Design Mind

By Brooke Copani | musings on the art, science and business of good design

10 Tips How to Make More Art

Dear friend,<p>I just learned something interesting today— to be a ‘poet’ means just to be a ‘maker.’<p>1. What is poetry?<p>So the etymology (the root of the …

Art

Unlock your potential with creative classes from Skillshare

We’d all love the opportunity to learn new skills, fine tune old ones or get proper advice from working creatives directly. But when we take into …

Learning

From Frog, 3 Myths About What Makes A Designer Great

One of the main takeaways? It’s not all about technical skills—curiosity, drive, and outside interests are also necessities of good designers.<p>Of the evolving list of dream jobs for designers just out of school, the global design firm Frog might have the broadest appeal simply based on the nature of …

Product Design

The Stagnation Blues: How Bob Dylan and Others Broke Out of Creative Ruts in the ’80s

In the 80s, some of music’s biggest stars — from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash, David Bowie to Tom Waits — found themselves in deep creative ruts. How did …

Bob Dylan

How Ariel Kennan Solves NYC’s Most Intractable Design Problems

Kennan, who heads a design and product team for Mayor Bill de Blasio, is bringing service design to the city.<p><b>Doreen Lorenzo: Tell me a little bit about your background. What was your first exposure to design?</b> <b><br>Ariel Kennan</b>: I took to design early. My mother is an accomplished landscape architect, and …

Design Thinking

The Self-Care Craze Comes To Design

At Milan Design Week, installations boast the ability to “recharge,” “de-stress,” and “reflect on the hectic pace of our world.”<p>Watching Milan’s high-profile design week, Salone del Mobile, unfold from afar is a surreal ordeal. The design industry, for the most part, comes to a reeling halt outside …

Design

Are You Creative Or Are You An Artist? (You Might Be Neither)

Just because you design doesn't make you creative.<p>Being creative is not the same thing as being an artist--and vice versa.<p>In fact, the two titles share more differences than they do similarities. A 2010 IBM survey of 1,500+ CEOs from various fields ranked creativity as being a crucial pillar of …

Creativity

A Reading Guide For Designers Who Want To Write

We asked prominent designers and design writers to select the best books and essays for designers who want to hone their writing skills.<p>The 2017 Design In Tech Report, John Maeda’s influential industry overview, lists writing as a key design skill. There are several reasons why. With the rise of …

Writing

How "Slow Design" Can Give You the Home You Really Want

In a world where buying a new sofa can be accomplished by a couple clicks, some in the design world are resisting this fast-paced, instant …

Design

Inside Philip Johnson's Underappreciated Glass House in Manhattan

The architectural legacy of the Rockefeller family in Manhattan is well-known, most obviously demonstrated in the slab-like Art Deco towers of the …

Ideo Studied Innovation In 100+ Companies–Here’s What It Found

Innovation is hard to pin down, but with these six insights Ideo says it’s cracking the code.<p>How do you measure “innovation?” It’s something that every organization seems to be after–just look at AT&T’s Innovation Pipeline, Sephora’s Innovation Research lab, and the University of Pennsylvania’s …

Design Thinking

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

oiio proposes the world’s longest building with ‘big bend’ new york skyscraper

the proposed scheme takes advantage of the city's zoning laws to create a structure with a huge amount of saleable square footage, without worrying …

Architecture

Forget Coding: Writing Is Design’s “Unicorn Skill”

In a new report, John Maeda explains why writing is a must-have skill for designers.<p>These days many designers can code–an increasingly important skill for landing a job. But few are just as fluent in their own language as they are in Javascript. That presents a serious problem in terms of design. …

Interaction Design

20 Beautiful Axonometric Drawings of Iconic Buildings

Architect and illustrator Diego Inzunza has created a new series titled "Architectural Classics," which presents and analyzes 20 iconic architectural …

17 On-the-Rise Designers You Should Know Now

Ahead of the 2017 Architectural Digest Design Show, AD highlights 17 emerging talents<p>If there's one constant takeaway each year from <i>Architectural Digest</i>'s highly anticipated Design Show, it's that there's no shortage of great design. From the handcrafted furnishings in the Made section to …

Alternative Painting Techniques Artists Love

Splattering and Dripping<p>While <b>Jackson Pollock</b> is considered as the most well-known painter who created his abstract pieces by dripping paint onto a …

These 7 Books Are Necessary Reading for All Creatives

One of the most challenging aspects of creative work is, well, sitting down to actually do it. There are so many different ways to cull out one’s …

Art, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Creativity

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "struggle for liberty"? A group of students from JHS 151 in the Bronx looked at paintings at The Met …

This Hotel Asked Some Of The World’s Top Architects To Design Rooms

You can sleep in rooms designed by Pritzker Prize winners like Peter Zumthor, Thom Mayne, and Tadao Ando.<p>As archaeological fragments have shown, hot springs around the alpine town of Vals, Switzerland, have lured visitors since the Bronze Age. Fast forward a few thousand years, and today’s tourists …

Architecture

Ignorance Might Be the Best Thing For Your Creative Mind

Creativity is a surprising process. Left unchecked, too much application of prior knowledge can stifle innovation. “Not knowing” can be your most …

This Is the Best Netflix Documentary for Design Lovers to Binge Watch

"Abstract: The Art of Design" gives the industry a new edge rarely witnessed in design documentaries.<p>"You're looking for a moment when you feel you're as close to the soul as possible. That's what good design is."<p>So declares the trailer for "Abstract: The Art of Design," a new Netflix series that …

Using Design Principles To Reshape Local Government

There are a lot of Post-its involved.<p>A significant challenge for much local government is understanding what constituents want and need. The top-down approach that many agencies employ can create a disconnect between services and who’s being served.<p>Enter Public, a new nonprofit that wants to bring …

Design Thinking

Free Architecture School? It’s Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Some schools are changing architectural education by eliminating tuition. Could it help make the profession more relevant and diverse?<p>When it comes to diversity in architecture, the statistics are jarring. For instance, African-Americans comprise 12% of the U.S. population, but only 2% of …

Education

How Constraints Force Your Brain To Be More Creative

When we have less to work with, psychologists have found that we actually begin to see the world differently.<p>For decades, the dominant view among psychologists was that constraints served as a barrier to creativity. Anybody who spends a short time working under a confining bureaucracy, dealing with …

Creativity

Santiago Calatrava, the man redesigning Greenwich peninsula

The flamboyant Spanish architect whose Peninsula Place will be the centrepiece of a new £1bn development has a chequered history that includes swelling budgets, leaking roofs and falling tiles<p>In Dave Eggers’s novel <i>The Circle</i>, about a tech giant – an Apple-Google fusion – whose power runs out of …

Architecture

Comedian Mitch Hedberg's Thoughts on Design

The late comic undoubtedly left us too soon<p>Mitch Hedberg was one of the great comedians of our time, and sadly left us too early. Here are some of …

Alan Watts Reveals a Simple Strategy for Learning to Trust in Your Intuition

Everyone questions themselves and experiences self-doubt at some point in their lives. For some of us, it happens regularly.<p>That’s why this video …

Buddhism

20 of the Best Free Fonts for Designers

Finding stylish fonts for your design projects can be a major time sink -- especially when you have to wade through seemingly endless pages of …

Typography