Honoring the designers of today and inspiring the designers of the future
The White House Blog Share
What a thrill it was to participate in the White House ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as she celebrated the 2010 National Design Awards honorees. The First Lady serves as the honorary patron for this year's National Design Awards and her commitment to arts and design based education made this a very special event. We are honored to once again receive the patronage of the First Lady, as her support does such a lot to advance awareness of the importance of design. More
The Closer: Hot interior design tips, cool new luxury buildings, and more
New York Daily News Share
What has over 3,200 rooms styled by more than 200 interior designers? It's not a hedge fund manager's house in Greenwich, Conn. The only space that could hold this many rooms lives online. Designers'Portfolio, started in 2004, gives decorating tips and points users to interior designers all over the country. Attracting over 30 million page-views per month, the section of HGTV.com proves that HGTV is more than just a cable network. More
Going Solo - six African-American fashion designers
Black designers unveil the trials and triumphs of business ownership. You may call them hardheaded, obstinate, inflexible or just plain stubborn. These labels are placed on designers who dare to tackle a new business venture when all of the signs before them read: "Stop!" "Dead end!" "Wrong way!" Experts in the fashion industry wonder why some designers won't heed their They say there are some strong indicators — fewer financial resources, a reduced interest in tailored, custom-made clothing and increasing reluctance among department stores to take on newcomers — that dictate that designers choose employment over entrepreneurship. More
Retrosexual: Newest look for DC guys
The Washington Post Share
It can be a real hassle trying to juggle looking professional yet effortless — and stylish without upstaging the big dogs — all the while focusing on work and the learning experience of your internship. Luckily, the current mood in fashion happens to be understated and recent trends from the runways of New York, Milan and Paris reflect a more conservative era in menswear — one that is quite perfect for interns infiltrating our fair city. More
Sonic Eclectic interview with Black Comix authors
Sonic Eclectic Share
The immense popularity of comics and graphic novels cannot be ignored. But in light of the comics boom that has taken place over the past 10 years, the artists, writers and publishers that make up the vibrant African-American independent comics community have remained relatively unknown — until now. Black Comix brings together an unprecedented collection of largely unheard of, and undeniably masterful, comics art while also framing the work of these men and women in a broader historical and cultural context. Sonic Eclectic interviews Black Comix authors Damian Duffy and John Jennings. More
40+ Web design and development resources for beginners
It's no secret that Web design is a fast-growing industry. Virtually every type of business is in need of a quality website. There are opportunities at the large agency level down to freelancers developing small-business websites from home. So how do you break into this exciting field? With little or no experience creating websites, getting yourself up to speed can be a daunting task. There are so many different avenues of design and development to explore. Which way should you go first? Which skill sets suit you the best? More
Adobe Photoshop CS5 review
Notebook Review Share
Adobe Photoshop CS5 is the latest version of arguably the world's most popular pro image editor. Does the new Photoshop justify the very pricey upgrade from CS4? Notebook Review break it down in this review. More
Foam car floats, weighs 300 pounds and gets big mpg
USA Today Share
If you ever wondered what it's like take fast laps at a racetrack in an oversized Styrofoam cooler, look no further than the Automotive X Prize competition. Lon Ballard designed a two-seat car with six inches of foam on all sides for safety and light weight, the Spira. No need for airbags: the foam does the trick — one billion tiny foam air bags. Because it's so light, it is powered by only a 110 cubic centimeter engine. More
GodPhones? Apps put prayer in your pocket
ABC News Share
In the early evening quiet of her apartment, the young woman took the neatly folded prayer mat from its place on the shelf alongside her English copy of the Quran and prepared herself to pray. With the sun having just dipped below the horizon for evening, the slow, solemn call to prayer filled the room with the Arabic chant: God is most great. God is most great. God is most great. God is most great. In Muslim communities and countries the world over, sounds like these echo over community loud speakers six times a day, signaling to the faithful that it's time to break from work or other routines to pray. But here in her bedroom, the call to prayer sounds not through a community loudspeaker, but through the small speaker on the young woman's iPhone. More
May 24, 2010
OBD/DesigNation has launched DesignSpeak, an international speakers bureau featuring a broad diversity of designers, design educators, design managers and design theorists.
Speakers cover a range of design disciplines, including, architecture, interior, graphic, product and apparel design.
Topics range from innovations in animation to new design modalities, and emerging design infrastructures, to design entrepreneurism and critical directions in design education.
"DesignSpeak has reached out to a highly diverse, international pool of talent", says OBD/DesigNation chairman, David Rice. "Special effort has been made to include designers of color from around the globe — speakers who traditionally have not had a readily available forum to express their views and philosophies or to expose the products of their practice. We are especially interested in designers from the world's emerging economies."
For booking information and to register as a possible lecturer, please contact:
The Design Establishment
WASHINGTON, D.C./Organization of Black Designers/ -- What does it mean to be the designer of the future? According to The Design Establishment it means broadening our understanding of design, innovating new forms, exploiting new technologies, inventing new object-types, advancing new design philosophies, developing new approaches to the creative process, and enhancing the culture of design.
We are particularly interested in recruiting minority mentors since the after-school youth come from diverse backgrounds.
But most of all it means embracing diversity. Diversity culturally, diversity racially, and gender and ethnic based diversity.
The Design Establishment is a new initiative created by the Organization of Black Designers to commission and showcase the work of outstanding African American designers. Ours is a visionary approach, intended to forge a new model for design companies of the 21st-century.
OBD is partnering with apparel, product and furniture manufacturers to bring to market the works of seasoned African American design professionals, such as Ron Wilch, Noel Mayo, Courtney Sloan, Cheryl Riley, Richard Harris, Rodney Shade, Steven Cutting and many more. Its goal: to produce stunning apparel, products, furnishing, and environments.
"After nearly 10 years of advocating design diversity and African American design talent, we see the design industry and the professions still not nearly as "diversity saturated" as it should be", says David Rice, chairman of the Washington, DC based Organization of Black Designers. "Most companies particularly manufacturers with the power to bring products to market have only paid lip service to design diversity. The same is true of major retailers who pride themselves on selling design to the masses. They take our dollars but they are not supporting or nurturing the development of designers of color and are missing out on the rich and unique cultural perspectives that these designers can bring to influence their bottom lines", Rice continues.
Very few have designers of color in their design studios. There are some notable exceptions, like Nike, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motors, and General Motors. But the vast majority of furniture, product, and accessory manufacturers have done nothing.
The Design Establishment initiative will offer those companies "who cannot find a designer of color" a very viable resource. The OBD database lists 21,000 designers and allied professionals.
Well, here we are. Come and get us!
CONTACT: Bill Browne, OBD Services, at (202) 489-4822
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