Tag Archives: Design

A Tin of Nuts and Bolts

When you were a child, I bet some of the things you liked to play with most weren’t even toys. I know it was true for me, as it probably was for lots of people. This fact is inconvenient for … Continue reading

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The Unbridgeable Yawning Chasm

We torment ourselves.  Many creative, imaginative people dream up grandiose, highly ambitious schemes that can never be realised.  Either they lack the resources, the time, the energy, the skills or their plan is just too complex and intricate.  Perhaps its … Continue reading

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The Zen of Mastery

Here are some ideas that will serve you well, as an artist (or any other sort of creator): Simplicity – If you over complicate what you’re trying to achieve or make, you will run a much higher risk of not … Continue reading

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The Combination of Art, Design, Science and Engineering

A couple of things came across my desk recently that gave rise to this post.  I was looking at a TED talk by Disney’s first head Imagineer, Bran Ferren. Here is the link:  http://www.ted.com/talks/bran_ferren_to_create_for_the_ages_let_s_combine_art_and_engineering Bran was making the point that … Continue reading

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An Abundance of Truth and Beauty

Something big is happening.  Things have been changing for quite a while.  Are you aware of what’s happening?  Have you been trying to ignore it or deny it?  If you are an artist, you cannot have missed this.  But do … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Hours of What?

It has been said that it takes ten thousand hours to become a virtuoso at anything you choose to pursue.  That’s an interesting number.  If you work at something for eight hours a day, that’s one thousand, two hundred and … Continue reading

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Tools

Not everybody does, but I love tools.  I find nothing helps me immerse myself in my task better than having the right tools to hand and knowing how to use them instinctually.  I marvel at the ingenuity involved in making … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Bauhaus

Bauhaus design and the aesthetic it embodies are problematic for me.  I both love and hate Bauhaus at the same time. On the one hand, I like the idea of the built environment, the furnishings and the art within being … Continue reading

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Made With Contempt

I was watching a television show aimed at children, the other day, called “How It’s Made”.  http://science.discovery.com/tv/how-its-made/ The show is a documentary program showing how common, everyday items (including foodstuffs like bubblegum, industrial products such as motors, musical instruments such as guitars, and sporting … Continue reading

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