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Sunday, August 17, 2008

State of the blog: New Site, New Stuff

You may (or may not) have wondered what's been going on with DesignBoston. Well, I'm here to answer that.

Over the last few months, I've been rather busy: working 60+ hours at two jobs, all while working on a brand new DesignBoston, and organizing a social media fund raiser. I bought a fancy new URL (reset your RSS readers!), moved from Blogger to WordPress for my blogging platform, and bought my own hosting space.

I also brought along Joyce Cadena-Hannon, a local photographer and graphic designer (and one of my oldest friends), to help Christopher and myself bring in more content. While DesignBoston was my brainchild, I love that Christopher and Joyce introduce subjects and ideas I hadn't thought of.

So far, so good, but I'm not done yet.

Over the next several months, I plan on introducing new discussion topics, and new items that aren't quite blogging but are well suited for DesignBoston.

All the while, I want to hear from you. Do you like the new site? Do you think we should do something a little (or a lot) different? Do you want to contribute in some way? I'm open to suggestions of all types, so please, let me know - email me at gradon at designboston dot org!

Friday, July 11, 2008

BoConcept used for Today Show makeover

Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb was the guinea pig for an office makeover by HGTV's "Designed to Sell" designer John Gidding.

It's an interesting view behind what is normally so polished and "done". What Hoda reveals in the beginning is that space design really isn't her thing, and that she moved into her office, but did nothing with it.

Gidding redoes the entire space, using furniture from BoConcept. The 5-minute clip shows what a few key pieces of furniture, some color, and a little thought can do to really awaken a space.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Allsteel Acuity

How much time do you spend in your office, sitting? Think you've got the best looking, most ergonomic, greenest chair around? If you're like me, you sit on what they gave you, which isn't much.

Allsteel's new Acuity chair, recently introduced at NeoCon, is a combination of ergonomics, thoughtful design, and environmental consciousness. I can type about the details, but I'll let you watch the video:

Could I replace my work chair with Acuity? Absolutely. Want to buy me one?

Photo credit: Allsteel via flickr.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dwell asks "How Green Are You?"

Dwell has long been a champion of green design. Now, they're giving you a chance to show them how green you are. And they're going to give away prizes for the best green projects.

The contest is a chance for people to show off their green home projects, and to win prizes for it! Anyone who is working on a green or sustainable project can submit up to four photos of that project, as well as a simple yet descriptive 250 word essay that highlights the most important green elements. The winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate from the AIA to use towards their next big green project, and 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive $500 gift certificates.

For full details and to enter, go to Dwell.com. You can enter up until June 30, so you'd better hurry! Good luck!