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Interior/Architectural Design

The Top 20 African-American Interior
Designers 2011

Pink Eggshell    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Pink Eggshell, a design inspired blog, took suggestions from designers, decorative center staff from around the country, realtors and home builders, among others, to derive the Top 20 African-American Designers. More

Deadlines Approaching for 2011 NOMA Conference
National Organization of Minority Architects    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Early registration ends June 30 for the 39th Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (NAMA) Conference. This international conference will build on past conferences to celebrate milestones and remind us the reasons why we are architects and have such relevance to the future even in these trying times. The conference theme Architects as Visionaries: Through Imagination, Collaboration, Humanity, & Triumph is about how we have an opportunity today unlike that of any other time to define and redefine our role and identity within the profession. More

Fashion/ Apparel Design

Project Runway Star's Journey From Civil War to High Fashion
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From escaping a civil war in Liberia to starring on a hit reality TV show in the United States, the life journey of fashion designer Korto Momolu has been an inspiring one. Based now in the southern American city of Little Rock, Ark., Momolu's rich fabrics and fashion still reflect her homeland of Liberia. Her eye-catching creations fuse colorful lines with delicate designs, forming the core of what she calls her "Afro-chic" style. More

Men In Skirts, Shiny Silks at Paris Menswear Shows
The Associated Press via The San Diego Union-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The perennial standoff between cutting-edge designers who keep pushing men to get in touch with their feminine side and throw open their wardrobes to the skirt and reluctant male consumers worldwide flared up again in Paris, with a man skirt and man dress-heavy collection from Rick Owens and silky, shiny offerings from Dries Van Noten. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Jay-Z "Decoded" Campaign Wins Integrated Grand Prix And Titanium At Cannes
Fast Cpmpany    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Musical celebrities were all over Cannes this year, but only Jay-Z is actually picking up hardware. New York agency Droga5 continued its hot streak at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity with big wins for its Bing/Jay-Z Decoded campaign in the key Titanium/Integrated Lions category. The campaign won the Integrated Grand Prix and nabbed a Titanium Lion, winning over a jury that was "looking for the bravest idea." The Titanium Lion was launched in 2003 to recognize emerging forms of brand work that wouldn’t neatly fit into the existing award categories; the Integrated Lion was added in 2005, though the definition of what falls under each title has been fluid. More

The Future of Graphic Design
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For the last 18 months, the graphic design world has been fixated on the simple, stylish traditions of the Swiss Style — something that spread to the fashion and product design world and was driven to some degree by the popularity of TV drama Mad Men, which is set in the early 1960s. It's now time to move on. More

Industrial/Product Design

KMI Launches Computer Keypad — For Your Feet
PC Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
KMI announced what the company claims is the first PC keyboard controller for the feet, providing benefits to the disabled, RSI sufferers, and even gamers. Users can now buy the SoftStep KeyWorx multitouch foot controller for $289.95 from Amazon, Enablemart, and Disabled Online, Keith McMillen Instruments, the creator of the keypad, said. More

Ford to Offer Inflatable Seat Belts in More Cars
The Associated Press via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Inflatable seat belts look like regular seat belts but with slightly more padding, since the air bag is sewn into them. When the car is in a severe crash, a balloon-like cushion inflates along the belt from the shoulder to the buckle. The belts help prevent chest injuries by distributing the force of the crash over an area that's five times larger than a traditional seat belt. They also cushion the neck. More

Announcements/Special Events

Design Faculty Positions at Northwestern University

1. Chair, Segal Design Institute

We seek an internationally recognized scholar who brings strong vision and leadership to the Segal Design Institute. The successful candidate will join a department within the McCormick School of Engineering as a tenured member of the faculty. Segal is a unit within McCormick that links all of the design activities at Northwestern and provides strong connections to the rich design community in the Chicago area. Segal offers a wide range of courses as well as certificate and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We expect the candidate to play an active role in growing Segal, especially from the standpoint of doctoral level research. Applicants are asked to electronically submit vita, teaching experience, vision, and contact information for three references at

2. Clinical Professor in Design and/or Engineering Education

We seek a non-tenure track professor who will teach engineering design, support educational enhancements, and perform some supervisory roles. A successful candidate will have a PhD in engineering and will have strong skills and interest in design engineering and engineering education. The candidate will mentor and support student design teams, teach hands-on design courses, and participate in research on engineering education and support imaginative enhancements of educational efforts by faculty across the engineering school.

For more information about these design faculty positions, visit: Applications should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2010 for full consideration. Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and individuals in underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in United States.

OBD/DesigNation has launched DesignSpeak, an international speakers bureau featuring a broad diversity of designers, design educators, design managers and design theorists.

Speakers cover a range of design disciplines, including, architecture, interior, graphic, product and apparel design.

Topics range from innovations in animation to new design modalities, and emerging design infrastructures, to design entrepreneurism and critical directions in design education.

"DesignSpeak has reached out to a highly diverse, international pool of talent", says OBD/DesigNation chairman, David Rice. "Special effort has been made to include designers of color from around the globe — speakers who traditionally have not had a readily available forum to express their views and philosophies or to expose the products of their practice. We are especially interested in designers from the world's emerging economies."

For booking information and to register as a possible lecturer, please contact:
Charles Davis,
DesignSpeak Director
Office: 202-659-3918
Cell: 202-489-4822

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