Design Horror Stories: Unprofessional Attitude – 1

Unprofessional Attitude is what I find most annoying. I believe strong work ethics is as important as skills and experience. 

I believe in looking the part when I am on duty. People do judge others by their appearance. I have a strong opinion about designers dressing too casually with tank tops and flip flops. It’s difficult for me to take them seriously. If we happen to be at a jobsite, I am concerned about their safety.

Once I was meeting a designer at home on a weekday morning. To my surprise, when I arrived, she was in her comfortable home clothes with no makeup. I felt uncomfortable like I was the intruder at her home. I was upset that I was not important enough for her to get ready.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is when designers are not prepared. Once on a jobsite, this other interior designer the client had hired for styling consultation showed up with her little dog. She had nothing to take notes with and did not have a measuring tape. She kept borrowing my measuring tape. A few days later, the client called and said the interior designer never sent the furniture plan she promised. Since I was planning the full renovation, I was able to create a plan so the client can keep the project going.

I have so many examples to share with this topic. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Design Horror Stories

In the design and building industry, trade professionals often talk about bad clients. However, we seem to avoid discussing behaviors of our colleagues and teammates we find horrifying. I feel it is important to reveal these “horror stories” so we can all improve. 

I will start writing a new series sharing stories from my personal experience. I do not intend to attack my colleagues. My theory is, if we are more aware of possible issues, we can create a better project experience for our clients and teammates. 

Digital Drafting Class

I just finished my 6-week Digital Drafting for Interior Design class at Los Angeles Mission College. The class was about learning AutoCAD and SketchUp, two programs I have been using for years. I took the class because I want to get the Certificate of Achievement for Digital Interior Design.

Since I was already familiar with the programs, it was a refreshing experience not dealing with technical issues and focusing on adjusting my mindset. 

Here are 4 of 5 assignments I did for the class. Assignment 1 was the floor plan used in Assignment 5.

Brand Design: Fitness Apparel

The class assignment was creating a visual identity guide for the fitness apparel brand Verkz. My biggest challenge is, I strongly dislike working out.

I decided to design a brand for people like me. People who enjoy movements as part of daily living. People who love dancing along to beautiful music. People who are attracted to colors and textures. I drew inspiration from traditional Spanish culture and vibrant colors such as flamenco dance, matador outfits, stories of Carmen and Don Quixote, tapas bars, artists such as Salvador Dali and Joan Miro, and architecture by Antoni Gaudi.

I designed the logo, color palette, a promotional image for poster and social media, and a concept of the store. I just had fun with the assignment.  

Visual Identity Guide

This is a documentation of my journey of creating branding for a local bakery café that desperately needed creative help when COVID-19 hit. I was clueless and had to figure out everything. Many thanks to wonderful professors at Arts Media & Performance at LAMC for their support and encouragement! There is still so much to do. I am not satisfied with what I have done but is thrilled to see some results of my sweat and tear.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/964e8507-1134-4c30-a7f4-06477f639e54