Worldstudio Foundation, AIGA NY, and Times Square Alliance have completed the installation of their ambitious Urban Forest Project, hanging a "forest" of 200 graphic banners designed by celebrated designers and visual artists. Tree-themed each, the banners will be up for 8 weeks, after which they will be converted into tote bags designed by Jack Spade. See the banners, the list of participants (from 2x4 thru Vince Frost), and other goodies at urbanforestproject.org, or just get on a plane and come for a walk in the forest yourself. The heat wave has broken; we can feel the breeze.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.