March 17th, 2009

What I’m reading

What Im Reading

I thought I’d let everyone know what I’m currently reading. Some really good stuff, albeit, some pretty heady stuff as well.

Art as Experience by John Dewey

I read about Art as Experience while reading a short book about Paul Rand. In the book Rand mentioned Dewey and his aforementioned work regarding aesthetic theory. Rand goes on to mention that anyone considering themselves a designer should read this book. Furthermore, he mentions that if you can get through the first chapter, the rest will be worth the challenge. With that, I began reading and found the book to be quite engaging. Again, very heady stuff, at least for me, but very thought provoking nonetheless. The first chapter, as Rand mentions, is a challenge as Dewey attempts to set the stage regarding modern societies compartmentalization of Art into a box (the modern museum) and out of it’s rightful place in society and as an expression of the people and their culture. Anyway, I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim

Another heady, but well worth the effort, read by one of the most notable thinkers in the area of perceptual psychology. Arnheim begins by challenging the early theories of visual perception dating back to Plato and Aristotle by arguing that the dichotomy between perception and reasoning is false and misleading. The rest, well, is history.

Designing Interaction by Bill Moggridge

Not the heady reads like the previous two books, Designing Interactions is a nice look at the authors involvement in the birth of a new design practice, eventually called “interaction design.” The book continues with interviews with other designers responsible for the development of the discipline. The title is a little misleading in that it’s not a book for those wishing to learn how to become interaction designers, but a book on the history of interaction design. All in all, a nice read.

March 14th, 2009

The ultimate resource in grid systems

This is a nice resource for those wishing to learn more about grids and how to use them.

The Grid System

March 13th, 2009

Cool Grid Based Screen Saver

Go get ya some!

Grid based screen saver

March 13th, 2009

Killer weekend getaway

I really enjoy contemporary architecture and this little getaway is pretty sweet.

Neal Creek Residence by Paul McKean

This home happens to be a residence designed by architect Paul McKean. Check out his other stuff over at his personal site. You can also check out more shots, and a nice writeup, over at CONTEMPORIST.

March 13th, 2009

Don’t feed the birds!

Solor panaled birdhouse

Design is pragmatic, problem solving you might say. Well, this design by Oooms solves a very important problem…hungry birds.

There’s a solar panel on top of the bird house that provides power to a small battery that then powers the illuminating perch. The perch then attracts nice little midnight snacks.

February 27th, 2009

Well, this is where it all begins!

Don’t be dismayed by the lack of content. I’ve made the smart decision of transferring my domains and hosting to (MT) Media Temple and figured it was as good a time as any to update my site.

I’ve chosen WordPress as the platform as having a blog engine provide my back-end support gives me what I need at the moment. I’m also in the process of updating the design. So jump over and grab an RSS feed so you’ll know when things get updated. I’m planning on having some really good stuff posted real soon.

Cheers,
Darin