Some of you may have read the sad news on TechCrunch yesterday that Maker Media is in trouble, and as a consequence, Maker Faire may be in peril. Many (including all of us at Core77) are heartbroken that this is happening. The Make(r) Movement is one of the critical, propulsive forces in driving young people into design, STEM, open-source, and self-expression, and Make: Founder Dale Dougherty is an absolute visionary. We promise to keep you posted on any developments, but in the meantime, head over to the just-launched GoFundMe Campaign, and please consider contributing to this.
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.