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[ amber heeter ]


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Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, and that is why it is so complicated. - Paul Rand

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table of contents philosophy of design commercial projects commercial office design | assisted living design

residential projects social space | kitchen design | master suite design

3d models student apartment design | repetition balsa form

2d/digital media personal logo design | Wei Dong rendering workshop samples charcoal drawings | digital media projects using Adobe Photoshop


philosophy of design As stated by a U.S President: Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.** After three years of attending interior design classes, I have learned thus far that it is not always as simple and making mistakes or failing are inevitable. How I choose to embrace any shortcomings, however, make all the difference. I have now accepted this notion and even though it is easier said than done, my overall determination and motivation is difficult to surpass. I choose to persevere and practice what I have an affinity for—interior design. Through my designs, I hope to make my mark on the world by implementing creative and attractive spaces to further entice human emotional responses of comfort and well-being within a space. New design projects involve new challenges, which I approach with enthusiasm and unrelenting fervor before I explore different problem solving options and intensive research. My completed class projects display precision and neatness to viewers which is vital in communicating my thoughts and design clearly and effectively. My class projects also demonstrate my knowledge in effectively utilizing Autodesk Revit Architecture as well as producing realistic renderings both manually and using computer based software. Creative design solutions are also exhibited to not only fit the norm of commercial code instruction but also those of the Texas Accessibility Standards to further accommodate our aging population. Class projects, even though they are not at a professional level, are constant reminders of why I have an affinity for design. They have exposed me to the type of work done in the interior design career while also educating me on the overall profession and what it entails. As an emerging professional in this field, I have been pushed to think even more critically, reflectively, and creatively than what I thought imaginable. Each day I still continue to learn and absorb new and upcoming information that further expands my knowledge and motivation to overcome new challenges in design. By creating designs that contribute to the overall safety, health, and general well-being of the public, I can make a difference in our society today where not even failure can hinder me from doing what I love to do. As previously stated, it is about learning from our failures and choosing whether or not to persevere in making our mark on the world. **quote does not reflect Amber Heeter’s political views, opinions, or party affiliation


[ commercial projects ] commercial office design | assisted living design


commercial office design project brief client Two Japanese Female Office Executives design problem To create an exciting, contemporary, elegant private office environment for two executives, male or female, of a culture other than your own. Additional spaces required are one ADA restroom, a reception area, a workroom/break room, an accounting office, and a conference room. Basic furniture requirements are needed for all the areas in the client space. Offices should include an executive desk, credenza, executive chair, bookcase(s), and two guest chairs. Furnishings may be added to complete the design concept. Cultural research should guide the selection of appropriate finishes, accessories, and motifs. time to complete 12 weeks

solution The inspiring Japanese executive office fulfills the female client’s preference for a comfortable and functional office. Neutral colors within the space create a peaceful and relaxing environment while contrasting hues of red add character and interest. The clerestory windows and central Zen garden, emphasized by bamboo shades, add a sense of space, view and admit natural light to illuminate the office. The dark mahogany floor, cream colored walls, and traditional ornamentation of the Japanese culture enhance the office’s simplistic and minimalist style. Textural contrast is evident in the soft upholstery and coarse natural fiber mat maintaining a sense of balance of opposites through the use of opposing colors and textures provides a serene yet contemporary work space.


Relationship Diagrams & Prototypicals


Bubble Diagrams (left) and Floor Plan Drawings (right)


Final Office Floor Plan


Office Elevation Perspective of Executive Office 2

Finishes

Selected Furniture Pieces


Final Board Layout


assisted living facility design project brief title The Tuscan Villa (collaborative project) client Older Adults Ages 55+ design problem Provide an effective and humanistic design solution for the first and second floor assisted living spaces of a multi-floor continuing care retirement community. Incorporate age-appropriate features to insure quality of life for the residents. Address surveillance and task performance needs of the staff. Include provisions for life safety, accessibility, security, and wayfinding (signage, colors, cues, etc). Apply research findings to furniture and finish selections. Strive for the best aesthetics, and incorporate natural lighting for health and mental well-being. Incorporate creativity in the development of a functional, safe, but stimulating environment while accentuating the positive. time to complete 16 weeks solution The Tuscan Villa was designed with the residents’ needs and well-being in mind. Inspired by the Tuscan landscapes, warm tones are incorporated throughout the facility with accents of rich colors to serve as subtle wayfinding tools. The use of low walls that allow view into other social gathering areas helps residents orient themselves in the public spaces. The ease of viewing encourages residents to feel welcomed and safe in their surroundings. Large windows used in the sunroom, wellness center, and chapel serve as a visual passageway to the outdoors, bringing nature and the tranquil greenery indoors. The grand atrium located in the great room reaches up through the second floor and is crowned with a large skylight that provides an appropriate amount of natural lighting for residents. Moving into the private residential wings, small alcoves are implemented to provide a resting place or social area. The apartments were designed with concern for accessibility and comfort of the residents. With one bedroom and studio apartment designs to suit any style or need, the apartments evoke a sense of home and allow the residents to feel at ease during the difficult transition from independent living to assisted living.


Final Presentation Boards


Presentation Board 1 with Studio (left) and One Bedroom Apartment (right)


Presentation Board 2 with Facility Floor Plan


Presentation Board 3 with Work Station Rendering


Presentation Board 4 with Reception Desk Rendering


[ residential projects ] social space | kitchen design | master suite


social space project brief title Social Space client Newlywed Couple design problem You have been given a floor plan of the second floor of a high-rise apartment. You are to create a social/entertaining space that will provide adequate seating for at least six adults. The client wants a very modern and unique space for gathering. One side of the space will be used to view a large projection or flat screen TV. The other side is to be used as a recreation area for some type of game such as a small pool table or a pinball machine. Render the floor plan with graphite pencil to indicate finishes and the interplay of light, shade, and shadow. time to complete 12 weeks solution A custom rug design encompasses a comfortable seating area for quiet conversation or television entertainment. Opposite the seating area, an air hockey table provides residents an area for casual leisure and fun. Fabrics used within this space incorporate a modern and lively mood in order to provide residents a space for enjoyment and relaxation. An outdoor seating layout is also incorporated to provide additional space for family fun and entertaining. The designer embellished the floor plan with effective and realistic light shade and shadowing techniques to aid in graphic communication.


Final Furniture Layout


Hand Rendered Components and Fabric Selection


Final Board Layout


kitchen design project brief title Kitchen Design Plans client Non-Traditional Family design problem Two family members will use the kitchen extensively to prepare meals, however; there is a significant height difference between the two. Design the kitchen accordingly. time to complete 4 weeks solution The kitchen fulfills the client’s preference for a welcoming space that establishes equilibrium between an inviting dining area and the kitchen. By combining modern styles with the traditional oriental dÊcor, harmony is achieved throughout the space. The windows, accentuated by geometric wooden frames, allow for natural light to illumine the snack bar area. Red and brown walls, light-wood cabinetry, and granite countertops dominate the color scheme. The preference for a welcoming and functional U-shaped kitchen design is achieved by symmetrical balance.


Kitchen Ideation


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


Kitchen Design


master suite design project brief title Master Suite Board client A Non-Traditional Family design problem The student should select a preferred design style and identify a design-challenging disability for one family member. A master suite design should be provided to meet this family’s needs. The following furniture is required: appropriate beds, reading/relaxing area (seating, TV, music, etc.), dressing area with ample closets, exercise/play area (optional), two vanities, whirlpool tub, separate shower, creative storage solution, compartmentalized water closet, and natural lighting. time to complete 12 weeks solution The master suite fulfills the client’s preference for a comfortable suite that establishes equilibrium between an inviting seating area and a private sleeping area. By combining modern styles with the traditional oriental dÊcor, harmony is achieved throughout the space. The windows, accentuated by geometric wood frames, allow natural light to illumine the space. Green, red, blue and neutral colors dominate the color scheme. The desire for a welcoming and relaxed master suite is appeased by symmetrical balance achieved through the use of a glass room divider. All room elements combine to create a subtle modern interior, saluting the past yet meeting contemporary needs and style.


Master Suite Ideation


TUB

LINEN STORAGE

STAND-UP SHOWER

LINEN STORAGE

VANITY

TUB

STAND-UP SHOWER

VANITY STAND-UP SHOWER

WATER CLOSET

WATER CLOSET

VANITY WATER CLOSET

TOILET

TUB

STAND-UP SHOWER

LINEN STORAGE

TUB

STAND-UP SHOWER

VANITY TOILET

VANITY

Master Bathroom Ideation (Google-SketchUp)


Master Suite Rendering (Indigo Renderer with Google-SketchUp)


Board Components


Final Board Layout


[ 3d models ]

student apartment design | repetition balsa form


student apartment design project brief title 3D Model Apartment client College Students or Young Professionals design problem Design a proposed apartment for college students or young professionals that could be duplicated in mass form. The size of the space may range from 200-600 square feet with a maximum ceiling height of 10 feet. The space must include a sleeping area, living room, study/work area, kitchen/dining area, and bathroom. The space may be completely open or compartmentalized. time to complete 8 weeks solution The designer created a one-story apartment to appeal to a typical college student. The apartment layout incorporates an easily accessible bathroom separate from the bedroom to promote privacy and to prevent guests and friends from entering the bedroom in order to utilize the bathroom. The layout features an open kitchen and living room for entertaining guests. Natural sunlight enters the space through a skylight and exterior windows. The apartment provides the tenant with plenty of storage as well as the luxury of a stackable washer and dryer. The study and sleeping areas are easily contained within the privacy and comfort of the bedroom area.


Final Model Exterior View (left) and Interior View (right) Measurements: 15”W x 20-1/6”L x 5-5/8”H


Living Area

Bedroom

Kitchen

Interior Close-Ups


repetition balsa model project brief title

Line and Pattern Study: Balsa Wood Model objective Create a geometric shape using sticks of balsa wood and repeat it 15-25 times to form a model using the concept of line, rhythm, pattern, and movement. time to complete 2 weeks

solution Using 1/32 inch wide balsa sticks, I repeated a ‘number four’ shaped pattern in a circular, tornado-like movement. Three groups of the repeated pattern were joined together to create the final model. (Model measurements:


[ 2d/digital media ]

personal logo design | Wei Dong rendering workshop samples | charcoal drawings | digital media projects using Adobe Photoshop


personal logo design project brief title Logo Design client Self design problem Using the first and last initials of your name, design a creative, personal logo that demonstrates usage of the elements and principles of design. Consider positive and negative space. Avoid freehand formations and rely on mechanical drafting of abstract geometric shapes. When a final design is chosen, prepare a matted 5�x5� rendering of your logo. time to complete 1 week solution Curved lines are used with this logo varying in two different thicknesses. Balance is achieved with positive and negative spaces of the background and the logo itself.


Wei Dong rendering workshop samples


humanoid charcoal drawing project brief title Humanoid (Charcoal) objective Produce an artistic rendering of the viewable model pieces in front of you. Student should have a clear understanding of light, shade, and shadow. time to complete 3 hours solution A head mannequin was within my viewing range from where I sat in class. A lot of shade and shadow was applied to the rendering as it was seen in front of me.


facial features charcoal drawing project brief title Facial Features (Charcoal) objective Produce an artistic rendering of the inanimate model pieces in front of you. Student should have a clear understanding of light, shade, and shadow. time to complete 3 hours solution A model of a nose and ear set against a white box were within my viewing range from where I sat in class. I emphasized more on the nose and its shading before I moved onto the upper part of the ear model.


item collage project brief objective Using Adobe Photoshop, scan a variety of 3D objects to incorporate within the project. Using brushes, paint tool, effects, and other tools provided by Adobe Photoshop, create an interesting composition. Consider color and the elements and principles of design. time to complete 1 week solution Scanned items in this composition include: a wine coaster, a jewelry box lid, fake-netted flowers, a broach, a clear box of thumbtacks and various magazine cutouts. The finished project was printed on glossy paper. Several objects were also isolated, re-colored, resized and repeatedly used. Various Adobe Photoshop brush effects were also utilized to distort and alter images for the completed project.


Magritte master copy-“daughter of man”

project brief

objective Pick a piece by Surrealist artist, Rene Magritte and using only your own photographs, create a copy of the piece. Use Adobe Photoshop tools to crop and mesh photographs together for realism. time to complete 1 week solution Inspired by Rene Magritte’s Son of Man painting I created a print entitled Daughter of Man using five different photographs shot from my digital camera. The photos that make up this composition are as follows: my younger sister, an apple, a brick hedge, lake Nacogdoches, and a photograph of the sky. Using Adobe Photoshop, the five photos were merged, cropped, re-colored slightly, and further edited for realism. A paper-textured overlay was then placed over the composition with a light opacity for a more dramatic effect.

Original Rene Magritte Painting “Son of Man” 1964


Surrealism study larger than life project brief

objective Using only your own photographs, create a composition in which a smaller object is scaled larger than average and is placed in a normal setting. Use Adobe Photoshop to enable shadows and reflections for realism. time to complete 1 week solution This composition is made up of two different photos shot with my digital camera. The first is a photo of an empty parking space in downtown Nacogdoches and the second is of my wireless mouse I use with my laptop. Various photographs of the mouse were taken until the appropriate angle was achieved to look as if the mouse was also “parked� at the same angle as the other vehicles in the photograph. Using Adobe Photoshop, the two photos were merged and underwent further editing for realism.


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