Quote of the Day

 

170 blog entries
April 25, 2017

Read Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget, and then read (or reread) this classic novel of a dystopian future without books. I did, and the juxtaposition is startling.

April 4, 2017

Orwell’s 1984 has been so influential on my work, from the way he analyzes dictatorships to terms like “Newspeak” and “Doublethink,” which crystalize how our thoughts are shaped (or repressed) by the society we live in.

July 19, 2016

A historic graphic repertoire for designers to build upon.

November 20, 2013

New models for professionals who want to live a life based on courage as opposed to fear.

November 19, 2013

Ada Louise Huxtable deftly ties Wright’s work and his life together without exaggerating the connections between the two.

By Stanley Abercrombie April 16, 2014

In his preface the author asks “[W]ill this study serve merely as a memorial to a defunct building type?” The book’s final words answer that “… humankind has created an extraordinary variety of spaces in which to read, to think, to dream and to celebrate knowledge. As long as humankind continues to value these activities, it will continue to build places to house them. Whether they will involve books or will still be called libraries, only time will tell.” If indeed what we now know as the library disappears, this book will be the perfect reminder of all that we will have lost.

By Stanley Abercrombie October 3, 2013

The design problems George Nelson observed in the adolescence of modern design are with us still, though rarely as wittily considered.

By David Adjaye November 10, 2014

Robin Evans had the ability to offer rare insights into architectural history and theory that appeal to my interest in the wider social, cultural, and political discourse.

By Jonathan Adler August 20, 2013

Alexander Girard was a genius. Everything he did was beautiful and original and idiosyncratic. I love him. But I don’t love how bloody prolific he was—makes me feel like a total slacker.

By Gail Anderson November 8, 2013

Design doesn’t get any more smarty-pants than Paula Scher.