Philippe Vergne will take up the post of director at MOCA This coming Monday, amidst high hopes for the museum’s restart. And Vergne starts his new job with MOCA in far better financial shape than in a long while, thanks to a campaign helmed by Maria Seferian and team. DnA spoke with Seferian about her experience as interim director, just before she hands off the reins to the new chief.
Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …
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Last month Mattel released Entrepreneur Barbie. And who can argue with sending a message of economic self-empowerment to young girls, especially as employment prospects seem ever more precarious?
But some are arguing this Barbie doesn’t quite fit the woman entrepreneur mold.
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This Week on DnA: Design In — and At — the Movies; with Simon Doonan, Geoff McFetridge, Alissa Walker, Kyle Bergman
The Oscars are upon us but Simon Doonan says don’t expect any fashion surprises on the red carpet.
Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. Alissa Walker talks to its creator, Geoff McFetridge.
The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) founder Kyle Bergman talks about the human stories behind the creation of objects and buildings,
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At the Oscars this Sunday you can expect the usual breathless media coverage of the red carpet arrivals. But Simon Doonan says we shouldn’t expect any fashion surprises like Bjork showing up in a swan dress or Cher in a diaphanous Bob Mackie outfit because these days actresses only wear “stunningly conventional” gowns.
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LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker
Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system for the Southland was created by noted graphic artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge, who also designed the interfaces on the computers and handhelds used by Theo Twombly in the movie.
Alissa Walker recently caught up with Geoff at his studio in Atwater Village.
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Architecture and design generally play a supporting role at the movies, providing backdrop, characterization and mood for the story and characters.
Sometimes however, they taking a starring role, in films where the story is the design and architecture, and the love, hope and strife that goes into creating objects and buildings. 30 such films will be featured in the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF), running March 12-16 …
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On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Jerry Anderson, senior principal of Populous, the American design firm behind the Olympic Park and Fisht Stadium in Sochi.
Following the broadcast of the show, two colleagues held forth about other aspects of American design in Sochi. Unfictional‘s Bob Carlson felt the US bobsled, an aerodynamic carbon fiber and steel capsule designed by BMW DesignWorks, didn’t come across well on TV as it …
“We have unsatisfactory experiences when we use banks, buses, health services and insurance companies. They don’t make us feel happier or richer. Why are they not designed as well as the products we love to use such as an Apple iPod or a BMW? (from Service Design: From Insight to Implementation)
The troubled rollout of Obamacare earlier this year cast a spotlight on the design …