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Entry no.: 598

31 Oct 2008, 2:30 PM

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Design Wabi-Sabi and designers

"As a graphic designer, Wabi-Sabi is the antithesis of what I pursue every day — perfection in my typography, layout, tight invisible Swiss inspired gridlines, etc. Mathematical symmetry is an unshakeable mission for many in my profession, and the ancient philosophies of Wabi-Sabi rip a hole in the side of it."

Todd Dominey reviwing Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers on Amazon.


Reply no.: 1

1 Nov 2008, 3:07 AM


Thank you for helping me find another life-defining term. Some 6 months ago sensei gave me the name for something I'd thinking about for some years, heijo-shin. Now I know about wabi-sabi, and it seems it's something I have to understand, since I feel it's been part of my way of thinking for some time, but it was never clear enough.

Thank you again.

Reply no.: 2

1 Nov 2008, 12:58 PM


Todd Dominey inaugurates right there another major dilemma for me: I, too, feel seduced by wabi-sabi esthetic/philosophy (even practicing it my photography—have a look at my last 5 pages on Flickr from this angle) but I find it difficult to marry with my designer code of belief. Food for thought. Major food for thought.

You're always welcome.

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