All posts tagged “built environment

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What’s in a sign?

The built environment is the environment that we create around ourselves. Signs are a part of that. Seth Godin recently posted this sign on his blog: It was seen at LaGuardia Airport. He then asked a few pertinent questions, dissecting the signs intent. Finally, he… Read More

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I love neon

“As the manufacture of storefront signage becomes increasingly standardized,” says a circular from Berlin’s Buchstabenmuseum, “the tradition of idiosyncratic signs created by skilled craftspeople, reflecting regional differences and a firm’s unique character, is dying out.” The above quote is from this Globe and Mail article… Read More

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Are you T-shaped?

The world-renowned design firm IDEO is known for hiring people described as being “t-shaped.” Here’s a quote from an interview with CEO Tim Brown explaining what that means: “T-shaped people have two kinds of characteristics, hence the use of the letter “T” to describe them.… Read More

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Cities without people

Some people believe that cities are all about bricks and mortar. While other people believe that they are first and foremost about people. Though I wholeheartedly believe that our built environment has a profound affect on our lives, I am in the latter camp.  Real… Read More