Pantone has announced their COLOR OF THE YEAR... and its a green that seems to wiggle between the vibrant neon vairety and the more staid leaf. The color is their GREENARY
Though this section of the site is most often dedicate to some of the more staid and tecnical parts of the design world, this entry will be a bit different. One of the designers in our local scene, Megan Capo of Streetsense, put together a very nice blog post on some of the materials she thought noteworthy from her trip to the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas. For those of us, who love the unique, it is well worth a look. Megan's blog is linked here.
The world of "Sustainable Design" is so broad that it seems the most products can make a claim to having some attribute that fall under its rubric. However, with the effective marketing strategies that focus on the positive, the design community sometimes faces a Wizard of Oz scenario in which we are enouraged "not to pay attention to the man behind the curtain;" namely the ingredients used to make a product.
An example might be a product can claim to be "PVC-Free." While perhaps this is laudable in comparison to other products in the category; they might not be telling you of other harmful materials contained within the product. As with the consumer demand for greater transparency on food labeling, the design community has been asking for this information, and there are a growing number of resources to help.