Rolf A. Faste Foundation for Design Creativity

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Design Library and Archive

The Faste design library and archive is open to visitors with advance appointments. We are a non-circulating library, so all materials must be consulted on site.

Welcome to the Faste design library and archive, which includes over 100 boxes of Rolf’s drawings and notes, a library of several thousand books on design, art, and education, and an impressive collection of resources for design education. Let us know how we can help: our goal is to support creative research and scholarship that advances design.

In addition to our physical collection, we are also digitizing and uploading the most relevant of Rolf’s writings and other educational materials to our resources page. If you are looking for something in particular that you can’t find, please send us an email or schedule a visit.

A few items from the archive are shown below:

A mind map by Rolf from the 1990’s. We have hundreds of larger maps and drawings in our files.

“The Development of a Visual Extension to Synectics Theory,” Rolf’s 1971 Masters Thesis.

“New System Propels Design for the Handicapped,” Industrial Design Magazine, Oct. 1979.

Rolf Faste, “Kite Basics,” unpublished educational handout, undated, circa 1980.

We should also note that Rolf was an avid collector of boats, toys, masks, quilts, Japanese items, and books on design. We are working to catalogue and curate this collection to enable community access.

Several fully functional model yachts from the Faste family collection. Rolf used them as examples in his courses on Aesthetics of Machinery and Computer-Aided Design of Model Yachts.
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Click here for a complete list of Rolf’s publications.

Design education resources.

The Creativity Kernel.

Faste Foundation
P.O. Box 60095
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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