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Design by Surprise
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Something beautiful born by accident. Unintentional design — that is, design by surprise — has long proven to be a tactic for success. What first may feel like distraction or disaster may quickly turn to creative discovery. More

Berry Gordy's offspring battle for chart supremacy
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Sibling rivalry makes for great drama. Round two of this match is taking place now. Sitting at No. 3 is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. LMFAO is a duo made up of Redfoo and SkyBlu. Redfoo is Berry Gordy's youngest son, Stefan Kendal Gordy. More

Interior/Architectural Design

Explore Bold Color for Interior Design
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Striped staircases and lavender walls are not just for high-profile designers anymore. Home decorating TV shows and magazines have many homeowners embracing the bold, unexpected use of color that cutting-edge designers love. Three experts offer advice on doing it right. More

Designing A House In Which Every Surface Is Skateable
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Last year, Francois Perrin, an architect in Los Angeles, was approached with an intriguing proposition. Pierre-André Senizergues, a former professional skateboarder and the owner of a sportswear company, wanted a house in which every surface was skateable. More

Syfy Interiors
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Taking note of consumer fascination with futuristic technological concepts, designers are creating space-age interior designs. Examples range from an executive briefing center reminiscent of a spaceship to a "Tron"-inspired living room. More

Fashion/ Apparel Design

Street Style: Africa Fashion Week
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For the second straight year, Africa Fashion Week has taken New York City by storm. Check out what fierce audience members wore, and be inspired. More

Keeping Cool, Fashionably
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Trends come and go, but the dress persists. To get to the heart of dresses' appeal, talk to the women who have made them the backbone of their summer wardrobes. More

Opening Ceremony launches their first kids collection
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Opening Ceremony is launching their very first kids collection in collaboration with A is for Apple, a Hong Kong-based brand. More

Byzantine Beauty
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There's a gold rush sweeping the fashion world right now, and all the most glittering pieces come gilded with Byzantine beauty. More

Graphic Design/Visual Communication

It's The Mother Of All Black Arts Festivals
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There is magic to almost any arts festival. You can feel the joy and affection flowing through the eager crowds of like-minded people who have come together to revere beauty, creativity and vision. The National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Ga. offers everything from music to visual arts, writing to drama and dance to film. It's a 10-day feast of black talent. More

6 Tips to Simplify Your Website's Design
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Most websites we visit are far more complex than they need to be. Websites not complex in terms of functionality, but in terms of all the types of content you are confronted with on a single page. In addition to the basics, most Web pages are simply overrun with advertisements, social media widgets and lures to even more content. Follow these tips to cut the clutter. More

Industrial/Product Design

LED Wallpaper Lends Low-Energy Glow to Any Room
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A brilliant new breed of luminous wallpaper could change the field of mood lighting. The textile combines sound-absorbing properties with LED lights to cast a colorful, low-energy glow over any interior space. 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 nontenure track professor who will teach engineering design, support educational enhancements, and perform some supervisory roles. A successful candidate will have a Ph.D 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 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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