Some competitions make sense. But when they don’t, boy does the community have an opinion about it. The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; the Toronto Centre for the Arts; and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, currently called Civic Theatres Toronto have opened up a “national public naming competition” − with a “great prize package valued at up to $2,500.00” awarded to whoever comes up with a better name than Civic Theatres Toronto for Civic Theatres Toronto.
Canada’s heritage of graphic design. Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society.
Meredith Jay is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA in studio art from Concordia University. Located in Toronto, she makes sculptural installations that merge the digital and physical, as well as, sound, drawing, video and film. Through ritual and devotion Jay invokes and questions human behaviour and the collective memory. Continue reading “Sacred Spaces by Meredith Jay”
I’m a little late to the game when it comes to podcasts. But I have found several channels that I just can’t get enough of. And one of them is Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. This one was an interview she did with Brian Grazer who has produced some of the most famous movies such as A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code. In this interview, Oprah sits down with Brian to discuss his book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life,” in which he writes about how expanding our curiosity should be as much a part of our culture as creativity and innovation. Brian not only attributes his success to curiosity but also says it’s his daily spiritual practice. “It does get me into the place of truth within the person I’m connecting with,” he tells Oprah. “It’s the deepest emotional connection.” Plus, Brian reveals how to optimize your curiosity in order to live a more satisfying, connected and soulful life.
Listen to the entire interview here.
Derek Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. His practice is handmade, personal, and documentary, with an interest in labour and the domestic. In his current exhibition the E6 Process, he showcases the invisible labour beneath moving images. It is a work about work: the unseen beneath the seen, the heard beneath the unheard. It is subterranean. Continue reading “Derek Jenkins: E6 Process”
Now, this is how you get the average individual to care about design. Currently on show at Barcelona Design Museum Design Does collectively explores how design tackles the challenges faced by society, at times offering improvements and, at others, doing just the opposite. Conceived to transcend the limits of space, time and conventional formats, this project explores the responsibility that lies with design and its impact on the industry, people, social systems and cultural values. Design Does question the designer’s role today and in the future as a provider of solutions, humanist, strategist and/or agent of change. Continue reading “Design Does – Barcelona Design Museum”
Last September, I was part of a team that produced George Brown College’s exhibition at Canada’s first design biennial EDIT (Education, Design, Innovation, and Technology). The installation was made up of several parts: a video, a timeline, a VR experience. Continue reading “Innovation Exchange at EDIT”
I am a huge fan of the original Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. What I don’t like about this recent revamp with Alicia Vikander is that they are starting the story before Lara Croft becomes the heroin we all have come to love.
From objects to services to systems, everything in this world has been designed. Design is a process carried out by people, for people. At its heart is a dialogue between three key people: the designer, the maker, and the user. Currently, on show at London’s Design Museum, Designer Maker User invites the visitor to explore design from the perspectives of all three. It shows how designers respond to the needs of makers and users, how users consume and influence design, and how revolutions in technology and manufacturing transform the world. Continue reading “Designer Maker User”
Vertical City brings together 15 architects to revisit the 1922 Chicago Tribune Tower Competition that attracted 263 entries from the United States and around the world. Each entry included a rendered perspective from the same vantage point; these were later published as a report alongside a touring exhibition of drawings that stopped at various educational and cultural institutions in the US. The combination of print media, exhibition, and architecture in this instance effectively sealed the imagery of individual towers shown as a collection. The influence and reach of this particular project drove many responses and copies. Continue reading “Make New History: Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 – Vertical City”