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By the People:
Designing a Better America
By Cynthia E. Smith, Caroline Baumann,
Darren Walker, Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Mindy
Thompson Fullilove, and Theodore Jojola | $29.95
“By the People: Designing a Better America”—the third volume
in Cooper Hewitt’s series on socially responsible design—explores how design is
successfully challenging social inequality and poverty throughout the United States.
The book explores current economic, social, and environmental issues with a
concentration on underserved and marginalized communities.
“By the People” features design projects organized into six working themes: Act,
Save, Share, Live, Learn, and Make. In terms of content and format, “By the People”
is a manual, featuring design solutions that expand access to things that are needed
for living in today’s world: education, food, healthcare, and affordable housing;
increase social and economic inclusion; offer improved alternative transportation
options, and provide a balanced approach to land use between the built and natural
environments. Cooper Hewitt curator Cynthia E. Smith conducted research that
resulted in nearly 400 potential projects from 30-plus states along with indigenous
nations: Lakota, Navajo, and Pueblo. Her travels brought her to urban areas that
had been impacted by natural disasters, large cities, impoverished regions, post-industrial cities, and major metropolitan locations.
In meeting with local designers, organizations, and citizens, Smith’s
research was guided by several key questions: Where does poverty exist? What
populations and communities are most affected? Why are poverty numbers
increasing? Which individuals, organizations, and networks are creating
innovative and systemic approaches through design? What are the local, regional,
and scalable design solutions?
In addition to the illustrated project profiles, “By the People” contains essays
by, and interviews with, architects and designers conceptualizing and carrying out
innovative and systemic approaches developed through design.
The 256-page book will be published this month by Cooper Hewitt and
distributed in the U.S. by Artbook | D.A.P. and worldwide by Thames & Hudson.
Monthly subscriptions start at $7.99
As digital tools continue to help the creative process
evolve, Pantone has created a wide-ranging digital
workspace that brings the renowned company’s vast
product and service offering to industry professionals’
and end users’ fingertips. Designed by full-service digital
agency Rokkan with the designer in mind, the PANTONE
Studio iOS app for iPhone provides a means for accessing Pantone colors in the world
around us; creating and experimenting with color in palettes; and sharing work into
design software, on social media, or with peers, clients, and collaborators.
PANTONE Studio members have access to a comprehensive library of more than
10,000 standardized hues across all Pantone libraries and disciplines, from fashion
to graphic colors. Each guide is laid out in a chromatically organized grid that allows
users to continuously scroll over color families to find the ideal selection for the job
at hand. The app also allows for the creation of individual color palettes, consisting
of up to five colors, by selecting from color guides, extracting colors from photos
and images, searching by color number, and interacting with the custom palettes
delivered in Pantone Color Institute content. New colors released by Pantone will be
automatically updated in the digital studio.
Additionally, with PANTONE Studio designers have the ability to name palettes
and add geotag locations; add tags that make palettes searchable; add inspirational
images to use palettes as personal mood boards; store and manage an unlimited
collection of palettes; and send palettes direct to Adobe Creative Cloud.