All that Glitters: Tinsel Painting and Shiny Materials

A pair of new exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, “Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America” and “Ooh, Shiny”, started me thinking about metallic foils as a material.

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Design Local: San Fran Surprises

San Francisco is a city of surprises. There’s something new to greet you around every corner, a fact that I witnessed firsthand last week as I participated in the second stop in Mannington Commercial’s Design Local competition.

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The Modern Mosaic: Textures with Depth!

Grace Jeffers discusses the Fusión Wood Panels collection from Architectural Systems, Inc.

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Designer Ayse Birsel's Eight Steps to a Better Life

Guest blogger Molly Klimas gives a sneak peak into the keynote speech by famed product designer Ayse Birsel for the 5th annual CET Designer User Conference in Las Vegas from Oct. 24-25, put on by Configura.

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Getting my Ducks in a Row…

Cassie Welch, winner of the I Like Design Competition 2011/2012, reflects on her experiences this summer with Gresham, Smith and Partners and Nashville, Tennessee!

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Mannington’s Design Local Kicks Off in Chicago

I&S was honored to be asked to partner with Mannignton Commercial in their new, highly original and brave venture: Design Local

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What I “Like” About Social Media

We here at I&S recently conducted a survey of thousands of design professionals to wrap our heads around the role that social media plays in your day-to-day operations (or if at all). The results were both surprising and telling.

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Dream the Big Dream

Debbie delivers an uncharacteristically inspirational message, all thanks to the one and only David Rockwell.

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Faster Higher Stronger: The Materials of Sport at Material Connexion New York

In the wake of the Olympics there is always a surge of excitement about sports. We are all inspired by the athletes’ world-record-breaking performances and passion, their success at making their own marks on history. What we don’t often realize is how the clothing they wear, the equipment they use and the very stadium they compete in are contributing to their outstanding performances.

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Laminate in Design History

In 1998 I was lucky enough to be visiting the Wilsonart Laminate company in Temple, Texas. It was lunchtime and one of the executive assistants said “They are gutting the founders house today. You should take her over there. There’s lots of old laminate, it’s a real hoot!”...

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