A great way to make better stuff is to find new uses for existing stuff. SVA’s Products of Design Program is finding a new use for their studio. For the second year in a row, they’re renting desk space for the summer. It’s great for the program as a way to generate revenue and its great for creatives who don’t want or need a permanent presence in Manhattan but would benefit from being there a few months in summer. Most of all, it’s great for both parties in that they expand their creative networks.
Interested in renting a desk? Find out more here
Over 300 workers die in factory collapse.
This is one of those sad posts that I mention on the about page. Over 300 new reasons to make better stuff.
update: Worker rescued 17 days after collapse. Over 1000 dead. here
I love the work of Ottawa-based illustrator Helen Dardik and how she’s been able to translate it into 3D objects. The little bag above is an example of a “simple” transfer from 2D to 3D. For a more complex transfer, check out her toys right here
Art and design students are trained in formal design elements that include color, value, texture, pattern, proportion, scale, and so on. The elements are guidelines for making stuff that is cohesive. This artist photographs mundane objects in tiny architectural models that he builds. He’s manipulating scale and the result is fantastic.
Check out more work from Peter Chrisostomou here
I’m doing a zoeptrope project with some kids later today. Many of the projects I do with kids require battery power but I’m looking to add more and more projects with alternate sources of energy. A zoetrope is man-powered. Build your own using the instructable here