The quick sketch

Sketching quickly is an art to be practiced. To not overthink and just do, to be present and to capture the moment with your eyes and drawing instrument is a magical experience. I had that experience today as I sketched my younger son reading, as we waited for his older brother to finish his swim…

Exploring Portraiture

I’ve been fascinated by faces ever since I can remember, seeing beauty in every face including in those that are not considered conventionally beautiful by a culture.  My first memories of drawing portraits are from eighth grade in a summer hobby art class in India where I was born and raised. Since then, I’ve been…

Design Representation

Representation in design has at least two functions – one, to capture a design idea or multiple ideas as part of the design process for the designer(s) or others and two, to represent the finished design as a communication to others. The first is critical to the development of the design and the second has…

Writing to Create

Ever struggled with writing? Or been challenged by getting the flow going or the content? I have, and still sometimes do. As I look back there are a couple of luminaries who have been inspiring in my own writing journey. One inspired me on the topic of unblocking creativity which for me includes writing and…

Attraction for the Other

I’ve long admired Rembrandt’s work,  both his drawings and his paintings. A recently acquired museum poster of his ‘The Abduction of Europa’ now hangs in my office inspiring me with its atmosphere, light effects and the characters in the painting. You can see an image of the original, from the J. Paul Getty Museum, here.…

Nomadic or Settled?

Reading a book Living in Motion: Design and architecture for flexible dwelling by editors Mathias Schwartz-Clauss, Alexander Von Vegesack (Vitra Design Museum, 2002). It examines flexibility and dynamic qualities from work designed by Modern architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Rem Koolhaas, Shigeru Ban and others and mobile and flexible vernacular dwellings from…

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…