Design Minds

Heather Davis
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  • A Glance Back at the Beginning

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    Looking back at the beginning of the semester, it’s crazy to think how much we’ve all grown in just a few short months. The first day back to studio in January we sat down and Martha had us pull out newsprint and draw hands of all things. It seems strange but it really did get us thinking in a more design focused way which many of us were beginning to lose after a month away from studio. Now as the semester comes to a close, I thought it was fun to look back on that day and see how much I’ve grown.

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  • Learning to Capture Light

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    For the last project of our first year as design students we were given our greatest challenge yet. Create a solid, linear, planar construct that captures natural light. There were no material restrictions of size restrictions so we were basically given free range with this project. I knew early on that I wanted to explore more than just the way the shadows were cast when the sun shines on the object. As a result of this I developed the idea to create a path through a solid object that would both capture light in the object and direct the light through it. After numerous Rhino models and a few physical mock ups, I decided on a cube that would have multiple paths going through it. I wanted to explore a new material for my last project so I decided to go with acrylic. I had never worked with it and getting to learn how to use the lasercamm was a great part of the project. Once I lasercammed all the pieces of my project and assembled them I was amazed to discover that the material itself captures light in the corners where it is cut in addition to casting shadows. Another major victory for this project is that I was able to assemble it entirely without using an adhesive, which I really wanted to avoid. While it was very expensive, and time consuming to design, I’m extremely pleased with how my project turned out and can say without a doubt that its one of my favorite ones that I’ve done.

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  • First Lobby Exhibit

    Posted on May 4th, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    Once our tile projects were finished, we were told that we were going to be able to show our work in the lobby for a day. This was extremely exciting because showing your work in the lobby of Cowgill is an honor and really hard to do since it’s usually booked. My class got to pin up five essence boards and five technical drawings in addition to setting out all of our tiles. The project seemed to go on for a long time just because of the amount of the time it took to press all the tiles our of our plaster molds. I was extra excited about this exhibit because my technical drawing was one of the ones that my studio picked to be hung up in the lobby. It was a great day to see the work of first years displayed; it reminds everyone of where they started and how far they’ve grown.

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  • Discovering a New Technique

    Posted on May 3rd, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    For my final project I decided to do something entirely different from what I have done in previous projects. We have to create a solid, linear, planar construct that captures natural light. I chose to make mine out of acrylic, which is a material that I have never worked with before. One of the first things I discovered about this material is that it is very expensive. Besides that, it is quite difficult to cut. My design depends on the preciseness of my cuts, so in order to not compromise this I decided to use the lasercamm. Learning to use it was much easier than I expected. The hardest part was learning how to set up the digital file correctly. It was really excited to be able to learn a new technique for making my project and I look forward to being able to see my final once I have all the pieces cut out.

  • Modern Architecture

    Posted on May 3rd, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    Modern architecture is expressed by the dreams, spirit and aspirations of an individual or community as a whole. It stands as an expression of its core values that are often met with controversy. It varies greatly from the architecture that can be found in many of the big cities, which still have remnants of the colonial age. Modern architecture challenges many of the “rules” that have been follow by architects of the past and they give a breath of fresh air to an otherwise historic looking area. They illustrate all the great things that design can do. Below are a few examples:

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  • What is Design?

    Posted on May 3rd, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    At the beginning of the year I have a very generic idea of what design was, but now that I’m reaching the end of my first year its crazy to see how much my perceptions have changed. I used to look at design as just a thing; as in, a piece of art is design, or a finished building is design. But little did I know how very far I was from the truth. Design is so much much than just a verb. Its not just something you do; its a lifestyle. Design is a way of being. Its something that most people take for granted. I am guilty of taking it for granted up until coming to Tech. I’m not sure if its the environment, or just the dedication it takes to change the way you look at things, but I feel closer to design now than I ever have. Now I am able to express myself I ways that I never thought I could before. Whether its through sketching, or iterations of modules, or simply just taking a photograph, design has open up an entire new path to travel down that I may not have found otherwise. It has brought out a completely new side of me that has an entirely different view on the world. Design is something you see everywhere you go. Everything you create becomes a piece of art. This art we create is design, and its a way of life.

  • A Look at Landscapes

    Posted on May 1st, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    I didn’t know much about landscape architecture when I first came to tech, but after spending a year in studio with two LAR majors I’ve begun to develop an appreciation for it. I have gotten so interested in it that I have looked into minoring in it, however with my double major I don’t think that it will be possible. In one of my spare moments of free time I started to look into different examples of landscape architecture, just to further indulge my curiosity. Here are some examples of the incredible things I found:

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  • Client Presentations

    Posted on May 1st, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    On Monday my group traveled to Floyd in order to present our projects we had been working on so diligently. It was a completely different experience then when we normally present in studio to Martha and our fellow classmates. We were in a new environment with real world clients. It was slightly nerve wracking but altogether a really fun experience. It gave us really great insight to what the real world may be like during presentations, so I think it was a great way to end a year. Below is a picture of our set up for our presentation.


  • Green Village

    Posted on April 30th, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    The Green Village is a community of sustainable and ecological houses sitting along the Ayung River in Bali. It was designed by the daughter of the well-known jewelry designer, John Hardy. Each of the homes are made entirely of bamboo, from the window frames to the staircase, tables, chairs, floors, and even the cabinets and the walls. With minimal attention an resources, a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years and that house could stand strong for a lifetime. This makes for a very unique, long-lasting design.

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  • Dollhouse Architects

    Posted on April 29th, 2013 Heather Davis No comments

    The most recent studio project we took on was a group project within out majors. So myself, along with the three other interior design majors, were able to work together. Janey, Abby, Grace and I were tasked with transforming the interior of the Straw Bale House at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Va into a classroom space. The first thing we did was identify the needs of the space. The three that we came up with (resource library, classroom space, art display) were the leading points for our entire design.

    We constantly joked that we were going to drop out of studio and become dollhouse architects because of all the tiny furniture we were making. We payed key attention to details, such as making tiny hangers for the coat rack and making mini art supplies to go in the baskets.

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