing tunes and Pabst Blue Ribbon will be providing social lubricants.

Friday, August. 16th
6PM - 9PM PST
Hand-Eye Supply Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity at Space 15 Twenty

1520 North Cahuenga Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Check out the schedule of events for The Pop-Up Institute for Craft & Ingenuity! Events include: Designer Open Mic Night, Platonic Speed Dating, Architect Pin-Up, Felting and Wood Workshops, Multiple Screenings + Two Parties, Two DJs and Three Live Bands.

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  23 Jul 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is thrilled for tonight's presentation from Brett Binford and Chris Lyon of Mudshark Studios, as they share their journey from the basement to their current location in a 17,000 sq. ft. warehouse!

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

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Mudshark Studios: "Navigating Uncharted Waters"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, July 23rd, 6pm PST

Mudshark is a private label ceramic manufacturing company that was founded in 2006 by Brett Binford and Chris Lyon and started in the basement of a rental house. In two short years the company grew to need more space but lacked the financial liquidity to afford both studio and house rent, so they purchased a home with 5,000 sq feet of garages in NE Portland. After operating out of the three garages for three years, they found themselves yet again over capacity and looked to expand to a more industrial setting. In the winter of 2011, Mudshark began moving its operation from the garages to a 17000 sq. foot warehouse. in the following year Mudshark grew from eight employees to 24. Brett and Chris currently operate at Mudshark's Production studio, co-own and operate the Portland Growler Company, maintain a private studio rental facility for eight ceramic professionals, and have opened an all ceramic gallery called Eutectic Gallery. They will be touching on both the business and the artist side of growth as well as showing many client examples and process images.

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Mudshark Studios LLC. is dedicated to the development and success of our client's ideas. We strive to manufacture the highest quality product in a timely fashion. By informing our clients of the various processes used, we can assess and implement the most effective methods to fit their production needs.

Our primary goal at Mudshark Studios LLC. is to meet and exceed our clients expectations. We aspire to promote the creative process in the local community and beyond. We take pride in working with a wide variety of artists ranging from newly established designers as well as accomplished producers and designers.

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |   9 Jul 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is very pleased to have Mike Merrill of the KmikeyM.com!

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

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KmikeyM.com: "Community Through Capitalism"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, July 9th, 6pm PST

Mike Merrill is the world's only publicly traded person. He sells shares in himself and then asks his shareholders to guide his life decisions. They choose who he dates, where he works, and what political party to join. So far it's working out rather well.

Mike Merrill spent a year being single. He was not sure what he wanted in a romantic partner. And then he remembered, as a publicly traded person, it didn't matter what he wanted. This was a shareholder decision!

Kenneth Michael Merrill (also known as Mr. Mike Merrill, Mikey, or KmikeyM) is a publicly traded person and businessman in Portland, Ore. He is a co-owner of Manila Mac, and the owner of K5 Media LLC. He manages Urban Honking, where he has a blog, is the Editor-In-Chief of Portland Sportsman, and is a highly esteemed member of The YACHT Trust. He runs a co-operative Research Lab, co-hosts the Bright Future of Tobacco podcast, produces TV with Team Video, is a founding member of Whiskey Friends, and is currently working on some exciting new developments.

Posted by core jr  |   5 Jul 2013  |  Comments (4)

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At risk of writing about a subject that I know very little about, I'll defer to the experts in Discussion Boards, where member sanjy009 recently posted news of the FIA Formula E Championship. While electric motorcycles have been getting some buzz in the world of motorsports for some time now—check out our April 2012 profile of BRD Motorcycles—this marks a major step in automotive racing.

Formula E is a new FIA championship featuring Formula cars powered exclusively by electric energy. It represents a vision for the future of the motor industry over the coming decades.
FEH, the new promoter, has as anchor investor London-based entrepreneur Enrique Bañuelos, and as CEO and shareholder former MEP and racing team owner Alejandro Agag, who has a long experience in the motor sport business. Also associated with the project are Lord Drayson, Managing Partner of Drayson Racing Technologies, and Eric Barbaroux, Chairman of the French electric automotive company "Electric Formula."
Demonstration runs of the Formula E cars will start in 2013, followed by the championship in 2014 with an objective of 10 teams and 20 drivers participating in the competition. The races will be ideally staged in the heart of the world's leading cities, around their main landmarks.

Sanjy009 points out that the most interesting detail in the brief is that "pit stop[s] will involve a change of car: when the battery runs out, the driver will make a pit stop, then will run 100 metres to climb into a recharged car," to which Eddison responds:

I'd rather the formula be that they use one car and the batteries are changed during a pit stop, like tires and adding fuel. By changing cars, I think they're trying to promote electric car share in cities, as it appears all the races will be run in temporary city circuits.

In a racing environment, giving the engineers the challenge of figuring out new and clever e-innovations is probably the fastest way to solve some of the real world challenges of electric cars. But the formula needs to allow them to explore... and spend money.

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Posted by core jr  |   4 Jul 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Reporting by Marcia Caines

Almost everything starts with an idea. The idea of finding solutions to the crisis in education inside a cabinet of curiosities may seem far-fetched, but it's 'ideas' that count: the light bulb moment, the spark. The Wunderkammer of Ideas Seminar, which took place on May 30 2013, was conceived by Gianluigi Ricuperati, newly appointed dean of the Domus Academy, and Petter Neby, founder of the Swiss consumer electronics firm Punkt., which is art-directed by Jasper Morrison. The public seminar was staged with the aim of guiding and improving knowledge creation processes in the contemporary period. In the context of the Wired Next Fest, Punkt. teamed up with Domus Academy and NABA for an inspiring day on the campus, reflecting on the future of design education from different perspectives. Note: This article is not a direct conference report but a reflection on the revelations of the various speakers and the debate that followed. The content of this article does not reflect the views, opinions or positions of Punkt. Tronics AG, the official supporter of the initiative.

The seminar was structured around one-to-one interactions between specialist guest speakers and students, where the students challenged the experts with questions on chosen topics. There were 12 sessions which covered topics ranging from science to writing, art to business, technology to design.

The featured specialists were: Giovanni Amelino-Camelia, physicist, Ph.D. from MIT and researcher at the University of Rome La Sapienza; Amnon Dekel, programmer, computer scientist, computer artist and psychologist; Clemens Weisshaar, German designer, co-founder of the Kram/Weisshaar studio in Munich and Stockholm; Giorgio De Mitri, Creative Director of Sartoria Comunicazione, a successful Modena-based creative agency; Dan Hill, managing director of Fabrica, author of the popular blog City of Sound; Slovakian designer Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny, who founded a studio in Rotterdam focused on exploring strategies in object design and construction; Renato Montagner, architect, who founded the multidisciplinary studio Change Design in 2002; Nikolaus Hirsch, architect, curator and director of Städelschule and Portikus Kunsthalle in Frankfurt; Roberto Paci Dalò, visual artist and composer; Matteo Pericoli, architect, illustrator and teacher who recently completed a Literary Architecture course at the Columbia University School of the Arts; Elisa Poli, architectural historian, who teaches at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and on the Master in Interior Design promoted by NABA, and Kuno Prey, the designer and lecturer who founded the new Faculty of Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The introductory speakers were Alberto Bonisoli, Marc Ledermann, Petter Neby and Gianluigi Ricuperati.

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Why Education?

Schools and universities have always been important hubs for the production of knowledge but the technological revolution of the past 20 years, and the democratization of information through the Internet have facilitated other learning paths, such as networks, gossip, memories and experience, which contribute to forming the learning environment and are now redesigning the role of educators. As unemployment levels soar, it is important to tap into these knowledge sources, which are by nature less visible, and therefore more difficult to account for and measure, forcing schools to question their role in the future of education. In his introduction, Petter Neby of Punkt. stated that the current education model, built for the benefit of industry and corporates a century ago, does not necessarily meet the needs of contemporary society or students. According to Neby, a teacher's responsibility is to guide students towards their purpose in life, without forcing them to fit into a rigid, outdated model.

Meanwhile, Alberto Bonisoli, director of Domus Academy, started the day by questioning if teachers will really be needed in the future at all.

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Posted by core jr  |   1 Jul 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Remember how excited you were when you saw the Speaker line-up for the 2013 IDSA International Conference? And what about how the Program Schedule led you to cancel a couple of existing plans between August 21st and 24th?

If you're looking forward to attending the conference to soak up all the rule-breaking, game-changing goodness it has to offer, but haven't gotten around to registering yet, now is the time to do it! Regular registration for this must-attend event is ending in just 20 days, or July 20th, to be more specific. After that day, prices start to rise, along with a gentle feeling of regret you may get for not signing up earlier.

For those of you who are new to the IDSA Conference and Organization, signing up to become an IDSA Member when you register for the conference saves you $500 instantly and gives you all the benefits of membership. How's that for a win-win?

All the information you need about registering and attending the conference can be found here on the IDSA Conference website. Now that you have all the reasons to register and no more excuses, what are you waiting for?

Posted by core jr  |  24 Jun 2013

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Core77 is pleased to partner with Windows Phone to bring you a series of photo diaries this summer. Based on the theme of Reinvention, we're looking to capture the fleeting moments and highlight the often-overlooked facets of the world around us through the lens of the Nokia Lumia 928, especially in the low-light settings in which its camera excels. (All photos were taken with the Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone and are published without postproduction unless otherwise noted.)

Reporting & photos by Ray Hu

It seems that there is an art/music/food and/or etc. festival every weekend here in New York City: this past weekend alone saw the Renegade Craft Fair, Make Music New York and the Mermaid Parade, among dozens of other events.

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The Northside Festival, a celebration of music and multimedia, was the highlight of last weekend. The weather held up for the two-day lineup of outdoor concerts at the multi-purpose recreational area adjacent to McCarren Park, the nexus of the festival (satellite events took place throughout Williamsburg). About a dozen food and drink vendors extended along one corner of the concrete expanse while the stage occupied another corner; the Walkmen and Solange headlined Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The sets ended at 8pm sharp, due to local sound ordinances or other vagaries of public space usage, but the waning sunlight proved to be quite flattering for the performers.

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However, the large tent opposite the comestibles proved to be the most interesting attraction. As with Garrison Architects' modular structures at Rockaway Beach, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon the Red Bull Creation innovation competition—not just as a sight to behold but also because I had the Nokia Lumia 928 on hand to document the projects.

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Posted by core jr  |  21 Jun 2013  |  Comments (0)

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By Ron Goldin / Studio Akko

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This February, Studio Akko, a NYC user experience and design agency, kicked off a quarterly event series we've billed as "Artifacts."

Instead of a fluorescent-bathed conference center with endless rows of chairs or a homogenous "networking mixer" at a bar with likeminded people, we sought to create an intimate happening where creative and innovative people, especially those whose work has transcended the box of traditional disciplines, can drop the pretense and posturing and connect and inspire others with short, visual bursts of inspiration, using the rich and diverse content as an excuse for libation-fueled people engage with people that "don't do what you do."

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Our practice has many names depending on who you ask—user experience design, interaction design, technology innovation. At its core, our work is about connecting with people, and taps into the social sciences, creative and technical disciplines. At the convergence of left brain and right brain, people that are great in this field have to widen the pool from where they seek inspirations.

When I went to school, I studied design, art history, the fine arts, psychology, computer science, and didn't know there was a job that in the world that encompassed all of those things. I wanted to create an event that not only showcases work that doesn't fit into a discipline box, but also sparks new opportunities for people who would typically never cross paths to have a conversation and maybe make an interesting creative connection.

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We chose Norwood as the venue because of its distinct vibe. As a members-only arts space, it is frequented by a mixed crowd of creative types such as commercial directors, actors, designers, writers, entrepreneurs and visual artists in a restored multistory Chelsea townhouse. Norwood founder Alan Linn calls the space "a home for the curious," noting that "we wanted it to seem that when you walk in the door, you're somewhere else."

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Posted by core jr  |  13 Jun 2013  |  Comments (3)
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Core77 is pleased to partner with Windows Phone to bring you a series of photo diaries this summer. Based on the theme of Reinvention, we're looking to capture the fleeting moments and highlight the often-overlooked facets of the world around us through the lens of the Nokia Lumia 928, especially in the low-light settings in which its camera excels. (All photos were taken with the Nokia Lumia 928 smartphone and are published without postproduction unless otherwise noted.)

Reporting & photos by Ray Hu

Like the Bicycle Film Festival, the Red Hook Criterium has become an annual highlight for the NYC cycling community in just a few short years since its inception. In the five years since the inaugural race—a birthday celebration for local cyclist and race organizer David Trimble—the event has quickly evolved from an unsanctioned race in an oddball industrial corner of Brooklyn to a multinational Championship Series, thanks largely to title sponsor Rockstar Games.

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Of course, the sheer logistics of organizing a criterium on city streets aren't quite as scalable as a grassroots film festival, and the fact that the series expands to two new locations this year is a testament to Trimble's hustle. In addition to the OG event in Red Hook, he introduced the RHC Milan in October 2010; these two events bookend this year's Championship Series, which also includes two new events: last weekend's crit in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, documented here, and a penultimate race in Barcelona in August.

Lumia928-RHC_BNY-Qual_Group2-2x.jpgThe white balance was set to auto; the photo on the left is slightly warmer, but both turned out quite well. (I switched to Night mode for the race itself.)

I would have liked to attempt to shoot the event on a DSLR, but considering the sheer difficulty of shooting 1.) bicycles 2.) in motion 3.) at night, I realized that the race would be the perfect opportunity to put the Nokia Lumia 928, running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS, to the test.

Lumia928-RHC_BNY-Qual_Group2-chicane.jpgA staff member mentioned that the cobblestones were an homage to the first Red Hook Crit, which also had a cobbled section.

But first, a bit of background, for the uninitiated: a criterium is a specific variety of bicycle race that typically occurs on a short, highly-technical circuit on closed-off city streets. The Red Hook Crit is unique in that riders are required to ride brakeless track (i.e. fixed-gear) bicycles, making it a unique hybrid of velodrome cycling and alleycat races: the course at the Brooklyn Navy Yard featured several near-90° corners, a cobbled chicane, and a killer S-curve that proved to be the downfall of many a contender. That, and the fact that the race takes place at night, per tradition. (Racing Towards Red Hook, a short documentary about the 2011 RHC, is a good primer).

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  11 Jun 2013  |  Comments (1)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is so stoked for tonight's presentation from Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Company. As the creator of the ever popular Field Notes, a designer with an almost unbelievable client list and a legendary personality all-around, Aaron's talk is sure to thrill!

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

Aaron James Draplin
Draplin Design Co.: "Things That Don't Have A Thing To Do With Things"
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, June 11th, 6pm PST

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Tired of that same old overly smart, overly coy, overly dramatic conference talk you keep sitting through? Yeah, you know the one. Where some yahoo is up there "connecting the dots" on a bunch of shit that is more or less obvious, or, is painfully parsed together? We get it. But it doesn't mean it's fun. So give the DDC a shot? Welcome to our little brand of dumb! Let this talk be a breath of fresh air. Get dirty with the DDC and talk about things that don't really have much to do with things. Dumb things. Orange things. Wild things. Things that might save yer life. Things that might make you throw out the old things? And maybe not? That just might be the thing...

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Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin', Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen'l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.

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

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Starting on August 21st, IDSA's 2013 International Conference kicks off and you are officially invited to Break The Rules! You only have one more week to take advantage of their early registration prices and save anywhere from $50 to over $100 to attend this system-shaking event.

We at Core77 have been working with IDSA for many years and are always proud to support their efforts and sponsor great events like this one. This year's Annual International Conference, including one day of exciting Unconference action, is coming to one of our favorite cities - Chicago; home of the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris, and the original Mr. Beef! Beyond the outstanding line up of speakers and topics, we look forward to throwing our annual party, co-sponsored by Keyshot and Formity this year.

To add to all the excitement, we're sponsoring the IDSA Portfolio Review again, except this year, we're adding a twist to it that we can't reveal just yet, but will definitely get you excited to participate. (Stay tuned for more details on that.)

Now that you know more about the 2013 International Conference, register right now to take advantage of the early bird prices and big savings on everything this event has to offer.

Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  28 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is overwhelmed with intrigue for tonight's presentation from Caitlin Porter and Olivia Fabrizio of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority as they regale us with tales from tall ships on the high seas!

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

Caitlin Porter and Olivia Fabrizio
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority: "Adventure on the High Seas: Becoming a Tall Ship Sailor"

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, May 28th, 6pm PST

To sea with you! Did you know that right at this instant there are majestic tall ships sailing the worlds oceans? And that the deckhand steering the ship might be someone just like you?

Caitlin Porter and Olivia Fabrizio found this out three years ago and since then have sailed the entire west coast aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington. They have learned the traditional skills of a mariner--from knots to wooden vessel maintenance, caulking a deck and tarring the rig. Their talk will explain what on earth all that means, teach you some extremely useful knots, and try to indoctrinate you with a desire to go to sea. No experience needed to start, and if you work hard you may find yourself traveling the world as a sea captain.

It is generally accepted that a Tall Ship is a large, traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. There are many different styles of Tall Ships; brigs, brigantines, barquentines, ketches, schooners, sloops, and full-rigged ships. For hundreds of years vessels such as these carried men and women around the world and served as the quickest form of mass transportation.

The Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be docked in Vancouver, Washington from May 23rd to 27th as part of a Columbia River tour. With this lecture Caitlin and Olivia will invite the audience to a special Curiosity Club tour of the vessels on a later date (location and time TBA at lecture).

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Posted by Tobias Berblinger  |  14 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Tonight! Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club enthusiastically welcomes Frank Novak of Modernica, Inc.!

Tonight's talk starts at 6pm at Core77's Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, OR. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

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How to Make an Eames Fiberglass Chair? The History & Revival of an American Icon
Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday, May 14th, 6pm PST

Frank Novak is the co-founder of Modernica, Inc. Modernica owns the original presses and the original preform machine that were used by Zenith Plastics for Charles Eames production of Herman Miller chairs. Their preform machine is the only such machine in existence. Both the presses and the preform machine are the very same pieces of equipment used to create thousands and thousands of chairs since their very first run in 1950 and now sixty years later, these seminal pieces of equipment are located at Modernica's new Los Angeles factory.

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Frank Novak grew up in Omaha Nebraska where his family owned car dealerships from the 30's to the 70's, and an antique store from 75 to 2001. He went to Goddard College, Evergreen College and New College of California. Frank moved to California in 1986 and worked as a set builder and production designer for Roger Corman. He was the Art Director for Woody Harrelson's first film, Cool Blue. In 2000 his directorial debut Good Housekeeping was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. While working on films he began building furniture and in 1989 founded Modernica with his brother Jay. Together they were one of the first American companies to reproduce out of production mid century furniture. Modernica products, including the George Nelson Bubble Lamp and the Eames Fiberglass chair are sold worldwide. Modernica employs over 100 people in the Los Angeles area at their factory and film prop rental house.

Posted by Carly Ayres  |   9 May 2013  |  Comments (0)

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Last week, a vacant industrial loft was magically transformed into an elegant gallery space for the evening, as the Rhode Island School of Design's Department of Furniture Design celebrated its graduating Masters Candidates in a show titled, 'The New Clarity.'

The show opened its doors in downtown Providence to members of RISD and the local community who came out to show their support. 'The New Clarity' exhibited the Masters' theses of seven graduate students, featuring work by Adrianne Ho'o Hee, Elish Warlop, F Taylor Colantonio, Chen Liu, Carley Eisenberg, Simon Lowe, and Marco Gallegos, this year's graduating Masters' candidates of the department.

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The title of the exhibition drew its name from "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke:

...Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating."

Each designer took a fresh approach to that understanding, re-envisioning what furniture could be and giving a glimpse of what that development looked like on the path to their final work.

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Pieces ranged from the bent-wood room divider above to a chair to facilitate sex with multiple partners simultaneously--running the gamut of what comes to mind (and doesn't) when one thinks of 'furniture design.' The diverse array of work explored not only a new understanding, but varying motifs of tradition, from daily traditions of the everyday to ornate, woven tapestries re-imagined in plastic.

One of the most memorable pieces from the evening was the latter, the work of Colantonio, which looked at commodities of the past, seeped in ancient tradition, and adapted them utilizing contemporary tools and technologies.

RISD2013-TheNewClarity-FTaylorColantonio-PersianRug.jpgPlastic Persian carpet by F Taylor Colantonio

"Most of my work deals with historical 'types' of objects, at least as a point of departure," said Colantonio. "I'm interested in taking a thing like a Persian carpet, and all the baggage that comes with it, and abstracting it beyond the qualities we would normally associate with a Persian carpet. I wanted to create a kind of a ghost of the source object, something that is both familiar and entirely strange. In many of the pieces, this is done with a shift in material, often as a result of exploiting a manufacturing method in a new way."

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RISD2013-TheNewClarity-MarcoGallegos-BeerBag.jpgThe Beer Bag, by Marco Gallegos

The aptly titled "Beer Bag" was part of Gallegos' "Rethinking the Familiar" Collection, which looked to further the relationship and value people place on everyday objects. With the capacity to carry a six-pack of beer, the bag fits snugly onto one's bike. Beer holders included.

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The Lilu Table is also the work of Gallegos, who sought to create a self-supporting structure, where each part provides vital support to the rest--working together as a system. The power-coated steel legs fit into the top, locking them all together in a secure fit.

The breadth of the work left little to be desired in terms of heterogeneity, leaving the future work of each designer just as varied and unpredictable as the collection produced. We'll be eager to see what divergent paths they take after graduation this June!

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More photos from the opening night after the jump.

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