thoughts on design

The Strathmore Timeline from 1898-1969

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In 2014, Mohawk stumbled upon a paper holy grail: a collection of samples, swatchbooks and sales guides boxed up in a warehouse, all but forgotten. Spanning more than a century, The Strathmore Archive is more than merely ephemera: It serves as a tactile, visual history of graphic design styles and culture.

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Why Design Matters

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Design has a profound affect on how we feel. And Alain de Botton, author of “The Architecture of Happiness,” believes that good design can even help us become the best versions of ourself.

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Timeless Library: Dave Cuzner showcases design work created during—or inspired by—the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Dave Cuzner believes midcentury modern design is so appealing because it doesn’t try to be era-specific or regard shifting stylistic trends. It adapts to the current needs of the user. That’s why his popular website, Grainedit.com, not only features work created between 1950 and 1970, but also contemporary design inspired by the era.

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Champion of Craft: Harris Tweed Authority

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As we celebrate individuals who master the materials they work with, the focus of Issue 02 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we’re taking a closer look at the group of talented makers featured within.

Today we follow up with Harris Tweed Authority, protectors and promoters of Harris Tweed.  Read on to learn more on how they master materials.

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Champion of Craft: Greg Klassen Furniture

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As we celebrate the influence character has on art and design, the focus of  Issue 07 of the Mohawk Maker Quarterly, we’re taking a closer look at the group of talented makers featured within.

Today we follow up with Greg Klassen, a contemporary fine furniture craftsman.  Read on to learn more about Greg’s thoughts on character and creation.

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AIGA New York Custom Wraps the Holidays

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Each year the AIGA New York chapter calls on its board members to design custom gift wrap sold to benefit the chapter’s mentoring program, a 20+ year collaboration to support the High School of Art and Design in New York City. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the process as explained by a few of the participating AIGA NY board members.

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