Design Everything

Design Everything is a Flicker account of Gary Morga. Includes examples of a wider range of his design work, thinking and methodology not previously shown.

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Postdogma and Superconsciousness

Postdogma & Superconsciousness ” ID=”6697″ order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Detritus 1 -3, March 2016 Background: From my early years this life didn't reasonate with me.  I walked a complex path between conformity, rebellion and withdrawal,  I didn't like the messages  from my enviroment and I didn't want to use them or be associated with them.  I was pleasing but not becoming.  Eventually, I developed a […]


Arizona Aztec, Arizuma, Silver Bearing — Indian, O'odna, Small Spring — Basque Haritz-ona, good oak. There were the humans, the Hopi, Tohono, Pima and other tribes and there was the land, trees, sky and the sun. Then the Jesuits came, then the army, then the West. Here's the sketch in Gouache on A2 cartrige paper. If I wasn't so lazy I'd paint it on to […]

Aphrodite Hero

Postmodern Design Aphrodite Hero To switch the light at the bottom on /off grab the pole and push down. The light at the top remains on constantly while connected to the mains. LED + compact fluorescent lamps. Height 1m 95. I was looking for my Goddess and realised she was in me all the time. She […]

Sustainability, The Goddess & Design

Sustainability: The Goddess and Design LeCorbusier, The Modulor updated, the feminine atoned. The narcissistic split from the self and the brutal heroic attitude at large particularly in the west must subside for the forces of healing to be release. We have split from our internal nature separating from our anima and repressed the feminine and […]

Memphis Milano



Memphis Milano undoubtedly drew inspiration form Art Deco, Pop Art and 50's Kitsch. But there was so much more to the Memphis Group than this. They demonstrated an awareness of the predominance of male-ness that dominates design, film and popular culture and of a femininity that was a fluffy pink sideline. The black box design referred to in Wikipedia was a symptom of this and a sign of how detached we had become form our primal naturalness and of a gender division. 


Attention was brought to this through both overt and non-erect symbols of masculinity (Ettore Sottsass, "Treetops" 1981, right) and 'dangerous' feminine iconography (Sottsass, "Sol" fruit dish, #Memphis 1982, left). 

Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milano        Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group


Other facets of Memphis Milano and fundamental to design is about people, human beings and involves two basics of design. One is concerned with the primal, trans-cultural activity of mark making. The other is how the mark and its message is communicated to those people who are the intended recipients of the marks. Sottass's concern for our essential human essence in design and his recognition of our detachment from it is evident in the article, 'When I Was a Very Small Boy',

Developments in literary criticism brought about by Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in General Linguistics and published posthumously in 1916 by his former students. His theories had a monumental impact on the social sciences of the 20th-century. Saussure is widely credited as being the father of modern linguistics, semiotics and more pointedly Structuralism. 

During this epoch ground breaking work by the structural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss was published throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s and whose master project extended in to the second half of the 1960s was also well known. It is not too presumptuous to assume that as a writer and intellectual Barbara Radice would know of these developments in literary criticism, her field of professionalism.

Another presumption of small magnitude I suggest is that as an artist and designer concerned with mark-making Ettore Sottsass would be knowledgeable of the teachings at the Bauhaus 1919-1933. In particular the publications by prominent teachers there who sought to codify colour, line and form. The influence of the Bauhaus on 20th century art, design and architecture can not be underestimated.

We now have from the art and design establishment a lexicon of marks. From structural linguistics a methodology with which to encode the marks and from structural anthropology a theory of our common human and primal essence. It was a synthesis of these great 20th century advances in thought that enabled the precipitation of a new visual language.

The tenet is that objects can be encoded with signs integrated in to the design of an artefact that use language as a model producing culturally significant objects. Similar to ("Malabar" 1982, Ettore Sottsass, below left) and anthropological ("Carlton", 1981 Ettore Sottsass, below right).

Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Design        Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Milan


As with all languages to articulate meaning structure and context is all important, syntagmatic solidarities. To pluck a unit of meaning from its context and to locate it elsewhere out of context and without meaning may have a sensational originality but was often used by the masses with meaningless ignorance. Without history or depth it can only bask in the shallows of consciousness where its evaporation is assured. This was the sufferance that was to follow Memphis.



Sofa, Memphis Milano, Memphis Milano Group, Gary Morga



Structural Linguistics was cutting edge design thinking in the 80's + 90's and required study. It produces linguistically literate and culturally significant articles (sofa above) that are very easy to confuse with 'Postmodernism in design' but, are fundamentally different. A few early Memphis pieces hinted towards this though were more embracing of a zeitgeist. Ettore Sottsass understood that design is cultural and demonstrated this by his use of materials, forms, construction for their symbolic value in his designs.

I ran workshops on The Symbolic Significance of Colour, Line & Form in Design at Colleges and Universities in the UK for some years. Above is a seat that was the result at the end of one such workshop. 

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A step by step guide to authentic postmodern design methodology; The Symbolic Significance of Colour, Line & Form.



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