Every other week, we at DRAW take a moment to be inspired. Our bi-weekly “DRAWing Boards” make space for our designers to present a thought-provoking topic to the rest of us – like a study on the theme of “Things Well Made,” or an exploration of diagramming, or a deep dive into the work of a kickass design firm – all of which unfailingly spurs a spirited conversation. Last week, one of our project managers, Graham Still, presented an interesting profile of the artist Robert Irwin, which we think is worth sharing. In fact, we think all of these DRAWing Boards are worth sharing, so behold: the first of our new blog series, From the DRAWing Board.


Born in 1928 in San Diego, California, Robert Irwin is among the most influential modern artists of our time. His work explores the relationships between light, space and sensory perception, and his installations have appeared in many of the world’s notable museums and galleries. In 1982, Lawrence Weschler published a book profiling Irwin’s life and work. This book, Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, inspired the following presentation.

Credit: Lawrence Weschler. Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees. University of California Press. 1982.