Panel discussion: Interactive Spaces with Project Projects, FXFOWLE, and Alan Brake

Tuesday, May 14th, 6:30–8:00 pm
161 Bowery, 2nd Floor, New York 10002

How does a body interact with a building? How do people interact socially within spaces? How do commissions interact with the design process? How do communities interact with one another? Architecture has long been interested in questions of interaction and new technologies – indeed, many ideas about the development of software have been drawn from ideas about the development of buildings.
Join us Tuesday, May 14th for a panel discussion with Guy Geier and Tim Milam of FXFOWLE, Alan Brake of The Architects’ Newspaper, and Project Projects principals Prem Krishnamurthy and Rob Giampietro, as they explore dimensions of interactivity in design, from analog to digital, and 2-D to 3-D, through a variety of examples drawing from FXFOWLE and Project Projects’ multidisciplinary practices. Case studies will include the newly-launched, designed by Project Projects, along with interactive structures, exhibitions, public spaces, and related media.
Part of NYCxDesign, New York City’s inaugural citywide event to showcase and promote design of all disciplines, the discussion will take place at Project Projects’ studio at
161 Bowery, 2nd Floor, followed by a complimentary cocktail reception at The Randolph
at 343 Broome Street.
To RSVP, contact Emily Alli at
We hope to see you there!

The Poetics of Circuitry

As the third and final event of Spring 2013 Design Area Lectures + Workshops at Visual Arts Department at the School of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Taeyoon Choi will lead a workshop titled Poetics of Circuitry.

Tae is an artist, writer, hacker, teacher and some other things, but most importantly he is an activist with political concerns. Please take a look at Occu-Bot that he designed for Zucotti Park last Fall. He is also been an Eyebeam resident in 2008 and fellow in 2011.

His artistic research is focused on urban space, structural violence and collective behavior. He creates site specific intervention, new media performance and participatory experience in collaboration with community, art spaces and activist groups.

Taeyoon Choi

March 15, Friday 4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.
CSB 224

for further inquiries please write to:

33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Juicetank Innovation Labs

Want to work at a local start-up incubator, meet entrepreneurs, and help build a graphic design team from scratch? Are you a master at CS6, as well as proficient at HTML5/CSS3? Consider an internship at Juicetank Innovation Labs, located in Somerset, NJ. Start/end dates are variable, as we can accommodate most schedules. See, and to apply, send your résumé via email to

Competition for Customizing Desktop Images and Screen Savers for Computer Labs at CSB

Good work requires good tools, but good tools do not necessarily create inspiring environments. Yes, in design area, we have fabulous computer labs all sorts facilities. We are wealthy but not happy because our labs look like Apple stores rather than an art school. So we decided to take a step to customize our virtual environment and we are announcing a competition for designing desktop images and screen savers for theses labs.

Here is a fun and thorough presentation about screen savers:

You can simply code the screensaver with processing or if you want to explore Xcode follow the link:

All other hacky or techy ways are accepted as long as approved by Shane.
Animated GIF’s are also OK.

Desktop image should be no smaller than 2560-by-1440 px. and size for the saver should be relative and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Prizes are stunning! Winners will get a VAP credit and a lunch with design area faculty! The winner will be responsible for assisting the installation and maintenance of the work.

The selection will be made by a closed jury and the results will be announced on this blog.

Please submit to no later than February 18, 2013.


Reinvent Payphones

Today the City of New York manages over 11,000 payphone kiosks across the five boroughs – and we know that with the rise of mobile phones and digital media, the way that New Yorkers share information is changing rapidly. In order to modernize our powerful communications infrastructure, the City of New York is hosting Reinvent Payphones, a public design challenge that seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical and/or virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones.

Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your prototype by February 18th and you could help to shape the City’s future.

The Beat by Social Media Department at Rutgers

The Beat uses Instagram pictures users added to their map, and combine them with the corresponding Google StreetView location to help explore topics in a new way. Try it!

This is a project of the Social Media Information Lab, at the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers University.

Feel free to explore your own beat by putting a new topic in the search box.

Explore “This Exquisite Forest” with Chrome and London’s Tate Modern

This morning, in partnership with the Tate Modern in London, Google released an online art experiment called This Exquisite Forest, which lets you collaborate with others to create animations and stories using a web-based drawing tool.

It is so disappointing that it requires Chrome.


Cedvel is an application for designing grid systems.

It is designed and developed by my dear former colleague Fahri Özkaramanlı. He is one of the most inspiring young designers in Istanbul who is specialized on screen ergonomics and typography. His previous project was also designed to help with this font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text with the fonts installed
on your computer.

His methodological approach to interface design becomes quite exceptional when combined with his personal sharing and information generous personality.

Please  free to contact him on regarding any question or permissions regarding both two projects.

Makerspace on Rutgers Livingston Campus

A makerspace is growing inside Rutgers. It is located at 35 Berrue Circle
Piscataway Township. In the space they are running Make Your Makerspace events on Wednesday evening, and a 3D printing night Thursday after 8pm.

As design area faculty we are going to visit their October 18th, 3D printing event at 8pm. Please join us if you like.

To see what a makerspace is:

and its critiscm: | New Brunswick, NJ