Bruce Mau

Flexible identity systems: all played out?

Once, identity systems were fixed, consistent and rigidly policed. So-called ‘flexible’ identities have changed all that, as Michael Johnson documents here. But, he asks, have they too now reached the end of the line?

Opinion: UAL identity

Pentagram’s new identity for the University of the Arts London effectively solves the problems of its ‘starry’ predecessor, but at a time when academia is changing fundamentally, its corporate ascetism misses the opportunity to inspire and to reflect new relationships

Branding the art world

Once deemed a dirty word in gallery circles, a competitive art market is increasingly embracing the brand. By Eliza Williams

On Hybridization

The boundaries between art and commerce, as with much else, have become increasingly blurred, but if we are to make sense of this new hyphenation nation, writes Rick Poynor, a sharper focus is needed…

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David Byrne In The Round

Musician, artist, film director, writer and patron of great graphic design, David Byrne is the creative king of crossover

Clambering around over sharp rocks

Metahaven’s uncompromising new book analyses the condition of corporate identity today. It’s an angular, awkward and exhilarating ride

Design & sustainability: pt3

Knowing the story of what we buy, from raw material to rubbish dump, might make us more responsible consumers, says Anna Gerber in the last of her sustainability series

Design Indaba: Change for good

Speakers at this year’s Design Indaba were from a range of backgrounds, united by a desire for change. By Mark Sinclair

Design Indaba Blog: Day One

A real human presence: two of Rick Valicenti’s Notes to Self
Although not driven by any explicit theme, today’s opening series of lectures at the 12th Design Indaba in Cape Town proved to have a common thread in invoking the human being at the centre of the creative process. In his closing address earlier this evening, Bruce Mau extended this pervasive thought with an impassioned talk on how our core senses of “love and ambition” will be critical in helping inspire change through design: change that, Mau believes, is encouragingly already beginning to take root…

Design Week Monterrey

Patrick Burgoyne will be blogging all week from Design Week Monterrey in Mexico. Shown above, the view from his hotel window. Note disappointingly cloudy weather. Serves him right.
Shape, the fifth Design Week Monterrey conference, kicked off today, 20 November. The three-day event, organised by Monterrey design school, CEDIM, brings together over 1000 students from Monterrey and other parts of northern Mexico to hear talks from a diverse array of international speakers, although not Bruce Mau…

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