John Foster
Flower Power

The Hibiscus Scrapbook

Rick Poynor
Exposure: Viktoria Modesta by Nadav Kander
Laura Tarrish
Hunter | Gatherer: Text as Textile
John Foster
Exploring Art Environments
More Botany

Avery Thatcher is one of the emerging designers from the oft-lauded creative class in Portland, Oregon.

Alex Knowlton
Miami Nice

Alex Knowlton reviews this year's ADC Festival of Art + Craft in Advertising and Design in Miami Beach.

John Thackara
Keep Your Stuff Alive

What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?

John Foster
The Essence of a Teapot

While the traditional teapot should be at the very least functional — that is, have the ability to hold and pour a liquid, I recently viewed an exhibition that turns all that on end with the “idea of a teapot.”

Alexandra Lange
Not Afraid of Noise: Mexico City Stories

A photographic tour of Mexico City, house by house, wall by wall.

Bonnie Siegler
Dear Bonnie: Cheated in Chicago
John Foster
The Renewed Art of Embroidered Photographs

Few creative things today are truly new — it's the work that builds on, pushes forward and continues to invent that gets noticed.

Alexandra Lange
Playing With Design: Fredun Shapur
Alexandra Lange
Year of the Women

A year-end wrap-up of my favorite stories. The common theme? Women and the making of design.

Feeding Young Brains

AIGA Portland and The Right Brain Inititative have partnered on a new project to encourage kids to think creaively.

Alexandra Lange
Where We Work
John Foster
Giraffe Houses of the Ozarks
John Foster
The Open Eye: The Home Collection of Ray Yoshida
Alexandra Lange
Learning New Tricks
John Foster
The Collection de l’Art Brut
Alexandra Lange
How To Unforget

The straightforward logic of “A Handbook of California Design” makes it the first step in unforgetting two generations of makers.

Alexandra Lange
Every Little Thing

Cranbrook: A campus where the designers have thought of everything.

Alexandra Lange
Dream Weaver
Alexandra Lange
Anxiety, Culture and Commerce

Is the museum store a distraction or an enticement?

The Craft of Design

American Craft's special 2013 design issue is available online or as an iPad app.

Rob Walker
Bill for a Bowl

Considering dollar value as one of many things a bowl might contain.

John Foster
Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club
Alexandra Lange
After the Museum: The Tumblr

To create, a multi-museum, multi-curator Tumblr @MADMuseum, I saw it as a kind of curatorial game: Show Me What You’ve Got.

Michael Bierut
Debbie Millman
Jen Bilik

Jen Bilik on being a certified entrepreneurial badass: she's the founder of the company Knock Knock.

Alexandra Lange
Why Bernadette Fox Is Scary
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Manly Palmer Hall's 1928 encyclopedic work — The Secret Teachings of All Ages — earned him worldwide acclaim led to a lifetime of lectures, awards and recognition. 

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Peter Vogel's mysterious aging techniques are highly guarded, and for good reason.: as works of art, his handmade signs are nothing short of spectacular. 

Betsy Vardell
Betsy on Etsy: Gifts for Kids

Gifts for children found on

Betsy Vardell
Betsy on Etsy: Guide to Personalizable Gifts

Personalized gifts found on

Betsy Vardell
Betsy on Etsy: Ornaments and Decorations Gift Guide

Ornaments and decorations found on Etsy.

Alexandra Lange
Reintroducing the Tilletts

If you are interested in textile design, mid-century style, or creative partnerships, I would urge you to go visit “The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett” at the Museum of the City of New York.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Rarity? Quality? What makes a great piece of redware?

Alexandra Lange
3rd Annual Holiday Card Review
Alexandra Lange
Dot Supreme

On the enduring power of the simplest shape, from corporations to children’s books.

Michael Bierut
Style: An Inventory

Style: An Inventory by Michael Bierut


Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun from Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen features 350 pages of projects, games, and information for kids aged 8-13, and their parents.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is art without artists.

Art Without Artists

Accidental Mysteries John Foster co-curated
Art Without Artists at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University.
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography. This week's focus is clothing.

William Drenttel, and OBlog
Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path

Adélia Borges, a Brazilian curator has now published a remarkable book on the intersection of design and craft, artisanal objects and social innovation.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is paper folding art.

Rob Walker
The Theater of Making

What videos depicting the story of stuff-being-made are really about.

Make a Mixel this Weekend

This weekend the folks at Mixel, an amazing collaborative collage app for the iPad, want to spread the word about how easy (and fun) it is.

Two Foto Animator

A real life steampunk animated gif.

Debbie Millman
Randy J. Hunt

Etsy creative director Randy J. Hunt discusses working for Milton Glaser, his record label and the challenges of managing a brand as diverse as Etsy.

John Thackara
It’s Not Just The Bags
Alexandra Lange
Want to Buy A Valentine?
David Stairs
Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"

David Stairs reviews "Design with other 90%:Cities"

Alexandra Lange
When Modernists Get Crafty

The Museum of Arts and Design's Crafting Modernism makes a good case for bringing back macrame.

Alexandra Lange
A Stitch in Time
Michael Bierut
Seven Things Designers Can Learn from Stand Up Comics

Stand up comedy, a high-risk creative enterprise, has interesting lessons for designers.

Alexandra Lange
In T: High Fiber
James Biber
Pictures of Pictures

James Biber gives us a close new look at familiar paintings.

Julie Lasky
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa

Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development

Alexandra Lange
Shopping D/R at Etsy

Want to recreate D/R this Christmas? Etsy provides the goods.

Nancy Levinson
Pillow Culture

Beyond sleep: the exhibition Pillow Culture looks at the pillow as designed object and technological artifact.

Laura Tarrish
Laura Tarrish’s Collection of Miniature Chairs

Laura Tarrish shares her collection of miniature chairs.

Alexandra Lange
On Design Observer: Girard + Folk Art
Adam Harrison Levy
The Wood Stacker

All his work, freed him from a dependency on oil. His heat is local.

Alexandra Lange
Masdar: So Many Questions

I was not planning to post anything about 
Sukkah City. It all just looked like an architecture studio: so much effort, such worked-over results, and an inability to see the forest for the trees.
Debbie Millman
Stephen Doyle

In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stephen Doyle discusses working for Tibor Kalman, renting his soul to the devil and working with his hands.

Dana Thomas

The latest material (and sustainability) adventure from the great Japanese fashion designer.

Alexandra Lange
Dumbing Down DIY

DIY Anni Albers Strainer and Paper Clips Jewelry Kit is dumbing down the DIY movement.

Alexandra Lange
Crafting A City

Two of my favorite things came together this weekend: Dutch design and Governors Island.

Alexandra Lange
Fashion Plates

Do little girls still play with paper dolls?

Rob Walker
For Kicks

A look at one facet of the sneaker phenomenon — that is, the way that fashion and brand loyalty can come together in what might be considered the folk art of a consumer culture.

Rob Walker
Hyperreality Hobbying

“Reborning'” is the name that has emerged for a curious process of altering and enhancing a baby doll to look and even to feel as much like a human baby as possible.

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