Monday, March 11, 2013


So I got curious, and put design_ud into a wordcloud this is what it made. Interesting for me cause I just write, and apparently these are the things I write about...drawing/see/make/just. I laughed at the fact that "like" made it into the wordcloud to. Have you ever tried this?

Monday, March 4, 2013

Design Warm-up

The first key to writing is... to write, not to think! - William Forrester. I like to start my design thinking with drawing for the sake of drawing, it helps to open the flood gates of creativity. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

For Forms Sake

Some days you just want to make something, have some fun and just do it. This is a small foam sculpture I carved into. I also got a new camera so look out!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sometimes Design is Messy

Glad to see I am not the only one who makes a mess when designing...

From "Process", by Jennifer Hudson, Designer Maarten Baas

my room

Monday, February 11, 2013

living extreme

Preparing to make a mindmap on extreme living. Can't wait to see what this turns out!

Monday, January 28, 2013


Not going to lie I do not know how time just slips through my fingers, or how I feel like there's never enough moments to accomplish what I want. It's part procrastination, part perfection, part my need to be thorough. But two things have hit me to realize how much of a failure I am. First the class slacker went to the IDS (Interior Design Show) and I did not. When the person, who underachieves, puts in more effort to go to an extracurricular and you don't, it is a sign, a sign that I am doing something wrong. The second is the below photo. Really?!! My last post was October?!!! February is dawning and I haven't written a single thing. Yes this is a post about doing more posts, the irony is not lost on me. It is important that I do this because I treasure this space, this little corner of the internet I have labeled as mines, and it is important that I remember this culmination of failure.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

put the U in value

Typically society breeds off the value of ownership. Patents are based off of this. Watching shows like Dragon's Den, Shark's Tank, the word patent becomes a very powerful thing. Owning a patent means owning your creation, patents are proof you are the first out of the world to invent / develop / produce something original. Bah! EXCITING! (Yes I know those were not actually sentences) But we're living century number 21 and this inherent attitude is passe. I'm talking Open Source. It's not a new concept, and the proverbial saying of "two heads are better than one" comes to mind. When it comes to design, it's today's truth. Outsourcing, collaborations, the round table just a few methods of how single entity designers are a falsehood. The complexity of today's world hampers one person's ability to act alone. The problems of today's world involves extraordinary solutions that one perspective is inadequate. At my dream firm, IDEO, they are hired by exterior companies to design new innovations. There you will not find just "designers" but brand strategists, interaction designers, graphic designers, engineers. Honestly what do they do with all these people?! Everyone comes to the table from different backgrounds creating a huge design stew of potential. If you think about it, it's like multiplying possibilities. And while there is no correct solution to design, with more possibilities some of those solutions will rise, eventually producing creme de la creme of design.

But there is more against the wall of patents. The internet is opening the doors even wider. Remember Napster? The music industry has never been the same since. But let's skip over the boring history, we all lived through it, even you 90's babies. Today the internet gives bands a platform to produce and spread their music to people worldwide. No longer are you tied to what is on the radio, or the nearby pub. Bah! EXCITING! I admit my cheap Asian side is what caused me to download the Weeknd's album, but I will swear by them, and am a loyal fan now. I have a Soundcloud addiction, purely because it is the baby of internet/creativity/music/opensource.

So when all this defies the value of a patent, one questions where is the value? If ideas/albums/software/tv is available for free what does that actually leave us? Answer can be found in the analogy of the goose and the golden egg. Without being graphic, ideas are eggs, and I'm a goose. My value is not in the end result, but the potential for me to continually produce more. When making this blog, there is a bit of fear, if I publish something great on this internet, and someone not me reaps the benefit of my idea what am I left with? The fact is design is not a one off thing, my ability means that I have the potential to produce more.

(I know I've been heavy on the words lately, so with that I apologize and end with my current favorite song.)

You Da One REMIX (Produced by the ROCK-IT! SCIENTISTS)