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Some 15 years ago I was giving a talk about stock photography trends at a conference and exhibit. Later I wandering the aisles, in a state that can only be called “trade show fatigue” — you know, flourescent lighting, hard floors, stale air, indecipherable products, junk food, bad ties, institutional hotel, keep losing my entry badge, miss my kids — when a person came over and introduced himself as a (not so) distant relative who was a commercial photographer and who knew (vaguely) that we were in the same (sort of) industry.

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MoMAStoredotcom

Is the pigeon New York City’s unofficial mascot?

There may be more people who think so following the global unveiling of Destination: NYC, a collection of 200 New York-designed products for sale at MoMA Design Stores. The collection’s visual identity is the handiwork of students graduating from the MPS Branding Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), chaired by Debbie Millman.

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I think it’s fair to say that whatever the Mad Men season premiere holds for us, it is sure to be a visual delight. Here are a few gifts inspired by the mid-cenutury interiors at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. And remember, there is nothing wrong with giving yourself one of these atomic artifacts.

vitra

Vitra Nelson Night Desk Clock

We pretty sure we saw this George Nelson clock on Roger Sterling’s desk. This iconic example of mid-century modern design is both functional and a geometric work of art.

Design Public 460.00

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Guest Post by Tania Garbe

Have you ever made a design purchase because you liked the story behind the product? Because the product involved former gang member’s talents in its designs, or because the entrepreneur behind minimalist home wooden artifacts supports a NY non-profit urban garden, composting and learning center?

This new way to purchase is called “shopping by story,” a new trend whereby consumers like yourself make purchasing decisions not just based on the beauty or functionality of a product, but primarily based on the story behind the product and its  unique social benefits.

Mango

Handcrafted wooden radios, clocks, and toys from Central Java by Magno Design

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