June 19th, 2014
Our parents and our grandparents created the world’s largest economy and strongest middle class not by buying stuff, but by building stuff.
June 6th, 2014
The whole industry was set up for people who smoked frequently. It needs to learn how to educate new users…
May 27th, 2014

moma:

We’re saddened to share the news that Massimo Vignelli has passed away. His work for the New York City subway system is just one of his many iconic designs. 

[Massimo Vignelli. New York Subway Guide. 1970.]

Remembering Vignelli today…

May 7th, 2014
April 12th, 2014
Unlike a rusting highway bridge, digital infrastructure does not betray the effects of age. And, unlike roads and bridges, large portions of the software infrastructure of the Internet are built and maintained by volunteers, who get little reward when their code works well but are blamed, and sometimes savagely derided, when it fails.
Reblogged from The New Aesthetic
April 10th, 2014
bklyndad:

Saw one of these yesterday in a clients art collection. Amazing.

Dymaxion Air Ocean World Map, 1980
Dimensions: 50 X 72 Inches, Materials: 100 Percent Rag Paper, Signed Edition Of 85

The Dymaxion Air-Ocean World Map Designed And Patented By Buckminster Fuller Is The First In The History Of Cartography To Show The Whole Surface Of The Earth With No Visible Distortion Of The Relative Size And Shape Of The Land And Sea Areas And No Breaks In The Continental Contours. The Map Offered Here Measures 50 X 72 Inches And Is Brilliantly Silk Screened In 29 Colors (Showing Mean Low Temperature Zones) On Arches 100 Percent Rag Paper. In A Limited Edition Of 85 Prints, Each Is Hand Signed And Numbered. 
Fuller Describes The Dymaxion Map As A Tool Which Provides The Least Distorted Means Of Studying At One Glance The Total Synergetic Significance Of Air-Ocean Economics And The Alternate Strategies For Integrating All Phases And States Of Energy- Behavior-Resources Toward Operative Advantage Of All World People.

bklyndad:

Saw one of these yesterday in a clients art collection. Amazing.

Dymaxion Air Ocean World Map, 1980
Dimensions: 50 X 72 Inches, Materials: 100 Percent Rag Paper, Signed Edition Of 85

The Dymaxion Air-Ocean World Map Designed And Patented By Buckminster Fuller Is The First In The History Of Cartography To Show The Whole Surface Of The Earth With No Visible Distortion Of The Relative Size And Shape Of The Land And Sea Areas And No Breaks In The Continental Contours. The Map Offered Here Measures 50 X 72 Inches And Is Brilliantly Silk Screened In 29 Colors (Showing Mean Low Temperature Zones) On Arches 100 Percent Rag Paper. In A Limited Edition Of 85 Prints, Each Is Hand Signed And Numbered.

Fuller Describes The Dymaxion Map As A Tool Which Provides The Least Distorted Means Of Studying At One Glance The Total Synergetic Significance Of Air-Ocean Economics And The Alternate Strategies For Integrating All Phases And States Of Energy- Behavior-Resources Toward Operative Advantage Of All World People.

Reblogged from BklynDad
April 9th, 2014
Big data do not solve the problem that has obsessed statisticians and scientists for centuries: the problem of insight, of inferring what is going on, and figuring out how we might intervene to change a system for the better.
March 28th, 2014

Sorry I missed this

moma:

Join us for the one or all of the Design and Violence Debates!

Design and Violence is an ongoing online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society by pairing critical thinkers with examples of challenging design work. For this debate series, spanning four evenings, the curators have chosen four provocative motions supported by case studies that will be argued for faults and merits.

Debate I: March 27, 6:30—8PM, Bartos Theater

Moderated by Design and Violence co-curator Paola Antonelli, the second debate centers upon The Liberator, the world’s first 3D printed gun. The gun’s designer, Cody Wilson, and author and journalist Rob Walker (New York Times, Design Observer, Slate) will deliver debate motions, after which will follow a discussion focused on open-source design, the limits of gun laws and rights, and our assumptions about the ethics of design.

March 28th, 2014
There’s a very important distinction between creating and problem solving. Problem solving is working to make an unwanted condition go away. Creating is bringing something into being that wasn’t there before.
March 22nd, 2014
Anthropology provides a kind of thick description that contextualises design processes and products, and design offers anthropology creative means of exploring and representing what it means to be human.
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