Designer Shaynee McMillion was featured in Floor Focus Magazine’s Designer Ovation section.
“Having experience in a diverse range of design projects, I am always inspired by products that can enhance many different environments. As a designer, it is nice to see versatile flooring options, applicable to the diverse and unique requirements of our firm’s projects, including the corporate, higher education, hospitality and senior living environments.”
ID Studios is pleased to announce the promotion of Lori Hagen-Hulitt, CID, NCIDQ, to Senior Associate. Lori has worked in the design industry for over 25 years and has been with ID Studios for over 10 years. She has embraced the opportunity to take on a senior leadership position to oversee the smooth operation and profitability of each project.
Lori has a BFA in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego as well as a BS in Business Administration from SDSU. She pairs those dual roles of business and design into her drive and dedication for designing and managing her projects. She has extensive experience in Corporate Office, Higher Education, Healthcare and Hospitality design so she’s able to excel at any project that comes her way.
Born and raised in the San Diego area, Lori is an avid traveler. She has plans of visiting her 50th country this year, with continuing goals of experiencing the unfamiliar through discovering new places, meeting people and gaining knowledge of other cultures. All of which also informs design in her daily life. The range of her traveling experiences varies widely including visiting every MLB Park, to hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and of course, visiting countless architectural wonders in every locale.
Lori’s passion for improving ID Studios’ commitment of bringing the best interior design experience to our clients is laudable and we’re excited to see where she takes this new role.
SD Voyager interviewed Founding Principal of ID Studios, Amy Morway about her story and history in design.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Morway.
Amy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My love of design and architecture began when I was fairly young. I found myself fascinated by buildings and how they were constructed and then soon realized I was consistently drawn to design, visual arts, and the built environment. As a highly visual person, if something felt out of order in my world, I immediately wanted to change it and create a feeling of balance and beauty. By the time I was a teenager, I became more attuned to the fact that your surroundings can have a HUGE impact on the way that you feel and function. So, it’s no surprise that I found my passion and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Soon after, I obtained my Certification in Interior Design (CID) in California, and then became a LEED Accredited Professional.
Moz Metals has posted an article about Corporate Branding in The Built Environment which includes an ID Studios client, Moss Adams.
With branding all around us in both the physical and digital world, corporate identity has seeped into nearly every aspect of daily life. In the 21st century, we have to ask ourselves: how can a brand establish a unique identity without getting lost in this information overload? How can a brand evoke industry values of technology, hard work, and innovation through the lived experience of its physical spaces? How can an office create a positive response from users through branding?
Moss Adams office in La Jolla, Ca., designed by ID Studios. Móz metal counter fronts in Khaki with a rectilinear pattern engraved on the surface to mimic tiles.
WD-40 Company’s office was featured in Hatch Magazine.
The company’s homey new digs in Scripps Ranch pays homage to its past and the industries that made it a success. Photos by Paul Body
BY JENNIFER MCENTEE
The WD-40 Company has been reinventing itself ever since its founders figured out that the solvents and degreasers they were creating for the aerospace industry might also be useful to consumers with squeaky doors and rusty lawnmowers.
While WD-40’s worldwide workforce has grown from 3 to 450 over the years, and its product mix has expanded well beyond that flagship lubricant in the blue and yellow can, its San Diego headquarters had been stuck in a bygone era until last August, when they moved from the Morena District to a two-story, 42,000-square-foot building in Scripps Ranch.
Earlier this month, the IIDA San Diego hosted the annual Fashion Show where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion.
Each year, San Diego’s esteemed design professionals take to the catwalk wearing outfits worthy of a Tony Award and constructed primarily from building materials. The Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion. The 2017 fashion show held earlier this month, had a dramatic twist as the design teams were challenged to create an outfit inspired by popular Broadway plays.
This year, our team’s Broadway inspiration was the award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire which was inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We were excited to get started and found inspiration in Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her obsession with flight.
“As someone told me lately – everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This quote from the original song “Defying Gravity” inspired our team’s design. We imagined what it would be like to take flight soaring into the air with limitless freedom. The burst of spires attached to the garment represent the surge of powerful energy and excitement experienced while defying gravity.
Our outfit, sponsored by Crossville, was made from glass mosaic tile on the top, the skirt from fabric from the fabric grab, the broom from Crossville packing material, and the spired back piece from marketing materials and mesh adhesive backing for mosaic tiles.
Our long nights paid off when we came home with the “Best Theme Inspiration” award.
Thank you to our sponsors, Tony and Danelle of Crossville, a manufacturer of sustainable tile solutions. As our partner, our garment had to be made exclusively from materials from their product lines, manufacturing process and marketing materials as well as any fabric we could grab during the official Fabric Grab held 6 weeks prior when we were assigned our theme.
As usual, the level of talent in the design community was astounding as the creations that came down the runway were all fabulous! Pictures of the entire show can be found here:
Associate Andrew Fordham and Principal Deborah Elliott were interviewed by Floor Focus Magazine for an article about Digital Design Tools.
By Beth Miller
Online design tools continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Designers use several third-party tools for rendering 3D models and designing project documents, along with social media for visualization purposes, as well as the design services offered by the bigger suppliers in the industry. Interior designers are uniquely combining these resources to accomplish their project visualization needs. Floor Focus reached out to four commercial interior designers across the country to find out what tools they utilize when designing a project, why they use them and what developments they would like to see in the next generation of design software.
While Autodesk has to some extent cornered the technology market when it comes to digital visualization tools, since it is considered by many the industry standard, the tools mentioned span a wide spectrum ranging from SketchUp and Autodesk’s Revit to hand-drawn sketches and social media.
Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios
THIRD-PARTY, MANUFACTURER AND PLUG-IN TOOLS
Versatility in software and photo-realism of project modeling play a huge role in the technology used by Deborah Elliot, president, and Andrew Fordham, senior designer, of ID Studios based in southern California. SketchUp Pro and Revit are the primary tools they use to create 3D models. However, the pros and cons of each, according to both Elliot and Fordham, have pushed software creators to introduce other tools, such as plug-ins like SU Podium that allow for photo-realistic rendering, as well as Photoshop for image enhancements.