Category Archives: WEBSITES & BLOGS

In Pursuit of Design Alchemy: Glenn Gissler’s Brilliant New Blog

Late last year Designers Collaborative alum Glenn Gissler quietly launched It has been going from strength to strength with any number of interesting, insightful posts, including A Visit with the Curator of Decorative Arts & Design at the RISD Museum of Art, Let’s Get Out of Town (about touring iconic designer Russel Wright’s beautiful estate, Manitoga, in the Hudson Valley), and our favorite, the one below, which features Glenn’s  gorgeous 1835 Greek Revival farmhouse in Litchfield County. We hope that, like us, you’ll become a regular reader of Glenn’s always lively and entertaining blog.

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Jerry Caldari’s Favorite Blog: Architype, Jerry Caldari's favorite blog

I’m a big fan of Architype, a website created by architects and designers for architects and designers. Its goal is to advance the discussion of architecture and design by using building typologies as an organizing principle. Architects and designers submit projects in specific categories–performing art centers, housing, airports, adaptive reuse, hotels, libraries, etc. The site’s editors select the most innovative projects for inclusion in the monthly Architype Review, each issue of which is dedicated to a single building type and includes interviews with the represented architects, products and materials used in their projects, and reviews of relevant books. Here’s a recent issue that features art museums:

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Tim Button’s Two Favorite Blogs: and

Two of my favorite blogs are and I love the way Slate covers everything–it’s a real general interest blog that publishes good, thoughtful writers such as Seth Stevenson (crimetelevisionadvertising, and what used to be called men’s interest, like this piece on Esquire magazine’s new cable channel); Emily Bazelon (the lawculture); and John Dickerson (politics). There’s also the highly entertaining Simon Doonan, “author, fashion commentator, and creative ambassador for Barneys New York,” whose column is a guilty pleasure that tackles such pressing questions as Who Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World? (Not Gwyneth Paltrow)., Tim Button's Favorite Blog

Simon Doonan in Slate magazine on Gwyneth Paltrow as the world's most beautiful womanSimon Doonan on why Gwyneth Paltrow is not the world's most beautiful woman in Slate magazine

My other favorite blog,, is “dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.” I’m particularly interested in the Design and Technology sections, so I gravitate toward posts like Margaret Badore’s article Chemicals in Spray Polyurethane Foam: How Can Something So Toxic Be Considered Green? There was a great piece by Katherine Martinko on 10 Reasons Why Thrift Stores Are Awesome, and because I have a fascination with electric cars, I really liked Michael Graham Richard’s stories about public electric vehicle charging stations and a Tesla Model S electric car catching fire. I’m on a Quest for Banksy, since I live on West 25th Street, the site of of one of the elusive British graffiti artist’s latest works during his current residency in New York City. So I really enjoyed Chris Tackett’s recent post on Banksy.

Treehugger, one of Tim Button's favorite blogsChris Tackett on street artist Banksy on Treehugger, one of Tim Button's favorite blogsChris Tackett on street artist Banksy on Treehugger, a favorite blog of Tim Button's