Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great quotes from a Good book

I just finished reading Do Good Design by David B. Berman and it was fantastic.
Generally the "green" design reading materials tend to put me to sleep about half way through but this book is not only well written but interesting. I was compelled to stay up until 2am to finish it. I would recommend taking the day or two to give this book a go, it will be worth it.

Here are some of the quotes from the book that stood out:

"But rather than sharing our cycles of style, consumption and chemical addictions, designers can use their professional power, persuasive skills and wisdom to help distribute ideas that the world really needs" David B. Berman

"Imagine again a society's potential where the largest signs, the cleverest ads, the most prominent messages promote healthy behaviors" David B. Berman

"Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future. Design is therefore responsible for the world our children will live in" R. L. Peters

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them"
A. Einstein

"The next war will determine not what is right but what is left" H. Lubalin

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Building a Forge

I am investigating the possibilities of building a forge.
Ellen Durkan was kind enough to let me take a look at her set-up.
This is the forge she built.

I was also amused to find out that the Blacksmithing Guild of Maryland is in my hometown so coal pickup wouldn't require much effort.

As a side note, while my parents are surprisingly accepting of my ambitions to build a forge in the backyard, they do not exactly respect the art form.
This is what my father thinks of my sculpture:
Yes, that is a wooden duck hanging from my ART.
This was after I told him in no uncertain words he COULD NOT put a bird feeder or wind chime on it.