Friday, January 16, 2009

Design by the Book at the New York Public Library

Design by the Book is a charming video series of a collaboration between Grace Bonney's website Design*Sponge and the New York Public Library that highlights five local designers in New York City and creative resources in the New York Public Library (left). Working together Design*Sponge and the New York Public Library invited five Brooklyn-based artists to come to the library, be inspired by its collections and have their entire creative process filmed from the beginning to whatever final finished product develops.

The designers are Rebecca Kutys of Moontree Press, John Pomp of John Pomp Glass, Julia Rothman, Mike Perry and Lorena Barrezueta. The artists rummage through the library to find resources that inspire them and then develop and produce a project. In one episode the famous Isaac Mizrahi talks about inspiration and the creative process.

Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney (right). Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge was included in “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” (NY Times, 2008). The site features store and product reviews, city, product, and gift guides, diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers, home tours, recipes, videos and podcasts, and trend forecasting. In addition, Design*Sponge features a unique section dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts over 39,000 daily readers.

The content of the videos is great and the videos themselves are an excellent example of contemporary trends in video networking and production. Students can produce videos like this as class projects rather than writing papers.

Click on the heading above to see the videos on the Design*Sponge website.

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