design

1:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of The Cul-De-Sac

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Once a symbol of freedom from the city, now despised amongst urban hipsters. Why have culs-de-sac fallen out of favor? Because they don't work very well, but also because wealth has shifted away from suburbs and into cities.
When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they're actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs- like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it.
Art
5:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Turning Language Into Beautiful, Functional Design

The Bemis building terracotta sign that inspired type designer Andrea Leksen.
Credit Nate Harrison Photo

Artists often take inspiration from the world around them, and for Andrea Leksen, a local graphic designer and typography professor, inspiration came in the form of five letters.  Engraved on a terracotta panel on the side of a building in SODO, the letters B-E-M-I-S with their high-waists and flowery serifs struck Leksen and prompted her to begin a new project.

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Art & Design
4:23 am
Mon March 11, 2013

For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief

Courtesy the artist/John Baldessari Studio

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 11:14 am

There are certain creations that have defined beauty for generations: Renoir's pudgy, pink nude; Rothko's brilliant blocks of color that seem to vibrate; Michelangelo's naked young man in marble, with a slingshot on his shoulder.

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Architecture
12:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Audio Tour: Accessible Home By Karen Braitmayer

Karen Braitmayer in her kitchen.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds gets a home tour from architect Karen Braitmayer and hears about what it's like to design homes for people in wheelchairs.