Author: Jade Chang

Having Your Cake

Cell-phone designers improve the way we communicate; traffic-signal designers make crossing the street easier. And cake-plate designers? Well, they want to make eating cake more enjoyable. Lunar Design, a San Francisco-based industrial-design firm known for its work with companies like…

Design’s Multicultural Influences

For today’s generation of designers, cross-culturalism is about physically experiencing different worlds while retaining your own history. For proof, just consider the points raised during “Crossing Cultures,” the opening seminar at Metropolis’s “Design Entrepreneurs: Connecting Cultures” conference, held May 16…

How IKEA, MoMA Connect With Design Talent

IKEA wasn’t just one of the first mass-market companies to sell design, it was also among the first to sell designers, running their names—and often black-and-white pictures of them—alongside each product. The MoMA Store, on the other hand, has relied…

2nd Story

The recent restoration of a Neutra house uses the master’s original drawings to satisfy the current craze for more space.

Design Locally, Think Globally

It is easy for design to be provocative, and it is easy for it to challenge our perception of ordinary objects. But can design do more than that? Can it go outside the safety of the studio, of the comfort…

Is Open Space What Inspires L.A. Designers?

Like contestants in a never-ending high school popularity contest, insecure Angelenos and jealous New Yorkers continue to fuel the century-old debate about which is better, L.A. or N.Y.? Admittedly, the latest round of the fight, which occurred as part of…

Getting Centered

Looking to reach a larger community, Art Center College of Design hatches an audacious plan for a second campus—and a higher profile.