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The soon-to-reopen Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has opened the floodgates, seeking nominations for the 16th annual National Design Awards, honoring excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. For just a short while, until Monday, December 8, you can hoist up your nominee picks in ten categories: Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate & Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design. Nominate away!
The Electrolux Design Lab competition, open to design students the world over, has long been partial to design concepts that defy gravity, having bestowed the top honor in years past to the likes of the Aeroball, a constellation of luminescent, helium-infused balls that floatingly filter and fragrance the air in a room, and this year is no exception. But we detect a strange twist on the mesmerizing/hovering trend of years past: Fish. Taking top honors—5,000 euros (around $6,000 at current exchange) and a six-month paid internship at Electrolux—in the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition (theme: creating healthy homes) is a food preparation-as-game concept called “Future Hunter-Gatherer.” Designed by Pan Wang of the United Kingdom, the “virtual grocery shopping experience inspired by nature” involves holographic prey that, with the help of a smartphone and your local grocery store, is transformed into real food.
In the unlikely event that the name Robert Wilson does not immediately ignite intense excitement in multiple regions of your cerebrum, stop reading this and go watch Absolute Wilson (yes, it’s on Netflix), Katharina Otto-Bernstein‘s smashing documentary-cum-archival footage deep-dive devoted to the indefatigable maestro of avant-garde theatre. Among the director, designer, and visual artist’s latest collaborators is illy, the Trieste-based espresso purveyor that has invited the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Marina Abramovic (a Wilson chum of longstanding) to reimagine its trademark white porcelain cup, originally designed by Matteo Thun.
Put your design skills to scholarly uses at Pace University, which is looking to add a junior-level graphic design/communications specialist to the communications team responsible for all of the university’s marketing materials: think banners, fliers, brochures, invitations, fact sheets, ads, and presentations. Among the required school supplies: Photoshop and InDesign prowess, an understanding of visual storytelling, and strong writing, grammar, and proofreading skills.
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“I read old photographs for unexpected details, such as the faces in the crowd, the people witnessing what a historical novelist can only try to reconstruct. I keep photos around me while I write the way other authors keep music on in the background; they provide not only evidence but a kind of atmospheric stimulation. I don’t think I could have written Bandbox, a comic novel about the 1920s, without long exposure to that era’s madcap tabloid photography, and I can’t imagine Fellow Travelers, a novel I set during the McCarthy period, without the flash-lit, noirish Weegee photo that went onto the cover of both the hard-bound and paperback editions. For Watergate, the details of dress and facial expression in a photo of ‘the Rose Mary Stretch’—the president’s secretary attempting to re-enact how a gap in one of the Nixon tapes might have been created—told me more about Rose Mary Woods’s agonized embarrassment than any transcript of her testimony could.”
Looks from the spring 2015 Ralph Rucci collection.
Last week’s sudden cancellation of a planned lecture and workshop by Ralph Rucci at the Cooper Hewitt suggested that all was not well in the house of the National Design Award winner. In fact, things could not be worse: Rucci has exited his namesake label. The shocking move, announced late yesterday by WWD, follows a period of positive momentum for the uncompromising and long underappreciated couturier, who has always lacked for a Pierre Bergé or Robert Duffy to take financial and operational matters off his own list of daily concerns.
A post-recession turnaround funded by investors Nancy and Howard Marks and executed by former CEO Jeffry Aronsson saw Rucci’s house, born in 1994 as Chado Ralph Rucci, launch Steven Meisel-lensed ad campaigns in fashion glossies including Vogue, whose editor-in-chief has long maintained something of a no-Rucci policy in her editorial pages, and a furniture line with Holly Hunt as expansion plans–there was talk of a retail rollout and a broadened customer base–were hatched. But Aronsson departed in October 2013 and was replaced in June by Joey Laurenti, who has continued to run his contemporary showroom, Goods and Services, while helming Rucci’s house. It was not a good match, as indicated by the company’s delusional plan to name a new creative director of Ralph Rucci by the end of the year.
This week, BR Guest Hospitality is hiring a senior graphic designer, while Daily Mail Online needs an assistant photo editor. Cricut is seeking a staff photographer, and Prometheus Global Media is on the hunt for a design director for Adweek. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.
- Senior Graphic Designer BR Guest Hospitality (New York, NY)
- Assistant Photo Editor Daily Mail Online (Venice, CA)
- Staff Photographer Cricut (South Jordan, UT)
- Design Director, Adweek Prometheus Global Media (New York, NY)
- Visual Designer Makerbot (Brooklyn, NY)
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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 Mediabistro comes in. Our mothership has confirmed its next online course in HTML and CSS, and it’s never too early to start planning ahead. Over two fun-filled sessions, 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 semantic markup and advanced CSS styles. The online learning fun begins November 24, and soon you’ll have brought a pre-designed webpage to life through the magic of HTML. Preview the course syllabus and register here.
In a world awash in totes, carryalls, and gadget sleeves, we’ve found a new favorite in Carga. The New York-based company’s rugged bags are produced in a family-run workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina using a pattern-free “zero-wastage” process: each one is made from single strips of material (felt, leather, industrial-grade canvas) cut from side to side, without any further trimming, and often riveted rather than sewn. Meanwhile, the striking lines of each Carga creation come thanks to founder Mauro Bianucci, who trained as an architect at the University of Buenos Aires before turning his sharp eye to accessories.
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