06 Nov 2011

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Born on November 6: Jean Louis Charles Garnier

The Paris Opéra in FranceFrench architect Jean Louis Charles Garnier was born on November 6, 1825. Inspired by Roman pageantry, Garnier wanted ...

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06 Nov 2011 1:00am GMT

05 Nov 2011


Adobe Muse Beta 4 with 40+ New Enhancements

Adobe Muse Beta 4 with 40+ New EnhancementsAdobe released an update to its Muse software with Muse Beta 4. This update delivers more than 40 new enhancements, and is now available in five additional languages: French, German, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch.

"With more than 330,000 beta downloads to date, Muse continues to empower designers globally," said Lea Hickman, vice president of Design and Web product management at Adobe.

05 Nov 2011 4:56am GMT

The Register of Chartered Designers

The Register of Chartered DesignersThe Chartered Society of Designers announced that The Queen has approved an Order amending the Royal Charter of the Society granting it the power to award the designation of Chartered Designer and to Maintain a Register of those Chartered Designers.

The original charter granted in 1976 recognised the efforts of the Society since its inception in promoting and fostering professional study and practice. It also set out objects which included achieving a recognised profession of design.

05 Nov 2011 4:20am GMT

Camo Bear: Perfect Fools Creates New Online Film for Nikon

Camo Bear: Perfect Fools Creates New Online Film for NikonPerfect Fools launched "Camo Bear," a fun viral film, as part of an online campaign for Nikon Coolpix AW100. The film is a 90-second short designed to demonstrate how hardwearing the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is.

The hero of the film is Camo Bear, a camouflage-coloured, extreme sports enthusiast who lives life to the max.

05 Nov 2011 4:06am GMT

Has the Digital Age Forgotten the Art of Storyteling?

Has the Digital Age Forgotten the Art of Storyteling?Yahoo! is bringing together the digital and creative industries for a unique and lively panel debate taking place at the Internet Week Europe 2011 next week.

"Has the digital age forgotten the art of storytelling?" is the title of the inaugural Yahoo! Provoke Summit, which will hear digital and creative experts debating whether the rapid evolution of communications through the fusion of innovation, creativity and technology has happened at the expense of good storytelling.

05 Nov 2011 3:13am GMT

04 Nov 2011

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Architecture Updates: Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2011

Postmodernism, house plans, and New Orleans captured our attention this week. Updated material includes:

04 Nov 2011 10:30am GMT

The Dawn of Deco

King Tutankhamen Archaeologist Howard Carter thrilled the world when, on November 4, 1922, he discovered steps leading down to the ancient tomb of King Tutankhamen. Soon a fascination for Egypt found expression ...

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04 Nov 2011 1:00am GMT

02 Nov 2011

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Before You Buy House Plans

Your dream home may be tucked away in a catalog, just waiting for you to build. But how do you find the perfect plan? And, even more importantly, how can ...

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02 Nov 2011 1:00am GMT

01 Nov 2011


Moleskine Words Comes to New York City

Moleskine Words Comes to New York CityHow many stories can be written with a box of 400 different words? How many can you create?

Join author and host of the Happy Ending Reading Series, Amanda Stern, and MoMA educator and host of +Drawing +Models +Music +Beer+, Nathan Sensel, for micro-storytelling adventures with Moleskine Words at A.I. Friedman in NYC.

01 Nov 2011 9:47pm GMT

MyColor Inspired by Pantone

MyColor Inspired by PantoneToday Pantone introduced a spirited new collection of grab-and-go paints - MyColor Inspired by Pantone.

With 49 fashionable paint colors to choose from, MyColor inspired by Pantone offers designers and do-it-yourselfers a less expensive, easy-to-use solution for adding a splash of color to any craft project.

01 Nov 2011 4:22pm GMT

Flexi-ject: Cambridge Consultants Creates Easy-to-use Auto-injector

Flexi-ject: Cambridge Consultants Creates Easy-to-use Auto-injectorCambridge Consultants created a novel auto-injector concept that has been ergonomically designed to be easy to hold and use.

Flexi-ject, which comfortably fits into the hand, simply requires the user to press the device against their skin to deliver a 1ml dose of drug, rather than having to simultaneously hold the device in the correct position and press a button.

01 Nov 2011 4:13pm GMT

Luxury Superyacht Brand Feadship Appoints Amsterdam Worldwide

Luxury Superyacht Brand Feadship Appoints Amsterdam WorldwideAmsterdam Worldwide has been appointed as agency of record for the Netherlands luxury superyacht builder, Feadship.

Globally recognised for its custom-built motor yachts, Feadship gained international acclaim more than 60 years ago, when a firm foothold was established in the US during the post-war economic boom. Since then, Feadship has expanded as a global market leader.

01 Nov 2011 4:01pm GMT

IDSA Catalyst Design Case Study Program Reveals 2011 Winners

IDSA Catalyst Design Case Study Program Reveals 2011 WinnersThe Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) recognized Bombardier Recreational Products, The Coca Cola Co., Starkey and Oral-B as its 2011 Catalyst Design Case Study winners.

A jury of 18 design and business leaders chose these four cases because they either demonstrated design's power to generate revenue or positively addressed a social challenge.

01 Nov 2011 3:45pm GMT

2012 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards Shortlist

2012 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ShortlistAfter weeks of collating entries and two rounds of rigorous judging, the Design Business Association announced the shortlisted winners of this year's Design Effectiveness Awards.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze status of each entry, and the winner of the ultimate Grand Prix for 2012, will be announced at the glamorous awards evening on February 16, 2012 at The Brewery, London.

01 Nov 2011 3:27pm GMT

RIBA Urges Architects to Embrace Localism

RIBA Urges Architects to Embrace LocalismThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has called on architects to use their skills and expertise to help communities make the most of their new planning powers and create exciting and bold visions for the future of their areas.

As the Localism Bill makes its final passage through Parliament, the RIBA has published two new guides for architects, outlining how the role of the architect can change under the new approach to planning and highlighting the crucial role that they have to play in helping communities understand the potential of their local built environment and prepare neighbourhood plans.

01 Nov 2011 2:53pm GMT

PandaPanther Soars with Activision's Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Promotion

PandaPanther Soars with Activision's Skylanders Spyro's Adventure PromotionPandaPanther husband and wife duo Jonathan Garin and Naomi Nishimura, in conjunction with 72andSunny, directed a 2:00 minute promo spot for Activision's new entertainment property "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure," which was released on Oct. 16th in North America.

72andSunny turned to PandaPanther and gave the directors a chance to showcase their creativity and skills.

01 Nov 2011 6:29am GMT

JSA Office Furniture Market Report: Stagnant Economy Means No Great Recovery in Market Just Yet

JSA Office Furniture Market Report: Stagnant Economy Means No Great Recovery in Market Just YetThe latest quarterly edition of the JSA Consulting Office Furniture Market Forecast shows that the best case scenario over the next two years for the sector is for extremely limited growth.

The report, which tracks trends in the wider economy and relates them to forecast growth in the UK office furniture market shows that although the much talked about double dip recession will be barely perceptible, it will constrain growth in the economy in the immediate future.

01 Nov 2011 6:17am GMT

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design: A New Daily Destination

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design: A New Daily DestinationUCLA Architecture and Urban Design, one of the most prestigious programs in the nation, came to David Lai, Principal and Creative Director of Hello Design with the goal of communicating the school's program and mission through a new digital presence.

A unique institution led by Chair and renowned architect Hitoshi Abe, the school believes in the power of research to redefine the architecture and design industry.

01 Nov 2011 5:51am GMT

Kenneth Anger: ICONS

Kenneth Anger: ICONSKenneth Anger: ICONS is a showcase of the films, archives, and vision of one of the most original filmmakers of American cinema, on view at MOCA Grand Avenue from November 13, 2011, through February 27, 2012.

A defining presence of underground art and culture and a major influence on generations of filmmakers, musicians, and artists, Anger's films evoke the power of spells or incantations, combining experimental technique with popular song, rich color, and subject matter drawn equally from personal obsession, myth, and the occult.

01 Nov 2011 5:25am GMT

Kinetica Art Fair 2012

Kinetica Art Fair 2012The Kinetica Art Fair, UK's only art fair dedicated to kinetic, robotic, sound, light and time-based art, is back for its fourth year.

With complex design and unique ideas brought together from all over the world Kinetica provides an exclusive opportunity to see a major developing art form gather speed (quite literally) in front of your eyes.

01 Nov 2011 1:13am GMT

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Celebrating Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel Frescoes by Michelangelo
On November 1, 1512, Michelangelo's frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome were first shown to the public. The Renaissance artist Michelangelo spent four years painting ...

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01 Nov 2011 1:00am GMT

31 Oct 2011

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Born on Halloween: Richard Morris Hunt

Astors' Beechwood copyright © John W. Corbett Gilded Age architect Richard Morris Hunt was born on October 31, 1827. Living during an era when American business leaders amassed huge fortunes, Richard Morris Hunt became known for designing ...

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31 Oct 2011 1:00am GMT

29 Oct 2011

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Hollywood's Haunted Houses

Photo: Second Empire House What is it about the Second Empire style? These tall houses with their high mansard roofs are the favored setting for spooky movies like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. But when French ...

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29 Oct 2011 1:00am GMT

28 Oct 2011

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. Designed by French sculptor Frederic ...

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28 Oct 2011 9:00am GMT

Birth of the Arch

Gateway Arch in St. Louis - Image from ClipArt.com The famous Saint Louis Gateway Arch in Missouri celebrates a birthday today. Designed by Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen, the arch officially opened on October 28, 1965.

The Saint Louis Gateway Arch is actually an enormous steel catenary curve. It commemorates Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and symbolizes the gateway to the American West.

Challenge: Are you a math whiz? See if you can solve this Catenary Curve problem.

St. Louis Gateway Arch Photo: ArtToday.com

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28 Oct 2011 8:00am GMT

Architecture Updates: Oct. 22-28, 2011

This week we dug deeper into Victorian styles, explored spooky architecture, and received some amazing submissions from our readers. New and updated:


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28 Oct 2011 7:00am GMT