Recent “Design News” Posts

  • Feb 14
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The Olympic City exhibit in Chicago

To coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Chicago Loop Alliance presents Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack’s The Olympic City photographs as part of the Pop-Up Art Loop initiative. The exhibit features photographs from 13 former host cities taken between 2008 and 2013: Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Helsinki, Lake Placid, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, Rome and Sarajevo. Pack and Hustwit have photographed structures, streets, and ephemera in these cities but have also focused on the lives of the people who live in areas affected by Olympic development and the re-use of former venues.

The exhibit will remain free and open to the public at CLA’s Pop-Up Art Loop space at 29 W. Randolph Street (Block Thirty Seven), Monday-Friday from 12-7 p.m. through March 7, 2014. For more information and details on additional Pop-Up Art Loop spaces open in the Loop, please visit

The Olympic City
Photographs by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit
29 W. Randolph Street (Block Thirty Seven) Chicago
February 6th to March 7th
Opening reception February 6th, 5-9pm

Presented in association with the Chicago Loop Alliance, Block 37, Blu Dot, and Field Notes Brand.

Categories: Design News

  • Sep 19
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Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized: The Complete Interviews

Greetings, friends. Over the past eight years I’ve had the pleasure of having conversations with an incredible group of designers for Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. But while each conversation might last two hours or more, we only get to use maybe two minutes of it in the film. So if you’ve watched my three documentaries, you’ve actually only seen 3% of the conversations we recorded. That means there are almost 100 hours of amazing interviews that we weren’t able to show you. So we’re going to release the full text of these interviews in a book! And we’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen. You can get all the details here.

The book will include in-depth discussions with designers and thinkers like Paola Antonelli, Alejandro Aravena, Chris Bangle, Michael Bierut, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Neville Brody, Tim Brown, David Carson, Matthew Carter, Candy Chang, Yung Ho Chang, Wim Crouwel, Ellen Dunham-Jones, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Dan Formosa, Sir Norman Foster, Naoto Fukasawa, Jan Gehl, Jonathan Hoefler, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, Bruce Katz, David Kelley, Rem Koolhaas, Rahul Mehrotra, Bill Moggridge, Marc Newson, Oscar Niemeyer, Enrique Penalosa, Michael C. Place, Rick Poynor, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Alice Rawsthorn, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, Erik Spiekerman, Davin Stowell, Jane Fulton Suri, Massimo Vignelli, Rob Walker, Hermann Zapf, and many more… over 75 of the world’s most creative and innovative people.

We want this book to be the most comprehensive design interview book ever published, an invaluable resource for designers, design educators, or anyone interested in the creative process. We’ve got lots of great rewards, so we hope you’ll back the project now and join us in making this happen.


Categories: Design News, Film News, Helvetica, Merchandise, Objectified

  • Jun 25
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The Olympic City book available now

Gary Hustwit and Jon Pack’s new photography book The Olympic City is now available to order online, through the project website or Amazon.

The Olympic City is an ongoing photography project by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?

This 240-page limited-edition hardcover book features approximately 200 photos from the project and a foreword by New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, and is designed by award-winning graphic designer Paul Sahre. A special edition version that includes original photo prints, and an ebook version are also available.

The book is a limited-edition of 1,000 copies, and most of them are already sold. Get a copy now.

Categories: Design News, Merchandise

  • Sep 12
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R.I.P. Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge, legendary designer of the first laptop computer, co-founder of design firm IDEO, and director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, passed away earlier this week after a battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing Bill at his home in California in 2008 for “Objectified”. He was a brilliant designer, educator, and all-around gentleman. He will be missed.

The Cooper-Hewitt has created a video tribute to Bill, and the folks at IDEO have made a website celebrating Bill’s memory. See some of the entires there or add your own.

And here’s a clip of Bill’s appearance in “Objectified”.

Bill Moggridge – clip from “Objectified” from gary hustwit on Vimeo.

Categories: Design News, Film News, Objectified

  • May 30
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A new project: The Olympic City

I’m excited to announce a new project: The Olympic City, a photo book I’m collaborating on with photographer Jon Pack that looks at the legacy of the Olympics Games in former host cities around the world. Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars, and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch has been extinguished, what happens next?

In The Olympic City, we’re documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and the ghosts of the Olympic spectacle. Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring. We’re interested in these disparate ideas — decay and rebirth — and how each site seems to have gone one way or the other, either by choice or circumstance. We’re equally interested in the lives of the people whose neighborhoods have been transformed by Olympic development.

A large-format hardcover book of the photographs will be published in March, 2013, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. We’re excited the acclaimed graphic designer Paul Sahre is designing the book. There will also be an exhibition of the photos in New York City and other cities early next year, details TBA. We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, you can back the project and receive copies of the book, a deleuxe version, original prints from the project, and more.

The role of the spectacle in urban design (sports stadiums, convention centers, etc.) was something our team discussed at length while making Urbanized but we didn’t end up having space to include that discussion in the film, so I’m excited to explore it in another media with this project. I hope you’ll follow along as we finish the book, it should yield some interesting discoveries.


Categories: Design News

  • May 23
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A Celebration of Hillman Curtis

Please join us for a celebration of the life and work of Hillman Curtis, hosted by his friends, colleagues, and the subjects of his films.

The Films of Hillman Curtis
With special guests Milton Glaser, Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister, Paul Sahre, Paula Scher, James Victore, and more to be announced.

Thursday, June 21st, 7pm
SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Drinks reception: 7pm to 8pm
Film program: 8pm to 9:30pm

General admission: $20
Students: $15
VIP ticket with priority seating and after-party invite: $50
Tickets on sale now.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the PS29 Arts Fund, the Carroll Gardens elementary school attended by Jasper and Tess Curtis. This event was organized and curated by Gary Hustwit, Stefan Sagmeister, Ben Nabors, and Ben Wolf, with support from the School of Visual Arts.

Categories: Design News

As Little Design as Possible

In celebration of the new book As Little Design as Possible: The Work of Dieter Rams, please join us for a roundtable discussion celebrating Rams’ continued influence on contemporary design, moderated by Core77.

Wednesday, August 10
Good Design Is Long Lasting
With Gary Hustwit (Objectified), Zoe Coombes (Cmmnwlth) and Michael DiTullo (frog)
Phaidon | Store
83 Wooster St. (at Spring)
New York, NY 10012

Doors are at 6:30; Panel begins at 7
Cocktails to follow
RSVP: with the subject line “Dieter Rams.”

Also check out the Core77 + Phaidon “Good Design Is Long Lasting” Design Challenge.

Categories: Design News

  • Apr 23
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New York City always seems to have a fair bit of city-themed events and talks happening. But recently it’s kicked up a notch, with initiatives like the Institute for Urban Design’s By The City / For The City project, which asks New Yorkers to share (and geo-map) their ideas to make the city better.

But I’m really excited about the upcoming Festival of Ideas for the New City, happening May 4-8, which aims to “harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore the ideas destined to shape it.” Over 100 events, a conference of symposia, lectures, and workshops will take over dozens of venues across the city. Rem Koolhaas opens with a keynote on May 4. “The Festival will serve as a platform for artists, writers, architects, engineers, designers, urban farmers, planners, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, and invite the public to participate.” Get ticket info and a see the dizzying list of events and participants, and find out how you can get involved.

Categories: Design News

  • Jan 14
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Powers of Ten Video Response Challenge

Core 77 and Eames Office’s Powers of Ten Video Response Challenge invites you to make a two-minute response video to the classic Eames film Powers of Ten. The challenge looks for works “celebrating this seminal work in any way your creativity leads—a reinterpretation, a mashup, a tribute, a reflection, a love letter.”

The deadline for entries is February 2, and prizes include thousands of dollars in cash, Eames chairs from Herman Miller, and loads of other goodies. There are only 20 entries so far, so your odds are pretty good! Get on it! Watch the other entries and get more info here. Or watch the original (amazing) Powers of Ten.

Categories: Design News

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