Tag Archives: design

Pay your graphic designers, folks… or suffer the consequences

Earlier today, the website of a relatively new Ann Arbor brewery was taken down and replaced with the above message. And, since then, their Yelp reviews have gone into a tailspin. At last count, they had eight new one-star reviews, all calling for people to boycott the business on account of what one person called […]

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Be nice to the visiting design nerds

My recent ‘axe vs. plunger’ discussion with artist Rebekah Modrak has made it to the popular website Design Observer thanks to an article by former New York Times Magazine columnist and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are, Rob Walker. And, as often happens in cases like […]

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Artisanal toilet plunger or iconic felling axe… Can you tell which is parody?

Peter Buchanan-Smith is the founder of Best Made Co., a high-end New York-based design boutique specializing in the production of items like this $350 artisanal American felling axe. The model above is called “Challis” Here’s how Best Made describes it: “Dependable, versatile and with a rich and powerful history, the American Felling Axe is the […]

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“Design is the reason you buy crap that you don’t need to live”

In conjunction with the Detroit Design Festival this last weekend, the Detroit chapter of the AIGA announced a poster competition. Here’s their call for submissions. …What is design? A universal language? A problem solving tool? Your obsession? This is your opportunity to show the Detroit design community what design means to you. All you have […]

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