Thursday, October 27, 2011


When I thought of the thumbnails for the signage I thought of what factors would play in. I thought instantly about the patterns of the couches. I thought it would be interesting for the signage to relate to the couches rather than to oppose.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


My favorite space is located on 9 corners lake in upstate new york. Growing up in upstate new your makes me appreciate the little things in like. SUch as, a secluded lake on the top of a mountain where there is not cell phone service, cable, wireless internet, power, or even any boats besides the ones you move your self. I love the simplicity and pureness of it.

Friday, April 29, 2011

US 3 | Explorations

In the late 1800’s America, was trying to make a name for itself. We began associating our self with the word modern. Designers, such as, Mckim mead and White and Louis Sullivan began toying with ideas like heightening the skyline decorative exteriors, and masonry. The use of straight lines and bold colors began to be a trend during this time.

One of the most acclaimed designers during this time was Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright began to make a bold statement in his architecture by using dramatic lines. A lot of his designs had Scandinavian influences. The world fair was a away for different countries to showcase their latest designs and ideas. Before the world fair the appearance of different countries was not as relevant in the design world because people did not travel as often. The world fair brought the ideas of multiple countries to one place at one time. The idea of straight lines and bold colors was a common idea in Scandinavian design. Wright took advantage of these. You can see it greatly in his most famous design, Fallingwater. Fallingwater water was built on a side of a mountain right above a river. The idea of the house being built into the landscape is an understatement. The house is built around the side of the mountain. For example, a rock that is on the side of the mountain is used as a piece of the floor instead of being removed.  The use of iron and glass in the house shows the influence from the world fair. Fallingwater resembles the crystal palace that was built entirely our of steel and glass. Wright not only made a bold statement in his architecture but also in his private life. America is famous for the deceit and affairs within the corporate world. Wright was no stranger to these things as well.

At the same time the art deco movement was going on around the world. The art deco did not really spark from anything, but was more design without precedent. The many names for this Art Deco period show the relevance of it throughout the world. The Art Deco world strayed away from the bone like structure with just glass and steel. The Art Deco added the skin to architecture. They also liked the appearance of curvilinear shapes, not rectilinear. The designers liked fluidity and connectivity. In Antonio Guadi’s design of Casa Mila, he demonstrated the use of curves very well. The out side of the building looks as if it is a layer of skin draped on top of a steel skeleton structure.

From there we transition back into straight lines and glass. Designers also began to use the height of the sky to their advantage. The realized that with the technology that they had they were able to create large buildings in a small amount of space. For example, The Seagram building in New York City stacks glass boxes on top of each other. They begin larger on the top and start to get smaller on the top. These buildings also use the ideas from the Grecians of the porch court and hearth. The outside of the building is the area in which the guests enter and are received. They are then welcomed into the court, which is usually the reception area of the building, which they are then directed into the hearth of the building. The hearth of the building would be the private office areas towards the top of the building.

Now that the American public is more concerned about their wealth and outward appearance, homemakers begin to design their homes. This is the birth of interior decorating. It begins as hobby but then turns into a profession. The media highly influences design at this time because the socialites within the city begin to showcase their work in popular magazines and newspapers that are see throughout the United States. Media also begins to show off different architecture that is now seen throughout the country. The problem with media so highly influencing design is that sometimes it is not translated correctly. This begins somewhat of a design flurry throughout the world with different design languages mashed together. Media turns into the modern version of world fairs. Due to technology it becomes easier to share different designs.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Scandinavian design has a legacy that is somewhat overlooked. Many designers think that they are designing things that are "modern" because they are using straight lines and mute colors, but really we get that influence from Scandinavia. There legacy is throughout the world but often times designers credit themselves and our decade for being to modern when in reality we are being highly influenced from the past.

Eames Legacy

Today in class we discussed the importance of having an education in design and how that relates to the legacy of the Eames versus the legacy of HGTV. I think that it is possible for an individual to be a great designer while not having an education, but I also think that having a degree in design has more benefits. The design that one sees on HGTV is usually done on a time limit, therefore there is not a lot of thought put into it. I think that one thing that school helps you do is have a thought process to it. It helps by not going by your first instinct or something that you like, but something that is functional and will last. The design that is on HGTV is also very mundane. It is something that looks good, but you have seen it a million times. Being in school it teaches you how to push the boundaries on things and develop a concept. It also gives you the skills to be able to develop and create your idea before you actually execute it. It teaches you the skills to be able to render and draft your ideas out and see if they will work or not

Something that the Eames portray well is the sense of concept and belief. They are able to execute their designs well. Even today their furniture is able to be used and fit in perfectly because they were trying to do something that was different than what has been done. They made them with good craft so that they would last as well.

RR13 | the preservation movement.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


good design for all. 
the dyson ball vacuum is good design because it is very pleasing to the eye. it is also very functional because in its design because it easy to use. before you even see how well it works you are drawn to the machine.