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How to describe a crisis on the web?

In the last months we were able to create a pretty new template for the FAO in emergencies website to talk about the ongoing humanitarian crisis around the world.

The layout is very modern and dynamic. To do so, we used some of the latest tweaks and effects to make communication about such complex events much easier! Now stories, documents, photos, videos and data are all accessible from one place, in a visual and quick way.

In the example below you can see the page dedicated to the Crisis in South Sudan. CAR, Madagascar and Philippines have also theirs.




“We Have a Drinking Problem!”

We Have a Drinking Problem” it is the title of the campaign we launched today in the FAO Headquarters to put in evidence the high number of plastic bottles produced everyday and the need to reduce this volume pretty soon. An art installation has been mounted in the Atrium to give people the perception of the the volume of plastic we produce during a working week.

It must be clear to everyone that a response from us is needed and some behaviours have to change to decrease our impact on the environment. As first answers we can:

  • drink water using refillable cups, and
  • use the water fountains scattered around the buildings can help a lot.

A big thank to all the people who helped in the preparation and production of the installation. In particular, a special remark for my friend Architect Claudia Fano of BlueA Studio of Rome for the design of the bottles installation.

Have a look at the gallery on the installation.

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Chris Bangle: A disruptive mind

Chris Bangle leaves BMW after 16 years as head of design.

His BMW 7 Series provoked enormous reactions when shown for the first time and Time magazine mentions this car as one of the ugliest ever.

At the same time, he completely redesigned BMW style and his name became part of the automotive lexicon: a “Bangle butt” is a tail with an extra layer of metal on the trunk.

Here are some of his creations:

  • New Mini design


  • Gina, the car with a body of seamless fabric stretched over a metal frame:

Referring to it, he says:  “the GINA philosophy is about: being flexible, thinking flexible, acting flexible, context over dogma“!!!

For sure a very disruptive mind!