Michelle Cleverdon

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13 Ways Science Could Make You A Better Designer

According to the number of searches it garnered on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word of the year is <i>science</i>. Here in the design world, we learned a lot from the world of lab coats and microscopes in 2013, from why Frank Gehry’s architecture is inherently alluring to why it’s so tough to …

A Sweet Bedtime Story For Design-Minded Kids

Animals make for the best storybook protagonists (see Winnie the Pooh, Babar, and Peter Rabbit). A design team in Belfast, Ireland, wants to add a new character to the genre: Chalky, a fun-loving cat.<p><i>Chalky and the New Sports Car</i> chronicles the mischief of Chalky (based on a real cat and its real …

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Photographer Captures The Mysterious Lives Of Modern-Day Gypsies

Photographer Iain McKell documents people in England who have voluntarily abandoned mainstream lifestyles in favor of nomadic ones.<p>Photographer Iain McKell first became acquainted with new age travelers 25 years ago on an assignment for the <i>London Observer</i>. Calling themselves the “Peace Convoy,” a …

Is This The Ugliest House In America?

What is even going on here.<p>Designers with delicate sensibilities, look away. This may be the most hideous McMansion in America. Built in 1956, this is “almost-famous pimp-turned-construction mini-magnate” Jerry A. Hostetler’s Indianapolis Hearst Castle. Minus the architectural prowess. Plus more …

A Peek Inside The Homes Of 11 Famous Fashion Designers

Photographer Ivan Terestchenko goes inside the private homes of style icons, from Giorgio Armani to Christian Louboutin to Coco Chanel.<p>Say what you will about astrological signs or Myers-Briggs typology: if you really want a quick profile of someone’s personality, a glimpse into their private home …

16 Of The Year’s Coolest Houses (And One Really Ugly One)

See more of the year’s best design: <br>Essays <br>Branding <br>Interfaces <br>Apps <br>Books <br>Art <br>Photo Essays <br>Advice <br>Video Games <br>Videos<p>This has been a magnificent year for imaginative, beautiful housing ideas. From micro-homes with microscopic environmental footprints to multi-story penthouses with 80-foot slides …

The 16 Best Photo Essays Of 2013

One of the best things about writing for a website dedicated to art and design is you’re never short of great pictures to look at. Even by that standard, though, 2013 was an embarrassment of riches when it came to fantastic photography, and Co.Design was particularly lucky to be able to play host …

The 13 Most Important Design Lessons Of 2013

See more of the year’s best design:<p>Branding <br>Houses <br>Interfaces <br>Apps <br>Books <br>Art <br>Essays <br>Photo Essays <br>Video Games <br>Videos<p>In 2013, some of the brightest design minds took to Co.Design to offer tips and tricks for navigating the business world. Our experts tackled everything from how to code to what a …

The 10 Best Design Books Of 2013

No matter how convenient Kindles are, they will never do justice to beautifully printed, full-color art and design books. (And reading them often doubles as a workout–the big ones require serious biceps to even lift.)<p>See more of the year’s best design: <br>Branding <br>Houses <br>Interfaces <br>Apps <br>Photo Essays …

The 15 Best Design Essays Of 2013

Some people think design is all pretty flourishes, but it’s about a lot more than that: design encompasses not just the visual appearance of a thing, but also the intent behind it, and the experience of being exposed to it. These qualities are what makes design such an important medium through …

This Dinner Plate Cleans Itself

Hate doing dishes? So do we. Luckily, this remarkable plate could make that job a thing of the past.<p>Doing the dishes stinks, and even expensive dishwashers designed for the task don’t make the job all that easy. But a new self-cleaning plate and bowl, developed by the Swedish design studio Tomorrow …

What Architecture Schools Get Wrong

The new film Reality Check follows a year in the life of Virginia Tech’s design/buildLAB, bringing a long-simmering debate over architecture education to the screen.<p>In 2012, a group of students at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design came together to build Clifton Forge, Virginia, a …

A Photographic Tour Of The Notorious Hotel Chelsea

Before extensive renovations, one last look inside the notorious hotel where Sid killed Nancy and where Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road.<p>Perhaps no other New York City building has been so simultaneously charmed and haunted as the Chelsea Hotel. Most infamously, it was the place where Sex Pistol Sid …

11 Amazing Vintage Herman Miller Offices

If you haven’t discovered the lush Instagram account of American furniture giant Herman Miller, consider yourself lucky. I wasted an unseasonably glorious Sunday afternoon combing through images of secretaries with bouffant hairdos in prim little offices, and it made me long for eras I never lived …