Around the Design World in 180 Words: Crowdsourcing Edition

  • Derek Lam‘s collaboration with eBay has a crowdsourced twist: of the 16 dresses Lam designed for the e-commerce giant, only five will be manufactured for sale. Vote for your favorites here, and take a minute to savor the smart site. Each dress is breezily displayed on a live model and accompanied by a video of Lam explaining the inspiration behind it, from a favorite Helmut Newton photo to swimsuits of the 1950s.
  • Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Objectified) is using Kickstarter to help fund his latest film project, Urbanized, which tackles the design of cities. “Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert,” says Hustwit, who has already filmed in a dozen cities on four continents. Pledge your change to a documentary about urban change here.
  • Voting has closed for the Oscars Designer Challenge, in which nine up-and-coming fashion designers from across the U.S. are vying to have their designs showcased on this year’s Oscar telecast, but you can still size up the competitors and try to forecast which look will show up on an award presenter this Sunday.