Author: Michael

On Being Real

So here we are, the end of another month. Once again I crack open WordPress and ask myself: What’s worth writing about this time? What do I care enough about to spend time assembling words and pictures on a screen for others to read? And what will others find valuable enough to invest their time …

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Design’s Dueling Dualities

Design is in a continuous state of flux. The more design evolves, the wider the pendulum swings between polarities: tradition versus modernity, old-school versus cutting-edge, slow-and-steady versus quick-and-dirty. So much design chatter today is like a perpetual tug-of-war, with fierce advocates, clever arguments, and strong emotions on both sides.  The dualities below have become all-too-familiar. Some are in direct opposition, while …

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Deconstruction as Instruction

I love learning why and how things are the way they are. Perhaps I can thank PBS for satisfying my childhood curiosity with countless instructional programs like Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact, This Old House, The Joy of Painting, and Julia Child, just to name a few. My favorite was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. When it was “Picture …

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