MAPPING THE INDOORS

GoogleIndoorMap

Has Google Maps just revolutionized the wayfinding industry? Used primarily as an outdoor tool up until now, Google Maps has been instrumental in helping people visit new cities, drive through unfamiliar parts of town or find the nearest subway or train station. But it appears that’s about to change as Google has just announced that it’s Maps 6.0 version will … Continue reading

Brands with a higher purpose

Occupy movement

Let’s face it, most of us in the business world have been conditioned to worship the all-mighty dollar.  Now, perhaps not in such a literal way (although some actually do worship money…check out the movie Margin Call by Lionsgate), but we are taught that a successful business is driven by profit.  And so it goes, … Continue reading

CIVIC SYMBOLS FOR THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

Over the last couple of months, several cities across the United States participated in a series of collaborative design workshops with the aim of generating icons and symbols that visually convey concepts frequently needed in civic design that would communicate universally recognized concepts to the city inhabitants. Called Iconathons, the workshops were created through a … Continue reading

365 DAYS OF INSPIRATION

Julian Bialowas is an advocate of finding the positive in life. A photographer and graphic designer from Alberta, Canada, he has gained world-wide recognition for his 365Q project through social media avenues such as this blog. At the mere age of 20, and still a student himself, Bialowas took on the task of capturing a new … Continue reading

WHERE COFFEE SHOP MEETS CUBICLE

Coworking is a growing trend we’ve seen steadily increase over the last couple of years. Really, it’s changing the way many people do business, particularly now, with many scratching to make a living in a badly damaged economy. The basic idea behind coworking is collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability in the workplace. Coworking spaces … Continue reading

PROJECTS IN PICTURES

As designers one aspect of the project that’s most important, sometimes as much as the design concept itself, is capturing the project in perpetuity once it’s completed. This is incredibly important for us as a comprehensive design firm particularly with the range of services we offer. As is often said, “A picture says a thousand … Continue reading

THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE

Photo Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Hard to believe it’s been ten years already. A lot has happened in those ten years, not all of it do I remember. I do know, however, that America is a different place because … Continue reading

WATER WORLD

As a follow up to last week’s post about good design being born from a strong point of view, this week’s story does just that. The Water Cube, otherwise known as the Beijing National Aquatics Center was selected in an international architectural competition to house the swimming events during the 2008 Summer Olympics. The building’s … Continue reading

LOOKING GOOD

As designers and architects we concern ourselves with how our work looks. Does it look important? Will everyone (at least the cool people) like the way it looks? Will other designers be envious of how it looks? Why is the physical manifestation of what we create so important? Who created this barometer of beauty?  I … Continue reading

HAPPY HOUR IS 9 TO 5

Studies have been conducted on the effects of workplace environment on employee performance and productivity. Physical space matters and office design is vital to increasing productivity. It’s easier to be productive, creative and happy at work in a colorful, organic, and playful environment. The goal, and also the challenge, of any company today is to create a … Continue reading