Latest from the Emerging Practices category

Liz Ogbu on Social Impact Design

Liz Ogbu is an architect who focuses on positively impacting people’s lives with design.  Rather than just “designing buildings”, her work centers around finding challenged minority groups with a need, and designing structures or products to help make their lives easier as well as spread social change around the world.  Her company, Studio O, works…

Connecting- Trends in UI, Interaction, & Experience Design

I believe history books in the future will look back at the last 30 years and the upcoming decades as a turning point for human societies. This is because our technology, networks, and relationships are evolving quicker now than they ever have. This is both scary and exciting. To make our future more exciting, interaction…

Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1908-1915)

Coming at the climax of Mackintosh’s foreign studies surveying Italy and England, the Glasgow School of Art demonstrates a contemporary application of historical methodologies alongside Art-Nouveau movement applications. Developed alongside John Honeymoon and John Keppie, The Glasgow school of Art exemplifies a Total Work, where the main architect is equally concerned with designing the interior…

Chair of Tomorrow

This is another rare Deskey armchair that was made by Royal Manufacturing Company in 1939. This chair was made for the New York World’s Fair that was the first in over 80 years. This fair was themed “The World of Tomorrow,” and the goal was to introduce new work from designers like Walter Dorwin Teague,…

Reimagined Artwork – Lillian Bassman

At one point in her life, Lillian Bassman was proud of her work, continuously being inspired by the fashion trends of the decade while discovering and experimenting with new printing techniques. That all changed in the era of the 60’s, when she left the fashion profession, she was discouraged and disappointed by the new fashion…

“Does it make sense?” – April Greiman

Daring to push the limits of a magazine and its appearance, April Greiman created a poster that had the ability to fold out to almost three by six feet, compared to the usual thirty-two-page sequence, all for Design Quarterly’s133th Issue. The cover displays Greiman and her naked body all in a digitized way with a…

Eddie Opara

All the guest speakers we have had this semester were so different in terms of the kind of work that they do and I was introduced to so many different perspectives, ideologies, methods, processes. I was wide-eyed what this new lecture would be about. I had gone through the description but there wasn’t much I…

Adam Grant on “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers”

“The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers” is a Ted Talk by Organizational Psychologist Adam Grant. Grant is a professor who is a self-proclaimed precrastinator sets out to explore the habits and characteristics of original thinkers. Some notable habits are procrastination, being quick to start and slow to finish, and giving yourself time to allow for…

Otto Eckmann | Piece 03

  Otto Eckmann Fox Tile 1899   Before this image, I had a bit of difficulty looking for the similarities between Art Nouveau and Japanese tapestries, but, however, with this tile created for houses, I can see the inspiration far more clearly. This piece makes me think that the art nouveau period was a total…

Contempora and Everfast

This Contempora piece created by Cipe Pineles circa 1931 was a 3D medium of cardboard and textiles. I retrieved it from Martha Scotfords book Cipe Pineles, A life in Design. Most of Pineles work that she created at Contempora is very hard to find, but they are perhaps some of the most important step stones…

Bruno Munari

From the start of Bruno Munari’s career, he did everything in his power to surpass the significant mechanism of himself and the restrictions that humanity applied to life. The disruption from the idea that art is limited to painting, sculpting, or an object of some kind arose to Munari in the 1930’s when he crafted…