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Heads Inc Business Cards

Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailypoetics/sets/72057594104389710/

Heads Inc Business Cards
Business Cards from Heads Inc. More Innovative Business Card Designs to be found on a great Flickr photo-set from Daily Poetics.
 

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TransPlastic

Link: http://www.albion-gallery.com/

TransPlastic
Flicking through the pages of The Architects' Journal this evening, I came across a really interesting interview with Fernando and Humberto Campana. The Campana Brothers exhibited their recent works at London's Albion Gallery over the past month; the collection on show entitled TransPlastic showcased their contemporary-come-traditional wicker and plastic furniture designs. There is really something very inspiring about these. "The transplastic series tells a fictional story: in a world made of plastic and synthetic matter, a fertile ground is laid for transgenic creations. natural fibres recover the plastic as in an immunological response: nature grows from the plastic and overpowers it." Links: DesignBoom Albion Gallery BornRich
 

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Book Lights

Link: http://www.bomdesign.nl

Book Lights
Again from BomDesign, another fabulous graphic designer piece. Shed some light on recycling and make a home decor statement in one bold gesture. The Boeklampen by the Dutch design firm, Bomdesign, takes recycling literarily. Used books are handcrafted into elegant lighting fixtures.
 

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Typographic Beauty Created from Recycled Billboards

Link: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/18/billbirdhouse-by-atelier-bomdesign/

Typographic Beauty Created from Recycled Billboards
What a wonderful example of reclaiming materials to create the perfect designer product!!! I love these! Built out of recycled billboard material and found hardware, these bird houses are made by Atelier Bomdesign and available for 60 euros each.
 
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Global Cities Exhibition: London

Link: http://blog.pentagram.com/2007/06/new-work-global-cities.php

Global Cities Exhibition: London
With modern urban epicenters becoming more and more lively and populated, London’s Tate Modern Exhibition Global Cities looks at five major issues - size, speed, form, density and diversity - and their effects on ten major urban centers from Los Angeles to Mumbai, Shanghai, London, and others. The exhibition places comparative socio-economic and geographic data alongside video and photography by twenty artists and architects including Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, Fritz Haeg, Rem Koolhaas, Nils Norman and Richard Wentworth. he actual exhibition was designed by Angus Hyland and William Russell taking place in the spectacular Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London from 20 June through 27 August (and it’s free!). Global Cities has been developed from a show that formed the centrepiece of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 by the Tate curatorial team, Professor Richard Burdett and his team at the London School of Economics (LSE), with Pentagram providing art direction throughout. If you’re interested how global development plays out in urban settings, this show’s for you. I posted this article on Inhabitat, read the entire review here.
 

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Future of Visual Communication

Link: http://www.design21sdn.com/organizations/196

Future of Visual Communication
With the ever growing focus on Socially Conscious Design, I thought I would share some key resources and projects. Social Design has be around for decades but what I speak of is the need for contemporary graphic design, conceptual visual communication to be embedded into projects throughout the world to sustain a better world surrounding us. The following list defines a selection of online portfolios and projects, that I feel everyone interested in Socially Conscious Visual Communication should definately experience. Socially Concious & Environmentally friendly designers/studios: - Another Limited Rebellion - Antistatic - Dropping Knowledge - ECO-LABS - Future Farmers - IAMBE - Inventive Reception - MA Design - RED_UK Design Council - Thirst - Thomas Matthews Social Design Projects: - Bosch-Fjord - FLOWMarket - IC-ED (education) - Inhabitat (environment) - Thriving (education) - TreeHugger (environment) - We Are What We Do - Who Knew Obviously, there are many more for this list.
 
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The Greening of Design & Illustration

Link: http://www.eco-labs.org/

The Greening of Design & Illustration
Does illustration and graphic design have a role to play in climate change? On September 20th, 2007 at London College of Communication, Eco-Labs open the discussion as part of the 2007 London Design Festival. Greening of Design & Illustration will include speakers representatives from leading UK sustainability design studio, Thomas Matthews and the British Council. Eco-Labs explain: As creative communicators we are in a position to help to change attitudes – working towards ultimately changing behavior patterns, policies and systems. Here is a challenge for designers and illustrators: visualize a better low energy future. We used to see visions of the future with jet packs and monorails. Now we need to mainstream a picture of a more human sized, earth connected and energy realistic future.
 

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Phase II: World House Project

Link: http://www.worldhouse.ca/

Phase II: World House Project
From my all time greatest inspiration, Bruce Mau, I wish to introduce a new project from the Mau arena. Following the Massive Change project, the magnificent Institute without Boundaries embarks on their second multi-year collaboration - to design a sustaining, universal and healthy human dwelling. That challenge is different depending on where you are. In developed countries, we have urban sprawl and monster houses that consume huge amounts of the world’s total energy supply while polluting the atmosphere. In developing countries, over a billion people live in urban slums or in the streets without shelter. The World House Project is a multi-year, collaborative initiative led by the Institute without Boundaries that will explore the evolution of shelter and plan for the next generation of holistic housing design. The project will build on the research concepts of Institute without Boundaries' inaugural project, Massive Change, using the same method of interdisciplinary design innovation. The challenge: to design a sustaining, universal and healthy human dwelling. That challenge is different depending on where you are, for example in developing countries, over a billion people live in urban slums or in the streets without shelter. By the year 2030, three billion people in the developing world will need housing. That’s 96,150 housing units per day.
 

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Do we need a national network of design centres?

Do we need a national network of design centres?
The UK Design Council are addressing an issue that remains on the tip of my tongue. Working with the London Development Agency, the Design Council project entitled Competitiveness in industry, Supporting growth in the creative economy is part of The Cox Review of Creativity in Business. The Cox Review recommended that a network of ‘Creativity and Innovation’ centres should be set up throughout the UK with a central hub in London. This quite simply sounds like a magnificent initiative and certainly something that I feel would benefit many. With an educational focus, I have been speaking with students and graduates across the country and am ever amazed to hear of their fears of the industry. With the creative arena more powerful than ever before, how can we expect out innovative designers and young talents to hit the moving runway walking. It is amazing to discover the number of graduate talents who have fears and low beliefs of getting a “good job”, let alone making any impact within the industry. Consistently told by designers, how the industry revolves by word-of-mouth marketing and employment, I question if this previous method of promotion and sourcing talent needs a "new spin". Designers are everywhere and no longer are we looking for the MAC guru, but the industry needs entrepreneurs, and big thinkers. Speaking to a creative consultant from Toronto based Portfolios.com today, confirmed the rise of Socially Conscious businesses and organisations, not to mention the environmental arena (in N.America, Canada and the UK). With this is mind the capabilities and opportunities for todays and tomorrows designers are limitless. Yet the question now is, how can we filter these hundreds to thousands of designers into suitable positions, without destroying their confidence and potential along the way? The creative world is finally becoming the social power it is capable of, but surely we need a method to remove the previously held niche barriers. If design is to become apparent within all business, cultural, social and economic arenas then we need a system not only to gather design talents, but a method and process to filter them their interests. We are looking at a future where designers are placed within outlets that no longer only ask for a Graphic or Web Designer, but for a combined ability for design and a passion for their particular social interest and knowledge. The Cox Review objectives are: - Positioning the UK as a world-class source of creative talent - Increasing the uptake of creative services by UK businesses - Strengthening the interaction between all the UK bodies who promote and represent creative skills and services - Enhancing the public’s awareness of how creativity and innovation are relevant to their lives The Cox Review suggested that they might include some, or all, of the following facilities: - Exhibition space - Seminar facilities - A hub for creative industry gatherings - Space for professional and trade bodies - Incubator spaces for new creative businesses - Studio spaces for creative companies - Retail and restaurant space A feasibility study is on course for the project and on completion of which the Design Council will be making their recommendations to government. This is a really exciting project, that I am sure many of you will await with eyes wide open. I really hope to see this project become a central entity, from which the future of the UK design can revolve.

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