A Small Space Filled with Light

A Small Space Filled with Light

For a few weeks I haven’t visited HomeDesignFind.com, which means when I finally got around to it I needed to spend a morning looking through all the new posts. While there have been numerous great designs posted I really liked their post on Studio Associato Archiplan‘s compact urban home in Italy. It was appealing to me because the design was simple and could easily fit in a small urban lot. It does so while appearing large from the inside, providing a large amount of light, and keeping the living space private.

 

 

 The floor plan looks compact and relatively small, but the pictures really show the amount of light and the illusion of a greater space it brings to this house.

This shows the impact a small courtyard can have on the house. The space is completely private and divides the space between spaces in way a simple wall cannot.

Directly opposite of the courtyard is the only window in the main space which faces the outside world, still hidden by the large kitchen island.

Outside the house is unassuming, with only the patio showing a hint that people actually live in the space.

Up and Running

Were OpenIt has been awhile since I decided to set this up, and now it is finally here. My plans are to use this space to post about current events, technology, travel, and design. I also intend to use the site as a means to generate revenue for my freelance consulting business.

Areas coming soon include:

1. Galleries
2. In depth about me section
3. Resume
4. Contact forms
5. Category pages

Small Bedroom Ideas

Small Bedroom Ideas

As someone limited on the amount of space I can afford small bedrooms will probably be the norm for the next decade of my life. The latest post at Home Design Find has a couple ideas that make the idea seem liveable, if not awesome.

I want this room

I found this while looking at Dornob.com, and simply have to say I want this room.  I can’t be sure the clock, which is what I was looking at, is actually in the room instead of being placed there with some photo editing; regardless I like this modern approach to what appears to be an audiophiles heaven.

Résumés

Writing a resume during the application process may be a relic of the past, according to Rachel Silverman’s article “No More Résumés, Say Some Firms” in the Wall Street Journal.  Silverman details the different approaches some companies are taking to find the right employee, the one perfect for the job and whom fits perfectly into their corporate culture.  Companies at times go as far as having applicants submit brief videos as part of their application, citing that it gives them a better chance to see the real applicant.  While personally I haven’t experience a Recruiting 2.0 application process yet, I would welcome the challenge and appreciate the ability to showcase talents and soft skills which may be lost on paper.

Lists and More Lists

Lists and More Lists

I enjoy reading the lists posted on Inc.com, or those posted on any other business, self-help, or magazine’s website. Why? Because more often than not they summarize what my family, friends, business professors, or common sense have been telling me for years.  They provide verification of the little tidbits one has picked up along the road of life. Particularly, today I really liked this list “14 Easy Ways to Get Insanely Motivated” due to some small lapses of motivation involving my to-do list around the house.  While I only needed to find a pep in my step around the house, list items like “Treat inaction as the only real failure” can apply in any situation. Focusing on on a list like this will help me keep my mind focused on the value of all of this work.

Source: http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-motivate-yourself-14-easy-ways.html?nav=pop

Modern Light Shining Through

I know that I haven’t made a post in months, but not to fret I haven’t given up on the blog – I was just distracted with life and work upon coming back to the States.  To follow the list of recently created New Year’s resolutions I need to start blogging and posting a great deal more on here.  So like starting fresh I give you some modern home design!

This picture above stood out to me, like many interior shots of modern homes do, because of the great deal of light coming in through all of the windows.  It is one of the strongest attachments I have to modern architecture, the ability to easily be asymmetrical but yet balanced with windows and light.  In classically styled homes, or even the salt boxes and cookie cutter homes, the design too often necessitates a patterned approach to windows.

This house above was designed by David Jameson Architect Inc.  and can be read more about at HomeDesignFind.

Modern Windows and Asymmetrical Balance

The America Invents Act Has Been Signed Into Law

I have written posts both on spurring innovation and the controversy over patents, two topics directly related to the recently singed into law America Invents Act.  The new law will shift the United States from granting patents to on the basis of whom was the first-to-invent to those who were the first-to-file. The reform also seeks simplify the process of granting patents, while intending to also increase development of new technologies that could benefit the economy. The move to the first-to-file system will align the U.S. with the method in use by the majority of other developed countries; however, it will be nearly 18 months before the law takes effect.

There is a great deal of speculation in the blogosphere and the media if the overhaul will have any significant impact, and I encourage those interested in the subject to search for the related stories.  Possible impacts I have come across inclue the creation of 12 million new jobs; however, it will be nearly two years before any actual effect the new law can be felt. In the short term the law only guarantees funding for the Patent Office.

On the subject, two related readings on patents and invention I have found interesting are professor Mark Lemley’s “The Myth of the Sole Inventor,” and the critique of his article by John Howells and Ron D. Katznelson.

Microsoft Exec Leaves Over Tweets

Wednesday I posted about how social media can give away information about companies when all of the employees posts, tweets, and updates are viewed together in my post about Sharing too Much.   I think it is also important to note that posting a little too freely can have negative impacts on a personal level, like was the case with Joe Marini.  Marini was the principal program manager at Microsoft for the Windows Phone web platform, and from what I’ve read about his case on tom’s GUIDE it appears different to me then many other social media mistakes that have cost people their jobs.

“I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking #Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too! #wp7,” he tweeted on September 7. Not stopping there, he decided to actually rate the device with a firm ‘8’, saying that it had a solid feel, a good camera, a responsive UI and nice little touches on the body construction. So far, the phone sounds like a slick device.

But rating your unreleased product probably isn’t a good idea. Explaining why your product didn’t score a 9 or 10 probably isn’t the best promotional tool either, and likely a good reason to receive a swift kick out the door. “The camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting,” he responded when asked why the device only scored an 8. “I’d like a larger screen too.”

While we have all heard stories about people posting pictures from the game on the day they called in sick, bad mouthing the company in tweets, or just releasing some things that are just too revealing, I think Marini was just being too honest a little too early.  Perhaps he knew he shouldn’t have released the information, or even worse given the new phone less than a 10; regardless, it shows that sometimes it is worthwhile to stay quiet about something.

Sharing too much

An article on Bloomberg yesterday, called Hewlett-Packard Shows Hazard of Sharing LinkedIn Profiles: Tech, showcases potential negative effects of sharing too much on social networks.   Our posts, tweets, and status updates could inevitably be monitored by our employers competitors according to the article.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Vice President Scott McClellan gave away more than his job status when he mentioned the computer maker’s new Web-storage initiative in his profile on LinkedIn Corp., a professional-networking site.

While I was already wise to our current employer taking a look, or future employers as part of a screening process, the level which outsiders could pay attention to them was only a small thought. 

As workers put more information about their lives online through status updates, location check-ins and resume changes, employers are more at risk of competitors watching their every move.

Understandably, the VP of Hewlett-Packard no doubt has more people with an interest in following his updates then someone further down the chain like myself; however, as the quote above gives mention to even someone such as myself could reveal valuable information.  This becomes even more true as the information can be aggregated with others to get a real sense of what is going on inside of a company.  A company here in India had chosen to follow 20 other companies using social media as a study, using employees LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

At one of the companies, workers began to indicate in their postings that business was slow around October 2010.

“We could sense that they were edgy about something,” Sonwane said. A few months later, a vice president wrote in a LinkedIn status update that he was looking for a new job. When his followers asked why, he responded that the company was about to file for bankruptcy — which it did less than six months later, Sonwane said. He declined to identify any of the companies in the study.

While a wise onlooker may be able to see trends like this without the help of social media it would probably be wise to limit their access.