Oregon Manifest – the one-of-a-kind American design and build competition that brings together custom bike builders and leading design firms to redefine transportation for the everyday lifestyle cyclist – has announced its criteria for the 2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge, which takes place in Portland on September 23 and 24, 2011.
Oregon Manifest also unveiled a new component to the second biennial competition: Creative Collaborations. In an exciting, unparalleled partnership, three global design firms – IDEO, fuseproject and Ziba Design – will each pair with accomplished custom bike builders to push the boundaries of what a modern utility bike can be. Each design firm will be working from the same brief as the Constructor’s Design Challenge, and their progress will be chronicled through monthly online updates hosted by Core77.
“We’re looking for the ultimate modern utility bike: a bike designed as an integrated Tool For Living that is yet to be found on the retail floor,” said Shannon Holt, Oregon Manifest board member. “We know that designers working with makers can result in true functional innovation for the everyday rider, and we can’t wait to see what comes of these unique collaborations.”
2011 Constructor’s Design Challenge.
Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2011 features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for fall 2011, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots. The release of the PANTONE Fashion Color Report coincides with Fashion Week in New York, which begins today. This season’s report also includes the most directional hues for men’s fall 2011 fashion.
“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”
Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.
Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.
Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueur for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.
Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee Liqueur and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow – great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.
Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season’s neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueur for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background – a combination inspired by Mother Nature.
Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush. Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.
Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals. Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueur brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black. A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains a practical, dependable staple.
top colors for women’s fashion for fall 2011:
PANTONE 14-0740 Bamboo
PANTONE 17-1547 Emberglow
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle
PANTONE 19-2820 Phlox
PANTONE 16-0526 Cedar
PANTONE 19-4914 Deep Teal
PANTONE 18-0930 Coffee Liqueur
PANTONE 16-1320 Nougat
PANTONE 13-3805 Orchid Hush
PANTONE 15-4305 Quarry
Pantone Fashion Color
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Branding Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) announced the spring 2011 season of the popular cultural podcast Design Matters. Hosted by design champion and chair of the MPS Branding Department Debbie Millman, Design Matters brings thought-provoking conversations with leaders in design and culture to the public at no charge. The new season begins at 2pm on Friday, February 4 with author and journalist Rob Walker who writes the “Consumed” column for The New York Times.
Design Matters is recorded in front of a live student audience at The Branding Studio at SVA. Upcoming guests include:
- Gail Anderson, designer, educator, and former creative director of design at SpotCo;
- Kate Betts, fashion journalist, contributing editor at TIME magazine, and columnist for The Daily Beast;
- Grace Bonney, writer and editor-in-chief of Design*Sponge;
- Dominique Browning, writer, editor, and former editor-in-chief of House & Garden;
- Jonathan Ford, designer and co-founding partner of Pearlfisher;
- Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters;
- Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired and author of How We Decide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007) and Proust Was a Neuroscientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009);
- Eddie Opara, interactive and graphic designer and new partner at Pentagram; and
- Alina Wheeler, brand consultant, designer, and author of Designing Brand Identity (Wiley, 2009).
Design Matters is a thought-provoking cultural podcast which profiles industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists, writers and educators.