Category Archives: Design & Culture

How Does “Blue-collar” Design Studio Tank Thrive? It Rolls Up Its Sleeves + “Really Just Gives a Shit” | AIGA

Katie Chang Writer Journalist AIGA Where Designers Work“The big corporate agency mentality was frustrating us,” says Fred Weaver, of his decision to start Tank, a design and communications agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with co-founder David Warren in 1994. “There was this idea that smart people think and solve problems, then pony up a design team to ‘decorate’ the solution. But for us, design is much more powerful than graphic decoration. It’s actually a way of thinking.”

Christina Stembel Wants to Revolutionize How You Buy Flowers | Food & Wine

Katie Chang Writer Travel Food Wine FWxWhen the farm-to-table movement swept over San Francisco’s culinary landscape several years ago, Christina Stembel couldn’t help but notice the flowers gracing the tables of her favorite restaurants: “I kept thinking, ‘why are there ugly carnations on the tables, when everything else is so visually pleasing and locally sourced?’ ”

Malcolm Gladwell on Learning to Cook and the Only 4 Things He’ll Drink | Food & Wine

Katie Chang Writer Food Wine Restaurants Journalist Malcolm Gladwell

Last week, we caught up with Gladwell at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut. He’s one of ten investors – they’re comprised of local residents and friends including Redbook Editor-in-Chief Meredith Rollins and Chef Annie Wayte – in the historic 16-room inn, a beloved local institution that reopened last year after undergoing an extensive and elegant renovation.