What does every new art movement have in common? A widening of perspective. Each successive movement surveys the past and present to uncover something new and unknown. Our job as artists is to step out into the unknown and return with something of value we can give people. So where…

Rem Koolhaas is one of the world’s most famous modern architects. Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944 and was later chosen to design the Dutch Embassy in Berlin in 2003. This job required Rem to conform to Berlin’s strict planning regulations while still designing an inspiring and functional building…

Is irony good or bad? This may seem like a pointless, random, and somewhat pretentious question, but I believe it is actually the paramount question for designers of my generation. First, what is irony exactly? According to the dictionary it is “An expression of meaning, often humorous or sarcastic, by…

Anti Design is a movement similar to post-modernism that began in the 1960s as a reaction to modernism’s long puritanical reign. (I would argue though that anti design started much earlier with artists like Marcel Duchamp.) Although the anti-design movement is often said to have ended in the 80s, many…

The Netherlands, Stanley Kubrick, and Kanye West

Orange is the National color of the Netherlands as well as one of my favorite colors. In addition to being the color of a nation, orange has created a niche meaning for itself in modern graphic design in and outside the Netherlands. Orange…

Frank Kwartin

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