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Would You Ride This? Strida Triangle Bike

The Strida is a funky looking bike we've never ridden, but the folks at Treehugger must have because they named it "Best of Green" award in the cars & transportation category. Areaware claims it the first completely new bicycle geometry in 95 years. Is that true?

"Inside a triangular frame of lightweight aluminum, power is transferred to the rear wheel via a silent clean Kevlar belt. Handlebars are mounted horizontally so the rider can sit comfortably upright with an excellent view of the road. The genius of the triangular frame is that it can quickly fold. In five seconds, you have a light, compact form that you can easily wheel, stow in a closet, load in your car or take on the train."

The STRiDA boasts:

a comfortable, upright riding position with superb visibility.

the ability to roll when folded.

the smallest footprint of any full-sized folder.

no gears to worry about. Just pedal and go.

the easiest fold. No need to think about complex sequences. You do…

Orlando Needs A Logo | citID

Orlando is not represented on the citID website which showcases city logos created by artists and designers. Submit your design now and make Orlando proud.

Orange County Library System Graphics Need Help

Who does the graphics for the Orlando County Library System? I'm sure they're nice, professional people, loved by every single staff member they work with. But their work is atrocious. Its about as sophisticated and smart as a Lynx bus wrap. If they're an intern, my apologies. If not, eek. (Grammar fixed to the best of our abilities)

Global design explorers Jay Corless & Sali Sasaki design finds: traveling team scours the country and showers Orlando

Self-identified global design explorers Jay Corless and Sali Sasaki rented one of the empty gallery spaces in the Orlando City Arts Factory (29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801). Thank God someone is/did/are. Downtown is broke.

For the month of Novemdecember, the couple is in Orlando as part of their exploration of over 30 American of the cities that met their “creative city criteria." What is their criteria? Its not getting paid to ride rides and go to fundraisers. They "cross-referenced economic reports, with media coverage and membership in professional design organizations. (They) chose cities that are not often in the spotlight and are pursuing enlightened strategies and ideas."

Someone on this blog is jealous of someone's life(s), having visited over 80 American cities sans a cool website to show for it.

The Novemdecember-long downtown street-facing window-laden show is a "showcase of original art, prints and gifts that reflect the fun, comfort and in…

Tate Modern | T-shirt design competition

Ends October 29, 2009 and you must be under 25 years old to enter: What does ‘Pop’ mean to you? (We aren’t talking fizzy beverages, people). Does it elevate the everyday or take the stuffing out of high culture? Or is it simply art that’s not afraid of being a product? Whatever the theory, it’s undoubtedly visually striking and your interpretation will look stunning on a tee in the Tate Modern shop! Your challenge is to design a tee inspired by the Tate Modern Museum’s Pop Life exhibitionEnter the contest here

A Night With the Girls | Program

The programs for A Night With the Girls are printed (Mama's Sauce) and folded & assembled (Dan Ginader and myself). Take a look. They're 11 by 17, folded in half and contain a cute booklet about the show's performers. My goals were to promote the blog, all the activities we've done this summer, the September 4th panel, and, well, me.

A Night With the Girls is tonight (Monday, August 31, 2009), 8pm, at Orlando Shakes, and benefits the 2010 Orlando Improv Festival I'm producing. $20 donation. An hour and a half of casual cabaret with some of the most entertaining personalities in Central Florida.

Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety and window dressers everywhere salivate

June 25, 2009: Stores pay window dressers thousands a year to come up with original ideas to draw in the foot traffic and entertain passersby. But I highly doubt they EVER came up with something as original and unexpected as Brian Feldman's nighttime piece "Brian Feldman Reads This Newspaper In Its Entirety" which took place starting at 8:30pm at Frames Forever & Art Gallery on Orange Avenue in Winter Park June 25, 2009.

There he was as I pulled up in my car, standing in a store window, holding an Orlando Weekly and reading it word for word into a microphone. The sound (rig designed by Tommy Wingo) coming through the two speakers stuck on a folding table to the right of the window was set at a decent volume and sounded crystal clear. The lighting from within the window lit the wall of newspapers behind him like in a perfect Barneys window display. The floor of the window area was covered in newspapers, and even Feldman himself wore a handmade vest of newspaper.

The r…

Um....

The design that won the design contest to be the official poster for the 2009 Orlando Fringe Festival. Thoughts? (Source)

Barneys says hi

Miss the holiday windows in New York City? We got it covered, starting off with Barneys...


Barneys New York. (Photo Credit: Rob Dicomandria)


Barneys New York. (Photo Credit: Rob Dicomandria)


Barneys New York. (Photo Credit: Rob Dicomandria)
View all the 2008 windows here.

People's Design Award

A People's Choice Award for... design!Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards chosen by a jury of distinguished design gurus—but do you agree with the experts?

Now you can make your design voice heard by voting for the 2008 People's Design Award. Whether it's handmade or mass produced, high end or low brow, if it's an example of good design, we want to know about it! On this site, you can browse and search for designs that have already been submitted, or nominate something new.

Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. EST on October 21, 2008, TODAY!!! and check back on this site on October 23 at 10:00 p.m. EST to see the winner announced live at the National Design Awards gala in New York City.

Orlando Sentinel's Bonita Burton

Episode 22: Bonita Burton (Length: 24:34)
Bonita Burton, Associate managing Editor for Visuals for the Orlando Sentinel, speaks with host Mark Baratelli about the paper's June 2008 re-design. She has been with the Orlando Sentinel since 2004 and offers a first-hand account of the reason behind the re-design, the work that went into it and how a shift in content focus dictated many of the changes found in the new look.

For an in-depth look at the redesign, read Charles Apples' post.

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