War Furniture

Jason Weems on the influence of husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames, and the place of their work in postwar California culture.

Kelly Goto

Emily Cotler profiles mobile tech pioneer Kelly Goto, one of the industry’s leading experts in the evolution of connections.

The Quotidian Patio

Regular Boom columnist Susan Straight on the nostalgia of The Outdoor Room.

Architecture and Social Justice

David Serlin on bridging disability rights with the egalitarian and modernist principles of Universal Design.

From Design to Design Thinking

“The pivotal event may have come in 1982.” Barry Katz discusses Silicon Valley, and what it means to be “designed in California.”

New Factories in the Fields

The San Joaquin Valley is the world’s leading producer of agricultural products, and is also the country’s leading producer of meth.

The Art of Crossing Borders: Migrant Rights and Academic Freedom

Interview with Ricardo Dominguez, Professor of New Media, Performance Art, and a Principal Investigator at CALIT2 at the University of California, San Diego

Hayakawa Among the Conservatives

How famed author, editor, and lecturer Dr. S.I. “Don” Hayakawa became “the only folk hero to have emerged from American higher education.”

Checking In

Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel, in a genre all its own somewhere between historical fiction and creative nonfiction, is an inventive attempt to re-present such an era

Jobs. Good Jobs.

On some level I knew it wasn’t going to work out when the manager of my new job asked me if I could give her a second emergency contact phone number