5 Art and Design Themes that Aren’t Going Away

5 Art and Design Themes that Aren’t Going Away

The New Museum‘s second biennial Ideas City Streetfest inundated New York City’s Bowery area with educational booths, innovative ideas and community projects. It was part of a four-day exploration of the future of cities and this year’s theme, “untapped capital.” But really, it recycled a lot of old ideas — good ones. Many revolved around similar themes — space, environmentalism, mobility, community and price accessibility (free) — and these same issues will likely remain the center of our public meditations on the future. See how they were addressed at the Ideas City Streetfest below.

Rethinking Space

As residents of New York City (and many other large, densely-populated cities) are acutely aware, space is a luxury continually diminishing in quantity and increasing in price. These constraints require revisiting how we define and create space. Pop-up shops, mobile exhibits and, in fact, the Streetfest as a... keep reading

Medical Information Literacy: Pamphlets or Infographics, What Works Best?

Medical pamphlets or posters have been doctor’s office mainstays for many decades. They promote healthy habits, like good nutrition or exercise; explain the risks of unhealthy habits, like smoking or drinking alcohol to excess; and educate about specific medical conditions, like high cholesterol or diabetes. Most include a call to action (write to this... keep reading

“Creative” Things Designers Do: Line Chart Edition

In the past three weeks, we’ve been running a series on the tweaks that designers do to charts to make them fit the aesthetics of the graphics they are creating. So far, we showed you some of the ways designers get creative with pie charts, bar charts and area based encodings. Line charts also... keep reading