Category Archives: Architecture

Visit the Design Graveyard…

With Halloween just around the bend I’m reminded of one of my favorite haunts (no pun intended) for thinking about design – old graveyards. The monuments in all shapes and sizes are like a lexicon of design, sort of a … Continue reading

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Training your eye for Design

“We need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.  Shakti Gawain If you are new to design, telling you to trust your eye sounds like some joke … Continue reading

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Learning to See

An artist and teacher I respect told me that anyone can draw. He said, “You can pick up a pen and write letters on paper, that’s drawing – you did that in the first grade. Drawing isn’t the barrier people … Continue reading

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Design Intangibles

Beauty is a hard thing to put a finger on. We know it instinctively when we see it, but struggle to put into words. One of the attributes the ancients saw in beauty was ontological. That’s a fancy term for … Continue reading

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The shortest distance between two points is a curve

Contrary to what you learned in 7th grade geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points. A flowing curve pulls your eye along sweetly, whereas a straight line often halts the eye. I just finished proofing … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet…B is for Baluster

is for Baluster. A small column or post that supports a handrail. They come in a wide variety of forms and can be cylindrical or square in cross section. This form above, illustrated from James Gibbs “Rules for Drawing” is … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet

Starting this month I’ll be posting a little feature I call the Designer’s Alphabet. A collection of design related trivia with bits of architecture, tools, wood, designers, and obscure facts about furniture design you can wow your spouse with.   I … Continue reading

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