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Balance in Design

Balance in Design

How Balancing Contrasting Methods is Crucial to The Design Process. I often evaluate my design process to help understand myself, but also plan for future projects. Sometimes I analyze my process during, but mostly after I'm designing a product. I have concluded that a key component of my design process is to balance opposing forces. This blog post outlines five contrasting ideas that I balance during design: Forced/Natural:  My goal is to let a design be what it wants to be, rather than forcing it into something pre-conceived, but the challenge is how to find what the design wants to be. Occasionally, when I stumble...

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Eric Jacoby Sketches Featured at UCFA Architect as Artist gallery

We are pleased to announce that Eric Jacoby Travel Sketches will be featured at Utah Center for Architecture - Architects as Artist Gallery on April 18th, 2019. The event will be in conjunction with Architecture Week. Further Reading: Simple trips on making a travel sketch Perspective drawing basics

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Bee  blueprint

An Architectural Process for a Toy Bee

The Tectonic Toy Bee Design Process When we set out to design a bee, we decided that we wanted our Bee Toy to have interesting mechanics and a duality of simplicity and complexity. We didn’t want it to look mean (like a wasp), or worse: cute. We took some time studying different bees.  We researched many diagrams and drawings, but Eric was happy to stumble across this amazing specimen on a hiking trail.   The concept for our toy bee was for the wings to flap when the abdomen (stinger) is pulled by using mechanics which would invoke curiosity and expose the moving components -...

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