Take the survey!!!

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

iblog survey flyer

Ever get those annoying pop-up ads asking you to take a quick survey for cash and prizes? Well, this isn’t one of those! Your prize is gaining some insight into your fellow peers’ lives and how we all relate even when we don’t.

Click on the link below (I promise it’s not some skeevy virus) and let us know how you feel about being an IARc student and other quirky questions we feel like asking. You should also have received the link in your UNCG Gmail. It’s super short, I mean really….it’s 7 questions, and will help us make IARc iblog more interesting for you.

Remember to check back here on the iblog to see upcoming survey related posts and survey results.



Contributed by Kim Wypasek [2nd] year

IARc Library

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

On the third floor of the Gatewood Building, there the amazing IARc Library that is filled with materials, books, theses, DVDs, and more. These items can be checked out by students and faculty with subject matter spanning interior designer, product designer, architecture, historic preservation and many more.  You are able to checkout book, projectors, floor plans, cameras, and magazines for 48 hours. Books can also be held for you. The materials are organized by the CSI number.  Another new addition to the library is tool checkout capabilities.  Materials are updated every five years unless the product is no longer manufactured. After the material expires based on the IARc Library policy, the product is taken out and put on the free sample table outside where anybody can have access.  Available materials can be found online on the IARc Library page.  There you can also see how green a product is and how much is recycled, also you can see where the material is sourced.  The library is also a place where you can hold meetings, hang out, study, and explore on the comfy couches and chairs that were donated by Natuzzi’s Furnishings.  If you want virtual tour of the library here is a link: http://www.uncg.edu/iar/resources/library/index.html.

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Contributed by Celeste Holley [1st] year

1st Year Studio Update

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

We have been working on patterns, patterns, patterns but not ordinary patterns.  It started with finding several patterns that were not meant to be patterns therefore tree bark was one of the major “patterns” used by a lot of students.  Then we chose one of our patterns to make variations out of the pattern. From there we were to make a whole new pattern out of one or more of the variations.  When Stoel Burrowes and Hannah Mendoza told us how much the first patterns were lacking in several aspects, they told us to do it again.  So, I was glad that we did get the second chance to redeem ourselves.  The second time everybody brought their A-game, because most of them were pretty amazing, in my opinion.  Even Hannah and Stoel seemed pretty pleased, but its hard to tell.  Most of their comments compared different patterns rather than talking about how to improve them.

We never stay on one assignment long. Next, we moved on to creating our patterns in 3D, but in different ways.  We had to create at least five 3D objects using our pattern as a muse and once they saw those they told use to do it again.  “Do it again” is a saying that we are quickly learning to get use to hearing.  Next, we had to create three to ten schemes and by this part of the process I was running out of ideas, and I also found out I was not the only one.  My classmates and I were finding how ego crushing this class can get and how we feel like we are just scrambling up something that looks kind of cool.  We also keep looking ahead to see when we can use that laser cuter and 3D printer.  Stoel told the class of items used in projects that he likes such as string, paint, and cardboard.  The final of our 3D projects are due Monday and my other classmates and I are hoping that we learned just enough to make a good impression with these projects.

In the Drawing Studios we have been working on contour lines and proportions.  Tommy Lambeth and Stoel Burrowes want us to see the object and draw it for what it is and not see and draw the object that is in our head.  Stoel put gloves up on the table then half way into that he through his boots up there.  Some of the drawings looked like gloves and boots, but most did not, mine didn’t, but that is all part of the fun in this practice.

We also worked with proportions by holding up our pencil to use as a measurement tool. We also went out to the new tunnel on Lee Street and the area behind the Aycock Auditorium to draw the spaces outside.  Tommy and Stoel wanted us to focus more on the bigger picture and decide which details were important enough to be draw. Bricks were the major example, they did not want us to draw every brick, but rather encourages us to find a way to suggest that it was a brick wall.  Now our assignment is trying to capture the life on Tate Street by drawing six to eight different scenes that can be seen on Tate Street. For this, the instructors want life and movement depicted in our drawings, not a still picture.  I sure that these action pictures are going to be interesting.

Contributed by Celeste Holley [1st] year

Alumni highlight: Ashley Bennett

September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Ashley Bennett investigating a design precedent. Photo courtesy of Ashley Bennett.

Ashley Bennett investigating a design precedent. Photo courtesy of Ashley Bennett.

Ashley Bennett is a recent graduate from the UNCG Interior Architecture program. She graduated in May, and since the beginning of her time here at UNCG, she was always considered one of the top in the class because of her unique, innovative, and detailed designs.

Q: Why did you decided to go into Interior Architecture?

A: I decided to go into Interior Architecture because I have always had an interest in interior design. I always wanted to know how buildings and spaces came into existence.I have always loved rearranging spaces and would always think of ways to make a room better. I loved the show “Trading Spaces”.

Q: What was your favorite part about the IARc program?

A: My favorite part about the IARc program was the ability to express my personal design style in my work. I was given parameters on projects, yet I was able to show my own design style in the process.

Q: During college, were you able to do any extracurricular activities?

A: During college I was able to be apart of the UNCG Swim team, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Board member, and University Marshal. It was hard to juggle both school, extracurricular activities, and work. Yet, it helped shape me into the person I am today. I am glad I decided to participate in extracurricular activities because it made my school memories that more special.

Q: Where did you do your internship? What did you learn from it?

A: I completed my internship at Laura Redd Interiors. I learned several things including how client meeting work, presentations, price quoting and availability, checking status of deliveries, working quick books, making selections, to installations. I was able to see the design process from beginning to end as an active member.

Q: Where do you work now? What are your main responsibilities?

A: I am now an Interior Designer at Marta Mitchell Interior Design in Greensboro, NC.

Q: What software do you use?

A: I use a variety of software including ACAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keynote, Excel, etc.

Q :How does “real life” differ from school?

A: Real life is drastically different from school. You have more responsibilities, and have to make more decisions. The deadlines in the “real world” are a lot quicker than the deadlines you have in school. Take the projects you have now and times it by 25-30. That is the real world. You have to juggle each project and treat each one like it is the most important.

Q: Do you think you have more of a personal life since working after graduation?

A: I do have a more personal life after graduation. I have time to relax and spend quality time with my family and friends. And I get way more sleep! However, work as a designer never ends. You consistently think about your clients projects and are thinking of ways to improve your designs. You are always in the research state. Design is a never ending process.

Q: What would you consider your design or life motto?

A: Live everyday to the fullest because you are not promised tomorrow.

Contributed by Beckie Yohn [5]th year.

IIDA Membership Drive Success!

September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

The UNCG Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) kicked off the semester with its annual membership drive on September 22nd. The Chapter attracted many students that were new to the Interior Architecture program, as well as upper-level students who were not yet involved with the student organization. The turnout was excellent – the chapter gained several new members! Along with this membership drive, the UNCG chapter of IIDA has several events going on this semester including the closest event to date, the annual bake sale for fundraising. There is potential for the chapter to set up in the Elliott University Center to sell baked goods and small items representing IARc, such as mugs and 3D printed items. Stay tuned for further IIDA event dates on the [i]blog as they arrive tentatively this semester!

Contributed by Torrey Orlopp [4th] year

Allow Me to Introduce You to… ZCorp

September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

To some IARc students, this may be a reintroduction to the gypsum powder 3D printer we call ZCorp. ZCorp is a fascinating machine that can be incorporated into your design process. Now is a good time to review how it works, how to prepare your file and how to get it printed.

How does it work? ZCorp models have two primary structural components the gypsum powder and binder. Depending on the size of your model, the machine will prepare the bed by laying an initial layer of powder that is similar to plaster. Liquid binder is emitted by an inkjet printhead in a horizontal fashion across the bed. The model is built by a continuous layering of powder and binder. When the model is finished, the machine will go through an hour long drying cycle to allow the binder to sure up.

One thing to note, this technology works best in small scale prototyping – think rapid prototyping.

How to prepare your file? From precedent, STL file format seems to work the best with this machine. Rhinoceros is the recommended software to use for well-crafted models. All the surfaces must meet cleanly, solids should be solid, and fillets should be added to soften sharp edges. If there are issues with your model, they will show in the ZCorp software as grey areas. Grey areas mean the software cannot interpret these areas and printing will be problematic.

How to request printing of file? CAM has recently developed a printing request system that is completely accessible online. The process includes reviewing the guidelines for printing and completing a form that includes details about your print and the class it will be for. Once the form is submitted, a CAM operator will send a quote and the model will be printed once payment has been made. Prints will be processed in the order they are received in most cases or the order that is most efficient.

This machine is a part of the series of machines that are can only be operated by the appointed CAM operators. You’re invited to ask more about the ZCorp whenever you visit CAM.



Contributed by Audrey Waggoner [1]st year graduate student

Can You CAM?

September 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Or more importantly, do you even know how? We will be focusing on a couple of machines a week in our CAMstudio to help you in creating masterpieces.

The IARc CAMstudio webpage can be found at http://www.uncg.edu/iar/resources/CAMstudio/index.html

The studio was a generous donation from the UNCG Art Department and the following statement sums up how we IARc and Art Department students can benefit from this vital resource located in the Gatewood building 3rd floor room 313.

The Computer.Aided.Making studio (CAMstudio) is an interdisciplinary environment where both academics and design entrepreneurs come together to utilize digital fabrication to prototype, simulate, and realize digital designs in the physical realm. CAMstudio is part of the Interior Architecture program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The studio was developed to be a common ground that facilitated interactions between analogue and digital processes, provide a place to experiment, and expose interior design students to digital fabrication machines and techniques.

Let me introduce Roland and Matt. Well, Roland is a machine, a vinyl cutter to be more specific, but Matt is real! According to Matt [3rd] year, CAMstudio volunteer. and ultimate assistant of all CAM equipment, the vinyl cutter is a great tool for creating professional titles for projects that really “make a statement”. There are a variety of colors to choose from. The cutter will accommodate up to a 21 inch width and any length your heart desires. File preference is Illustrator 8 or lower eps. file making sure that images have strong outlines or have been traced in Illustrator. There will be an extra charge for file manipulation if you haven’t prepped properly, so I advise that you stop by the studio and ask questions before you show up to print, or you can email questions to iarc_cam@uncg.edu which will be set up this upcoming week. Pricing for all CAM machines will also be posted on the website soon.

**CLICK TO ENLARGE**  Pictures courtesy of Kim Wypasek

**CLICK TO ENLARGE** Pictures courtesy of Kim Wypasek

Matt uses a program called CutStudio to import your file and allows you to adjust the size and preview before he gets Roland started. Once he gives Roland the green light, the cutting begins at a very impressive rate. A short time later, you have your cut image or text ready to prep for adhesion. The next step is to peel away any of the excess vinyl around your text or image, which is kind fun and a little tedious if you have lots of negative space or intricate detail…..so be prepared with an exacto knife or good fingernails and some time too! Once that is done, a translucent transfer film is placed on top of the cut vinyl and smoothed of all air bubbles with your handy dandy student id(or any other card-like object). Now, you trim the film, and you’re ready to STICK! Making sure your surface is clean and dry, place the transfer sticker where you want it and use the same smoothing technique to remove air bubbles. Tip from the pro: make sure you really focus on pressing down the edges of letters and images with your card before attempting to remove the transfer film, so you don’t end up with partial adhesion and total depression. Now for the grand finale, remove your film at an angle and very slowly so as not to rip up any of your image/text. Voila!!! You now have a beautifully placed image that will scream “I am a professional and uber smart because I can use a vinyl cutter!”

Special thanks to Matt Elliott and CAMstudio Director, Felicia Dean

Contributed by Kim Wypasek [2nd] year


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