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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 01, 2010


Design Ethos: A Bugle of Change

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN WATERS

Design Ethos: A Bugle of Change

For too long now the ethos of graphic design — the fundamental sentiment that guides the practice of design and the activities of designers — has been understood as a link between suppliers and consumers. It's time to change that view.
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KAOMI GOETZ

The Utility Collective

Look around you. Let your eyes rest on the first object you see. Do you know how it was made, and where? The answer is most likely no. And up until a few years ago, it might even have been followed with a “Who cares?” or “Who cares as-long-as-it’s-cheap?”
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PHOTO BY ABELARDO MORELL

Getting In with the Ingot Crowd

39 Gold Bars: $15,372,742 (11 AM/GMT-3/13/08): $988.25/oz Zurich, Switzerland, 2008.
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JADE DRESSLER

Degrees of Temporary

"AMAZElab is a nonprofit organization that focuses on cultural production and social engineering. Mobility, migration, memory, borders, new geographies, the Mediterranean area and the Middle East, the public sphere and sustainability are our areas of interest. We collaborate with national and international institutions to explore territorial and social change."
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JANE MARGOLIES

Renewing the Riverfront

There may be places in this country where top-down Robert Moses–style experts-know-best planning is still alive and well, but Brattleboro, Vermont, is most definitely not one of them.


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One World Futbol

Report on One World Futbol produced by Hope Is a Game-Changer.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 04, 2010

International Design & Emotions Conference

Sponsored by the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Design & Emotion Society, this biannual forum is where practitioners, researchers and industry leaders meet and exchange knowledge and insights concerning the cross-disciplinary field of design and emotion. The conference will offer workshops, research paper presentations, design case presentations, and poster presentations.

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