Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Always Consider the Light - Blog Assignment 004

Last Friday we met with Scott Richardson and one main point he made was making it easier on older eyes, eyes with visual impairments, and even young eyes with great vision by decreasing glare. He suggested we do this by decreasing the difference in inside light and outside light while entering the space by creating a transition that allows the eyes to adjust to different light. We discussed the harsh, hospital-like florescent lighting that is currently in the space and he advised us to look at different kinds of florescent lighting that isn't so harsh. When Scott saw our hexagonal graphic, we discussed back lighting with him as a way to highlight the shapes as well as creating interesting shadows to continue patterns on the floor, walls, and ceiling. After talking about this idea i started to think about how we could use the pattern as lighting to draw attention to certain areas and to help guide people around the building. Our exterior triangular overhang could be a good opportunity to diffuse light using a translucent material to better transition from natural lighting to artificial lighting. 

Friday, October 14, 2011


I find this light shade amazing because its made of thousands of homemade fortune tellers formed around a plastic lamp shade. This lamp is made by Zipper8Lighting and they have any of products just like this. This lamp shade inspires me to be more innovative when it comes to design since something as simple as folded paper can make such a statement in a space. 

Things with paper

When i was little i remember sitting for hours at a time and making things out of paper still to this day i enjoy it. So you can imagine my excitement when i found this paper design. Needless to say im in the process of making it  to put on a wall in our living room at my house.  

From indiefixx.com

The Elements and Principles of Design & The IOB - 4

Principles: Rhythm. Balance. Emphasis. Unity. Proportion. Elements: Line. Color. Shape. Texture. Form. Space.

In the design of the IOB it is very important to consider the elements and principles of design and how that affects the space. The IOB is very unique since we need to consider the visually impaired in the design so LINE, COLOR, SHAPE, TEXTURE, FORM, and SPACE become a main focus in our design. At this point we are more focused on the TEXTURE of things in the space drawing from our inspiration of brial and the abstraction of that to form a system using hexagonal patterns in the space. This hexagonal form translates into the RHYTHM of the space and the UNITY in the design in the building and making the design of the spaces have BALANCE of design elements like TEXTURE and COLOR in the factory and entrances.  When considering COLOR we decided to use a warm color pallet to make the spaces feel more comfortable and less cold and sterile as it is now.