Design is a Dandelion

by Janice Lovoos

{published 1966, by Golden Gate Junior Books}

I was in Seattle a few weeks ago. You remember the library, right?

I went to Pike Place Market, because of course, but also because flying fish and dudes in galoshes are a spectacle worth checking out. And I also wanted to get up close and personal with some bluefin tuna eyeballs.

There’s a real reason for that, trust me. But they didn’t have any tuna, so this happened:  Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 11.51.46 AM

There’s not a real point to that story except that I adore that tweet (and those two Favoriters) and it’s what I did just before I wandered into Lamplight Books.

It’s like I stole something. Fifteen dollars? Sixty quarters? It still has that magical, musty smell of hidden secrets. And it was mine in a fraction of a split second. That fast.

Because…behold:

 I’m in love. From the texture of a porcupine, to the form of mountains and weeds, to the repetition inside a squash, design is everywhere.

Design is a Dandelion ends like this, with truth and a charge:

Design is everywhere. It is for everyone. All you have to do is to learn to see it. Open your eyes and take a big, long look.

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14 Comments

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    This looks like an amazing book. Thanks for sharing.

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Beautiful book! I love those unexpected vintage finds. I must find a used bookshop and get my fix…soon!

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    P.S. I would have favorited that tweet had I seen it!

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Cause you have good taste:)

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Love the ending: “Design is everywhere. It is for everyone. All you have to do is to learn to see it. Open your eyes and take a big, long look.”

    Your posts have helped me to be more aware of the fact that design is everywhere :-)

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Penny! I love that.

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    The cover is timeless, I only saw the age at the corner wear on second glance. Every child needs to be aware of your ‘truth’ – before someone can squash their sense of wonder.

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    This looks like an excellent book! I love that it’s for kids. Something to encourage them to get out away from those screens.

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Oh, this one is just awesome! I must keep an eye out for one of my own.

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Mmm, mmm. I feel like I’ve just had a smidgen of dessert!

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Love that!

  • Posted May 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Such a great find! Lucky you.

  • Posted May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Amazing!!

  • Posted May 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    This is some sort of a cosmic – voodoo – good luck sign for you (you did mention you were looking at new elements for the blog.) How else could you explain finding such a perfect book?!