design

Arts & Culture
7:27 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Worth Preserving? 'Ugly' Concord Building At Center Of Debate Over Mid-Century Design

The former Department of Employment Security Building, located on South Main Street in Concord
Credit Courtesy photo

Located at 32-34 South Main Street, the former office of New Hampshire Employment Security has been called “the ugliest building in Concord.”

It is empty and blighted. It also melds two distinctly different styles; a 1927 home made of brick juts from the back of a 1958, Mad Men-era office building framed with turquoise panels of porcelain-enameled steel. 

Those turquoise panels, in particular, look dated to many people. Mid-20th century architecture is not in vogue in New Hampshire, although it is in many cities outside of New England.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Inside The Retro World Of The Café Racer

From Walt Siegl's Leggero series
waltsiegl.com

When Walt Siegl was growing up in Austria, utilitarian motorcycles were a common fixture on the roads. These workaday machines moved passengers from town to town, sharing pavement with cars and bicycles.

Then, he’s 7 or 8 years old and a neighbor—a chimney sweep—rips through the village on something new.

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Design Icons Charlotte & Peter Fiell Talk Shop

Charlotte & Peter Fiell
Credit fiell.com / Fiell Publishing

With over twenty years of experience on the editorial side of design publishing, Charlotte and Peter Fiell are pioneers in bringing great design to the masses with big, beautiful glossy books. Their first book together, “Modern Design Classics Since 1945”, was published twenty-two years ago and introduced mid-century modern furniture to a new generation of design lovers and novices.

They are also the former editors-in-chief for the best-selling design imprint Taschen. Three years ago the design power couple established their own line of art and design books—Goodman Fiell—which publishes titles written by the couple in addition to books written by experts across a wide range of disciplines; from art and architecture to natural history and popular culture.

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Word of Mouth
12:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

A Bicycle Built From Bamboo: Can It Get This Alabama Town Back On Track?

Credit via sadp.ku.edu

Lance Rake is Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Kansas and the creative force behind “The Semester Bicycle,” a sleek and durable bike  made of bamboo grown just three blocks from an assembly shop in Greensboro, Alabama. He’s collaborating with community development organizations in Greensboro to create more than an innovative bike, but a new manufacturing model to pull a town in an economic standstill back into the race. 

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Word of Mouth
9:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

The Coolest Police Website Ever

Camer-Krasselt

Anyone who’s been online looking for DMV hours, or tried to download a fishing license application knows that government websites are rarely a good time.  No frills, no eye for design – just a lot of dense, complicated information and a wealth of webified bureaucracy.  So, imagine our surprise when we saw posts on AdWeek and Ad Age praising the beauty and functionality of the Milwaukee Police Department website.  The site was designed by ad agency

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Word of Mouth
11:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Designed for Recovery

Governor Patrick helps out at the ribbon cutting at the new Worcester Recovery Center
Deval Patrick's Photostream via Flickr

Treatment of the mentally ill has come a long way from the dark, locked wards of asylums now shuttered and crumbling in several New England towns. We now know much more about the brain, psychopharmacology and the importance of community for people suffering with profound mental conditions.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Natural Design

We continue to evolve and learn from Nature itself. The Missoula Montana-based "Biomimicry Institute" promotes the study and integration of natural design principles and serves as a resource for students and researchers through workshops and curricula.

Bio-mimicry adapts natural systems which have evolved over 3.8 billion years of evolution to create more sustainable human technologies. Elegant and functional designs found in Nature have been used to create structures, complex machines, electronics and even transportation and communication networks.

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