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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 02, 2011


A Voice for LGBTQ in the Middle East

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIA POPOVA

A Voice for LGBTQ in the Middle East

Conversation with the activist Esra'a Al Shafei, founder of the website Ahwaa.org.
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JULIE LASKY

Ringing in the New Air

Isetan, the venerable Tokyo department store, is doing its bit for the atmosphere.
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ROBIN CEMBALEST

Assuming the Position: The Art of Gustav Metzger

The picture is among various images of tragedies — the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Vietnam War — that, since 1990, Metzger has covered, blocked with rubble, or otherwise obscured, forcing us to make an active effort to see them.
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Learn to be a design critic through SVA's D-Crit program: Design as subject matter, criticism as a literary genre and the range of tools with which to practice design criticism. 
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BY ALEXIA

My Studio H Experience

Adventures in design crits: A high school junior recounts her Studio H year working with onerous classmates and power tools.
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THE EDITORS

Cause/Affect Competition

Organized by AIGA San Francisco, Cause/Affect is a biannual international competition that honors design for social change
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JULIE LASKY

Everything Must Go

Chappell Ellison is looking for people to adopt her possessions: “In an attempt to learn how to live with less, I'm giving away my things, one by one.”
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OTHER RECENT POSTS


ERNEST BECK

Project Mwana

For mothers and newborns, early medical testing is critical to health, especially for detecting HIV/AIDS. But in some developing countries, sending and receiving a blood sample from an extremely remote location can take between two and five months. Project Mwana is changing that.
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AN XIAO MINA

The Ultra 10 Challenge

A Malaysia-based company specializes in sustainable fashion. They promote their ethos in shows and online, in words and textiles, and through a challenge to wear only 10 items in a year.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Cards of Change

Unemployed workers retrofit their former business cards to send hopeful messages.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JUNE 21, 2011

Re-Thinking the Future of Design

DMI's Design/Management Thinking conversational-format conference will move beyond philosophical arguments on Design Thinking: it will grapple with the real changes in the expectations that all types of organizations are beginning to have about the Designer's potential level of contribution — and the implications for you as a professional.

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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things MeanDesign Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
Roberto Verganti

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business ModelGetting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model
John Mullins & Randy Komisar

A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of BusinessA Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
Hartmut Esslinger

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