Taking shortcuts: Guess who gets cheated most?

Taking shortcuts: sketching in Lijiang

I’m a big fan of shortcuts. They save you time and energy. They demonstrate your ingenuity. (You, after all, found a faster way to get something done. Clever you.) They free you up for more important or interesting activities. I love shortcuts. When they work. Which, I’m finding out, isn’t as often as I thought. I had a recent reminder of this when I was…

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Li Huayi: a new take on an old artform

I recently returned from a trip with my elder son, 23, to China. The theme of our trip was design. We intended to sketch and photograph our way through three different regions of China, getting a better sense of both classical and contemporary forms of design. To refine the concept of design, I focused mostly on understanding the design element of line. From architecture to…

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