Month: February 2015

Exploring Monterrey

It’s been a bit quiet ’round these parts this past week because I’ve been traveling in Monterrey and haven’t had much of a chance to write. Despite the week not being productive on the blog front, it was in fact awesomely productive on other fronts and the trip was well worth it. You might recall that I was also in Mexico three weeks ago (I happened upon that awesome ball pit at Universidad Regiomontana, remember?); it was great to go back so soon and spend some quality time both exploring the city and engaging in challenging and rewarding design work. I spent Monday in meetings for the collaboration we’re setting up there (related to the whole desk-dweller-by-day thing) and then Tuesday and Wednesday I co-taught a workshop on human-centered design. And it was fantastic. My co-instructor has a wealth of great knowledge and experience, the participants were enthusiastic and engaged, and best of all they’re embedded in an innovative organization that I know will integrate the approaches and methods we taught them into their daily work. And that’s what makes this …

Q: what do web design, a stairway, and a floor plan have in common?

So I’ve been on Pinterest for a while now and I tend to sort of do my own thing and pin away as I see fit without much regard for whether the images will appeal to others. As opposed to here, where I am intentionally hoping to share things with you that you will like and enjoy… Anyway, every now and then I notice that certain pins of mine are pinned over and over and over again. I’m always a touch bemused by which the popular ones are and there are three in particular that get endless amounts of attention so I thought I’d share them with you here and get your take. It’s funny, I really like the two images (the third one — a floor plan — is sort of in a category of its own), but of the over a thousand pins I have to date, I wonder whether these ones would be in my top five or top ten if I ever had to choose? Anyway, here they are: the three most popular pins from my account… Number 1: An …

A New Room for Little L

Textured Modern has been filled with kid-related posts recently, which goes a little against what I was hoping to create in this space. The thing is, we’re tossing around some ideas to liven up some of our spaces and have been industriously engaged in some pretty full on home reorganization, and out of all of this has come a lot of kid-related reflection. To those of you without kids, please bear with me through this a-b-c, 1-2-3 time, I promise lots of good adult-focused content in the coming weeks. I want to share what I’ve been working on for the revitalization of Little L’s room. I love his room now, I really do, and those of you know me are aware of how meticulously considered his first room was. After all, we didn’t anticipate a lot of kid things seeping out into the main living area (and other than the playroom under the stairs, we were pretty spot on) and so I wanted to create a space for him that would be full of things he …