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Interior/Architectural Design

Designing For The Future: Differentiate Yourself
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Differentiation is the key to pleasing the "new" consumer. Great designs are only one part of the success equation. There are a lot of other business, marketing and functional elements to consider. More

Interior Design Websites Must Have This
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You're an interior designer, right? Not a search engine optimization expert, which is essential to helping your clients find you on the Internet. Do you know what keywords you should use in your H1 tags? Would you like to know? More

The Workplace Of The Future Is Here
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Headquartered in New York City, with offices in six global locations, architectural firm KPF exemplifies the workplace of the future: One that allows virtual teams to work together anytime, anywhere. They have video on every end point — from desktop video phones, laptops, tablets and smartphones to room systems. According to James Brogan, AIA director of Firmwide Technology, that's because face to face communication absolutely is critical to the firm's success. More

Fashion/ Apparel Design

African Fashions Come To Forefront
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A country known for genocide is now giving the world $140 sundresses. In the hilly Rwandan capital of Kigali, 300 female survivors of the 1994 mass violence are stitching kanga cloth into cocktail dresses for Anthropologie stores and crafting braided banana-leaf bangles for Nicole Miller and Ralph Lauren. Similar women's cooperatives have opened in the capitals of Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia, all part of a recent push to bring African fashion into high-end American stores. More

Styling And Profiling: 9 Black Celebrity Stylists
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If you're in the public eye, looking good is a team effort. Like any relationship, trust and respect are key components. Some get into it to schmooze with celebrities, but only those who are truly about their business will stick around. The Atlanta Post looks at a few black fashion stylists who are in it for the long haul. More

'Sporting Life' is Give-And-Take Between High Fashion and Real Function
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Some of the most fashion-forward looks have involved teamwork between designers of athletic sportswear and runway-worthy couture. It's what led to bikinis, bike shorts, tennis skirts and the popularization of stretch fabrics. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Report: BASF Color Designers Present Global Trend
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BASF Coatings announced that its international design team is presenting its global trend report. In the report, the color experts from Asia, North America and Europe are providing a forecast of the automotive colors of the future. The prognosis is based on in-depth research of social developments and fashion trends. More

New Course At Ogilvy & Mather Bridges Architecture And Graphic Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Architecture Through a Mixed Media Lens" is a five-session, five-week class especially for New York-based visual artists and designers with an interest in architecture. The purpose of the course is to introduce the core principles of architecture through the use of the various media involved in architectural representation. More

Industrial/Product Design

Fashion Icons And eBay Join Forces To Fight Knockoffs, Counterfeits
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Many of the fashion industry luminaries have partnered with eBay to send a message to consumers to "just say no" to counterfeit merchandise via the "You Can't Fake Fashion" campaign. The campaign marks a partnership between eBay and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to steer clear of counterfeit good and raise a glass to original design. More

Oprah Winfrey Set To Become CEO Of Oprah Winfrey Network
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Nearly two months after Oprah Winfrey's nationally syndicated show ended its 25 year run, the daytime television queen is set to run the show elsewhere as chief executive officer of Oprah Winfrey Network. Winfrey will remain chairman of the network, as well as adding the role of chief creative officer to her repertoire. 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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