Delightful documentation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, commentary, design | No Comments
Delightful documentation

Pre-Ramble:  I spent a better part of the morning going down the most enjoyable rabbit hole.  It started with a series of portraits by British photographer Luke Stephenson … portraits of caged birds against colored backdrops entitled “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds” (shown left). The Show Bird series reflects the driving philosophy of Stephenson’s work … to characterize ”life in Britain and the […]

The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, strategy | No Comments
The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

PreRamble:  In the recent WSJ Flower School feature, floral designer and writer Lindsey Taylor takes on the challenge of interpreting a piece of abstract 2-dimensional art using fresh flowers. Clearly a romantic at heart, Taylor’s inspiration for the Valentine’s Day exercise is a painting (left photo) by German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) from his series “Homage to the Square,” ” …. the […]

On seeing

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, storytelling | No Comments
On seeing

PreRamble: What is it about this photograph that is so compelling? Taken by Francois Halard for a WSJ Magazine article on Victoire de Castellane, artistic director for fine jewelry at Christian Dior, the shot first appears to be mostly a “Still Life with Parrot and Jewels” kind of thing. But there’s something about it that invites further contemplation. Maybe it’s the parrot. This is a fine […]

The art of facilitation

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 in Blog, communication, design, education, strategy | One Comment
The art of facilitation

PreRamble:  Last week, as part of their “Design for Good“ initiative, the Minnesota chapter of the AIGA piloted a workshop on facilitation — Facilitation: by Design. The two-day experience, held at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD), was designed to equip design professionals with the frameworks, strategies, insights, tools, resources and confidence needed to guide diverse groups […]

See Change 2013

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Blog, communication, creativity, design | No Comments
See Change 2013

PreRamble:  Took the day to take in some “luminaries, inspiration, and remarkable work from across the visual spectrum” at the See Change Conference, an annual event sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Design, AIGA Minnesota, and the Minnesota Journalism Center. As a generally fidgety person and big fan of […]

Business applications for visual thinking

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
Business applications for visual thinking

PreRamble: I am always on the lookout for new/different approaches to articulation of ideas, both as a matter of keen interest, and, as a way to better define my own work. The following is based on a post written by prolific blogger and fellow visual thinker Chuck Frey on the business uses for “Graphic Facilitation” (described as […]

A picture is worth 100 petabytes

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, communication, design, strategy | No Comments
A picture is worth 100 petabytes

PreRamble:  Lots of big talk out there on Big Data – the topic nicely summarized in a recent WSJ Journal Report … “There’s a ton of information out there. And businesses are figuring out how to put it to work. The experts call this state of affairs big data. The definition is squishy, but it usually boils down […]

See spots

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in Blog, creativity, design, strategy | No Comments
See spots

PreRamble:  Got into a spirited dinner party discussion on polka dots last night … wondered if polka-dot, the fun fashion statement, was in any way related to polka, the twirling wedding reception fare … and random other angles on the simple ubiquitous design. Checked into it further and, as is cosmic confluence would have it, the polka-dot theme is swirling about in the blogosphere as we […]

Beauty is in the hard-wiring of the beholder

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog, design | No Comments
Beauty is in the hard-wiring of the beholder

PreRamble: As a designer, writer and lover of beautiful things, I was drawn to the recent article by architect and author, Lance Hosey titled “Why We Love Beautiful Things.”  In it, Hosey gives some interesting perspective on the art and science of good design, citing the influences of brain chemistry and primal wiring. “Brain scan studies […]