Weekend Heller: 3D Printing MADness, World Design Opus, Laser Cat Box

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Stark Raving 3D MAD

Carla Diana is going mad at The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) during the Shapeways 3D Printing Residency next week (March 11 to March 16) as part of the ongoing exhibition, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.

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Hear more about her latest book LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing, the world’s first children’s book about 3D printing, with objects you can download and make.

Come play with Diana as she works with Formlabs high resolution, light-based 3D printers and a full body scanner. And prepare to get scanned yourself!

The Museum of Arts and Design at 2 Columbus Circle, is open every day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Can’t Wait For This Dept.: Margolin’s Opus

For close to a decade (maybe longer), Professor Victor Margolin has been working on his three volume opus: World History of Design (Bloomsbury). I can’t wait for it as it promises to be the most complete reference, with emphasis on graphic design and its contexts, that has been published to date. The first two volumes (1,600 pages) will be published in September 2014.

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Here’s more information about the books:

September 20141,600 pp – 2 Volume HB Set880 black-and-white and 120 color illustrationsISBN: 9781472569288 – $680

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Cat Calls from Miami Beach

2014 is the year of the Laser Cat. A giant cat head that projects art through it’s laser beam eyes. “Creatives worldwide are encouraged to submit their artwork (drawings, sculpture, painting, photography, cat photography and more) to Laser Cat,” meows cat fancier Killian Cooper. “The more art he gets, the bigger he grows.”

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Commissioned by ADC and conceived by Cooper’s Hungry Castle, Laser Cat is an interactive installation that forms part of the ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design held in beautiful Miami Beach. As it’s name suggests, Laser Cat is a giant cat with ‘lasers’ for eyes that uses high powered projectors to beam the personal art projects of the global community onto public buildings.

The simple brief for the Laser Cat project (April 7 to 9) is rooted in ADC’s new vision, to recommit the creative industries to the art and craft of advertising and design. Whether working in a multinational advertising agency or a two-person design studio, there’s a common thread that binds all creatives, a love and appreciation for creating art.

Included are Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser & Sue Walsh, Banksy, James Victore, George Lois, Javier Mariscal, Tara McPherson, Jon Burgerman and many more creatives from multi-disciplinary design firms like Mother, Wieden+Kennedy and DDB Worldwide have all fed Laser Cat.

“This April 9 on the roof of the Frank Gehry designed New World Center, the Laser Cat movement will begin pew pew pew!” Cooper adds.

Additional ResourceDon’t miss this year’s New Visual Artist Issue. Learn more about 20 up-and-coming artists, read Steven Heller’s interview with Timothy Goodman along with his Evolution column that looks at rabbits and design. Get your copy today.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →