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Environments as Storytelling


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When we were little, my brothers and I would play this game where we would hold a wall mirror tile about chest high, and navigate the house solely by the reflection of the ceiling. There was something fun about the slight disorientation and the shift in our perspective — it felt like we were walking on the moon.

That may have been the start of my fascination with physical environments. Or, maybe it was when I encountered my first Richard Serra sculpture — the rigid, looming enormity of those rusted steel walls and the flowing psychological push / pull imposed upon me as I transited the form. I do know that with that experience came the realization of the subtle power that our surroundings have on us.

Lately, I’ve become more heavily invested in the study (and have begun dabbling in the design) of physical spaces as storytelling. I’m intensely curious about how this plays out in the workplace, specifically how environmental experience shapes internal cultural behavior and, in turn, a company’s brand.

In addition to reading reams on the subject, I find great inspiration in the art world and was immediately engaged by this trailer for Olafur Eliasson: Space is Process. More than what he says in the voice over — which is completely compelling, don’t get me wrong — I was fascinated by the people’s reactions and body language as they engage with his installations.

Off to learn more about the the full film — I hope you enjoy!



Proof that Al was a Design Thinker

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”



The Friday Fast Five

1. Seth’s Blog: SlickFinally getting around to reading Seth Godin’s Linchpin, which reminded me to stop in for a glance at his fabulous blog. In today’s post, he reminds us to be authentic. Wise words, as always.

2. DIY Electroluminescent Display Panels | While the technology itself isn’t new, the ability to do it yourself is fairly recent and could make the process more affordable overall (making some of my clients very happy). [via NOTCOT]

3. The Edges of the World, an installation by Ernesto Neto | Adding to my already pressing longing to visit London is this experiential exhibit at the Hayward Gallery. Neto’s work centers around transforming spaces into dramatic, participatory environments that invite the occupants to explore and interact with others. [via NOTCOT]

4. Steelcase Showroom : NeoCon 2010 | I didn’t attend this year, but I’m bound and determined to make it in 2011. In the meantime, I’ve been devouring the NC’10 feeds and images. This one is particularly gorgeous — I expect nothing less from Steelcase.

5. Aarhus Gymnastics and Motor Skills Hall | Closing out on the theme of architectural interiors, this amazing space makes me want to get out and play.


Life is What You Make of It

“Envision, create and believe in your own universe and that universe will form around you.”

TONY HSIEH, from Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Thanks to a very wise woman, I’ve been doing some soul searching (both personal and business related) since yesterday afternoon and this book is resonating in many ways. A quick, simple read that’s threaded with gems of insight from an extremely passionate and brilliant businessman.


Music to My Eyes


With clever use of rule-breaking typography, minimal colors and moody images, Reid Miles set the iconic visual tone for the Blue Note label from 1955-1967. His work is not only synonymous with the golden age of American jazz, but also a heavy weight cornerstone in the foundation of graphic design.

[via birka jazz]




What is it about the modern music gig poster?

When I saw my first Rolling Stone layout designed by Fred Woodward with its power-packed typographic inventiveness, it was about the same time that I’d chosen my major of Visual Communications / Graphic Design at MICA. The music industry seemed to offer up such a lush concoction of subject matter, a job that would allow you interpret that spirit into a 2-D art form was a pretty sweet deal.

These compelling designs by Warm Graphics aptly bring to life feel of the music behind each poster —  in rich color and swirling symbolism. What’s not to love?

[via designworklife]


Doing What You Love for a Living

“We have to find the convergence between what we’re passionate about that other people are also passionate about (and willing to spend money on).”

CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, from the 99% Interview: Balanced People Don’t Change the World