At Least One These 8 Random Things Will Make Your Life Better

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A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.

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July 8th, 2014 | Comments Off | P.S.
The Connection Between Space and Wellness

Flying Quinn

As living beings, we are impacted by our environment. Design plays a significant role in human health, and the way that we configure and manipulate elements in a space can mean more to its inhabitants than whether they like the color of the walls or the texture of the carpet. On the broadest level certain environmental factors have universal effects on all of us – i.e. daylight & circadian rhythm. In other cases these environmental factors are very personal and specific, based on our genetic wiring. Genetics set the stage and the environment activates those genes in different ways. READ MORE

April 25th, 2014 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture
Brand is as Brand Does

idsgn.org

Much has been made about what a brand is or is not. Was it borne out of necessity, to differentiate a mass commodity in the aftermath of the industrial revolution or an artificial construct to generate affiliation to a group or idea? Whatever you think about what Brand is, it is undeniable that our behaviors –by proaction or reaction– are influenced by them. I’m constantly reminded of this when my 2 year old tells me he has seen my brand of car (or mommy’s brand) on the road. How did he learn to recognize them so easily? READ MORE

September 4th, 2013 | Comments Off | Retail Therapy
Musings of a Second Year Teacher

 

No, this isn’t Helen…or her class. (Photo courtesy of Lake Wales Public Library Archives)

Meet Helen*, an engaging twenty something with a refreshing enthusiasm for teaching, who knows she can make a difference and is determined to do so. Helen is a member of the Teach for America corps and has been assigned to a school in rural eastern North Carolina. While she had no prior teaching experience or degree in a directly related field before embarking on this admirable endeavor in the fall of 2011, she was homeschooled through eighth grade (before attending public high school and college) and has five younger siblings…an education in and of itself! READ MORE

January 3rd, 2013 | Comments Off | Live & Learn
The Aha! Moment

Last week was Dutch Design Week and as I was leafing through Flipbook, I was intrigued by the variety of innovative designs. Studios, galleries and old converted factories throughout the small town of Eindhoven, Netherlands offer a backdrop for over 300 events and 1800 exhibits. READ MORE

November 1st, 2012 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture, Uncategorized
Herman Miller’s “Why Design” Series

Last month, Herman Miller launched an exciting new video/documentary series called Why Design:

At Herman Miller design is the language we use to ask questions and seek answers to the problems our customers face. The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?” In Why Design, a new video series, we explore the world through the eyes of our designers, and share something of why we value their point of view. READ MORE

October 29th, 2012 | Comments Off | Beyond Architecture
Guide to Easier Living

I recently came across the book Guide to Easier Living by Mary and Russel Wright. Originally printed in the 1950’s it provides a glimpse into domestic life of that period while also presenting strategies for simpler living. The Russel Wright Design Center notes that the book “offered readers a declaration of independence from convention, rejecting the dogma of ‘etiquette despots’ like Emily Post. Defining the way Americans live even today, Russel and Mary Wright wrote, ‘Good informal living substitutes a little headwork for a lot of legwork. It doesn’t need wealth, but it does take thought, some ingenuity and resourcefulness, and more than a little loving care to create a home that is really your own.’ ”

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September 28th, 2012 | Comments Off | P.S.
The Inventables!

Inventables

Most creative people have a strong impulse to tinker and experiment. We are always trying to concoct new ideas. We mix-and-match, stir and roll, push and pull different ingredients just to see what happens. This experimentation is an integral part of any creative endeavor, but sometimes it’s challenging to find the raw materials for our creative stews. READ MORE

September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off | P.S.