Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Learning Place: Image + Word association

In class (IAR 302) wednesday each student was asked to select for images. Each Image was to represent one of four words, Community, Authenticity, Stewardship and Authenticity. The following are the images I chose as well as a discription as to why I chose that Image to represent Community, Authenticity, Stewardship and Authenticity.

I chose this image of an individual speaking to a small crowd, who appears to be giving the speaker their approval. This image is a metaphor for the influence an individual has over the masses or a community. However no matter how influential one may be the true power lies in the hands of the people. From the perspective of a designer I can imagine the man speaking is one of the great architects or interior designers of out time speaking to group of students. The word "starchitect" is thrown around from time to time referring to individuals like Frank Lloyd Wright, Michael Graves, Peter Eiesman, and so on. These people set the standers for what "good design" is. However it is up to the young student designers and the design community at large to evaluate, appreciate and analyze their work. As a side effect these designs or "innovations" of the starchitects design style is then incorporated into the design communities practices.

I chose the image above to represent authenticity. In my opinion there is little that is more true and authentic than nature. It is something that we are and always will be a part of. Many have tried to recreate nature in design. Although nature serves a superior precedent when it comes to form, color, texture and other designed qualities it is not and should not be our goal to create a photo copy of what we see in nature into our designs. What designers should seek to recreate is the spirt of genuineness that nature has.

The image above was chosen to represent innovation. At first glance it appears that nothing about this image is innovative. Clear cutting forrest is something that dates back to the industrial revolution and then again in the suburban sprawl of the 1950s. This image is a reminder that not all technologies are necessarily innovative and that other solutions may need to be explored to consider and idea, technology or process as truly innovative. Our earth is fragile and its recourses are limited. In recent years the idea of sustainability has become more and more popular not just in the design community but in mainstream society. It has become the rule, not the exception to design sustainably.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011



a. The space's function is a computer lab.
b. The purpose of the lamps are for aiding in tasks. They illuminate the workspace.
c. Task lighting is located overhead. Additional lighting emits from the computer screens. Also, desk lamps are provided but are rarely used because the overhead lighting provides ample light.
d. No recommendations. I have always felt there is an adequate and appropriate amount of light for computer driven tasks.
a. direct/indirect
b. ceiling/suspended
c. fluorescent
d. extruded aluminum
e. fixture= litecontrol le-90
lamp= sylvania
f. direct/indirect, 32w, 2 lamps in each illuminaire
g. aluminum and brushed nickel
h. none
i. fixed
j. non-dimming, instant start, internal to illuminaire
k. dry
l. baffles


a. Leon's is a hair salon.
b. The two types of lighting within the space are task lighting and ambient lighting.
c. MR-16/task lighting is suspended from overhead. Additionally, there is cove lighting located along the perimeter of the ceiling that provides general illuminance and an ambient glow.
d. The space seemed a little dim for what I expected a hair salon would be. There was overall a good amount of general lighting in the space, but more overhead task lighting would help provide more light to the hairdressers who are focusing on cutting hair.
a. direct
b. suspended
c. mr-16/halogen
d. mirrored reflector
e. GE lighting
f. CBCP 525 lumens, 20 watt, 12 volt
g. metal and acrylic
h. acrylic
i. adjustable
j. non-dimming, instant start, internal ballast
k. dry
l. none


a. Jimmy Johns is a restaurant where food preparation and dining takes place.
b. Most of the lighting within Jimmy John's was geared towards task lighting. Accent lighting was also seen along the ceiling, being focused onto walls. Hanging pendants over dining tables acted as both task lighting and ambient lighting.
c. In the kitchen and prep room, ceiling installed fluorescents provided an ample amount of lighting for tasks. Recessed can lighting can be seen directly above the countertop, illuminating the counter and service area. Track lighting helped cast light onto the surrounding walls, and pendant lights provided a nice diffuse glow over the dining tables.
d. Overall, Jimmy Johns was successful in using a variety of lamps to acquire the appropriate amount of light within the establishment. My only recommendation would possibly be to provide more light to wash over the wall, to further illuminate the space and accentuate the art work hanging on the walls.
a. direct/downlighting
b. ceiling/pendant suspending
c. compact fluorescent bulb
d. light fixture= extruded aluminum
e. light fixture= uncertain but close to Mulinello
bulb= bulbrama
f. each fixture contained 1 bulb, 40 watt, 2750 lumens
g. glass, red glazing
h. glass
i. fixed
j. instant start, internal to illuminaire
k. dry
l. none

Thursday, September 29, 2011

light sketch series 3

LIght sketch series.2

For this assignment Corry mears and I chose to study fabrics that could be found in our studio space. We examined a blue cotton shirt, the fabric that runs on the wall along the digital lab that is used for pinning up, carpet found in the digital lab, and the leather upholstery on the natuzzi sofa in the library.

The light sources these fabrics were under varied. Cotton shirt was examined under the halogen lights found in the third year studio. These lights offered task lighting with a relatively low intensity, how ever with a high quality of color rending. Both the carpet and leather upholstery were viewed under florescent lighting. This was another type of task lighting. The pin up wall was viewed under MR 16’s. These lights also served as task lighting. They offered a spotlight effect that can be used to highlight work that is pined up along the wall.

After studying these lights under the lighting conditions we found them in we introduced an incandescent lamp to each of the surfaces. The cotton shirt, carpet and pin up wall were affected in the same way. The colors in the fabric appeared to be brighter and warmer. When introducing the incandescent bulb to the leather upholstery a harsh glare was produced]

Thursday, September 15, 2011