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Books, Design and Culture

September 8, 2016
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Richard Sapper’s Vision of the Future

At Curbed, Alexandra Lange discusses the work of German-born industrial designer Richard Sapper, and a new book about his work published by Phaidon: When Los Angeles-based designer Jonathan Olivares first met Richard Sapper in 2008 in Milan, Sapper’s adopted home, he … Continue reading

June 22, 2016
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RAMS: The First Feature Documentary About Dieter Rams

Gary Hustwit, the director of the documentaries Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized, is making a feature-length documentary about the life and work of designer Dieter Rams: You can support the production on Kickstarter.

May 29, 2012
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Bill Moggridge: The Design of Service and Education

Bill Moggridge, founder of design company IDEO and current director of the Smithonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, discusses design and the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection:

October 17, 2011
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Design Matters with Linda Tischler

In the latest Design Matters interview, Debbie Millman talks to Fast Company’s design editor Linda Tischler about the current state of American design and how services like Kickstarter are changing the way designers work: DESIGN MATTERS: Linda Tischler, Fast Company mp3

August 4, 2011
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Kenneth Grange | Crane.tv

82-year old British industrial designer Kenneth Grange has designed some of the most iconic products and appliances of modern British life — Kodak cameras, the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the 1997 London black cab. Crane.tv spoke … Continue reading

May 4, 2011
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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares and published by Phaidon is a visual overview of the evolution of the modern office chair and detailing the most innovative chairs designed and built from the 1840s to the present. In … Continue reading

April 21, 2011
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Designing for Joy

CBC Radio’s Nora Young interviews Ingrid Fetell, a designer, researcher, and writer, based in New York who focuses on the “aesthetics of joy” and the emotional relationships between people and things: CBC RADIO SPARK: Ingrid Fetell, Designing for Joy

September 16, 2010
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The Desk

The Desk is a fascinating mini-documentary about our complex relationships with our workspace. It features commentary from experts Alice Twemlow, Eric Abrahamson, Massimo Vignelli, David Miller, Kurt Andersen, Søren Kjær, Alfred Stadler, Jennifer Lai, and Ben Bajorek: Created by Imaginary … Continue reading

December 1, 2009
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Dieter Rams: Less and More

“The un-spectacular things are the important things — especially in the future” A fascinating Gestalten.tv interview with legendary Braun designer Dieter Rams: The book Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams is published by Gestalten this month to … Continue reading

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