Posts Tagged ‘display

The Idea Behind the Bag

Caroline Woolard, an artist of New York, sought to shatter the uncomfortable and dismal feeling that one had while riding a New York subway after 9-11. The constant paranoia evoked by attitudes of the populous and advertisements of public transportation made the atmosphere unpleasantly tense for all riders. In hopes of creating a more playful and carefree atmosphere, she created the a backpack that could easily transform into a swing. These spontaneous mesh swings that could easily be created from average backpacks infused fun back into the lives of the paralyzed New York populous.

We chose this design project as one of our favorites because of the spontaneity of this cleverly devised solution to a national sorrow. The fact that its purpose is to provide relief is refreshing-some design only serves the purpose of making people smile or making them feel happy. We also like how it is a plausible idea because many subway travelers carrying backpacks and there are huge areas of open space in which swinging could take place. The people who have done it seem pleased as well.


social design, communal design, playful design, problem solving design


wearability of the backpack vs usability of swing, limitations vs freedoms, swinging and enjoying subway rides vs disturbing people and evoking annoyance, cost of design vs size of demand

Communal Design

10, نوفمبر 2010

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Temporary display at Smithsonian.

The project began with two sisters six years ago in a Los Angeles living room; over the years, it has spread to engage a global community–the result: a gigantic crocheted coral reef  and  perhaps the largest community art project in the world.  The project was meant as a “testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world”, namely  the Great Barrier Reef located along the coast of Queensland, Australia.  The crocheted coral reef’s design displays communal practice rooted in art, craftsmanship,  science, and mathematics.

Though this process differs greatly from the natural growth of coral reefs, a communal design model unites the natural and manufactured.  A coral reef cannot be accurately quantified as a singularity, it is a complex system comprised of many living organisms growing, living, building  one-on-another.  Similarly, both in implication and actuality, this project exemplifies  a communal success–diverse individuals united by common work.

Ted Talk coral reef on Youtube.

Taxonomic categories:

Biological design, environment, ecological design, communal design, communal expression, evolutionary design.


Living space vs. Environment, Artificial vs. Natural, Art vs. Science, Problem solving vs. Problem emphasis.


A Living Display

Living display at Diesel Concept Store in Germany.

Artist Alex James Daw is a follower of the art of creating a living window display.  This unique process is the combination of art and advertising.  For the display, Daw slept for three days in a display window at the Diesel Concept Store in Germany.  Passer-bys could witness his day-to-day routines, which involved Daw working and living in an extremely small space.

The window installation would evolve with each observer, as people could write notes (such as their names and numbers) on the window.  The display would grow, and even after Daw returned to his orginal living style, reactions of passer-bys would remain on the window.  It shows how a community can engage with the orginal artist’s piece.  Though the original display lasted for only three days, the “artistic results of [Daw’s] time spent” will remain.  The living display exemplifies the evolution and progress of art and community.

Taxonomic categories:

Communal design, advertising, evolutionary design, natural behavior, sustainability, temporal design.


Space vs. Behavior, Temporary vs. Permanence, Public vs. Private, Action vs. Observation, Individual vs. Community.