Monthly Archives: February 2013

Upcoming Event: Portfolio Workshop

This Friday we will be hosting a portfolio workshop with the talented viscom designer, Kyle Larkin. All majors and students are welcome. This will be especially helpful to freshmen applying for the milestone soon as well as upperclassmen seeking internships this summer. See you there!


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Introducing the World’s 1st 3D Pen

Your project study models might not ever be the same. For the first time ever, artists and designers will soon be able to draw three-dimensional objects in real time.

The 3Doodler, developed by WobbleWorks, acts as a pen, but instead of ink it releases heated plastic which cools and solidifies to form stable 3D structures. The pen allows for infinite possibilities in shape and form, and could possibly appear in your studio class as early as next year.



Images courtesy of To find out more about the 3Doodler and to see photographs of it, click here. Happy Tuesday!

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Design Inspiration: A Shape-Shifting House

Found on, the architecture firm Olson Kundig created a home that “allows residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they’d like to be.” The Shadowboxx House, nestled in the San Juan Islands in Washington, features shutters that can be folded down to protect the home from the cold, or held up to reveal a retractable glass wall. This stop-motion video┬ádemonstrates just how adaptable the design of Shadowboxx is, as if it were a “kinetic sculpture built for living.”

Shadowboxx from Olson Kundig Architects on Vimeo.

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Upcoming Event: Connect4

The IIDA Southwest Chapter invites you help out your community and join Connect4! Connect4 is a collaborative student design renovation for the community, and this year’s project will be at U.S. Vets, which provides housing and other services to Veterans.┬áThe ground work has already been done for our design build day because of several generous sponsors, and now IIDA needs YOUR expertise as we remodel 8 family rooms for very deserving Veterans!

Please join us on Saturday, March 2nd at U.S. Vets, 3400 NW Grand Avenue (Near 35th Ave & Indian School). We will be starting at 10 a.m. To RSVP, please email See you there!


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Design Inspiration: Triennale Design Museum

Discovered on, a Milan design firm, Studio Fabio Novembre, created an exhibition for the 5th edition of the Triennale Design Museum. The end result was a successful 3rd dimension of a 2-dimensional subject, which was historical graphic design in Italy.


All photos courtesy of To read the full article and to see more photos, click here. Have a great weekend!

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Rebuilding History in a Contemporary Way

Found on, what once was a sore eyesore following the aftermath of a World War II bombing is now a beautiful yet thoughtful optical illusion.

You may have heard of trompe l’oeil in a design history class but the architects at MVRDV translated the term to another level. This Glass Farmhouse in the Netherlands is a trompe l’oeil masterpiece consisting of a combination of local farmhouse images printed on glass to best represent the one that once stood at the site. The images were printed at a scale 1.6 times larger than the original to make way for 18,000 square feet of retail, dining, and office space. The larger scale also allows adults to interact with the building as if they were a child again and could remember how the farmhouse originally looked at their height. And, true to trompe l’oiel fashion, the photographed images of doors and windows on the farmhouse do not align with the actual entrances to the structure, which creates riddled perspectives that “answer the public’s desire for a vernacular building, and with a contemporary twist.”


All images courtesy of MVRDV and

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