In 2011 the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest member state of the United Nations. As Anne Quito outlines, the need for official symbols establishes unique roles for designers during a time of emergence.
Caterina Francisca examines key transdisciplinary research and speculative design projects that have engaged with the human body as a material, a medium, and a site for critical intervention
Amanda Vallance contends that the ubiquitous “Made in China” label is gradually being challenged by the label “Designed in China.”
Anna Kealey reveals the ways in which packaging design creates a landscape of fictitious imagery, disconnected from realities of food production today.
Nawar N. Al-Kazemi advocates for design students in the Gulf region and an education embracing local history, design aesthetics, and typography.
A primer on micro-apartments and compact living in New York City.
Meg Farmer finds human traces of Donald Judd all but erased in the renovation (and museumification) of his house at 101 Spring Street, New York.
Walk through the isles of a pharmacy today and most product labels will have icons that illustrate the integrity of the product, like the rabbit that assures us that the product is cruelty free and not tested on our furry friends. And, the icon of the three green arrows curving towards one another in a […]
Sleeping on a tatami mattress, which could be endlessly repositioned, allowed Justin Zhuang to turn his childhood bedroom into a space of possibilities.
Using first-person interviews with graphic designers and project managers in South Sudan, Anne Quito recounts the challenges and opportunities of creating a national corporate identity suite, and explores the politics, aesthetics, and pragmatics of representation at a national scale.
Sandra Nuut considers innovative instances of fashion curation and demonstrates the ways in which new critical approaches might provide inspiration and exemplars for museums seeking to escape commercial constraints.
Bryn Smith reflects on the paradox of a now-fashionable hue that we also use to commemorate the first Great War.
The New York Times columnist Constance Rosenblum explores the distinctive habitats of New Yorkers.
Amanda Vallance meets the gal pal of Barbie and Paris Hilton.
Architecture critic Alexandra Lange extolls on Edith Wharton’s fluency as a decorator and architect of the domestic milieu
Katya Mezhibovskaya on the color that puts the world at our fingertips.
Katya Mezhibovskaya visits the apartments of young New Yorkers to find cultural meaning in their possessions and domestic arrangements.
Julia van den Hout explores examples of contemporary experimentation with material and structure, and the creation of elaborate forms that are ornate, yet retain their essential function.
Derrick Mead analyzes themes in critical design such as designing for repair, designing for failure, and designing for “cradle-to-cradle” type life cycles.
Barbara Eldredge questions why guns are missing from museum design collections.