Today in class we heard from designer Rebekah Radtke. She is an assistant principal here at UK. She started class off asking us each individually what we thought about design and why we are here taking this class which I enjoyed because it was interactive. Rebekah explained that she wanted to be a designer when she was a teen and so she enrolled in interior design in college at UK. She applied to grad school to be a product designer but that didn’t work out so she ended up in architecture school where she got her master’s degree. She explained to us how she got into interior design and she said that interior design is really about people and being an advocate for people. Interior design focuses on people and meeting their design needs. We learned how design is very collaborative and design focuses a lot on working with others for projects. To her, design is also optimistic and experimental. She has worked with local community issues, fixing homes in poverty here in Lexington. Recently she has been working on a project called the Live Learn Studio where she communicates with students on the construction and living environment on campus. In terms of design she sees design in the future relying on the people here in this room (the students).
Next we heard from Anne Filson who is from the school of architecture here at UK. One project that she worked with was the Seattle Public Library. One of the first projects she worked with was the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin. She worked with a Dutch architect in the Netherlands as an architect. Her job is to create floor plans and designs for buildings and communicate those to the client. After she left the Netherlands she worked in Chicago working on the IIT campus center. “No design is bad design” is what Anne told us as she explained that anyone can create a design and go forward from there. She works for IDEO which holds workshops working with people to solve design problems. Environmentally, she is working to design a more eco-friendly way to create products locally rather than having products shipped from China to us.
Representation is used in many ways through the means of design. In this unit we talked about how certain types of buildings and architecture represented certain styles and powers. Over this semester I have noticed how design effects everything I look at from texts, drawings, images, and everything in between. Design impacts all of these things because the design of these elements makes them stand out in their own unique ways. The goal of designing something is to get the consumer to notice it. My views on the world and design have changed because now when I see an average traditional home like the one in the picture, I think about the design behind it and how that style of the home represents more than just bricks and materials. It is traditional because that is the style period it came from and it represents what consumers wanted at that time.
The first designer we heard from today was Adriane Grumbein. She is a teacher here at UK in Grehan teaching communications specifically with advertising. She got her undergrad in Texas and then started working with marketing, got her PHD in Florida and now she is here teaching at UK. She told us that we she was in undergrad school she started off taking art classes and realized it wasn’t for her so she switched to strategic communications with a minor in graphic design. She said that design to her means problem solving and working with clients to help them with their design needs and communicate that information with the clients. Art and design are different things to her; art is about evoking a feeling and design is about problem solving. Currently she is designing flyers for IPR and working with the creation of their new logo possibly. She even does wedding cards and save the date cards. As a designer she doesn’t have a specific style, her style is solving the client’s issues. In design today, design is becoming ‘big data’ and the designer is becoming the interpreter to get the data to the consumer in a presentable way. Personalization is also becoming more and more popular in design.
The second designer we heard from today was our TA, Julie Sniadowski. She is a graduate student from UK as an architecture student. Since she was a young child she has been taking art classes so she has always had an interest in art and even went to GSA as a sophomore in high school. She then started undergrad school at UK working with architecture. In undergrad school she learned more about the technicalities of design creating blueprints and sketches to create a space. She also studying abroad in Paris and Rome where she analyzed the architecture there and created design plans from their findings. Currently she is in the graduate program here where she is finding out how designers can remove toxins from the planet in different ways. Right now she is looking at drone designs and how those drones can be useful for the environment. She said she sees design in the future combining with more areas like science and math. She wrapped up by saying that after school she will get an internship and she eventually wants to work with green architecture and how design can work with the environment.
This building is my high school’s sporting complex. This space has classrooms, locker rooms, and fields that are for my high school and it is located about ten minutes away from the actual high school that I attended. I played field hockey all four years while at Assumption high school and this is where I spent a majority of my time when I wasn’t in class. I definitely feel like I have a sense of place when I am in this space because everything about the complex just reminds me of my school and my team. Just the sight of this building reminds me of my team and all the accomplishments I have made. Design gives me a sense of place because the way the field is layed out and the design of the building makes it so unique that I can easily recognize it when I see it. According to Jennifer Cross she wrote about how there are different types of relationships that occur with a sense of place. For this building the relationship that I experience while at this facility is spiritual relationship. I experience a feeling of belonging when I am here at this sporting complex. That feeling of belonging is what Jennifer Cross talked about when she interviewed people and their connections to spaces. All of these relationships with spaces that Jennifer wrote about relate to design because without the specific designs of objects and places we would not experience different relationships with the spaces that we do. If the objects and places that we have relationships weren’t designed uniquely then we would not have different relationships with spaces. Having a sense of a place comes from design and everything that goes into that designed place; the finishes, furnishings, and experiences.
The picture of the dying plant is the object that I chose. The level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs that this object shows is the psychological level. In this level the needs are breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, and excretion. Clearly the plant is in need of water. This relates to design because objects are designed with needs. Even the most basic things need simple remedies such as food and water, but with design simple designed finishes need materials, light, etc. The interior space that I chose is an empty white room. The level of need that this image reflects is the level of self-actualization. In this level there is a lack of creativity so that is why I chose a blank room because it lacks creativity. To meet the self-actualization level this space would need furnishings and fixtures and color to create a creative experience.
The first designer we heard from today was Melody Jackson. She works for the University of Kentucky in the college of design. She was not always interested in design… She went to college studying math and medicine in the pre-med program. From there she became interested in Da Vinci’s sketches and that led her to go into architecture. After she graduated from UK she went to grad school at Cornell University. At Cornell she started to work with collages and telling stories through sketches and collages in architecture. Her thesis at Cornell was working with the ‘unfinished’, specifically with Scottish castles that have been left in ruins. She used a sketch book like Da Vinci to document these castles and this led to her thesis of creating stories with different pieces that can create a series of cities. After graduate school she started getting into a lot of painting with her collages, watercolor, and pictures of cows and horses. Her paintings of horses led her to being an art director for the world equestrian games. Her life today is filled with design; from designing her children’s birth announcements to designing her kid’s school t-shirts. She has worked with IKEA and Nike too. Melody designs for residential projects as well as commercial projects. She is currently working on building the new Stock Yard’s here in Lexington that had previously burnt down. She believes that the next thing coming for design is the virtual methods of communicating and designing.
The next designer we heard from today was Lindsey Fay. She teaches here at UK in the school of interiors. From a young age she said she has always had an interest in design and art. She came to UK originally as a dietetics major and then decided to switch to a design major. A project she is working on now is called ‘Post-Occupancy Evaluation’ where she checks on buildings after they are complete and see how well the building is meeting the consumer’s needs. Another area of her research is called ‘Cohousing Communities’ which is an intentional community where there is a common house where people come together and there are smaller houses surrounding that common house. She also leads an educational abroad experience to Thailand every other year where students can see how different cultures interact with design. Lindsey works with residential design and construction as well. With her interior designs, she said she really likes designing the custom lighting fixtures for homes. Finally she told us how she leads the Habitat for Hummanity here at UK.
After viewing the lecture, I do buy the cultural reading of “America guided by wisdom”. The artists planned out the paintings in very specific ways to create visuals that will impact the viewer’s perception. There is a sense of power division in the paintings because higher positions are focused on and go down from there. I feel like the works show a powerful and strong side of America so I agree with the reading “America guided by wisdom.”
The World’s Fair that my group discussed was the 1933 Chicago fair. This fair’s experience was focused on the future and progress through the means of technology. The interest in technology came from new inventions and interests in space and cars. The building itself was mostly outside with temporary structures for seating and exhibits. The look of the fair was industrial looking and space related. Specifically with flying because there were blimps and sky rides. Since it was the year 1933 cars were a huge influence so there was a lot of focus on gas, tires, and anything car related. Another world’s fair that I looked at was the New York fair held in 1939. This took place during World War II. The colors that were the theme were orange and blue. Themed as fair of the future, world of tomorrow. Overall, finishes contribute to the experience because they can create a futuristic feeling. The fairs used technology to draw an audience in and show progression.
The first designer we heard from was Ryan Hargrove. Ryan went to undergrad school at UK and now he is a teacher here at UK in the college of agriculture, food, and environment. It is his 8th year as a teacher here. His interest in design came from his mom because she is an art teacher and always told him, “try to make the unusual familiar, and the familiar unusual.” The interest he had in design led him where he is today as a landscape architect. He told us that he believes in having good relationships with students because that will create success. As a landscape architect he told us a little bit about what he does by explaining the design issues he deals with. Social equality is the first issue he discussed. He works with underprivileged urban areas and analyzes the area to try and make the area a better living space. To solve this he looks at the trees, sidewalks, and just about all of the public features of the area. He then gets feedback from the community of what they would like to see in their community. Another topic he works with is the topic of ecology. He is specifically working with a project he created called “Honey”. This project is about creating a pollination program in the community. This will help with plantlife, honey bee population, and student learning. When asked where he thinks design is headed he said that this generation is going to have to create more and more creative solutions to problems. He wrapped up by explaining that his goal as a teacher is to create leaders who will take action.
The next designer we heard from via Skype was Sarah Daley. Sarah attended UK and majored in architecture and minored in anthropology. Today she works for the city of Louisville helping design the parks. She gave a quote that she finds to be very true that states, “once you learn about design, you never stop thinking about it.” She then explained to us that she is an interpretive designer meaning she collects all the information on parks, compiles that information and then chooses how that information will be presented whether it’s through a blog post or a website or any form of social media. When asked about her thoughts on where design stands in the world she said that there is no field in the world that cannot benefit from design. Then when asked where design is headed she said that design and technology are becoming more and more closely related in the world. She wrapped up by telling us that she wants to work with design in museums in the future because she once had a job design exhibits in museums and she loved it.
The first designer we heard from was Scarlet Wesley. Scarlet has been a teacher at UK for 10 years now working in the department of retail management teaching students about retail and tourism. She got her undergrad degree in marketing and then went on to grad school at the University of Tennessee where she got her got a degree in retail and consumer sciences. Her first job was working for AIMS doing allocation and planning. At that job she learned about product and why it belongs where it does and the details behind product as she worked in the toy department there. After that job she was hired by Lego to work in their corporate office. There she learned about the wholesale side of retail. She talked about how “everyone can have a great idea as far as design goes.” Her next job was teaching at the University of South Carolina for 6 years. Now at UK she helps students learn how to take a product from start to finish and get consumers interested. She teaches brand element and everything about the influences of brands around the world. Finally she told us how she also teaches color theory. She also told us how she thinks fast fashion is going to be the future of the fashion design industry.
The second designer we heard from was Ebrahim Poustinchi. He is a faculty member of the school for interiors at UK. He has a background in architecture and digital design and graphic design. He has done a lot of projects for UCLA and Washington State as well as UK. His website was shown to us and then he gave examples of the work he has done with graphics and design. His work is very high tech and advanced. The program he works with at UCLA is one of the most advanced design programs in the world. He is the art director for different design festivals. Ebrahim told us about his website and some of the tabs on it. The Activity Cloud is thinking about your audience and getting feedback from them. He explained how design language is the dialogue between the outside and inside of a project. Overall he is a very smart designer that deals with advanced technology.