Category Archives: Design in the World

Design as found in the everyday world.

Raymond Loewy and the Creation of a Beautiful Life

Long before any of us had heard the name Steve Jobs, or that of Apple designer Jony Ives, there was Raymond Loewy. Considered by many to be the father of modern industrial design Loewy was referred to in the press … Continue reading

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A Brief Look At IKEA Design

Editors Note: This may seem like an ad for IKEA but for those of you interested in the field of design this post will give you an idea of the design concerns of one company. Aesthetics are only part of … Continue reading

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Strangely Familiar: The Ceramics of Eduardo Sarabia

If you’re anything like me you have multiple email accounts, I have almost a dozen. The one account that overfills with hundreds of messages each day is the equivalent of the junk drawer in my kitchen, a place for a … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 2

In the previous post I discussed steps one and two in the process of learning how to make valid critical observations and judgements about works of art. Those steps ask you to slow down and spend some time just looking … 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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Art Out of Context

I recently came across two unexpected environments in which to view art. This got me thinking about a design exercise for all of you. The parameters are simple: Find a unique place to display art and then create appropriate work. … 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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Neon Signs: Beacons In The Night

Few art forms are as fun to look at as a good neon sign. The glowing colors against a dark background epitomize what we mean when we say “eye candy.” A classic neon sign also conjures up thoughts of a … Continue reading

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National Endowment for the Arts: Once Again Fighting For Its Life

The latest bit of disturbing news to come from Donald Trump’s White House is that his proposed budget for next year eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). For those of you unfamiliar with this agency, let me give … 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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