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Design Distinction : CURIOUS BOYM

Curious Boym, a retrospective of the product, environmental and experimental work of Boym Studios, was designed by New York-based graphic design firm karlssonwilker inc. for Princeton Architectural Press. The book features such punchy design elements as a bright orange cover and a pop-up shopping-bag handle (which readers can use to tote the book around). A hole drilled through the cover produced punched-out chads, which the Boyms saved to be reused as promotional coasters. DeDonato liked the book's "little surprises." Lytle said, "I'd have to pick it up if I saw it at a bookstore. There's a na´ve quality to it."

CLIENT Princeton Architectural Press, New York
DESIGN karlssonwilker inc., New York: Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker, designers
MATERIALS | FABRICATION fabrication Offset print on Japanese matte sheets between paper-coated boards with a Wibalin spine; Akzidenz Grotesk, Monoline Script and Tekton Oblique fonts

AWID congratulates, Laurene Leon (AWID Founding Member) and the Boym Studios for receiving yet another honor and producing a truly whimsical and humorous design anthology.


(New York, NY˜November 17, 2003) Parsons School of Design is changing the way people think about lighting. On December 4th at 6:15 pm, the celebrated school of art and design will host the MFA Lighting Design Graduate Open Studio, providing a glimpse into a dynamic program and its extraordinary mission.

"Lighting Design is a very under-appreciated discipline, given its significance in the built environment. There is a perception that it's a technical service rather than a discipline with a deep history ˆ one that has been aesthetically and psychologically critical in the shaping of social life. We're hoping to change all that," says Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting Department Chair Peter Wheelwright.

As part of a larger academic project to develop cross-disciplinary dialogue between natural design project partners, the Department will be replacing their current one-year MA lighting degree with a two year Masters of Fine Arts degree. Beginning in September 2004, the curriculum will continue to impart a strong technical foundation while expanding upon topics such as light perception, history, theory, sociology, as well as day lighting, and sustainability. In addition, the new curriculum will allow lighting students to work directly with graduate students in architecture and interior design.

This latest change is just one of the many accomplishments of a program that has been steadily increasing in achievements and visibility. In recent competitions held by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and its New York section, Parsons Lighting students have excelled among participants from more technologically-based programs, challenging assumptions that lighting is primarily a technological field. Students have won merit scholarships from the International Association of Lighting Designers, while yet another was the recipient of a Richard Kelly Grant toward teaching grade school children about the mystery and magic of light.

Combined with the recent Nuckolls Grant for Lighting Education and the many awards received by its faculty members, Parsons Lighting Program has become an authority in lighting design education.

Program Director, JoAnne Lindsley, who is the immediate past president of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and Principal of Lindsley Consultants Inc., will continue to direct the talented and dedicated faculty of 30 designers and industry leaders.
" We're in the middle of a brilliant moment," says Lindsley. "Our students, faculty and curriculum are coming together to redefine the breadth and depth of lighting education and to enjoy the benefit of exploring this fascinating discipline with our professional design team partners, the architecture and interior design students."

Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, is one of the largest degree-granting colleges of art and design in the nation. Currently enrolled are about 2,400 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students, and 2,500 non-degree students from all 50 of the United States and from 60 countries. Parsons' main campuses are located in New York City's Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In addition, Parsons has affiliate schools in Paris, France; Kanazawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and at Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design and Management, Design and Technology, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design. Graduate degrees are granted in Architecture, Design and Technology, Lighting Design, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, and the History of Decorative Arts.

Contacts: Bart Brejcha, 312.226.8339
Just announced! Design-engine Education certified by the WIA - Workforce Investment Act
Training money is available for learning Pro/ENGINEER, Alias studio and other product related tools.

DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION is a Chicago-based, online publication dedicated to international product designers, innovators and trendsetters. For more information visit

Federal Funding: is now available to take training with DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION in Chicago: They are now a WIA Certified training provider (Workforce Investment Act) recipient for Emergency Grant money. Although you do not have to be unemployed to take advantage of this Federal Grant you will have to speak to your local 'Unemployment Case Worker' for more information.

Due to the slow economy and the large number of unemployed persons in the United States the federal government has made emergency grant money available for training underemployed, unemployed and displaced workers. Some grant money is available for manufacturers to train their current workforce as well. The Competition is fierce for manufacturers, not to mention competition for jobs. According to Sunday's New York Times, "∑995,000 jobs have been lost overseas since the last recession began in March 2001."

Design-engine EDUCATION is certified so that unemployed, underemployed and displaced workers can receive federal funding for training on computer aided design software such as Alias - Maya - Pro/ENGINEER or Solidworks. There is a substantial demand for workers skilled in product development software. According to Hadi Strass of the Hunter Fan Company, "Advanced training in Pro/ENGINEER is important to get a job in this weak economy. My goal for training was to set myself apart from the other engineers with standard Pro/ENGINEER skills. After I finished my 'advanced' training in Pro/ENGINEER, I got a job offer (and accepted the job) in one month." "Any engineer looking to advance or get into a career in product design would do well to take this training in Chicago." Mark Zaveson, Motorola Inc.

Some frequently asked questions about the program are:
Q: What if I have exhausted my unemployment checks and I am still unemployed? Do I have to be on unemployment to take advantage of this 'Workforce Investment Act' grant money?
A: No. Underemployed, dislocated and unemployed people are all eligible.

Bart Brejcha
DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION empower product designers

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