September 8, 2016
The Other F Word

The Other F Word. Stream It Now!

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend one of last week’s screenings, or it you haven’t streamed The Other F Word yet, stream it now. If you […]
August 10, 2016

NYMF Award Design

For the 2016 season, NYMF (The New York Musical Festival) Board Member Hugh Hayes commissioned us to work with him, Executive Director & Producer Dan Markley, and Director of […]
August 8, 2016

Habitat ’67 revisited

Just last week we wrote about Expo ’67 and one of the featured works there: Habitat ’67. Canada is on the minds of many this summer, […]
August 4, 2016

Why are there no proper Tiki Bars on the Jersey Shore?

Sure there are lots of so called Tiki Bars, but they all seem to be Tiki in name only. The original Don The Beachcomber places were the real […]
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 27, 2016

The Watergate is back and it’s all good

Although now mainly known for its name in biggest political scandal in US history (as well as any that have followed), The Watergate Hotel is looking to remake […]
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 18, 2016

NYMF Rides Again!

It’s the official opening day/night of NYMF! Loyal readers know that we have been active supporters of NYMF for a long time. The annual festival of […]
July 15, 2016

Why can’t we have nice things?

Because we tear the nice things down. We are building huggers. We discuss here and in real life, the importance of Historic Preservation and adaptive reuse […]
July 13, 2016

Have you ever wondered what a Foley Artist does?

The fine folks at F-Stoppers posted this video by Feast Films about Foley Artists. So, yo begin, a Foley Artist is someone who works in film […]
August 10, 2012

The Black Eggs Project

Nature + Technology + Art = Amazing levitating Buddha I am in awe of all the wonderfulness in the world. From Inhabitant: Situated in a 6,000-square-foot […]
April 17, 2012

Kitchen Design is always Set Design, but this one, or these, especially…

Well, of course, every kitchen is a set, and every kitchen requires great lighting, ideally real and artificial. In this case, just artificial. Like most all […]
March 28, 2012

Vectorworks Creative Minds Monthly Design Competition

Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced their Creative Minds competition that challenges designers, including and especially set designers and lighting designers, to explore multiple options for documenting and […]
February 17, 2012

Art Director’s Notebook: Playful Lighting

They are all over ebay, at flea markets and garage sales – toys! Sometimes dented, chipped, die cast metal cars missing wheels or windshields, robots that […]
July 29, 2011

Indoor Gardening

Even though it is 110 in the Shade here right now. And, it seems, generally across the dust bowl of middle America. It is time to […]
June 30, 2011

Set Design Notebook: Hues, Tones, & Textures

A contemporary wall treatment created by artfully combining a furniture maker’s wood scraps. By Anne-Sophie Poirier for the Slowpoke Cafe, Melbourne Australia. I think this wall […]
March 24, 2011

Bicycles and trains, oh my…

COBE Architects (careful theirs is a nasty flash-based website design) recently won an architectural competition with a sexy and bike-friendly new design for the redesign of […]
March 21, 2011

When is a ruin not a ruin?

Green is good. In fact, green may be the new black, but this green looks old. Populous announced this week that its master plan for the […]
January 6, 2011

From The Art Director’s File: Cool Set Dressing

I’m always on the look out for set dressing that will, someday, speak to a character or scene. I have files full of all kinds of […]
December 1, 2010

Preservation and Adaptive Reuse by Design

If you’re a fan of the Kevin Lee Allen Design page on Facebook – and we hope you are – you may have seen a link […]
July 20, 2010

Fascinating Re-Design and Re-Purposing

Interesting post at Inhabitant today about a German company re-fitting cigarette machines to dispense books. For less than the cost of a package of smokes. Pretty […]
July 12, 2010

Can KLAD use Inflatable Icebergs in Set Design?

Woods Bagot, a worldwide architectural firm  has designed an interesting solution to the recession stalled, partially finished construction projects that dot the Manhattan landscape.  This caught […]