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: : DesignPlan News : :

The first quarter of 2011 has seen the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remain virtually unchanged and right at,
or slightly above, the break-even level. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects
the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 50.5, a negligible decrease from a
reading of 50.6 the previous month. This score reflects a modest increase in demand for design services
(any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.7, up significantly from a mark of 56.4 in February.

“Currently, architecture firms are essentially caught swimming upstream in a situation where demand is not
falling back into the negative territory, but also not exhibiting the same pace of increases seen at the end of 2010,”
said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The range of conditions reported continues to span a
very wide spectrum with some firms reporting an improving business environment and even ramping up staffing,
while others continue to operate in survival mode. The catalyst for a more robust recovery is likely financing,
with stronger growth occurring only when lending institutions begin approving credit for construction projects
with much greater regularity.”

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: : DesignEvents : : SEGD Annual Conference

Montréal, June 1 – 4, 2011
SEGD – Society for Environmental Graphic Design 

SEGD Conference+Expo+Awards

Inspiring communication design in the built environment

> en Francais

SEGD’s annual event is the only international conference focused on communication design for the built environment.
For the global community of designers, industry professionals, educators, and design clients who strive to create
compelling, emotive, and information-rich environments, it is an invaluable source of inspiration, education, and networking.

An innovative conference format will combine stimulating talks by design thought leaders, engaging panel discussions,
networking opportunities, and fun project tours around beautiful and design-centric Montreal. Attendees will be actively
encouraged to “Join and Participate” through a series of activities including a speed dating-inspired Face2Face event,
a night of Short Clips presentations, and a new Design Improv session that will team up participants to solve
real-world design problems.

Vive La Diversité
Designing the Difference

The word “diversity” has two meanings, one traced to the Middle English divers(e) (meaning several and many) and
one from the Old French divers and Latin diversus (meaning different, contrary, or separate.) Thanks to these origins,
we inherited a term with multiple and contradictory interpretations. Diversity is variety and multiformity but it is also
the quality of being different, unique, unlike others.

So what about diversity in design? Aren’t we always looking for the design gurus? For a strong paradigm?
For the iconic and different rather than multiple streams?

As the world becomes a global village without borders, we are more exposed than ever to a variety of expressions and possibilities.
Can diversity in design be a driver of positive change, embracing the vast complexity of expressions and values in our world?
Can designing our constantly changing environments become a primary catalyst for social and cultural change?

For this first international SEGD Conference+Expo+Awards, speakers from around the world and from diverse disciplines
will discuss how the integration of science, technology, academia, new media, innovative approaches, and concepts can
influence design, and how design communicates this to the world.

The perfect setting for a conversation on diversity is Montreal, a city that has embraced it throughout its history.
A multicultural and cosmopolitan city, it showcases the beauty of diversity and reflects our conference theme:
Vive La Diversité – Designing the Difference.

Udo Schliemann
Chair, 2011 SEGD Conference+Expo+Awards

Some of the scheduled speakers:

Ramtin Attar – Autodesk Research

Ruedi Baur    – Integral Concept

Kate Browne   – L’Autre Montréal

Michel Dallaire  – Michel Dallaire Design Industriel

Michael Gericke  – Pentagram

Gregory Neely  – Forge Media + Design

Udo Schliemann  –  Gottschalk + Ash International

Garth Walker  –  Mister Walker Design

Go to http://montreal.segd.org for infornation.

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: : DesignResources : :

Cordless lighting – yes….you read it correctly…..

Winner of the Australian Design Award and Red Dot Design Award
Neoz Cordless Lighting has provided superior ambience for hotels, restaurants and more worldwide.

From candle flicker to illuminating a dinner table – the high end designs of the NEOZ Cordless Lamps are without equal, and feature:

  • Up to 33 hours of light on a single charge
  • Excellent Color Rendering from the halogen light provides unmatched skin tone and food color
  • Multiple light settings for dimming and candle modes
  • Rechargeable Lithium ion battery
  • Battery charge indicator gauge on the base of each lamp
  • Highest quality components with up to three years warranty
  • Environmentally friendly

NEOZ is represented in USA and Canada by

Greenchance Inc.

1820 N. Beverly Glen Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90077

P (213) 255.1769 F (310) 359.0885


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: : DesignPlan : :  Cool Idea

In this renovation the floor plan was revised so that the main level guest bathroom would become a powder room, and give the guest bedroom a private bath.
The objective was to create a  pretty powder room for visitors.  In their travels, during renovation planning, the clients came across this shower in disguise –
it’s carefully tucked away behind a pair of doors in the powder room.  Guests will assume it is only a linen closet.  However, a  hinged glass shower
door allows the door to slide out of the way, handy when showering with the wooden doors closed.
Any moisture issues are dealt with via a robust evacuation fan system. Note the simple elegance and relationship between the outer double doors and
the shower door.

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: : DesignPlanArchitecture : :

I have no way to verify this – and, frankly, it doesn’t much matter…..it is said that this house is one of the homes
of the Khaddaffi children – in south of France.

Quite simply, it is spectacular as an example of exquisite detailing and design ……. leastwise, that’s my opinion…
what’s yours?

Clearly, money was no object in this réalisation ……

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: : DesignTrek : :



‘It’s you! Hello….. yes, well – I’m in London right now. No – I did go back to New York…… after you dumped me.
Of course you dumped me! You took me to that beautiful yacht, spoiled me for a week – gave me some cockamamie
story that you ‘had work to do’- and put me on a plane to Milan.’

‘Yes – now I do know what you do, for work -I mean….yes – I know it’s important. No – I’m not sulking….
well – a little bit, I suppose….no – yes! I mean, ‘Yes’ I do miss you – a little bit. Oh alright – more than a little bit.’

‘You want me to what? You can’t be serious…..I can’t. I have a date….none of our business with who…’

‘Well – if you really must know, it’s with royalty…..yes! I’ve been invited to his hunting lodge…..for the week-end.
You know I don’t hunt – or shoot guns or stuff…..Why should I? Tell me, why should I cancel? Where?
Have you lost your mind? Where is it?’

‘Isle of Rum, you say….to a hunting lodge also? You can’t be serious…..where is this Isle of Rum?’

‘That sounds awfully lonely……I don’t know – you know, you really upset me, sending me away like you did….’

‘Why would we be going there anyway? To see a yacht? Another yacht? Is this, like, another project?
What’s the name of this one? Madiz? Oh – I know Madiz – it’s in Spain, yes? Oh … Cadiz – yes, you’re right.

Well what’s so special about this one? You’re kidding! The very oldest yacht in existence? Wow!
That would be interesting to see ….. how old is it exactly? 1913?  That is old…..does it still float?
Oh….I see – a complete re-fit – what you call a diedock, right….oh – sorry, DRYDOCK! Got it…..

http://www.madiz.com – okay, I’ll take a look…..

Yes – I see – and now, you think  I’m good enough to work with you, huh? Well, ,we’ll talk about it…..’

‘I’ll think about it – send me an e-mail with some pictures and call me tomorrow. Yes – I’ll delay my departure
to Glasgow until I have had a chance to look at what you send me.’

‘Yes – well, I miss you too – a little……call me tomorrow afternoon…’


Isle of Rum – never heard of it …… two hours off the Scottish coast. Who in their right mind would live there?

Lemme see – I’ll so my own research…..

 Yes – here we are…..www.isleofrum.com

Interesting…. it says here : :

The construction of Kinloch Castle started in 1897 using red sandstone imported from Annan,
Dumfriesshire and took three years to build employing upwards of 300 craftsmen.
Including stonemasons, carpenters, woodcarvers, stained glass makers and many other specialist trades.
One in particular however was almost unique, that of electrician, as Kinloch Castle was the first
private residence in Scotland to have electricity, with a dam constructed on the Coire Dhu
burn for hydro generation.
The bill for this exceptional piece of grand architecture and bespoke decoration was
approximately £15 million in today’s money.

….Kinloch Castle was built primarily as a grand hunting lodge replacing a much smaller lodge and not as a
permanent residence. Besides two other residences (Meggernie Castle was inherited by his brother
Major John Ian Bullough (1885-1936) George owned a 221ft Clyde built yacht called the Rhouma.
With the Rhouma (pictured in the Bay of Naples, by Antonio de Simone dated 1895) he sailed around the world.

And yes – there it is….the Madiz ….

Ring Ring … Ring Ring …. Ring Ring ….

‘Yes – hello?’

‘Oh – it’s you. I thought you forgot about me…..well, it’s pretty late you know….. yes – yes I did…I did check – did my homework.
About Kinloch Castle – is that where we’re staying? It is? Wow! I also found out about the Madiz – yes – it’s quite gorgeous…

‘Well, there’s a RyanAir flight from Heathrow on Wednesday – departs at 4:25, arrives Glasgow at 5:50…..you’ll meet me
there? Where are you know? Oh – Paris….really. Why don’t I wait here and we can fly together. I see – his private jet …..
okay. Yes, well, I’ll wait for you at the airport on Wednesday – that’s the day after tomorrow…..yes, me too. Ciao’

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: : DesignTools : :

Here’s the most curent list of some of the better design-related tools available for the iPad.
Of course, for architects, interior designers and engineers, AutoCAD WS is the best-suited for our
work – the ability to view, notate and mark-up drawings on your iPad, then forward them on
to colleagues and consultants, is a huge benefit.


Penultimate encourages you to take notes, keep sketches, or work through your next breakthrough idea–
whether you’re in the office, on the go, or home on the couch.

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go.
Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe,
including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop® software.


SketchyPad is for website sketching and apps interface making, including iPhone and iPad apps.
This app will make designers, programmers, interface designers life much easier. Easy-to-use
interface and a lot of various stencils will help you to mockup any web sites and apps interfaces.

Air Display

With Air Display, you can use your iPad as a wireless display for your Mac OS X computer.
It lets you position your iPad next to your computer, drag windows onto it, and interact with
those windows as you would on any other computer display.


Ego gives you one central—and lovely—location to check web statistics that matter to you.

You can quickly view the number of visits to your website (including daily, hourly and monthly numbers),
feed subscription totals and changes, how many people are following you on Twitter and more.


WordPress for iPad lets you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages.

All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted blog running WordPress 2.9.2 or higher.


iMockups gives you rapid wireframing and app design on your iPad.


Freeform is a vector drawing tool for your iPad. Create quick sketches, mockups, or diagrams with this

powerful tool. Export your drawings via email in JPG, PNG, or PDF formats, or save to your photo library.

The following are two tools i use for quick sketching….they are both great and easy to e-mail……

ZenBrush : : 

QUILL : : 

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: : DesignLens : :

This week we feature the work of internationally renowned photographer Thierry Dehove.
His work has been the feature for many magazines – on the covers and as feature articles.
Interestingly enough, although a highly accomplished photographer, with huge credential, he considers
himself a graphic designer first and a photographer second.

From his web-site [www.thierrydehove.com], this statement : :

Through this site, I would like to put my 25 years of experience in Paris, Bordeaux, the Caribbean and USA
at your service to help you in this passionate job of yours, which some call Art.
Some people love to say they are artist. I would say I am a Graphic Designer.

Following are but a few of his recent shoots : :

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: : DesignPlan : : : The Interview

As promised, we are moving forward with interviews…..the intent is to have a different one each week.
This week it was to be with Burt Dalfen of Dalfen Sales, but due to some technical difficulties we could
not easily overcome, it will be delayed until next week.
On a similar note, one of my better design students, has managed to get herself a summer internship
with an architectural firm in Bristol, U.K.  She leaves tomorrow and will report for work next week.
I thought it would be really neat, both for her, and you the reader, to be able to ‘tap into’ a young design
interns summer experience……so, I asked her if she might be willing to be our first student foreign correspondent.
Much to her credit (she is a sharp girl….) she immediately agreed.
So, in next week’s instalment we will have our interview with Dalfen Sales, and a ‘Report from the Field’,
from AC…….
 Until then, thanks for visiting….

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