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Cosmic Quilt – NYC Design Week 2012

The Principals is an industrial design studio based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and they’ve come up with an interesting project that will be exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) May 19-21.

“Cosmic Quilt” will challenge the design community with questions about interactive environments, including these from ArchDaily: “What would it be like if the environment we inhabit responded to our present in an active way? What if we shift the scale of the way in which our devices operate to the way our buildings function?”

The project is on Kickstarter, so check it out!

Stefan Sagmeister – Life, Works, Quotes & Tips on the Design Process

Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most well-known living graphic designers, currently based in New York and running his own small design agency.  Sagmeister is a hybrid of designer and fine artist, rooted in the belief that graphic design can be just as powerful as a painting: “You can have an art experience in front of a Rembrandt… or in front of a piece of graphic design,” he said.

Sagmeister is famous for his photo-based work and typography.  He often uses found objects to create typography, many of which can be found in his book“Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far.”

If you’re stuck on a project, Sagmeister suggests going to a busy cafe or restaurant and bringing only a piece of paper and pencil (a technique he picked up from film director Steven Soderbergh). Sitting there by yourself with nothing to do will automatically “shame” you into writing or drawing to look busy.

Censoring yourself, or assuming that a client won’t approve your idea, is “stifling.”  Sagmeister also believes that taking a year-long sabbatical every 5 years is essential to the design–or any work–process.  After doing a lecture at Cranbrook Academy, Sagmeister noticed the graduate students there experimenting with design — and realized he should experiment as well, for one “year without clients.”  Sagmeister believes design is more than just selling work… It can educate, tell stories, and create an artistic experience.

During his TED talk, Sagmeister shared several tips on how he keeps his ideas fresh during the design process:

– Thinking about ideas and content freely – with the deadline far away.

– Working without interruption on a single project

– Using a wide variety of tools and techniques

– Traveling to new places

He also shared his list of things he has learned in his life:

– Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.

– Helping other people helps me.

– Organizing a charity group is surprisingly easy.

– Over time I get used to everything and start taking it for granted.

– Money does not make me happy.

– Traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life.

– Assuming is stifling.

– Keeping a diary supports my personal development.

– Trying to look good limits my life.

– Worrying solves nothing.

– Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.

– Having guts always works out for me.

+ Pool: An Innovative Oasis

Now that the sweltering days of July have arrived, it’s not hard to find yourself dreaming of cooling off in swimming pools, or even jumping in the river — if only it were clean.

Well, maybe one day a piece of it will be.

We’re quite interested in this Kickstarter project, which is trying to raise money to create a plus-shaped pool (hence the plus sign in + Pool — clever clever), which will float IN THE RIVER.  It sounds impossible, but these guys have garnered a lot of research and discovered that it’s actually feasible.

The plan: to filter river water through a filtration system in the pool walls.  The first filtration layer will keep debris, oil, animals, and other large objects from entering the pool water; the second filtration layer will take care of algae and bacteria down to 1 micron, and the final layer will disinfect any viruses or other tiny microorganisms.

The pool will be divided into four sections: a Children’s section, a Sports section, a part for Lounging and another for Laps.  This way, + Pool doesn’t only make the river water happy, but it makes EVERYONE happy.

The modern pool planners just need a lot of money.  Like, a LOT of money.

They’ve reached their goal of raising $25,000 to start testing filtration layers, but will need up to $500,000 to build a mock-up of the pool, let alone build the pool itself.

What this project speaks to more than being the first of its kind and environmentally-friendly, is the power in online communities like Kickstarter.  The site allows innovative projects like these to receive enormous amounts of feedback, support and money — all in a matter of days.

We’ll keep you posted on any more design projects that we find fascinating and deserving of donations.

In the meantime, let’s hope the + Pool planners reach their goal: We vote for clean swims!