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McMansions aren’t for living in

The age of the McMansion saw the shift of the house from a place that we live in, potentially for the rest of our lives, to an asset that we are decidedly not supposed to live in forever.

Posted on 3 November 2016 and filed under articles, design, main, outbound, small

The philosophy of parks

What do our abandoned playgrounds say about who we were- and who we are?

Posted on 27 April 2016 and filed under articles, cities, comments, design, main, Prince George

andrewkurjata.ca is now confluence

A new name and visual identity, pretty much everything else is the same.

Posted on 17 April 2016 and filed under design, main, meta

The case for Comic Sans in Prince George

We’re a city with a giant wooden lumberjack for our mascot and a moose on our official coat of arms. Let’s embrace Comic Sans.

Posted on 1 April 2015 and filed under articles, design, main, Prince George

What riding a bike taught me about prejudice, poverty, and designed exclusion

When an SUV swerved to hit me, I realized riding a bike in a car-dominated culture is an inherantly political act.

Posted on 19 February 2014 and filed under articles, Best Of, big, bikes, cities, comments, design, main

How many people should we expect to die in car accidents?

Driving is a convenience, but it comes with a real cost.

Posted on 10 January 2014 and filed under articles, comments, design, main, misc

Bigger fonts, less links, and comments only half-on: towards a more readable AndrewKurjata.ca

Bigger fonts, less links, and comments only half-on.

Posted on 31 August 2013 and filed under articles, comments, design, main, meta

The Antidote to Antipathy

It’s rare that a seven-minute video will get me to change… anything. Today, I share with you one that did. It belongs to Dave Meslin. He used it in his Ted Talk, which is below. I watch Ted Talks all the time and like all of them, but for me to write about one here, […]

Posted on 7 May 2011 and filed under articles, Canada, design, Prince George

Why is the Logo for the City of Prince George Turning Up on Skateboard Clothes?

Shawn Petriw noticed some similarities between the logo for the City of Prince George and skateboard clothing company Fenchurch. Turns out it’s a recurring motif.

Posted on 7 September 2010 and filed under articles, comments, design, Prince George

Exterior Decorating

I believe Wells is where everyone from Prince George to Williams Lake who’s ever had a neighbour complain about violating some sort of appearance bylaw has moved. It is awesome.

Posted on 3 August 2010 and filed under British Columbia, cities, comments, design, photos

Celebrate Curb Appeal

“Nominate Your Neighbour’s Fabulous Front Yard! Front yards with curb appeal don’t just increase property values – they enrich our neighbourhoods. That’s why Prince George Communities in Bloom (CIB) is asking the public to help recognize those who create and care for attractive front yards (or business frontages), by nominating friends, neighbours and businesses through […]

Posted on 12 July 2010 and filed under cities, design, Prince George

Put the BP Oil Spill in Your Own Backyard

One of the most brilliant pieces of environmental PR I have ever seen is IfItWasMyHome.com. Basically, it takes a visualization of the British Petroleum oil spill and lets you use Google maps to put it wherever you want– for example, here’s what it would look like if it was in my hometown of Prince George […]

Posted on 4 June 2010 and filed under design, misc

Fix the PG Transit Website

There’s a survey asking for feedback on the BC Transit website. One of the questions is: Do you have any other comments about the BC Transit website that you would like to provide? To which I said: This is a very outdated site. For a person unfamiliar with the city and existing routes, this website […]

Posted on 6 April 2010 and filed under design, Prince George, transit

Trilobis 65 Floating Home

Seriously, if you aren’t using StumbleUpon, try it out. I would never have found this, otherwise. “Trilobis 65 Floating Home Trilobis 65 is a semi-submerged dwelling environment. Reaching 20 metres in length designed by Giancarlo Zema for habitation by six people at sea. It is ideal for living in bays, atolls and maritime parks. The […]

Posted on 17 June 2009 and filed under design, misc

A Low Impact Wooden Home

I’m really enjoying looking at alternative living arrangements lately. This one is nowhere near as portable as the loftcube, but is equally, if not more, impressive. What’s interesting is how they’re both aimed at addressing urban density, but in terms of the moods projected are almost complete opposites. A Low Impact Wooden Home »

Posted on 17 June 2009 and filed under design

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