Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


Posts about architecture
February 13th, 2013
June 7th, 2011
June 1st, 2011
I am an eyewitness to the ways in which people relate to themselves and to each other, and my work is a way of scooping and ladling that experience.

Richard Neutra

May 30th, 2011
Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.

Frank Gehry

Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

January 12th, 2010

Architecturites: Here’s a lot of tiny, intricate scale images of skyscrapers. These are the six tallest buildings in San Francisco. There’s a lot more at

580 California Street is a high rise building in San Francisco, California…constructed in the Postmodern style, and mostly of steel. There are twelve statues by Muriel Castanis on the 23rd floor; Castanis described them as ‘Corporate Goddesses’.

580 California Street, via Wikipedia.

My coworkers and I have been wondering about the statues on that roof since we first noticed them this week. Despite the fact that they’re ‘corporate goddesses,’ they’re actually amazing-looking, sort of like hooded Muses or fates. Definitely adds a certain unexpected sense of mystical menace to the Financial District skyline.

July 2nd, 2009

[ Mel Gibson’s Tudor Style Mansion, via Hooked on Houses ]

This is, oddly, both the staff house from Mel Gibson’s Greenwich mansion, and also very similar to the sort of house I dreamed of living in as a kid—the stone cottage in the woods where you live before finding out your destiny and taking off on a magical adventure.

May 11th, 2009
November 9th, 2008
October 18th, 2008