Casa Mia


Here's isometric drawing #2. It's my house! This one also took 1 hour +, but I already feel more comfortable with this drawing style. I am able to draw in between the grid lines and draw more details. Looking forward to drawing more spaces.

Isometric Drawings: The Public



I am continuing my drawing spaces project, but I upgraded my drawing style to isometric drawings. These drawings are 3D and use an isometric projection, where the angle between any two coordinates (x, y, z) is 120˚. This offers a 3D view of a room that is unlike how we normally perceive the world, as it doesn't have perspective. The resulting feeling for me is of peeking into a miniature world where its inhabitants are momentarily absent. The space feels alive, interactive, as if you could reach your finger into the page and actually pick up the objects drawn on it. Because I want my book to feel approachable and interactive, I think this is the perfect illustration style. 

This is the first isometric drawing I've done, and it's of a room in The Public hotel in the LES. I personally love the space, and I work out of it a lot. It's very open and breathable, while at the same time it maintains a sense of coziness. They have a big table and couches, so you can either come here and chill with friends, drink coffee and read a book (couches), or do work on your laptop (tables). 

This drawing took me an hour, which is a long time. I'm hoping with practice I can get better/faster. 


GSR Wearable

I have been experimenting with ways to add a quantitative dimension to my thesis question. I decided to build a wearable that could measure a person's Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and send the data to my phone, as well as upload it to a cloud. GSR can approximate a person's arousal state. The idea is that I would walk around different parts of an environment with a user, while the user has my wearable on, and I could correlate physical features with physical arousal state. This would tell me what physical features evoke positive and negative feelings.


Although the wearable "works," it doesn't do the job I was hoping it would do. GSR data is not a very clean dataset to begin with, and it also doesn't quite tell a person's state quite well, as sweat can influence its values a lot.


Non-verbal Communication


While traveling to New Orleans and Philadelphia, I started noticing non-verbal communication examples. It all started from the chair with the rope, which I saw at a former plantation in the countryside of Louisiana. It made me wonder: what are the benefits of non-verbal communication, if any? Is it calming? Is it less intimidating? Does it make our lives easier? I feel like non-verbal communication, if effective, is like good UX design: we don't notice it. So I guess I'm just trying to give a shoutout to this medium of communication that I think is under-appreciated.

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Saturdays is a surf shop and café in Soho. 


McAffrey Playground


Welcome to my architecture observation series! I'll be looking at different public and private spaces in New York City, draw a floor plan and write down observations/critiques. The first place I looked at is McAffrey Playground in Hell's Kitchen.