Archive for February, 2010

Church Turned Castle

This grand and new castle previously wasn’t a castle but a church built back in 1925 and was soon a project designed by Priscilla Glover and Ivan Spaller of Urban Nature Inc. The castle was designed to have the olden world look with a mix of rock and roll. You can definitely tell that this building was not constructed many years ago. The stone to me at first looked really strange as though they were large grains of rice that happened to look like a castle. But with closer shots of the building the stone look amazing. The courtyard looks grand and the backyard is spacious and a piece of work all on its own. To view more pictures about the castle visit this website: Bouldin Castle.

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One More Day …

… until my interview with Ryerson. I’m scared but I’m also hopeful. Times like these I look over to my past and wonder if I’m doing everything right, if I’m making the right move. I think tomorrow will give me a better understanding. I’ve completed my portfolio and stapled it together. I don’t think I want others to view my portfolio yet but to have an idea what I put in it click on “portfolio” under category on the right hand side of the site.

So far I finished the portfolio, got a recommendation letter (keeping in hand just in case they want one), made a cheque to Ryerson for the non-academic requirement fee, and printed the interview confirmation.

All I have to do now is write the personal essay, do a design test and an interview.

Today I was looking for inspiration that could possibly help with with my design test. This year students that are mailing in their design have to construct a playground inspired by numbers, letters and basic geometry. I’m not sure what I’m going to be given so I literally looked at anything that could inspire me.

The most colourful playground I’ve ever seen. But the design could be touched on.

Winnie the Pooh’s house in the 100 acre wood. I love you Winnie the Pooh.

This amazing backyard playground looks so open and safe.

It’s like another dimension of Alice in Wonderland, but more sketchy.

Not sure this will inspire me with the design test but doesn’t everyone love cute animals???

RIP McQueen

It’s been a while since I created a new post. I’m sorry for a slow week. I haven’t been sleeping properly and my brain has been stressed with the new semester I was given. I’ll create more posts when my Ryerson interview gets closer (Feb 27). I’ll also tell you all about the process when completing a portfolio and how the interview will go down.

This post isn’t about me today but about someone who inspired me for year. I felt that he hasn’t only inspired the fashion world but the world of interior design, or more broad, design. Some companies I’ve seen recently through shows and trip seem to be inspired by the dark look just McQueen (such as 64th and Queen). Lee Alexander McQueen has and will always be in my top 10 inspirations. His rebellious, dark and out of nowhere creations seem to come easy for him. His pieces never seize to amaze me. One of my first few posts I created a drawing on his infamous heels in his recent collection. What I liked about McQueen was how he interpreted the future of fashion, design and how humans thought the future would look like. He will be missed dearly but his designs will only yet inspire more people.

RIP McQueen

From more information on his death: Alexander McQueen’s death mourned by fashion world

Finding Inspiration Through a Picture

via Hitchcock Blonde

If it be a picture from a movie or photographs from the tragedy in Haiti we find inspiration one way or another. I find myself drawing or creating an idea to a piece of paper in two seconds once I feel something good is coming along but once I finish I stop. I stop for a long time. It’s because I have nothing to inspire me. I look at everything to find inspiration when I’m stuck. I look at people, fashion shows, books, a single object and photography. To find that inspiration you craze for you may need a little help. I gather a variety of websites of pictures and photography that may inspire you.

  • Hitchcock Blonde <– Large range of pictures and photographs from the 40s celebrities to scenic views
  • Jellyfish Heart <– Speechless array of photography
  • @#$&!* <– Colourful array of photography
  • persuasian <– For those interested in Koreans and Photography
  • Loving You Always, All Ways <– Movie pictures with the sweetest/funniest captions
  • Photoinduced <– Any beginner or intermediate photographers looking to improve their skills, learn more about photos and just for the view
  • Photocritic <– Professional photographers learning to improve or learning to how to reach more people with their pictures
  • PND Photo of the Day <– Large photographs of amazing pictures
  • The Big Picture <– Large photographs or current news. Some are quite dramatic.

via tiresome

Apple iPad

Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

This new Apple iPad is the biggest news you will be hearing for the next few days from Apple. Apple decided to market a new “laptop”, “book reader”, “music player”, and etc. which to me honestly looks like a larger iTouch. When Apple said they were coming out again with some big news I honestly thought it’d be something better than this. Since I wasn’t very excited about the new I decided to make a list of reasons why the iPad could work.

Pros:

  • the device would be useful for reading books, playing games or watching video, describing it as “so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone.”
  • The iPad will start at US$499, a price tag far below the $1,000
  • It comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of flash memory storage, and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity built in.
  • battery that lasts 10 hours and can sit for a month on standby without needing a charge.
  • compared to the Kindle (reading device)
  • iPad can sync with Apple’s Macintosh and Microsoft’s Windows computers
  • iPad will also be better for playing games and watching video than either a laptop or the small screen of a smart phone

Cons:

  • iPad does not offer enough additional features for consumers to justify buying yet another gadget, or to call it a new category of device.
  • lack of social features, such as ways to share photos and home video and recommend books.

iPad up close

Alright then. I found my answer. Apple is an overall outstanding company. A few minutes ago while I was watching BNN (strange I know) the host and a guest were discussing about cable companies and wireless companies. Cable companies are definitely in the dumps with all these new gadgets that can basically do everything itself. Now I kind of see the path that the iPad take.

SHH

Devonport Buildings for Mount Anvil Group by SHH

“SHH offers a full architectural, interiors and branding service – from planning, architecture and interior architecture right through to styling, decoration, environmental and 2D graphics.  We specialise in creating cutting-edge, design-led solutions that are elegant and long-lasting and which perform both financially and aesthetically for their owners and end-users.” -From SHH

This company does everything from the building’s exterior to it’s interior decoration. I found them appealing because of the professional and luxurious feel. I’m still learning about architectural and interior design companies and learning what I like and dislike about them. Firstly, their website is very attractive. A good start to a first impression. Secondly, the pictures in their portfolio they’ve chosen are amazing. I haven’t seen anything I disliked so far. They’ve won awards (including the interior design award) since 2001 and numerously been in the press since 2008.

As part of an ongoing relationship betgween SHH and communications agency RPM, conceptual work is currently being produced for blue chip clients nationwide. This includes both small- and large-scale stands for sporting giant Adidas. (exhibition stand design)

Striking new concept for 70-strong Russian tea- and pancake house chain, based mainly in St Petersburg and Moscow.  The concept launched in a new 300 sqm space within a St Petersburg hypermarket and featured different seating zones, dramatic lighting and a stunning 6m high wraparound ceramic wall, bespoke-designed by SHH with inspiration taken from Russian folkloric art. (Interior design service)