Billboard Conversations

Now here is something cool from my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University!

This is not an entirely original idea. Last year Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco featured a wall of live streaming conversations from chat rooms on the internet. But this is novel for being in an open public space. Random snippets of conversation take on an enigmatic quality when they show up unexpectedly at billboard scale.

PRESS RELEASE, May 13, 2010: Carnegie Mellon Professors Launch Billboard Featuring Overheard Conversations

PITTSBURGH—The long defunct billboard structure on top of the Waffle Shop building has been redesigned into a large, analog Twitter account, presenting overheard conversations from the restaurant and art space below. Instead of seeing a typical commercial advertisement, passers-by now see a set of custom-made letters with only the sky as the background, creating a live marquee that can change on demand. The concept is the brainchild of Carnegie Mellon University professors Jon Rubin, an associate professor of art, and Pablo Garcia, the Lucian and Rita Caste Chair and an assistant teaching professor of architecture.

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Arnold Wasserman presents Design2050 at Oslo Design Day 2010

At the ICSID World Congress in November 2009 in Singapore, the theme was Design2050. 700 Attendees took a memorable round trip forty years into the future led by nine Design Masters and their studio teams. For an overview of the design of the event, click here.


At the Norwegian Design Council’s Oslo’s Design Day, on 17 March, 2010, Arnold Wasserman, originator of the Design2050 theme and Special Advisor to the ICSID event, presented a rapid fly-through collage of the 3 day proceedings. The Design2050 web site that led up to the Singapore event has been retooled as a groupsite to support the continuing work of Design2050 by DesignSingapore. It is now open to all here. Continue reading “Arnold Wasserman presents Design2050 at Oslo Design Day 2010”

Carnegie Tech in the Fifties

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The first degree-granting industrial design department in the U.S. was founded at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh in 1934. In 2009, the design school celebrated its 75th anniversary by asking a few graduates to reminisce about their experience as design students at Carnegie Tech and what made Tech a special place in their era. In 2010 these personal recollections will be published together with a more formal history of design at Tech and CMU. Continue reading “Carnegie Tech in the Fifties”

Digital Nation

In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. This is must-viewing for anybody interested in the educational, social and cultural future of America.

Be sure to view not only the main 9 video segments but also the additional segments: “Living Ever Faster in a Wired World,” “Sherry Turkle’s Extended Interview,” and “How To Teach Students in a Wired World.”

This is the best documentary I have come across to-date on the positive and problematic dimensions of the crucial transformational phenomenon of our age.

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier