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43 Ideabooks by Coffee with an Architect
Let's Play: Design! The Board Game
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...
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
Ever wonder what's really going on inside the head of your architect or designer? Now's your chance to find out
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
Blank page staring at you? Look it in the eye, then vanquish it in 10 only slightly meandering steps
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?
Sometimes it's hard to tell if your architect or designer's glass is half full or half empty. Here's help
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.
The Forces Acting on Your Design
Perhaps you're not aware of all the dynamic forces at work in your home design process. Here's a graphical analysis
Sometimes opposing forces can combine for a better end result. Sometimes not so much.
8 Valentines From Architects
Special relationships deserve special cards. These are custom designed for love in all its glass and steel glory
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.
The Many Paths of Design, Part 1
Blame engineering issues, unforeseen revisions or even the Internet. As these diagrams show, it's probably not your fault
Sometimes the path to a great design is not a straight line.
Architectural Abbreviations Explained
Cryptic notes on architectural plans and drawings lose their power to baffle with this decoding help
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....
The 12 Days of Architecture
On the 12 days of Christmas, what will architecture give to you?
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
Simple bar charts and a little math by a seasoned architect give a helpful overview of renovation and new-build proceedings
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...