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When the Wall Street Journal announced its choice for the 2013 Architecture Innovator of the Year, it was just the frosting on the cake for David Adjaye. The London-based, Tanzanian-born...

If you’ve heard someone mention wabi-sabi, but you thought they were talking about sushi condiments, you’re forgiven. The Japanese concept traveled a long way (and a long time) to...

When most people think of using books as a design element in their home, they usually think of filling shelves with gilt-edged antiques or slick hardbacks. Those who know both books and design,...

It’s not often a design blog talks about a video game, but then again, it’s not often that a game as lovely as Monument Valley comes along—if ever. Wired magazine said it "might be the most beautiful iPad game of 2014,” and some think that’s underplaying it. What’s so compelling about Monument Valley, and why is it burning up the app charts?

A lot of it has to do with design. Say what you will about the game play and the addictive puzzles—Monument Valley looks amazing, and that appeal transcends the gamer crowd. Game company...


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April 14, 2014
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What’s the best thing about finding intriguing gift wrap patterns? It’s that even if your wrapping skills aren’t great, beautiful paper covers a multitude of sins. Dazzle them with design and no one will notice that you were low on tape and used a little bit of glue stick.

And of course, if you’re already a wrapping pro, your gifts will look like museum pieces. Some gift wrap designs are art in themselves, and you might be tempted to do something with your paper that shows it off even more.

Gift wrap can be used to line...


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March 27, 2014
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If you’ve heard someone mention wabi-sabi, but you thought they were talking about sushi condiments, you’re forgiven. The Japanese concept traveled a long way (and a long time) to reach the western world, so even those with some design smarts might need a crash course. Don’t worry: wabi-sabi is simple. Literally. In fact, the entire philosophy is built around the idea of simplicity. 

The words themselves don’t translate easily, and the meaning has changed over time. Wabi has come to represent...


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December 8, 2013
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