Every child’s (or adult) dream

Every child’s (or adult) dream

Every child’s (or adult) dream is to have a great treehouse, There is something extraordinary about having your own space, high up in a tree, where nooks and crannies are made from tree branches.

Joe and I have been talking about building a tree house in this tree far before our daughter entered our lives. Now that she big enough we thought it was time. This project will take some time and seems organic in it’s form. I have attempted to draw plans but I am certainly not a tree house designer and find it very difficult unless sitting in the tree as I draw.
(which is uncomfortable but fun)

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that’s not all true, we have designed a deck in that is level with the fence line offering great views of the canyon and ocean. It is large enough for adults to hang out on at cocktail hour

Tree blog 13cWe would like to add items like hand-woven rope net railings,  Pulley Bucket,  Speaking Tube is made from brass pipe, Firepole and tire swing

 

Hurray for leverage!

Hurray for leverage!

We are pleased to introduce the newest member of Arise Art Group.  A welcome addition to the design team, Heather Malcolm is currently helping out with cad and 3-D renderings.  Goodbye late night drafting sessions!

24908_388625909303_2919353_nHeather is in her last year at the Design Institute of San Diego and was referred to us as a standout student and tutor with skills that go well beyond drafting. To true!

We are exciting to provide some real-world design experience as she becomes more involved.

Turning Product to Service

Turning Product to Service

I just read a great article from Fast Company about turning products into services.  Here is just a bit that I thought was particularly compelling.

Tap Into Time: Shift the financial model away from selling a “good” to selling “time”–uptime, time savings, speed of delivery, or anything else that taps into the value of time to create something new and compelling for your customers.

• Rolls Royce sells more than cars; they also sell airplane engines. When they revised their sales model and started charging service fees based on “uptime” (the actual time the engines are flying in the air), their airline customers were thrilled. Airlines prefer to pay as their own cash comes in from their passengers and cargo instead of buying an engine up-front. Rolls Royce sells “hot air out of the back of the engine,” not the actual engines.

Architect Barbie

Architect Barbie

I was recently given the opportunity to be a guest judge at the Design Institute of San Diego.  There project was to design a space for Architect Barbie. . . I was to play Architect Barbie.   After a phone interview with the whole class, they decided it would be more fun and beneficial to design for a real person,  thank you students.
Here are a few pictures of the event.

San Diego Interior Design School
Traci Taylor - Designer Judge

Check out the hand-colored photo mashup foam-core version of me.
It was a real honor to be a part of this and have these soon-to-be designers propose ideas to me. These ladies are talented and witty!  Cheers DI!