DESIGN WITH SAND

What screams “SUMMER” more than building a sandcastle on the beach? How about having some of the most skilled 3D artists creating life-like sculptures along coastlines with nothing but sand, water, and a few tools? What has now become an impressive, yearly tradition for many coastal towns was once a meager art form, earning most […]

THE DESIGN OF JUMPY HOUSES

As a kid, there is nothing better than the thrill of running up to your friend’s backyard birthday party and soaking in the plastic, roaring, inflated greatness that is a bounce house. Whether you called it a “Moon Bounce”, “Jumpy House”, “Astrojump”, or a “Bouncies”- birthday parties, school field days, and local festivals were not […]

THE DESIGN OF TROPHIES

There is nothing better than the feeling of winning. The rush of excitement and pride when we snag the top spot, earning our accolades and being named the best. It gets even better when the exultation and reward for what we’ve done gets placed in our hands- the winner’s trophy. What now marks the top […]

THE DESIGN OF CHARCUTERIE BOARDS

Gone are the days where dinner parties consist of bland, pre-packaged appetizers you stick in the oven and hope turn out okay. Now whether it be a football game, a girl’s night out, or even this year’s Grammy’s – a well designed charcuterie board is a must have on any host’s table. While it’s certain […]

THE DESIGN OF CABINETS

Humans have long looked to the world around them for ways to store their valuable possessions. Cavemen looked for stone crevices to put their spears. Mayans and other early settler civilizations built store houses with shelving units to keep their wheat and maize away from pests and infestations. It wasn’t until the Renaissance era (1400-1600) […]

THE DESIGN OF TATTOOS

Tattoos, like any other piece of design, are an art form all of their own. Just as drawings, sculptures, and paintings require finesse, technique, and creativity to bring to life, so do tattoos. The traditional canvas is what sets this style of design apart from its siblings though and brings a new level of appreciation […]

THE DESIGN OF ALBUM COVER ART

Growing up as a music fan in the 80’s, I can tell you nothing got me more excited that running to the record shop, rummaging through bins, and finding the crispest, craziest album I could find. The thrill of buying a new record and the beauty of its design were always so special to me. […]

THE DESIGN OF HAIR

The design of hair is always evolving from braids and buns and bald is beautiful, the design of the modern hairstyle has a rich and stylish history. Some experts believe the first form of hairstyle was braids and was recorded some 30,000 years ago. Back then they used brushes made of wood, bone or even […]

THE DESIGN OF THE OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL

It’s that time of year again when we get together with friends and family and enjoy delicious food and usually a bevy of beverages. And according to some local bartenders, there has been quite a resurgence of the classic cocktails, including the Old Fashioned in which some believe, when made correctly, is the epitome of […]

THE DESIGN OF PARKS

As I was walking under the dazzling crisp yellow leaves at the Big Creek Greenway recently, I began to more fully appreciate the artistry that the season of fall gives us. Of course the beautiful colors come to mind, but so do jack o’lanterns, beautifully decorated apple pies and leaves that dance with every gust […]