Articles by: Kevin Close

 

People walking on street calendar

Our whole world is designed. But so many of the designs are invisible. Many of us are discovering this as we start to settle into new work-from-home habits. We are learning that most of our daily habits, the procedures which we use to be more productiv … READ MORE »

Designing a Day: Design + Work-from-Home

Our whole world is designed. But so many of the designs are invisible. Many of us are discovering this as we start to settle into new work-from-home habits. We are learning that most of our daily habits, the procedures which we use to be more productiv … READ MORE »


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educators to rapidly shift classes and coursework into online formats…but what about the other aspects of school? How do counselors, performing arts directors, and librarians support a school community that has sudden … READ MORE »

Redesigning a school (during a Pandemic): Lessons from Asia

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced educators to rapidly shift classes and coursework into online formats…but what about the other aspects of school? How do counselors, performing arts directors, and librarians support a school community that has sudden … READ MORE »


Shift Happens Flyer

Once a month we hold a design salon to discuss design-related topics that pique our interest. This month, we changed our topic to discuss how the current pandemic has been shifting our education system. The conversation raised a series of important tho … READ MORE »

Excerpts from Design Salon I: Shift Happens

Once a month we hold a design salon to discuss design-related topics that pique our interest. This month, we changed our topic to discuss how the current pandemic has been shifting our education system. The conversation raised a series of important tho … READ MORE »


Why has such a simple (and scientifically incorrect) graph become a symbol of the fight against the COVID-19? It’s about design. READ MORE »

Animated Comic-Version of the Curve

Viral Design: How “Flatten the Curve” May Curb the Pandemic

Why has such a simple (and scientifically incorrect) graph become a symbol of the fight against the COVID-19? It’s about design. READ MORE »


men standing in line

Some things we design are intangible. Disney’s Imagineers took a universal experience–standing in line–and re-mixed it to fit in the happiest (?) place on Earth. READ MORE »

Designing experience: A Case Study of Disneyland’s Lines

Some things we design are intangible. Disney’s Imagineers took a universal experience–standing in line–and re-mixed it to fit in the happiest (?) place on Earth. READ MORE »


It’s the holiday season, so get ready to justify your interest in ‘design’ to grandma. “Listen, grandma, design is hard to define…” READ MORE »

Why Is It So Hard To Define Design? Holiday Edition

It’s the holiday season, so get ready to justify your interest in ‘design’ to grandma. “Listen, grandma, design is hard to define…” READ MORE »


Once in a while, our team of writers step back from our conceptual musings to get into what design looks like on the ground. As part of this move, we will be presenting a series of interviews with real designers from many walks of life. First up, Andrew Parr, an Escape Room Designer. READ MORE »

Escaping Design Stereotypes: An Interview with Escape Room Designer Andy Parr

Once in a while, our team of writers step back from our conceptual musings to get into what design looks like on the ground. As part of this move, we will be presenting a series of interviews with real designers from many walks of life. First up, Andrew Parr, an Escape Room Designer. READ MORE »


Design is having a moment buoyed by the emergence of design thinking. What started as a science, literally “design science,” is now a buzzword in the business world and beyond. I argue that everyone is talking about design and I’ll prove it, with some … READ MORE »

Who is Talking About Design?

Design is having a moment buoyed by the emergence of design thinking. What started as a science, literally “design science,” is now a buzzword in the business world and beyond. I argue that everyone is talking about design and I’ll prove it, with some … READ MORE »


Illustration of a person on a unicycle juggling 3 objects

Processes and systems keep artifacts, experience, and culture afloat. Just like a five discourse juggler.  READ MORE »

Representing the Five Discourses: The Juggler

Processes and systems keep artifacts, experience, and culture afloat. Just like a five discourse juggler.  READ MORE »


Design, at its core is about intention. Design is an intentional move toward a more preferable solution, regardless of the concreteness of the final product. READ MORE »

The word "LOOK" painted on a street at a crosswalk

What is (and is Not) Design?

Design, at its core is about intention. Design is an intentional move toward a more preferable solution, regardless of the concreteness of the final product. READ MORE »


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