“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand
An Introduction to Product Design
Last night I went to a corner liquor store to buy some toothpaste.
Celebrate American Design With 15 Products That Are Made in the USA
One of the best ways to ring in Independence Day is to celebrate makers, artisans, and designers who are producing well-made...
An Introduction to Kitchen Design
The kitchen has evolved from a closed-off satellite to the most open, doted-upon room in the house—and repository of our dreams...
An Introduction to Airport Design
As anyone who has been to Peru, or Bali, or Timbuktu can tell you, travel is not merely the experience of going somewhere.
An Introduction to Universal Design
Mention universal design and see your companions’ eyes start glazing over.
An Introduction to Retail Design
The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”);...
An Introduction to Restaurant Design
Eating has always been a sociable event, from primitive campfire cooking to reclining on lectuli at lavish Greek and Roman...
An Introduction to Landscape Design
The profession of landscape architecture is very much rooted in the European tradition of garden design, and it didn’t germinate...
Product Design by Femme Den
At this point, it's virtually ingrained in the popular consciousness: “Women make up 50 percent of the population and 85 percent...
Crowd-Sourced Product Design
Founded by the 23-year-old entrepreneur Ben Kaufman—who previously developed an award-winning iPod accessory when he was still in...
Billes Product Design Competition
Last weekend I headed down to the Big Easy as a judge for the first annual Billes Product Design Competition, where nine...
Donald Strum: Behind Great Product Design
Donald Strum, principal of product design at Michael Graves Design Group, drew a standing-room-only crowd at the Business of...
Product Spotlight: Woven Lamp and Accessory Design
The contemporary design scene is rife with reclaimed-timber furniture and reawakened cottage industries.
An Introduction to Contractors
Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite...
An Introduction to Architects
Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that...
An Introduction to Lighting
One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be...
An Introduction to Manufacturing
If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin...
An Introduction to Prefab
The basic principle of prefab, whereby a home is fabricated in one location and then delivered to another, has been around for at...
Products We Love: Snake Blocks
Watch us try out an old-school plastic toy that's been reinvented in tactile wood.
An Introduction to Renting
The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home.