Monday, April 18, 2011


the next icon in watch culture and design
BREIL, one of the most renown watch and jewelry brand in italy,
collaborates with designboom for an international design competition
under the theme of 'design time'.

BREIL is a brand renowned for its original, distinctive style of watch, bold visual impact,
and persistent innovation, which has since 2001 made the company creator of and leader
in a new market demand for steel jewelry.

participants are asked to design
- the next stainless steel watch in the BREIL collection
BREIL is seeking an attractive, feasible design that could have success
as a real watch in the company's line.
male, female, and unisex designs are equally welcomed.
and should use stainless steel,
or stainless steel in combination with other materials.

the competition regards exclusively the design of the watch,

get more info and register here



hands door handles
participants are asked to re-design the renault 4.
the briefing is broken up in 2 main parts:

1- the look and its style:
the RENAULT 4 has been the third bestselling model in automobile history and
has become an international pop style icon. your new design project should
respect the identity of the historical R4 model, which was based on an extremely
functional and minimalistic philosophy.

the RENAULT 4, first presented in 1961, was an industrial mass-production model.
its innovative, low-cost but effective solutions embraced the entire population.
not only in france, or europe, but worldwide, as it transcended social boundaries.
before ceasing production in 1994, the R4 reached a total distribution of 8,135,424 cars
in more than 100 countries. like denim jeans which are worn the world over by all classes,
its creator and former president of renault, pierre dreyfus launched the renault 4
as 'the blue jeans car'.
people of all nations expressed feelings of sympathy to the changes in society
of the sixties, which had been catalyzed in the peace movements, and the R4 was
a favorite means of transport for those young people itching to explore the world.

this year, the R4 turns 50. this competition aims to revive the R4's spirit
therefore, somehow your re-design should resemble the look of the
historic model and most importantly: it should look great.

2- innovative design and technology for sustainable mobility:
the cleverly minimalistic R4 used the technical know-how of its time at its best.
low running costs and the ability to adapt to all types of use granted the R4 an
illustrious 31-year career. the revolutionary approach to body design allowed
several different versions, including a van, a four-wheel drive vehicle and
a cabriolet. the sturdy construction and the low maintenance strategy of the model
made it suitable also for an off-road racing championship.
how would you translate this characteristics into a contemporary model?

like its illustrious predecessor, the new generation Renault 4-ever will be a
people-centered vehicle. drawing from the heritage of the iconic original '4L', it will be a simple,
practical, reliable and affordable car offering mobility for all. crucially, as a 21st century vehicle,
it will be designed with the future in mind and according to the principles of the
circular economy,
aiming at achieving a positive impact on the environment rather than simply focusing
on being slightly 'less bad'.

get more info and register here

Desing for the Real World Redux

Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical in the truest sense. It must dedicate itself to...maximum diversity with minimum inventory...or doing the most with the least.
These prescient words were written 40 years ago by Viennese-born designer and
thinker Victor J. Papanek and published in his influential book Design for the Real World. While many have been inspired by Papanek's plea for responsible and humane design, many more have ignored it. Yet as we face unparalleled social, economic, and environmental challenges, Papanek's words are more timely and urgent than ever.
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City in partnership with the Victor J. Papanek Foundation at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York are pleased to announce

An international design competition
and the launch of the
Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award

Thursday, April 7, 2011




Dia 05 de Maio de 2011 Campus de Gualtar, Auditório do Instituto da Educação

Dia 06 de Maio de 2011 Campus de Gualtar, Anf. Engenharia II


O encontro visa centrar o debate nas inter-relações entre as estruturas económicas, sociais e políticas e a paisagem urbana, nas suas expressões materiais tais edifícios públicos, ou privados, civis ou religiosos, defensivos ou económicos, entre outros, ou através de condicionamentos legislativos, tais como ordenações ou regras de ordenamento urbano. Pretende-se assim avaliar os diferentes mecanismos que condicionam ou são condicionados pela evolução da paisagem urbana.


Organização: CITCEM

Comissão organizadora: Maria do Carmo Ribeiro e Arnaldo Sousa Melo

Nexus 2012 Logo Competition!

Announcing the Nexus 2012 Logo Competition !!
The 2012 edition of the Nexus conference on architecture and mathematics includes a competition for the logo. The conference logo will appear on the website, on all printed announcements and posters concerning the conference, and on all conference material, and a special webpage on the conference website will provide space for the winning designer to explain the concept and process behind the creation of the logo. All competition entries will appear on a website. A selection of the best entries will be exhibited during the Nexus 2012 conference.
Call for Logo Designs
The logo should capture the "nexus" of architecture and mathematics, the interdisciplinary subject of the Nexus conferences. Past logos for Nexus conferences from 1996 to 2010, as well as competition submissions for the 2010 logo competition can be found on the Nexus 2010 logo webpage.  References to the conference venue in the city of Milan are also appreciated. Designers should remember that the logo design should be meaningful at a variety of scales, from full-size to thumbnail, and that it will be used on the cover of a future issue of the Nexus Network Journal (about 12 cm x 12 cm, or 5 x 5 in), and will appear online as well. Scaling the image up and down during the design phase will help the designer be sure that the logo is readable in all formats.
Who can submit
The competition is open to all those who would like to submit a design. Teachers are particularly encouraged to use the competition as a starting point for a class project.
What to submit
Logo proposals should be submitted in digital format (.jpg or .gif) in a low resolution (96 dpi) on a page size no larger than a standard A4 page (210 x 297 mm). The winner will be asked to send the winning image in an uncompressed format (.bmp or .tif) at a 300 dpi resolution. The proposal can be accompanied by a short (one-paragraph) explanation about how the image was created and what it is intended to signify (but remember, the image should really speak for itself, making the "nexus" of architecture and mathematics clear without needing any verbal explanation. Please include a coversheet with the candidate's name and contact information.
Logo proposals must be submitted no later than 31 December 2011 for review and selection. Proposals will be posted on the website before the winning design is announced.
The winner will be notified by 31 January 2012.
Where to submit
Logo proposals should be sent to Kim Williams.