"Understanding that color creates not just an impression but an emotional connection is important".
We all know that color can change the way that we use, act, and transition through a space. Laura Guido-Clark is a designer who dedicated her life into finding the potential in everything- including the power of color.
Laura thinks that color is transformational in that it has the potential to encourage change. Some designers are shy to use color because of the different ways that color can be perceived. Laura states that she never had trouble with color because she saw it as an opportunity to convey a sense of connection to her users.
To read more about Laura's thoughts and advice, click below.
"Whenever I work on a personal project, I also want to experiment with some new techniques. Because the time was limited (one full day and two evenings), it had to be a straightforward process. If not, it would have ended up on the dusty pile of the “unfinished-but‐could‐be‐great‐if‐I-have‐the‐time” projects like we all have on our hard drives". (Langeveld, 2017)
For some, rendering is more than an image shown to a client to help them perceive a design. Joel is a 3D artist who explores design through digital rendering/computational work. His ability to render opened up his mind and changed the way that he viewed his designs.
Digital rendering takes time, practice, and patience. Rendering begins as the designer decides on spacial elements, apertures, enclosures, and transitional elements to include in their 3D program. From there, the designer might add furniture, lighting, materials, installations, electrical work and so on. What sets this 3D designer apart is his ability to add layers and layers of detail. The final stages spent in Photoshop can change the mood and emotion within the image.
Take a look at the article attached to view the process that Joel Langeveld reveals.
"Print the Future is about more than just furniture; it’s about innovation, and making ideas on demand a reality by moving the needle in the 3D printing space, the possibilities being endless,”
3D printing has technically been around since 1984, but the availability of the service has been only recent to outside users. This company, Print the Future, intends to establish itself as synonymous with the 3D printing world as the turn into the future of technology evolves.
With the use of compatible programs, any user has the ability to print their designs. Designs can range from any size up to a 5x5ft boundary. Eventually, the company intends to spread around the world and make 3D printing an accessible service. Users will have the opportunity to choose a piece of furniture, (or design their own), and watch it be printed before their eyes. The printing process has been revolutionized to only take 24 hours or less for each piece of furniture.
What are your thoughts on the growth of 3D printing availability?
"Connection, collaboration, and contribution are the core elements of our strategy, and our space needs to support that".
Now more than ever, the collaborative work space is being encouraged and established within the interior environment. While there are many benefits that the collaborative world can bring, a group of researchers has questioned the trend. They believe that each employee is a crucial part of the brand of a company. While collaborative areas can be effective within some working communities, it may not need to be integrated in others.
The research group began to compare different generations and their work styles, attempting to understand their differences. Through their research, they determined that the work place is not a reflection of the age of its employees, but rather the brand. Because employees reflect the brand, it is important to engage them to understand what type of office environment needs to be established.
"Soft chairs might be trendy, but if they’re not connected to purpose and passion, nobody uses them".
"We designed these rooms so that they are easy to build and readily accessible for communities that lack collective services and cultural facilities. They can be used for anything from hosting informal group dance or singing lessons to serving as a platform for neighborhood assemblies".
When a quick response was needed, these designers look the challenge.
Located throughout Mexico, these concrete cubes serve a bigger purpose than it may seem. These structures are designed for a community in need of a social space to gather, read, learn, and engage with one another.
At the base of the structure, the open space allows users to gather and relate through various activities. The small amount of enclosure provides a space for the community to link together. The space above provides reading rooms for the public that shelter the users and allows them to retreat. Some facilities have multiple levels, and some are equipped with bathrooms and computer facilities.
These simple structures are providing a huge impact through intentional design, what are your thoughts?
"All aspects of our daily life are gradually becoming connected to the Internet. From the strength of their coffee to the color of their toast, everything is controlled via a simple phone app".
Amongst the trends for 2017, technology within the home is one of the most interesting.
Normal technology in the home can include television, computers, cell phones, etc. What is interesting about the new wave of Bluetooth enabled home appliances is that they are meant to interact with the user at any moment. They are becoming a central part of the home where the user can order their groceries, send a text from 10 feet away, and even hook up to other technology in the home.
Users can open their garage doors, start their car, and order anything online by simply speaking to the appliance.
The future is here, what are your thoughts?
"The project’s goal is to bring this developing stretch of the Mission Bay neighborhood into step with the successful, human-scaled urban environments for which San Francisco is so famous".
One of the contributing design ideas to bring the buildings to life was the "inside-out" concept. The goal was to expose the Interior environment to the public on the street. This creates a connection between architecture and environment that mends the gap.
The design for this office is a reflection of the type of work done inside. The office is collaborative and creative, striving for new ways to design and create daily. The mixed environment including lounge spaces, collaborative hubs, and engaging walkways that hang over the city, creates a diverse work place within the Urban environment.
This young concept of Urban collaborative offices is creating the need for research and design. How can we make the work place better geared towards our personal needs?
Vibrant Green Tones:
One of the biggest issues in modern corporate offices is that too many companies have a simplified contract with their employees:
We pay you; you show up.
The issue arises when one party is looking for more from the other, leading to conflict in interest and a defunctioning office place.
The new wave of office design is moving toward a more integrated contract, one that fulfills the needs of the employer as well as
the employee. Although 100% satisfaction cannot always be achieved, it is important that workers are able to express their needs.
In return, an employer has every right to list any qualification that it takes to maintain a job position.
Instead of paying an employee to show up and do what they are told, pay them to show up with a full understanding of what is
being asked of them. Business expert Jannet Prim states that, "Understanding what matters to an employee beyond remuneration
allows for more meaningful engagement" (Prim, 2016).
What are your thoughts?
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