Coffee With an Architect 43 Ideabooks

Designing all day (and all night) long can be exhausting. And sometimes you need to take a break. Wouldn't it be great if you could just kick back with a few like-minded design-savvy friends and relax? But what would you do? Fortunately I've devised the perfect distraction in the form of the world's most angst-ridden board...
How to Design Anything
Design might seem difficult, mainly because it is, but with the right approach, you can overcome even the most difficult challenge.
The Brain of a Designer, in Diagrams
Admit it. You've always thought that designers were different than everyone else, haven't you? Maybe something about the way they see the world is slightly off? Perhaps it has something to do with the structure of their brains. Maybe. Let's find out.
10 Tips to Help You Put Off Procrastinating
Design projects can be challenging. And often the hardest part to overcome is the simple act of starting. So, I've developed these simple tips to help you break out of the cycle of procrastination and really start digging in.
The Molecular Structure of Design
Architectural terms like "modern," "design" and "order" mean different things to different people, so let's break them down to their basic elements.
What Is Your Designer's Attitude Type?
Here are a few simple graphics to quench your thirst for a well-designed life. See what I did there? I know. I'm sorry.
8 Valentines From Architects
Architects are nothing if not romantic; here are a few special cards to prove it. Feel free to share the design love.
The Many Paths of Design, Part 2
A new build or remodel, whether commercial or residential, can take many twists and turns between start and finish. A few diagrams may help.
Architectural Abbreviations Explained
Architects are not fond of words. We're a visual bunch typically, but occasionally we need to add notes to our images to explain the concepts to others. I think it's safe to say that "noting up" our drawings is the least favorite task of all architects....
Classification of the Design Species
Your guide to spotting architects, interior designers, interns, contractors and homeowners in the wild.
A Quiz for Architects in Question
Instructions for taking this quiz: Read the questions and answer quickly. Try not to think about your answers; just go with the first one that comes to mind for each. Then consult the answers at the bottom of the page to determine if you are or are not...
Hitting the Bars to Explain the Design Process
Designing a new home or renovating an existing home can be an ordeal. You'll probably experience a whole range of emotions during the process, from excitement, to confusion, to frustration, to exhaustion, to an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and...
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