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Goedzak (“good bag”) – Bag Design for Upcycling

Currently in my house, we have a corner of the basement that is dedicated for things that we want to give away, or put out on garbage day, with the hope that someone will take it instead of the items ending up in a landfill.  This works well for the larger things that people can see from the road, but [...]

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Superbrushes: Better Than Other Brushes

Last Friday I attended a launch event by Evan Marcell where he introduced Superbrushes, a set of new Photoshop brushes that he has created for use to paint and create digital images.  Marcell created the brushes by taking pictures of textures around Cleveland, editing them, and preparing them as brush files to be loaded into Adobe Photoshop. The abstract brush [...]

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The Disappearing Package – Product Packaging with No Waste

Ever had a soap wrapped in paper that you could use as soap?  A package of garbage bag that is packaged in a bag itself that you could use? Every year, we throw away 70 million tons of packaging.  It is the largest component of what is in our landfills.  Each year this is increasing.  The Disappearing Package is a [...]

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Goodwill: Upcycle Lifestyle Project by designmatters

A couple of years ago I attended a conference at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and saw a presentation by Mariana Amatullo, who founded the college’s initiative called Designmatters.  Designmatters is a professional partnership program, where research collaborations, communication campaigns, exhibitions, and publications are created in order to contribute to creating solutions to critical problems.  Some [...]

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Winning Designs of the Where Do You Give? Design Contest at 92YTribeca June 20th

This Spring the Where Do You Give? National Design Competition asked designers and to translate the Jewish tradition of giving to others, tzedakah‘s meaning into a compelling and contemporary design.  The design contest explored ways that in current times people can give to others and how the values behind our giving can inspire us to expand our universe of obligation around [...]

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