Over a career that spans more than 40 years, Michael Reed has helped shape a wide variety of public spaces, from airports to courthouses and from urban bike trails to homeless shelters. His humanist approach to design has touched them all—weaving story with place and people to create spaces that respect and improve the quality of life for those using them.
Web development has changed enormously in just the last few years. Where web design entailed handwriting HTML and CSS code, that work has been greatly simplified through widely available content management systems (CMS). If you haven't refreshed your coding skills (or learned them in the first place), you are not alone.
Joseph is philosophical about ways to achieve success. "There are straightforward presentations, pragmatic concerns and varied rules about presentation," says Joseph, "but ultimately, it is the unsaid, the unlikely presentation in metaphoric terms that has its way of seeping into our conscious."
It's the day after conference and there is a steady flow of people from the taxi stand outside the Westin Seattle. We're all heading home. Some look a little worn out, but it does not appear that we took any casualties, despite some really good stories. Way to throw a family party, SEGD clan!
And of course while there is always room for improvement (we're designers after all!), we heard mostly very positive feedback about this event. Everything from best ever to can we do it in Seattle every year?
In our highly competitive industry, do you find yourself banging your head against a wall trying to find ways to be innovative, fresh, or AMAZING on certain days? I imagine some of us do.
Where do you go when your "design thinking" stops thinking? It happens to us all —regardless of our disciplines I believe. A few months ago I felt I hit a road block with my paintings, so I put down my brushes and picked up my pencils for a few weeks instead. Mixing things up got me over my mental block.
The branding and design agency won two awards at the ICX Association Elevate Awards for their work with adidas Golf and Cable & Wireless Communications’ telecoms brand FLOW.
A Bronze at the LAUS awards went to Urbanite (part of the Frost* collective brand) for their design of signage, wayfinding, graphics and placemaking elements for Westpac's new 28-floor headquarters. Urbanite’s sophisticated design added to the space by creating large, innovative and mindful pieces of branded storytelling to increase staff engagement and allow the brand to resonate with subtlety.
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The idea? Turn Columbus into a living laboratory, establishing a set of "best practices" that any other city could look at and learn from. Refreshingly, that doesn’t mean installing surveillance tech in every street lamp or giving every resident a self-driving car.
There are many hidden benefits to walkable cities. It is time to design daily activities back into our lives.