Archive: Apr 2014

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Translucency Hovers Within Reach

    Translucency can take many forms. Every day at GPI we revel in the translucent qualities found in building materials such as onyx, glass, wood, and resin. Usually forming the show stopping features of a building, their materiality is exposed and celebrated for all to see. With such focus on translucency at center stage, rarely do […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Hustle Without the Bustle

    The state of being “busy” is constantly celebrated in the workplace, particularly in this office full of designers and creators. We race towards drawing deadlines, hammer out coordination emails at lightning speeds, and revel in late night design vignettes. And for those of us with a longer commute, even the morning trip to work can […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Chickasso

    What happens when you cross a chicken and a paint brush? No, this is not your typical why did the chicken joke – artist Echo Yang actually straps a painting device to a wind-up toy. Transforming the mechanical chicken into a Picasso protégé, the video recordings of the toy’s painting process are even more curious […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Pint-Sized Design Perspectives

    We’ve been talking a lot about “basics” in our office lately – the essentials of communication within the design process, basic design tools as building blocks, and fundamental engineering concepts. With a team full of seasoned veterans and vibrant designers, rarely do these conversations involve the thought processes and design opinions of young children; we […]

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  5. Back to Basics #2: Repetition

    The act of doing something over and over isn’t always a good idea. Especially when it comes to doing some things in particular – like stealing your co-worker’s lunch out of the fridge, for example – it is probably not good to make a habit out of it. But in some cases, repetition can be […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Flexible Forest of Light

    Our backlit features, in all of their beauty, are proudly monolithic and rigidly calculated. We debate over 1/32” changes in joint lines, the words “align”, “coordinate”, “tolerance” are plastered across our shop drawings, and we sweat over manufacturing tolerances at fractions of a millimeter. With such deep-seated precision in our daily design work, it’s no […]

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