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Hosts Charles Fadem and Rachel Simrell Scott from Seattle architecture and design firm, Board & Vellum, talk about the evolution of our cities and the world around us through the lens of design. Architecture, interior design, graphic design, fashion, art, tech, UX and more — no corner of the design world is off-limits.
 
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In this episode, Carol lets Bill & Carl know what’s new with Bluebeam Revu 20, and she teases us about something big coming with BOTs. You also must stick around to the end for Bill’s epic Pumpkin pie story! Show Notes Episode Hashtag: #BOTs All you need to know about Bluebeam Revu 20 What’s New in Revu 20 YouTube Playlist Link to Carol’s BOTs webi…
 
We're working from home, and we've got it licked, right? As the weeks and days blend together, it is becoming clear that there is a lot more we don't know about the future of our offices than we do know. Is working from home here to stay, even after the outbreak is over? There is a whole world of design to be discovered after the pandemic. We won't…
 
It seems like all we talk about in the Covid-19 era is the Quarantine. The things we can't do, the places we can't go to, the home we can't escape. But the curious thing is, what comes next? There is a whole world of design to be discovered after the Pandemic. We won't be the same, the way we socialize will be different, and the way we shape our sp…
 
In this episode, Carol lets Bill & Carl know what’s new with Bluebeam Revu 2019 Show Notes Episode Hashtag: #Snappier Don’t pdf your drawings at ½ size scale You can just print your full-size drawings (pdfs) ½ size Top new features #3 – Drop Down Menus #2 – Easier to Standardize #1 – Speed It is now all one download for different versions of Revu. …
 
The aggressive, angular, stainless steel wedge on wheels looks like something out of a science fiction movie. To say it’s polarizing is an understatement. People love, hate it, are scared by it, excited by it, some think it’s one of the worst automobiles ever designed, and others look at it and see the future. One thing is for certain. Tesla, known…
 
3D rendering technology, 3D printers, CNC Routers, inexpensive recycled materials and a whole new generation of open-minded designers and clients have led to an era where experimentation is celebrated, but tricky. Now that architecture firms can start to create some of their own built elements, what are the consequences for designers presenting the…
 
Coffee. It’s as much a part of the identity of the city of Seattle as Puget Sound, salmon, the Seahawks or the Space Needle. On top of that, it’s fair to say that coffee culture is everywhere in Seattle, and the design of each shop is as unique as the roasting and blending techniques of the beans consumed there. Now, besides the physical spaces the…
 
One-Off, Limited Edition, "Here for a limited time only!" If you follow design, you've likely been seeing these phrases a lot lately. There is a premium placed on design that is "of the moment" and then it's gone. This so-called "short run trend" is sticking around more than the designs that comprise it — what is the consequence of that? Without "d…
 
Tactical Urbanism is really just a fancy phrase for temporary installations in civic public areas. But what might seem like a simple change to your sidewalk or street for a few days can have a lasting impact on how our cities evolve, and how we inform the civic spaces of the future.By Board & Vellum
 
History is filled with designers telling people how to live. And just as much, with people living however they please, no matter what designers say. This conflict between the creators of space and the people who inhabit those spaces goes on today. Is that tension productive? Are designers and architects learning the lessons of yesterday, or just re…
 
One of the best parts of living in a city is having access to endless array of bars and restaurants, and the food and drinks are just the beginning of what draws us out. Aesthetics play a huge role in the experience we have when we go out, and design can make or break a successful bar, restaurant or lounge. How do we create spaces that feel authent…
 
There is nothing more inescapable in the world of architecture and design than the celebrity architect. On television and in film, famous architects — both fictional and real — swagger and lecture, point to the horizon, and find themselves surrounded with adulation for their unique visions. Even though there are a few dozen celebrity architects in …
 
We now live in a world where an entire generation lives in constant terror that their friends are doing something cooler than they are. FOMO, or fear of missing out, can have a paralyzing effect. How are today's community spaces and event organizers changing how they design gatherings to meet the demands, and fears, of the next generation of people…
 
Artistic expression is a fundamental part of the human condition, but body art remains one of the most stigmatized versions of expression on a global level. In the US, 40% of Americans under the age of 30 have a tattoo, so clearly something is shifting. Why has tattoo art, and the designers and artists that work in the medium had such a hard time b…
 
When someone asks you what it's like to live in Seattle, it's not the easiest question to answer, and one of the biggest reasons why, is that words just don't do it justice. Three women set out to use graphic design to solve this, creating a book comprised almost entirely of infographics. To answer the question once and for all... the answer is, be…
 
In the post "Inconvenient Truth" world, many of us try our best to be conscious of the impact we have on the environment, and designers, even more so. There are companies everywhere boasting how "green" their products and services are, and once you take a deeper look, it's not as simple as it seems. Is buying a product that claims to be "green" hel…
 
In today's data-driven society, it's easy to forget that we don't experience our lives in numbers. Instead, we experience our lives in impressions and feelings. Design at its core is meant not only to help us survive, but to make us feel something: perhaps safe, or comfortable, or relaxed, or joyful. Yet in western culture we resist talking about d…
 
The word “design” is one of the most intriguing in the English language (says us designers), straddling the line between specific and vague, and causing an unparalleled possessiveness among many creative professions. How do we unpack what it means to all of us, and in the end, is it a word that does creatives harm or does it do us justice?…
 
It's official, Hustle Culture is a thing. As young workers enter the workforce, there is a glamorization of overwork. Some are cheering it on but are we risking the burnout of an entire generation? Gary Vaynerchuk, dubbed by the NY Times as "The Patron Saint of Hustle Culture" may have started it, but it has taken on a life of its own, as Instagram…
 
Chances are, you're reading this paragraph on your phone. And our phones are just one of the numerous screens permeating our lives. Considering how much time we spend interacting with our devices, you might say we spend as much time focused on digital space as we do physical space. We design and curate the physical spaces — shouldn’t we do the same…
 
Just say the words "Post Truth" and journalism comes to mind. Whether you think news is full of information or disinformation depends completely on who we trust to frame the facts, and our differing opinions are bringing a lot more polarization into our daily lives. How will we escape the Post Truth era? Will we be able to at all? What can we do to…
 
http://blueprints.rip/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/BP_015_Final.mp3 | Open Player in New Window In this episode Carol & Bill talk about how to automatetasks using Bluebeam Revu Extreme…Carl missed this episode, but he was Happy toedit it. Show Notes Episode Hashtag: #ExtremeForms Find Greg Satell onTwitter @Digitaltonto Why aren’t forms smarter, like…
 
We are all living in the Post Truth Era, whether we choose to believe it or not. Once upon a time, we all experienced the world accepting basic, fundamental truths, but, as of late, that's just no longer the case. Basic concepts, like science, are being called into question, and when that happens, everything goes out the window. Nowhere is this mor…
 
We are all living in the Post Truth Era, whether we choose to believe it or not. Once upon a time, we all experienced the world accepting basic, fundamental truths, but, as of late, that's just no longer the case. Basic concepts, like science, are being called into question, and when that happens, everything goes out the window. How do we design ex…
 
Design is often perceived as a luxury, something that is the exclusive domain of the privileged. The fact is, though, design makes a real difference every day in communities in need around the world. In a very special Design Goggles, we're joined by architect Fabian Bedolla, who, along with the 14+ Foundation, proved that design brought to those in…
 
We talk about taste all the time, yet it's one of the most difficult concepts to define in any creative genre. Who has good taste? Who has bad taste? Who tells you if you have it and what do you do with it? We chat about that and more, including fever dreams, houses made out of doors and Scandinavian crime dramas. This is a great episode, trust us,…
 
There are a bunch of big, high profile project being built in Seattle, but it's the smaller custom projects where the magic really happens, and PNW makers, artists and fabricators are making it happen here every day. How do they make these small custom projects memorable, and through experiencing them, perhaps even revive the soul of the city of Se…
 
Design affects everyone who interacts with it, and the public rarely has a hand in the process. How do designers make values-based decisions during their design process, while still serving their clients and being true to the creative process? How does design in Seattle specifically interact with our ethical boundaries?…
 
For a few months of the year, Seattle is darker than anywhere else in the country. Living through it year after year, Seattlites have developed a special relationship with light, both natural and otherwise. How can we better take advantage of this special relationship in architecture and design? How can designers integrate light thoughtfully into t…
 
In this episode, the BluePrints crew learns about high-end residential scanning workflows using the Leica BLK 360, Bluebeam Revu and Microsoft Teams from Brian Nickel of Harvey’s Engineering in Bozeman Montana. We also all take a looking into the future of AR for an AEC workflow, and what we can learn from current Oil & Gas workflows and technologi…
 
Seattle is undergoing an evolution like no time before in it's history, and emotions are high. Is it possible to cheer for growth in Seattle while still preserving the soul of the city? Are Seattle's most vulnerable voices being drowned out by the speed of growth and change? Will Macklemore ever come on either of our shows?…
 
Seattle is a notoriously tough dating city, and with native Seattle social culture clashing with all these newcomers, the singles scene is extra complicated! Danielle helps us sort it all out, among many other things such as her favorite places to send people on dates, what not to say on a date, and how we all might just be trying to design our per…
 
This week Rachel and Charles welcome the founder of Board & Vellum (and their boss), Jeff Pelletier, to sit down and chat about 'Working to Live.' We could seriously ask him anything. Charles requests a sushi bar, Rachel deals out Captain Planet references, and most importantly, we chat about lofty work culture goals in the profession of architectu…
 
This week, Rachel and Charles welcome Duffy of local Seattle art collective Electric Coffin and Ryan Adanalian of Board & Vellum) to discuss collaboration in the creative community. Ryan and Duffy have hooked up on a few projects now, and shared with us some unique insights into their creative process, the challenges all creatives face when collabo…
 
Seattle has one of the most vibrant communities of makers in the country. The incredibly supportive craft atmosphere in the Pacific Northwest has a lot to do with that, but what separates a 'Maker' from an 'Artist?' How does the way in which we create determine what kind of community we belong in, here in Seattle?…
 
Every word we read is created from typefaces, the designs behind every line of every letter we see. There is a fascinating story behind each typeface, and some are unique to the Pacific Northwest. What stories are hidden behind the design of the typefaces we see around us in the built world every day? What do they say about where Seattle is, and wh…
 
It's an understatement to say that Seattleites shop with their values in mind. How does that translate to shop owners both small and large, who are trying to balance creating a unique and authentic local experience for their customers, while still managing the rising cost of operating fairly, sustainably and profitably? More importantly, what role …
 
The definition of vernacular architecture in Seattle is changing as fast as the city itself. Building your home with your bare hands used to be a common occurrence, but these days it's rare. How do we define Vernacular architecture when the rules we live by dictate that the people who build our homes are rarely the people who live in them?…
 
The great outdoors is hugely important to Pacific Northwest culture, and Landscape Designers work in the language that Pacific North-westerners speak fluently. As the line between inside and out blurs, how do we manage the expectations of an urban population that values this vital connection above all else? With so many new Seattlites with differen…
 
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