Dan Phillips has a lot to say about design... / by Jason Nunes

...and a whole lot of other things.

Dan makes houses in Texas from recycled and reclaimed materials. In this talk he strings together Sartre, Plato, and Nietzsche (and a whole bunch of others) to explain his approach to building homes. He's a fascinating person, and what he has to say resonates with me about  the kind of design that I do. Is there a way that his aesthetic could be applied to digital design? What do you think?

And if you want to know more about Dan, there's a great New York Times article about him.

Freed by necessity from what he calls the “tyranny of the two-by-four and four-by-eight,” common sizes for studs and sheets of plywood, respectively, Mr. Phillips makes use of end cuts discarded by other builders — he nails them together into sturdy and visually interesting grids. He also makes use of mismatched bricks, shards of ceramic tiles, shattered mirrors, bottle butts, wine corks, old DVDs and even bones from nearby cattle yards.