1967 Centennial Symbol by Stuart Ash

Stuart Ash, a pioneer of Canadian graphic design, co-founded Gottschalk + Ash International in 1966, creating transformative visual identities like the Canadian Centennial symbol. His minimalist designs, garnering many awards, significantly elevated Canadian design’s global status and continue to influence new generations of designers.Read More →

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Well-designed products enhance our mood through aesthetic pleasure, functionality, psychological impact, evoking nostalgia, quality craftsmanship, alignment with personal values, and novelty. These aspects make them catalysts for emotional well-being.Read More →

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Lighting hugely influences interior design, impacting emotional states and consumer behaviour. Cultural background also affects lighting preferences, with American customers favoring warmer light and Korean consumers preferring cooler tones. Therefore, a diverse and multicultural approach to lighting design is critical.Read More →

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Discover the captivating story of the Senbon Torii at Fushimi Inari-taisha, where each gate embodies a unique tale of gratitude and exceptional design. Explore the spirituality and craftsmanship behind this awe-inspiring pathway in Kyoto, Japan.Read More →

Victor Papanek was a socially responsible designer. Design for the Real World, his book, was released in 20 different languages. TELL ME MORERead More →

Korkeakouluaukio plaza and the Väre building of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at the Aalto University's Campus.

Aalto University, located in Helsinki, Finland, is renowned for its School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Formed in 2010 by merging three prestigious Finnish universities, Aalto University blends historical traditions and modern innovation. The School’s roots lie in the 1871-established School of Arts and Crafts, which evolved and relocated over the years to its current location in Arabianranta. It also includes an Architecture department based on the Alvar Aalto-designed Otaniemi Campus. As the Nordic countries’ largest university provider of design education, Aalto University collaborates with numerous global institutions and boasts many acclaimed Finnish design alumni, solidifying its place as a leader in arts, design, and architecture education.Read More →

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Gillo Dorfles (1910 – 2018) was an Italian art critic, painter, and philosopher. He was born in Trieste and active in Milan.Read More →

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Albert and his wife Klara Reimann founded the Schülerwerkstatten für Kleinplastik (School for Small Sculpture) in Berlin in 1902. Reimann was a gifted craftsman who created prototypes to produce bronze, copper, silver, gold, and pottery. Read More →

Design Thinking for the Greater Good Cover Art

“Design Thinking for the Greater Good” explores how design thinking, already successful in the commercial world, can be applied by social sector organizations to address complex issues. The authors present ten stories of struggles and successes in various sectors, demonstrating how collaborative creativity can overcome entrenched bureaucracies. The book provides a practical roadmap for implementing design thinking tools to reduce risk, improve resource management, enhance communication, and cater to diverse stakeholders, ultimately leading to innovative and achievable solutions.Read More →

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In Chicago, the Institute of Design was established by László Moholy-Nagy in 1939, following several short-lived precedents beginning with the New Bauhaus in Chicago, established in 1937 under the direction of Moholy-Nagy, with Walter Gropius, a former member of the Bauhaus, as a consultant.Read More →

Bauhaus building

The Bauhaus School, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, revolutionized art, architecture, and design by combining theoretical knowledge with practical training. Students completed the Vorkurs, followed by specific workshops, theoretical instruction, and interdisciplinary projects, fostering unity across arts and crafts.Read More →

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The Victoria and Albert Museum ( V&A ) is one of the world’s foremost collections of decorative arts and architecture. It served as a model for the development of applied arts museums in Vienna (1864), Berlin (1867), Oslo (1876), Copenhagen (1890), and other cities.Read More →

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Enzo Frateili was an Italian designer born in Rome and active in Milan. Frateili began his professional career in 1955. In the early 50s, he worked at Stile Industrial; in 1962 he was the Italian correspondent to the journal form. His books included Archiektur und Komfort (1967) and Design e Civiltà della Machina (1969). The Instituto di Architettura e Urbanistica published his paper on the theoretical and methodological aspects of problem-solving, Universitá di Trieste. In 1963, he led a seminar, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm. Read More →

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Tomas Maldonado was an Italian design theorist and industrial designer who led a revolt against aesthetic taste and functional problem-solving in design thinking. Max Bill’s goal was to bring back the Bauhaus ideas and make Germany the centre of design after the war.Read More →

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a private art and design school in Providence, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1877 and now offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in 19 different fields. It is affiliated with Brown University, with which it shares a College Hill campus.Read More →

Beautiful Evidence - Featured Image

Beautiful Evidence is a book that teaches how to show information clearly and effectively, suggests new designs, and provides analytical tools for judging credibility. It also moves away from pixel and paper flatlands and into the real world of three-dimensional space and time.Read More →

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Usually on a fireplace mantel. Garnitures were put on furniture and ledges or niches around a room’s walls, notably over doors or fireplaces.Read More →

Domus Magazine Cover

Gio Ponti founded Domus in 1928, this journal devoted to architecture and design, originally named “L’ Arte della Casa,” has been at the forefront of design debate in Italy. In the 1930s, it was mainly concerned with a Novecento aesthetic, but it also paid attention to more radical tendencies, as Persico’s 1934 article “A New Start for Architecture” exemplifies. Read More →

Skowhegan School of Art and Design

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture is a place for artists to live and work, and is one of the only U.S. schools to teach the ancient art of fresco. Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture raised $21 million to help young artists and create an archive of over 700 lectures. LEARN MORERead More →

Black Mountain College in North Carolina

Black Mountain College was founded by John Andrew Rice and a group of dissident, radical academics in North Carolina’s mountains in 1933. It symbolised academic freedom and the experimental spirit of American culture.Read More →