Monday, February 28, 2011

Wonder what the fourth years are doing?

Blog Feature: Nat Overholtzer

Anything: Life at CUID would like to introduce a new feature and its focus is on student blogs! In the world of information overload, here's a sneak peek at how your fellow designers visualize and filter the world.

First up, Nat Overholtzer and his repository of forms!

An effect achieved with magnets. Neat, huh?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seminar: City of Conflict/Digital City

For anyone who took seminar last semester, or anyone who's interested! I thought this was a pretty cool project running in New York. It gives homeless people a voice through social technology. I'm still kind of unsure what the end goal is meant to be, but I think it's a great way to raise awareness anyways.

Here's the actual website: Underheard in New York

Press Play Pause

Ottawa Love: 808 Somerset

葡國雞 B
牛腩麵 B
乾炒牛河 B
tablecloths A+

~$10 p.p.

so worth it.

PS: You are more than welcome to show your favourite hangouts too. :D

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Currently Trending in Studio

Lamy Noto, by Naoto Fukasawa

Bobble, by Karim Rashid

Urbanears Plattan, by a bunch of Swedes

Designing for play

Ever think about designing play structures? (some third years have to) Well, here are some good sites on designing areas of play, or toys, or anything related to playing..

Playable design - They hold an annual competition on toys, or play structures

Playground charity organization?
read article:

Blog about playground design:

Calgary Playground Review:

Flikr photostream on playspaces

Design for play guide

Have fun!

New Tech for Health - Guest Lecture

There is an open lecture this coming Monday (FEB. 28th) at 4:30pm. Bruce Fifield of Design Continuum will be giving a talk in the Architecture PIT. Be there!

In case you are interested, the following blurb is what is written on the poster:

Bruce Fifield
With his experience in the world of user insight and understanding of what really matters in the creation and delivery of ideal user experiences Bruce Fifield has been recognized for his achievements in design and received international awards which include; IDSA, IF, Red Dot, Medical Design Excellence Award and the Compasso D’oro. Prior to founding Studio Fifield, Bruce Fifield was a consultant to Olivetti Spa in the design and development of numerous award winning products for the office environment. Subsequently, Bruce Fifield was the Co-Founder of Design Continuum Italia where he provided strategic leadership for over 20 years. Bruce Fifield is a visiting professor at the Scuola Politecnica di Design and frequently holds lectures on the strategic link between good business and great design.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

InDesign shortcuts

Something to keep handy while you are chipping away at your portfolio and being tormented by not being able to find anything in InDesign. Don't bother looking, just use the shortcut key.

InDesign CS4 (which is close enough to CS5 really)
You can also download a pdf to print if you really want.
click one >>

Et's A Pet Cret, Betch

Look what I found on my phone.

Second years probably think they're so focking cool now.

Whatevar, betch!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Museum of Civilization, Exhibition class

For exhibition class, we took a trip to the Museum of Civilization. This is what we learned.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Crash Course in Geometry

Why is design important in our community?

With all of the information and visual noise that surrounds us today, what are the little things that designers can do to contribute to our society to bring order to the chaos?

Speakers discuss their perspectives on the importance of design in our community with 5 ideas and 5 images. Meet and reconnect with colleagues and friends in the Ottawa design community to discuss why the design community is important to you and why it is valuable to the design industry.

Where: Hard Rock Café (upstairs) in the Byward Market –
              73 York St, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
When: Wednesday, February 23 • 5:30-7:30 pm
Theme: Why is design important in our community?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

3D Printing Couture

3D printed by MGX for Iris van Herpen's S/S2011 show.
In polyamide and made with the selective laser sintering process.


Friday, February 18, 2011

2D or 3D

interesting take on impressionist painting style in a three dimensional world.

link for interview/ amazing pics

Beautiful Ceramic

I love these pretty sculptural things by vivenne foley

her gallery here

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Awesome photography of mutant fruits and vegetables.

Here's the collection.

"The Mutato-Archive is a collection of non-standard fruits, roots and vegetables, displaying a dazzling variety of forms, colours and textures, that only reveal themselves when lawfully enforced standards cease to exist. The complete absence of botanical anomalies in our supermarkets has caused us to regard the consistency of produce presented there as natural. Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look (and taste). The Mutato-Project serves to document, preserve and promote these last remainders of agricultural diversity."

Minh's Legacy

CIDSA organized a ski/snowboard trip to Mt Cascade last week. As you know, the main guys behind the event were Teddy and Minh from fourth year. This was also made possible with a bit of help from Stephen Field. Kudos to him. My camera batteries froze and died from the cold so I don't have many pictures. Thanks for all those who came out that day and I hope you guys had a lot of fun and not a lot of bruises! For those that did not make it, HA! You missed out! But please refer to the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Autism Connects - Design for those with ASD

The “Autism Connects” technology and design competition challenges students to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do.

Designers are asked to produce innovative technology-based solutions to assist individuals with ASD in their communications with others and, in doing so, to increase the public’s understanding of this unique and growing population. Design solutions should focus on improving communication on any of a number of levels: between individuals, within and between communities and their members, and among individuals without ASD so they can connect better with individuals who do.

The Jury consists of Yves Behar (fuseproject), Lisa Strausfeld (Pentagram), Richard Seymour (Seymourpowell) nnd Allan Chochinov (Core77)

Competition closes March 30th 2011

Web link: Autism Connects
pdf link: ASD Challenge Brief

Food for Thought

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

School Supplies

Hey All,

Diane is looking to put together a list of suggest school supplies for the ID website.

Please comment to this post things that you think should be on the list.

In previous years, I found that I had a tendency to buy more than I needed... Anyone else have that problem?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Come satisfy your beavertail craving with us every tuesday night on the canal. :D
Meet in studio around 8-8:30 pm and skate from Carleton to Rideau~

CIDSA Ski & Snowboard Trip


Friday, February 11 · 4:00pm - 10:00pm

LocationMont-Cascade Ski Resort

Hey people,

We are planning a ski & snowboard trip up to Mont-Cascade for night skiing, Friday February, 11th. Meet in 1st year studio at 4:00PM, leave at 4:30PM, hill closes at 10PM.


*can't beat that.

SIGN-UP sheet is posted by the print room in the hall.
(Just see Teddy or myself)


We are expecting around 50 people. WE NEED DRIVERS if people would rather carpool then rent a bus.

BUS RENTAL (Fits 48 people, costs $500 or ~10.50 each)

*If a lot of people are renting equipment, might be better to carpool (people can pitch in money for gas). If we have a lot of boards and skiis going up, bus might be better.

GUESTS - ID people first and if there is spots available I think we will accept some guests.

Website/ Directions:

Hope to see you out there,


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Click above. You can "pluck" the lines like a guitar and make music. Kinda nifty!

Conductor (2011) by Alexander Chen.

Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA's actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli's 1972 diagram.