How to be a designer X 3?

It is always exciting to meet designers….any designers!

I find ALL designers understand and think alike, or at the very least appreciate the design process one goes through… even if they come from different design industries: fashion, graphic, interior, etc.  With this understanding, one can imagine how I felt getting introduced to a designer with THREE different areas of design all rolled into ONE:  Rachel from

She is the creative force behind her design studio with three similar but distinctive design services: stylist, photography, graphic design.  It is time to ask the  designer how she creates all these beautiful images.

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Can you think like a developer?

It was a question posed by a client who bought a rental property, and wanted to completely upgrade the building, and planned to sell the property for a profit while  I was in the midst of  describing how we can add value to the building through new designs.

At the moment, I had to stop wearing the  “architect’s hat”, but trying a new one: developer’s/ investor’s/ client’s.   Continue reading →


How to wear head to toe design?

I have been pretty lucky with random networking meetings recently…It is not usually expected to meet a person at random events, and make connections. However,  for some reasons (maybe it has to do with the temperature finally rising above minuses, and me going out for more networking events :)), I met many designers from various industries; fashion, interior design, and then most recently the jewelry design. It’s always fascinating to learn about how they work, where their inspirations come from, as well as about  the designers themselves. In addition, using their design skills to build their businesses is an intriguing story, I never get tired of hearing about.  As a designer /entrepreneur myself,  the final point about  “building their business”, I am incessantly curious how they are bringing these two roles to their work and life.

Jewelry Designer, Laurie Fleming  is such a person who is building her business using her design skills.  Please check out her beautiful website for all her creations and make sure to pick up a few pieces!  And also to ask her all the questions you have about all things’ jewelry design!

As you already know, I’m always curious about how all of us designers work and where their ideas come from, whether it is creating a beautiful jewelry piece, or trying to make sense of organizing the building floor plans in my case.   

Check out her views on her work, design, life, etc. in her own words.

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Why you need to have Hat Attitude!

Design is Design!

I have always believed in the sentiment above…. Well, more correctly design processes work the same in all design fields;  start from the ideas, and then those get translated into visual images of sketches, physical models, etc. and then finally seeing the physical outcome of your idea.  They work the same in whether designing a building, dress, or a hat!

I have also enjoyed meeting various designers, and learned about how their thinking process started and eventually arriving at the final product. I met such a designer, Amparo Findlay (, and poked her thoughts on all things related to hat design, hat attitude, hatitude.  Here is Amparo’s story on building the hat empire….   Continue reading →

AODA accessibility

Ready for Accessibility?

AODA clock ticking started on Jan. 1, 2015

The holidays are a distant memory now.

Now I am in the thick of my “work mode” after surviving the holidays;  having too much of everything – food, gifts, and the infamous annual new year’s resolutions which “keep” getting updated.  However, there was one constant topic that was kept popping up at the work since December last year:  AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) implementation starting on the first day of this year.  I had been getting a few different phone calls from my  past, as well as potential clients with this particular question and its implication to their projects:  What is AODA?  Of course, the question always follows with “do I need to consider this AODA thing for my project?”   Continue reading →