Design Basics

April 6, 2017

Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers in NYC

The Production Designers Collective is hosting Building Relationships: A one-day Seminar for Production Designers on Saturday, April 22nd, 11am-5pm at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of NYC located […]
April 5, 2017

Vectorworks 2018, I can almost taste it!

Vectorworks 2018 is coming, we knew that, but now we can see into he future. Of course, that’s just because our many fine friends at Vectorworks have decided […]
February 13, 2017

Zoom Zoom Design

Public transportation structures should employ Zoom Zoom Design. They should also create a sense of drama, excitement and motion. This design does all of that. The London-based […]
February 1, 2017

The dark side of Budweiser

Our work for Budweiser and their brands is has always been very upbeat. For this year’s super bowl, the iconic brand is going to the dark side to […]
January 26, 2017

A Better Restaurant Design

So this post is about a better restaurant design than this one was, These designers clearly had a concept and a post of view. We might, and […]
January 24, 2017

When a Design Concept goes South

We strongly promote the need for a Design Concept, especially when expressed as a metaphor. This is certainly true in entertainment, but it’s generally true in all […]
January 19, 2017

The Garden of Allah

We’re currently reading a delightful series of semi-historical novels by Martin Turnbull that take place in and around The Garden of Allah Hotel in old Hollywood. […]
January 10, 2017

A Niemeyer Rides Again!

Loyal readers know that we’re huge fans of Brazilian Architect and Design Oscar Niemeyer. So, obviously, we were thrilled to read that his iconic Hotel Nacional will […]
January 6, 2017

Design for Comedy

Design for Comedy that features a music legend. For the past few weeks and months, we’ve been collaborating on a television series that will feature comedic […]
January 4, 2017

Design requires Iterations

Every design evolves. Evolution requires Iteration. Even a brilliant idea doesn’t go immediately from the head to the hand to a physical reality. Some ideas create […]
December 24, 2016

Noon Eastern Time Christmas Day – Don’t Touch That Dial!

Well, if your channel isn’t set to WCBS-TV New York’s Channel 2, then by all means get up and flip the dial, grab the clicker, or […]
September 16, 2016

Vectorworks 2017

Vectorworks 2017 was released on Wednesday and it is already being hailed from far and wide and the best new release of the powerfu; design software […]
September 16, 2016

Vectorworks 2017

Vectorworks 2017 was released on Wednesday and it is already being hailed from far and wide and the best new release of the powerfu; design software […]
August 1, 2016

Olympic Architecture and Design

Well, it is that time again/ Time for Olympic Architecture and Design. This could provide subject matter for the whole month. So much bad. Here’s a dose […]
July 25, 2016

Last Call for Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow

My webinar Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow will be broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July at 2PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Register now whether you can attend then […]
July 22, 2016

Oh, Canada!

We’re sure many Americans are thinking of Canada. We are, and do often, and especially often of Expo ’67 the modernist World’s Fair held, well, in […]
July 20, 2016

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling, it’s what we do, and we do so many things, but in the end all those things are Visual Storytelling. This particular post is about […]
July 1, 2016

Lorem Ipsum What?

Or Lorem Ipsum Who? Not quite real Latin but not quite total gibberish either, Lorem ipsum is the dummy text you seen in almost any sample […]
May 3, 2016

When Architects Discover what Stage Managers have Known All Along

For a millennia, or as long as I’ve known anyway, stage managers and designers have taped or chalked out ground plans on the rehearsal room floor. This […]
April 20, 2016

Always put the Sexy in the Design

Especially in the things you touch.They got to have the sexy design. As Oscar Niemeyer said; form follows feminine. Olivari in collaboration with MAD Architects have […]
April 15, 2016
Bad Proportions

It’s Big Design, but is it Good Design?

Blaze-Makoid Architecture, whose Flash driven website does not warrant a link, designed this wood and stone house that overlooks the New York coastline. It has a […]
April 13, 2016
design with proper context

Context in design is critical

This could be any neighborhood of any kind, but when designing a renovation or a new building, context in design is critical to the success of […]
February 11, 2016

Downtown Design

Downtowns were designed to be destinations, they evolved to be destinations. Downtowns have always been magical. Downtowns have been the soul of our communities, and then […]
December 22, 2015

They Broke KLAD’s First Rule of Graphic Design

Welcome to the silliest and most sloppily arranged piece of design to hit a multi-million dollar, overproduced, international beauty pageant to date. This is like showing up in flip-flops to the Oscars. And with months in the making, and thousands of hours worth of prep time, how did this part get overlooked?