Saundra Marcel dives into the multi-billion dollar character licensing industry marketed to young girls
Designed by architecture luminaries such as Michael Van Valkenburgh, David Rockwell and Frank Gehry, Kim Birks looks into innovations in children’s playgrounds in New York City.
Zach Sachs looks at the West’s conflicted valuation of an object’s permanence and offers a new perspective for designers and architects.
Avinash Rajagopal explores the convergence of the two dominant modes of creation 21st century and its role in realizing an open ecotopia, straight out of Buckminster Fuller’s theories and Bruce Sterling’s fiction.
Molly Heintz interrogates how designer “myths”—stories and images that are repeated and exponentially amplified, particularly through social media—generate a form of celebrity that often clouds a critique of the designer’s work.
Social design is the most interesting direction the design field has taken in the last generation, but it has yet to become a better practice. Vera Sacchetti tackles state of social design projects and demonstrates why good intentions are not enough.
Aileen Kwun examines how an emergent cadre of Internet auteurs armed with cutting-edge design tools are crafting new ways for audiences to experience music in the 21st century.
Kim Birks explores the evolving definition of play and its impact on the design of children’s playgrounds.
Molly Heintz examines the dynamics of making the celebrity designer.
Two Decades of Failure, Betrayal & Disaster: The Production Design of Wes Anderson’s Films as it Relates to the Family Dynamic
Kathryn Henderson explores the visual tableaus featured in the films of Wes Anderson.
Laura Forde casts Jean-Luc Godard as an amateur de design and autodidact whose obsession with designed objects, graphic language and print media resulted in the most iconic body of work in 1960s France.
Amelia Black presents her research about the communicative power of smell in experience of design.
Addressing momentous issues such as class, national identity, manufacturing scale, and human resources, Frederico Duarte reflects on the relation between the designer as a critical subject and Brazilian society as a realm of possibility and potentiality.
Will Myers presents his research about the new intersections of design with biology as seen in architectural technologies, design proposals, and the increasing practice of biomimicry.
Will Myers illustrates an emerging design practice that draws on the knowledge and techniques of biology and incorporates the use of living material.
Emily Leibin examines the largely unknown residential work of the Jewish architect Elroy Webber who designed bespoke homes in the Connecticut Valley region in the 1960s.
Two Decades Of Failure, Betrayal & Disaster: The Production Design of Wes Anderson’s Films as it Relates to the Family Dynamic
Kathryn Henderson looks into the meticulous production design in the films of Wes Anderson
Using OMA’s Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City as a fulcrum for discussion, Becky Quintal examines architect-led initiatives that attempt to communicate, educate, and persuade the public.
Angela Riechers delves into the design of personal objects of mourning and the role of technology in preserving human memories.
With the research trail taking her from Westchester County to Copenhagen, Denmark, Sarah Froelich investigates the history of Dansk Designs, the company that brought Danish tabletop design to the United States