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A.G. Baumgarten, The Man Who ‘Invented’ Aesthetics

On the 26th of May 1762, German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten was born in Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg. He famously introduced the current definition of the philosophical discipline of aesthetics in his Halle master’s thesis when he was only twenty-one years of age. 685 more words

Art History

Week 9: Aesthetic-Usability Effect

“Visual communication of any kind, whether persuasive or informative… should be seen as the embodiment of form and function: the integration of the beautiful and the useful.” (Rand, 1985, p. 1,412 more words


Rambling About Traps

In two weeks I’m going to be posting a more precise analysis of what I ramble about here, but if you just can’t wait, here are my initial thoughts. 9 more words


Cosmetic Q: Exactly when do products expire?

Though most makeup products have no expiration dates indicated, their ingredients break down into substances that can eventually irritate the skin. Can’t decide whether to toss or keep those lippies and palettes? 12 more words

Look Your Best


A guide to get started on an aesthetic lifestyle.


how the artist emerges

I am an architect; I make art. Let’s not kid ourselves, many architects do; it’s not just me. Don’t ask where this came from, just roll with it. 630 more words

Architectural Theory

Confidence & Such Things

After 4.5 years in France (say whaaaaat?!) I’ve built myself a pretty large and stable network of friends, and life is feeling great right now.  Even though I’ve always been a happy person, since having my little boy I’ve been on cloud 9. 1,021 more words

Expat Life: Kiwi Style