I create each of my glass pieces and metalwork by hand in my studio in Orange County, California.

I design custom homes by day, and love to discuss all aspects of design.


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Friday
May252012

Movement and Behavior

When I was in school studying to get my Masters in Architecture, one of my favorite classes (aside from the design studio, of course) was Behavioral Factors in Architecture. The psychology of how people use space is fascinating, and I think understanding wayfinding and how people move through space is critical to being a good designer of space and structure instead of merely a sculptor. When I design a house, I think carefully about how people use different areas, and visualize how it would feel to be in that space. I think it is definitely a critical part that makes me a good designer.

So this Smithsonian.com article linked by @rena_tom immediately caught my eye. Not only are the movement drawings interesting to look at without any background information, student Andrew Oriani maps out the path of travel and stopping points with 3 different museum spaces. It's fascinating to see that different types of exhibits produce different movement patterns, not to mention differences between male and female viewers. 

One take-away note: I'm not the only museum-goer that doesn't linger long at the exhibits!

Tuesday
May222012

Stitch Labs Ultimate Guide to Selling on Fab.com

Willo over at Stitch has put together an amazing guide to selling on Fab.com, and I'm included!!! If you're interested in selling your own work on Fab, curious about the process, or just want to know how Stitch can help keep track of your inventory, invoicing and expenses, be sure to check out the article at Stitch Labs Blog.

I keep track of all my inventory in Stitch, even using my own workaround to keep track of components for my jewelry pieces. Having all that in one place and seamlessly rolling that into orders that track payments and shipping info makes it all so much easier. Big thanks to Stitch and Willo for all their support!

Monday
May212012

Inspired by: Pattern and Color

Flipping through my RSS feeds on Reeder (which grows in size by leaps and bounds when I have a busy weekend,) I came upon a beautiful set of images on Design Milk. They show some gorgeous pattern-making and object showcasing by Christopher Marley. I was especially struck by some of his work with beetles, creating patterns with their range of colors. 

I love patterns created with actual objects, where you can at once enjoy the oject itself as well as a greater whole, and the play of color-work here is quite lovely. Be sure to click the link to enjoy some more photos of Marley's work. You can also check out his site here.

Friday
May182012

Twitter Roundup: May 18

Here are a number of interesting items and articles I found since my last roundup. Enjoy!

 

Products and Images:

Fingerling Potatoes w/ Bacon: Darn, these look yummy. And of course bacon always makes it better. Via @SAVEURMAG

Avocado Hair Mask: I have a hard time with avocados, even though I know they're great for you, but maybe I wouldn't mind it on my hair! Via @dellieCA

Chart-creating font: Don't know how much I would use this, but it looks fun to play with. Via @makingitlovely

Pi to 4 million decimal places: I have always been drawn to math and numbers, especially Pi, and combining them with graphics, even better. Via @FastCoDesign

Ball Claw: I'm currently struggling with random sports equipment in the garage. This seems like a great way to clear the clutter! Via @TMNinja

Sparkle and Spin by Ann and Paul Rand: Love the graphics, and like the idea of presenting children with well-designed picture books. Via @brainpickings

Moleskine pencil: I'm a sucker for office supplies, and Moleskine does them so very well. Not sure I can supplant my Kuru Toga mechanical pencil, but these look sexy. Via @davidcaolo

Articles and Books:

Market Yourself: Think I'll be picking this one up to peruse in the near future. Via @rena_tom

Is it a Hell Yeah?: How to decide if you should take on that new project. Via @s5

Blogging tips: For new bloggers as well at veterans. Via @TMNinja

Thursday
May172012

PnS Post : Breakfast Area

Pop on over to papernstitch to take a look at my thoughts and images regarding casual dining in the kitchen area, traditionally known as the breakfast nook.