In a physical sense, I’ve been tearing down walls and kicking down doors, so you could say that I’m alive and kicking in more ways than one!
This past autumn/winter, I’ve been experiencing the other side of design – the physical side. There’s nothing more satisfying than stepping away from a computer and getting hands-on with design. In my case, I’ve been dabbling in behind-the-scenes work involving interior design. More than ever, I’ve been using my eye for design to find creativity, inspiration, and beauty in the smallest of spaces. There are so many skill sets to learn when it comes to this type of design: carpentry/woodworking, metal working, drafting, architecture, painting, and even manual labor. The latter more than ever, because after sitting at a desk in front of a computer for the past twenty years of my life, I’ve found something that my body hasn’t experienced in a long time – a day of honest hard work. At first, it was a chore, but after seeing the slow transition from disaster to beauty, it was well worth it and I even enjoyed the grind of repetitive work. Instead of waiting on other people to see virtual results, I’ve been doing the work myself (with some help, of course) to see physical results. There’s nothing more gratifying. In fact, the results of this new found ambition seeped into my own web designer mentality, which had stagnated for some time, and I’ve made leaps and bounds since then, working on an overdue design for a client with renewed vigor.
I don’t want to mince words any further, but my design eye has been opened to new possibilities everywhere. Everywhere I go now, I see possibilities and inspiration in many areas. While I was on delivery for my parents’ restaurant, I saw a beautifully finished kitchen and living room in a modestly-sized house. The flooring was a deep red hardwood with strong lines and black accents; an unorthodox style. It was at this time that an idea popped into my head for a new design blog; and after a hectic week at work, at home, and catching Conan O’Brien’s first week at TBS, I finally got a chance to register the domain name for this mysterious blog: ArcDesignEye.com. What is it, though? What kind of design will I be blogging about? What does it mean?? You’ll just have to wait like the rest of us to find out (me included, because ideas aren’t tangible yet).