My Design Process – 3 Basic Steps to use in Life

Today I would really like to share with you how I work, my process and how I come up with my work. Now to clarify I am not a professional designer, I’m not contracted or working with anyone, I simply enjoy designing and work on it in my personal time. However I have found my process to work very effectively and I figure maybe this can apply to many other things in life. Once broken down I realize that there are many very basic ideas behind it.

So I want to go through my process, and how I come up with anything. I want to start with just what exactly I produce and where I get the idea that I have a reason to share this. I would self entail as an industrial designer, I mainly started creating out of need, then it became something I enjoyed and now I design anything from furniture to small items and space saving solutions. My obsession is with small spaces and efficiency in the home and I found that this was possible in design. I have found that from drawings to small scale mock ups and all the way to full scale models, design has opened a lot of creative outlets for me.

My first step is inspiration, I would hate to start any project without some actual inspiration. I start with an idea, my idea, I take whatever I need or want to create and keep that idea. Next I try and figure out what my idea is relevant to, I search for a while to find if there are any similar ideas and use those as guides to what I should do next. If the idea is a new concept, then I let whatever inspiration exists in my head and I find a way to make it a physical thing. Point being whether your idea exists or if it is brand new there are so many possibilities for it. Finding things that are relevant and can help boost your idea is beneficial. With new ideas you cannot give up on them no matter how crazy they can seem, you need to carry them out and finish them off.

Next is refining, I believe that I am constantly changing the original thought, improving, modifying, refining. This is the only way I can take any idea down to what it really needs to be instead of all the excess. Trying to create minimalism becomes a factor even in my designs. Most ideas have gone through multiple drafts before they become something I will even consider building, and once it is decided that they can be built they go through even more refinement until they are nothing but the bare essentials. So with every idea we need to refine and continue to work it through to get to a better result. Taking the excess out of an idea and bringing it down to it’s pure essence and nothing else.

Once we get through the basic phases we need to get to the point of actual application and putting it into use. We need to then take our ideas and make them a reality or otherwise you become all talk. Wouldn’t you rather accomplish something or at least try then just doing nothing about it? Putting our ideas into action is the biggest step that needs to be taken, whether it be art, concepts or even life changes. We all talk a lot however it is rare that we do anything that allows us to actually accomplish our goals. The main successful people in life have all taken their ideas and gone through these steps to achieve their goals. They have instead taken the action to take their ideas and implement them. They had such a belief that they went through all of the steps to manage to realize their abilities.

I started this exact process with the hope that maybe I could start realizing my ideas. I was tired of just having ideas. So I took my plans and started making them. Turning my ideas into real objects, it means I am finally realizing my ideas. Also for my field having a portfolio full of ideas and real world creations is far better than just drawings.
Anyways I hope you all have an amazing day! Happy Friday! I hope these 3 steps proved insightful if not helpful, thanks for reading!

Create Your Reality with this Easy Concept

I have recently come across a term/ concept that has appealed to me on so many levels, it is a term that was coined in order to describe the audacity that Steve Jobs had and his ability to sell everyone on his ideas. This lead to his success and it is a fairly simple concept to follow. It is a form of thinking that convinces yourself that anything is possible, no matter how improbable or tough you refuse to see the challenges and convince yourself that this idea isn’t just a thing it is a need. The world can’t live without your idea and this is the way you sell yourself on things. Eventually this faith consumes you and every aspect seems possible and people around you will buy into your dream and as this pattern continues more people will buy into it. Steve Jobs felt so confident that his idea was not only valuable but something that everyone needed. He believed everyone needed his product in their life and he was right look at things now today, Everyone has apple products and everyone has them in their life. The company has consumed so many and is now one of the largest consumer based companies in the world. The products are both renowned for their design, user friendly interface and their appeal to such a large market. Yet all of this started as a dream and he let it consume his life thus convincing himself and eventually others that his idea was a necessity, not just a product.

A reality distortion field is just that way of thinking, convincing not only yourself but everyone that the idea is worth and necessary. The more you can sell people on the idea the more it becomes a thing. This isn’t delusional it is just a firm belief in what your doing and that is essential to you and the rest of the world. This is similar to the term god complex, where one has a firm belief in everything they do is of importance and value, that they aren’t wrong and that they are always right. However it is a little less pretentious, Reality distortion instead just takes your idea and allows it to become possible, probably and valid.

This technique can really help you focus on an idea and help to realize it. Once you have convinced yourself that this is possible and a need you can work towards convincing others that this idea has to be realized. This is great because in today’s world no idea is a bad idea and everything can be a new product or item. Everything has a chance and we can all realize our ideas. The people who can master this reality distortion are the ones who are going to go much further because they already have the why and all the how’s just start coming to them. Once you completely believe that your idea is a need and everyone must have it well the rest falls into place, you put it out there and you are confident about it, you know your idea is right. You know that without a doubt it is the next big thing.

You aren’t even lying to yourself or deceiving anyone, you are allowing your mind to strive by convincing yourself of just how great this idea is, just how needed it is. You are motivating your mind to follow through because this is how you succeed. It is not hard to create this reality distortion field it just requires constant thought, dedication and reminders so you will continue to follow through with it. Through a mix of charm, charisma, faith, hard work and dreaming your ideas can come to life and you can convince and sell everyone around you on it’s success.

So go ahead and start trying to realize your ideas, create a reality distortion field and show yourself just how successful you will be. Don’t let anyone get you down, instead sell them on it, prove it is needed and create greatness!
Thanks for reading! As always feedback is greatly appreciated and I really hope that you gained a new concept or learned something!
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How Can I get a Minimalist wardrobe

As we discuss all the aspects of minimalism I speak about the wardrobe a lot, it seems to be a crucial aspect to minimalism and allows for many aspects of your life to be simplified. To begin a minimalist wardrobe is sleek, simple and allows for a simplified routine.

Let’s think about how much laundry we do somedays, not everyone manages to do laundry every week and most of us don’t have to because well you really don’t need to worry when you have multiple weeks worth of clothes. However when you do have to do laundry it becomes a cumbersome task and can take a while. Minimalism aims to change that, by downsizing your closet, keeping essentials and once again making everything multifunctional.

Today I will write in a wardrobe style that is more suited to men, I am researching and looking at the ways to achieve minimalism in a more feminine wardrobe. So to begin we need to get things down to the basics, this once again means we will need to implicate the rule of learning to let go. You need to simplify your wardrobe to a point where essentially you are prepared for one week and one day. Laundry must be done every week and clothes need to be well maintained and must be sustainable. My key point with a minimalist wardrobe is sustainable. I want to have less clothes that need to be replaced less and repaired less.

When changing your wardrobe over to minimalism you need to choose what your over all style will be. Because then you can choose clothes to complete that look, there are no real lazy days and there are no bad looks. I choose casual professional, because I don’t work in a job that requires a suit but I do want to look refined throughout the day. I wear a uniform for my job so my clothing is not a problem. Outside of work I want to look like a professional and still be comfortable. Since I am young dressing professional takes a little bit of extra work and really helps sell the fact that I am young and responsible.

So I will approach this lesson for a professional individual, there are certain things that will be required and there are also staple items. This is a great area to explore since it can be customized to your personal taste and changed around to suit your needs. Minimalism in wardrobe is to have a clean look, no logos or extravagant prints. Simple colours and simple designs allow for a clean and professional look.

Starting with pants, most people know that denim and jeans can be worn multiple times without wash. As jeans and denim don’t really hold any odours. I opted for chinos that are loose enough to drape down and resemble dress pants. As mentioned I don’t need to be in a suit for work so wearing dress pants is impractical. Chinos offer a very minimal look, clean edges for the pockets and a nice drape and cut where they meet the shoes. I would say have 4 or 5 pairs of paints and some would argue that you could even make do with 3. Look for simple colours, like grey, beige and other neutral tones. Avoid black because the wear and tear is visible, they fade quickly.

Next one of my favourite things to wear, this is button ups. Luckily button ups come in so many different styles and can be worn in so many different ways. Whether it is tucked in and professional or untucked and casual, button ups are probably one of the best items. I always choose to go tucked in and also throw a pull over or cardigan over top. Either way you do this you look more refined than a t-shirt and sweater. Add a tie and look instant classy! As for the look of button ups, I would stick to plain colours and maybe one or two plaid patterned, depending on your look. If you want to be professional stick to black, grey and white, if you are looking for refined but casual add some simple plaids, nothing too loud or out there just simple light colours. Keep 4 or 5 button ups which will be plenty for the week.

Next pull overs and cardigans, in my mind these are the essential to my wardrobe. They are so nice, warm and the button up style and flexibility makes them perfect. As I was saying you can put them over any button up to make it even more refined. I choose to keep grey, beige, brown and black sweaters as I find they can be paired with anything. As with the collar on a shirt the collar on a sweater is important. There are different types, cowl neck, rugby neck and v-neck styles. These can be visually matched with your shirts, all of these styles work with a button up it just depends on your look. I keep more sweaters than needed however if you have 4 really nice ones then you are set. You can mix and match like crazy, most are made of wool which means another layer of warmth and also a comfy look and feel to them.

It cannot be argued that everyone needs to own some t-shirts. Mostly I use them as undershirts to my button ups and I prefer v-neck shirts to allow them to remain unseen under a button up. Keep the shirts plain white or light grey to keep a simple look, this way they should remain mostly hidden under nearly any shirt. Also this means that on more casual days or stay at home days you can rock a shirt and sweater if needed. I wouldn’t however go out with just a shirt and sweater, only around the house. Remember just because you have a button up doesn’t mean you are wearing a suit, they can still be very casual. All of these pieces can look a variety of ways it just depends on how you wear them.

As for undergarments I would keep one for every day of the week plus two extra pairs for emergency. This reinforces the fact that laundry needs to be done on a regular basis and needs to be kept as a habit because otherwise you will run out of things. As a side note the benefit to many of these clothes is that if you haven;t done any intensive work in them they can be hun up and used again without the need for washing. This sounds lazy but it is actually true and can be done multiple times.

Finally keep one suit, one good suit for those occasions. It is rare that it will be used but it is good to have.

Overall a minimalist wardrobe is simple, clean and of course multifunctional. The pieces all need to be used over and over and in multiple combinations. Everything should be well maintained and last a long time, there is no reason for it not too.

If you have any questions or comments please leave one below. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and of course stay tuned for more in my series on minimalism.
Thanks for reading !
Have an awesome day!

Minimalism in more Intimate Spaces

Tonight I want to tackle a bit of a tough aspect of minimalism, yes that’s right, intimate spaces. The spots that are close to you, the things you love, the things that define you. For the most part this concerns our bedrooms, however I want it to apply to any spaces like this.

As stated in the series we want to bring things down to the essentials and so everything has purpose. This is where an important life skill that not many hold comes in. The ability to Let Go. We need to accept that not everything needs to stay with us forever. You may have a favourite piece of clothing or a favourite collectable or something but you need to question it’s uses and whether it is of value. If it doesn’t have any use and it isn’t of value then why are you keeping it. You have memories, and I know it sounds a little insensitive to just tell you to throw a way things like that however it is true. When we talk about minimalism you must accept that letting go is going to become a common theme.

So what if an item has value or will have value. Old comics, antiques, and such can all gain value one day. Well we need to evaluate these things, if the value will climb or it is extremely rare then find a way to incorporate it and make it a showpiece in your room. If it won’t climb in value and you don’t want to integrate it, get rid of it and see what you can get. Remember we want to get down to the essentials and things with purpose. If it doesn’t fit in those things then it may have to go.

Once we are down to the essentials let’s take a look at some key elements of the bedroom. Starting with the bed, alright it is the main reason you have a bedroom, so let’s make it a nice focal point. Try to keep a simple bed spread, a simple amount of everything, keep your bed balanced with equal parts of everything. Keep a simple bed frame, something with clean lines, easy but soft colours, and nothing extravagant or out there. You want the bed to blend with the room, but still be something to admire. This is also a balance that needs to be achieved. If you choose to have a head board it also needs to be simple, clean lines and nothing elegant or curvy or odd shaped. Minimalists try to keep things to the bare essentials including furniture, there is no need for the ornate details when simple can be beautiful.

Next key element is a closet, or dresser or however you store your clothes. Everyone chooses to do it differently. I choose a rack to hang clothes and a shelf to fold clothes. I personally have an industrial edge to my rooms so my closet is an old department store rotating rack, my shelf is a leaning ladder design and it holds plenty. If you have a closet keep it clean, use organizers or insert shelves. Add more storage to the small space, some even opt to turn their closet into a workspace by adding a form of desk that folds or pulls out. Anyways this is where we get the option to hide a lot into a space to keep the room looking clean. If your closet can close then you are golden, you can create whatever you want within and allow the rest of the room to shine in all it’s minimal glory. Remember we will tackle wardrobe and what clothes to have in an upcoming article so for now just remember to maximize your storage.

Finally the option for a desk or workspace in your room, some people have home offices or large tables to work at so it isn’t a big deal. However even though I have a workspace I still have a nice simple folding grey table that allows some workspace, I bring it down to a low heigh and work from a seated position on my bed to avoid an extra chair sitting around. The desk is it’s own space and you must be careful that it fits with the rest of your design and it fits with everything you have. If it has drawers great, keep them organized and keep as much off the desk as possible. Keep statement pieces such as colourful decor or your own personal style on the desk to compliment the room but the rest goes inside.

Just remember that even in such a special space as your room it is still possible to achieve the minimal look. You can create the space you need and make everything work. Some of the big things to remember is clean lines, purposeful furniture and nice simple looks. Nice simple patterns, and simple colours will help create a comfortable but functional space.

As always keep reading and check back for more on the series!
Thanks for reading and well from when I wrote this have a great night!

Some Thoughts on Simplicity

I talk about the simple life a lot, it is something I am also trying to allow to consume my life because the simple life is in my mind the easier and happier life.
Some famous quotes to inspire you on simplicity!

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ~ Leonardo DaVinci

If you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself ~ Albert Einstein

Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated ~ Confucius

The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go ~ Steve Maraboli

It is not the daily increase, but the daily decrease, hack away at the inessentials ~ Bruce Lee

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful ~ John Maeda

These are just some nice thoughts, that the way we are living with our excess and material possessions isn’t the best way.

Minimalism in the Common Spaces

The first part in my series about minimalism will be in the house, specifically in the common areas. Thankfully when it comes to minimalism this is the best area to start. The problem many encounter with this process is that we all have many possessions of sentimental value or of importance. However in common spaces we have an easier time, because items of such value aren’t often kept there. However if there are while you follow this post, try and find a way to turn these items into a centrepiece or show piece.

So the first place I decided to work with was my living room, I did this when I first moved so it was a little easier. We tried to fill the place with a couch and entertainment unit, it just didn’t work. So instead I decided to re think the entire house, and we started there. I got rid of the large entertainment stand, got rid of the couch. Replaced it with stackable chairs and a table that can be taken apart really easily. Everything in the room is now functional. The table serves as a desk, workspace and table for any other uses. It is still in great shape and could be be used for a large dining table. The chairs serve as seating, for both work and entertainment, they can be stacked out of the way and they can easily be removed, as can the table. The small little flat screen and Apple TV, provide all my music and all the entertainment needed in the house.

Essentially you need to work out what the room’s main purpose will be, then once you have that think of it’s location and what other things you could easily use the room for. For example our living room was to be a workspace, social space, art space, conversation space and extra room for company. So after many ideas thrown around, from a bed/ couch to other ideas. I decided a simple polished white tabletop with black sawhorse legs and black chairs would be great. It is a beautiful space and can be easily changed depending on the needs.

The next choice you need to make is whether you want minimalist decor and design or just to fulfill minimalism in your life. One is taking on the glossy white and simple look where the other is making your life simple and easy. For example I prefer to mix style and most of my house is industrial minimal. It is open, uncluttered and with purpose but not all white and standard.

Finally decide on the kind of furniture that can be multifunctional. Things like stackable chairs, folding or expanding tables, transforming furniture and things with hidden storage. Most minimal designs actually hide so much. You may see a wall with some cupboards but inside is piled with stuff and everything is just cleverly hidden. Organization is key. I personally just chose not to own a lot, so that helps, but on top of that we have all the multi functioning pieces that help achieve this.

Keep checking back in for the next steps where I go into wardrobe, bedroom, kitchen and other areas of our lives!
I hope this post helps you find some inspiration and reason to try minimalism! If you have any feedback feel free to comment and tell me your thoughts. I am not an authority on this but I know what works for me so I’m so open to feedback!
Have a wonderful day!

Creating Minimalism in Your Life (Series)

One of my favourite aspects of life to explore is minimalism, ironically the idea is to be simple and small but yet it has so much to learn and there is so much to know. It is a fantastic style of life thought as there is so much it can do for someone. The basic concept is bringing your life to the bare essentials and the necessities, it focuses on making your life simpler and easier to deal with while retaining all the things you need. That is the focus, things you need not all the weird material possessions that exist. Do you need a 60 inch flat screen tv and an entire bookcase dedicated to movies? For most the answer is no, for some well then maybe this isn’t the lifestyle for you. Minimalism aims to make your home, or your space simple, stress free and comfortable. Cluttered homes tend to be stressful homes, that is just logical, if you have a lot of stuff, you have a lot to organize, clean and upkeep. This leads to stress because you are worried that everything has a place and everything is clean and it just takes over your life. Where as minimalism focuses on functionality mixed with simplicity.

Simplicity in a home is beautiful, it means everything is doing something, everything has a purpose and it frees up so much space. Which allows for more company, friends or activities to take place. As a young individual I appreciate this because my space is open and allows my creativity to flow a lot better. It takes a lot of work to achieve minimalism but do not let this discourage you because once you have this in your life everything is simpler, there is less work to be done, less upkeep needed and more time to enjoy your home as it was meant to be. When it comes to my home I need to sweep the floors every couple of days and do any leftover dishes, otherwise my chores are minimal.

The benefits to minimalism are clear, but let me run over a few so you can begin to consider it further. You have less clutter which in apartments or smaller homes can do wonders. You have less housework and therefore more time to do the things you enjoy. You have a beautiful space which means you can entertain and have house guests without worry of a mess. You may begin to have less furniture or less random pieces which allows for an open and free space. Finally your pieces are functional and serve a purpose which may mean intriguing furniture or nice functional space. Depending if you choose to live minimal and just have less or if you choose to live with minimal design you will have both an open and beautiful space.

This post is the beginning to a series of different aspects. I would like to cover all the different sectors of minimalism and how you can achieve it in your life. To put all of these into one article would be ridiculously long as I could go on for hours. So if you keep checking in this will be a series of 6 posts that will teach you how to achieve minimalism in your life. I will start with common places such as your living room and lobby, then move onto kitchens and bathrooms. A more intense and sentimental space is the bedroom so I will do an entire article on that and finally a minimalist wardrobe. These are my main aspect of this field and it is a lot to cover. Whether you want to take this on in your life or simply educate yourself on it I hope these posts prove to be of benefit.

Just a quick personal story for this topic. I began working on minimalist about 6 months ago and it has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I feel better because instead of the “american dream” of big everything and material possessions I have meaningful things in my space. My house has become a place that I work, play and relax in. People enjoy coming over and being there because it is a comfortable space to hangout. It is simple, open and basic, it has everything you could need and a little bit extra. I don’t live minimalism to it’s fullest but I am certainly working on it. It has extended to my wardrobe and my lifestyle altogether. I am happy with what I have achieved and I love everything about it. I feel so much better knowing that I am both saving money and space by having functional pieces and just the essentials. I have managed to create a comfortable and beautiful space out of my house and made an attempt to let this stretch to all corners of my life. I hope that through these articles you can see the benefits and the great benefits to this and maybe you will take it on into your life. I hope to inspire more to see the greatness that is minimal and maybe through time and sharing we can alter the american dream to living good and living smart instead of living with excess.!

Check back for more on this series and I look forward to sharing more of this great concept with you!