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Design Observer, and its related channels, Observatory, Change Observer, Places, Observer Media and Observers Room, are owned and operated by Observer Omnimedia LLC, and are collectively referred to here as The Design Observer Group Sites. Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm is published by the Places Journal Foundation.

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  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Japanese Municipality Logos   2 days, 23 hours ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster In Japan, city municipalities are identified by some of the most forward-thinking, abstract logos I have seen in a long time. In contrast, American cities are overwhelmingly identified by pale interpretations of trees, the town square, fountain, or other more literal representations, like a city landmark. In [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Is Design Benign?   1 month ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker Via Design And Violence : “Defense Distributed (USA, est. 2013). The Liberator pistol. 2013. BSplus thermoplastic, nail. 2 1/2 x 8 1/2″ (6.35 x 21.59 cm). Photograph by Michael Thad Carter for Forbes. Courtesy of Defense Distributed.” If you’re looking for a not-so-traditional pastime this long holiday weekend, may I [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Scenes from the Crowdcrit Revolution   1 month, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker Fast Company published its annual “design” issue , which includes a sort of timeline package of significant design-related trends of the past ten years. I was asked to chime in on “design rage:” online outbursts of discontent with, say, Tropicana’s packaging, a proposed Gap logo, and the like. I bring this [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Capturing Imagination   2 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Each week, John Foster shares with Design Observer readers his curated discoveries from various online resources. Foster spends hours mining digital collections at museums and hundreds of other sources for objects of interest and curiosity that present the kind of high design and graphic qualities he thinks [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Cover Story   2 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker The relationship between a book and its cover is famously fraught. Keep that in mind when considering the unhappy reaction of at least some in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation program to its most recent annual publication of student work —  Abstract, as it’s titled — [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Portrait in Snapshot Photography   3 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Since the beginning of photography in the mid-nineteenth century and for roughly 150 years since, portraits have always been a dominate theme. As a snapshot collector, portraits of people are probably the most common image to find. Close ups, waist high views and full body shots are [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Enchanted Highway   3 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Interstate 94 (Exit 72) in North Dakota, about 20 miles east of the town of Dickinson. The display features some of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures. In fact, the sculpture “Geese in Flight,” is currently [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: How to Unforget   3 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers (Los Angeles County Museum of Art and MIT Press), edited by Bobbye Tigerman (via LAMA) In 2013 Despina Stratigakos published a vigorous call to arms for historians at Places, “Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia. ” She writes, History is not a [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Medium Is The Mail   3 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker #271, to Ariel, NY; “ Norman with Some Other Guys Named Norman .” Photomontage on resin coated print. Earlier this year I received something unusual in the mail: actual mail. What I mean is, mail that wasn’t a bill, solicitation, promotion, or form letter. It was a postcard — but not [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: High Net Space: The New International Style   4 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Mark Lamster In a now classic post on bldgblog, Geoff Manaugh coined the term “Nakatomi Space,” a reference to the action film Die Hard , in which supercop John McLain navigates a fictional L.A. skyscraper (the Nakatomi Building) through its infrastructure, suggesting an alternate and largely invisible urban environment that we rarely think [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: An ABC of the ABCs   4 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” at the New York Public Library (thru March 23). Designed by Pure+Applied. Were you a child? Did you read books? Then you will surely find the New York Public Library’s new exhibition, “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” a portal [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Looking Better, All The Time   5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker By Maira Kalman, from On Looking The other day I mentioned in passing that I sometimes give myself a “looking assignment” when I’m doing a lot of task-oriented walking. Before that I praised a street-art subgenre that draws attention to easily overlooked features of the built environment, and recently complained about [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Voynich Manuscript   5 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster Recently, in The New Yorker online , I read a fascinating article by Reed Johnson relaying his description of a rare and undecipherable manuscript said to have been written and illustrated more than six centuries ago. Reed tells the story of the modern discovery of the manuscript in 1912 [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Dream Weaver   5 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange Ruth Asawa for LIFE, 1954 (Photo by Nat Farbman, via Christie’s) When I wrote about the figure of the knitting architect in February, inspired by Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette , little did I know that a panoply of knitted, woven and recycled work would soon be on display [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: The Family Store   5 months, 4 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Mark Lamster A melting pot. A quilt. These are conventional metaphors for the modern city, but if you ask me, a better choice is the sandwich. What’s more urban than a sandwich, ideally a pastrami on rye, from a good deli? Throw in a Dr. Brown’s and a pickle [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Utopian Image – Politics and Posters   6 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rick Poyner Atelier Populaire, We Are All Undesirables , poster, screenprint, 1968 In early May 2008, as the European media recalled the demonstrations that took place on the streets of Paris 40 years earlier, a telling display could be seen in the window of the Paul Smith fashion shop in Floral Street, London. [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Let’s Make A Mark   6 months, 2 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Rob Walker In a recent interview over our dining room table, Ellen Susan revealed, exclusively to me, her latest epiphany: The obvious need for a new punctuation mark. The underlying problem is of course overuse of the traditional exclamation mark in the email/social network era, to the extent that the [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Kodachrome Finds New Life   6 months, 3 weeks ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Foster All images © Fred Herzog Bogners Grocery Ink Jet Print 19.5 x 30 in. image size 1960 When young Fred Herzog selected Kodachrome slide film in 1953 as his choice for making photographs, he did it for two reasons: the intensity of the color which suited his eye, [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: Healing The Metabolic Rift   7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By John Thackara The Stockholm Resilience Centre investigates the governance of social-ecological systems . Shown here is a rural agricultural system in Madagascar Spare a thought for global business leaders as they prepare for this year’s World Economic Forum, in Switzerland. Instead of a guide to apres-ski eateries, their host has sent them Global Risks [...]

  • Design Observer Observatory wrote a new blog post: What It Costs (to Buy a Bench, to Extend a Curb)   7 months, 1 week ago · View

    ThumbnailReposted from Design Observer: Observatory – By Alexandra Lange The ballot. For a larger version, click here. On Saturday afternoon, after dropping my son at a birthday party, I voted. For the first time in my experience it wasn’t for a person, but for places, technology and trees . In 2011 my New York City Council member, Brad Lander [...]

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