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KarimSpace: The Interior Design and Architecture of Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most well-known international designers, and his work is known for being innovative, forward-looking, and strikingly relevant. From furniture to fashion to products for hip brands like Umbra and Method, Karim’s colorful projects have burst through the design community and into the mainstream. Inspired by his view that all design is a "rigorous beautification of our built environments," Karim uses unexpected shapes and colors and unusual materials to create objects and environments that are at the forefront of design innovation.

Digipop

Ornamentation is a modus operandi for communication, for providing dimension, texture, pattern, depth and spirit. It is a way to liven up space, to create complementary conditions, to move the eye and break up surfaces, to bring illusion or entropy, to embellish and give richness to surfaces and materials and objects. Karim Rashid exploring computer graphics in the use of two- and three-dimensional decoration is the aim of this project by designer Karim Rashid.

China's Design Revolution (Design Thinking, Design Theory)

China is on the verge of a design revolution. A "third generation" of the People's Republic of China that came of age during China's "opening up" period of the 1980s now strives for fame, fortune, and self expression. This generation, workers in their thirties and forties, has more freedom to create—and to consume—than their parents or grandparents. In China's Design Revolution, Lorraine Justice maps the evolution of Chinese design and innovation.

And Fork: 100 Designers, 10 Curators, 10 Good Designs

& Fork seeks to represent the best in product design from around the world. To make the most comprehensive selection of 100 important young product designers working today, 10 key figures from the design world were enlisted to curate the project. These 10 writers, curators and designers have combined their extensive knowledge to ensure that & Fork truly represents this exciting field and its most innovative developments since its highly successful predecessor, Spoon, in 2002.

Urbanized. (DVD)

Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) returns with the final documentary in his design film trilogy. Urbanized focuses on the design of cities, and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers including Sir Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Niemeyer, Amanda Burden, Jan Gehl, Enrique Penalosa, Yung Ho Chang, Alejandro Aravena, Eduardo Paes, Rahul Mehrotra, Ellen Dunham-Jones, james COrner, Bruce Katz, Candy Chang, Edgar Pieterse, Noah Chasin, and many more, including extraordinary citizens who have changed their cities.

Helvetica (DVD)

Blissful. … it sharpens your eye … and makes connections between art and life.—Chicago Tribune

Helvetica is truly a work of art. —Austin Chronicle

One of the wittiest, most diligently researched, slyly untelligent and quietly captivating documentaries of the year. —Time Out London

Provocative. —NY Times

Viewers are in for an exclamation point of joy from such a well designed doc. "A -" —Entertainment Weekly

Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa (b.1956) is one of the best-known Japanese product designers working today. After graduating from Tama Art University in 1980, he moved to the United States and worked at IDEO, one of the world's most innovative design companies. In 1997, Fukasawa moved back to Japan to set up the IDEO Tokyo office. During his time at IDEO, he developed his sense for how people perceive and use objects. In 2003, Fukasawa left IDEO to form his own design company Naoto Fukasawa Design.

Envisioning Information

The celebrated design professor here tackles the question of how best to communicate real-life experience in a two-degree format, whether on the printed page or the computer screen. The Whole Earth Review called Envisioning Information a "passionate, elegant revelation."

 

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