Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

In the Spirit of Halloween

October 31, 2011

For some reason we like putting our pets into Halloween costumes. People buy them or make them and we are not sure what the pets really think about it.

So in the spirit of Halloween, here is an article from Inhabitat about taking a love of Star Wars and Halloween to a new level. May the force be with you this Halloween!

From the article on Inhabitat – “Somebody (and I will point fingers) had way too much time on her hands during the weeks leading up to Halloween. This super-detailed, super-funny (and hopefully super-light) AT-AT pet costume was created by Katie Mello for her dog Bones — that is, an All Terrain Armored Transport as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Mello is one of the Star Wars-loving artists over at LAIKA/house, a Portland animation studio. Let this inspire you to get your creative DIY juices flowing, and avoid slapping Fido between two oversized hot dog buns this Halloween.


STG Design team wins Austin IIDA Pumpkin Contest

October 28, 2011

STGers Andrea Hill, Marla Elm, Chris Covey and Holly Hargrove won the Austin IIDA Pumpkin Decorating contest. The group won a large gift basket filled with Halloween goodies.

It’s great to see the creativity our staff does in and outside the office.

Decorating your own pumpkin for Halloween?

Send Susan your photos to post on Monday.

What is your concept?

October 23, 2011

In the Austin office we’ve been discussing the design concept. Do we have one, do we start with one, do we end with one, how is it evident in our projects.

To be inspired about what a concept can do for your project, during your next lunch break, watch the 18 minute video by TED featuring Bjarke Ingles.

Click here to watch.

Taking Architecture to a New Depth

October 12, 2011

Some people accept an architecture job anywhere. Literally. This Conrad Hotel in the Maldives takes innovative design to a new depth. If you are interested in staying for a night, it could cost you close to $1,600 but what a view!

For more photos check out the website, Today I Learned Something New

STG Design Team Wins Best Construction in rEvolution Runway Show

September 28, 2011

Last Friday night at Arthouse was the first annual IIDA rEvolution Runway. The fashion show featured twelve models from firms around town that showcased garments created of 40% recylced material and 40% product provided by a manufacturer. The recylced content was gathered at ZeroLandfill and the teams had only four short weeks to complete an outfit.

The runway show was a celebration of the success of ZeroLandfill, which diverted over 12,000 pounds of material from the landfill, and also benifitted Tips on Art and TAID.

The STG Design team included Kandice, Andrea H., Holly, Lauren, Denisse, Whitney, Bianca, and Ariel. The team won Best Contruction!

Jeweled Ceiling Made from Millions of Beetles

July 27, 2011

 It’s apparent at first glance that this is no ordinary ceiling; it’s vivid and iridescent in a way that suggests some kind of rare and special material. In fact, the ceiling – located in the Royal Palace in Brussels – is made up of an astonishing 1.6 million Thai jewel beetles. It took Flemish artist Jon Fabre and his team of 29 assistants four months to glue all the beetle shells in intricate patterns.

End of an Era

July 25, 2011

30 years of the space shuttle launches have come and gone taking us places we never imagined. A father and son were there at the beginning and end of the shuttle launches. Check out the photos above. Time flashes in a blink of the eye.

Father and Son: STS-1 and STS-135

Dollar as Art

June 22, 2011

Great article that Nancy and Rayann in Tucson came across. This is creativity to a whole new level. Instead of “Pimp My Ride”, it’s “Pimp my garbage Truck”. 

This guy does origami with dollar bills and lives in a garbage truck.  Be sure to scroll down all the way to see views of his home in the garbage truck.  It is not what you would expect.  Won Park is the Master of Origami.  He is also called “The Money Folder”.  A practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill.  Bending, twisting, and folding he creates life-like shapes in stunning detail. 

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October 11, 2010

Ok, so there I was, thumbing quickly through my RSS feeds when all of a sudden, be still my beating heart…the most beautiful, off the wall lighting fixtures I’ve seen…perhaps ever!  The ultimate in recycled lighting.  Artist Tanya Clarke takes old plumbing hardware, retrofits it to fit a piece of custom blown glass to mimic a water drop and lights it with an LED.  Let’s all say it together…GENIUS!  She calls it “Liquid Light“…

Visit her site here: for more beautiful fixtures.


June 1, 2010

After a fairly long, unintentional hiatus, I’m back to bring you more color facts.  Today we’ll briefly explore Yellow and Purple.  Fun!

{YELLOW} Overall, yellow is a happy and uplifting color.  Some studies show that it can cause you to be more decisive and alert; and cause your muscles to become more energetic.  On the other hand, some studies suggest that yellow can cause one to go quite mad.  Think of the angry lawyer scribbling away on his/her yellow legal pad…just saying.

{FUN YELLOW FACT} In Asia, yellow is sacred and imperial.

{PURPLE} The color of royalty, luxury, wealth and sophistication.  Where did we originally get this rare, un-natural color?  From the from the glands of the murex shellfish, to be exact (or so they say).  For all of us out there who are thinking “Save the Shellfish!”, no worries.  Thank the British.  In 1856 they developed the first synthetic dye.  So now all the peasants out there can use purple to their heart’s content.  I painted my laundry room eggplant purple.  You better believe that I feel like the Queen while I pair socks.

{FUN PURPLE FACT} In England, purple was worn as a color…or colour…of mourning in the 20th century.  Ok, so mourning and ‘Fun fact” don’t exactly work together, but it’s interesting nonetheless. 

Thanks for reading this installment of Color Psychology.  As always, I’m not claiming to be an expert, just culling interesting information for you all to munch on.

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