Designing the Telephone

How to Say “Hello” Designing the Telephone “Telephone,” as a word, is, of course, related to “telegraph,” an existing technology, which also transmitted signals. The word fragment “tele” is from a Greek word meaning “distance,” and “phone,” also a Greek...

How Design Evolves

Inevitable Design Becoming Modern Art and design define our lives for us, teach us how to function in the world, and, from time to time, produce an object, whether human or inanimate, that is so fulfilling that it become unnecessary to alter the blueprint. Since the...

The Return of Painting: Germany

The Return of Painting in Germany, 1960s The Post-War Condition After the last bombs were dropped, the last soldier had surrendered, and all surrenders were ratified, an uneasy peace descended upon Europe. By 1946, the rebuilding was underway as people, determined to...

John Pfahl in Arcadia, Part Four

Arcadia Electrified John Pfahl at Niagara Falls In 1881, the artist George Inness, famous for the Lackawanna Valley painting of a train uncoiling from a roundhouse and making its way into the frontiers of Pennsylvania, visited a more natural site, or so he assumed....

John Pfahl in Arcadia, Part One

Poussin and the Photographer Death in Paradise–a terrifying thought. Surely there must be places from which death is banished. But one of the most famous paintings hanging in the Louvre is about shepherds, a cast shadow, and the presence of death in the pastoral...

John Phafl: Measuring Nature

Perspective as Photography One of the paradoxes of the discovery of perspective during the early Renaissance was the fact that landscape painting played so small a part in this new “science.” Today, art students are taught to use perspective to measure the...

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