- BAD EXAMPLE 1: You enjoy relishing the conceptual beginnings of the budding design process. The designer you have chosen feels the same way. If the practice the designer works for pushes deadlines to maximize monthly billings, your designer may not be able to give you the time you need to fully develop the concept to your satisfaction.
- BAD EXAMPLE 2: You have a need, require quality work, but not interested in conceptual fluff. Your designer's practice pushes them to engage clients frequently and encourages design exploration: scribbles on paper and cardboard models. The practice may have expectations of your designer that you may not want to invest time or money into.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
Window shopping is like day dreaming... the possibilities you imagine are boundless. The ripening of a prospective new design inspires boundless imaginings. That is until the reality of long path ahead crushes you in an avalanche of anxiety. But fear not, below is a breakdown of the architectural design process at-a-glance.
Architecture is an artsy profession which may leave you in the dark as to what designers are actually doing with their time and your money
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Yes. Dating can be green. As a single mom, dating can be somewhat of a chore, bore, snore... and more rhyming words. Below are five sustainability steps to save your time and the planet!
- Save your time. First, join an online dating site. The club and bar scene is still a viable meeting environment, but online dating can weed out anyone who is not a good match. This is useful because a bad match for you is a good match for someone else; so, everyone’s time is made more efficient.
- Save your battery. Second, don't obsess about who contacts who first. What is more important is the flow of the messages. If you are interested in learning more about someone, don't forget to show it by ending each message with a question or two. If the responder does the same, it means they are interested. If not, it is possible that they are simply being polite by responding.
- Save your gas. Next, let's say you get the first inklings of chemistry and wish to meet. Thus far, your impression is strictly based on photos and messaging. However, you wouldn't want to drive to the other side of town and after five minutes face-to-face think, "Gee, this was a waste of time." Thus, prolong meeting in person by inviting them to initially webcam. It saves gas, money, time, and any awkwardness you may have stepped into. Just to be safe, have a user name that is difficult to determine your full name and personal information, increase your privacy settings, and remember you can shut them off (literally) if it gets creepy or inappropriate.
- Save more gas! Finally, let's say that all three steps were successful. Meeting via webcam gave you a more complete idea of the person: facial expressions, voice, sense of rhythm, and so on. Plan to meet during the day for coffee or your lunch break near your place of work to save on time and gas. If your schedule isn't contusive, you work from home, or evenings/weekends are better, plan to meet on a day where you're running errands. Choose a familiar and public place with wifi, but not one of your favorite haunts. Arrive earlier, and bring a device that lets you get some work done. After the date, insist that you need to get more work done, and that way you can leave your meeting place after they are long gone. This is both for security reasons as well as making you feel your gas miles were put towards productive use.
- Save the planet. Wow, congratulations! You've made it to the second date, and I hope it is everything you've dreamt of. Your dates can be made greener by supporting local businesses, spending time in nature, choosing to travel via public transport or cycling, and visit establishments with good green agendas.
Your future true love will appreciate your efficiency and green sensibility. Following the first four steps saves time, money, and the environment. The fifth step maintains the sustainability lifestyle that makes you so lovable in the first place.