Archive of Art, Design, and Architecture

Subversive landscapes

on May 25th, 2013 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

In the Hung Liu retrospective Summoning Ghosts at OMCA, her emotional, insightful paintings hold unmistakable power. But it was a room of tiny, impressionistic landscapes that riveted me. The room info reads: “In Maoist China, art was required to support revolutionary ideology and ‘serve the people, heart and soul.’ When…

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Back to 1968

on November 21st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

The 1968 exhibit at OMCA is so packed with facts and experiences I needed a second visit to take it in. As years go, it’s hard to imagine many more momentous in modern U.S. politics and culture than 1968, considering the assassinations of King and Kennedy, a pivotal election, the Vietnam…

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Earthquake mashups

on September 1st, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

This photo mashup series by Shawn Clover that merges images from the 1906 earthquake and San Francisco today is a fantastic concept, with stunning execution. From the artist: To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended….

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What Do You Think?

on May 11th, 2012 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Over the past few years I’ve seen many museums trying to create reflective, interactive experiences for visitors. This is an important effort considering the pressures on museums as they fight for financial resources in a downturn, not to mention mind share in an age of digital entertainment. The effort is…

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West Coast Green Coverage

on October 22nd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, My Work and Articles, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

This year I wrote about West Coast Green for Triple Pundit, a site devoted to green business news and ideas. Links to my posts: “Green” Marketing Lessons from the eBay Box Backstory about the development of the reusable eBay Box, tips from an intrapreneur involved in the project, and the…

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Transit Art

on September 3rd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

I love public art, and this new series of surreal scenes on (and about) BART is charming. A few weeks ago I snapped this poster of the little girl and the duck at my local BART station, wondering what it was. Other than the station scene, the poster offered no…

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DMI Recap, Part 3

on July 2nd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

Wrapping up my thoughts on DMI Re-thinking…The Future of Design, I have a few final thoughts on pushing the design thinking discussion farther. I came away from the conference feeling there is still a lot of talk about the theoretical application of design thinking, but not much about the actual…

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DMI Recap, Part 2

on June 23rd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

More from DMI… Silver buckshot Soundbite of the day: There is no silver bullet, but there is silver buckshot. (Valerie Casey) Interdisciplinary takes work Being interdisciplinary involves more effort than simply assembling a committee. It requires training in how to work collaboratively, and — more importantly — how to communicate…

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DMI Recap, Part 1

on June 23rd, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

This year I was unable to attend Sustainable Brands, but in its stead the following week I went to the DMI Re-Thinking…the Future of Design conference in San Francisco. At the risk of sounding like a jaded know-it-all, by the time there is a conference created it seems that I’ve…

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Hearst Castle meets Wuthering Heights

on May 30th, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

After two years of ambiguity and stretching and perseverance, I have officially earned the designation of Master of Business Administration! That seems like a silly title; administering business is just about the last of my aspirations. It would be nice if I could enjoy a little more R&R, but finding…

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