“ In Holland, we have two words for design. One is vormgeving; in German formgeben. And the other word is ontwerpen; in German entwurf. In the Anglo-Saxon language there’s only one word for design, which is design. That is something you should work out. Vormgeving is more to make things look nice. So for instance, packaging for a perfume or for chocolate in order to make things fashionable, obsolete and therefore bad for society because we don’t really need it. While ontwerpe means, and the Anglo-saxon word, but its stronger, means engineering. That means you as a person try to invent a new thing—which is intelligent, which is clever, and which will have a long-life. And that’s called stylistic durability. It means you can use it for a long time. ”
Chocolate textures. via Thinking for a Living
I’d like one of these Seamless & Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups by Best Made Company
this is simply great. via theoinglis:
The cover of Graphis 51 by Tom Eckersley, from 1950.
If you want to see more work by Tom Eckersley, I recently came across an archive of his work during my dissertation research. You can see 185 pieces by him here. He is a real classic poster artist, from a golden age of British design.
“ There are too many shoddy, unconsidered things in the world already. Given the widespread distribution of today’s digital production tools, it’s remarkably simple to make nearly anything, especially things claiming to critique design through the rejection of formal rigor. Making things well, making them beautifully, making them with craft, making them with an excess of effort, demonstrates a respect for one’s own labor and an expression of love for the world that dissolves perceived categories of work and pleasure. ”