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Life Pscycle-ology of a Mobile Phone

By now most of us know and follow the reduce, reuse, recycle routine for bottles and cans, but what about electronics? Presented by the Australian Environmental Protection Agency as part of the State of Design Festival, "Life Pscycle-ology" looks life of a mobile phone once it's been discarded. With a dose of humor, the animated short shows why life cycle thinking is important to all new design--mobile phone or otherwise.
August 11, 2010
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Michigan or Bust

I'm quite happy to report that I'm off for Michigan for the first time in all my days on Wednesday. Online editor Amanda Dameron and I are off to film the third and final installment of our color theory video series The Full Spectrum in Holland and Zeeland, Michigan, on the grounds of the eminent furniture maker Herman Miller.
August 9, 2010
The Los Angeles team of Project H partnered with the Downtown Women's Center, a shelter in central Los Angeles, to develop four retail products that could be made using basic sewing skills, and whose function would have retail marketability, as well as te

The 2010 California Design Biennial

Currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is the 2010 California Design Biennial: Action/Reaction, an exhibition that highlights some the most significant and innovative designs created in California.
August 9, 2010
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Introducing Dwell Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and starting today, we're giving these hearty rooms their own home at We're excited to introduce Dwell Kitchen, a new food-focused section of the site. Edited by associate editor Miyoko Ohtake (an enthusiastic chef who documents her epicurean adventures at Miyoko Eats) and including contributions from the Dwell staff and writers, the new online department will feature everything from latest gadgets to kitchen projects and renovations. Pull up a chair and get a glimpse of what's to come, as we take a look at some of Ohtake's favorite food-related posts from the past year.
August 7, 2010
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There are moments now and then that the architecture of our imaginations becomes the architecture of an actual place. Amusement parks can bring Hogwarts castle and the lands of Pirates of the Caribbean to life, the World's Fairs and international expositions (like the current Expo 2010 Shanghai China) are where countries call on their designers to create buildings that ooze the essence of their nation, and, on the more permanent basis, places like Las Vegas and Dubai pop up as small worlds of their own to which to escape to for a time- (and place-) warped experience. Dreamlands, an exhibit currently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, celebrates these strange, other-worldly places. The show features more than 300 works of art--paintings, sculptures, architectural models, films, and more--that highlight these environments and the ways in which they have influenced how we think about cities. The exhibit closes next Monday, August 9. If you can't make it--or even if you're lucky enough that you can--we present this slideshow of images from the exhibition.
August 3, 2010
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The Full Spectrum

August 2, 2010
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Kickstart Some Design

If you've ever complained about the dearth of good design in our world, but as you're not a designer yourself felt like you could opt out of the heavy lifting, your days are numbered. Kickstarter allows artists, designers, and entrepreneurs to post their projects on its site and implore the design and community minded to make small contributions to their projects. You can give in chunks as little as $1 and if you open up that wallet a little wider you often make out with a rather nice bit of swag. Here are a few projects that caught my eye.
August 2, 2010
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Industry Gallery: Getting to Now

Industry Gallery in Washington DC is the only gallery dedicated to 21st-century design in the US, and they've got a new show up right now that's of some interest. Getting to Now: Pathways to 21st Century Design is on through August 21st, and what intrigued me was no so much the roster of splashy designers it shows off (the Campana Brothers and Marc Newsom, for example) but a trio of DC-area designers and artists holding court with the big guns. Have a look to see what the mid-Atlantic is contributing to the national design conversation through the work of Joel D'Orazio, Tuesday Winslow, and Patrick McDonough.
July 30, 2010
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Events this Weekend: 7.29-8.1

This week brings fresh designs ideas from Bay Area students—including how to reuse the Bay Bridge once it goes out of service in 2013—as well as 25 years of Pixar animations, the first international Foodprint Project event, and the closing of a tribute to Palladio.
July 29, 2010