Sharpen up your business plans, design lovers, because Pratt Institute is launching a design entrepreneurship program. The three-week intensive, which gets underway June 3, will give designers the tools to successfully run their own businesses. “These days, entrepreneurship is a critical life skill that will allow a talented person to design and live the life they want,” says Debera Johnson, executive director of Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, which developed the new certificate program. Courses include “Business and Design,” “Turn Your Idea into a Product,” and “Staying Out of Trouble.” So who should fall out for this entrepreneurial bootcamp? Design professionals interested in starting businesses in fashion, product design, footwear, jewelry, design consulting, or social entrepreneurship. Learn more here.
• “[S]tripped of most traditional linguistic elements, the short film has to move fast, but it must strive not to confuse the viewer with too many objects or jarring cuts,” writes Stephen Apkon in The Age of Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens, new this month from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book inspired this short film (above) by Daniel Liss.
• And speaking of short films, the Tribeca Film Festival has selected the winners in its six-second film competition. Watch all of the jury’s top picks in under a minute here.
• It’s the end of an era for Cooper Union, which will begin charging undergraduates tuition beginning next fall.
• The design community and members of the general public are protesting MoMA’s decision to raze the building that Tod Williams Billie Tsien designed for the American Folk Art Museum. The Architectural League drafted this open letter requesting MoMA to provide “a compelling justification for the cultural and environmental waste of destroying this much-admired, highly distinctive twelve-year-old building.”
• All is fair (use) in love and appropriation? Artist Richard Prince emerged largely triumphant in yesterday’s appeals court ruling on the copyright case involving his 2008 “Canal Zone” series, which used portraits from Patrick Cariou‘s Yes, Rasta book.
Thom Browne is on a roll. Last fall he received the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award for fashion, and a few months later First Lady Michelle Obama sported his necktie-inspired navy silk coat to the inauguration. Now Pratt Institute is honoring the designer with its 2013 Fashion Visionary Award, which in previous years has been bestowed on fashion greats including Ralph Rucci, Diane von Furstenberg, and Fern Mallis.
Browne will receive the award this evening at the Pratt fashion show, an annual affair that showcases the reliably remarkable thesis collections of seniors in the school’s fashion design program. “No American sportswear designer better represents the aspirations of Pratt fashion than Thom Browne,” said Pratt fashion department chair Jennifer Minniti in a statement announcing the award. “His highly conceptual runway presentations and impeccable craftsmanship have set standards for excellence and originality that push forward and inspire our fashion students to do the same.”
Parsons’ reliably outstanding and thought-provoking Aftertaste symposium returns next weekend with a focus on objects. Aftertaste: The Atmosphere of Objects will “address interior experience through close examination of the way objects inform inhabitation, influence perception, and create social dynamics.” Things get underway next Friday evening as Mia Lundström, creative director of Home Furnishings at IKEA, sits down for a chat with interlocutor extraordinaire Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis. Their discussion of possessions and personal statements (in which we hope to gain insight into what our growing mound of Alexander Girard-patterned pillows says about us) will be followed by design writer Akiko Busch on “The Language of Things.” Other panelists and featured speakers include frog’s Jonas Damon, expert collector Fritz Karch, David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor, and T design editor Pilar Viladas. Check out the full agenda and RSVP (admission is free) here.
Back in the day, the not-yet-slickly-professionalized New York fashion scene “could support somebody who didn’t get into the business with a business plan and a backer,” said New York Times style scribe Guy Trebay in a recent interview. “You can no longer do that–that’s out. You better arrive with a business plan and maybe an MBA…” Enter the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Fashion Institute of Technology, the partners behind Design Entrepreneurs NYC, an intensive, classroom-style, and FREE “mini-MBA” program. Fashion designers whose businesses are based in one of NYC’s five boroughs and have been open for at least one year are eligible to apply for the program, which includes weekend courses on fashion business marketing, operations, and financial management, and culminates in a business plan honed by feedback from industry pros. Applications, available here, are due by March 31.
The Electrolux Design Lab competition is back for its eleventh go-round, and this year the theme–urbanization–invites a broader array of entries than ever before. Design students (undergraduate or graduate) from around the world have until March 15 to submit creative ideas for an innovative product, accessory, consumable, or service that “would be seen as a breakthrough within the sector of social cooking, natural air, or effortless cleaning.”
Flummoxed by the concept of social cooking, and fearful that it may involve having to share dessert, we consulted Electrolux and learned that for this category, the judges are looking for ideas that address city dwellers’ “shortage of entertaining space and preparation time, whilst allowing us to live a healthier lifestyle.” This sounds like a job for Jetsons-style food pellets–after all, last year’s first-prize winner was Jan Ankiersztajn‘s Aeroball, a constellation of luminescent, helium-infused balls that floatingly filter and fragrance the air in a room. Noble gases win again. Begin the brainstorming process (where can we get some delicious yet effortless neon?) by watching highlights from last year’s finals, held at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
Admit it. Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where the Mediabistro mothership comes in. They’ve asked us to tell you about the upcoming online course in HTML and CSS. Over four semantically marked up weeks, web design design guru Laura Galbraith will guide you through a variety of web page production techniques, from column-based layouts and search engine optimization to HTML5 video and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins January 29, and by Valentine’s Day you’ll have brought a pre-designed webpage to life. Preview the course syllabus and register here.
Frank Gehry in a 1976 interview, now digitized and online in the SCI-Arc Media Archive.
You’ve exhausted your Netflix queue and watched every episode of Homeland (twice), but fresh video wonders await you in the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)’s Media Archive, which is now online with more than 1,000 hours–and counting–of architecture and design lectures, symposia, and events dating to 1974. Among the video trove is this 1976 interview with Frank Gehry. “The work of Donald Judd fascinates me. It’s sort of using cheap materials and getting a lot of response out of it,” a 47-year-old Gehry tells Shelly Kappe. “I guess that’s minimal art…I’m not just interested in minimal art, though. I don’t think that’s my whole thing, although it appears that way in some of the buildings. I’m more into the illusionary qualities of a building and creating a visual richness without it really being there. You almost have to trip over it. I guess it’s minimal in that sense.”
Created with funding from the Getty Foundation (as part of the “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture” initiative) and the National Endowment for the Arts, the web-based archive also includes rare footage of Charles Eames, Zaha Hadid, David Hockney, Rem Koolhaas, John Lautner, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, and Kazuyo Sejima, among hundreds of others. And many of the architects and artists appear more than once, providing opportunities to analyze their development over the span of their careers. Don’t miss the “Exhibits” section, which features handpicked assortments of videos around particular themes. Delve into one called “Unfrozen Music (and Dancing)” and you’ll encounter Richard Neutra‘s wife, Dione, singing folksongs and accompanying herself on the cello.
Go West, young designers. Silicon Valley powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is putting its money where it’s…money is, with new in-house initiatives to attract and develop design talent. Today the venture capital firm, which backs companies ranging from Agilyx to Zynga, launched the KPCB Design Fellows Program, a three-month work-based program intended to give top design students experience working on design challenges at KPCB-funded start-ups such as Flipboard, Klout, One Kings Lane, and Square. Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2013.
Fellows will be matched with members of KPCB’s newly formed Design Council, a group of design luminaries that will provide mentorship, lead discussions, and create a community for designers to network. “The importance of design as a critical part of product development and a vital strategy for companies to win in the marketplace is increasing, and KPCB sees design as a key factor in evaluating today’s consumer digital investment opportunities,” said the company in a statement issued this morning. “In addition, to build the next generation of successful companies, the firm is also committed to attracting and developing top emerging design talent.”
Admit it. Your seven-year-old nephew could out-HTML tag you any day and you think that a Cascading Style Sheet is something with a thread count. That’s where the Mediabistro mothership comes in. They’ve asked us to tell you about an upcoming weekend course in HTML Fundamentals. In one hands-on, hyperlinked NYC weekend (December 1-2) artist, designer, and interactive developer David Tristman will guide you in breathing digital life into a pre-designed web page. Along the way, you’ll learn how to turn a PSD layout into HTML, the fundamentals of CSS3 styling of color and transitions, and why “@font-face” describes more than the contorted visages of typographers on deadline. By Sunday, you’ll be creating fully functional web pages, debating the finer points of inline and block display, and have gained all the tools necessary to launch your own site. Register here.