This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Interior Design Show West, an edited trade show of contemporary, cutting edge and original design. The show boasted over 200 exhibitors and presentations by experts like Suzanne Dimma, Editor-In-Chief of House and Home, and Kelly Deck, Founder & Director or Kelly Deck Design.
While admiring the vast array of designer “eye candy”—from lighting to flooring, computer generated artwork to handcrafted textiles, furniture, carpets, appliances, wall coverings and everything in between—I wondered: When everything is deemed “good design” what makes a piece stand out?
The answer may be different for everyone. For me, it comes down to the idea. When everything is “good”—both functionally and visually speaking—what truly stands out are the clever, unique, innovative, inspiring ideas. I gravitate toward designs that come from “outside the box”.
Here are a few “outside the box” designs I found inspiring. I hope they are the same for you.
Last week, my colleague Stephen and I attended Design Currency 2010, presented by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada in partnership with the International Council of Graphic Design Associations at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The three day event was comprised of a combination of presentations, discussions and workshops that fostered conversations around the events' theme: Defining the Value of Design.
The nearly 30 speakers represented a wide variety of nationalities and professions including: Architects, CEOs, Creative Directors, Interactive/Web Designers, Illustrators, Communication/Graphic Designers, Business Owners and Educators. Each elaborated on the concept of “Defining the Value of Design.”
There was a lot to take in and discuss each day. A few key moments that stood out to me were:
- The presentation by Dutch Creative Director at Philips, Oscar Pena who described the Philips concept as “matching the technically possible with the...
Two of our Lead Designers and professional members of the Graphic Designers of Canada, Stephen Bau and Michelle Sourisseau, represented Domain7 at the Meet the Judges Graphex 2010 kick-off last Friday, Feb. 5. The event, co-sponsored by Domain7 , included a lecture by five of the world's most influential authorities in communication design as well as a debate with audience participation and the ever-popular cocktail hour.
The event took place at the perfect spot for this aesthetically astute crowd - District 319 , a former Asian movie house turned contemporary private event lounge on Main Street. Guests were ushered down a red carpet and through a side door, and after mingling and appies, settled into the screening room for the main event.
The judges included: Rolando Diep (Landor Associates, Mexico City); Louise Fili (Louise Fili Ltd., New York City); Julia Hoffman (MoMA, New York City); Mark Randall (Worldstudio, New York City); and Matt Warburton (Emdoubleyu Design, Vancouver). Each judge gave a brief schpeal about their work...