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Laura Tarrish
Hunter | Gatherer: Text as Textile
John Foster
Exploring Art Environments
05.25.14

SPACES is a nonprofit 501c3 public benefit organization incorporated in 1978 for the purposes of identifying, documenting and advocating for the preservation of large-scale art environments.

Observed
More Botany
05.19.14

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

Alex Knowlton
Miami Nice
John Thackara
Keep Your Stuff Alive
John Foster
The Essence of a Teapot
03.16.14

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
03.06.14

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

Bonnie Siegler
Dear Bonnie: Cheated in Chicago
02.26.14

This week Dear Bonnie — our truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler — advises independent artist "Cheated in Chicago" on the best course of action when her work is being used by a large brand without her permission.

John Foster
The Renewed Art of Embroidered Photographs
01.19.14

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
Observed
Feeding Young Brains
11.05.13

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

Alexandra Lange
Where We Work
10.21.13

A Kickstarter for co-working space Makeshift Society points to the light, space and tools creative freelancers need to be productive.

John Foster
Giraffe Houses of the Ozarks
10.06.13

Giraffe houses are generally thought to have first appeared around 1910, but their acceptance grew during the 1930s.

John Foster
The Open Eye: The Home Collection of Ray Yoshida
Alexandra Lange
Learning New Tricks
John Foster
The Collection de l’Art Brut
08.04.13

It was Jean Dubuffet who coined the term Art Brut to describe art that was raw, pure and untainted by rules or schooling. This was art that emerged from the minds of madness — or genius.

Alexandra Lange
How To Unforget
07.08.13

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
06.21.13

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

Alexandra Lange
Dream Weaver
Alexandra Lange
Anxiety, Culture and Commerce
Observed
The Craft of Design
05.03.13

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

Rob Walker
Bill for a Bowl
04.02.13

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

John Foster
Dreams of the Sonora Aero Club
03.17.13

The mysterious, double-sided, collaged watercolor drawings that comprise the journals of Charles August Albert Dellschau.

Alexandra Lange
After the Museum: The Tumblr
03.07.13

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

Michael Bierut
Chromatophobia
Debbie Millman
Jen Bilik
02.08.13

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

Alexandra Lange
Why Bernadette Fox Is Scary
02.04.13

The heroine of Where’d You Go, Bernadette is an award-winning female architect. Don’t envy her life.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
12.23.12

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
12.18.12

Gifts for children found on Etsy.com

Betsy Vardell
Betsy on Etsy: Guide to Personalizable Gifts
12.13.12

Personalized gifts found on Etsy.com.

Betsy Vardell
Betsy on Etsy: Ornaments and Decorations Gift Guide
12.11.12

Ornaments and decorations found on Etsy.

Alexandra Lange
Reintroducing the Tilletts
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
Alexandra Lange
3rd Annual Holiday Card Review
11.21.12

Holiday card designs for 2012 reveal the social media preoccupations of their buyers, whether it is Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or old-fashioned (perhaps Downton Abbey-inspired?) stationery.

Alexandra Lange
Dot Supreme
10.31.12

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

Michael Bierut
Style: An Inventory
10.29.12

Style: An Inventory by Michael Bierut

Observed
Unbored
10.16.12

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
09.30.12

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.

Observed
Art Without Artists
09.25.12

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
William Drenttel, and OBlog
Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path
05.28.12

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
05.20.12

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
05.18.12

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

Observed
Make a Mixel this Weekend
05.11.12

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.

Observed
Two Foto Animator
05.01.12

A real life steampunk animated gif.

Debbie Millman
Randy J. Hunt
04.20.12

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
03.20.12

Design + Craft: The Brazilian Path by Adelia Borges explores the complex relationship between designers from the Northern hemishphere and indigenous artists in the Southern hemisphere, specifically craft communities in Brazil.

Alexandra Lange
Want to Buy A Valentine?
02.04.12

You can buy a valentine handmade by someone else. You can send your beloved a vintage card using an app. But where's the romance in that?

David Stairs
Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"
12.19.11

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

Alexandra Lange
When Modernists Get Crafty
Alexandra Lange
A Stitch in Time
Michael Bierut
Seven Things Designers Can Learn from Stand Up Comics
Alexandra Lange
In T: High Fiber
James Biber
Pictures of Pictures
03.17.11

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

Julie Lasky
Bushpunk and the Future of Africa
01.13.11

Why Maker Faire Africa is a model for economic development

Alexandra Lange
Shopping D/R at Etsy
Nancy Levinson
Pillow Culture
12.10.10

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
11.04.10

Laura Tarrish shares her collection of miniature chairs.

Alexandra Lange
On Design Observer: Girard + Folk Art
Adam Harrison Levy
The Wood Stacker
09.29.10

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

Alexandra Lange
Masdar: So Many Questions
09.26.10

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
09.24.10

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
132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE
09.15.10

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

Alexandra Lange
Dumbing Down DIY
12.05.09

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

Alexandra Lange
Crafting A City
09.20.09

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

Alexandra Lange
Fashion Plates
08.12.09

Do little girls still play with paper dolls?

Rob Walker
For Kicks
03.03.05

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
02.02.05

“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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