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March 16, 2009
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Interior/Architectural Design

Drafting History: Design Principal Allison G. Williams
from The American Institute of Architects
Allison G. Williams is a design principal with Perkins+Will and design director for the San Francisco office. In a career spanning more than 30 years in corporate practice, Williams’s leadership in the design of large scale civic, corporate, and cultural facilities has influenced significant projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, nationally and internationally. More

The Evolution of Laminate: New Designs Keep Category Fresh
from National Floor Trends
Laminate flooring makers are pushing ahead with new designs and technologies aimed at luring consumers back into retailers’ stores. They note the segment is evolving with new medium-gloss finishes that bring a subtle, upscale look to laminate flooring. Additionally, they say a range of new folding locking installation systems make the flooring easier to install than ever before. Check out some of the very best. More

Stair Porn for Your Ogling Pleasure
from Fast Company
Lately we've been seeing a lot of what can only be described as stair porn: Dramatic, sinuous staircases that steal the show from the building around them--if not defining the building outright. Check out some of the very best. More

Giant Eco-Egg Skyscraper: A Conceptual Luxury Hotel
from Inhabitat
From the unseen, unsung files of design competitions past comes the Envision Green Hotel proposed by Miami-based Michael Rosenthal Associates for Hospitality Design's Radical Innovation design competition. Part wind tower, part urban eco-resort, and all egg, this "lobular" structure is touted as one of the most recognizable landmarks for the city in which it would ultimately be…laid. More

Fashion/ Apparel Design

10 Awesome Black Fashion Designers
from The Frisky
You hardly ever see black fashion designers showing during New York, London, Milan or Paris fashion week. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Some have actually broken down racial barriers, letting their designs speak for themselves. More

Fashion Loves an It Girl But Still Doesn't Get It
from The Washington Post
The fashion industry has always been filled with contradictions when it comes to the women it idolizes ‒ from Marilyn Monroe to Patti Smith. But things have gone so topsy-turvy recently that it's nothing short of miraculous that everyone here isn't wearing a neck brace. Designers are embracing a broader swath of women because of the unique power they project. More

Fashion Deflation
from Forbes
There's some good news for shoppers amid the economic gloom: Lower clothing prices are coming soon, and not just for sale items. Mainstream brands such as Lacoste and Coach plan to cut retail prices as much as 30 percent on their fall offerings. The reason: Fashion producers are trying to anticipate consumers' tighter budgets and avoid last year's drastic markdowns, which can undercut a brand's perceived strength. More

Designer Corinne Grassini Diversifies With Retail and Collaborations
from Apparel News
Corinne Grassini, the Los Angeles–based designer behind the Society for Rational Dress brand, is fresh off a multi-city tour to show Barneys New York sales reps how her clothes work. With unique draping and unexpected straps and hardware, Grassini’s designs—much like her approach to the fashion business—are unconventional and the better for it. Now, as others fret over the state of the economy, Grassini is embarking on a handful of new endeavors, including The Reserve, an appointment-only retail store, and partnerships with Gen Art and Barneys. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Graphic Content ‒Making Obama’s Marks
from The New York Times
Government-sponsored logos are nothing new: The famous blue eagle of F.D.R.’s National Recovery Administration (NRA) was designed by the noted advertising art director Charles Coiner. But last week President Obama unveiled the logos for two economic recovery programs of his own: the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (Tiger). "These emblems are symbols of our commitment to you the American people," he said about the brand marks that will remind the public "that your government is putting the economy back on the road to recovery." More

Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind
from Time magazine
Facebook is in the process of rolling out a new home page — one that combines photos, links, videos and status updates and puts them in one big stream of information. The new home page looks similar to the current one, but the biggest change is to the question prompting users to post status updates. Whereas the outgoing Facebook asks, 'What are you doing right now?' the incoming version asks, 'What is on your mind?'More

A Dozen Up-and-Coming San Francisco Designers
from The San Francisco Examiner
There’s no question about San Francisco’s reputation for producing cutting-edge design, and the fact that The City has a particularly rich design history. Well aware of the recognizable and iconic designs to spring forth from the Bay Area, Michael Osborne, president and creative director of the graphic design firm Michael Osborne Design Inc., felt it was time to showcase work from a new crop of designers. More

Industrial/Product Design

An iPod So Small Its Controls Are Found on the Cord
from The New York Times
Apple unveiled the new iPod Shuffle, which is only half the volume of the previous iPod Shuffle, which itself was about the size of a quarter. The new one looks like a sleek aluminum tie clip, or maybe a slightly elongated stick of Trident gum; an AA battery hides it completely. The new Shuffle is the world's first talking music player, thanks to a new feature called VoiceOver. More

The Laptop for Autistic Kids
from Fast Company
Teaching a child with autism can be an exercise in frustration − for both teacher and child. But designers at the Boston office of the design firm Continuum have developed a teaching aid − still in the concept stage − that could go a long way toward solving some of the problems that currently plague the process. More

Immaculate Prosthetic
from Core77
Immaculate is a concept that explores new possibilities for prosthetic devices. It aims to question the strive for normality and imitation in prosthetics, and instead attempts to incorporate identity and new functionality. Immaculate means flawless, and reflects on the amputee not being less of a person. As of today prosthetics are technological skeletons covered in silicone. They imitate the look of a natural arm perfectly, but as soon as someone touches it one realize it’s a prosthetic. More

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David Rice
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Organization of Black Designers


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