Apr 15, 2014
Zelda Harrison

Dear Esteemed Reader and XCD Fan:

Due to some shifts in availability on the volunteer XCD Communications Committee, we are temporarily suspending our blog postings. We plan to be back in the summer with new articles and a fresh look, so please stay tuned!

In the meantime, our conversation about Culture + Design continues on Facebook and Twitter. If you aren’t already signed up to receive news via our social media, we are waiting for you!

Your comments and postings are always welcome to our global community of communication professionals.


Sep 24, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Expulsion: Dancing Across Borders at Home

The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre sets it Site Specific Peformance Art on cross-cultural communities across the USA.

Since 1985, Heidi Duckler has been choreographing dance along the boulevards and avenues of
Los Angeles, across the USA and around the world, promoting a unique approach to performance art: site specific dance. Incorporated as the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (HDDT) in 1988, the group now defines its role as “creating ephemeral contemporary art experiences in extraordinary places that boldly redefine the relationship between audience and art.”
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Jul 2, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Calling for Evolution, not Revolution in the 21st Century

During the 5th Astana Economic Forum, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, outlined a blueprint for a “G-Global Community” to replace the G8 and G-20.

“I think that the humanity has reached the ceiling for revolutions and world wars in the last century. Now the human wisdom is in keeping peace, otherwise we will destroy ourselves. Successful renewal of the global architecture can only be evolutionary in the 21st century. As we can see from the Arab Spring, the revolutions only slow down development of the communities, cast their economies and social standing back, complicate interstate relations and cause even greater problems.

The revolutions in the 21st century are possible and acceptable only in scientific knowledge and technologies, but they are destructive for political and social practices, especially if they are planted on economically unprepared ground. The path of reform is the only pathof progress in the 21st century.

“The international community can constructively develop only in the absence of revolutions, in terms of equality, mutual tolerance, transparency and global multi-polarity…successful renovation of the global architecture can be only evolutionary… the current relations between the countries should be based on justice, equality and consensus. The division of the great and minor countries in the 21st Century is out of date in terms of civilisation, the domination of some countries over others is not progress. This is a dead end for all…

The issue regarding the relations between the poles will (continue to) occur. It will be determined whether this will be an honest fair competition, global competitiveness, or (whether) the world will be an arena of tough political and ideological confrontation, the scene of a new arms race. The only alternative to these threats and challenges is to create “constructive multilateralism”….

There should be no geopolitical snobbery.”

–Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan and host of the 5th Astana Economic Forum

Thanks to Tengrinews.kz and Trend.az for the original article.

May 7, 2012
Zelda Harrison

2012 Planet Jam!

Global Service Design Jam 2012, joining 36 dedicated jammers, 11 nationalities, split into 5 teams

Okay. So you’ve come to terms with the idea of Service Design/Design Thinking/Designing with Empathy and all these evolving perspectives on Design, right? If you graduated from Design School a while ago, this is probably a new learning curve you’d rather not try on a new client. Or maybe you need a critical mass of like-minded people to work through a nascent idea.The solution? Join a Service Jam!

Jam Sessions–inspired by jazz and improvisation–are all the rage in the Universe of Problem Solving (read Design). Everyone’s jammin’, even IBM, and they seem to be having a good time.

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Apr 26, 2012
Zelda Harrison

April 27 is World Communication Design Day

It’s Today! And this year’s theme is Convergence.

Get your whimsy on and Celebrate the
2012 World Communications Design Day!
Pronouncements, Events, Photos & Posters are welcome
on Facebook.
Decorate your twitter feed with #wcdd2012

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Apr 18, 2012
Zelda Harrison

XCD Student Showcase: CAAD goes to Il Salone

The CAAD-AUS showcase at SaloneSatellite!

Graduation is in the air and in the spirit of the season, the XCD revisits its student showcase, featuring the work of aspiring professionals from the global design community. This post features the work of eight students and recent alumni from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). Opening this week, CAAD will have the honour of being the first design school from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to exhibit at the prestigious SaloneSatellite in Milan, Italy (April 17 – 22, 2012).

Created in 1998 in Milan, SaloneSatellite counts as one of the most exciting gatherings of promising young designers. It’s the first international event to focus on young talent, attracting prominent design houses, manufacturers, the press and the general public. Many of the prototypes presented in previous editions have gone into production, launching successful careers in design.

CAAD was invited to join approximately 700 young designers and 18 international design schools. Eight furniture pieces designed and built by CAAD students will be on display; they issue from courses in Furniture Design Basics and the recently launched Furniture and Graphics taught by Professors Bill Sarnecky and Amir Berbic.

“After teaching beginning furniture design…, I teamed up this past semester with Amir Berbic to teach a new course entitled Form, Furniture and Graphics. Students in the course were encouraged to explore the potentially reciprocal relationship between two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional form…” said Sarnecky.
Berbic adds, “In some examples of student work, typographic patterns became a skin for the piece of furniture, while in others, the form of letters was the shaping element. Students from both the architecture and design department enrolled in the course and the unique conditions of the course resulted in a hybrid between 2D and 3D design.”

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Mar 21, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Book Review: Design By Nature

XCD gives the thumbs up to Maggie Macnab’s Design by Nature.

Biomimicry, derived from the Greek for “imitating life”, is a growing field that looks to Nature for problem-solving and processes. It’s therefore no wonder that the quintessential visual problem-solver, the Designer, is embracing this “new field” as a source of inspiration, or more accurately, openly acknowledging Nature as creative muse. Maggie Macnab has tapped into this current in her new book, Design by Nature , where she attempts to formalize the Natural World’s impact on the design process.

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Jan 28, 2012
Zelda Harrison

The 2012 Design Manifesto

Read It, Believe It;
No Matter How Hard the Reality Is…
Vada a Bordo, Cazzo!


Jan 23, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Supporting a Creative Economy: Munich und Bayern, February 7-12, 2012

As national and cultural entities thrive in a globalised economy, they face an interesting balancing act between being reaping the benefits of diverse voices and influences while highlighting their assets and identity. Many advocates of economic development are turning to Design for affirmation. XCD continues to follow the interaction between municipalities and engaged citizens using design. Our latest article covers the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) scheduled for February 7-12, 2012 and is based on an interview with Bayern Design, the principal event organiser.

If you’re cruising through The Continent looking for Design Inspiration or have some frequent flyer miles you need to cash in, this might be worth checking out…

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Jan 3, 2012
Zelda Harrison

Welcome to 2012

Time to turn the page and a new leaf! Many thanks to Francois Caspar for this beautiful poster