The British Library has unveiled a mammoth analog "tweet-o-meter' that displays real-time tweets in nine cities around the world, from San Francisco to London. Designed like a relic of the Machine Age, it's more than 10 feet long -- about the size of a small car. ?We like to think,' says Andrew Hudson-Smith, one of the inventors, ?it's how Twitter would look ... on the Titanic."
Most of the major countries around the world have national design councils. These organizations are funded by governments with the purpose of helping their country's businesses become more competitive and improve their triple bottom line -- the social, environmental and business indicators -- by adopting design as a key business strategy.
An "ice cave" opened under New York's High Line yesterday. Designed by Snarkitecture as a pop-up shop for the fashion designer Richard Chai, it's carved from a whole tractor trailer of styrofoam, and it kinda reminds us of an avalanche-disaster scene -- all snow and a mess of clothes -- only tidier.
What you see here is possibly the world's least fun dollhouse. You've got ramps instead of floors and rooms shaped like a thorny geometry problem. All the merriment of a classic dollhouse -- the frilly curtains, the lush little sofas, the velvety bedrooms for innocent dollie seductions -- has been stripped away. The whole thing resembles a doll's version of a parking garage. Without any dolls.
Eva Dijkstra and Michael Lugmayr, Dutch designers living in Sydney, have created Infographiti, a series of works that uses the idea of graphs or charts as abstract art. Most recently, they've designed a rug that visualizes the planet's ecological footprint, and a wallhanging that displays wealth vs. happiness.
The biggest buzz around Yves Behar's sexy new Sayl chair for Herman Miller is its price. At $399, it can compete with chairs you'd find at Staples or Office Depot. How did he do it? Partly by reducing the number of parts. But fewer parts doesn't mean less design work. In many cases, it means more.
Gap's recent failed attempt at a logo redesign is only the latest in what seems to be a monthly cycle these days.