Metropolis Magazine - Metropolis Magazine March 2009

 

Banal Genius

Sam Hecht’s intriguing Under a Fiver collection highlights the ingenuity and folly of some of the world’s most inexpensive objects.

Golden Ticket

­Filmmaker Gary Hustwit takes viewers inside famous—­and sometimes secretive—design studios.

Towards a New Ethical Framework for Evaluating Design

The 20th-century definition of “good design” was driven primarily by form. Today the stakes are too high, & the world too complex, for such a response.

The 20th-century definition of “good design” was driven primarily by form. Today the stakes are too high, and the world too complex, for a superficial response.

A Call to Arms: Veterans on the Front Lines of Prosthetics Research

The Iraq war has produced thousands of wounded veterans, propelling research into the ultimate ergonomic challenge: the perfect prosthetic.

The Iraq war has produced thousands of wounded veterans, propelling research into the ultimate ergonomic challenge: the perfect prosthetic.
Military amputees now find themselves on the front lines
of prosthetics research, with each new development promising more than mere mobility.

The New Reality: Graduating Class

Given the dismal state of the economy, we decided to ask students completing ten top industrial-design programs (both bachelor’s and master’s) about their career plans. There’s certainly no lack of problems to tackle—environmental, social, or otherwise—but there will likely be fewer jobs to fill, at least for now. Click on the photos to see what some young creative minds have…

18 Insights From the Italian Master, Enzo Mari

The legendary Italian designer—a man of fiery polemics and rigorously pure forms­—has produced a remarkable body of work, built surely for the ages.

The legendary Italian designer—a man of fiery polemics and rigorously pure forms­—has produced a remarkable body of work, built surely for the ages.

The Children of Raymond Loewy

­A curious lineage exists between the dapper Frenchman and today’s contemporary stars of industrial design, from Philippe Starck to Jonathan Ive.

­A curious lineage exists between the dapper Frenchman and today’s contemporary stars.

What is Good Design?

Our special product-design issue asks a very 20th-century question, one the Modernists asked with great ardor, but seeks to broaden the definition.

In a way, our special product-design issue asks a very 20th-century question, one the Modernists asked with great ardor more than 50 years ago. The original question, however, was preoccupied with notions of beauty and style. And while this month’s issue is concerned with aesthetics—how could it not be?—it does attempt to broaden the definition. We identify ten essential characteristics…

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