Art, Architecture, and Design

Note to Self:

“Please realize that school is not your life, it is simply a supplement for all the things you dream of doing. It is not the dream.”



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Principles of Bad Design

I will make myself a poster for my work area of Dieter Ram’s Principles of Good Design. It’s a great reminder to know how to design things.

However, I personally learn more when I’m told what NOT to do. Has anyone ever made a list of Principles of Bad Design? What are the main guidelines on how NOT to design things? I think that this is where designers should start. Ask ourselves first, “what should I not do while designing this product?”

Bad design is everywhere. By analyzing what isn’t working with a certain product we can make it better. How can we innovate if we don’t know what’s wrong right?

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Dieter Rams – 10 Principles of Good Design

  1. Good design is innovative
  2. Good design makes a product useful
  3. Good design is aesthetic
  4. Good design makes a product understandable
  5. Good design is unobtrusive
  6. Good design is honest
  7. Good design is long-lasting
  8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail
  9. Good design is environmentally-friendly
  10. Good design is as little design as possible

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I think I’ll make a series of scaled iconic style house pendants.
I shall call it Shelter.

I should sign up for a casting class.

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Realizing Empathy

Two years ago, I attended a summer program in Columbia University for Architecture. I met and become friends with inspiring people, one of which is Slim. I remember attending lectures with him, and our five minute conversations would always leave me something to think about.

Recently he graduated with an MFA in RISD, and have been working on this book. Please take 6 minutes of your time to watch the video and browse through his kickstarter page, because its truly inspirational. Uniting the act of empathizing and the act of making is something that we often look over. But it is very important not to. I would love to have a copy of this book, not just for the content but if you look at its preview its quite a pretty thing.

Please support him!
kickstarter: Realizing Empathy

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On this day in 2010

I put my status as:

“The question should not be ‘can it be done?’ but instead, ‘is it worth trying to do?’ ”

Sometimes I just need motivation. I should make some print with this on it, and post it up my wall! Maybe I have it all wrong, maybe my to-do list should not take all of my wall but instead I should dedicate some part of my wall as a reminder of not the things I should do, but instead of why I am doing these things.

Good. Saturday thus far!

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TED talks

What do you do when you’ve got that designer’s/ artist block?!

I watch ted talks. Here’s a good one. It’s not quite design/ artist related but it’s inspiring. Made me want to change the world!

(I can’t seem to post the video itself, but please follow the link)

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Design as a Reflection?!

You can tell a lot about a country’s culture through their design choices. Architecture, Billboard ads, Fashion choices and Television commercial all say something about the country. Looking around Manila, I see “poorly designed” things all over. Makati is a totally different world, maybe I’m biased, but I just don’t understand why the concept of Makati cannot or does not extend throughout the entire country? With a population of over 11 million people, why are there no multi-level public housing buildings? They say its cause there is no funds for it, but there is money in Manila. How can there be malls that sell Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada, and yet there is no money for basic necessity such as housing?

It’s so difficult to walk around certain parts of the country without being overwhelmed when you witness the desperation of people sitting out on the streets while its raining outside. They are not like some of the homeless people of Seattle who are overweight, that have money for cardboards with some witty comments. The homeless of Manila looks like they haven’t eaten for months, they sit and stare aimlessly among the crowd, and they are probably not educated enough to have witty cardboards… They make for some good photojournalism subjects…

It’s hard to be in a position where you know you can do something and yet no matter what you’re doing it’s not going to be enough…

Okay, now I’m off to be inspired.

“Do more talk less”

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To-do list


From now on, this will be my way of reminding myself what i have to do.

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