Posts Tagged ‘design’

Detroit Style

October 14, 2021

Detroit Institure of Arts gallery teacher Crystal Palmer takes us inside the museum’s exhibition “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020.”

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Bauhaus Design

October 11, 2021

The Bauhaus school (1919 to 1933) is remembered for its namesake “style,” but its philosophy was political: design should serve people. a Quartz video.

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9-11 Urban Legacy: Cities of Bollards

September 13, 2021

9-11 Urban Legacy: Cities of Bollards

“It used to be that D.C. architecture consisted of graceful Georgetown mansions, neoclassical federal buildings — and, of course, the monuments. When the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts was founded in 1910 to guide Washington’s architectural development, it reviewed designs such as those of the Lincoln Memorial and the Federal Triangle. Over the seven years I’ve served on the commission, however, an increasing amount of time is spent discussing security-improvement projects: screening facilities, hardened gatehouses, Delta barriers, perimeter fences, and seemingly endless rows of bollards. We used to mock an earlier generation that peppered the U.S. capital with Civil War generals on horseback; now I wonder what future generations will make of our architectural legacy of crash-resistant walls and blast-proof glass.”

— Wittold Rybczynski, Meyerson professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read more:

“The Blast-Proof City,” Wittold Rybczynski, Foreign Policy

“We Built DC Into an Urban Fortress After 9/11. And January 6 Proved It Was Penetrable.” Jane Recker, Washingtonian

“I Came, Eyesore, I Conquered,” Witold Rybczynski, Slate

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Art Nouveau Birthed the Sixties’ Psychedelic Style

January 31, 2020

Maybe you’ve seen some of your grandpa’s trippy psychedelic posters. The style’s origins are even older than Gramps, though. Marie Cascione explains. A Vox video.

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Suburbs

October 10, 2019

Phil Edwards explains why so many suburbs look the same. a vox video.

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What Makes Things Cool?

January 24, 2019

Trends might seem completely random, but there are patterns to what becomes popular. Industrial designer Raymond Loewy created some of 20th Century America’s iconic looks, and his theory of coolness has been backed up by scientific studies. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic explains. Animations by Caitlin Cadieux.

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Fashion knockoffs are totally legit.

October 16, 2018

Fashion knockoffs are not counterfeits, they’re totally legit. Cleo Abram of Vox explains.

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From Boxy to Curvy

September 24, 2018

In the 1970s, cars were big boxes. When did they start to look like root vegetables? Vox explains. More here.

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Brand New Font

September 19, 2018

Brand New Font

There’s a new font in town. Brand New Roman, by Hello Velocity, is constructed entirely of corporate logos. God Bless America.

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The Soy Sauce Bottle

August 10, 2018

That soy sauce bottle you see everywhere was designed by Kenji Ekuan, a former Buddhist monk. The elegant bottle is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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