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Archives: February 2013

Watch This: Remembering Bill Moggridge

Friends, colleagues, family members, and fans of Bill Moggridge gathered recently in New York City to remember and celebrate the life of the pioneering yet playful designer, teacher, and Cooper-Hewitt director, who died last fall at the age of 69. After a moving introduction by acting director Caroline Baumann (the museum committee tasked with selecting a worthy successor to Moggridge need not look further than his longtime deputy), Smithsonian secretary Wayne Clough took to the podium, describing the man of the evening as “a perpetual pin to deflate our pomposity” and marveling at Moggridge’s take on dressing up: “He could pull off wearing a t-shirt, and I never could.”

A charming video tribute created by one of Moggridge’s two sons was followed by a discussion with Bill Buxton, David Kelley, Bruce Nussbaum, Ellen Lupton, and moderator Helen Walters. “He really knew what the future was going to bring,” said Kelley, who joined up with Moggridge and Mike Nuttall in 1991 to form IDEO and credited Moggridge with instilling an enduring openness in the global design consultancy. “He was just this kind of teacher person,” added Kelley. “I never had an interaction with him where I didn’t feel better afterwards.” Enjoy more Moggridge memories in the below video of the event.

Mark Your Calendar: Aftertaste at Parsons

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.

Hello, Dahl-Wolfe! Will Cotton’s Sweet Shot for New York Channels Classic Bazaar Cover

Step away from that heart-shaped Whitman’s Sampler, proceed to the nearest newsstand, and treat yourself to a copy of New York magazine. There are gems aplenty in this Spring Fashion Issue–expertly deployed Avant-Garde (“The world’s most abused typeface,” per a colleague of its designer, Herb Lubalin) that fits the mod moment decreed by Marc Jacobs in spring 2013 collections for his own label and Louis Vuitton, William Van Meter‘s profile of the glittery/grungy Olivier Zahm (pull quote: “I’m from another kind of gender called the artist. It needs a special bathroom”), charming trend directives such as “A Single Ruffle Adds Fluffle”–but the creamy filling is “Candy Land,” a visual feast of a portfolio lensed by Will Cotton.

The creator of painterly confections has taken up his camera to capture sartorial prodigy Elle Fanning frolicing amidst frosting, candy, and sprinkles, the latter doubling as bright blue eyeshadow inspired by the Dior runway. To discover those sweet treats, of course, you’ll have to tear your gaze away from the cover, in which we think 14-year-old Fanning’s cake topper chapeau–inspired by a Vivienne Westwood Red Label design–winks sweetly at the April 1958 cover of Harper’s Bazaar, photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe and masterminded by then fashion editor Diana Vreeland.

Quote of Note | Deyan Sudjic

Ettore Sottsass’s Valentine typewriter, designed in 1969, was made in tens of thousands at the Olivetti factory in Barcelona. What makes it fascinating is that it was the first time a company that specialized in making office equipment tried to turn the kind of machine that signalled work into something that looked playful. Or, as Sottsass put it, the kind of thing that might keep poets company on lonely Sundays in the country.

Sottsass made the Valentine bright red and used moulded plastic for the shell. The two ribbon spools were bright orange. According to Perry King, Sottsass’s British assistant on the project, the spools were meant to suggest the flashing of a pair of nipples. Less sexist, the carrying case was designed to be as stylish as the machine itself and could, at a push, be turned into a makeshift stool. But the marketing department at Olivetti vetoed Sottsass’s other idea: that it should only have upper case letters so as to simplify the mechanism and lower the price. The company saw itself as radical but not that radical.”

-Deyan Sudjic, director of London’s Design Museum, in the Financial Times

Look: Valentine E-Cards for Architecture Lovers

Architecture for Humanity understands that for design lovers, a good greeting card (among other things) is hard to find. And so the nonprofit is kicking off its annual “I Love Architecture” campaign with a selection of e-cards that allow senders to simultaneously declare their love for the recipient and one of eight iconic structures, from the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower to Herzog & de Meuron‘s Beijing Bird’s Nest and the Castelvecchio Museum, renovated by Carlo Scarpa. The buildings were selected because they are emblematic of architecture’s unique “merging together of learned skills and individual practice,” according to Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair. Got a special someone who you love even more than Louis Kahn‘s National Parliament of Bangladesh? Click here to select a card that you can share online or download and e-mail with a custom message.

President Touts 3-D Printing, Manufacturing Hubs in State of the Union Address

Rare is the design angle on a presidential address, but last night’s State of the Union included a shout-out to 3D prototyping. Early in the speech President Obama highlighted recent gains in domestic manufacturing jobs–more than 500,000 have been added in the past three years–offering examples of in-sourcing in progress at Caterpillar, Ford, and a little company in Cupertino. “This year, Apple will start making Macs in America again,” he said [cut to shot of a grinning Tim Cook] before turning to his administration’s manufacturing preservation initiative:

Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America. We can get that done.

To which approximately half of the audience responded, “Yes we can!”

Cubes: VIP Tour of Ogilvy Public Relations

Ogilvy Public Relations graciously opened its doors to the MediabistroTV crew, letting the team run wild through the red and white themed former chocolate factory that’s been renovated to house all of the Ogilvy properties.

Kimberly Ryan played host in showing off the clean open concept space where Ogilvy Public Relations staffers do their relating with the public under the watchful thoughts of founder David Ogilvy who reminds everyone to “Tolerate Genius.”

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In Brief: Steven Heller’s V-Day Style, Drawing the Runway, Beware of Stock Photos

A Valentine sent by Steven Heller and Candybird’s illustrated take on the fall 2013 Rodarte collection, shown yesterday in NYC.

• Skip the cupids and chocolate, advises Steven Heller. “I appreciate any Valentine’s Day card that has a devil or other ghoul on it as an antidote to cherubs,” he said in a round-up of V-Day preferences among faculty and staff at the School of Visual Arts. “Remember, sweet things are unhealthy. This was for my son, who is indeed a handsome devil.”

• Get your first look at fall through the charming illustrations of Candybird. Showstudio’s Tumblr is your source for her interpretations of the latest runway looks, including the Little Glam Riding Hood that Oscar de la Renta sent out last night.

• Use stock photos with caution, warns Jeff Sonderman on Poynter.

• Attention design law buffs: don’t miss the American Bar Association’s upcoming webinar, “Industrial Design Rights Take Center Stage: Apple v. Samsung Lessons for Design Protection and Enforcement,” moderated by Sarah Burstein of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. The fun begins at noon Eastern on Tuesday. Register here.

• Still stumped for a Valentine’s Day gift? A tipster in Seattle suggests a heart-shaped umbrella.

Design Jobs: Amazon, Eileen Fisher, The Boston Globe

This week, Amazon is hiring a studio photographer, while Eileen Fisher needs a web graphic designer. The Boston Globe is seeking a digital designer, and Hanley Wood is on the hunt for an art director for an architecture magazine. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Situ Studio Creates ‘Heartwalk’ for Time Square

Times Square is awash in hearts this month. Tracey Emin‘s “I Promise To Love You” neonworks are now playing nightly on screens throughout the NYC hub in what is the largest coordinated effort in history by Times Square sign operators. And today the Times Square Alliance debuts Situ Studio‘s “Heartwalk,” the winner of its annual Valentine Heart Design competition, conducted this year in collaboration with Design Trust for Public Space.

The designers at Brooklyn-based Situ Studio looked to the collective experience of Hurricane Sandy as inspiration for their installation, made from hundreds of boards salvaged from storm-ravaged boardwalks in areas such as the Rockaways and Atlantic City. The heart-shaped enclosure, located opposite the TKTS booth, is illuminated from within. Visitors can prowl the perimeter and peek through the slats or step inside, through a flattened area at the base. “We were interested in creating a room within the city–a public space that was simultaneously interior and exterior,” says Situ Studio partner Bradley Samuels. “‘Heartwalk’ is a reflection on the things that bind us together, ephemeral and permanent.”