THE DESIGN OF BONSAI

Looking outside at the blossoming spring landscape, you’d think that growing a tree, a shrub, or a flower was easy work. But as many of us have experienced, having a green thumb is quite a rare trait to possess. Even if you successfully manage to take a seed, plant it in soil, and sprout a […]

THE DESIGN OF COFFEE

Art and science often find themselves at an intersection, where the dogmatic practice of creating something vital to daily life meets the inspired pizzazz of humanity. In these cases, some of the most joyous and interesting pieces can be created. The spectacular history of coffee is an excellent example of that.  Most of you readers […]

DESIGN OF ARTIST’S TOOLS – Paint Brush

As the saying goes, an artist is only as good as their tools. Whether that’s a baker using fresh ingredients or a bodybuilder who has access to the latest and greatest wight-lifting machines, finding the best instrument for one’s craft allows for the best results, and art is no different. Cave paintings, while crude and […]

THE DESIGN OF CALENDARS

While humans are wonderful artists, creating beauty and bringing intrigue to the world, we are not always the best mathematicians. As such, we know the Earth takes roughly 365.2421 days to revolve around the sun yet not a single calendar has accurately been able to represent the fullness length of one true “year”. So, every […]

THE DESIGN OF BLOWN GLASS

Humans have been artists since the very beginning. Cave paintings and ancient pottery are evidence as such, showing early people’s attempts to recreate the world around them through different mediums. Perhaps one of the oldest types of art that more civilized groups of people partook in was glassblowing.  Today, we see gorgeously hand-spun, colorful works […]

25 YEARS

REFLECTING BACK What a year it has been! As we wind down the days left of 2023, it’s common to take stock of all that we’ve accomplished in the last 365 days and setting your sites for a strong start to the new year starts with reflection.  Look back on the decisions you made and […]

DESIGN OF COSMETICS

Many artists work with brushes, pencils, and paint to tell a story on paper. Others prefer to work with different tools of the trade like clay, chisels, or cloth. But what of instruments like rouge or mascara? While the notion that makeup can be a form of artistry has only recently gained popularity, the use […]

DESIGN OF EVENTS & PARTIES

While we at TDG often think of design mostly as colors, pixels, textures, and fonts, we know that a well orchestrated design can come in many forms. As we enter the season of tailgates, holiday galas, and costume parties, we appreciate the art that comes with hosting an event.  Breaking down the elements of what […]

DESIGN OF SUB SANDWICHES

Hoagie. Grinder. Po’ boy. Hero. Sub. Whatever you call them, you say the word and you’re instantly craving the savory, satisfying sandwich nestled in a thick, warm roll. With the beautiful kaleidoscope of tastes and endless possibilities, building a sub is its own work of art. The history of sandwiches is well documented and extensive. […]

CEREAL BOX DESIGN

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that cereal boxes became a commercial sales point. This was right after the hit introduction of Walt Disney’s iconic character Mickey Mouse. Groups like Kellogg cashed in on mouse’s success and experimented with adding animals, gimmicky taglines, and even small prizes to their boxes. Moving into the 70’s, cereal became […]