Virginia Commonwealth University Artist Wins $50,000 Unrestricted Grant
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First came the shock, Sonya Clark said, then an immense feeling of pride not just for herself but for her African-American ancestry. Clark, chairwoman of the craft/material studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a recipient of a $50,000 unrestricted grant from United States Artists, a national grant and advocacy organization that invests in and shines a spotlight on the value of American artists and their work. Each year, the USA Fellows program awards 50 unrestricted grants of $50,000 to artists across the country. More
Ray and Charles Eames Documentary Captures Marriage of Industry and Art
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She was a painter who rarely painted. He was an architecture school dropout. Together they would define the aesthetic and lifestyle of American modernism. PBS will air a documentary capturing the couple's immense impact on the latter half of the 20th century called "Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter." More
NFLer Vernon Davis Tackles Interior Design and Inner-City Renewal with Launch of Modern Class Design
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NFL tight end Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers is tackling a new endeavor off the field, the business of interior design and urban renewal projects, with the launch of his new company, Modern Class Design (MCD). Founded with veteran music industry executive Antone Barnes, their goal with MCD is to continue serving current clientele who are predominantly athletes, while expanding into urban renewal projects in inner-city communities across the nation. More
Tangerine Tango: The Bright, Encouraging Color of 2012
The world is about to look a lot more vivid: the Pantone Color Institute has named "Tangerine Tango," a radiant red-orange, as the top color of 2012. The color experts have been amping up their selections each year, with the serene and calming turquoise in 2010 giving way to 2011's honeysuckle, a warm, reddish-pink color meant to lift spirits and instill confidence. But the current economic climate and frustrations call for something bolder this coming year. Pantone has turned to the "spirited reddish-orange” hue to “provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward." Orange signals not only vitality, but also urgency and strength—associations that should resonate in a year where many are hoping to finally start seeing changes. More
In a New Mexico Home, No Such Thing as Staying Indoors
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There are homeowners in the tropics who pride themselves on their outdoor living spaces, and we'd be the last to disparage them for having the nerve to walk barefoot from kitchen to the lanai when the temperature dips as low as 68 degrees. There could be bugs on those outdoor floors. The house of Elaine Gorham and David Strip, on 150 acres in the mountains of New Mexico, offers a very different experience of indoor-outdoor living. More
Recycled Car Parts — The Latest Trend?
We're always on the lookout for the latest trends in fashion. Who doesn't want to have the latest looks in their wardrobe, right now? Thanks to the gloomy financial crisis, recycling our old clothes might just be the ultimate fashion trend of 2011. But, if you're sick of rummaging through your wardrobe, you may want to try this ... More
The Rise of the Quiet Luxurians
This breathy, low-key mode of camouflage is described by its proponents as "quiet luxury." It speaks in a modulated voice, and only to fellow Quiet Luxurians. It's an Upper East Side/Mayfair/Palm Beach kind of a thing. It's not a Gowanus Canal kind of a thing, or, God forbid, a Zuccotti Park thing. No Zuccotti denizen would be capable of decoding the subtle nuances of this particular style. That's how deathly quiet it is. More
Hermes Bag Breaks World Record, Sells for More Than $200K
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Designer bags can cost a pretty penny, but price was no object for one collector who paid more than $200,000 to score an Hermes Birkin at an auction in Dallas. The sale set a world record for the highest price for a handbag sold at a public auction. More
Collection Deftly Matches African-American Classics, Graphic Novel Style
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The new anthology "African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22" brings together two things not usually discussed in the same conversation: early 20th-century African-American literature, and high-end comics and graphic illustration. While many of the writers adapted are familiar names, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois, the short works featured here will be new to most readers who aren't scholars. It's an entertaining and delightful book that shows both the diversity of classic black writing and the storytelling quality of contemporary comics artists. More
Designing For The Mind
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There are many beautiful designs that have been created on both a conscious and unconscious level. The downside of a designer continuing to create on an unconscious level is that the decisions they make appear somewhat random. For example, think if you were to ask a pilot why they clicked a few switches and they answered, "It just feels like the right switches to me," rather than, "I need to adjust the wings to reduce wind drag." As a passenger, the second would make us feel safer and confident in the pilot's abilities. More
A cookbook on HTML5 sounds like a good idea, but you have to remember that HTML5 is a very simple technology — after all it's a semantic markup language with a few APIs added. So what recipes could there possibly be for tasty HTML5? If this is a cookbook full of recipes for HTML5, then the majority of them are at the level of how to heat water and boil an egg. More
Ludacris and His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids
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It's every successful parent's hope for their child to follow in their footsteps. In the case of rapper/actor/entrepreneur Chris "Ludacris" Bridges his 10-year-old daughter Karma Bridges has done just that—twice over. The budding entrepreneur, alongside her father, recently launched, KarmasWorld.com, an interactive website that uses music and games as educational tools. More
Holiday Drinks From Sommelier Andre Mack
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Hang all the mistletoe and get to know Andre Mack, sommelier, family man and purveyor of good times. Mack is a black sheep in the wine world. He's not only one of the only black sommeliers to win national recognition, he's got a collection of his own called Mouton Noir (translation: black sheep) and an approach to alcohol that is ... well, different. More
Yi-Yaun Chen Joins Carbon Design Group
Carbon Design Group added Yi-Yaun Chen to its roster as senior industrial designer. Chen brings more than six years of industrial design experience to the product development firm. Prior to joining Carbon, Chen spent four years as a senior designer for Qisda, a large OEM based in Taiwan. There, he and his colleagues in the Creative Design Center earned the company eighteen product design awards, including the prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for product design in 2011. More
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: