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 […]
April 8, 2009

Does this look dirty?

No, not like it needs to be cleaned, dirty dirty. The image was shot from a moving cab on a rainy day, so there is a […]
April 10, 2009

From PAAS to Pysansky

I used to love coloring Easter eggs. Mixing the PAAS Easter egg dye with water and white vinegar, then slowly lowering a hard boiled egg into […]
April 10, 2009

On the Road -Cleveland, USA

Kevin and I went to Cleveland, OH for a Kenley Players reunion. For more on the event,  we’ll have to get Kevin to post, as he […]
April 11, 2009

A drawing a day, or so

I try to draw every day. As a designer, I think it is important to keep those hand and observation skills sharp. Most of my professional […]
April 14, 2009

Who is Oscar Niemeyer?

I remember learning abut Brasília in grade school. I didn't know what design was. I didn't know anything about architecture. I did know what I liked and I liked Brasília. I loved the buildings and the open spaces. I loved the shapes. I loved the modern, clean crisp view of an optimistic future. I loved the idea of an old country getting a fresh start by building a 20th century capitol. I love Washington DC. Always have. The Washington architecture -- not so much. I don't recall when I actually learned who Oscar Niemeyer is, but I do know that I flashed back when I learned he designed Brasília.
April 15, 2009

Pens, Pens, Pencils

We both love fine writing instruments. Fountain pens, pencils, ball point pens, roller balls, the works. And we love the Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City. Especially during their semi-annual Pen Expo. Great values and representatives of all the major manufacturers. While the expert staff has a huge knowledge base, the manufacturer reps bring another level of expertise.
April 23, 2009

Daily Inspiration

We look for inspiration every day. For a long time this was simply through The New York Times daily delivery, we added other newspapers, but have […]
April 28, 2009

The beauty of a crappy camera

I often love the results of an image created with a low resolution camera. It is all about happenstance, lighting and luck. Not at all the […]
April 29, 2009

KLAD Works – Shop Visit

  Today KLAD and assistant Matt went on a field trip to Gotham Scenic Studios to check on the progress of work. One set we are […]
May 1, 2009

National Portrait Gallery

In August, we visited Washington DC and amongst our stops was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery. It was our first visit (well ever) since […]
May 4, 2009

Lighting is everything

I every set we design, we try to add lights and give lighting designers mouldings and crevices and details to work with adding interest. I always […]
May 6, 2009

Cheap cameras and neon signs 2

This was definitely taken with the Palm camera attachment. Somewhere in the West Village. Great inspiration for a film location or the age old reminder to always […]