Gerard McGuickin

Gerard

I’m a design writer, lover and aficionado, living in a modish neighbourhood in south Belfast. My writing is studied and yet uninhibited, and my perspective on design is typically punctilious and urbane. My thinking is often guided by Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design. I have an educational background in psychology (MSc + BSc) and believe in the potential for design to improve our daily quality of life. And without affectation, I value that which is aesthetically pleasing and inspiring (great design excites my imagination). Find out more at Walnut Grey Design.

Writings

  • Behind the Design: Sebastian Herkner

    German-born designer Sebastian Herkner founded his eponymous design studio in Offenbach am Main (close to…

  • Behind the Design: Federico Peri

    Italy is a country synonymous with furniture design, both classic and contemporary, and has a…

  • Behind the Design: Evan Clabots

    Evan Clabots understands that people tend to use boxes with assigned labels, because it’s human…

  • Behind the Design: Instrmnt

    Written in short-form, the name ‘Instrmnt’ has a creative edge, its derivation both minimalist and…

  • Behind the Design: Mariví Calvo

    Mariví Calvo (also known affectionately as BB) is a Spanish artist/designer and the co-founder and…

  • Behind the Design: Philippe Malouin

    Philippe Malouin, the Canadian-born and London-based designer extraordinaire, is a man who knows what he’s…

  • Behind the Design: Joe Doucet

    Described by ForbesLife as ‘a living blueprint for the 21st century designer,’ Joe Doucet is…

  • Behind the Design: Søren Rose

    Danish designer Søren Rose Kjær—known as Søren Rose—is a percipient entrepreneur, furniture and interior designer….

  • Behind the Design: Jonas Wagell

    For a small nation, Sweden is a big hitter in many arenas: music (Eurovision, ABBA),…

  • Behind the Design: Ola Giertz

    Swedish designer Ola Giertz is making strides in the competitive world of design. Graduating in…