Shortcake in Dhaka: Raymond Loewy and Culinary Metaphors in Design

This post reports on a 2012 lecture delivered at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh about “Strawberry Shortcake and Raymond Loewy’s Sears Cold Spot Super Six Refrigerator.” The invitation, content and response to the lecture practice a form of global design history that mediates cultural criteria of taste. In order to articulate design possibilities inherent in… Read More Shortcake in Dhaka: Raymond Loewy and Culinary Metaphors in Design

Three steps forward…

Two steps back, is still progress right? At least movement. In the therapy process we are looking for movement, doesn’t matter which direction. Movement shows struggle, shows vitality, shows emotional effort, even if in the seemingly negative direction. Aristotle defines life as movement between contraries. If we are all composed of many parts, many contradictions,… Read More Three steps forward…

Amplifying: Visual Strategies of the Women’s March

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. —- President Donald Trump, Inauguration Speech, 1/20/2017 What do the posters tell us about the Women’s March? As it evolved from post-election despair, I hoped that the Women’s March would become an affirmation of unity instead of a flat rejection of… Read More Amplifying: Visual Strategies of the Women’s March

Inorganic Recipes from Artist Charles A. Gick

Don’t miss this extraordinary exhibition about ordinary things, like dirt and spoons. Here is why… This local studio to gallery recipe grows out of a Catholic farming family in Indiana. Artist and inorganic chef, Charles Gick, has been perfecting the cracked earth recipe since his childhood on the farm, drawing with a stick on summer… Read More Inorganic Recipes from Artist Charles A. Gick