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November 7, 2011 0 Comments

As modern humans, we spend our days surrounded by solid, imposing "stuff". We live in big brick and wood houses, drive two-ton steel vehicles to work on concrete and asphalt freeways, and go

June 20, 2011 0 Comments

Several weeks ago MJ and I made the drive to Rhode Island for my niece's high school graduation. We stayed an extra day so we could celebrate my mom's birthday. Since everyone had

February 15, 2011 4 Comments

We often think of shapes as two-dimensional: squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. This isn't how we perceive them in the landscape, however. We see them in three dimensions, like cubes, spheres, and cones.

February 7, 2011 1 Comment

As a band geek , I'm going to work the music I love into any post I can.  Anyhow, harmony is what happens when you combine all your architectural elements, furnishings, and design

February 3, 2011 0 Comments

Emphasis is all about focal points - a space or object important enough (visually speaking) that it captures your attention. A great view can be a focal point, as can the front door,

January 31, 2011 1 Comment

You've heard designers talk about "moving the eye through the space." That's what rhythm does. Human beings, by our very nature, look for patterns. Rhythm sets up those patterns, leading the eye to

January 26, 2011 3 Comments

I've been excited about writing this post. Balance is really important to design, yet it's often misunderstood. The two main kinds of balance in design are symmetrical and asymmetrical balance. Symmetrical balance is

January 24, 2011 1 Comment

Proportion and scale are two related design principles. Proportion refers to the size relationship that parts of the design have to each other and to the design as a whole. On a small

January 19, 2011 2 Comments

Scale, in the design sense, deals with two things: size (actual and relative) and visual weight. Scale is something I talk about a lot with my clients because it can have such a