Buegel chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a Dutch architect and furniture maker, and designer. He was born in Utrecht.  Probably the most innovative and avant-garde designer of his time, Rietveld’s furniture designs were ground-breaking both visually and from a production stand-point. Even 90 years later, his chairs look as fascinating as theyRead More →

typography and design

Typographic design skills give the designer, who develops an appreciation for the subtler points, a wealth of satisfaction. There are few aspects of the profession of graphic design that provide more opportunity to apply creative skills. It calls for judgment and ingenuity constantly, and every application of the skills learnedRead More →

To be a sound designer, it is not just technical skill.  Sucess as a designer often means getting out of your own way.  I have found designing with mindfulness has helped me to stay focused, stay relaxed and have consistent access to my creativity.    Recently I was listening toRead More →

As a visual designer, I am fascinated how people process visual perceptual information. The design process is about bringing order and form to our visual world. Gestalt Psychologists in the 1930’s suggested some basic perceptual rules that the brain automatically and unconsciously follows as it organises sensory information into meaningfulRead More →

Breathing Zone Meditation

Breathing Zone – sit back and relax as the animated breathing guide gently slows the pace of your breathing. Research indicates that it has been shown to lower blood pressure.I have been using the Breathing Zone application for several years.  What I particularly like about this application is that is simple, simple to use, simple to set up.Read More →

White space design is a great way to grab a user’s attention, drive home a message and give an elegant user experience. Here are 10 examples you’ll want to copy White space design is a great way to grab a user’s attention, drive home a message and give an elegantRead More →

Design Debate: Do Illustrators Need Agents?

In our newest design debate, Alva Skog, Erin Aniker and Yuko Shimizu explore whether it pays for an illustrator to hire an agent. Ready, set, debate. 1. Having an agent means that you can concentrate on what you do best. Alva Skog, freelance illustrator I was considering going freelance straightRead More →

Amsterdam, 22082018, Atelier Marianne Hendriks. Photo:Joke Schut Photography

Marianne Hendriks shares her wonderment of nature in a painting practice highly informed by her background in architecture and design. With each distillation of a leaf into a simple abstraction, Marianne attempts to make sense of the world by categorically manipulating geometry and form. Source: Marianne Hendriks Explores Symmetry WithinRead More →

Asymmetry is the absence of, or a violation of, symmetry  Symmetry in everyday language refers to a sense of harmonious and beautiful proportion and balance.  These are two vital principles of design theory.

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Creative thinking and problem-solving are essential parts of the design process to turn ideas into innovation and break the barriers against creativity. One of the successful methods used in creative thinking is the SCAMPER technique. Source: A Guide to the SCAMPER Technique for Creative ThinkingRead More →

Patricia Urquiola is a Basque designer who combined for the new line of cookware brand Alessi an equipment set at the hub of multicultural influences, from Japan to antiquity, and also takes a bit of her own cultural and visual origins. Source: Illustrated CookwareRead More →

That’s so Bauhaus, darling. Next year marks the centenary of the short-lived but oh-so-influential design school. The term is often bandied about rather carelessly, especially in the watch world – it is not only minimalism that can be traced back to the school, founded by architect and designer Walter GropiusRead More →