Debbie Millman
Robin Petravic + Catherine Bailey

Debbie talks with Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey about running Heath Ceramics.

John Foster
Flower Power

The Hibiscus Scrapbook

Rick Poynor
Exposure: Viktoria Modesta by Nadav Kander

Changing perceptions of impairment

Laura Tarrish
Hunter | Gatherer: Text as Textile

Evidence of fabric embellished with needle and thread has been found as far back as the Cro-Magnon days (30,000 B.C.). The artists featured here, writing with stitchery, challenge our expectations of what is commonly considered a domestic art.

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
John Thackara
Keep Your Stuff Alive
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

Add Fredun Shapur to the pantheon of modern designers making winning and sculptural objects for children.

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

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

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

Accidental Mysteries for September 29, 2013 focuses on the vast home collection of Chicago artist and teacher 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
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
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

Michael Bierut on his chromatophobia.

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
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
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
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries

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

Alexandra Lange
3rd Annual Holiday Card Review

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
Michael Bierut
Style: An Inventory

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
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
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?

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"

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

Alexandra Lange
When Modernists Get Crafty
Alexandra Lange
A Stitch in Time

Sewing for your daughter, circa 1965.

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

Alexander Girard fascinates me as an architect who refused to play the skyscraper game, focusing his considerable talents on restaurants, textiles, exhibitions and murals.

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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