Readings – Brainstorming


By completing this body of text I should be able to Develop techniques used in brainstorming that will energize my ideas and analysis techniques.

I will be able to understand my personal interests and how I can apply them in the design field

I will be able to recognized a question based upon research an be able to answer using a research process, and finally be able to demonstrate my paths of inspiration through design processes.


Broad topic

Capstone project

Concept mapping

Conceptual blockbusting



Lateral thinking

Narrowed topic

Professional portfolio

Research question

Restricted topic


Vertical thinking

” Art is not something you do, its a way of life “ – julia Cameron

Julia’s opening paragraph is informative about the structure in learning to becoming successful which I greatly appreciate, she speaks about the choreography of life which enriches your designs as one aspect, be it the day to day routine to the things we do to pass time and how they seep into one another.

Understanding your values is something I never considered when thinking of becoming a Designer. I’m not even sure what my values are, but it is important to understand what yours are and to embrace them. I looked online to understand what values were and came across a video explaining that times when I felt most proud, most successful, happiest, were all the things that I valued in life.  I realized that I was keen on doing well and found satisfaction on completing things to a high standard, it also made me happy if I was very good at something. Friendships and spending time having fun with people who I loved was also a value so I found a way of cross comparing them all on my lists and ordered them into my order of significance.




being the best




Your values are all about how you proceed to accomplish or solve a problem, nurturing your young ideas is important in being a designer, as you wouldn’t see a child and cast them aside as they was not born with mathematics skills. Things take time, and if you reject things too early you may miss a crucial key to success. Ideas need details, a simple idea has many flaws, but working through the kinks in an idea as it gradually gets more composed and detailed you begin to see a more believable picture, and also, one idea is never singular, most ideas inspire new ones if you give them an open minded run.

 Reflection Questions

Why did I choose this professional path? I have always loved colour mark making applying pen to paper and making things, I was always comforted by drawing things that I thought were beautiful, usually designing princesses dresses from a young child and drawing what I felt from music. Growing up I found little enjoyment in many subjects than expressive ones like sport and drama, and finally doing an art and design course was when I felt most happiest in my life so far.

Do you see yourself as an artist? I see myself as someone who creates marks using medium that I enjoy, who thinking about it, needs to submerge myself into my art world more.

What message do I want to give to the world? Different is good, Empowerment of nature, Spiritual connection, Emotions and goodwill, I want people to feel encouraged, involved and inspired by my art.

Can this studio become an opportunity to further explore your own personal questions? How do you want to grow over the next year? Yes I am always willing to self improve, I believe life is about developing into the next form of yourself, as life changes, we change with it.

What inspires me? Opposing patterns shapes colours that work oddly together, like a strong geometric print with a bold primary colour, I enjoy to see harmony in disconnection. I find raw art satisfying, a piece that you can see the energy thrown into it, a piece that doesn’t look controlled but has the same aesthetic beauty you would find in any well composed piece.

How can you create a fusion of your personal life, the elements of this world that move you, and the art that you create every day in your designs and drawings? I suppose making note of the things that I see that inspire me would be a great start to this, always keeping some form of notebook would certainly get the ball rolling.

The next activity was to find a source of images from internet, books magazines personal photo’s and to create a mood board. After looking around my room I realized that I had already created such a composition on my accommodation wall.


Pondering the subconscious order of the collage I have made, noticing the connections between them is some what difficult. I have noticed the primary colour of red appears slightly more dominantly than the other colours. Pencil appears to be my favorite choice of medium to sketch with.

The order that I have placed my images in resembles a considered mess, I have aimed to balance out larger images across the entirety of the board, filling with smaller images to fill the gaps to keep the composition. I have also noticed that the smaller images seem to be the ones overlapping, to break the seams between the images.

I feel I am more of a contemporary designer, but not necessarily a minimalist. Sort of venturing to a post modernism- twist on a collector/hoarder. Vibrancy is key to my work. Other than that black monochrome would be my second proffered style. which ties into my style of opposition. I feel the environment I like to create is a comforting vibrant style, filled with visual stimulation. An inspiring space if you like, filled with trinkets and colour, exciting visuals.

I’ve discovered that I am a vibrant, somewhat eccentric designer, but with clear ideas of realism. I’ve discovered that my highest goal would to have my own business, and to still be very much a personal designer, I want to stray away from online design and keep the personality there when dealing with customers. I’ve realized I want to work in a city environment, but not of the largest of city’s, but somewhere classic, That being said I would love to live out of the city, more of a countryside log cabin, a blissful retreat.

Light, colorful and spacious I would love my work environment to be, a social area too, a place to share ideas and bounce of each other.

What excites me about interior design?  Colour, furnishings, creating different environments, exploring my own style, creating something a little wacky that no one else has for their home. being able to understand colour schemes and textures so well that its second nature.

1. How can fresh produce and healthy food be brought to low-income neighborhoods that often lack these resources? 

1, Encourage people to invest in a greenhouse, this can be made simply by hand or bought, and tot hen grow their own produce, this can be a great way to nurture the mind, an a great break away from the stresses of life.  2, Their could be a business created owning some fields where the produce is grown on a larger scale and then brought in to the shops.


2. How can color affect the human experience psychologically and physiologically?

Colours are psychologically connected to us without us realizing it. Some of it is primal, resembling colours of red, blood and equaling them to danger or warning colours, for instance lady birds are poisonous and they are also red. We associate green with relaxation, this is from the green grasses of nature, usually accosted with peace and tranquility, but also green is neutral on the chemical scale, resembling neutral emotions. So using colour within design, is used to pull our emotions to the desired feeling, so it is important to understand the connection between colours and the senses conjured around that.

3. How can we bring playtime back into educational spaces for children?

I think it is important to engage children in problem solving in early ages, so with our modern era, technology is at our finger tips, perhaps in order to get into some play spaces, children much solve a simple puzzle, with the attention of teachers close to help, I think this involves learning and playtime together.

I believe interaction works ten fold to simply listening, during lessons, maybe some interactive boards for children to touch the right answer would be beneficial, as they are being visually and energetically stimulated rather than sat fidgeting and loosing their attention span.

4. How can we help patients in hospitals maintain their sense of dignity and control?


5. What is the quality of life in nursing homes?

I have never visited a nursing home, but I can imagine the level of energy put into looking after them is some what high, however, I believe their should be specific job roles allocated to cleaning and serving the patients and to interact them with games suited to their age, perhaps listening to old time classics, or reacquainting them with old board games they used to play. Moreover, I think the colour schemes should always be vibrant and energetic, with lots of natural light, windows, and a beautiful outdoor area for them to roam as they like.

6. How can I redefine the spaces we live in?

I think by reaching out more to specifi and personal needs the spaces we live can be redefined to suit us personally, rather than simply sleeping eating and moving in a room, help us to interact with a space in a way that makes us feel special and happy. This could taylor to disabilities or a more glamorous approach, or even some sort of LED apparatus than can be manually changed to suit all preferences.

7. How can we reduce waste and increase sustainability and efficiency in retail spaces?

Change the use by date to a realistic date for efficiency rather than profit. To reduce waist, perhaps a bin weight limit should be applied to per household per week that would make people think twice about their waist, also with advertisements explaining the good nature behind this decision and how sustainability will be affecting the planet in a positive way.

8. How can I revitalize the cultural identity of a community?

Signage posters street art, shop design should all be considered within the cultural guidelines, of religion or simply design. I think this would help culture a city and make them more appealing to travelers. This would also bring back a sense of harmony between people, and make them proud of their community.

9. How can I empower people with limited mobility through the application of Universal Design?


10. Can ADA regulations be treated as an opportunity for artistic expression in a public space?

Perhaps not, the idea I am getting from this question is to publicly display attitudes towards disability on the streets with signage and art. I feel in its self is its own form of discrimination.

11. What would make a truly unique vacation experience?

Something new, a new way to travel perhaps, by boat or car, and a personalized room, maybe hotels could allow you to choose a room type suited to you rather than them all being standard.

12. How can design protect public safety?

With regards to darkened alleys, and side walks, a more open and light space should be considered, something that’s less visually frightening, or perhaps cutting off public access to back darkened alleys at night time, keeping them more open to other civilians if help is needed.

13. How can art stimulate creativity for scientists?

Art, is used for inspiration in almost all aspects of life from colour to shape to even being visually pleasing. In terms of sciences I believe art can be of great inspiration for creativity as with art you can produce any visual composition you like, perhaps a combination of things that would never be seen past the imaginations eye, and this in turn could inspire scientists to research into things that they never thought of combining.

14. Can imagery and metaphors be used to extract the deep-seated needs of a user population?


15. What does it mean to be a war veteran and what is the best way to heal a wounded soldier?

A war veteran is a life of dedication and honor, although I know seldom of how to treat and heal a wounded soldier, I believe comfort would be of importance, living in such harsh and horrific conditions would have been horrific, so id suggest a warm welcoming, peaceful retreat as far different from the conditions they suffered, with a huge amount of respect given, this would in turn make the soldiers fee appreciated for their hard efforts which I believe would speed physical and mental healing processes.

16. How can design instill a deeper and richer life experience within a space?

A simple house without design is is simply a shell of product that will simply be used. With design you can create a harmonious connection between human interaction and needs in a way that pleased us and makes our lives seem sweeter. This could be with the layout could be more spacious and easy to flow through, could even give the illusion of more spaciousness which gives the mind space to think. The attention to detail within design could be the difference between a house and a home.

Activity 4.3

What three classes or studio projects in school have inspired you? Explain why.

  • Drawing from observation – This project helped me to understand the value of drawing what i see and now what I think I see, I found that my skills developed a lot further when ding this project.
  • Painting – I enjoyed learning about the colours that worked well and the paint applications.
  • Ceramics _ I enjoyed working with the clay to create organic style pots with my hands, I enjoyed the complexity of it, I had time to perfect my pots and loved the outcomes of them.

What five things interest you outside of school?

3• What three architects, designers, designs, or styles inspire you?

Kelly Hoppen – As an Interior designer her online website is fantastic, not only does she offer her beautiful designs but she also posts delicate videos explaining how to balance a space properly and the does and don’ts for preparing a shelf. To me this screams a designer who Loves her practice, more than the love for the profit, and to me this is utterly inspirational.

Sir Norman fosters architectural designs support both organic and geometric designs that are contemporary twists on the standards of designs, he is a British designer and communicates his ideas through a simple clear diagram, he speaks out to me the most as an architect because I believe in my own style when i see his work,  see that designs do not need to be the most complex and beautiful things, they need to be clear and apparent.

Post modernism – Is my proffered movement of the years, its stylish twist on function is interesting and inspirational, Also, it can rarely be torn between today’s designs and that of the 60&70’s.


4. What three places or spaces anywhere in the world do you find interesting or inspiring?

I love India‘s natural colour schemes of bold reds oranges and yellows, I also love their attention to culture, how they live and support the Buddhist teachings and believe so spiritually in their gods.

Canada – This place has a vast variety of terrains to explore and get inspiration from, from soft sandy beaches to high peak mountainous ranges with snow settled upon them. Huge forestry with lakes and secret escapes seems such an exciting place to travel for me, and of course with its huge variety of city’s within Canada, your sure spoiled for choice.

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5. Are there any social, political, economic, health-related, or design issues that you have been thinking about lately? Have any problems come to your attention recently that you wish you could solve?

I have been wondering of ways to be more energy efficient. I have came up with the idea of limiting energy resources per person in student accommodations, with a digital usage meter for light energy. I believe Student accommodation energy is abused and rightly so, we believe we have payed for it so we can abuse it, but for the sake of the planet, this is not acceptable.

6. Outside of interior design, what fields do you find interesting or exciting?

I’m interested in Art in general, I also appreciate architecture. But importantly I am interested by people, I enjoy people watching and would love to be able to fully understand human behaviors, and psychology.

7. In interior design or other fields, what topics do you tend to read about in books and magazines or on the Internet?

I am subscribed to Interior Design sources that come as a free magazine to my accommodation.

8. What five design issues, types of interior spaces, or people would you most like to study?

Home – Retail – Hotel – play areas both in and outdoors.  I would be interested in working with a range of people to begin with and then develop my skills set from here, I defiantly want to keep my options and directions open.

9. List five changes you would like to make to the world if you could:

I would like to stop the media publicizing people who are not worthy of being role models.

I would like to develop learning environments for young people to want to learn and to understand how ‘cool’ it is, to be smart.

I would like to create a sense of unity across the earth that would stop war and instead work together.

I would like to live in a world that respected the planet, and worked together to save the environment and keep the earth beating

I would like to stop animal mass production and killing, the living conditions that these animals have to bear is disgusting, and has pushed me to only eat organically farmed meat.

Selecting Your Design Issue: What do you want to become and Expert in?

Building Materials, Finishes, and Systems

  • Carpentry/fabrication/Manufacturing
  • Visual Display/Presentation
  • Day lighting, Skylight, Glazing

Design and Aesthetics

  • Acoustics
  • Aesthetics
  • Colour
  • Conceptualization an Visualization
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Elements Of Design
  • Gender Influence/ Preferences
  • Influence of Time
  • Lighting Design
  • Narrative/Meaning in Design
  • Spatial Composition and Articulation
  • Sustainable/Green Design

Furnishings, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E)

  • Custom Fixtures/ Furniture Design
  • Decorative Elements/accessories Art
  • Textile selection, Specifications

Codes and Safety

  • Environmental Health
  • Toxic Waste Management
  • Planning and Policy
  • Fire Codes/ Life Safety principles

Personal/ Individual Needs and Factors

  • Development and Learning
  • Environmental Control
  • Ergonomics
  • Health Effects
  • Personalization of Space
  • Accessibility
  • Privacy/ Social Interaction
  • productivity and Performance
  • Psychological/Social
  • Quality of Life and Well- Being
  • Safety an Security
  • Sensory Responses
  • Stress
  • Transitions/ Birth death marriage.

Design Business and Process

  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Budgeting
  • Client Contact/Interaction
  • Interaction of Technology
  • Renovation and Expansion
  • Space Planning
  • Tenant Improvement
  • Strategic Planning

Activity 4.5 

Purpose; To reveal the diversity of project types available to you and to help you focus on your project on a type of space that interests you

The Spaces: What Type of Space Are You Interested in Designing


  • Amusement/ Theme Park
  • Movie Theater
  • Nightclub/ Special Events


  • Day Care Center
  • Museum/ Gallery/ Zoo
  • School Education Facility
  • University/ College Institute

Hospitability/ Resturant

  • bar/lounge
  • Catering/Weddings
  • casino
  • Cruise Ship
  • Hotel/Motel/ Lodging Facility
  • Restaurant/Cafe. Theme Restaurant

Outdoor Space

  • National Park
  • Park and green space / Landscape
  • Urban landscape
  • Beach/Waterfront
  • Camp
  • Garden


  • Mobile Home
  • Second/ Vacation home
  • Single Family Housing

Retail/Store Planning

  • Shopping Center
  • Showroom
  • Clothing and Fashion Retail


Activity 4.6 ( Selecting your End User )

Purpose: To consider the type of user you are interested in designing for, or the type of user who will most likely be using your space.

Selecting Your End User: Who Do You Want to Design For


  • Cognitive / Learning
  • Vision Impaired


  • dolescent/Teenager
  • Young and Middle-aged Adult


Worker/Occupant Type

  • Actor / Performer
  • Apprentice/ Intern/Trainee
  • Business Traveler
  • Client
  • Families
  • Homeowner
  • Homeless/Displaced
  • Traveler
  • Student
  • Renter
  • Professional
  • Owner

Brainstorming and Creativity


This tool is flexible, it provides information that is directional, that can move easily from one point to another. This concept map shows your thought process directly and quickly and enables you to make connections easily. This is a way if brainstorming your ideas in a manageable way, so that you are not overwhelmed by the amount.

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Activity 4.7 Build your own Concept Map

Purpose: To help you further explore the interests you checked in the previous Activities. This brainstorming Activity may also help you see ways to combine those interests with your own personal and social interests.




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