As we approach the final countdown for the Torino games (23 days), the organizers of the Beijing Olympic Games (933 days) have launched a campaign to solicit entries for the design of the Beijing 2008 medals.
"The designs for the Beijing Olympic medals should highlight the themes of 'glory and dream' and 'faster, higher and stronger'," Zhang Ming, deputy director of BOCOG's Culture and Ceremonies Department, said at the press conference. "The medals should be the material vehicles to disseminate the Olympic ideals and the concepts of the Beijing Games, to showcase China's arts, designs and scientific and technological development. They should become the unique legacy of the Beijing Games."Click here for details about the competition.
Stephanie Tharp received a master of industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, and coordinator of their foundations program.
She has work experience with Ford Motor Company, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Armstrong Industries, and amazon.com. Most recently, with her husband, Bruce, Stephanie runs Materious, a design studio that produces discursive and speculative design work. They are currently working on a book, Design as Discourse: Tools for Thinking, which seeks to further legitimize and problematize alternate forms of design practice that extend designers’ cultural agency.