You’ve seen it before. And you’ll see it again. Trends come and go, but good design is timeless. It acknowledges the past, incorporates the human experience as it evolves, and gives us a new way of looking at the world. Design is a process that does not simply move forward in a linear fashion. Rather, design is like a river—meandering between flux and permanence, spilling into pools of time and timelessness, and flowing between the past, present, and future.
Design doesn’t sweep problems under the rug—design exists to create positive solutions that lead us to a better place. Good design achieves its intended effect and then opens our minds to what the human experience can be. It starts a conversation between the visible and the invisible.
Tear down barriers. Let your imagination soar. Design that reflects the past and looks toward the future is poetry. It has soul. How do you breathe new life into the past to create new solutions?
The AIGA BoNE Show 2013 recognizes timeless design solutions that make us rethink existence. The Best of New England transcend space and time to shape our perception. Do you have what it takes? Do you recognize it’s all just a little bit of history repeating?
Elliott Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. Elliott’s work as a designer, performer and artist is represented in major collections including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum and The Miami Art Museum. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach. As a performance artist, Elliott was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group. He has preformed globally including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Masion des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. His work as an artist has been exhibited widely including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.
Stewart generates ideas for a living, often under the name Stewdio. He studied graphic design at UConn and Yale, teaches code at NYU, and currently works for Google’s Creative Lab in New York. He’s exhibited artwork at the MoMA, SFMOMA, Fondation Cartier, and ZKM.
Stewdio is an art practice, a code house, and a graphic design studio in London. Stewdio thrives on collaboration, expanding and contracting as necessary. Stewdio works with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Warning Office, ZKM Center for Art and Media, and many more. Their work has appeared in various exhibitions and festivals in New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Munich, and so on.
Lucille Tenazas is the Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons The New School for Design where her teaching explores the intersection of design, craft and technology. Previously, she was the Founding Chair of the MFA program in Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco with an interdisciplinary focus on form-giving, teaching and leadership.
Her work has been featured in many publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2002, she received the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has been honored as one of the ID Forty, ID Magazine’s selection of Americas leading design innovators.