Month: June 2008

Design for the Greater Good

With all the challenges that we face in the world it is always good to take some time to turn our talents to making things better. Not just for ourselves, but for everyone. While crusing around on the internet I found this posting which I thought you all would find interesting. I have included only the first part of the Design Challenge. For the rest go to the website by clicking on the link below. Canada represent!!!

Aspen Design Challenge

Faculty and students are invited to participate in the first of what promises to become one of the most prestigious annual global design events, the Aspen Design Challenge.

The Aspen Design Challenge is an annual call to students worldwide, inviting them to use their creative talents and design-driven, problem-solving skills to address international problems that are not only crucial to our survival, but also critical in today’s world—and critical to the future of the world that those students will inhabit.

The subject of each challenge will change each year, although the process will remain the same: a call goes out for faculty and students to work on addressing a global problem from July through December, with the opportunity to present the results to an international jury and a prestigious gathering of world leaders.

For more details see the AIGA’s Website with the posting.

Categories: Design in the World

New Furniture for TO

We tend to not think about the everyday items – like the newpaper box or the garbage can or city bench – but these were designed just as much as you favourite pair of jeans. On Monday the city unveiled the new look for the city furniture. They were designed by Kramer Design Associates (see their website they do some cool stuff http://www.kramer-design.com/) in conjunction with Astral Media.

The new design for the street furniture is part of the Clean and Beautiful City Initiative, which will help to revitialize public space and give the city a spiffy new feel. Not to mention that some of the “old furniture” is yucky. We should see some of the new items around town over the summer and the next 20 years. I like the long term thinking. The installation of the furniture will be done in a way that increases functionality and accessibillity.

What is kind of cool about the furniture is that it is part industrial design, part graphic design, part urban design / city planning and part advertising. The more that I look around the more that it seems that design is becoming interdisciplinary – knowing one field of design is great, but knowing two or three is better.

For more info go to: http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/streetfurniture/index.htm