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Today's archidose #984: Kinda Blue

Just a smattering of recent photos from my archidose Flickr pool that share an emphasis on the color blue. Mouseover/click photos for subject and photographer information.

Blue walk  — Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing
Oscar Tusquets Blanca - Stazione metro Toledo, Napoli
Selfridges, Bullring, Birmingham
Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo 10

Apple Store Opens in Chicago

Today the Apple Michigan Avenue store opens to the public. Designed by Norman Foster, the store replaces the older Bohlin Cywinski Jackson store a few blocks up Michigan Avenue. Like other recent Apple stores around the world, this one is more lightweight, transparent and outwardly simpler than older stores.

[All photographs courtesy of Apple]

The store is also a symbol of Chicago's move toward the river, something it has been doing with the Chicago Riverwalk (south side of the river, roughly between Michigan Avenue and Lake Street) and projects like this one on the north side of the river and the new CAF location opening across the river from Apple next year.

Loeb Fellow '99 Susan Chin Appointed to Head Design Trust

Showroom: POD's Tetra Light Pushes the Boundaries of Neon

Brooks Atwood, of POD Design, recently introduced Tetra, a new neon light that explores and exploits the medium's properties. Image courtesy POD Design. One look at the new Tetra light from POD Design (now available from ahaLife), and you know there's something afoot. The design might be simple, deceptively so, but there's something about its form that invites contemplation and further inspection. We talked to the brains behind it—Brooks Atwood, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at NJIT and principal of POD Design—to get the inside scoop on what makes it so singular.

Oldham issued with reprimand over 'ethnics' email

Architect pledges to ‘continue to fight against the Arb’

Spark>Experience Design

The Spark team is proud to launch yet another, unique design competition—our 7th. This relatively new discipline goes under several names, like Service Design, UE and Experience Design . It’s about analyzing, designing and improving the customer experience, from the beginning of the development cycle through design, manufacture, marketing, sales, to the showroom interiors, interfaces, graphics, through service and ultimate disposal.

This all-encompassing, holistic approach is being applied by all sorts of design practices. Well-known product designers, architects and interior designers have dedicated staff to this growing area, and many major companies consider their Chief Experience Officer as their highest design title.

Spark is honored that Ravi Sawney, Chairman of RKS, has agreed to Chair our first Experience jury. Ravi has written extensively on the topic and is gathering a jury to judge the entries in October.

Spark>Experience is focused on work that is either built, produced, built on spec or as part of a proposal, or is in pre-production, with commercial intent. This competition does not include design work in the idea stage, or student work, which are highlighted in a dedicated competition called Spark>Concept & Student. All competitions continue Spark’s core mission and Criteria.

Spark is international in scope and accepts entries from all designers, everywhere. The Criteria and Mission are shared by all Spark competitions. Spark>Experience is for professional designers only. Student work is submitted into Spark>Concept.