Ideas

Graphic Designer Paula Scher Maps an Atlas of the World

The exhibition “Paula Scher: The Maps”—on view at New York’s Maya Stendhal Gallery—presents twelve painstakingly detailed map paintings.

In the early 1990s, renowned graphic designer Paula Scher began painting small, opinionated maps—colorful depictions of continents and regions, covered from top to bottom by a scrawl of words. Within a few years, the maps grew larger and more elaborate. “I began painting these things sort of in a silly way,” Scher, a partner at the Pentagram design firm, said…

ASID President on Interior Design Education, Legislation

Although the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) concurs with the majority of Shashi Caan’s comments about interior design education and the legal recognition of the profession, I was troubled to read her statements about the proposed interior design title act in New York State. Ms. Caan said, “In New York state, we have a voluntary certification, which is step…

Overhauling Interior Design Education Across the U.S.

Although Shashi Caan should be applauded for her concern about these issues, it is disingenuous of her to imply that “there isn’t a serious research-based or masters-level program.” She might believe that she is overhauling interior design education in New York, but the most interesting educational design offerings are to be found outside any narrow definition of the field. There…

Why Shashi Caan Is Overhauling Interior Design Education

The chair of the Interior Design program at Parsons School of Design aims to integrate discourses from other fields and establish interior design as a specialty with its own body of knowledge.

The chair of the Interior Design program at Parsons School of Design aims to integrate discourses from other fields and establish interior design as a specialty with its own body of knowledge.

Reading Rem: An Exclusive Q&A with Koolhaas

In May, two days before the Seattle Central Library’s official opening, the building’s architect, Rem Koolhaas, discussed the structure with Metropolis contributing editor Christopher Hawthorne. The interview took place in a staff conference room on the library’s 11th floor; the room’s floor-to-ceiling interior windows offered an exceptionally good view of the building’s dramatic, open central core, and, through windows on…

What Non-Traditional Design Education Can Teach Us

Institutions of higher learning offer rich opportunities to explore the underlying concepts of design. However, these institutions do not necessarily expose students to ideas outside the mainstream curricula. This lack of innovation is partially due to the physical and administrative structures of large institutions, which inherently limit interdepartmental collaboration. The Ecosa Institute, like many other small, non-traditional educational organizations, offers…