Category Archives: ATLtoNYC

on the inspiration of others

Hey. They’re Roji.

They are the senior lighting studio at Georgia Tech and they need your help to get to Italy. They are making a documentary about ‘what it takes to make it’ on a global scale at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Euroluce in Milan, Italy from April 22-27, which features top designers from all over the world in the areas of furniture and lighting.

I think the most important things I’ve learned in life, I’ve learned in the last month alone. and now Roji’s trip goes to show that you can do a lot if you just get out of your seat and do something.

Their website also only furthers my desire to learn how to code better/faster/more/etc.

on life after NYC, among other things

Getting back to “real life” and “reality” after being away so often this month is really hard – especially when I’ll be leaving again soon! The trip to NYC was a really good experience for all of us, I believe. David worked really hard to get this trip together for us in such a short amount of time AND he drove a bus for 15ish hours to NYC and then 13hoursand40somethingsminutes back. It’s really refreshing and encouraging to have a teacher so dedicated to our education [awww].

But to really put things into perspective: going to New York was a lot more eventful, helpful, and educational than I originally thought it was going to be. Yes, I’ll admit, that I wrongly assumed we’d have much more free time and we’d sort of run around the city – which we did run around the city, but mostly to try and get to all the scheduled places on time! I have been border-line panicky about graduating/trying to get a job/life-in-general while feeling like I don’t know enough about everything yet, when it turns out that most of the people we spoke with took their current jobs as an opportunity to learn more – not because they were already experts in that particular subject matter. Now I feel less scared-out-of-my-freaking-mind, and more able.

I wrote up long notes on each place that we visited, but they’re “anonymously” hanging out on the ATLtoNYC Live Blog so I’m not 100% I want to repeat them – although, none of them were actually “bad”!
Each place we went offered a different peek into the ‘real world’ of this ever-so-hard-to-define-and-constantly-changing-world of DESIGN. Imagine looking into a giant, beautiful mansion, and each window on the various floors of the house is a different design firm or shop or office, and by looking through each window you get to view the interior from different angles, and at different times of the day (with varying levels of caffination) so with each window you look at, the overall impression of the house morphs as you see more intricate details. There was something I sincerely liked or was interested in at each location, as well as something different or creepy or unexpected at every place. For instance, Utley’s makes GIANT fragrance bottles for print-ad shoots so that the resolution of the bottle scaled down in a photo-editing program is much higher AND they fill their more realistic bottles with glycerin and/or lube which is both awesome and disappointing; feels like you’re almost too behind the scenes of the magic that creates pretty pictures of coveted items. The things that stood out the most to me were: Crush + Lovely’s vibe, Smart’s view, Curve ID having no model making shops/tools (and no girls. DANG!), Nulux manufacturing everything in-house, EVERYTHING at Utley’s, ‘crystal netting’ at Rockwell Group, stand-up printer from ECCO (and the Sour Patch Kids in their kitchen), Material Conexion’s vast amount of things I was allowed to touch including pliable stone veneer [sounds so contradictory, right? How does STONE veneer BEND?!?], stingray leather, cement that you can shine light through, etc. etc. etc., Frog Design’s HIV test for SA, how badly I want to be someone at Core77, how to say Karim’s name correctly when Scott took us to see some fun art galleries, and how similar ‘Droog’ seems to ‘drool,’ which is what I did when I went to the store and just stood around with my mouth hanging open!

Now, focusing on this third, and final, project of the semester is proving to be difficult thus far; getting group members together with such varied, busy schedules (Greek Life, employment beyond school work, life) has been hard PLUS the research we’re trying to do is a little tough. IDSA conference is tomorrow (technically Friday, but I leave tomorrow), but I feel like I’d rather stay home if I could stay home – I’ve just been gone so much, I’m getting sick again (hooray stress colds!), and I have some important personal things I need to take care of due to a recent loss of material stuff (i.e. did you know that to replace retainers a crackhead happened to steal out of your trunk is $500? And that’s just a fraction of what’s now gone! At least my lesson has been sincerely learned.)

Having essentially all of my important belongings stolen out of my car the night/early morning after this trip also helps to put things into perspective:
1. As soon as my [still horribly dirty and ransacked] car is cleaned out, I will never leave anything of any kind of any thing in it ever again. Ever. Again.
2. I will now back up everything on my [thus far imaginary, but soon-to-be-real, I’m-sure] computer pretty much every week; I’ll probably have like “back-up Sunday” or something
3. Maybe now [when I have time and am actually in the same city that my apartment is in, and not in NY, Italy, or NOLA] I can live the simpler life that I always wish I had – meaning more organized files, and less shit!

There’s a month left until another year of school is over. Whoa.

on the first day in NYC!

Whoa! We’re in New York City!
Brooklyn, to be exact, using the free wireless in the Holiday Inn Express.
Crush + Lovely got us involved in some awesomely-super-secret taste-testing video-taking; they gave us a new beverage to try, that hasn’t been released yet AND seems to be the first of it’s kind, and then asked us to explain the feeling/experience it “kind of tastes like” on camera.

Smart design probably wins in the category of “BEST FREAKING OFFICE SPACE IN THE WORLD” – their view is BEAUTIFUL and they have a pretty killer prototyping/shop space. Their approach of making working prototypes so soon is dead on; I really like the fact that they sort of chop stuff up as long as it works.

Curve ID is so cool! They’re all sooo talented at sketching, and they can use Wacom tablets way better than your Mom. Their creative line, Mint Inc., did the “hug” salt and pepper shakers that our grade is so familiar with from that project from sophomore year.

We’ve all showered, and updated the internetz, and now we’re heading out for dinner.
The drive went well; we were a little behind schedule all day, but it all worked out.
Everyone seemed to sleep pretty well at night, and now we’re decently settled in to the hotel.
So far, so wonderfully good!
I’m trying to stay mobile-up-to-date via twitter and tumblr.
The live-blog’s been updated, even from the bus!


Ed Jewell, a ninja hero at Danger Press, cranked out some ATLtoNYC.comshirts for us a mere 29 hours before the trip kicks off!!

Another huge THANK YOU to all of our sponsors – the response has been so overwhelming and encouraging.

You can keep up with us on our live blog spot on the site; we’ll be posting frequently with the free wi-fi at the hotel (yes, I asked).

We leave at 5:30 pm tomorrow! ATLtoNYC . com is ON!
Thanks again!

on project 3 and epic cross-country trips kicks off tomorrow late afternoon! Today we mostly talked about trip details and questions, etc.
I’m pretty excited! I just looked up some information on Crush +  Lovely, our first studio tour on Wednesday, and the store Future Perfect. Crush + Lovely, formerly Boom Design Group, does interwebz work which should be really fun – their studio looks pretty chill. And they like dancing, and I like dancing so that seems like a fun pairing 🙂
The Future Perfect store will probably make me cringe with joy because of all the lovely, unique things inside of it that I have no chance in hell of ever being able to purchase until I am 50 and live in a house.

Project 3 is a group project focusing on workspaces; my group is attempting to do observational research at banks but I feel like that’s dangerous ? So we may have to re-focus. We have a lot of research time to put in, but we’re going to be gone to NYC. So hey, NYC banks! Fun! From what I remember about the beginning brief of this project is that we’ll be spending more time actually creating full-scale things, which should be very awesome.

I think I’m a smidgen jet-lagged from being in Italy all week, SO sleeping on the Comfortivity bus should be an interesting experience, too. What makes me most excited about this trip is how well our studio gets along! Or gets along now, before a lot of time being confined to small spaces together. I know this trip will be fantastic, I just wish I had an extra day to clean up around my apartment and settle on my couch before I pick up and leave again, but alas, such is my life [joke. I am totally stoked to be able to go to Italy, NYC, and New Orleans all in one year (would have been better spaced out over three months, instead of all in one, but how can I truly complain?!)!!]

Spring is here, everyone is moving and shaking and the grass is green again. Seems a lot of people are doing a lot of changing and migrating right now; hope we all stay safe and happy as the end of this school year comes to a close, and I come *thatmuch* closer to my senior year of studio.

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