27 March 2012

Ya Know What I Mean?

Lightly Sketched and Lightly Staged

Conveying sketch concepts during the design process is a great way to keep clients in the loop. But it can be easy to confuse or mislead them if you do not provide enough info even for a preliminary/ quick concept.

Minimal with Color Blocking
A lightly rendered image or quick sketch created on your computer can say "I'm not quite ready, but what do you think?"  

This one got a little furry

Graph Paper Action
Looking at the images without the pillows makes it easy to see that even though you are making a quick concept sketch, a little bit of staging goes a long way. Without pillows you wouldn't know what you were looking at? Is it a headboard? Or is it a laptop? 

14 March 2012

Recognize - Fred and Ginger

I was just pinteresting and noticed someone pinned a picture of this dazzling edifice designed by  Frank Gehry in collaboration with everybody's favorite Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić (I have his poster up in my room). Like many thoughtful Pinterest users they described it perfectly -  "some funky building..." Now you can all see why I am awake and 10pm writing  blog post about a dancing building -- it's not JUST because all of the cool kids are doing it. pfff

 Easter Island-ish

The Nationale-Nederlanden is more than just some funky building...

"Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous. Others have nicknamed it "Drunk House". (wikipedia.comhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_House)

Like the majority of Gehry's work there's a lot to appreciate within every square foot & from many vantage points.  And as you can see I really enjoyed getting the chance to go right up under poor Ginger's skirt to get the sense of line and movement -- TWIRLY!

I was trying to frame the style of the adjacent building withing the context of Gehry's -- it's quite the contrast

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06 March 2012

FUNctional Find: Oversized Kitchen Chalk Board

While visiting one of my amazing clients, I noticed she added what appeared to be a gigantic chalk board to her kitchen wall! I thought- "WHERE ON EARTH DID YOU FIND THAT!?!?"
She made it herself! Snap snap - be jealous, my clients are smarter and craftier than yours!

Why do I love this soo much?
More space to write = more reminders
- scheduling for individuals, and the whole family
- it even sorts the recycling from the refuse (instant approval)
- perfect location: central in the home & located in a frequent traffic area

How'd she make it? Read on...