Rococo – designs inspired by nature – part 4


Rococo – designs inspired by nature – part 3

Rococo – designs inspired by nature – part 2

Rococo – designs inspired by nature – part 1

In praise of irregular shapes and the infinite curve

Sometimes I think my aesthetic preferences are best summarized by my opinion of furniture. I hate contemporary modern furniture. Though I have only a limited knowledge of the design parameters for terms like “modern”, “classical”, and “traditional”, I do know that contemporary furniture is ugly. Consider the sofa. It’s large, uncomfortable looking, and very…square.

The design notebook – in the classroom

This is the first post of what I hope will be a recurring series – the design notebook – on this blog. The design notebook is intended to be a participatory exercise, a way to engage with your immediate environment. The idea is to jot down, as often as possible, examples of both good and bad design that you encounter.

The absolute frame – an anecdote

I remember the first time that I noticed the moon. It must have been a full moon during the summer, when it appears as a giant orb close to the earth. I was shocked because I thought it was a hole in the sky. How could there be hole in the sky?

Diametric dyslexia

One night, during a bout of insomnia, I was watching one of those self-enrichment programs on PBS, one of those programs where a motivational speaker gives a talk that’s supposed to help you live your life to its fullest potential or help you make more money or help you succeed in your professional life, etc.


The episode “Spacecraft” from the Stanford Storytelling Project’s radio show State of the Human is worth checking out. Though their tendency to follow This American Life in production and editing can be annoying, the stories on State of the Human are always engrossing.

“Spacecraft,” which aired sometime in October last year, is a series of stories about how space can both inspire and diminish creativity, how space influences perception of reality, and how it can be both a source of alienation and mutual understanding between people.

Taking a picture of you taking a picture of me

I’m not a professional photographer, but I aspire to take nice pictures and to learn how to use my SLR camera as if I really were. Apart from mastering photography techniques, I’ve discovered that mastering a certain kind of etiquette might also be necessary if you want to take pictures of the types of spaces that are not typically subjects of photo documentation.