All posts tagged: Steven Heller

I’ve been here; I hope the same for you, Henryk Tomaszewski, Warsaw

I do not have patience to admire beauty in itself–skilful eye or hand. I prefer failure to mastered perfection… I am not interested in showing-off accomplished forms anymore. I enjoy, instead, playing with a language I do not know yet.  Henryk Tomaszewski, editor Agnieszka Szewczyk, translation Kinga Kowalczyk I have recently visited Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw where Henryk Tomaszewski’s graphic work is on show till 10th June. The exhibition and the work of the leader of the Polish Poster School was a revelation and a fortunate coincidence. In this post I used some of the photographs I had shot in the gallery, fragments of the exhibition catalogue, Steven Heller’s article for the New York Times (2005) and one of the episodes of the Polish Film Chronicles (1978).   Even when he made a poster to advertise another artist’s exhibition, Mr. Tomaszewski interpreted the content. For example, to announce a 1959 show of Henry Moore’s sculptures, he created a veritable sculpture garden from the letters of the artist’s name and placed Moore’s “Mother and Child” on a pedestal …

Bauhaus, Socialist Designers, architecture for humanity and music for thinking

I realised that closer links had to be forged between the machines and the artistic individuals. So I established workshops which trained people in two ways: as artists and craftsmen as well. … You can’t understand a machine unless you’ve understood the tools of your craft. … Walter Gropius ( Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century) Since it was depression, a period when they had no money, you had to work with what was at hand. So you would say to students, go out to the junkyard and pick up from the scrap what you can. And, then try to find out what’s in the material. Charles Jencks ( Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century)   If I make something from material I must exploit, not disguise, the strengths inherent in it. His aim (Josef Albers’s aim) was to make you think in terms of the material. He set us projects, like for example: create space from a large piece of paper that was about a yard long using any kind of tools. One could …

So much more than just a buzzword?

Maria Popova ᔥ in an interview for Steven Heller’s book Writing and Research said: The design world, especially the ever-growing piece of it that deals with the intersection of design and business, or creativity and corporation, tends to reduce complex arguments and ideas to sound bites that can fit on a Powerpoint slide. (Okay, perhaps Keynote.) Over the past few years–or, some might even say, decades–words and terms that once stood for something have become vacant of meaning, thrown around as weightless fluff. What is Design Thinking? Creative thinking-in-action. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_thinking ᔥ A discipline that uses the designer’s sensibility and methods to match people’s needs with what is technologically feasible and what a viable business strategy can convert into customer value and market opportunity. Design Thinking by Tim Brown, Harvard Business Review, June 2008  ᔥ A comfort zone where graphic metaphors are the basis for creating and co creating. Visual Facilitation by Jane Cheng, ID PURE, issue No. 30 ᔥ   Can designers design without thinking? Do doctors feel the need to remind us that they think about health? …As …