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March 1, 2010

Interior/Architectural Design

Montpelier train station preserves the architecture of segregation
The Washington Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Two things distinguish a small 1910 train depot a few miles south of Orange, Va., on Route 20. Newly renovated and with a fresh coat of marigold yellow paint, it looks as though it were built yesterday, as if the freight trains that still lumber by might actually stop and unload cargo. But it is the signs above the old waiting room doors at this abandoned Southern Railway flag stop that are the most astonishing feature. "Colored" and "White." More

Architect left his mark
The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It seems as though every 10 years or so, architect Paul Williams had to make a trip out to San Bernardino. The Los-Angeles based designer of such famous landmarks as the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Shrine Auditorium and the Theme Building restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport, Williams made a name for himself not only with his distinct vision but because he was the first African-American architect in the region. More
Fashion/ Apparel Design

All that glitters
UPTOWN magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Last year, I introduced you to Alejandra, a very talented jewelry and interior designer from Westchester, N.Y., the article's author writes. This year Alejandra In Design showcased her new collection at Indashio's fashion presentation at Tenjune during New York City Fashion Week 2010. Inspired by the 18th Century Era, Alejandra created a fine collection of gold cuffs, gold and white pearls, a colorful gem necklace with a flower diamond clasp, a semi-precious stone and pearl necklace and an extremely beautiful pearl flower ring with a gemstone in the center, just in time for spring! More

Milan: Fur, leather, wool combine in latest trend
The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fur, leather and wool dominated the runways during the Milan fall-winter 2010 fashion week, which was packed tight with shows as designers scrambled to get their work in while top editors are still in town. Milan reduced its usual fashion week to a four-day weekend when Anna Wintour, the director of American Vogue, said she could only give a few days to the preview showings. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

Monotype Imaging upgrades font management software
PC World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Monotype Imaging has unveiled version 2.5 of its Linotype FontExplorer X Pro font management software for individual users, and version 1.5 of the FontExplorer X Server program for workgroup administrators. More

A look back at 20 years of Photoshop
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's remarkable when a product stays on top of its game for 20 years, and Adobe Photoshop had done just that. The first version of Photoshop shipped on Feb. 19, 1990, at a price of $895. Today it's the go-to tool for professional photographers and graphic designers, and it is used by 10 million people around the world, according to Adobe. More

Industrial/Product Design

Olsenhaus eco-chic vegan shoes made from recycled TVs
Inhabitat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wouldn't it be amazing if we could turn our humongous e-waste problem into a source of something we all need – like shoes? Well, vegan footwear company extraordinaire, Olsenhaus, is doing just that with their Fall Winter 2010 collection. Their always fashion forward heels, peep toes, and booties are all going to be made with a new polyester microfiber made from discarded television screens! Yes, really! More

Product design innovations reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction
Industry Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Manufacturers competing in the global reset economy are struggling with multiple challenges, including this triple-whammy: strategically differentiated products are more complex. At the same time, customers are demanding greater customization and faster speed to ever-lower costs. One area in which manufacturers are finding ways to meet this challenge is the often-overlooked area of product design. More

Announcements/Special Events

The Design Establishment

WASHINGTON, D.C./Organization of Black Designers/ -- What does it mean to be the designer of the future? According to The Design Establishment it means broadening our understanding of design, innovating new forms, exploiting new technologies, inventing new object-types, advancing new design philosophies, developing new approaches to the creative process, and enhancing the culture of design.

We are particularly interested in recruiting minority mentors since the after-school youth come from diverse backgrounds.

But most of all it means embracing diversity. Diversity culturally, diversity racially, and gender and ethnic based diversity.

The Design Establishment is a new initiative created by the Organization of Black Designers to commission and showcase the work of outstanding African American designers. Ours is a visionary approach, intended to forge a new model for design companies of the 21st-century.

OBD is partnering with apparel, product and furniture manufacturers to bring to market the works of seasoned African American design professionals, such as Ron Wilch, Noel Mayo, Courtney Sloan, Cheryl Riley, Richard Harris, Rodney Shade, Steven Cutting and many more. Its goal: to produce stunning apparel, products, furnishing, and environments.

"After nearly ten years of advocating design diversity and African American design talent, we see the design industry and the professions still not nearly as "diversity saturated" as it should be", says David Rice, chairman of the Washington, DC based Organization of Black Designers. "Most companies particularly manufacturers with the power to bring products to market have only paid lip service to design diversity. The same is true of major retailers who pride themselves on selling design to the masses. They take our dollars but they are not supporting or nurturing the development of designers of color and are missing out on the rich and unique cultural perspectives that these designers can bring to influence their bottom lines", Rice continues.

Very few have designers of color in their design studios. There are some notable exceptions, like Nike, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motors, and General Motors. But the vast majority of furniture, product, and accessory manufacturers have done nothing.

The Design Establishment initiative will offer those companies "who cannot find a designer of color" a very viable resource. The OBD database lists 21,000 designers and allied professionals.

Well, here we are. Come and get us!

CONTACT: Bill Browne, OBD Services, at (202) 489-4822

OBD Announces New Travel Services -

OBD announces, OBD's official Web site for all of your travel needs.

Through our new partnership with Rovia you are guaranteed the absolute lowest price for your reservations. If you find a lower price anywhere else, contact the number located on the pricing page or go to the chat button and discuss your fare differential. It will be matched or bettered.

Airline, Hotel, Car Rental, Cruise reservations, Vacations, and Special Activities, like Honeymoon and Wedding packages. See the Honeymoon and Bridal Registry. It is full of great features.

Want to plan a design culture trip to Rome, Paris, Brazil or anywhere else in the world? Contact OBD at 202-659-3918 and we will help you with your travel and event planning. From itinerary, to resort or hotel reservations.

And once you use our PowerSearch fare and reservation finder you will be using the most advanced new platform for booking and travel sales. PowerSearch has been developed by veterans with over 24 years of experience in the travel industry.

This new platform with its proprietary booking engine takes destination travel to the next generation and further. It searches every available fare to give you the most comprehensive fare and reservation options possible.

And now the good part. A percentage of your travel dollar will be donated to the OBD Scholarship Initiative. So what are you waiting for? Go to today to make your next travel reservations.

David Rice
OBD Chairman
Organization of Black Designers

Platinum Wireless - Skyscraper


Designed To Travel!

OBD has its own full-service travel site: It offers some of the best travel, vacation and rental car discounts anywhere -- plus a percentage of the revenue goes to OBD's scholarship fund.

Design USA:
Contemporary Innovation
National Design Museum

Design USA celebrates the accomplishments of the winners honored during the first 10 years of the prestigious National Design Awards. The exhibition features outstanding contemporary achievements in American architecture, landscape design, interior design, product design, communication design, corporate design, interaction design, and fashion. For more information click here.
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