Category Archives: art and design

Design +Thinking Movie: Brisbane

Earlier this year, it was great fun to bring URBNE Films to SLQ.  This time is a side-step from urban design  but about creative design process in general.  “Design & Thinking” is happening Wednesday 19th.

*Australian Premiere*

‘Design & Thinking – A Documentary on Design Thinking’Rather than a salute to the beauty of design, this film aims to bring forward the ambiguity, conflicts, and the process of how not just designers, but also creative people, think and do things.Design thinking thought leaders such as David Kelley, Bill Moggridge and Tim Brown share their beliefs, as skeptics progress the movie in a thought-provoking fashion.

Brisbane screening
6pm Wednesday 19 September
State Library of Queensland

Screening will be followed by a brief facilitated discussion with:

– Shane Thompson (2012 Queensland Smart Design Fellowship) facilitator
– Tanja Hall (Director of JOLT and QLD AGDA President)
– Lindy Johnson (Creative Agent)
– Yen Trinh (Design Experience Manager, Queensland Museum and 2011 QLD Premier’s Emerging Design Leader)

This event is presented by State Library of Queensland’s Asia Pacific Design Library together with AGDA, DIA and {UR}BNE Films.

The event is supported by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and proudly endorsed by QUEENSLANDERSIGN™, an initiative of the Queensland Design Council.


Architecture Ryan Gosling

Via Architecture Ryan Gosling =
This Jane Jacobs one is for the City Builder Book Club!

Too hilarious.

Typeface Design and Urban Design

Great article via GOOD (“Can a Font Help a City Make a Comeback?) about a font inspired by a city, for a city.  Chatype for Chattanooga!

Heart of the City by Ariel Sabar

I don’t often read or recommend books, but this one is amazing.  Heart of the City by Ariel Sabar, was first mentioned to me in NYC because of it’s intro about urban design and public space theory, but I’m a sappy romantic and the stories  are great!


Design Process

Urban design process is really tricky to explain.  It never feels the same and never as “linear” as it can be described.  It made me feel better about the complexity, when the TED book “Imagine, Design, Create” showed 6 common design processes

  1. diverge and converge
  2. waterfall
  3. cyclical
  4. discovery
  5. complex linear
  6. matrix

This is adapted from a diagram I once saw about prototyping, and for now is the best way I can describe the phases of urban design process to people.  It is meant to show that you will often repeat through concept and detail design before you come to resolution

7 Playful Activity Book for Adults

The intersection of childhood and adulthood is a frequent area of curiosity around here, from beloved children’s books with timeless philosophy for adults to quirky coloring books for the eternal kid. Today, we turn to seven wonderful activity books for grown-ups that inject a little more whimsy and playfulness into your daily grind.


These are fun designs! I had once bought #5 (Wall Notebook) for my best Toronto bud and I want #2 (Open Day Book)