Flux: Vol 1 is a mock editorial focusing on architecture and print design through the theme of modernity. This issue offers a comprehensive view of Eastern and Western approaches to functional design. It features "The Crystal Goblet" by Beatrice Warde, with excerpts from "Living Design" by C. Thomas Mitchell and Jiangmei Wu.
Through pairing C. Mitchell’s "Living Design" and Beatrice Warde’s "The Crystal Goblet", I want to offer readers a comprehensive view of Eastern and Western approaches to functional design. In "Living Design", Mitchell critiques the isolation of the public from modern and post-modern architecture, as they have become elevated to the status of art objects. They no longer address the context in which they are situated, and as a result, become meaningless and “dead”. He offers an Eastern approach to “living” design, based on Daoist philosophy and principles of Feng Shui. Similarly, Warde argues for the functionality of type over its appearance. She strongly believes that type will never be fine art, as long as people still understand the English language.