Print’s Portfolio Review Winners: Orysia Zabeida

As a child, Orysia Zabeida strayed from the typical children’s toys and sought to create her own. She credits this curiosity and playfulness as the primary force behind her design work. “If I had to reflect on what led me …

Print’s Portfolio Review Winners: Andrew Herzog

When Andrew Herzog selected projects for his portfolio, he focused on the pieces he felt were representative of his personality. “I try to pick work that I have a personal connection with,” Herzog says. “If I was able to truly …

Print’s Portfolio Review Winners: C2F

For designers Cybu Richli and Fabienne Burri, the creative forces behind C2F, the only rule of design is to approach each new project with the same level of dedication as the last. “No job is less important,” Richli says. “It …


Reporting from the Third Annual Vienna Design Week

New and Notable 2009

See a slideshow of the year’s best products in the categories of
Live, Work, Shine, Play, Rest, Move,  Eat, Wear, Exit, Make,  and Buy.

Q+A: Frank Lantz

Earlier this decade, Frank Lantz helped pioneer the idea of “big games”—tech-driven multiplayer games that unfold in public space, like PacManhattan, an urban version of the classic arcade game invented by his students at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Area/code, the company he founded in 2005 with Kevin Slavin, has developed these kinds of games for clients ranging from Qwest Wireless to CBS, as well as online social games like the wildly popular Facebook game the company introduced last year to promote A&E’s reality series Parking Wars. Lantz just launched NYU’s Game Center, a game-focused program that will eventually become a degree-granting department.

Recess, Rethought

A host of designers is building interactive landscapes
for kids to learn by having fun.

Toy Stories

TOY STORIES The brief was simple and open-ended: Offer an emotional design critique of an iconic toy. Most of the designers, creative directors, authors, educators, curators, and entrepreneurs we enlisted chose objects from their childhood, articulating the smart design thinking behind these timeless playthings while also recalling what their treasured toys meant to them personally. The result is a survey of approaches to designing for play that provides insights into how childhood fun informs adult design practice.

2009 Annual Design Review Exhibition

Just as it starts to hit the newsstands, the 2009 Annual Design Review exhibit has gone up at the Material ConneXion showroom in New York. Check out the panoramic video above for a peek at the space (sorry about the blurriness—we’re still getting the hang of our new iPhone). If you’re in town this summer, stop by to see the winners and judge them for yourself.

Annual Design Review Exhibit

June 25 – August 21
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Material ConneXion
60 Madison Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 842-2050