Week 6

This week was hectic, I had an insight to several new things besides new Revit functions. Currently at Hollis + Miller each team is somewhere around a 50% mark for their project. I was able to help out with most of these projects in a few different ways.

The beginning of the week I was able to help with material boards. I was in constant contact with local reps to make sure that we had enough samples for the boards. With our luck we counted too short, but I was able to get the materials to the office in time. While creating the boards some of the designers were talking about the best way to display different materials and how to fabricate the physical board. I now understand that Hollis + Miller has a beginning standard for creating the boards, but it has not been updated in quite some time and is in the process of being revamped. That is one helpful part of being an intern, bringing fresh ideas to the table and also using other ideas to apply to school.

A new process that I helped to make happen was the signing of a document set. I am sure that each firm is different, but it was an interesting process to watch. At Hollis + Miller all of the documents have to simply be shown so that the architects stamp can be seen on every page as they go through and sign each sheet. Personally I dont think I could writ my name that many times in a row.

The second half of the week I continued to help with different Revit documents. I was able to help the team with simpler tasks that needed to be done. It now makes realize how much I missed on each checkpoint for  my construction documents for BCSIA. I was learned how to input many different architectural details and make many annotations that are very helpful.

Overall I have learned how to multitask and stay busy. With so many different projects always going on, multitasking is necessary to be able to help out with many different tasks. This is a common trait in the working world but I think this week I had to multitask as best as I could.


For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort


All of the articles that I have read up to this point pull me in starting with the title. I am very interesting in how creativity can activate other feelings or moods in a physical manor. This article is right up that ally. This article is one person’s personal experience with how coloring has helped her and research she has discovered through her new interest in coloring.

The article states that a university science professor created a coloring book for her students to learn concepts of the class. This is how the author found her love for coloring again. Adult style coloring books are used as a form of meditation and learning. It is a physical and visual style of learning that people can have a personal interaction with. Is it considered meditative because of the physical sensation created when you are holding the pen in your hand and fill in space. The repetitive movement can be meditative.

I think that coloring could have been an excellent way for me to learn. While I study I usually write things over and over, I am more of a physical learner. I think that with the repetition of coloring and reading something more visually appealing then text I could learn better. I also believe that this method of learning or meditation only works on certain types of people. This method is for the visual learner that likes to constantly be moving and doing something. I think it is a concept though completely worth trying.



King, Barbara J. “For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort.” NPR. NPR, 11 June 2015. Web. 09 July 2015. <http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/06/11/413603343/for-adults-coloring-invites-creativity-and-brings-comfort&gt;.

Week 5

This week I think I really took advantage of the work Architecture in Interior Architecture and Product Design. Not only did I continue to help with the smaller college fraternity house redlines, but I also took on several architectural details. I was able to help calculate the roof slopes and use those to figure out the needed gutter and down spout size. I was using equations that I needed during our Structures classes.. and the problems were still difficult.

Towards the end of the week I started ordering more samples to help create more material boards at the beginning of next week. This time I believe that I will have more of an impact on the layout of the boards due to all of the materials used. I am looking forward to the collaboration with the other interior designer.

I am still amazed every week with how much I have learned in school. I am also amazed at how much work the architects and interior designers are able to give me. As an internship is supposed to do, I feel as though with my last two years of schooling I will be very prepared for the work field.

Hilton Resort at Puerto Vallarta

While on my vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico I observed the unique architecture in more of southern climate. Puerto Vallarta is located on the western coast of Mexico, about half way down the coast. The weather is very tropical and is usually warm and sunny. I believe that this climate type was the inspiration behind the creation of this resort.


The entire floor plan, along with the rest of the hotel was an extremely open concept. From the moment the taxi pulled up in front of the hotel you could see all the way through the hotel to the ocean. I dont mean there were floor to ceiling windows, I mean it was one, huge, open room. The front desk was angled to be facing the ocean directly, but everything else located in the lobby was channeled to flow with the room. The lobby opening was facing west to east, the same as the breeze coming from the ocean.

I think that this open concept worked very well for the hotel and its climate. I think the part that the hotel failed was with the furniture additions. The first 1/3 of the hotel lobby has nothing restricting the walkway. The 2nd third of the floor housed the large sofa that mimicked the lighting element. The last third of the lobby was cluttered with sofas and chairs. This was the part of the hotel that people lingered around, but it was also the hardest to get through. I think that if the bar were relocated the guests could disperse more evenly through out the lobby without the clutter.


This beautiful lighting feature was housed at the entrance of the more upscale restaurant in the resort. It had a dark maroon wall with a black plush leather couch sitting in front. All of the lightbulbs were the Edison bulbs that gave off a more yellow glow. This setting was almost too pretty to be used for a waiting area, I used it just to enjoy the surroundings.

I believe that the resort chose plain wall finishes for a specific reason. The natural greenery and beauty of the Mexican coast was seen through out the entire resort. The designer did not want the wall decorations to take away from the organic nature. The interior elements that attracted the attention were the lighting fixtures. Each area of the hotel had a new beautiful, unique lighting fixture that helped bring the room to life. The designer also thought about the environment of the resort. None of the lights had a stationary base. All of the fixtures had a movable wire connected to the ceiling. This allowed for the wind to create a flow in the room without damaging all of the beautiful lighting.

Overall the design of the resort was completely different than anything I had witnessed. After staying at the resort for a week I understood the reasoning behind the material selections that were chosen and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.

Lighting fixture in the main dining area. Used without light during the day and illuminated at night.

Lighting fixture in the main dining area. Used without light during the day and illuminated at night.

Open atrium in one portion locating the sleeping rooms.

Open atrium in one portion locating the sleeping rooms.

Creative lighting fixture located outside of a nicer restaurant at the resort.

Creative lighting fixture located outside of a nicer restaurant at the resort

Lighting element of design that mirrored the oversized sofa shape on the floor.

Lighting element of design that mirrored the oversized sofa shape on the floor.

First time for First Friday

This month one event that I have been wanting to attend for the past two years is Friday Friday’s all through Downtown Kansas City. I have lived in Kansas City my whole life and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my very first First Friday. It is a multicultural arts event that happens Friday – Sunday during the first weekend of every month.

I was able to attend the event with my parents on a Friday night after work. Little did we know that there were events in the Kansas City West Bottoms an in the Arts District in downtown. Thankfully we were meeting friends at the event and went to the wrong location so I was able to experience both events.

The West Bottoms First Friday had a lot of restoration stores open. We walked through quite a few shops that had mostly antiques, but also for a creative eye a world of opportunities. I had so many different “Pinterest projects” flashing through my head, but also great furniture for a cute little house or for a college student. All of the shops are in the main floor of old warehouse buildings. There were also several food trucks parked along the street. People would wander from warehouse to warhorse until their found exactly what they were looking for. It was peaceful for a Friday evening in the summer.

The Arts District in downtown was a lot more lively then the West Bottoms. There were three times as many people waling the streets in downtown then the West Bottoms. A majority of the art included open art galleries and smaller live bands. We were able to see several street performers and food trucks as well. One of the my favorite art galleries that we walked through was using full scale elements such as bikes and vines and flowers to create several nature scenes.

My favorite thing that can be applied to creativity, art and design is the willingness to be different. Each piece of art is different than the next and I love to see what art means to the creator. Just as paintings buildings are an architects work of art for people to see.



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Why designers need to step outside design

“We are not engaged in rocket science. It’s safe to bring Notdesigners into our world.”

The phrase above accurately sums up this article. It talks about how designers need to know how to speak “their language” to Notdesigners (everyone that isn’t a designer). The article spoke about a NASA scientist explaining the failure of a the Space Shuttle Challenger. Richard Feynman described the material of the space shuttle as “stuff.” He was able to reach the audience because they wanted to know what happened, not what the shuttle was made out of.

I believe that this article is completely applicable to our every day life as a designer. Every kind of project that we are awarded as firms has to be presented over and over to the client. We design for the client. If the client doesn’t understand, our design fails, no matter how good it is. I have gone through the process of “dumbing” down my work several times just to my family. Every time I come home I have to be able to tell them what my project means and what it is in a language they would understand.

The article also made a good point that without Notdesigners, there would be no one to tell us that we are wrong. Designers have a bad habit of not taking criticism well and believing that everything they do is right. Thankfully all of these bumps can be smoothed out starting in college. We present and design every day, I believe this article made me more aware of what Notdesigners may think when we present. It will just make us a better designer.


Sharples, Jonty. “Why Designers Need to Step outside Design.” Why Designers Need to Step outside Design. Hactar, 4 Feb. 2015. Web. 30 June 2015. <http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/why-designers-need-step-outside-design-11514009&gt;.


Week 4

Week 4 was one of my slower weeks. Although this week I added more chunk of knowledge to the precious tasks that I have completed. This week I got to complete redlines one two different projects. Both of these projects were in the later stages so it was interesting to make changes to 80% CDs. Both of the projects were in the higher education studio so it was interesting to see what other colleges were doing to update their own campus.

One campus was creating a new recreation/ dorm building. I was able to apply materials to the exterior of the building as well as create pattern and texture with materials within the available budget. I have learned that one of the biggest tasks within education is staying within the budget. As designers we like to reach for the stars when it comes to the products we use. The education sector really helps to actually think creatively with how you  make the most of the smaller budget available.

I was able to use a lot of the skills this week that I learned in BCSIA while I was editing the redlines. I remember in class the “new host” button was my savior while remodeling the kitchen and moving appliances around. This button again was my savior for both of the projects.

I am starting to also become more comfortable with everyone in the office. This week lots of treats were brought in so I believe that everyone was on a constant sugar rush all week, boosting the mood.


Does it come in black?

This article was not what I was expecting while reading the title, but I completely understand the purpose of the article. The author talks about struggling with the decision of what to wear every morning because she has so many options in her closet. She was used to a boarding school uniform every day until she entered the working world. With opting to only wear black clothes the author decreases the amount of options and regret she has with her outfit every day. The author states that because she works in a design profession, making design decisions every day, she has “design fatigue.” Thus allowing her to focus her decision making on more important things such as her job.

This is very interesting to me. I completely understand the difficulty of choosing an outfit to wear every day after wearing a school uniform from K-12th grade. I also understand the amount of decisions that are needed daily for a profession in the design field, but I have never thought about “design fatigue.” I think that the concept makes complete sense. I am aware that in the design profession every decision is very important and builds off one another. I am also aware that I can make design decisions for work a lot easier then personal decisions.

I think the answer to my indecisiveness also could be found in this article. Don’t give yourself as many options, thus making your decision easier. This is why the author only wore black. I also believe that your work shows in what you do, and not necessarily how you dress. The other stated examples of fashion designers and their monotonous clothing choices while designing spectacular lines for other people.

In the design industry I believe that we put more time and effort into our work then ourselves. We want our work to be cutting-edge and top of the line, while we put ourselves on the back burner sometimes.


Holbrook, Tanya. “Does It Come in Black? One Opinion on Why Designers Only Wear Black.” Medium. 101 Advertising, 08 May 2015. Web. 26 June 2015.

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Design is…

Design is.. as important as technology, brand, simplicity, timeless, the details, empathy made tangible, intent and thoughtful.

This article emphasized every point perfectly that I believe we deal with and strive to work towards every day in any design field. It spoke about the process that CEO’s and technology company strive for in bettering their brand. The first step is perfecting the mechanics of how the product is made, then improving the physical look to speak to the purpose of the users. Design is brand and creating all of the company products with the same design elements carried through the generations. Design is simplicity, it may take companies, such as Google, 15 years to make their homepage “simple.”

Each of the different points under Design is.. is something that I believe designers, and students in any design field, assess every time a new project is issued. This article reminds me of our studio project from Spring of 2015. There were so many different aspects to our restaurant retail store that we had to start designing simply in the beginning before we could add the smaller intricate details.

I believe that this article would be perfect for a CEO to understand because all of these definitions of what design is cannot be achieved in a few weeks or even a year. These are company goals to set and be achieved years into the future. I completely agree with the subheading of this article stating, “what CEOs should know about design.”

Au, Irene. “DESIGN Is…” Medium. N.p., 20 May 2014. Web. 22 June 2015. <https://medium.com/@ireneau/design-is-5b867e9f2614&gt;.

Week 3

This week getting back into the swing of work after a week vacation in Mexico was a little tough but knowing that I had a specific task to complete helped. My main task this week was completing quite a few finish boards for a presentation later in the week. This task seems fairly simple, but all of the interiors ladies on the project and the head of interiors were all at Neocon. This made the quick, simple questions a bit more difficult and lead to some problem solving. After taking some time to figure out what needed to be done I was able to work on the task.

There was something special to me about going to work at the beginning of each day and knowing exactly what I was going to work on all day. The first few weeks were a bit tough with filling the day with consistent tasks. I enjoyed the finish  boards because they reminded me about materials and finishes class, which I really enjoyed. It was also a great feeling to see some of the materials that I helped select the week before be placed on boards to be presented to a client.

The second half of the week I was able to help out with some other smaller tasks. I helped to update Hollis + Miller’s Internal Connect website. It is a WordPress website that is similar to an office newsletter that is always being updated with new company information. It was really interesting to work with WordPress because I am familiar from school but after the work I was doing I realized that my own personal WordPress pages haven’t even scraped the surface of the site.

As my tasks through the firm as constantly changing, I have come to enjoy the “smaller” firm atmosphere. I have been able to assist in projects in the interiors, architecture, graphics, and marketing departments. I believe that all of these tasks are interconnected and I think they will help me with designing projects and project boards in the future.