Examples of Art and Design You Like

One of the reasons I like following former Michiko Kakutani, former New York Times book critic, on twitter is that she frequently posts good artwork. I liked to use the following thread to post artwork and examples of design that we like. Here’s one to start. This is from the title cards from the opening credits of the HBO TV show, Treme. Treme takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans, and the background to the title credits are basically images of water stained, moldy, damaged walls.

28 thoughts on “Examples of Art and Design You Like

  1. Whoa. Okay, sorry I wasn’t clear about this before, and sorry I didn’t have the mechanism (for comments) in place yet with this site revamp, but we do not link directly to images hosted on other sites. It’s a huge breach of netiquette. Basically, every time a post loads with an image taken directly from someone else’s site, we’re using the other site’s bandwidth, and while that’s a negligible amount of data for a little site like ours, it’s still suuuuper uncool.

    For placing images in posts (like yours), when you’re composing the post, click “add media” from the button bar at the top of the editing window. If you are logged in to VI, you can upload images right from your computer (or phone or tablet). So for the image you shared here, download the image first from the host site, then upload it to VI’s server with that “add media” button. After you’ve uploaded the image, some options will pop up in a right sidebar, including “insert into post.”

    I’ve already edited your post using this method, but feel free to try it for practice.

    To leave images in comments, I’ve added an updated version of the plugin that let us do it before, and this works a lot better. As you’re typing in a comment, you’ll see “select an image for your comment” beneath the comment window, with the familiar “choose files” button, which works like other websites you’ve used. Again, the image has to first be on your computer (or phone or tablet). Clicking “choose files” will let you upload, and it will insert the image in your comment. I just did a test run with an image from ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and it worked unexpectedly well.

    Please let me know if you have questions or problems.

  2. Shoot, I didn’t realize you edited the image, and I deleted it already. Anyway, sorry about posting the image. I’ll try to do so using the proper method from now on.

  3. The nice thing is that even though you edited the post, the image was still in our image library from when I uploaded it earlier. So I just put it back in your post.

  4. Oh, one more thing. My web server has a weird caching issue that I’ve been unable to solve. Sometimes when you try to upload photos, it doesn’t work. If that happens, let me know, and I’ll reboot the sever, which clears the cache of temporary files and lets us upload correctly. For future reference.

  5. When you see a photo you want to download, right-click it (if you’re on a PC; if you’re on a Mac, ctrl-click or apple-click; I can’t remember which) (if you’re on a tablet or smartphone, touch and hold, then choose “save photo”). You’ll get a pop-up menu. Choose “save image as” and tell it where to put the image. I usually just put it on my desktop since once I upload it, since I’m probably going to delete it anyway.

    This is useful stuff! You can fill in all the missing artwork in your iTunes, although I’m guessing you don’t care about that if you haven’t asked already. You can change the desktop wallpaper on your computer, phone, or tablet. You can make your slide presentations more interesting. You can save interesting stuff in one place so you don’t have to look for it all over the web. You should just do it now so you know how to do it. Your son probably already does.

  6. The message I get is, “save image as.” That’s the one, right?

    I do care about the doing this for itunes, but, in the past, I just copied the image and pasted it in itunes. (I recently tried this and it didn’t work, so I’ll try the method you described above. Thanks!)

  7. It is a great cover, despite not including the VH logo. It says a lot about the band’s identity (as Edward’s band), and that guitar design is iconic even though he didn’t play that instrument for very long. It’s really a fitting jacket design.

  8. One of my favorite patterns in Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language is the farmhouse kitchen. Here’s part of Alexander’s description:

    In the farmhouse kitchen, kitchen work and family activity were completely integrated in one big room. The family activity centered around a big table in the middle: here they ate, talked, played cards, and did work of all kinds including some of the food preparation. The kitchen work was done communally both on the table, and on counters round the walls. And there might have been a comfortable old chair in the corner where someone could sleep through the activities.

    I have a hard time finding examples of this, but here’s one, from the movie The Big Chill that comes close:

  9. I was going to put up a bunch of photos of kitchens from Nancy Meyers films, since that’s what I immediately thought of when you posted this (especially It’s Complicated), but then I found this article ranking the top 5 Nancy Meyers kitchens. I have a feeling this is slightly different from what your guy is highlighting, but there’s no question that kitchen design (set design in general) is a Meyers signature, almost as much a part of her style as it is Wes Anderson’s.

    Pretty nice writing in the piece, too. I like the voice.

  10. I like the kitchens/dining rooms in Meyers’ films. I had no idea both were a “thing.” However, you’re right–her kitchens/dining rooms are a bit different. One thing that I don’t care for–those island tables, or whatever they’re called. I mean, I don’t strongly dislike them, but I find them problematic.

  11. I read an article recently about how someone had a kitchen built without an island and she thinks she’s the only person in America who’s built a kitchen in the past 20 years but without an island. Her designer was like, “Where are you going to put the island?”

  12. On some level, the island concept is not a bad one. And by “island concept” I’m thinking of a surface in the middle of the kitchen used for preparing food, at the very least, but often includes an eating space. Combining the two spaces makes sense, and maybe it can work. Right now, my sense is that putting a dining table is better, while relegating food preparation to counter tops (usually next to walls). My hypothesis is that one of the main problems with synthesizing food preparation with an eating space is that higher counters are more ideal for food preparation–because standing is generally the ideal position to prepare food. But the higher counters make for awkward and uncomfortable eating, leading to taller chairs, which are generally not as comfortable as lower ones. Some islands try to get around this problem by creating a split level–one for food preparation and the other for eating, but, for whatever reason, I don’t think these work very well, either. That’s probably more than you wanted to hear on the subject, so I’ll stop.

  13. No, actually I’m intrigued by the concept. I think kitchen islands are great for people like me who live alone, mostly because facing a counter, I can’t look at my TV. 🙂 But also because I do an embarrassing amount of my dining right where I’m preparing my food, as it’s being prepared. I actually have a dining table in the middle of my kitchen, and I cook my food on the table with a butane stove (long story). It’s a little bit like a yakiniku place. Cook it on the table, then serve it to myself while I’m standing over it.

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