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  1. 101 Product Design
    Design 101

    101 Product Design

    We’re surrounded by legions of products, most of them unremittingly lousy. What separates the good from the bad from the ugly? Take out your well-designed pencils for Product Design 101.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.11.09

  2. 101 Solar
    Design 101

    101 Solar

    Dare we say "enlightening"? Be it passive or aggressive, find out what solar energy can do for you.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.09

  3. Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier
    House Tours

    Alaska: The Final (Architectural) Frontier

    “I always wanted to live in a glass house,” explains Valerie Phelps, as she stands surrounded by the 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows that are the only walls of her living room. Laid...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    03.16.09

  4. An Introduction to Product Design
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Product Design

    Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste. While the beer and candy aisles of the store were heavily trafficked, the back “household goods” section was not. And...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  5. Best Buy
    Design 101

    Best Buy

    Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  6. Books You Should Read
    Design 101

    Books You Should Read

    The Champ Phaidon Design Classics: 001–999. Phaidon Press, 2006 This quintessential collection of 999 product designs in three thigh-numbing volumes explores product design from the late 16...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  7. Branching Out
    Outdoor

    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  8. Buyer Beware
    Design 101

    Buyer Beware

    Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  9. Clifford Avenue Homes
    Design 101

    Clifford Avenue Homes

    The cost for solar systems is not only related to how elaborate the system is—it also depends on where you live.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  10. DesignMarch Iceland 2012
    Travel Reports

    DesignMarch Iceland 2012

    For the fourth year in a row, product designers, architects, artists, and fashionistas opened their studio doors across Reykjavik, Iceland, for DesignMarch, a four-day roaming festival of art,...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: James Nestor
    03.27.12

  11. Exploring the Solar Systems
    Design 101

    Exploring the Solar Systems

    For the past 30 years, we’ve been teased with the promise of plentiful solar energy. But for most of us, nerdy solar calculators and watches are as close as we get to realizing this promise....

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  12. Halving It All
    House Tours

    Halving It All

    David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.19.09

  13. Like a Rock
    Design 101

    Like a Rock

    When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  14. No Grid in Sight
    House Tours

    No Grid in Sight

    Most deserts are dry and dusty expanses of blue skies, bleached soil, and rulerflat horizons. The Colorado Plateau is not one of them. This is a land of stunning contradictions, where thousand-foot...

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy
    02.26.09

  15. Panel House
    Design 101

    Panel House

    Taking advantage of Southern California’s sunny skies, architect David Hertz ingrained 
passive solar features in almost every detail 
of the Panel House for client Thomas Ennis.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  16. Product Developments
    Design 101

    Product Developments

    We asked three product designers from three different fields what the future holds. Oddly, none of them mentioned crystal balls.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  17. Wooler Mills House
    Design 101

    Wooler Mills House

    The first misconception about going solar is that it is expensive.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  18. Words You Should Know
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

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