Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Design Boards

Celebrity Bathroom Design for Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City

Pediatrician's Office (2 Boards)

Lighting Plan for a spa (2 Boards)

Office floorplan, furnishings, light fixtures and materials (2 Boards)

Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Design Plan

ASID Student Competition-Skybox with viewing area and sleeping area (3 Boards)
Restaurant materials and furnishings

These are some boards that I created while I was in school for various projects. It's fun to see how some of my work has evolved over the years. Some boards focus on materials, fabrics, and paint, while others focus more on furniture or lighting, concept images or a combination of all of those elements. Of course all of these projects were done within pretty strict parameters because they were assignments for school so some of them aren't my favorites, but they were fun to do nonetheless. Although making design boards definitely appeals to my crafty side, creating boards like these are extremely time consuming and not without mistakes and injuries (I sliced my thumb pretty badly one time with an exacto knife and probably should have gotten stitches, but didn't). Most residential designers don't take the time to do boards like these in the real world because typically clients don't want to pay for the time it takes to create them. Instead designers will use the "loose" method where they will present materials and fabrics by laying them out on the table and letting clients touch and feel the materials for themselves. I didn't get a ton of experience doing the loose presentation method in school, but I experienced it during my internship and it works nicely, takes less time to prepare, and you won't feel defeated if a client doesn't like a certain material because its easy to remove and you haven't just spent 10 hours hot gluing fabric down on a board while burning the tips of your fingers.

Now that I'm done with school, I create design plans for people using computer programs which usually goes much faster and its easier to move things around and try different colors and materials together without losing your mind. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I'll have more of those to show!


  1. It was so much fun to see your work. I can't wait to see more. I'm looking into getting a computer program, but wasn't sure which way to go. Do you use autocad or something else?

  2. Yep, I use AutoCad for floor plans (you can download the student version for free on Autodesk.com-that is what I used for school and will use until I can afford the professional version)and if I render them I'll do that in Photoshop. I also use photoshop to render perspectives or elevations and also to create virtual boards or mood boards like you see at This Young House and lots of other blogs. Let me know if you need help finding the student version of AutoCad and I'll try to find the link!


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