Aesthetics, Endeavors, Life

Unified Theory of Aesthetics

For a very long time I’ve intended to write out my unified theory of aesthetics. Perhaps one day I’ll have time to refine it further, but at least the basic idea remains as a permanent reference on my other site, Style Pearl Central. I learned so much in the discovery of this principle that I can’t even begin to express what it has opened up for me. Its premise could probably be reworked for so many fields besides aesthetics and making the world a more beautiful place. I think of health, mechanics, engineering, physics, who knows. . . But for me, it is a huge “pearl” of discovery. It is a way of organizing one’s thoughts, staying on track, not getting discouraged in the face of obstacles, and not staying in a frozen mindset.

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Aesthetics, Endeavors, Life

Beyond the Silver Glass

Featured photo credit:Tim Sheerman-Chase on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ~Rilke

How I went from what’s in the mirror to who I am on my own terms

Plenty of books will tell you everything you need to know about your best colors, lines, and ways of presenting yourself. Actually, it seems there is way too much (and conflicting) information out there. So what am I telling you that’s new? Continue reading “Beyond the Silver Glass”

Aesthetics, Culture

Ampersand in the Key of Beauty

Ampersands come in an astounding variety. Goldenflashes21 at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA

In 1953 a German typographer, Jan Tschichold, published his study, The ampersand: its origin and development, in which he tracked that typographical device back to Pompeii. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, preserving the earliest extant example in some wall graffiti. That still doesn’t tell us how much earlier the mark was actually scrawled before the volcano blew – ten years, two months, five seconds? Continue reading “Ampersand in the Key of Beauty”