Tuesday, August 22, 2006

LIVE BLOG: Design Districts

On Tuesday there was a forum introducing the participants to a Design Area in Cleveland for which an overlay of Cleveland was shown with display areas as well as work and live space for designers. There are no specific boundaries to the area but rather a core. Major stakeholders are being aligned in this project which is quickly moving forward.

What is being asked for is continuing support and assistance in increasing buzz.

Forum comments:
The teaching of Industrial Design in Cleveland is one of the best in the country but there is not connection between teaching and industry.
Dan Cuffaro does more than stir the pot – he breaks the pot and rebuilds.
There is no density in the design industry in Cleveland.
Story: Public Square is not a neighborhood, but Playhouse Square has become one.
People make markets
The Design District is trying to be non-threatening in its development
“Never ask for institutional support – ask for personal support.”
Dan Cuffaro: Setting Cleveland as “next Milan”.
Purpose to identify design identity for the City of Cleveland.
The design culture if it exists is secondary to other activity
Companies such as Rubbermaid, MTD, Royal Appliance, Little tykes, Hoover, Moen, interDesign, Step2, Saeco: major design needs
In cities such as Boston and Chicago with the benefit of a design culture, concentration of talent, and with design treated as strategically important, there is a draw for CIA graduates.
We need to be better at managing the design process.
Cleveland – “sketches by the pound”
There needs to be an understanding of how to use design to connect.
Companies in Cleveland are fearful/worried about losing design talent.
Opportunities: internship programs
“Happy accidents don’t happen in silos”
Out of myth and into markets
To foster creation around a design district something is needed to grease the wheel.
Design award
Model perhaps Merchandise Mart in Chicago but in a more virtual concept. more locations on Euclid Avenue
A central location for putting manufacturers and wholesalers together.
Labor pool: deep locally shallow internationally
The “salmon” view: Clevelanders come home to breed.


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