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In 2017, ARCADE is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Founded in 1981 by a group of recent architecture-school graduates, ARCADE now includes a staff of three, a dedicated board of trustees, a cadre of generous and enthusiastic committee members and volunteers, and many talented creative contributors.
A fun fact about ARCADE (why it appears in ALL CAPS) is that the name is an acronym:
Design in the
Over the last 34 years ARCADE’s programming has expanded well beyond architecture to comprise ideas from all allied design fields, art, culture, and the environments we live in. Aiming to strengthen connections between various creative groups and design disciplines, we invite all to participate and collectively add to the greater whole.
For the design of volume 35, we are pleased to announce our design partnership with Seattle’s Graphiti Associates.
ARCADE publishes three times a year in the spring, fall, and winter. Our columns cover a range of design-minded topics, and each issue includes a themed feature. Among its 2017 editorial offerings ARCADE will examine climate change from the perspective of today’s youth, and the city of Auckland, New Zealand, as a case study for design-led city building.
Issue 35.1 / April 2017
Feature Editor: Charles Tonderai Mudede
In 2012, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil and current US Secretary of State, admitted climate change is real but not really a problem because we humans can easily adapt to changing environments. He, of course, will not be around to do any of this adapting—that work will be left to future generations. This ARCADE feature is dedicated to today's youth, many of whom, in coming decades, will be forced to deal with a radically different planet. These pages will present words and images from those who have to make sense of the first human-altered climate in the long history of life on Earth.
Issue 35.2 / September 2017
Auckland - A City to Love - Visions of a Public Realm
Feature Editors: 2015 -2016 University of Washington Runstad Fellows (Ben Broesamle, Joe David, Genevieve Hale-Case, Amy Hartman, Giovanni Migliaccio, Rick Mohler, and Barbara Swift)
The people of Auckland, New Zealand, are brilliantly grappling with core issues we all share. This is a story to learn from with powerful optimistic results achieved through a holistic, visionary approach to city building and resiliency. The 2015-16 Runstad Center Fellows spent a year investigating Auckland as a case study for place- and design-led city building. Auckland has nested together vision, financing, and love of place, economics, culture, history and vibrant city living into one multi-pronged strategy. In this ARCADE feature, the fellows will share their findings.
Issue 35.3 / December 2017, Feature TBD
For our 35th anniversary, ARCADE will host several events—from lectures to salons to our highly-anticipated magazine launch parties—to bring our community together to connect face-to-face through engaging, inspiring programming.
February 26, Partner event: Town Hall Past and Future
March 14, Undeniable: An Art and Science Lecture on Edward Burtynsky’s Photographs with Erin Langner and Josh Lawler
April 20, Issue 35.1 Launch Party + Community Celebration
May, Salon/lecture on issue 35.1 topic
Summer, 35 Years of ARCADE Exhibit + BBQ at Peter Miller Books
September 7, Issue 35.2 Launch Party + Community Celebration
October, Salon/lecture on issue 35.2 topic
December 7, Issue 35.3 Launch Party, Community Celebration + Holiday Auction
January 2018, Salon/lecture on issue 35.3 topic
February 2018, ARCADE Awards
Thank you for supporting ARCADE for 34 years. We look forward to celebrating our 35th anniversary with you this year!
Erin Kendig, Managing Editor
Jessica Quijada, Publishing & Marketing Coordinator
Kelly Rodriguez, Executive Director, Editor
Board of Trustees
Jason Bergevin, President
Bill Sleeth, Vice President
George Lampe, Treasurer
Ray Calabro, Acting Secretary
Drew Giblin, Ex-Officio
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For each new volume of ARCADE, we work with a different graphic designer. We do this to keep the design of the magazine fresh while highlighting the breadth of design approaches, styles, and perspectives among our talented design community.
Volume 34 of ARCADE—issues 34.1/spring, 34.2/fall, and 34.3/winter—was designed by Seattle-based Lucia|Marquand, whose practice has specialized in fine-art book design for over 30 years, and their sophisticated aesthetic sensibilities are present throughout the volume.
Each designer brings a unique perspective to their volume of ARCADE. Here, Ryan Polich, design director at Lucia|Marquand, shares a behind-the-scenes look at the process and vision that shaped volume 34:
"Our design approach for ARCADE volume 34 centered around a controlled focus on typography, use of the grid, and visual consistency throughout the three issues. We often design books in series at Lucia|Marquand, and it's critical that there's a sense of continuity throughout; this attitude drove much of our decision-making during the initial design stages.
"ARCADE is generally printed in two colors: process black and a series of Pantone colors chosen by the designer. When we established the volume’s color palette, we had loose notions of the feature themes for each issue, which helped guide our decisions; we also tried to choose colors that hadn't yet appeared in ARCADE. Our palette became a series of bright off-tones—the aim being to introduce as much color complexity as a two-color design would permit.
"ARCADE’s editorial content is broken into two distinct sections: a themed feature unique to each issue and regular columns (“the wrap”). The columns appear in the front and back of the magazine, “wrapping” around a long feature in the center.
"We began by focusing on the wrap. Because this portion of the magazine is present in every issue and comprises articles that a familiar reader might expect, clarity and coherence were our goals. Typefaces were chosen for readability and efficient use of space. We used Meta Serif, a practical and slightly narrow serif face, for body text and Slate, a round geometric sans, for display type and secondary typesetting.
"We built the grid for flexibility, accommodating a variety of imagery but preserving a familiar layout. ARCADE’s content varies greatly, and it was crucial to us that readers be able to open the magazine anywhere and immediately get their bearings. Headers, titles, footers, and folios were assigned strict locations.
"While predictability and consistency dominate the design of the wrap, the three feature sections are more variable. The design treatment for the issue 34.1 feature, Visiting the Past, Designing the Future: Reflections on Influence derived from the wrap but employed a broader use of color and drew attention to text and images as elements locked in a grid—the goal being to reveal the influence of the content on the design itself, and vice versa. The cover neatly ties the concept of the entire design together by showcasing an illustration from an article within titled “Form Follows Function.”
"The issue 34.2 feature, Architectures of Migration: A Survey of Displacements, Routes, and Arrivals, presented a prescient and political topic calling for a bold design, reflected in the aggressive use of bright yellow and the striking, sharp-featured typeface Fazeta. The content fell into three sections tracing stages of human migrations—“Displacement,” “En route,” and “Arrival.” The design is intended to evoke a sense of disorientation and movement. A shifting motif of topographic lines moves across the cover and the borders of the feature section as a connection to the many ties to geography in the content.
"The issue 34.3 feature, Undeniable: Edward Burtynsky’s Photographs of a Changing World, presented a welcome design challenge: the section would include a series of full-color photographs by the artist with an accompanying essay.
"Our endeavor became to smoothly nestle a gallery of full-color works into an existing two-color design. Serendipitously, the fiery red color chosen for the issue months before underscored the focal photograph of the feature essay, which we also used for the cover—a neon red river of chemical tailings from a nickel mine. At the brilliant suggestion of ARCADE staff, the cover was stripped of all typography save for the masthead—a bold, if bleak, statement. The feature’s strong display typography (set in Tungsten) conveys the scale and inevitability of the content, which centered on climate change and human damage to the environment."
Thank you to Lucia|Marquand for your hard work on volume 34!
With our spring 2017 issue ARCADE launches volume 35, celebrating our 35th anniversary! We are excited to announce our design partnership with Seattle’s Graphiti Associates, a boutique full-service agency that helps brands tell their stories.
Subscribe to ARCADE today to receive our magazine in print. You can start your subscription with issue 34.3, released in December, or our April issue, which kicks off volume 35. ARCADE is made possible by the generous support of our enthusiastic, design-minded community. If you like what you see and read, and aren't already supporting ARCADE, please consider joining us as a subscriber / donor.
Giving and receiving critique is vital to any creative design practice, but soliciting and accepting feedback is easier said than done. In “How to Survive Critique: Part 1 + Part 2” I made several suggestions for navigating the minefield of design critique. Of course, no academic guide would be complete without homework—in this case, a reading list. The following four books examine the psychology behind critique experiences and offer helpful advice for both what to do (and what not to do) in order to maximize learning.
By Donald A. Schön
Donald Schön was one of the first scholars in education to examine the hidden dimensions of a design critique. In several of his books, he describes a desk critique between an architecture professor (Quist) and a student (Petra). In their interaction, Quist draws upon his previous experience and larger repertoire of design patterns to show Petra how her project might be framed and reframed in order to develop a more satisfactory design solution. Schön’s analysis of this critique is considered groundbreaking because he recognized and articulated, perhaps for the first time, the fluid nature of the design process as “reflection in action”—a cycle of doing and thinking where each activity feeds the other.
Schön’s description is also notable for its clear description of a classic apprentice-master scenario, in which Petra (the student) is tacitly expected to absorb and accept the suggestions of Quist (the tutor). Her role is to first observe the master’s performance, then to adapt and develop his concept, making it her own. This top-down model for instruction stands in contrast to more contemporary, collaborative methods for critique and feedback described by others below.
2) Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process: A Method for Getting Useful Feedback on Anything You Make, from Dance to Dessert
By Liz Lerman and John Borstel
Liz Lerman is a MacArthur award-winning choreographer and founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. In Lerman’s four-stage “critical response process” the artist is responsible for formulating questions about his or her own work—questions that will generate feedback to improve. Responders are generally restricted to answering the artist’s questions; they may offer unsolicited opinions only if they first ask for permission. Lerman suggests the following script: “I have an opinion about ______, would you like to hear it?” (The artist has the option to say no.)
However, responders are allowed to ask neutral questions about the work. Neutral questions do not presuppose or imply criticism. For example, “What kind of texture were you going for” is considered neutral, but “Why is this cake so dry?” is considered critical. Lerman’s method focuses on creating a safe place for artists to solicit and receive critical feedback.
By Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
Methods for accepting criticism are examined in even greater depth in this best-selling book by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, two lecturers at Harvard Law School. Their book is an entertaining self-help guide to becoming a more effective recipient of feedback. Using examples and research from the fields of psychology and education, Stone and Heen use plain language and gently humorous case studies to explain why getting feedback can be painful—and to provide methods for becoming less defensive and more self-aware. They also offer specific suggestions for how to give feedback that will be accepted by others.
Edited by David Boud and Elizabeth Molloy
Boud and Molloy are Australian scholars in the field of education, and their edited compilation of 13 research papers thoroughly examines the problems of giving and receiving feedback from a research-orientated perspective. The field of design is not covered specifically, but chapters on the “impact of emotions on feedback” and the “role of peers in feedback processes” have obvious relevance to design critiques. Any university or college-level faculty member with teaching responsibilities would be well-served by reading this book. Best practices for facilitating learning from feedback are clearly presented and made accessible to teachers from all fields of study.
In December ARCADE celebrated the launch of issue 34.3, Undeniable: Edward Burtynsky's Photographs of a Changing World. Party guests mingled at Block 41, a soon-to-open event venue in a two-story former ice warehouse in Belltown, Seattle. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, to our event sponsors, our auction donors and bidders, our volunteers, and to all who contributed to this issue.
Thank you to our event sponsors Integrus Architecture, CallisonRTKL, Ecotope, Graham Baba Architects, Site Workshop, Wilcox Construction, and venue host Block 41! Thank you to furniture sponsor Room & Board. And thank you to grantmakers 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for supporting ARCADE.
ARCADE is very grateful for these generous auction donors:
Barbara Johns and Richard Hesik, Carol Chapman and Ian Butcher, Eagle Rock Ventures and Magnetic ERV, Hotel Sorrento, Jim Dow, Peter and Sally Bohlin, Schuchart/Dow, and zeroplus.
Experiences & Tours
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio, Brian Court, Dave Miller, E. Smith Mercantile, Ethan Stowell, Jim Cutler, John and Steve Hoedemaker, Jon Gentry and Aimée O’Carroll of goCstudio, Kathleen Warren of Urban ArtWorks, Kelly Gilliam and Janos Mathiesen of Dovetail, Lynda Sherman of Bremelo Press, Marilyn Brockman, Michael Easton of Il Corvo, Nucor, Peter Bohlin, Peter Miller, Rick Sundberg, Ron Rochon and Susan Jones.
Artisan Goods, Books & More
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Chadhaus, Cruzat Design Build, Dorotea Ceramics, Erich Ginder Studio, Fixture, Fruitsuper Design, Grain Design, Iacoli & McAllister, Inform Interiors, Olson Kundig, Peter Miller, Piano Nobile, Room & Board, Suyama Peterson Deguchi, and urbancase.
Here are a few shots from the launch party. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos. Share, tag and enjoy!
Thank you for being part of ARCADE! Whether you're a devoted reader, creative contributor, enthusiastic event attendee, dedicated volunteer, generous financial supporter or all of the above, know that you make ARCADE what it is. You’ve helped create a valuable community platform for sharing inspiring perspectives about design, the built environment and culture. You’ve helped explore and amplify the idea that design, thoughtfully conceived, has the power to positively impact our lives. You’ve supported content that encourages the good work, empathy, creativity and reflection that improves our world.
ARCADE has had a fantastic 2016, which represents our 34th year(!). In 2016, in addition to publishing three terrific issues of ARCADE magazine with pieces from over 45 creative contributors from the Northwest and beyond – designers, scholars, activists, artists, writers, and more – we’ve hosted corresponding issue launch parties and community celebrations, held two educational salons, and curated a community calendar of design-minded events.
Your ongoing support is key to achieving our mission to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life.
As a member of our community, we invite you to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to ARCADE. Your gift will help ARCADE close 2016, and begin 2017, on solid ground, setting the organization up for an thought-provoking 35th year.
We are so grateful for your ongoing support. If you'd like to make a gift, you may contribute online here or mail a check to ARCADE, 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56, Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98101.
With deep gratitude and warm holiday wishes,
Everyone at ARCADE
ARCADE’s mission is to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, ARCADE fulfills its mission through its award-winning magazine; events, educational lectures, panel discussions, salons; and web presence, which includes its website, e-newsletter, online calendar of Northwest design events and growing social media community.