Montpelier train station preserves the architecture of segregation
The Washington Post Share
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
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
All that glitters
UPTOWN magazine Share
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
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
Monotype Imaging upgrades font management software
PC World Share
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
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
Olsenhaus eco-chic vegan shoes made from recycled TVs
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
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 market...at ever-lower costs. One area in which manufacturers are finding ways to meet this challenge is the often-overlooked area of product design. More
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
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