Over spring break, I took a ferry from LA to Catalina Island and couldn't help but notice that the Interiors were more interesting than some fine eating establishments I have visited. Why is that?? Perhaps they wanted something more out of the space than typical mass transit gives you. I think this is a great example of how you can take the most ordinary thing and turn it into something extraordinary. Not that this interior was 5th avenue bound, but it was still amazing to see the time and detail taken on standard things such as a mode of mass transit. The layout was also great with seating for small groups and individuals as well.
We expect good design in things such an airplane and car, but what about a buss or ferry?
What are some ordinary things you might have visited or seen that featured great design?
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I'm going to take a break from the more exciting side of design and look more at the less glamorous side of things. Codes are something that we must abide by as designers to meet the safety of the public. Codes vary from design to design and depending on what the design is and what codes are needed to make the design safe. I'm going to focus on fire safety in design. I had a little brush with fire this past weekend at my apartment and I think it made me realize that codes are more than the typical safety aspect that you might find when designing. I'm giving full credit to the designer of my apartment for keeping the whole building from going up in flames. Everything from the sprinkler system, the fire detectors and the FF&E kept it form getting out of control. In high density buildings, its important that you select materials that are fire proof and keep the fire from spreading. The carpet, mattress & furniture were all fire rated and kept the blaze from spreading around the room. Fire detectors are a must in every room no matter the size and shape. And while sprinkler systems are not the most fancy of things, its always important to have one installed in a high density building. Without the sprinkler system, my room mates and I would have lost everything. Codes are something that you must always look at as a positive design aspect. They save peoples belongings and lives. And as a designer, we have an obligation to keep the users health and safety at high importance at all times.