Archive of Art, Design, and Architecture

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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On Being Unreasonable

on March 14th, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, My Work and Articles, Sustainability and Social Value by | Comments Off

Friday I gave a brief speech at a Designers Accord town hall event “Design Change, Change Design” hosted at California College of the Arts and organized by Design Strategy MBA students Ahmed Riaz, Elysa Soffer, and Mike Funk. My talk was geared at designers who want to work towards social…

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Play That Silver Ball

on October 6th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, My Work and Articles, Serendipity by | Comments Off

For my elective class this semester I chose Mythology, Meaning, and Design, an exploration of myths, archetypes, and symbols and how they continue to play out today in modern storytelling such as media and branding. So far it’s a very demanding class — more than an elective is worth, probably…

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Seeing the forest for the trees

on August 31st, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

Recently I got back in touch with a friend from high school, who has become an art teacher and an impressive photographer. Her photographs show patient experimentation and scene staging that result in charming, dynamic images. I appreciate how she explores all aspects and dimensions of a scene to find…

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The Fox

on August 3rd, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Downtown Oakland has an impressive Art Deco presence, and some neglected gems have recently been renovated, including the Fox Theater, built 1928. The interior is stunningly intricate with opulent details drawing from Moorish and Baghdadian motifs, among others. As luck would have it, on the momentous day I was able…

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Art is Anything You Can Get Away With

on July 13th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture by | Comments Off

Plugging In to User Needs

on July 12th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

In the Vegas airport there are many Verizon-sponsored “ReCharge Zones” — stools and counters with electrical outlets for charging phones and laptops — yet the stations were empty while hallways were lined with laptop users sitting on the floor, plugged into wall outlets over their heads. It’s not hard to…

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Olivetti

on July 11th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

These vintage typewriter ads for Olivetti (shown above)  just blow me away. They are such lovely, illustrated compositions, so different from the full page photo + headline ads of today. Italians certainly know how to design beautiful things, in this case not only the machine but also the ads for…

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