Category Archives: Artists and Designers

Focuses on designers, artists and architects.

How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps)

I recently had breakfast at a diner with a couple of close friends who are not artists. In addition to serving delicious omelets the diner also exhibits artwork on its walls. During our breakfast conversation one of my friends asked … Continue reading

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Revisiting The Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc

This week’s blog post is a repeat of one of our early favorites from February, 2015. Vertical gardens are trending items in today’s corporate and public spaces. Readers who live in larger cities will have undoubtedly seen one in person. … Continue reading

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Design Is Everywhere

In our very first blogpost we promised readers we would write about design wherever we found it – not just in fine art settings and traditional design contexts. Today’s post focuses on four sets of images that are all highly … Continue reading

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Blood Flowers: The Art of Imran Qureshi

Last week the Trump Administration bombed Syria without congressional approval. From the comfort of our living room we watch atrocities on T.V. but in the United States we are rarely touched directly. It was in this context that I came … Continue reading

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Artists in a Neon Wilderness

In our last post we discussed neon signage. Today we’ll present the work of  visual artists who’ve employed neon light. Some of these artists work exclusively with the medium of neon but for others neon is only one material among … Continue reading

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Pinterest and the Elements and Principles of Design

As many of you know this blog is an offshoot of our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In addition to this blog we also maintain a Facebook page and a set of Pinterest boards. The book contains real world examples … Continue reading

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Four Smartphone Games: A Pleasure To Look At And Play

Our smartphones – those powerful miniature computers we carry in our pockets or purses – have inspired countless design teams and others to create all sorts of interactive apps and games for our enjoyment. Here are four of those games … Continue reading

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Loving Vincent: A Painted Life

I was recently reading about the soon-to-be released feature-length animated film, Loving Vincent, that follows the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. I was struck by both the artistic vision of the producers and the complicated process of its … Continue reading

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Pantone: Working with color

Pantone is a company synonymous with color management in the commercial world – particularly print media. It was started in the early 1960s by Lawrence Herbert who recognized the need for colors to be standardized when design projects moved from … Continue reading

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