On the Team USA Web site, you'll find this explanation of our uninspired Olympic logo: "[It] is made up of the letters 'USA,' the common abbreviation for the United States of America, and the Olympic Rings logo." (If that made your chest fill with patriotic pride, read no further.) We could stand to learn a thing or two from Canada, which recently rolled out its Olympic rebranding campaign, centered not on "CANADA" (you know, what the country's called) but the beloved maple leaf.
It's quake-art week here at Co.Design! Our latest shake-fest comes courtesy of Cantoni e Crescenti, a pair of Brazilian artists who mounted 92 metal porticos on ultra-sensitive springs to create a mini tunnel of a machine that undulates floor to ceiling, wall to wall, as viewers try to walk (or crawl) through.
You're familiar with a truffle, an amorphous fungus dug up from the earth. Now, meet the Truffle, an amorphous structure dug up from the earth ? after being planted there by some lovably screwy architects in Costa da Morte, Spain.
Thanks to Hollywood, lots of folks think of autism spectrum disorder as Dustin Hoffman counting matches. That's, of course, a gross simplification of a broad, complex, and deeply mysterious set of psychological conditions. Here to dispel some of the myths is UK-based The Click Design with an identity package and ad campaign for Asperger East Anglia.
The design had to appeal to people with Asperger's, too.
Allied Works, the bicoastal studio of rising archi-star Brad Cloepfil, has sent us images of its lovely proposal for a new Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne. Conceived of for an international design competition, the building appears, in renderings, like a giant piece of driftwood slashed up by the sea.
Admit it: Unless you feel these struggles closely, your eyes glaze over when you hear about the vast disparities that blacks and Latinos face in pursuit of the American dream. And maybe part of that is that you imagine nebulous claims of racism being the main ballast of the argument. But they're not, and the actual stats that back up these claims are scarier than you probably realize.
Some of these are laid out in a powerful infographic designed by Hyperakt for Good and the University of Phoenix.
Got a Brian Eno wannabe in your family -- or maybe just someone whose creativity you want to encourage from an early age?
Enrique Allen had an epiphany while meditating one morning about how to bring design literacy to Silicon Valley. Instead of spending so much of his energy mentoring and consulting with startups about how to bring iterative creative thinking and a respect for user experience to their company culture, why not do the inverse? "I realized I should be helping designers become more startup-ey," Allen tells Co.Design.