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…
As part of XCD’s series in covering Design in Taiwan, we go to Robert L. Peters, past President of Icograda (2001-2003). 謝謝, Rob!
XCD has been on the road, time to catch up and give account!
In the next few entries, we’ll be covering our experience of Design In Taiwan, through the lens of the IDA congress. In the meantime, take a virtual tour of the event by clicking on the image below:
What does it look when Design is part of your City’s Urban Fabric?
Capitalising on craft and design in Cape Town, South Africa.
Editor’s note: since this article was written, the City of Cape Town has won designation as World Capital Design® (WDC) 2014 by The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid). This was announced on the closing day of the International Design Alliance Congress in Taipei.
Cape Town is the fourth city to hold this biennial appointment after Helsinki, Finland, WDC 2013. XCD also covered the activities of a previous WDC nominee, Turino. We will be following Cape Town’s progress in making Design Matter to Cape Townians and the CT Creative Community.
In this sequel to our series, XCD covers the Cape Town’s Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). CCDI partnerned with a number of South African organisations for the 2014 WDC designation and is immensely proud that Cape Town was shortlisted along with Dublin and Bilbao.
CCDI talks to XCD about their efforts galvanising Cape Town creatives and the support they received in creating The Fringe, a hub zoned specifically for the creative community.
XCD asks: is promoting a creative class a viable tool for local economic development?
Karin shares details with XCD about influences and inspiration, and how developing a unique perspective on story-telling has informed her work.
A founding member of production and design company Imaginary Forces, Karin Fong directs and designs for film, television and environments. She has designed title sequences for numerous feature films, including: Ray, The Truman Show, Charlotte’s Web and Terminator Salvation. Fong directs TV commercials, counting Target, Chevrolet, Herman Miller and Honda among her clients. She recently created a series of cinematics for the Sony PlayStation game, God of War III.
There’s nothing more inspiring–and encouraging!– than municipal support for creatives. Cape Town’s world class creative scene is a testimonial to the efforts of municipal leaders united with the arts/crafts communities. Read on for the latest event in the Western Cape of South Africa.
Hosted by RGD Ontario, the Access-Ability Conference was created in response to proposed Ontario standards for accessibility in information and communications. Looking for people to share guidelines and tools to achieve accessibility in graphic design, I was asked to speak on the topic of cross-cultural design
Presenting alongside a great panel including: CNIB, Enspace, Further Ahead, Forge Inc., Entro, Royal Ontario Museum, A+a and Mies Hora, I discussed the importance of ethnography and authenticity in design.
Africa’s largest forum on Design opens next week!
CREATIVITY CAN: A BETTER WORLD THROUGH CREATIVITY
Peterson reviews “Qeej Hero,” his new game concept and interface design.
The relatively fresh Hmong Diaspora in the United States has been forced to adapt quickly to American culture. The generation of Hmong people that fought in conjunction with the CIA in the jungles of Laos is now battling to preserve elements of its heritage in the suburban cul-du-sacs of California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Through visual, verbal, and musical poetry, the Hmong Diaspora has defended traditional cultural heritage and synthesized new forms of aesthetic production outside their homeland. The tradition of oral storytelling is combined with abstract needlework “flower cloths” to form representational “story cloths,” the ancient practice of chanting poetry (kwutxhiaj) flows through hip-hop songs by urban youth, and the age-old wind instrument, the qeej (pronounced GHENG), is integrated into B-Boy dance competitions.
Icograda Design Week in Doha, March 2009.
Observe as Malaysian Muhamad Tamyez and Canadian David Berman collaborate to find missing body parts.
Then, watch as David Berman shows us an updated version of the Vulcan Greeting Ritual
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