Thursday, September 20, 2007


Mariana invited us to share her stand at Expo Rehabilitacion y Tecera edad next friday and saturday at expo Guadalajara. expo rehabilitacion y tercera edadI only have one week left in Mexico, and things are quite busy... specially dealing with outsourcing last minute. For example: we needed a piece for the old standers, I ordered 3 pieces just to have some spare parts in stock. Those bars have to be bent... we usually do that by rolling, but they took them to a pressure bender and broke them. Today they had to manufacture those pieces again... but they had to be with the anodizing guy yesterday! and we need one of those bars for the expo! I'll try not to worry too much.

Tomorrow morning I'll be talking with some "almost" graduate students of UAG. I haven't prepared anything yet, so I'll better stop blogging.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

vive la sémiologie

Architectradure is a very cool blog about interaction design and ambient intelligence by Cati Vaucelle. For example, this post about Michael Graves and Universal Design found at
"People who become disabled have to radically redesign their outlook about the physical world," Graves says, remembering the first days after he was out of danger and learning to live with paralysis. "They redesign their sense of privacy and their sense of independence. Yet in the products they have to use, design has abandoned them."
If I were not married, I would be practicing my French while taking a plane to propose... This is just an excerpt from her lecture on semiotics:
"The main point is that social and individual percepts are codified into material form. Products can then be decomposed into separated features. This help understand that, when combined, these features become cultural choices. Pointing out the combination of features naturally point to cultural implications, i.e. are culture specific. The final point is to determine within a concept what are the assumptions while making design choices. It helps articulate a project within a framework and allows the identification of the 'why' of the final design choices that will later be encoded into material form."
minimum - Fred Eerdekens... or this tool for evaluating Universal Design Performance, and one of my favourite posts: the shadow of objects. Installations created by Fred Eerdekens using light and objects to create unbelievable messages, and you can take that literally. I usually don't like works of art that use written messages, because they become "localized" instead of being universal. I mean, that they can only communicate to the people who understand that language. But in this case, I must say that it's really clever.

au revoir
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Joan Busquets

For the second time, this year's Catedra Luis Barragan, will be held in Guadalajara with Joan Busquets I. Grau as guest. The main conference will be next friday september 7th, 19:00pm at the congress hall of Tec de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara. It will be open to all public.

On saturday 8th, 11:00 am at Museo de la Ciudad de Guadalajara, they'll present the photographic exhibition "Urban Perceptions" and then at 11:30 the discussion panel about urban development called "encuentro con la ciudad" also open to the general public or it wouldn't be a meeting with the city. Then the prizes and closing event at 13:00 pm

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

African-mexican thread

hilo negroThe Industrial Design Student Union (SALDI) of ITESM Campus Monterrey invites you to their first international congress called Hilo Negro (black thread). Which will be held on September 20th, 21st and 22nd. Guest speakers will be: Andres Quinto (AIR design), Alexander Neumeister (N+P Industrial Design), Mauricio Bedolla (Mattel), Alejandro Okusono (Okurrenzzia), Carlos Glatt (CENDI) and Naoko Takeda (ITESM/Ikeru design). They'll have 5 workshops: transportation, drawing, 3D, stainless steel, and morphologic design, and also 3 social nights and a discussion panel. Inquiries:

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