FROM NOW ON IN CAPE TOWN

Next week, From Now On will be working from South Africa, with the British Council Connect ZA team, to launch the The Maker Library Network on the EXPO events stage of Design Indaba. and as part of the events opening the World Design Capital 2014.

The project has developed exponentially since our small sketch last October. Six Maker Libraries across the UK and South Africa are ready to go as the foundation for a new open design platform that connects makers across the UK and South Africa. To do so, we’re setting up a series of stimulating creative environments that combine a makespace, gallery and library, and regularly collaborate with an online community of makers and mentors.

The British Council team will also be launching an Open Call in search of new librarians in South Africa to join and set up their own Maker Libraries and grow the network. If you are in Cape Town, come visit our librarians Heath Nash and Tetsuo Mukai from Study O Portable at Guild, or Thingking at Design Indaba. In the UK, please check out our MLs at Makerversity London with Candyce, at MAKlab in Glasgow with Richard, or in the courtyard of GRAS in Edinburgh with Gunnar and Stuart. More info on the Open Call Soon.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS

Earlier this year, Daniel Charny was invited by the British Council Arts team to visit South Africa and come up with a proposal for the design and makers strand of their Connect ZA Programme, headed by Tom Porter and managed by Sarah Mann. A team including curator Catriona Duffy of Panel, designer Mil Stricevic and architects Stuart Falconer of GRAS and James Binning of Assemble travelled together to Jo’burg and Capetown, met fantastic people and visited significant places for the creative community.

A few months later and From Now On are happily working closely with the BC’s Arts teams in the UK and SA. The first sketch of the project ,code name The Maker Library Network and aimed at creating connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa has just taken place at the Open Government Partnership Summit with ThingKing in Cape Town and Makerversity in London. More about this exciting open design network project soon.

You can check out the very first sketch trial mock up doodle experiment on www.makerlibraries.org and tell us what you think !

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DESIGN EDUCATION AT DesignMiami/BASEL 2012

BE OPEN [a Russian foundation which acts as a creative think tank, aiming to stimulate innovation by looking towards design education] launched ‘INSIDE THE ACADEMY’ with DesignMiami by honouring achievements in educational approaches for creative design. A selection of European design schools presented work these included Le Cambre, Belgium; Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland; Hochschule Basel, Switzerland; Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, The Netherland and Glasgow Fine Art School, UK.

The jury of international design experts included Ron Arad (Designer-Architect); Gilda Bojardi (Interni Magazine); Felix Burrichter (Pin-Up Magazine); Daniel Charny (Curator and Educator); Johanna Agerman Ross (Disegno Magazine) – selected the Sandberg institute to receive the BE OPEN Inside the Academy key note lectures Prize.

The following day Design Miami invited Ron Arad, Jurgen Bey and Daniel Charny to take part in a talk about ‘educating future innovators‘ moderated by the inquisitive Lucas Verweij.

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CORE BLIMEY

Core77 Design Awards jury teams for 2012 have been announced. Open to professional and student work C7712DA is a progressive international award that recognises the importance of speculative and experimental work. The Product Consumer jury team based in London is captained by Nicolas Roope and includes Sofia Lagerkvist and Sebastien Noel and Daniel Charny.

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MIND SHATTERING VISIT TO THE LHC EXPERIMENTS

The Science Museum of London is planning an ambitious museum experience to tell the story of the Large Hadron Collider. As part of figuring out how to do this they invited a group of ‘creatives’ including Daniel Charny to join them on a very special visit to see the LHC control room and the experiments surrounding it. The kit is amazing but what it is really all about is the thousands of bright people from and around the world who share the goal to further knowledge.

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DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2012

This year Daniel Charny nominated five designs for Designs of The Year. RE-DESIGN FOR THE EMERGENCY AMBULANCE by HHCD and Vehicle Design, RCA. LIFELINE VIEW™ DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) by DEFIBTECH. EARTHQUAKE PROOF TABLE by Arthur Brutter and Ido BrunoSOLAR SINTER by Markus Kayser. CARBON BLACK WHEELCHAIR by Andrew Slorance, iimaginedesign. The yearly ‘Design Oscars’ showcase from around the world is on now at the Design Museum London until 15 July 2012. Category award winners and the overall winner of the Design of the Year Award 2012 will be announced at an Awards event on 24 April 2012.

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DOES STOCKHOLM NEED A NEW DESIGN MUSEUM?

FormmuseumNudebateregarding the content and function of a future design museum’

2 February 2012, Konstfack,Svarta Havet, Stockholm.   16.00 – 18.00

Daniel Charny, Curator and advisor for the New Design Museum, London, Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend analyst, Trend Union, Paris. Nina Stritzer – Levine, Chief curator at Bard Graduate center Decorative Arts, New York. FromaFantasma / Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin, Designer, Eindhoven. Mikael Schiller, Executive Chairman of ACNE Studios, Stockholm. Moderator: Annica Kvint, Design – and architecture critic, Stockholm.

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SELECTING FOR DESIGN MIAMI/ 2011 DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD

David Adjaye is this year’s recipient of Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award.

“The diverse selection committee comprising individuals who significantly impact international design discourse” included: Maarten BaasDaniel CharnyPierre DozeMarianne GoeblBrooke HodgeEllen Lupton, Ravi NaidooDeyan SudjicNoriko Takiguchi and Alexander von Vegesack.

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DESIGN MUSEUM CONTENT AND INTERPRETATION

FROM-NOW-ON have been appointed by the Design Museum London as Content and Interpretation Consultants to work with them on the strategy, policies and display of their permanent collections. This is part of the comprehensive goundwork preparing for the  museum’s very exciting new development project to move to the former Commonwealth Institute building.

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