Visual Flows

Have you seen this incredible work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg, found here?  You can see a real time wind map of the United States showing the ‘the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.’ What strikes me is the minimalism and apparent simplicity of representation, which can have been anything but simple…

Inspiration for Creativity and Design

Our creative work is often influenced by the work of others. Mine certainly is. Two divas of inspired information are Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and Debbie Millman of Design Matters. Maria Popova, in her own words, is ‘a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large’ and founder of Brain Pickings.  Brain Pickings…

Separation and Reconnection

In 1980, Forrest Wilson wrote in the foreword to Paul Laseau’s ‘Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers’:  “The building of great buildings is no longer the creation of master craftsmen led by a master builder but of architectural offices organized along the lines of industrial production. The task of the architect has been divided and…

Empathy

I can’t say that I recall hearing the word empathy often while studying and practicing architecture in India or the United States. That said, any design project from my experience started with an immersion in understanding a client’s needs. For the design of a home the focus was on who was going to live there,…