Giving Thanks for Design

Image by flickr user asterix611

It’s Thanksgiving day in the United States today! While I believe that we should be thankful everyday, I do enjoy the holiday and appreciate having a few days to wind down and celebrate family, friends, and togetherness.

Paitnin by Norman Rockwell. Image from Flickr user the.blackswan

Thanksgiving is a quintessential American holiday, and its traditions have its origins in the colonial history of the country. The traditional meal was originally celebrated by the English settlers in a gesture of friendship and thanks to the Native Americans who introduced them to native game and crops.

Image from Flickr user silvaazniv

I was originally going to write something about cool turkey motifs, but decided to take a different route this week, doing a more personal post. In line with the sentiment of the holiday, I thought I’d take time to think about some things that have influenced my experience and appreciation of art and design, and how they impact my life.

Museums and Exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image from Flickr user wallyg

Museums and more broadly, exhibitions, have probably influenced my perception of the arts the most. Museums were the first arena in which I could fully become a spectator of the art world. As I became more engrossed in them, museums also opened another door for me – that led to the exciting world of architectural storytelling. I’m very thankful to be a part of such an exciting field. Museums were certainly the portal through which I discovered it, and they continue to be a source of inspiration and creative energy.

Image from Flickr User mowestein

Design Books

Books designed by design company Paprika in Montreal. Image by Flickr user Lucas Hantz

E-books might be on the rise now, but nothing beats a well-designed book that looks as good as its content might be. To me design books are the quintessential hand-held representation of this harmonious conglomeration of design and content. When a book is just as pleasing to look at as its content is interesting, you’ll refer to it over and over again.

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To me they are like mini-exhibitions, showing the best design with and within their pages. I’m thankful that books are still a significant influence even in our technology-ridden lives. And you won’t need to turn them off if you take them on a plane!
Social Media
Giving Thanks

While I do love my design books, I am also as much a child of technology. Social media has been an integral part of my life since the term became acceptable, and it is one of my primary sources of news and information. Thanks to social media, I can follow news organizations that report stories I find relevant, have access to archives of inspiring material and work, and see what is happening in the design world in real time. I am thankful to have the resources to be able to fully participate in the constant dialogue happening in the design world.

Most of all, I’m thankful I get to do something I love every day, and for being part of a wonderful, creative community, like here at The Design Tree!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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