21 Most Influential
1. Seattle Public Library, OMA.
2. Joris Laarman
3. index Awards, Copenhagen
4. Dunne & Raby
5. Light transmitting concrete.
6. Experimentadesign – Bienal de Lisboa
7. Frank Gehry. It’s hard to ignore it, but everyone STILL wants their Guggenheim…
8. The mobile phone. with our without camera
10. iPod, and best of all, iPod’s white headphones: try to walk a day in Paris, London or New York and count how many people you see with white headphones. It’s great. Best design of the past 10 years, no doubt.
11. China. The New Eldorado. Where money, people, water and steel flow constantly and shamelessly.
12. Manuel Castells. Read him and you’ll better understand what’s around you.
13. Swedish women designers. No other country has so many good female designers these days.
14. European medium cities. Forget the big ones where rents are high and quality of living is low. Copenhagen, Stockholm, Barcelona, Vienna, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Prague, Lisbon, even Ljubljana or Helsinki are a lot nicer to work, live and occasionally escape from.
15. Peter Bilak and Stuart Bailey, Dot Dot Dot. Graphic Design’s foremen in lateral thinking and inspirational publishing
16. Eduardo Campo Baeza. Where sun is heat rather than light, or where observation, attention to history and reflection take over hype and übermodern diagrammatic bullshit, Campo Baeza proves he’s one of today’s greatest, and most humble, architects.
17. IKEA. You just can’t avoid it.
18. The EU Flag. Whatever Rem Koolhaas thinks, the 12 stars over a blue background are probably the sign of the world’s last utopia.
19. Trains. Nicer, more comfortable and more respectful towards the environment than any other means of transport. With the growing High Speed links popping up all over Europe, and signs that a few low-cost airlines are starting to crash, will trains be again part of our everyday life as planes are now? I really hope so.
20. DIN Mittelschrift. No other font is probably more used today by graphic designers around the world, and I guess will still be using. Well, the German federal government has been doing it for decades…
21. Blogs. Speak your mind, get in touch with friends, provoke discussion on a global level. Democracy never came this far.
I was one of the recipient of this email from Marcus Fairs, sent Nov 30th, 2004: