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Who knew? First National ID Day is today
5 March 2015 By Wendie Siverts
design news

[H/T IDSA]  March 5, 2015 is being entered into the U.S. Congressional Record as the first National Industrial Design Day. U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly declared industrial design professionals “improve our lives in every way and are worthy of our recognition.” In the United States, product design and related services generate billions of dollars in sales and […]

Triple Word Score
27 June 2011 By Ashawnta Jackson
art & media

A reimagining of a classic. Designer Andrew Clifford Capener has created the A-1 Scrabble designer edition which features your choice of fonts and a scrabble board and interior box are made out of solid walnut, and the exterior box is made from birch. Each of the 6 board pieces is magnetized to fit together perfectly […]

Auto Art
By Ashawnta Jackson
art & media

I met my very first industrial designer when I was about 16. Well, to be fair, he was really just a an 18 year old kid getting ready to go off to Pratt Institute in New York to study Industrial Design. Either way, as a career choice, it was something completely new to me. This […]

It’s The Best
10 March 2011 By Ashawnta Jackson
design news

One of the great things about the end of a year (beside the excitement of the fresh start awaiting you when that clock strikes midnight on the 31st), is the year-end list.  There’s best movies of 2010, best albums, best books, best games, best, well, you get the idea.  There are so many there could […]

What’s The Big Idea?
7 December 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
design news

The teaser on the cover of the National Geographic was “Little Ideas That Can Change The World.”  And yeah, it sometimes is that simple, isn’t it?  A tiny notion that leads to something huge.  There’s a Peter Gabriel song I like a lot called Mercy Street.  There’s a line in it that always gets me; […]

Making Room
15 November 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
uncategorized

I’m currently living in approximately 700 square feet of living space.  It’s small, but not unbearable.  There’s something very comforting about knowing exactly how much stuff I can cram in here at any given time.  Old magazines?  I’m sorry you’ll have to go.  Excessive knickknacks?  No, not so much.  It’s not that I don’t have […]

What’s Your Story?
1 October 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
art & media

When I moved to Portland, I lived downtown.  I spent my first few weeks here exploring my new neighborhood.  Walking the streets, taking unknown lefts and rights, wondering if it would ever feel like home.  I would peek in the windows of restaurants I couldn’t afford, and smoke heavy bars dotted with afternoon drinkers.  I’d […]

Park(ing) Day
12 September 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
uncategorized

I used to have what I consider the best type of commute to work; I could walk.  It was beautiful.  I could get a little fresh air, some exercise, see the neighborhood from the sidewalk rather than flying by outside my windshield.  I loved it.  No worries about parking or traffic, just a nice stroll […]

Bend, Flex, Ride
13 August 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
conceptual design

I don’t personally commute via bicycle, but it’s very popular around these parts.  But, for those far more fit than me, there’s this new and interesting development the bendable bike. The bendable bike, created by industrial design student, Kevin Scott, was designed to prevent thefts by enabling riders to easily secure their bikes to any […]

Plastic Fantastic
5 August 2010 By Ashawnta Jackson
art & media

The news making that buzzing sound around the water cooler is the proposed plastic bag ban in Portland. It made me wonder; what’s to become of the bags we have now? Art, of course. Which, of course, makes me wonder what of the other recyclables?  Newspaper? Plastic bottles?  The possibilities are endless.