“Be the change you want to see in the World”

– Ghandi


Thanks Betina!

Our first “virtual lecture” in DES 494 was a success. Last class Betina Naab delivered from Buenos Aires a complete introduction to calligraphy and shared with us a fantastic collection of examples and projects. Thank you all for participating in this experience.



More info about Betina Naab and Calligraphy in Argentina:






We broke up with Twiddla

After trying (unsuccessfully) many different tools to create our virtual crit room, Des 494 class have broken up with twiddla, and decided to move on and create our own virtual crit blog. Thanks Kathleen for setting this up:


Agenda for a New Economy


In the field of design for sustainability designers need to pay close attention to the new social and economic paradigms that will re-shape our profession in the near future, and will give us new parameters to re-oriented design towards a human oriented practice.

For many years Herman Daly, Hazel Henderson and Paul Hawken among other economists have insisted about an imperative new era of sustainable economy, that based on real wealth and not just in economic growth, and adds social justice and environmental responsibility to the equation. Below is a link to an interview to David Korten, another author that adds meaningful thoughts to this matter.



“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

– R. Buckminster Fuller



Making good design mean design for good.


The Design Council in UK has released a plan for making designers, clients, end-users and communities meet the same goals: shaping a sustainable future. “Design can drive a competitive economy, create a more sustainable society and make our everyday lives better. But only if it’s used well.” In the followed link you will find an excellent source of ideas and concepts in that direction.


Bad reputation

Just in case you are unaware of some “easy-to-get” fonts, see the link below:



If you are looking for trustable sans-serif typefaces try the classics:

Helvetica, Univers, Askidenz Grotesk, Frutiger, Futura, Gill Sans 

…or some more contemporary:

Myriad, Meta, Fontana

option for screens: Verdana

If serif, try the classics:

Baskerville, Garamond, Bodoni, Caslon, Palatino

Times New Roman (if no other option)

option for screens: Bembo