Akiko Busch

Generation Collaboration: The Next Wave of Design Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship usually evokes individuality and self-motivation, but community building was a big theme at Metropolis' “Design Entrepreneurs” conference.

Entrepreneurship generally evokes qualities of individuality and determined self-motivation, so it seemed odd to find community building such a consistent topic at the Metropolis Conference, “Design Entrepreneurs,” presented at ICFF on Monday, May 19. As the emergent theme, however, it underlined the fact that design is, by nature, a collective enterprise. Or as Jennifer Carpenter of Truck put it more…

A Film Honoring Films Made in New York

On May 8, while the New York Film Festival was winding down in lower Manhattan, a short film shown a few blocks to the north demonstrated the degree to which the city itself has developed its own cinematic presence. The occasion was MOVE, a conference sponsored by the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Initiating…

What’s In a Name? For the WTC, a Lot.

There are 93 World Trade Centers worldwide. So what bearing, if any, does this fact have on establishing the name of the trade center currently under development in downtown Manhattan? This was one of the questions raised at “Starting at Zero: Reinventing the Identity of the World Trade Center Site,” a panel discussion held Sept. 24 at the Fashion Institute…

Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames were intended only to be the starting point for “Design Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation,” the conference organized by Metropolis and sponsored by Nokia on May 19 at ICFF 2003. But the designing couple’s presence resonated throughout the day, as the new generation of design entrepreneurs showed its work and talked about the business of running a…

When You Can Find the Words and When You Can’t

As far as I know, John Hockenberry is right in pretty much everything he says. But he was wrong about something he said October 25. Hockenberry, an author and correspondent for Dateline NBC, was keynote speaker at the “What is Design Today” conference held that day at the Design Center at Philadelphia University and sponsored by Metropolis. One of the…