Concept, play, and the space between

I went to see Sascha Lobe speak on Tuesday night at MAD, as part of AIGA design talk extravaganza. He runs L2M3 in Germany. And he’s really hot. Once I got over that and started paying attention (lets be honest, I still haven’t gotten over it), it reminded me of the work I did with BaseContinue reading “Concept, play, and the space between”

We’re not in Madrid anymore, Toto

SO much has happened, y’all. Ok so yeah, I’m not living in Spain anymore. What an incredible experience to have lived in Madrid for nine months, working with the good people at Base.  Whilst in Madrid, I created a signage system for this building. A recently renovated building in historical bustling downtown Madrid. We gotContinue reading “We’re not in Madrid anymore, Toto”

A sense of place and frameworks for the web

Previously, I’ve written about the differences between looking at digital vs architectural space, but I’m also interested in the similarities. There are two concepts in web design/user experience that come from the physical world. Number one, a sense of place. Two, frameworks. How do you create a sense of place when designing for the web?Continue reading “A sense of place and frameworks for the web”

Architecture that tells a story

Madrid definitely has an eclectic mix of architecture, as I’ve already posted a few examples of (lizard and wedding cake buildings, most ostentatious belle epoque, and Herzog and de Meuron’s masterpiece). You can really get a feel for the history of Spain, just by walking around and observing different architectural influences over the centuries. Unfortunately,Continue reading “Architecture that tells a story”

Thoughts on the Palacio de Cristal and the translation of architectural space to digital

Some background for this post: I started thinking about and writing about space for an academic paper submission. This is a culmination of a few months of thoughts and notes scattered through various notebooks, word docs and scraps of paper. I found it really interesting that everything I’ve been thinking about over this length ofContinue reading “Thoughts on the Palacio de Cristal and the translation of architectural space to digital”

Unusual architecture, a ghost story, and an assassination

I’m working on a signage project in Madrid, in the very historical neighborhood of Chueca and to get to the building sometimes I take the metro to Tribunal and walk over to Hortaleza. I was walking there one day and looked up at this super narrow building and thought, no, could it be? Then IContinue reading “Unusual architecture, a ghost story, and an assassination”

Cibeles and the Cathedral of Communications

On Saturday, I decided to explore the area of Madrid surrounding the Cibeles fountain. Here she is, in all her glory. The statue is not fully accessible because it’s at the center of one of the busiest roundabouts in Madrid, so the best spot to get a photo is from the bus stop on theContinue reading “Cibeles and the Cathedral of Communications”

How cool is this building?

Caixaforum is an art gallery and cultural center in Madrid, that I passed by today while taking photos of our neighborhood. In 2008 the architects Herzog and de Meuron coverted an 1899 power station, literally lifted it off the ground to create a covered plaza underneath. The higher levels of the structure are sculpted toContinue reading “How cool is this building?”