“Be warned your design education will be difficult, painful and never-ending. That said, the reward of creation, of having your ideas become tangible and commercialized while helping improve life even in small ways is truly amazing”—
“In Holland, we have two words for design. One is vormgeving; in German formgeben. And the other word is ontwerpen; in German entwurf. In the Anglo-Saxon language there’s only one word for design, which is design. That is something you should work out. Vormgeving is more to make things look nice. So for instance, packaging for a perfume or for chocolate in order to make things fashionable, obsolete and therefore bad for society because we don’t really need it. While ontwerpe means, and the Anglo-saxon word, but its stronger, means engineering. That means you as a person try to invent a new thing—which is intelligent, which is clever, and which will have a long-life. And that’s called stylistic durability. It means you can use it for a long time.”— Gert Dumbar (via banquethall)
I just love swing dancers!! Since I’m the person who’s planning our two workshops this year, I’ve had recourse to contact some of the lindy hop “rock stars”, and seriously: they couldn’t be nicer or cooler. Skye, Naomi, Andrew+Karen, Mike+Laura: everyone was so polite and kind, and some of them were above and beyond in terms of helping us out. And we’re just a nobody college swing scene!
It changed the country, and the world. But I still feel like we make too big a deal out of it all… I suppose it’s because we have so few terrible things happen to us in the US (as a whole); so when one does, we don’t know what to do with it.
Going to a social dance with a group of new dancers that you taught and watching them out there having fun and working it. I just watched some of them dance last night in proud parent mode thinking I taught them that. They are my babies and look at them go they are such good dancers ahh my babies~
Passing something you love on to a new group of people is the best feeling in the world.
“In Tonga, dance remains a functioning part of the socio-political system and is abstractly literary in its interpretation. Dances are created and performed for national occasions, and no notable gathering is complete without them. Ed. Note: brb, moving to Tonga…”—Oxford Music Online