Monthly Archives: January 2010

Design in the Age of Open Source Design

In June, Local Motors, the first open source car company to reach production, will officially release the Rally Fighter, a $50,000 off-road (but street-legal) racer.

The design—described by Wired as a “cross between a Baja racer and a P-51 Mustang fighter plane”— was created by Sangho Kim, a graphic artist and Art Center student. The design was crowdsourced, as was the selection of mostly off-the-shelf components, and the final assembly will be done by the customers themselves in local assembly centers as part of a “build experience.”

Per Wired: “As the community coalesced around his Rally Fighter, members competed to develop secondary parts, from the side vents to the light bar. Some were designers, some engineers, and others just car hobbyists. But what they had in common was a refusal to design just another car, compromised by mass-market needs and convention. They wanted to make something original — a fantasy car come to life.”

Read more: In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits

Leading Change for Social Impact Forum Tomorrow

Don’t miss tomorrow night’s forum: Leading Change for Social Impact: Perspectives from Prominent Innovators. Moderated by USC professor Adlai Wertman, the event will feature Mariana Amatullo, vice president and director of Designmatters; Jonathan Greenblatt, social entrepreneur and founder of All for Good and Ethos Water; and Rhys Newman, head of design strategic projects at Nokia Design and former Art Center faculty member.

The forum will be held tomorrow night, Jan. 28, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Ahmanson Auditorium.

Icsid Calls for Design Solutions Following Haiti Earthquake

In response to the devastation following the earthquake in Haiti, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has launched a global call to designers from all disciplines to unite in an open dialogue with international relief organizations to assess potential design-effective rehabilitation projects.

To support the UN’s efforts to help the Haitian people overcome challenges in relation to the country’s reconstruction plans, designers, students and relief workers are encouraged to join the discussion by connecting with the Uniting Designers in Disaster fan page on Facebook.

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Art Center’s Online Student Gallery: Safer Than The Met

Perhaps this is why museum guards say not to get too close to the work: A significant Pablo Picasso painting, The Actor, was damaged after a woman at The Met lost her balance and fell on Friday.

Looking for a safer way to view art? Check out Art Center’s online gallery of student work. All disciplines are represented, from transportation design to fine art to film. Check it out today: Art Center Online Student Gallery

Things That Float

Our own Stephen Nowlin, director and curator of the Williamson Gallery, is the first participant of NASA Images’ “Guest Showcase,” a monthly presentation of digital exhibitions curated by leading professionals in the fields of science, education, art, entertainment, business and academia. The exhibitions will consist of carefully selected images, videos and audio from NASA Images. Nowlin’s piece is titled Things That Float.

“As a native Earthling, bred and raised with an awe-threshold heavily influenced by our terra-firma existence, I remain captivated by how big things stuck to the surface down here can hover like floating poetry up there in the blackness of space,” Nowlin writes.

See the video after the jump.

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Southern California Portfolio Day a Great Success

National Portfolio Day is an event that gives aspiring art and design students the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives review portfolios, discuss their school’s programs and answer questions about careers in art.

Southern California Portfolio Day was held Sunday at Art Center’s Hillside Campus. Southwestern Academy students were in attendance, and made a great video documenting the day—check it out! The day was a great success—thanks to all who participated. Check out the video after the jump.

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Site-Specific Installation by Grad Art Faculty Member Opens in Westwood

Later Layer, a site-specific installation designed by artist and Graduate Fine Art associate professor Walead Beshty and architects Johnston Marklee, opens today at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Los Angeles. The installation features Beshty’s photograms in the Depart Foundation collection and architectural models of Johnston Marklee’s work in Italy. Presented as two connected projects, the models and photograms are displayed in a field of modular nesting boxes designed collaboratively by the artist and the architects.

The IIC is located at 1023 Hilgard Avenue in Westwood. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.

Meet Mitos Corpus

After noticing a lack of interaction between different term students in her department, advertising major Mitos Corpus got to work helping organize a brainstorming and homework session for advertising students.

“What began as a place to do homework has become a place where advertising students can work together and critique each other’s work,” Mitos says.

Read more about Mitos and her experiences studying at Art Center in this great interview.