Last week before the break, I sat down for a radio show with architecture/design critic and author Alexandra Lange. Alexandra writes regularly for Design Observer and has penned some incredibly interesting posts about our community, the nature of criticism in blogs and, most recently, saving craft from cuteness. I’ve followed her writing with great interest, namely because I think it’s helpful and important to have a voice looking more deeply into the trends and issues that make up today’s design community. I may not always agree with the conclusions or criticism, but I think it’s crucial to explore ways that we can better or strengthen the community and our contributions to it.
For this show, Alexandra and I talked about the changing nature of craft, craft on TV (namely our issues with Craft Wars and whether great craft can work on TV), blogging (what she’d like to see more and less of from writers like us) and how the impulse to share online has greatly changed the way we make and consume. I hope this will be the first of many conversations with design critics because I truly love a healthy debate (although I think Alexandra and I agreed more than we disagreed) about the community and how to strengthen it. I hope you’ll take a moment to listen to the show, add your comments on the issues we discussed and check out Alexandra’s posts on the design community here. Thanks again to Alexandra for coming out to Bushwick to join me for a great chat. xo, grace
“It’s definitely a crusade of mine to get the references back into design, even if it’s new design.”
“Part of making has become sharing what you’ve made in a very public way.”
— Alexandra Lange on After the Jump
WAYS TO LISTEN