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Art and Design

In December it will be three years since we published our book Design: A Beginner’s Handbook. In structuring that textbook we decided to use simple real-world examples of the design elements and principles. We opted to demonstrate the application of … Continue reading

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Artists Who Bring Design Elements/Principles Front and Center

In this weeks’ blog post let’s take a look at some artists whose use of design elements and principles have recently captured my attention The first images are by a photographer from Glasgow named John Gribben. Gribben has done commercial … Continue reading

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Sophie Calle At Fort Mason – Part 2

Last week I wrote about the French artist Sophie Calle and her exhibition Missing at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture. I discussed two of the four works shown. Today’s post looks at the other two components of that … Continue reading

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Sophie Calle At Fort Mason – Part 1

Last weekend I found myself at Fort Mason in San Francisco. An old military base, Fort Mason is now home to an assortment of arts and cultural organizations housed in its historic buildings. It’s a beautiful site fronting on the … Continue reading

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How To: Michael Bierut Discusses His Creative Process

Earlier this year I added a book to my library. It’s by the graphic designer Michael Bierut and it’s title is How to. The complete title is How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: The Grid and Found Objects

Last week I wrote about the artist Leonardo Drew. During the process of researching him I came across an interview conducted by Desa Beslic of the Denver Museum of Art. Among other things she asked him to talk about a … Continue reading

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A Simple Map Of Life: Leonardo Drew

Last week I went with some friends to see an exhibition at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. On the drive over I sat in the back seat and tried to come up with a topic for this week’s blog. … Continue reading

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Art And The Importance Of Materials: Part 2

In our previous post we discussed the artwork of the Italian based Arte Povera movement – how they used raw and cast off industrial materials to bring a new urgency to their sculptures. You can read that post here. Today … Continue reading

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Art And The Importance Of Materials: Part 1

One of the most fundamental and practical aspects of art is the importance of materials. The stuff that artists use when they make a work of art influences both form and content. Every material brings something special to the creative … Continue reading

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Design Exercise: Imaginary Places

The weather is beautiful here in California. Perfect blue skies and just the right amount of heat. It’s hard to sit inside and get work done. I’d rather be anywhere but at my desk. Perhaps you feel this way too. … Continue reading

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