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Vignelli died in 2014, but his extensive body of work continues to fuel a passion in designers and design enthusiasts. 

FastCo spoke to designers in attendance at this year's Consumer Electronics Show about the products they were most looking forward to and why.

The half-century-old technology of flip discs has been resurrected to create a new style of display now available as an alternative to LED screens.

While the article was written about the father of industrial design, Raymond Loewy, it really provides even greater insights into the psychology behind (visual) appeal.

In 1959, her world-changing work in environmental graphic design (a term unknown at that time) began when she started on her first airport design project at the Memphis airport.

Some reported RIO numbers and multipliers for the money spent on Wayfinding programs.

Hiring creative leaders is notoriously difficult. To lure them in, you need a game plan.

Research professor Kate Canales believes design is crucial to disrupting higher education, and the timing has never been better.

Pantone describes it as a "reassuring . . . life-affirming color." It also looks like the nuclear isotope in The Simpsons.

Google and AIGA are pleased to announce the first annual Design Census—an open and collaborative resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the desi

AIGA have published the research behind and a Gender Equity Toolkit to help prevent gender bias in the workplace of creative firms.  See also

Showing confidence, value and a huge step up in visibility for design at the new museum, Designers bemused after fighting for recognition for so long.

In 1989, Apple hired Thomas Rickner to do something revolutionary: put print-quality typefaces on every computer.

These photographs taken by Gareth Gardner offer a glimpse of the interiors created byJohn Pawson for the new Design Museum ahead of its official opening next week.

The Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education will provide research support for projects related to the societal benefits of on-premise signs.

InterUrban's goal is to become the largest outdoor art museum in the world, spanning the entire city.

"Like great companies, great cities need to think about user experience."

Mike Wolff announced his retirement as Chairman of the SDS, after steering the organization since 2006.

The infographic outlines some of the main features to look out for if you’re selecting an accessible font.

The installation, titled Voûtes Célestes, illuminates the soaring ceilings with 35 different colored n

A projection mapping project celebrates a fading layer of our cities.

Most technology companies in the 20th century began as business to business applications developers.

Materia offers an amazing library of highly innovative materials like these made from coconut fibers.

What are variable fonts, and why are some of the biggest tech companies on the planet throwing their weight behind them?

What seems obvious, has been excluded from our codes due to a solution to a social idea 150 years ago.

LinkNYC has run into some user challenges that are great learning for our community.

IKE adds a social engagement and public notices layers of functionality to smart city terminals. Smart city terminals are, at the moment, at the same stage as the cell phone was in 2005.

According to the ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Report, the end market for architectural signage should continue to see very favorable conditions through 2016.

It's been a hot topic for some time, but perhaps it is time that Experiential Graphic Design made an appropriate recommendation?

 

Sandra Baer thinks that people's happiness is a key issue for Smart City initiatives to address.

The Museum of Neon Art lovingly saves signs that are old, broken, or abandoned. Selfies are another issue.

Eduardo Kobra is attempting to set the world record for the largest mural created by a single person.

Roadliners is a film about inspiration and craft, and the uncelebrated lettering artists of the road.

 

 

Virtual reality? Augmented reality? A UX designer at Unity tells us what the world is getting wrong.

Throughout SEGD Fellow Lance Wyman’s long career – a career that took off in 1968 with his graphics for the Mexico Olympics – he has kept a daily record of his creative processes.

JR Creates amazing large fabric sculptures in Rio for the Olympics.

Here is a strong case for the use of Design Thinking and support for the value of design

Based upon an accurate map of New York City, the goal of Brand New Subway is to design your own subway line. 

Yes, a big chunk of that budget will go towards new trains, but most of the rest of it is for wayfinding and information related solutions!

Steve Silberman’s book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently, won Britain’s prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction wri

The final touches are being added to David Adjaye's museum of African American history, a project that "felt like a bloodbath at times" according to the British architect.

Serious money is being put behind the efforts to design and implement Smart Cities, cities who use their data to improve services around the world.

One of the points: Cities need to manage expectations.

"What Google’s doing here is taking the business model that they’ve perfected in the online world and bringing it into the real world" Opinions vary widely, but the experiment

There were hundreds of technological breakthroughs on view at Siggraph, the graphics conference that took place in Anaheim, California, in July.

The 2016 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects jury said, “It was uplifting to see the exceptional entrants and excellence in landscape architecture across a wide range of project typo

All We Are Doing is Designing Interfaces Between People and the Environment

Jo Marsh, a director at brand consultancy Jane Wentworth Associates, poses five fundamental questions that all museums must try to answer if they are to stay relevant and build their audiences for

A new retail concept  takes the aesthetics of airports and transforms them into a pleasant retail experience.

The Signage Foundation offers a library of signage articles for free.

There is no way to guess if the HapticWave will ever come to market or what its final form will be.

The Pokemon Go is a potential alternative interface between data and people in the built environment.

Spector is a handheld device that can identify the typeface and colors from physical objects, created by Fiona O'Leary for her graduation project at Royal College of Art.

HP launches its first 3-D printer.

Once an essential element of all classical structures, the frieze has largely been left behind by architects looking for contemporary façade systems.

In India's first dedicated public art district, DAKU created graffiti that visualizes the passing of the day through an interplay between light and shadow, using the source of the sun as a cata

Good workplace culture.

The idea? Turn Columbus into a living laboratory, establishing a set of "best practices" that any other city could look at and learn from.

There are many hidden benefits to walkable cities. It is time to design daily activities back into our lives.

Design Thinking has driven design deeper and faster into the core skills of most businesses than any actual design project could have, but precisely because it presents itself as an alternative met

When Alphabet announced it would get into the business of urbanism—with the creation of a spinoff company called Sidewalk Labs—it was easy to imagine the company developing cities much

If a hurricane came to NYC, would you know what to do?

Stefano Boeri designs a tree made from 3M materials that he hopes will influence the creative approach to design in public spaces.

Interpretative dance and 3D projection mapping prove to be a match made in heaven. Seriously, you have to watch this one to believe it!

With over 600 styles, UNIQLO has a t-shirt for every occasion. But with so many options, shoppers couldn’t make up their minds.

The once-essential frieze returns with an eye-catching, technological twist, as hidden pixels within the facade light up to display moving images and text.

People who are deaf and hard of hearing depend on different senses to navigate everything from social interactions to academics.

Researchers learned that “A diet rich in fats and sugars is associated with cognitive deficits in people, and rodent models have shown that such a diet produces deficits on tasks assessing sp

Can we design a truly inclusive accessibility icon asks Scott Kirkwood on aiga.org in this update/summary of the universal access symbol.

Three strategies have been building blocks in the transformation of a struggling company into a thriving, profitable organization with engaged employees and long-term business growth prospects.

Springfield's new wayfinding signage will include walking times to each destination in order to promote a more walkable city, which in turn could lead to improvements in the populations health.

In this balanced look at the progress Design has made in the Corporate world, one can't help but wonder if Experiential Graphic Design has not perhaps fallen behind the rest of the the design f

The sign and graphics industry continues to remain strong in 2016 and will experience growth in 2017, according to the first ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report for 2016.

Linda Tischler, Senior Editor of Fastco Design lost her battle with cancer 10 April.

When last did you hear of a companies shares increasing due to the move of a designer?

IDSA is inviting designers and writers to submit their ideas for narrative/creative non-fiction essays on design and storytelling to be considered for publication in the winter issue of its magazin

Dame Zaha Hadid, whose work combining architecture, landscape and geology inspired the world and a generation of designers, died suddenly this morning in Miami.

Historically, store design and retail concepts were created by architects.

The capability on American’s app — known as “wayfinding” — is part of a growing trend among airlines and airports to use smartphones along with other technologies to m

Four years after a blockbuster Kickstarter campaign, and two years after Facebook paid $2 billion to buy the company, Oculus is finally shipping its first consumer virtual reality headsets.

Samsung's new flagship store does not sell products. It allows you to participate in experiences.

Research has demon­strated that a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of dri­vers do not under­stand some road­work related traf­fic signs, indi­cat­ing lane clo­

The international symbol for accessibility is again the center of a political debate, with some states insisting on the more active version.

To celebrate its 50th, Gensler created a list of favorite things to do in 50 communities. 

Last week, the World War I Centennial Commission announced architect Joseph Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard as the winners of the WWI Memorial Competition.

A report from the Airport Cooperative Research Program sponsored by the FAA.

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has reversed its position on Clearview, the highway font designed to improve legibility for aging drivers.

Robots to 3D print a steel bridge in Amsterdam. Could this be a clue to the future of pylons and public sculpture? Technology has always influenced design, let's see how this one plays out.

The SEED Network is seeking college and university projects that evince the strategies and philosophies of public interest design pedagogy.

Sensors are not only going to change the built environment dramatically, they'll be big business--as soon as marketers figure out what to do with them.

This week at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas, AT&T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie will outline his company's plans to work with cities to turn everyday civic infrastructure like traffic signals an

Documentation from the V&A Museum in London for Graphic Design, Hardware, Environmental Control, Teams and Text Management.

The great technological advance of the early 21st century consists not only of new objects and processes, but of old ones made intelligent.

Signs are as important in downtown centers as they are in suburban and rural areas.

Here's a thought-provoking, visually appealing collection of words found "in the wild." Might make a great addition to your holiday list, we're just saying...

Immersive experiences, rapid prototyping, virtual reality. Sounds fun. Read about what Autodesk presented at AutoDesk University 2015 in Las Vegas.

Robin Lopez, SEGD Student member from Moscow Idaho spent the year crisscrossing the country by car documenting his journeys and the SEGD Workshops and Conferences that he attended.

Check out e-architect for the latest in Design Contest Information, and Architectural Competitions. 

Freeman, who claim to be the providers of the biggest brand experiences in the world, Announce Bruce Mau will join them as Chief Design Officer.

Oxford Dictionaries just named "emoji" the word of the year. Like other graphic symbols, they are a language-neutral form of communication.

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