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March 2, 2009
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Interior/Architectural Design

Elaine, Oprah and Harlem
from O at Home via Harlem World Magazine
In the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City, some longtime residents—the ones old enough to remember the first Harlem Renaissance—are being priced out of their homes. Fortunately, they have Victory One, an apartment building for low-income seniors. When residents want to entertain, they rely on the community room, which many there call homely and an unpleasant space. New York interior designer Elaine Griffin and O at Home changed all that. More

Indian Modern Redux
from The New York Times
Namita Luthra has called many places home. She was born in Chandigarh, India, and immigrated to Nottingham, England, as a child, before moving to Weirton, W.Va. But Luthra’s true roots are in modernism: her grandfather was an engineer who helped build Chandigarh, a planned city in northern India partially designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s. She and her husband fell in love with an unfinished split-level apartment in the East Village in 2006. They bought it and their version of a modernist temple. More

Lights, Camera, Action
from Interior Design Magazine
People in Hong Kong never tire of the views, be they the cityscape's kaleidoscopic light show or the sweeping harbor vistas. Plus, native Calvin Tsao says, "We Chinese eat all the time. Nibbles, snacks, power breakfasts, late breakfasts, lunch, tea, drinks." Then comes dinner, when the scene hits high gear. All of this figured into the scheme of Tsao & McKown Architects's restaurant Sevva, an informal club with virtually 24–7 operations. More

10 Tallest Buildings of 2008
from ARCHITECT magazine
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat released its list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2008—the definition of complete being that a building is topped out structurally and architecturally, fully clad, and at least partially occupied. The tallest by far, and second only to Taipei 101 in the world standings, is the Kohn Pedersen Fox's Shanghai World Financial Center, an office and hotel building with a recorded height of 1,614 feet and 101 floors. More

Fashion/ Apparel Design

Sleeveless is Scandalous for Michelle Obama
from The Chicago Tribune
First Lady Michelle Obama is featured on the cover of People magazine in a sleeveless dress. And it's one that should quell a separate fashion complaint: that Obama had not worn a dress by an African American designer. The deep-pink lace confection is by Tracy Reese, a more moderately priced designer, who is black. The dress retails for $395. More

Diamonds on Your Adidas
from Vibe
Diamonds are forever and so is adidas. The house that Adi Dassler built turns 60 this year and with the diamond anniversary comes various celebrations and special products that will roll out throughout the year. However, one of these projects resonates with hip-hop culture more than the others. The adidas Original Superstar Diamond is a perfect mix of classic hip-hop style and over the top decadence. The classic white on black shell toe is accented with real diamonds on the tongue emblem, sides between the three stripes and on the lace lock accessory. More

Warrior Wear and Hazelnut Lattes
from EbonyJet
This season—the designers who are showing clothing for Fall 2009—there was a lot of military-inspired fashion—Army green, muted olive, khaki and such—often on finely constructed jackets with exaggerated shoulders complete with large shoulder pads and epaulettes. A more delicate version of the theme came with capes and capelets. A few designers who did this: Thakoon, Mizrahi, Marc Jacobs and plenty more. The tough girl look was everywhere − skinny leg pants including leggings, often in leather and suede, with some manner of sexy, delicate, revealing top and studded, strappy, ridiculously high platform shoes that looked ready to punch holes in any surface. More

S&P takes Jones Apparel Group off of S&P
from The Associated Press via Forbes
Shares of apparel maker Jones Apparel Group Inc. slid after Standard & Poor's removed the company from the S&P 500. Shares of Jones declined 58 cents, or 18.4 percent, to close at $2.57. The stock hit $2.39 earlier in the session, near its 52-week low of $2.34. S&P said the change is effective after the close of trading on March 3. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Air Force One: The Graphic History
from AIGA
Corporate jets are not much in favor these days, except for the ultimate CEO aircraft, the Air Force One. Beyond the Oval Office, Air Force One is more than a personal luxury; it’s a chariot of the demigods, allowing the country’s leader to drop miraculously from heaven into a world capital or small town with the primal power of a cargo-cult deity. So, what is the story behind the graphic design of Air Force One? More

Steve Jobs as Eustace Tilley
from CNN Fortune
The cover of the inaugural issue of the New Yorker, published Feb. 17, 1925, featured a dandy peering through a monocle at a butterfly. Eustace Tilley, as the character was called, became the New Yorker’s official mascot and has appeared ever since on its anniversary issue. In 2008, Colombian graphic artist Camilo Ramirez decided that if Tilley were alive today, he would look like Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs, wear a black turtleneck and carry an iPhone. More

Visual Communication Infrastructure Launched by Polycom
from Virtual Edge
Polycom RMX 2000 V4.0 launched an enhanced conference platform optimized for multi-site visual communication that delivers capabilities including flexibility for pure HD or mixed-resolution video environments and broadcast-quality 720p high definition quality. The virtual meeting device will support applications including immersive, room and personal high-definition telepresence, broad-scale desktop video collaboration, specialized industry applications and traditional video conferencing. More

Industrial/Product Design

The 17-Inch MacBook Pro Review
from Gizmodo
While Apple grandly updated their notebook line to the new unibody design, the 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple's granddaddy of mobile computing, was left behind. Now, the 17-inch model joins its siblings—with promising bonus features. More

12 Planet-saving Ideas from the Greener Gadgets Design Competition
from DVICE
The whole world has been noodling on how to green up everything we do, and the clever designers behind your favorite gadgets are no different. But like your last brainstorming session at work, you know that some ideas really work and some are dead on arrival. Aspiring gadgeteers have submitted their best ideas to Core77's 2nd annual Greener Gadgets Design Competition and thousands of viewers have voted for their favorite energy-saving, awareness-building and straight-up goofy green tech concepts. More

How (Not) to Write Like a Designer: Five Tricks You Didn't Learn in Studio
from Core77
Half technical, half intuitive, the design process is tough to explain. But that’s my job—I’m a design writer. I write so you don’t have to, putting into words the work that you’d rather do than write about. But write you must—Web site copy, proposals, captions, emails to clients—and though the worse designers are at it, the more work I get, in the spirit of collaboration I’m going to share my secrets. So what if it puts me out of a job. More

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David Rice
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