Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2018, and before we step into the new year with brand new posts (tomorrow), I wanted to share our favorite think pieces from 2017. From discussions about design and disability to thoughts on buying your first home, these essays and articles were all about digging deeper into the ways design affects our lives, and vice versa. This year we tackled the State of the 2017 Blogosphere, lessons learned from battling cancer, how to respond to negative comments online, how to source fabrics ethically, the importance of representation in design, the ways design is political, how to support refugees, and so much more. Read on for this year’s Top 15 pieces that made us stop, think, listen and learn. Hopefully we can carry these lessons with us into the new year. –Grace
Garrett focused on disability and design this year, connecting with some incredible families and experts who shared tips, ideas and guidelines for designing homes that are accessible for everyone. These 10 Tips for making a home wheelchair-friendly were great.
Speaking of our guy Gar, after kicking cancer to the curb, Garrett shared an amazing piece about what he learned from cancer. (We are all overjoyed that he’s healthy and in remission!)
I shared my thoughts on what I wish I’d known before buying our first (and very, very old) home. So many lessons and mistakes to avoid…
Our etiquette column came back this fall, starting with a discussion about how to handle offensive conversations and comments online (and IRL).
While we focused mainly on showcasing homes that tipped the needle back toward “more is more” (in terms of color, pattern and texture) this year, we also looked into the ways Minimalism has affected our community. These 10 Tips for Living Minimally Longterm were a BIG hit.
Artist Grace D. Chin broke down all of the ways that art and design are inherently political and discussed whether or not designers have a responsibility to discuss politics and social issues in their work.
Together with Libby VanderPloeg and help from the International Refugee Coalition, we created a short, helpful video that shared ways to be an active ally to immigrants and refugees.
Where do art and activism intersect? We talked to one artist who wasn’t afraid to speak up and explain why she feels it’s so important.
Lastly, I looked at how it took me 36 years to ease into and accept my personal style — which turned out to be a lot different than the style I’ve been known for here at DS.