Personal Principles of Design, In No Particular...
The following constitute version 1 of my personal principles of design: 1. Design objects and use materials that become more beautiful with age. When scratches, dirt, and exposure to sunlight lend an object more aesthetic depth and loveability, then one ceases fighting a losing battle against inexorable entropy and can embrace the nuanced aesthetic of age. Synthetic materials, generally...
Craft and Design Carrying Dialectical Weight
As much as I’d like to believe one could design a space or craft an item that carried the conceptual and dialectical weight of an entire philosophical system, I can’t see how it’s possible. The more concrete and functional a thing becomes, the less explicit the conceptual content becomes. It might suggest a functional innovation; but with any practical function, the utility...
Rendering the Subjective in Objective Terms
It was in Søren Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscripts to Philosophical Fragments that I discovered the term “dialectical intrepidity.” I may have extrapolated from this turn of phrase more of what I wanted to hear than what Kierkegaard himself intended; I may have ran with it, emblazoning it in the margins of countless notebooks, raising it as the symbolic emblem of...
I need to document my various processes. I need well-conceived records that will recommend me to crucial people for crucial undertakings. I need to create in such a way that conduces to retrospective consideration. This inaugural documentary effort is a statement of my purpose as I see it now, and window dressing, such as it is, for an otherwise empty page, preserving it from howling desolation in...