Architect: Rick Joy

Rick Joy has been producing stunning buildings from his office in Arizona for close to two decades now. Much of his work exists in the desert, which he considers a "…dreamlike fantasy of a landscape…", I agree, and his projects work to compliment it. His architecture has a remarkably strong presence, it is linked so closely with the landscape that it seems almost as if the land or earth has put forth the buildings itself. He is able to invoke powerful sensory experiences and harnesses the strength of craftsmanship and powerful material use throughout his projects. Enjoy the eye candy!

Rick Joy Studio & Residence

Desert Nomad House
Outside of Tuscon Arizona

Desert Nomad House

Side Note: The Third & The Seventh

I came across this video about a year ago, and just revisited it the other day. It is still just as striking as the first time I saw it. It visits some of the most important Architectural works of our time, from Satoshi Okada's Mt. Fuji House, to Exeter Library by Louis Kahn. Alex Roman did everything from the direction, to CGI, to sound production. Wow. He made the video 2 years ago, I'd be really curious to see what he's been up to since then. 

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Side Note: Golden Gate History

I came across this interesting video on the making of the Golden Gate Bridge from Archdaily and found out that it just turned 75 years old in May, 2012! Happy birthday my International Orange friend! (That is the official color of the bridge). I thought it was a really unique look into the past, and reminded me that 'creatives', or 'dreamers' always have, and always will be met with 'nay-sayers' and public challenge, but with perseverance in pursuit of their ideals, these dreamers has the power to change the world.

Artist: Michael Shapcott

Michael Shapcott is an incredibly talented portrait artist from Connecticut. He is known for creating these emotional charged portraits usually consisting of a graphite base, with oils and acrylic paints over to bring them to life in a contemporary and beautiful way. I first came across his works as his prints can be purchased from society6, an online print shop for artists.

From his Kickstarter Project

I came across a kickstarter project that he put together a few months ago, and it's been in the back of my mind for quite a while, I just revisited it the other day to see how he's doing and I found out his project has been funded, which is awesome. He was hoping to get $10,000 and was funded a total of $62,736! Way to surpass the expectations! 
Una © Michael Shapcott

Side Note: Climbing Back on the Wagon

Now that my birthday month is well and truly over (I was taking a break to just bask in the glory of design-fatherhood life without the recording of it over the month of May, and I somehow let it creep a bit into June). Well, as my excuse of the 'birthday month' is gone, it's high time I to get back into the swing of things here at Design Dad.

I've decided to break away from my previously restrictive schedule of posts, as I was finding it not only daunting, but restricting me from posting some of my neat/random finds, or other miscellany. I see many more SIDE NOTES happening in the future! I will still try to cover essentially the same topics, and in a similar manner, just going to throw a little monkeymoo in the gears. 

Now where am I...

Keiran will help me piece it together.

Side Note: The Manhattan Project

Found a beautiful video of New York by Cameron Michael, set to an awesome song by Blackmill. It brought me back to many of the place I visited on my trip there. Now I want to go back even more than I did before!


The Manhattan Project HD1080P from Cameron Michael on Vimeo.