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Apr 13, 2011



I really enjoyed reading your definition of design. I am not a designer, but poet/eternal grad student - and I apply a similar design definition to better writers.

Theoretical chit chat aside, those are some bow ties!
The preppie/businessman one especially caught my eye.

And Brooks Brothers: "You've come a long way, baby!"


Good God. I just LOVE finding out how intelligent and thoughtful the readers of this blog are. Thank you so much, Greta for taking time to let me know what you think. I felt a little weird writing this post this morning, but I felt it needed to be said... My boyfriend is a developmental editor and writer, so I think I understand what you mean in terms of writing. Styling something can be done in a formulaic way...but it takes something else to really see something for what it is, and use it.
Again, thank you : ) Susy

Bonbon Oiseau

Such a great post Suse. I wholeheartedly agree with your definition. Design does run deep and takes more than just a good eye. Good design is felt with the whole self and is not just something catchy, so to speak, although it can be clever.
And these ties are fantabulous and great design, j'agree!

Sometimes when confronted with people who ask about pricing, I tell them they are paying for my entire education and worldview. But now we're veering into economics. (101 at that)

I miss you! Need a gathering soon although I know I just missed yet another one...sad deb.


I adore those bow ties but I think I love your definition more! As a fellow designer, I feel like I am often dealing with people who think I "decorate" for living. Yes, beauty is a goal but there is a great deal of thought, work and research that goes along with it. Like you said, "it goes very deep... to create something new and thought provoking." That is always the goal of a designer while a decorator or stylist might be focusing a bit more on pure looks. Not discrediting that work at all but like you said, there is a distinction. I have done styling as well and I notice that I use wads of putty or other tools to make things look right in a photo. It has to look good for that moment and no longer. Design requires a long-term solution and actual "design" for use (as well as look good!)

I read a quote by Paola Antonelli awhile ago and it constantly inspires me in that quest for distinction:
"People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing."

I'm rambling but I love your post – design thoughtfulness AND bow ties!


I just want to said, the kind of bow and its colour make me interesting and its all have a complex mixed colour..thanks

Angel @ | 77inspire |

These are beautiful bow ties. and your right... design is deeper than just styling and decorating... Stumbled across your blog and i really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!


Hi Chloe,
Wow, thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment. I am sorry it has taken me a while to write back.

Yes, it's kind of hard to say it right...without making it sound like decorating/styling are not important. I find your observation about styling (putty!) really interesting and eye-opening.

The Paola Antonelli quote is also interesting. I agree with her to a point, but I also think that great style is a form of design...for example, personal style, to me, is a way of creating an exterior that reflects the interior. So, in a way, it's designing that idea. But, the idea of producing something the world did not know it was missing is really the core -- so true.

Thank you so much for commenting. I am so glad you found this post interesting enough to weigh in on. : )



Thank you Angel! I'm so happy to hear it. I've been a little lazy about blogging lately, but I'll get back to it as soon as I'm done working through my latest collection... I don't like to post when I haven't really thought it through!



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