Culture Crunch

  • The great Pacific Garbage Patch three times the size of France may be an inescapable reality, but the circular economy and design can provide a sustainable solution according to independent strategist Katja Bartholmess who presented at this month's Culture Crunch: Design for Sustainable Culture. Along with explaining circularity and its practical applications by major corporations, Katja detailed how design plays a large part in the new economy through product development, services, and engineering as well as influencing behavior. The session was followed by a brainstorm about ways in which C&G Partners can adopt sustainable practices across disciplines.

    Katja Bartholmess presents at C&G Partners

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  • How do you capture 150+ years of performance art and institutional history into a comprehensive, visual digital database? What role does design play in chronicling ephemeral art? This month’s Culture Crunch—Archiving the Ephemeral—dove deep into the makings of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s new Leon Levy Digital Archive, featuring a talk with Sharon Lehner, the Director of Archives at BAM. Culture Crunch is C&G's incubator series for the studio mission: design for culture.

    Bam Archives Cc%20Poster (JPG)

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  • Gabriel Shalom traversed transdisciplinary choreography at last week's October Culture Crunch, Dancing About Architecture. The director, choreographer, musician, and designer shared his multidimensional practice centered around concepts of multiplicity, transformation, simulation, and decompression. His presentation answered questions like: how can an expansive definition of choreography activate a space? How can an expansive definition of architecture change the way we think about collaboration? We know what a site-specific work is; what about a work-specific site? Culture Crunch is C&G's incubator series for the studio mission: design for culture.

    Culture Crunch

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  • As an incubator for C&G's mission, design for culture, our monthly internal workshop series, Culture Crunch, explores big questions. What is culture? How does culture unlock relevance? What relationship do people have with culture? How can cultural strategy help a client’s bottom line?

    In our August session, these inquiries were answered by guest Brand Stategist Meg Asaro and Design Researcher Anthony Alvarez. The lively presentation explored the ecosystem, identity, and aspirations of culture, as well as how semiotics leads to meaningful communication. Many thanks to Meg and Anthony for an inspirational hour.

    August Culture Crunch

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  • Culture Crunch is C&G's ongoing monthly internal event series, incubating the studio's mission: design for culture. For June, C&G content developer and historian Will Twersky shared an important, but mostly unknown, aspect of design history. Will presented the history of the Ghost Army—the World War II battalion made up of designers and artists including Ellsworth Kelly who used their skills to save Allied lives. Peppered with examples of design decoy, the presentation was followed by a group exercise in which the C&G team brainstormed life-saving designs for wartime culture.

    Cc Ghost%20Army%20Poster Final (JPG)

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  • When is a design studio an art gallery? At the "After—Hours" opening reception in the studio one evening last week, art and art lovers took over C&G Partners as friends, family, and designers mingled over prosecco, charcuterie, and beats by DJ Keith Madden. Whether it was animations and films in the conference room, watercolors hung on the closet doors, or immersive installations in the restrooms, all the art was created by C&G staff after hours, reflecting the multidisciplinary professionals that have made C&G their home. And did we mention the prosecco?

    Check out the artwork we all made at the After—Hours website.

    After Hours Art Show

    Greg Mulholland and Isabel Sanchez

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  • Find out what the C&G team creates, composes, codes, paints, animates, films, designs, builds, and photographs After—Hours, at an art show that takes over the entire design studio.

    Drink, snack, and be inspired at the opening reception on Thursday, May 18, from 6-9 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

    After Hours Art Show

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  • Culture Crunch is C&G's ongoing monthly internal event series, incubating the studio's mission: design for culture. For March, associate partner Leslie Dann and senior designer Ping Lim covered new thinking on immersive digital installations. Leslie and Ping's presentation ranged from emodiversity and machine learning to UX design and interactive art — plus an unexpected, must-see live demo.

    March Culture Crunch

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  • Culture Crunch is C&G's own internal monthly gathering that explores our mission: design for culture. This month, graphic designer Sukeshi Dalmia demonstrated (in beautiful live choreographic form) how her cultural heritage — specifically her detailed training in the Indian classical dance form kathak — has informed her design process. Brava, Sukeshi!

    Culture Crunch

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