August: London Design Festival 2010 Preparation Update

Help! I am trapped by my WordPress template! I have been afraid to just simply blog because I have a magazine style site where I forgo my writerly urges to post the result of my endless female creativity talent search. Women who I find through my endless trolling for the best of the best in all manners of creative entrepreneurship, innovation, problem solving, and fresh cultural expression. But I want to be able to do both. I want to be a regular blogger too. I’m seeking a web developer to help me get there. Consider this a RFP.

I am researching the various ways to go to market, communicate, and stay simple. I love the possibilities available through QR codes, any way to bring a story to life and integrate story with the things we make. Also, not that this is my domain but I think how can these women with these ingenious ideas and amazing designs produce in small quantities so the fog of supply chain doesn’t wary them from getting down to business.

Got Future of Manufacturing On The Brain

From Makerbot to Ponoko to all the myriad of personal manufacturing possibilities championed by Thingiverse, the dream is there but the access to tools have not caught up. And when they do, what will that even look like? Dreaming and communicating ideas ad infinitum is one thing but materializing ad infinitum is quite another. But back to brass tacks..

It’s August now so everything moves slower but the fact is I can’t. I have a 9 amazing designers to show off before the big day when Designers Block opens on September 22nd, I have an event to prepare for at the Sense Loft on the 23rd of September and then the rest of the London Design Festival with Tiffany, Edyta, Ai, Chisato, Natsuki, Shuyu, Tiffany and Lynn (and now possibly 1-2 more, we’ll see) up through the 26th. Then two days later I fly to New York to get ready for my wedding in October. I’m also tending to my secret other project that takes up a bundle of editing time. (No its not a book about women or design or anything like that, it truly is ‘other’.)

Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell right now. I just had a nightmarish trip to Andalucia, a slight diversion a bit like a horror movie short if you will, but I’m back in hot as hell Barcelona sitting in my Borne apartment with Peter while he edits photographs and I write.  I’ll end this now and I’ll be back with more in the next few days.

Please stay with us as we unfold the What Women Make exhibit at DesignersBlock during the London Design Festival. I’m very excited. I couldn’t have asked for more talented people to showcase.



Four Design School Graduate Portfolios with Punch

A skim through the portfolios of 2009 grads from RISD and Pratt, I came up with four quick stand-outs and two reasons why ‘me likey’ as Coroflot says.

Irina Kozlovskaya, RISD

A bike rack that protects. Living in the thief-heaven that is Barcelona, I’m always wrestling with the racks outside my gym to make my bike as hard to steal as possible so I can appreciate a solution like this. Covers one wheel so you only have to lock up the other. a) solves problems b) looks neat. This is her site.

Tiffany Burnette, Pratt

Makes cuffs with metro maps. She has a company called Design Hype Inc. and calls her self an entrepreneur as well as a designer.  Now we’re talking. I’d love one that lights up or uses color for each subway line. I’d like mine to be for Barcelona.  Congrats to Tiffany.  Why I like it?  a.) solves a problem b.) does it with whimsy and what looks like comfort! Comfort is key. Too bad she started putting her URL very very large on the side. Seems a shame as it now looks more like schwag than design. I’d recommend she go back to the original design.

Lindsay Weisenthal, RISD

Continuing a movement playing with pixelization, as well as a reference to the digital mixed with the traditional in the form of a lovably tactile patchwork aesthetic. The modern and the traditional. The digitized and the hand touch. a.) builds on the conversation. b.) shape, use of color, and small size for urban living makes it fresh and easy to produce and distribute. This is her site.

Maggie Matela, Pratt

After wading through thumbnail after thumbnail, this plush and touch-worthy backpack shape reminded me of exquisitely draped clothing – or at least it’s a few tweaks away.  I don’t think it’s easy to make a backpack look luxury. Maggie’s accomplished that. I hope it goes into production and we can sell it here, even better yet in a variety of muted inky colors. a.) new look from an old theme. b.)great starting off point for a signature piece. This is her site.

Thanks to Coroflot for the great online portfolios.

-Chauncey Zalkin


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