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Darby Roach is a writer, designer and adventurer. He recently rode his bicycle around the world and has written two new books about the odyssey, Right Lane Ends and How To Ride A Bicycle 'Round The World.

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See How One Woman Filmmaker Turns Despair Into Something Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Lee Quarrie's new film, Patchwork Dreams, is an inspiring account of a Chinese seamstress's triumph over the forces of inequity. It's a story with a powerful lesson about the nature of being: Beauty can be found everywhere, even in the depths of despair.

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This Artist's Take on the Human Form Will Amaze You

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:29 PM

José Taveras is a Lisbon artist with a different vision of what makes us human. Trained as a biologist, José turned to art soon after graduating from Vysoká Skola Zemedelská v Brne, a Czech university, in the Seventies. José found conventional artistic and verbal forms of expression too limited and...

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The Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:10 AM

During the Nepal leg of my recent bicycle ride around the world, I took time out of the saddle to hike into the Annapurna Base Camp. It was an eight-day adventure that lead me high into the Himalayan Mountains to the staging area for attempts on Annapurna, the...

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The Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:21 AM

During the Nepal leg of my recent bicycle ride around the world, I took time out of the saddle to hike into the Annapurna Base Camp. It was an eight-day adventure that lead me high into the Himalayan Mountains to the staging area for attempts on Annapurna, the...

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Around the World in Six Mind-Expanding Bike Tours

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 1:02 PM

On my bicycle trip around the world, I pedaled through 19 countries and across three continents, and on each leg of my journey, I discovered something new, valuable and useful about myself. While not every experience was what you might call comfortable or even pleasant, I always came...

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The Tiger of Bardia

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:18 AM

Bardia National Park, Nepal

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The Baria River in early morning light.

"If rhino charges, you must run zig zag pattern," Bishnu whispered, making short choppy motions with his hands, "not like the snake, not smooth. And remember, rhino attacks down like this...

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Design With a Conscience

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 6:09 PM

Good Design stands out but Great Design fits in.

In a more innocent era, design was just about making things that were aesthetically pleasing and did what they were supposed to; cars were sleek, fast, and gulped gas, electrical appliances looked stylish and wasted a lot of juice, art was...

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STEM to STEAM: An Interview With RISD's President, John Maeda

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 6:27 PM

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist and graphic designer; he's also a computer scientist and an electrical engineer. He's a recipient of the National Design Award and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

He's also president of the most prestigious art and design...

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NEMO: How Good Design Happens

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 6:12 PM

If legendary industrial designer, Raymond Lowey, were alive today there's a good chance he'd be working alongside Cam Brensinger at NEMO Equipment, Inc., designing tents, sleeping pads and other innovative camping equipment. Cam is the founder of NEMO, an award-winning design and manufacturing company in Nashua, New Hampshire,...

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The Munari Furniture Collection: The Art of Function

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 2:49 PM

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture, got it home and after living with it for a while realized that you'd made a mistake? In a week or a month or a year you realized that it was poorly designed or poorly crafted or just plain ugly?

That's because...

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Painting Poetry: The Art of Edward Mayes and Alberto Alfonso

(2) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 5:49 PM

The collaboration between poet, Edward Mayes, and architect and painter, Alberto Alfonso, gives credence to the idea that art happens not on the printed page or on the canvas, but rather in our mind's eye.

For the past 16 months the two have worked together on a unique kind of...

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Sculptor John T. Young, Turning Swords into Plowshares

(6) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 2:53 PM

A pod of killer whales breach the surface, the sleek black line of dorsal fins is arrayed in a graceful curve, starkly beautiful in the early morning light.

The only difference between this and other Pacific Northwest pods is that instead of residing in the chilly waters of Puget...

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Behind the Scenes at Nike Design

(16) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 12:06 PM

I was having lunch with a friend at Salty's in Seattle, when Todd, a twenty-something waiter, overheard our conversation about my recent visit to Nike HQ in Beaverton, Oregon. "Have you seen the Kobe Six?" he asked. He seemed excited.

"As a matter of fact, I have," I replied.

Todd's...

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Craig Davidson's Visual Poetry

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 11:30 AM

I first met Craig Davidson twenty five years ago when we were both graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design. In those days, all our energy was consumed by our graphic design studies. Still, somehow, for the first semester at least, Craig found time to pursue his painting...

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Test Driving the Tesla Roadster, From the Goggles of a Designer

(11) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 12:52 PM

As we accelerate onto Interstate 5, a Ferrari 540 pulls alongside. The driver glances over at us, smiles, nods. We get a double thumbs-up from a blonde in a rumbling V8 Mustang GT. The couple rolling along in their Prius flip us the peace sign; later, in crowded downtown traffic,...

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Dale Chihuly: Alchemy in Glass

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 4:17 PM

I'm standing with Dale Chihuly in a large open, high-ceilinged room called the hot shop. The reason for the name is immediately clear. Along one wall several furnaces glow orange -- this is where the glass goes for its transition to the molten state -- and the heat can be...

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Picasso's Laboratory Comes to the Seattle Art Museum

(14) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 1:34 PM

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris
October 8, 2010 - January 17, 2011 at the Seattle Art Museum.

I thought I knew Picasso
That is until I got to walk through the exhibition with Chairman and Chief Curator of Collections at the Musée National...

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Why We Like What We Like

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 4:44 PM

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Image credits: Clockwise from top: Getty Images, Darby Roach, Getty Images.
Artwork by the author.


Have you ever wondered why we find some people attractive, are drawn to a verdant landscape, enjoy looking at a great work of...

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