The Design History society is a quiet little organization in Britain that publishes real scholarship year-in and year-out, somehow avoiding the various waves of academic hipness that have been known to blow other journals around. Do enter! It could result in a nice little chunk of change. And what scholar does not need a new pair of shoes and a fresh case of ramen?

The deadline is 14 June 2013.

Here are the details:

Submissions are invited for the Design History Society Essay Prize, established in 1997 in order to maintain high standards in design history in higher education. Two prizes are awarded annually; one to an undergraduate student and the other to a postgraduate (MA or PhD).

Competition requirements:

1. The entrant must have been a current or graduating student (full or part-time) within the academic year 2012/2013.
2. The essay should be written in English.
3. The length of the essay should be between 6,000 words and 10,000 words, including footnotes (for postgraduate students this may take the form of a free-standing essay or a thesis chapter re-worked into a free-standing essay). A word count must be provided with the essay and on the submission form.
4. The essay (including illustrations) should be submitted electronically as a PDF.
5. The essay should not have been previously published.
6. The essay must be accompanied by an academic nomination. Copies of these guidelines can be forwarded to tutors on request.

The Prize includes:
· A bursary of £300 given by the Design History Society
· One year’s membership of the Design History Society (includes subscription to The Journal of Design History)
· Free place at the Design History Society conference Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives 5 – 8 September 2013, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, plus free place at the conference gala dinner.
· ONLY if attending Towards Global Histories of Design conference, £200 towards travel costs to Ahmedabad, India.
· £100 worth of Oxford University Press publications
· 5 Paperbacks in the Oxford History of Art series

Application forms are available from the DHS Essay Prize Officer:
Dr Annebella Pollen
The closing date is 14th June 2013
Essays received after the deadline will not be considered.

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A proposal seeking licensing and funding for the production of canvas hounds tooth bags. Each bag is screen printed individually using photo emulsion silk screening technique onto canvas/leather hand bags. Houndstooth Bag Product Proposal

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A call to re-do and propose a new design of the stained glass windows at memorial hall/tap room. Stained Glass Window Proposal

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Newport Wall Proposal and future web address:
nazemoff – newport wall

Pelican Transport
newport to providence art events
Pelican Transport

Bushwick, Brooklyn NY Toilet
(Currently working with the gallery on prototyping or getting a minimum viable seat to start)
bushwick toilet

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Helvetica Ornaments presentation

This project, a set of typographic ornaments for use with the typeface Helvetica, tries to bring into dialogue the two extremes of the (imagined) function / decoration spectrum in design. The ornaments are inspired by decadently decorative nineteenth century print work, but are drawn in the monoline style of Helvetica, ultimate symbol of Modernist rational functionalism. At present, the ornaments are available as a digital font file through the GD grad show website, and also as a physical artifact for sale in the show. The artifact is as a series of six offset printed posters packaged as a booklet and accompanied by a sheet of 66 vinyl stickers.

The ornaments are a stand-alone project, but also an experiment in distributing and promoting digital type. For future type projects, I’m interested in finding ways of dramatizing and making physical (and desirable) digital type, rather than simply selling OTF files for download on a website.

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Fishworld splash page

Fishworld presentation


The Fishworld is an envisioned line of paper model kits for kids and for adults inspired by my childhood paper creations. Unlike other paper craft products, the Fishworld kits would be distributed and contextualized through a participatory website; the website would serve as an online store for the kits, but also flesh-out the imaginary ‘world’ that the kits are part of. Kit builders could also share their creations online. So this project / product would combine the appeal of online world-building games (like 2nd life?) with analog craft making and physical toys. Posted above are a sketch for a splash page announcing and describing the Fishworld project, and my final class presentation on the project.

Real website coming soon!

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a work in progress; password radiorisd

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(on the scale of low res) <- link to pdf

Although, I’ve presented this during the final presentation, this is my third proposal so I decided to post this on the blog. “On the Scale Of” project came from the inspiration to build community through learning of individual’s values across all demographics. This proposal was shaped to seek for a gallery space in which the project can live in but from the feedback I’ve received during the crit, I think the project can be modified to be outside of gallery space for its further steps from here.

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(risdbeachext) <- link to pdf

This is a quick pitch I have worked on to make another version of RISD Beach down on the steps by the canal. I still need to find the right person to send this via email but am definitely excited for this and am willing to push the proposal to make it happen.


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This is the final of the long and laborious portfolio wall proposal worked in collaboration with Carlos Gamez and Daniel Chang. We will be sending this off to the Portfolio Manager within a week or two.

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Hear Now Project Proposal For

Art in Odd Places @ The New Museum Idea City Street Festival

Jennifer Vincent and Nupur Mathur


To: Radhika Subramaniam

Guest Curator, Art in Odd Places, NYC, 2013


Dear Radhika,


Nupur and I left last week’s Art in Odd Places meeting feeling incredibly excited to create a project that would thoughtfully speak to both AiOP’s and the New Museum’s particular themes. So, we put our heads together and dreamed up Hear Now, a social practice public art project that frames ideas about the power of one as “untapped capital.” For Hear Now, we propose to invite Idea City Street Festival visitors to take a spin on our playful, custom made stationary bicycle rigged to amplify a curated selection of audio recordings from campaign speeches given by unelected presidential candidates over a loud-speaker that extends from the front of the bike, with the intensity of the amplification dependent on the rate at which the rider pedals. Hear Now’s content seeks to address the place of failure and unelectable ideas in the context of envisioning newer and better worlds. The featured campaign speeches present the political platforms of Democrat, Republican and Independent candidates and conceptually introduce the question of why the general public was not, in their respective historical moment, motivated to elect and enact these platforms. Hear Now is user activated, and so it is only when users give of their own energy are the ideas captured on the recordings made available for Street Festival visitors to hear and muse over.


We recognize that this project is vastly different than the one we pitched to be part of AiOP, but we believe it to be a far more rich, mature and dynamic piece and we anticipate that it will represent AiOP in a far more sophisticated and engaged way to New Museum Street Festival visitors.


All Best,

Jen Vincent

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