Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Cool, now lets ride...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Grain also did the logo and branding work for Blu prior to their initial launch back in July. So far, so good for this excellent young company. We'll keep you blogged.
> Blu - Flex Media
> Blu - Origin
> Blu - Retreat
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Grain Design will travel with you to introduce and explore the meaning of the UN Millennium Goals and how these as a framework can be used to uncover overlooked design opportunities. After jumping into the world of design you will walk out of this workshop filled with entrepreneurial ideas as well as a process to consider how the power of design and design thinking can be used to address some of the leading problems of our day – internationally and domestically.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Deep Energy (DE) concept opens up a new category in renewable energy. Sustainable electricity is generated utilizing deep ocean pressures by a process that produces no pollution or waste of any kind DE is the first example of what we’re calling baropelagics because the process relies on the compression of air under deep ocean pressures to generate electricity. Amazingly, this clean technology has the potential to meet or surpas the output of a nuclear power generator!
Unaffected by season or climate, DE can be installed in almost a limitless number of ocean locations worldwide. Additionally, the ability to store compressed air for later use will maximize the income generating potential of DE. Our hope is that DE will inspire companies and engineers to make this green energy concept reality. Please contact Grain for more information.
> Deep Energy Baropelagics (bigger video)
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Grain's Sami Nerenberg to be speaking as a panelist for the Better World by Design Conference going on next month at RISD/Brown Univeristy in Providence, RI! dozens of world-class professionals and academics in this milestone conference that will change the way you think about global crises and push the limits of user-centric, affordable design. It looks like it will be quite an event. Sami will be speaking on the Social Entrepreneurship panel (see information below). To attend, pre-register via their website.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change."
You can follow their work all semester on their class blog. It is sure to be an innovative course!! Good luck Sami!!
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
The show will stay up through August 22nd. Grain's own Chelsea Green was the Project Manager for this exciting 6-week design education program at the Seattle Art Museum. Read more about the program on their teen-run blog.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Design for Social Entrepreneurship (DeSE)
RISD Fall '08
A social entrepreneur is someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. This course aims to cultivate social entrepreneurial designers by investigating the power of product, system and service design to create positive social and environmental change. Looking at both international and domestic issues, this course asks, how can design and design thinking be used to solve the world’s leading problems to achieve triple bottom line sustainability—environmentally, socially, and economically? Structured around holistic thinking, collaborative and individual design work, with mentorship from experts in the field, this course uncovers how to design products and/or services, wrap a business around it, and create tangible positive impact in our world today.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
"Committed to creating healthy, efficient, and ecologically friendly homes that respect your time and your budget, BLU is a new kind of home company." They produce a wide range of amazing prefab homes full of the latest green features and technology. With the capability to build in many different locations across the US, they are definitely a company to watch.
Look for Blu's VP of product development (Dennis Michaud) at the MoMA show "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling" which is starting this month.
Oh, and if you happen to love their logo, be sure to check out Grain!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Insider Grain info: James, Brit, and Chelsea first bonded on a trip to Guatemala as part of Bridging Culture Through Design - Guatemala, a RISD sustainable product development program led by Mimi Robinson. You can read all about that program on treehugger here.
Remember to keep up with Brit on AVO:Market too!!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Please spread the word to any Seattle teens who may be interested!! The official deadline is this Friday, June 6th 5:00 pm (but it may be extended). Contact Chelsea as soon as possible for more info.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Interview with Brit Kleinman now up on the IDSA Rhode Island website! Topics include Grain, sustainable design, and what she's got in store for the future. Click on the link, or see post below.
> Full article
Monday, May 19, 2008
Seattle is taking steps toward "product stewardship" which may require companies to help share the burden of consumer waste disposal. As more city's adopt such measures, the need for sustainable design expertise will continue to grow, pushing cradle-to-cradle design considerations in all products. Excerpt below by Angela Galloway for the Seatle PI:
City wants going green to be easier on taxpayers
From carpet recycling to curbside pickup of broken televisions and computers, Seattle politicians are considering ways to help shift away from taxpayers some of the burden -- and cost -- of waste disposal.
Such steps aim to encourage a fundamental change in waste-reduction efforts toward "producer responsibility." A national movement also dubbed "product stewardship," the effort is considered a critical factor in moving beyond landfills and in encouraging manufacturers to opt for environmentally friendly product design.
"Traditionally, when we're done with products, the responsibility has fallen on government to ensure that the recycling programs are in place," said Suellen Mele, of Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation. "Producer responsibility is really a different approach in which the manufacturers of the products are the ones that take responsibility for their products throughout the whole life of the products."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Grain is a multidisciplinary consultancy that unites sustainability and business through design. As consumers and businesses continue to realize the hidden costs of the objects they use and create, both must evolve towards a more sustainable future. At Grain, we do not consider this fact a burden but a chance for innovation. Our commitment is to find new opportunities within markets and provide sustainable solutions, which exceed the expectations of both our clients and end consumers.
How did you decide to form the company?
Founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design, a ‘dream team’ of RISD talent emerged collectively actively asking how, as designers, we could make our world a better more sustainable place to live. There are many ways one could go about changing our unsustainable consumer culture. One way is by force through various forms of government regulation. Another is through education over time. At Grain, our first step is always to question what sustainability means within the context of each project. Even if a product is made "sustainable", we still have to question its relevance to society. Is it necessary to create new products, or is it more sustainable to provide a service-based design? There are numerous creative ways of looking at a problem to optimize the economic, social, and environmental value. Grain believes that by optimizing all three systemically, one can achieve the greatest outcome for the greatest number of people. There is no reason sustainable products and services can't be even more desirable than their inefficient and/or toxic cousins. As designers, we must help both businesses and consumers want what is also good. This is why we've created Grain.
Who is involved and how?
Right now Grain operates as a mixture of full time and part time designers. James Minola (RISD BFA '07) is our Founder and was the driving force behind bringing us together as a business. Chelsea Green (RISD MID '07, Pratt BFA '02), Partner at Grain, has also been instrumental in getting us to where we are today. Together, they work full time on both the business and design aspects of the company. The rest of the team includes Jackie Guido (RISD BFA '07), Sami Nerenberg (RISD BFA '07), and myself Brit Kleinman (RISD BFA '07). We all work independently for outside companies but come together to collaborate on Grain projects. We're a well-rounded group that all worked (or are currently working) for some very high profile companies. We're proud of Grain and believe firmly in what we stand for. We take all our outside experiences and contribute them to our larger goals with Grain.
Monday, April 28, 2008
"It will be great exposure for the kids. We've planned some fun activities to introduce design and encourage critical thinking. It's a great age for kids to be learning about larger concepts such as sustainability." - James Minola
(Attendance by Ms. Doss' class only.)
>Ms. Doss' Class
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Learn more about Grain here.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Velocity Art And Design presents The Lab: a series of events at their South Lake Union showroom which will feature guests integral to shaping our landscape here in the Northwest and beyond, while helping to foster opportunities for creative thinking, networking, and inspiration.
The first event at The Lab will feature beloved artist Matte Stephens. Matte, his wife and a cadre of pets have recently relocated from Alabama to The Northwest. Matte is excited to be introduced to the creative community here in Seattle and to say thank you for all of your support for his artwork Matte and Velocity owner, John Tusher, will be on-hand to present stories about Matte’s life, being an independent artist, process, and inspiration. He will be available to answer questions from fellow artists and fans alike. Velocity will also have a drawing that evening for limited prints by Matte. New original works will be available for purchase at the store that evening.
Hope to see you there.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Design Within Reach
1918 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
April 17th, 2008
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
RSVP to email@example.com by April 16th
More info about us here: Grain.
By: Chelsea Green for Grain
Materials: found wood tree stump, 12" square pillow form, rubber bands
What is really necessary to provide a good seat? Padded Stump is a spontaneous composition of found parts. It is a do-it-yourself gesture to serve an immediate need. Hopefully, it inspires others to do the same with what surrounds them.
Fabricated of found elements – nothing "new" was used in the creation of Padded Stump. All components can be taken apart and re-purposed as user needs change over time.
By: James Minola for Grain.
Materials: scrap wood, steel clamps
Playful and sustainable, Youth Chair # 3 creates an environment for the discussion of green principles. Made entirely from unaltered scrap wood held by clamps, Youth Chair # 3 opens a dialog on larger concepts such as materiality and waste.
As an interactive piece of furniture, families can add their own found materials to change the form again and again. This relationship allows the chair to grow with the child as it continues to be a source of creativity, learning, and re-use.
The clamps serve as the chair’s legs and as a fun way to construct (and re-construct) the chair without the use of fasteners or other tools.
Monday, April 07, 2008
This is a reminder that our "Tapas at Tasca: Eat for a Good Cause" starts tonight, Monday April 7th 5pm, and will continue on for our second night tomorrow! The nights will be filled with friends, festivities and delicious food, along with DtM product demos and networking opportunities for all. The event is two evenings, so join us on the night and time that works best for your schedule. If you haven't rsvped yet, you still can by:
or you can call 617.730.8002
(and remember to mention DtM)
(If don't get a chance to RSVP, don't worry, you can still come, but may just have to wait for a table.)
Tasca Tapas Restaurant
1612 Commonwealth Ave.,Brighton, MA
April 7: 5-11pm
April 8: 5-11pm
We look forward to seeing you all there!
The DtM Team
(by Sami, posted by Grain)