Thursday, April 29, 2010

Designing Happiness:

Our next challenge for 2nd year studio is to spend sometime thinking about design happiness. Naturally some of the first things that come to mind are Patrick’s lectures on “commodity, firmness, and delight” as well as F. L. Wrights more famous design Fallingwater. To further my attempts in trying to decide what true design happiness is I decided to make a list of all the things that make me happy (whether those thoughts refer directly to design or not). The list is as follows…

“Liberty of London” for Target …Guess by Marciano…Yellow Diamonds…Wireless connection…Spell Check …High heals…Cloths from my grandmother’s closet…Learning new languages…Trips to new places…Outside…Grass…Trees…Nautical things…Roller coasters …Kindness…Puppies…Bunnies…Gowns …Persian influenced design…Arts and crafts style…Alice in wonderland…Fluffy mattresses…Hidden messages…Green …Tea…Coffee…Chocolate…Treasure…Gardens…White Russians!...Cinderella…Pinup girls…Virgo…Pillows…Natural things…Shoes <3…The word “cellar door” and yes, that’s from Donny Darko…Sparkles… I like things I can’t understand or wrap my mind around… flats… popsicles… flowers… horoscopes… cookies… boats and snow boards… buttons… lace… BIG HAIR… the beach… crab legs… clams… gnocchi… Banana Republic… Playing dress up… wine!! Polka dots…. Ice cream… friends… the 1930’s movie “Top Hat”… the color combination red, black, white… Hypnosis… horoscopes… sandals…. Shiny things… swimming… climbing trees…. Hiking…

India: Day 3

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Logo Design

She Be Surfin' influence...

Frasier influence...

Cinderella influence...

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Classmates Strengths as a Designer

"Genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration." -Thomas Edison

This image "Paper Sculpture: folded architecture detail" was taken from flicker "polyscene's photo stream."

Wesley has a way of thinking differently then I do; this is one of the many reasons why I respect her. There are times when she will hit a road block in her work or designs but she will never gives up until a final result is reached. When it comes to building models she likes for all the parts to be connected to one another through joinery. If someone were to take apart one of her models most likely they would be able to see that it is made of one solid material with many different folds and cuts. I don’t know how her brain works this way! I have been diagnosed with dyslexia so naturally one would think that I do everything backwards or even see things in ways that others would not… and usually that is the case. However, Wesley has this wonderful talent of creatively piecing different parts of one solid material together in a way that my brain simply can not figure out.

My Strengths as a Designer

"I have as many thoughts in my head as there are birds in the sky" - C. S. Anderson

This image "the Dawn of Hope" was taken from flicker "AzRedHeadedBrat's photostream.

I feel that I was truly blessed with the gift of “quick ideas/ solutions.” What I mean to say is this, ever time a problem arises or a new assignment is given, I immediately have several ideas running through my head. Now granted, not all the ideas are great or nesisaraly the right option for the existing problem. But I know that this gift is great for a designer because it enables them to quickly jot down all the thoughts and ideas that come to mind in their design journal. This quick thinking also allows me to have more than one idea or solution; therefore, I usually have more time than others too look back and reevaluate my work. Also, I am more prone to looking back at my beginning thoughts and ideas throughout the entirety of the design process.

Unity Village: Phase 3: User Needs

Unity Village: Phase 3: Programing document

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Unity Village: Phase 3: Collection of Standards

According to NKAB's website: To make the task of meeting building code requirements easier, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) publishes a list of standard building code requirements. Helping homeowners design and build safe, accessible rooms. Some of the basic requirements are:

  • Toilet enclosures – bathroom stall enclosures must have at least 36” X 66” of space
  • Toilets – center at least 15” from walls and tubs; 21” clearance in front.
  • Faucets –for bathroom shower and combination tub/showers must include anti-scald devices
  • Bathroom Light fixture – at least one that is permanent, controlled by a wall switch
  • Wall switch – at least 60” from tub and showers
  • Waste and drain lines – must slope ¼” per foot toward the main DWV stack; to aid flow and prevent blockage
  • All receptacles must be GFCI-protected
For the 31 kitchen design rules please visit...

Unity Village: Phase 3: Karen's Room

I would like to inlay shadow boxes into different parts of her room and the living quarters that will display her instruments.

Seeing as Karen is our musical girl, I'm thinking of implementing different lighting throughout the space that will change in color and intensity when different notes are hit.

I also intend on using sound barriers in her room so that Sara and other residents will not be disturbed when Karen feels the need to practice.