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Advice to Design Students: Shower, Shave and Spellcheck


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So our several hours of silence yesterday were due to our role moderating the student conference at AIGA’s NEXT conference. Thank you so much to Gail Anderson and her tips on how to keep your portfolio roach-free; Allyson Lack, Jennifer Sukis and Pamela Zuccker of Principle for an inspiring talk on working from three different cities; a memorable shot of both Adam Brodsley and Eric Heiman with shoulder-length hair; Garth Walker and his Plumber’s Butt; and Adrian Shaughnessy‘s soul-ful closing.

To deliver the wit and wisdom of the rest of the dozens of designers milling about, we got some of their musings on film. Behold our gift to design students everywhere.

All AIGA NEXT coverage here.

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Heath Ceramics Honored By Museum of California Design

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As kind of a bonus parting gift from the Dwell on Design conference, we got to meet Heath Ceramics owners husband-and-wife Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, who were giving a talk with Michael Carabetta from Chronicle Books and Adam Brodsley from Volume, who published and designed the Heath Ceramics book respectively. Our friends at PrairieMod went one step further, having the foresight to arrange a studio tour of Heath while in town.

Turns out the Heath crew (including two-year-old Jasper, who also took the stage during the talk) jetted down to LA to accept the Museum of California Design’s 2007 Henry Award the next day, presented by tireless crusader Christopher Hawthorne at the home of Steven Ehrlich. The Henry Award, by the way, is named after industrial designer Henry C. Keck, who designed the Roadside Barrier Light. We think it’s quite fitting. Just like our perfect Heath pieces, it’s a simple, quintessentially Californian object we use every single day.

California Design Biennial: The Party

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Sure, it was tough to tear our eyes away from award-winning white walls of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, but it was a breezy Saturday night just begging for some alfresco design discourse. So after making careful note of the objects and the graphics of the California Design Biennial, we proceeded upstairs to the roof, which provides one of the best Stella Artois-drinking environments in Southern California.

Juror Michael Worthington held court with a bevy of CalArts faculty and grads, including Penny Pehl, James Moore, Caryn Aono and new Green Dragon Office hire Leslie Sun. On a more serious note, the salt-and-pepper-headed Sean Adams discussed hair styles with perpetual brunet Mr. Keedy.

A gang of our friends from the north (San Fran) were looking especially tanned and relaxed (no doubt due to an afternoon soaking up some much-needed sunshine). Eric Heiman and Adam Brodsley of Volume chatted with Jeremy Mende about dinner plans. Christopher Simmons and Stefan Bucher traded Y Conference notes at a nearby table.

Sadly, there was no sign of The Man With the Golden Curls in the house, but we did get to meet two of our local design heroes, the man behind the mighty mustache, Geoff McFetridge, and Atwater Pottery‘s Adam Silverman. Mine designer (and 2007 Project M participant) Tim Belonax had some hero-worship of his own going on, representing with a McFetridge “I’m rocking on your dime” tee. And to end the evening on a perfect Hollywood note, we met the delightful Constance Zimmer, aka Dana Gordon, Ari’s worthy foil on Entourage. What can we say? Nothing like great design to lure a crowd of the best California has to offer.

Project M at the Rural Studio Heats Up

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Two planes and 30 degrees Fahrenheit away from our LA environs, we are coming to you live from Greensboro, Alabama, located in the now world-famous Hale County, home of the Rural Studio, and also this summer’s ground zero for the design-for-good program Project M. John Bielenberg (that’s him up there in the orange) and eight young designers have been cooking up ideas for making a difference here since June 1, with a steady stream of advisors shipped in regularly to invigorate and inspire.

Swiss designer Thomas Sevcik blew in for a day, Adam Brodsley was here a few weeks back, and his Volume partner Eric Heiman is here now, with Brian Collins rumored to be peeking his head in next week (en route to China, perhaps?). Erik Cox and Christopher Simmons are also headed this way, and we were thrilled to have Washington University architecture dean Bruce Lindsey here for the weekend, who was former head of the Rural Studio.

First, some shots from our orientation, including the HERO Knowledge Cafe (a housing resource center for the county) above, which is serving as M’s base of operations.

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