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Posts Tagged ‘John Hockenberry’

The 2008 Art Center Conference Is Just Playin’, Y’all


In related John Hockenberry news, the sequel to one of his more entertaining moderator gigs just announced itself. The 2008 Art Center Conference will be May 5-7 in Pasadena, CA, with another curiously-named theme: Serious Play. Registration opens November 1.

Early confirmed speakers include IDEO’s Tim Brown; ball-master Michael Moschen; Elizabeth Diller; Paula Scher and John Maeda. Once again the conference is curated by the lovely Chee Pearlman. And once again, we’ll be there, compiling the highlights, for you.

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John Hockenberry Takes to the Airwaves


Apologies now from this end of the continent, as our keyboard fell silent yesterday eve. Wolves.

Now we play catch up, and first stop comes via the Kingpins of South Colfax at Design Observer who alert us that John Hockenberry, the only design conference moderator to win our hearts, will be getting his own radio show at WNYC. If you’ll remember way back when, that’s the world from whence he came:

The show marks John Hockenberry’s return to his roots in public radio–where he was one of the medium’s original innovators–after 15 years in network and cable television. For his work at ABC and NBC, he has earned four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Casey Medal. Hockenberry is known for his pioneering online content, and currently sits as a Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious MIT Media Lab.

Hocks will co-host the show with Adaora Udoji starting in early 2008 during the drive-time slot, but they’ll start airing some specials as soon as November of this year. What could this mean for public radio? Witty wordplay concerning processed cheese spread? Racy comments about sustainability? Duets with Sagmeister?

John Hockenberry’s Hot Climate Change Internet Video


Master of ceremonies (and of our hearts) John Hockenberry opened up this morning’s Dwell on Design session with a film he made for environmental entertainment website Blue Egg. In this episode he tries to stump MIT students by asking them to name five greenhouse gases. You can see all Hockenberry’s videos including a hilarious discussion of “peak oil.”

Packing Up the Wagon for Dwell on Design


This bird is headed north for the weekend to cover the Dwell on Design conference taking place in the fair city of San Francisco. We’ll resume regular programming as soon as we get set up in the “blogger’s bank,” a sort of wireless playpen with all the accoutrements to keep us sufficiently juiced, fed and at a safe distance from the rest of the non-bloggers (mostly ’cause we’ve been known to get a little vicious when we’re not getting a good connection).

Highlights tomorrow include Michael McDonough, Michelle Kaufmann, Alice Waters and of course, the man who has been following us to these things for quite some time, John Hockenberry. See y’all up there.

UPDATE: Read all of UnBeige’s Dwell on Design coverage.

Dwell’s Serving Up Hot Architects, Home Tours, and a Big Helping of Hockenberry


After lugging the latest, most unbelievably thickest issue ever all the way from our mailbox, we were excited to spot a few details in a summery-covered Dwell about this year’s “Dwell on Design” conference. Held in San Francisco September 14-16, Dwell’s bringing together great minds for conversations on sustainable living, modern architecture and smart growth. In addition to the conference, an exhibition is open to the public for a small fee ($20 now, $25 then). House tours by the AIA are also available separately.

Among the talking heads are star moderator and designer spawn John Hockenberry along with folks like Andrea Cochran, Michelle Kaufmann, Lorcan O’Herlihy and even Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters . Register here; prices go up August 21.

John Hockenberry Explains the Damage You’re Inflicting Upon Your Kids


As our favorite design conference master of ceremonies, John Hockenberry has a lovely way of weaving intelligent commentary with piercing jabs aimed straight at designers’ eccentricities. In the essay “Lessons From Jack Hockenberry,” we find out why he knows us so well. Hockenberry is the son of an industrial designer:

Around the dinner table I absorbed the challenges facing a designer at IBM in the 1960s. From kid-decoded conversations between Mom and Dad it was clear that the company, indeed the world, was infested with people who were ignorant of design. As my father’s loyal son, I grew up hating these people my parents called engineers. These characters were somehow distinct from the jolly fellows who drove locomotives in my storybooks. They were soulless people devoid of creativity who were on a mission to make all things look like metal boxes. As I attempted to learn more details of what designers did and what design was all about, I discovered another group of evil non­designers. I stumbled on them while looking at a glossy magazine ad for a 1965 Pontiac Bonneville 421. The word design would occasionally pop up in car ads, and I asked Dad if an industrial designer was responsible for the chrome lines and futuristic dashboard appointments on the Pontiac. He looked at the ad with unconcealed disgust and declared that no real product designer would care to have anything to do with such wasteful trivialities. “That’s what stylists do. They get people to buy new cars for no reason.”