editor's notes archive

This week we focus on Bruce Mau Design (BMD).


The multidisciplinary brand design firm Bruce Mau Design was founded by the Canadian designer Bruce Mau (co-founder of the Institute Without Boundaries, author of the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, co-creator with starchitect Rem Koolhaas of S, M, L, XL). 


As a design studio, BMD offers: brand positioning and messaging, visual identity systems, physical environments, consumer packaging.


Clear, sexy, ahead: BMD is committed to crafting unique, sustainable, future-oriented and impactful design solutions embedded in cutting edge narratives.


“When everything is connected to everything else, for better or worse, everything matters.” (Bruce Mau)



This week we talk about Paola Antonelli. A very important figure in today's art, design and architecture world (and in our guru section as well). 


She is currently the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design as well as the Director of R&D (Research & Development) at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City.


Her objective is “to change the perception of design, making sure that people are aware of the importance of design in everyday life. Without design, innovation would be futile, because no one would be able to use any new inventions.” (source Wikipedia).


She responsible for immortalizing such icons as Pac-Man, the "@" symbol, and Björk's Biophilia app in the museum's archives.


Here an article with some of her thoughts on curating, MoMA and design in general.


This week, our editorial note is dedicated to Hiromi Ozaki (aka: Sputniko!).

Before to start any kind of explanation, please take a look at this video, The Moon walking machine. Not enough? What about this other one: The Menstruation Machine?

 

Half Japanese, half British (a curious blend of Japanese pop and British black humour), she studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial College in London, followed by a Master in Design at the Royal College of Art. 

 

Thanks to this mixed background, she loves to create machines, robotics, music, videos, stories related to technology, contemporary culture and lots of other things. 


Having to choose a couple of key words, we would probably choose: “playful” and “cross-boundary”

 

Currently, she is the director of the Media Lab’s Design Fiction group, which creates projects to stimulate discussion about the social, cultural, and ethical implications of emerging technologies. 

 

Of course, we love her (and her work) very much. As a last link, here you have her impressive website.

 

皆さん

行きましょ


This week we want to talk about LOVE WATTS.

 

LOVE WATTS is a project by Jordan 'Watts' Watson, a contemporary-art curator, director, consultant, and tastemaker for the unconventional.

 

He deconstructed the laws of a conventional art gallery using just his Instagram account. Watts and his small team sort through hundreds of artist portfolios and submissions to select emerging artists offering them a place in his accessible online art fair. 

 

His curated curated content has now gained an audience of 1,700,000 followers, ranging from teens and average people to not-so-average celebrities, collectors, and world-famous artists.



This week we present to you Palais de Tokyo; one of the largest and most important centers for contemporary artistic creation in Europe.

 

The Palais de Tokyo occupies a monumental building which was built in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life, entirely renovated in April 2012.

 

According to their website: “It is a place dedicated to both emerging and established artists from France and around the world. The Palais de Tokyo’s programming is punctuated by thematic and monographic exhibitions, large-scale artistic interventions, and carte blanche invitations to artists who take over the entirety of the space. Each season is accompanied by completely new transformations within the Palais, as artists welcome visitors into the heart of their practice, renewing their relationship to art.”.

 

The museum’s Instagram and Twitter feeds are always very creative and motivating, up to date and reflecting perfectly it’s concept and vision.


Every week,

We will present one of the 500's.

Why he or she is there,

Why one should follow this specific account.


In our second note, we want to talk about Jessica Walsh.

Jessica Walsh is an American graphic designer, art director and illustrator based in New York.


Basically, what launched her into the firmament of design superstars at age 25 was her partnering up with Stefan Sagmeister, one of the most influential graphic designers of the past 30 years. In 2010, after 2 years spent working as a designer at the firm Sagmeister Inc, the agency changed its name to Sagmeister & Walsh and the announcement was made public with this photo.



She immediately became – and still is – graphic design’s ‘It’ Girl.

Her social media feed is simply perfect: beautiful, inspiring and witty posts on Instagram and Twitter.




Every week,

we will present one of the 500's.

Why he or she is there,

What are the reasons to follow this specific account.

Our first choice is John Maeda.

Wikipedia comes to help:

John Maeda is an American executive, designer, technologist. His work explores the area where business, design, and technology merge. He is Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic where he seeks to address the diversity gap in tech by exploring how inclusion can be a key ingredient for success in the technology industry.

We fell in love with him when we first bought "Design by Numbers" (it was 1999, actually a century ago). If we have to suggest one of his books, we would choose "The Laws of Simplicity". A must-read for any person interested in contemporary design.

Here you have the link to his website, while here you can see one of his presentations at TED.

His tweets are always sharp, deep, fascinating windows to new perspectives. Not to forget his poetic images shared via Instagram.



"Our economy is built upon convergent thinkers, people that execute things, get them done. But artists and designers are divergent thinkers: they expand the horizon of possibilities."
--John Maeda