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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.”
Read It, Believe It;
No Matter How Hard the Reality Is…
Vada a Bordo, Cazzo!
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…
Time to turn the page and a new leaf! Many thanks to Francois Caspar for this beautiful poster
Getting a comprehensive recap of the 3-day event is an overwhelming task, but fortunately this is where partnerships make all the difference. In collaboration with XCD media partner DESIGN> Magazine based in South Africa, we offer you an op-ed recap of the 3-day conference that for the first time united the 3 major Design organisations in a body known as the International Design Alliance (IDA).
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Who’s there? Jen Bilik, that’s who!
Design Entrepreneur and Knock, Knock creator Jen Bilik sat with XCD to share her lessons learned on being her own client and “product”, dealing with global competition… and it’s no joke…
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Sangam, which means confluence in Sanskrit, was launched by the the Australia-India Design Platform at the NID (National Institute of Design) campus in Ahmedabad. The Platform is a catalyst for a creative partnership between the two countries. New Delhi-based design firm Ishan Khosla Design was charged with the identity and branding of this initiative.
Founded in a coffee shop in Covent Garden in 1754, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), seeks to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfillment and social progress. Small wonder they would enlist Visual Thinkers to communicate their thoughts and aspirations in an increasingly complex world.
Visit this link for a sample presentation and join the conversation
Or check out more discussions in the RSA Animate Series
Fashion and Design Entrepreneur Frida Larios shares how her Mayan-inspired designs are taking new shapes and forms
New Maya Language
The Maya was a civilisation of indigenous natives that populated Central America from around 1500 BC. They are credited with inventing the concept of the number zero and their calendar measurements are the most accurate in the history of the civilised world. They created and used one of the most beautiful and intelligent logographic languages, still quite unknown to western hemispheres. The Maya scribes had a very privileged position in the socio-political system and were multi-talented – they were artists, sculptors, and calligraphers, and were also believed to be astronomers, mathematicians, historians and royal book keepers.
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