Cranberry bread. Super straightforward recipe. Maybe 1st or 2nd time using full fresh cranberries. No nuts. Fresh sage kinda nice to nibble and go along with it.
Cranberry bread. Super straightforward recipe. Maybe 1st or 2nd time using full fresh cranberries. No nuts. Fresh sage kinda nice to nibble and go along with it.
Thinking the focus of this journal is going to be for books that require a bit more focused attention and study.
Normally reading fiction on Kindle or shorter non-fiction books in-print or Kindle, but these thicker books I find I like to read only in print so you can easily reference ideas in previous chapters and flip through.
Got these highlighters that I’m pretty pumped about to help. Thanks @sloane for suggesting this brand.
Figuring out how Futureland works best for me! Very fun process. Thought I’d share these reflections.
Feel like I would normally iMessage this to @internetvin, but maybe better to share here in case it’s of value to anyone else, and to start to have even more conversations in the open 💚
— Left the Water journal, think posting multiple times througout the day feels like too much for me. Just lots of picking up my phone. Have bright green post-it note at my desk to drink water, and water bottle always around so those two things work. Keep up all the great work all the Water journal crew. The 🐠 is up for adoptions too, since I won’t be using, hehe
— Still interested in Daily, shifting toward practices that happen once a day instead of multiple times througout day, trying to focus on Stretching and Vitamins now.
— On my profile, I’m pretty excited started do little [Tags] in front of the description for each of the Journals. Feel so much more at ease now with this, hard to describe, but it’s like each of the journal is it’s own type and that feels good to know. At the moment have Weekly, Daily, On-Going Project, and Done.
— For now the tags are grouped together. Can’t fully figure out how the order algorithm for Profile works, but I think them grouped together is maybe one of the reasons I feel at “ease”.
— Left Meta journal since it was bugging me on my profile, I guess I’d prefer if the profile was all my personal space, or ideally I’d like to show that I contribute to Meta journal, but it’d be in it’s own “Community Journal” section maybe.
— I’m now Shadowing Meta journal to keep up to date. And the plan is to re-join Meta whenever have something to post. Post the thing. And then leave Meta Journal again. Kinda silly, but whatever, LOL
This is just a test 🌼 Left the Meta journal, but it still shows up when I press “N” to do a new post.
There’s Daily, but what about Weekly. I’ve thinking of starting a journal that I’d like to do on a weekly cadence. 52 weeks a year adds up, could be cool to streak that way too.
Hiding Comments on Stream view could be nice.
Created a newsletter template in iA Writer. Adding the standard header “weather report” and footer copy that goes in all the newsletter, it feels better some how. Like I’m writing the real newsletter itself, not just paragraphs that then get copied into Mailchimp later.
Sent out a client presentation and really excited about the potential. Here started using some fun “cover fills” to indicate different material types. Love the “stippling” effect for decomposed granite on the right option.
Playing around the idea of this path going through the veggie garden to connect the front walkway to the back yard.
Another standard thing, but figured out more how to export PDFs from the program. The whole flow is kinda still based on the old school idea of “publisher sets” that you get printed, but just had to wrap my brain around it a bit.
Super basic thing that hadn’t figured out yet, but watched some online videos on labels and annotations. So far, been doing this in Figma, instead of Archicad. It’s nice cause the labels stick to the object, and can display tons of different data points, like square footage automatically.
Got the idea in my head that an Ultrawide monitor would help with the design flow and feel like this creative canvas. Not sure, and not in the budget at the moment, but mocked up for a minute in Figma what it would be like to have a project brief, 2D drafting, and 3D views open at once. Think it would be pretty nice.
Tried to have everything saved in Raindrop, and it has a reader mode. But moved back to Instapaper since it has offline reading, way better typography controls, and quicker saving flow. Plus, now a Mac app, but I mostly read articles on my iPad with the screen in black and white mode so it feels like a newspaper.
Minor 10 minute update to personal site, but just wanted to be super focused on Plantkind and the current moment, not past things I worked on 🌼
New dream feature, would be the ability to have private posts, but in public journals. I’ve been finding that there’s some things I want to post that are a bit more personal, but they don’t warrant like their own fully private journal since they’re under the theme of an existing public journal. 🕵️♀️
Accidently broke off a branch of the St. Catherine’s Lace after it survived the trip home from the nursery, still has 3 or 4 other main branches and we planted this afternoon. But got the broken one in a cute ceramic vase on @sloane desk now to enjoy this week inside.
We visited a new native plant nursery today called Oaktown, they had a wonderful selection and friendly folks, we’ll be back!
This Buckwheat continues to bush out really nicely, I think it’s super cute.
Planted a flat (12) of Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine) today that were left over from a client project. Excited to see what happens, haven’t grown them before.
Think it was @christian who was saying they just press N shorcut most times to start a new post. Started doing this more now.
With multiple journals, could be cool if after you press N, the “Where” field was highlighted and you could ⬇️ down keys and then Enter to select the journal without leaving the keybaord to use the mouse to select where. After you hit Enter, your cursor is then flashing in the journal entry field.
Using Daily for things like water on desktop is kinda a pain. I’ve tried to do it a couple times, but just stop and pick up my phone. But I don’t want to be on my phone really.
Think it’s mainly cause on the phone it has the emoji keyboard with Frequently used so easily accesible!
Trying this app, it’s like the 🍅 timer concept, but builds a cute little forest over time, ha.
What’s cool about the widget is that it’s tappable, so each of the Work + Reading sessions open the app and start the timer.
Could be nice for FL Daily widget, to remove one tap and have it open the specific journal up from the widget.
Just started using Daily this week for water and stretching. So far so good! Was thinking about starting one for a more design / work related project that would be Daily, but like to change pace on the weekend a bit. Would be cool if you can do Daily, but weekend mode, so you can keep the streak going, M-F.
Wonder if there’s a way, or if it would be nice to see bookmarks in the grid journal view. So it’s a bit more visual, and you can see like a dozen bookmarks on the screen at once in context together. Like seeing all your big milestones.
Got worried for a second I was deleting journals, on mobile app, Home page, wanted to remove them there to display "daily" ones in widget, but felt like I was deleting the whole journal, instead of maybe like "remove".
Another use case for search, and I know there's a command that I can't think of now, but is if you want to drink more water, you can find out if there is already a water journal to join.
Default tab for the home sidebar could be nice. Thinking about starting to try Daily on iPhone widget, so in that case maybe I’d rather start on “All” when coming to Futureland on desktop.
@internetvin mentioned that he never goes to his journal from his Profile, and I was like “wait how do you get to them then?”, forgot there was the “All” tab, ha
One thing that I've noticed is, with Shadowing, is that the number in the circle in the sidebar gives me a similar anxiety that like an Unread message count would in your email. I feel like I have to get that number to 0, it's an old pattern that's stuck with me at the moment.
Maybe no number there at the top. Or the option to switch off displaying the total number, and even the individual numbers for the journal.
There's some journals that I want to shadow, but like check weekly or even monthly, but the numbers make me feel like I gotta check em' more frequently.
This caught my eye and made me stop for a second, Futureland logo is kinda saying the same thing as Futureland+ with the plus sign in the logo, but they’re different things. One is just FL, and the other is the upgraded paid version 😜
Wondering how Futureland+ will be surfaced more in the future? Right now feels kinda buried in Settings, but you don’t want to always be trying to get people to upgrade.
Learned a new feature, that allows you to face the camera looking straight on to one side of an object. Nothing super special here → the deck, some concrete stairs, and the fence. Has a nice collage like feel so far, not hyper realistic which is what I don’t want.
Trying out the Concepts app on the iPad more today to get some ideas out quickly. Seems more fluid than printing out tons of pages on the laser printer to draw on top of, but still learning how the Apple Pencil works best with the program.
Realized I could bring some reference imagery into Archicad. Nice to have it all on the same work surface. The images automatically are added to their own layer, so I can turn off to keep drafting.
Added the steps and front wooden path today.
I’m not super good at being on Instagram, but I know it’s a powerful place for potential clients to discover us and to share our work. Use an app called Later to schedule posts in advance. Just scheduled through the end of this year!
Trying to play around and do little things in Archicad each day. Does take a minute to open the program and get set up each time, so this week trying not to quit the program, just Command + H to hide it, and then can instant jump back in to mess with things.
Sourcing lots of plants these days, just sent the nursery this list for a project, excited about some new plant friends here.
Notion came out with a timeline feature this week, started playing around with it for visualizing garden projects.
Starting to establish the existing elements for a new project. Slow moving today, but good to have some progress.
Thinking that the direct link in the email footer, to reply when you get a email notification for new comment, that could go to the full screen version so you're in commenting mode to write something back.
When in full screen / discussion mode, could be cool if you can use the arrow keys to move through the rest of the posts in that journal.
When listening to an audio post, and then click on the comments icon to go full screen. Wanted to keep listening, and take a peek at the comments at the same time. But took me a second to realize it re-started the audio clip from the start.
Another top down rendering, this one with some subtle textures and colors.
Playing around with some new rendering styles for top down views. Adding shadows to this outlined version helps.
Getting the plant database I’ve been growing ready to use on the go with the Airtable iPad app.
So much of the design work happens in the conversations and written form too.
I’ve re-started this newsletter a handful of times, but this time feels like it’s gonna stick. Sent out a big update today and got lots of positive responses. Starts w/ weather report of sorts inspired by @internetvin to ground us, deeper reflections and written out ideas, handful of links at the bottom and the reflective prompt. More human, more from a person (me) and not a business.
Finalized an order with the nursery today for a garden project. Pretty excited about the plant palette, some favorites and new friends, and just realized 100% California Natives, except for a couple citrus trees we added last minute. Should get delivered next week, I’ll place them in the garden, and then the client is going to plant themselves which will be great 🍊
After some solid feedback from @sloane and Ben today, reworked the site footer into groupings. Feels more calm since you can navigate bit easier and each column has a little heading.
This also allowed the main top menu to be just three links to the pages that focus on the real thing Plantkind has to offer [landscape design] and let’s the footer contain the rest of the pages.
Don’t feel like having a full portfolio section on the site is the right move, been just sending people to Instagram, but this “Photo Gallery” feels like a fun middle ground. Bit more customizable compared to Instagram, and more chill than a full portfolio.
Feeling into this little pop up I made for the site. It’s appears if you click the link “Smaller Budget?”. Want to make sure potential clients still reach out so I can support gardeners in the community and send folks their way too!
Moving toward a Welcome pop up, instead of the whole welcome page. Been thinking about when you go on a hike and there is the big display board with the map and trail info at the start, how you can still see the trail ahead of you. Think the full welcome page was a little confusing, here you can see the site behind it and have a better sense of where you are heading.
Built out the home page structure in Squarespace. Happy with how it’s coming together so far. Need’s some tweaks still.
Workshopped the Welcome page concept with my friend Ben, and made some edits to make it a bit more clean.
Organizing photos from the last 6 months, and seeing what might make the cut for the website update.
Kinda stuck on the “Site Map” concept. This would be a pop up overlay. Going to put on the back burner for now, and try a bit more traditional navigation. Think it’s a cool concept, but might cause more confusion for visitors than it’s worth at this point. Will circle back in the future.
Put together the “Learning Hub” page today. Excited to see this all together.
As part of the “Vision” page on the site, linking to the main Futureland journals to share more behind the scenes ✨
Been using a couple of these icons from the Noun Project as part of Plantkind’s brand. Just subtle touches, always pretty small size. Finally got them all organized and sized properly for retina screens too. Thinking that each newsletter will have a different one at the top.
Visited a back yard that I designed earlier this spring. Their neighbor had a pretty large tree removed, and so I wanted to see how it impacted the space and light before we order plants. Really opened up the space in a nice way, but more light in some areas.
Started working on a new garden in Walnut Creek today, pretty excited about this one!
Kicked off a new project today, and trying to keep as much work in Notion as possible. Instead of context switching to another program (Dropbox Paper or Google Docs). Feels nice to have everything in one interface.
Fun experiment seeing what the garden might look like from inside the home. Not sure if this will really become part of the process moving forward, feels a bit too realistic and removes some of the mystery of plants. Going to think about it and play around more.
Discovered some very happy accidents when I looked at the site on my phone. Since I kinda hacked together a bit how the sub-navigation and footer links display on desktop, on mobile they were all scattered like this. The “Site Map” which is only on desktop will have a scattered feel to it, so it’s kinda nice that you still get some hints of that on mobile. Not gonna change a thing. Never plant in straight lines, ha 🌼
Had to mess around with a tiny bit of custom CSS and felt really good that I figured it out quickly. Squarespace is so funky sometimes, had to hide some things on the desktop view, but keep them in the mobile menu. Decided against multi-level mobile navigation with folders leading to sub-pages inside, and put all the pages on the same screen. Think this works for now, but as more pages are added in the future will probably break.
Built out a little sub-navigation for the About pages. Trying not to be too fussy since I’m constricted by what Squarespace can do combined with my rusty graphic design skills. Italics and the down arrow hopefully are enough to indicate where you are.
Made the guestbook for the site. It’s linked to in the footer, and on the “Thank You for Visiting” page. Feel like I need a better work than “Submit”, will think about this more, or if you have any ideas.
Got all the plants layed out for the front yard! Pretty seamless and really excited to see how the plants work together in the larger garden. Discovered some new minor road bumps in the process and made notes to troubleshoot them later.
Used the standard shapes and colors for now, didn’t have time to get super custom today, but excited to work toward a more unified style. And could’ve spent an hour in the annotations settings panel, but for now just did these little curved arrows.
Pretty beautiful moment having a blank slate and a palette of plants to paint with. Took a lot of setup in Archicad to get to this point, learning lots along the way, and it feels really empowering to have this be the workflow.
They just planted some fruit trees on their sidewalk strip for this project, so wanted to reflect that in the model and see what they could look like in 5 years height wise. 🍐
Started migrating the plant library that I’ve been building in Airtable, over to Archicad for the design to happen there. Just manual process, but once the plant is in Archicad it’s there for use in all future projects.
Updated the footer for the website, feeling pretty good about it. Kinda tall in height, but not sure if that’s really an issue. The footer links are mostly focused on more “utility” pages, and keeping the majority of navigation in the main Site Map / Menu.
Getting even more into the plant workflow, spent a couple hours today digging deeper. But have run into four different minor roadblocks that would be nice to sort out. Put together some screenshots to show what they are, and posted on some online forums to see if the Archicad community might be able to help.
Started setting up iStats, on the trial, not sure if I’ll pay the $10 for it, maybe there’s an alternative. But with some more intensive CAD program work these days, I’d like to keep an eye on the fans and overall health since it’s a new computer.
Still getting a bit hung up on which button to press for the sidebar, since there are now two sidebars. Do love that the Daily - All - Shadows one is accessible everywhere now. Wonder if the sidebar on Journals really needs to be collapsable…
Great site-visit with a contractor that might help build out the design for this project. Felt really prepared for the walk through with all the design documentation getting more organized with each project.
Couple blocks from us and pretty small back garden, so I cleared out the space and took a couple loads to the dump this past spring. Much easier to design with more of a blank slate. And we had the planter box built in the late spring so they could start growing veggies this summer as the rest of the project will get built this winter.
Up until now have been sharing mostly the digital side, but since the work of course is all about the natural world IRL going to start sharing some photos as well.
Leftover ice from the cooler to water the Asters 🧊
In awe of the Buckwheat flowers.
Unlocked a pretty big part of my workflow today! Discovered the Favorites panel which is where I’ll be able to build out the entire plant database. With the Favorites, it saves all of the 2D vectors, 3D images, and data (plant name, size, and so on) that goes with each plant.
This means I can just search for the plant name, and then plop them down all over the place. Essentially painting with the plants on the site map really quickly.
This quick layout here is what was rendered in 3D in the previous journal entry 🍊
Started bringing in the 3D graphics for real. Quick test rendering, got figure out the settings a bunch more to fine tune.
Playing around with different 2D graphic styles, eventually will make my own but the pre-loaded options were better than expected, nice suprise. Also, figured out a better way to “paint” with the plants, instead of copying and pasting, using the eyedropper tool, then allows you to plop down more of that same plant quickly.
With a welcome page, playing around with the idea of an exit page that says “Thank You for Visiting”. Not sure how many folks will end up here, but feels fun. Think it will link in the footer, where it says “You’ve reached the bottom of this website, maybe it’s time to go outside?"
Finished writing all the content for the website update. Most writing happened in iA Writer but moved to this folder since it will be easier to get some feedback from @sloane with comments and editing suggestions in Google Docs.
Started building out a Resource Center on Notion, wanted to get a lot further but going to keep it pretty basic for now. Added a note that a bunch more is coming soon. Doesn’t feel like a good focus for this week, but the seed is planted.
Think I finanlly got the footer of the newsletter to a good point. Suprising how difficult it is to make it seem simple, human, and chill. While getting in all the information that I wanted to communicate.
Solid little writing session this morning. Wrote the captions for the “Design Process” slideshow for the website update.
Starting building out the Plantkind library on Readng. Working toward creating more online resoruces to de-mystify gardening and make it more accessible.
Been writing creative prompts to help us all connect more with our gardens and the natural world. They’re shared with each newsletter. Organized them today into Are.na which will serve as the archive of them moving forward. Feels nice to see them all together and out of the context of the newsletter.
Quick idea, what if the future Futureland desktop app had a little menu bar icon or shortcut that allowed you to capture a screenshot and then it auto-uploads.
Right now I take screenshot, then find on Desktop, drag into Futureland. This is an example from another program called Eagle which has a little screenshot menu bar feature.
Late night session, moved to the kitchen table to mix it up, plus headphones and candle. Took into consideration @sloane feedback of not being into pop ups, decided to explore the idea of a full on Welcome page for the website, that you have to pass through to get to the site. The Aster is actually a little video on loop which I think makes the site feel more alive.
I'm not sure if this is the right move, but conceptually it feels aligned with what I'm going for. Into the idea of someone having to [ Enter → ] the space. Digging deeper to get the information they want, and not handing it all to them right away.
Probably breaks all best practices of the internet with clear CTA buttons, the goal of high conversion rates, and one sentence elevator pitches that try to communicate everything, but no one has hired me to design a website for the last decade and I design gardens now, ha
Also, have been playing around with this idea of a seasonal weather report to help ground us when we're in a digital space, originally inspired by @internetvin weather reports at the start of his voice message / memo updates.
Setting up One Password, back in the day a company that I worked at used the program, seems super solid out of all the options. Trying to get my family and parents on board for the family plan. Figured I’d post screenshot now before I actually set it up, ha
Created a bunch of desktop apps for most frequently used online tools. They each now feel bit more powerful in some way, and their own thing, instead of being on the internet. Nice to have some in the dock on my Mac. Used a program called Unite that creates a little Safari browser wrapper. Hoping it leads to less distractions without having to open a full browser window.
Continued to organize the library of photos from our garden projects in Lightroom.
Finally felt comfortable moving some pixels around, knowing the direction I was headed in. Without doing all the thinking, research, and sketching I don’t think I’d get very far with the real design of the site.
Some of the main ideas I’ve been exploring seem to have come together today! Thinking through the website as space that you enter [with a welcome pop up], one that has a site map to for navigation [like each garden project has a site map], home page that highlights what there is to see [like the what’s in bloom welcome display at a botanical garden], and a clear personable offering [the sales page].
Started organizing the structure of the site even more today, got a lot of clarity. Can never really just design in a design program and then move to the real verion, like that it’s already a site you can click through a bit, feels real.
Set up the home for the newsletters to live, think the idea of having an archive like this is appealing since it also feels like a blog on the site. Sign up form at the top is the main call to action so you can get future updates.
Always resistant to Squarespace having used more fluid platforms in the past like Cargo and Wordpress, compared to the funky way of doing things here. But seems like they've added some nice new features. Did lots of research and experimenting this afternoon.
Re-structuring some content and hopefully some special touches to the website to make it feel more intentional and alive.
Added "Reflections and updates on website ⤵︎" on Instagram to send people to read past newsletters and sign up. Not super into Instagram these days and it currently is set up to auto-publish photographs. So wanted to point people to the newsletter where things are going to be happening for real (thoughts, learning, behind the scenes, connection).
Starting to bring into Archicad the site survey measurements from yesterday. From past experience, figured out it's best to do this while it's fresh in your mind.
Preparing to kick-off a new project this afternoon. Visiting the site for the first time! Going to be a focus on a bunch of California Native dye plants for use with fiber projects. Some Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea (Blue Elderberry) are on the list for sure.
This week on a pretty windy day, I heard some rustling in the grapefruit tree in the front garden. Thought maybe someone was trying to pick some, but it was one of the main front branches breaking under the weight of the fruit combined with the wind. Got around to full cutting it off today and composting. Bit of a bummer since the front porch now feels a bit more exposed privacy wise, but also for the native grasses and Salvias we planted there, they may get more light which is good.
Working on a potential new re-design of the website. Had to get off the computer as I felt I was going in circles. Attempting to have the site design mirror the more "spatial" garden design process. Stepping away for the weekend, since I've been going to the studio Monday thru Friday for the last two weeks, looking forward to re-visiting next week.
In the process of clearing out all the photos I've saved on Instagram, moved some over to start this collection on Are.na of people gardening and being w/ plants.
While the current version of my business is to design gardens for people, I'm scheming a future version of helping people design their own spaces and garden more themselves. Seeing all these photos together, feels like a super exciting vision of the future, of us all gardening even more together.
Especially into the kids hanging in gardens. Going to keep adding here and put together a written vision statement of sorts to go with the visual collection.
Set up Alfred on the new MacBook Pro, already feels way faster compared to opening up Spotlight search that comes built in. Lots of settings to customize in the future once I figure it out a bit more.
Things got out of hand on Spotify, took 5 minutes to group all my saved playlists into folders in the sidebar.
More writing today, and structuring content and ideas. More and more of the docs are reaching their final state for now, before @sloane starts copy-editing, seeing the emoji check mark has been a helpful signal.
Phew, big day as it all started to come together. Finished the roof, added front door and steps, and short wall around the front gardens. Now that I've got the "backdrop" for the garden, in other words the house, I can finally add all the plants we've been scheming about for this project. Maybe tomorrow or next week. This was the first time 3D modeling in Archicad that I felt comfortable enough putting on a podcast, which is a good sign, normally too much concentration and tricky problem solving.
Super solid writing session this morning, combination of some free flowing and adding more structure / cleaning up previous free flow sessions. Working on a series of newsletters and updates to our website.
Switched over to Raindrop for all bookmarks and articles to read later. It's replaced two other programs, and that feels good (one interface and shortcuts). It's got built in "reading view" with some nice typography settings on mobile and desktop.
As I've been importing everything over, have taken this opportunity to clear out tons of articles and links that are connected to older ideas and versions of myself. So much accumulated, and so going to be mindful of not saving as much moving forward. Added the icons to the top level folders tonight which was more fun than expected.
Pretty slow moving today in terms of progress, modeling this roof was tricky. Did three or four 25 minute sessions, they went by quick. This side of the house is looking pretty good, plus added windows.
Working on a reboot of the Plantkind newsletter, and printed out some of the newsletters I felt most drawn to in order to get better sense, and the mockup of my design. Printed out some Kinopio boards that map out some new ideas. Trying to use the laser printer and wall space more to get off the computer for a bit.
Cleaning up Notion, which I'm going to use way more for project management moving forward. This is the template for each landscape design project. Should be nice to have this space as the jumping off point to everything that makes up a project.
Playing around w/ some new footer copy that feels more conversational and not so formal.
Sketched out some ideas for a potential new website re-design on paper, something haven't done that much recently. Was getting a bit overwhelmed on the computer, so felt good to grab a pencil.
Been keeping tabs on Kinopio from afar, and finally got curious enough. Seems super promising set of tools to work out ideas and plan out mini-projects. Took a list from a Google Doc, and brought into the canvas here and felt much easier to sketch out.
Starting to separate work and personal spaces in Notion, minor shift but feels good to be in one space at a time. Before personal and work projects were sitting next to each other.
Wrapped up a back garden design project that's in our neighborhood. Putting together final plant list in Airtable, design notes in Figma, model in Archicad, and specs for contractor in Paper.
Excited that Scorpion Weed is flowering.
About an hour today exploring the different options to make a sloped sidewalk and front garden. Ended up using the Mesh tool for now.
Last month came across a sale for some 2D plant imagery. Ended up having a really nice email exchange with the person behind the company and learned a bunch. Up until now, on my old computer I was barely able to open Photoshop and didn't have space to download / unzip the 38 GB of files. Taking a look up close for the first time! These will be imported into Archicad and used within the garden models.
One of the major barriers to getting going with Archicad has been realizing that it's going to be a year long learning process until I'll be at the level that I'd like. Ever since using my parents clone Mac as a kid with Adobe Pagemaker, I've just been able to teach myself design programs pretty quickly. With the complexity of the BIM and CAD programs. I'm organizing my notes to create a guidebook for myself to document everything I'm learning.
Pretty excited about the Buckwheat flowers.
Watered the garden today! Trying to get out to water a bit more these days, find it so relaxing and caring. Fixed the leak on the sprayer, just needed a little new rubber washer.
One more photo of the desk in bit more spatial context. Some minor tweaks I'm thinking of making to the setup in the future, such as a lamp hung above for night sessions. Overall project was more involved and slower than expected, but feeling positive after it all came together. Even though it probably would've cost the same at IKEA for a standing desk, really glad went this route. Couple minor mistakes, but letting go of the constant need for perfection is a good lesson. Many thanks to @sloane for her extra set of hands and all the design feedback throughout the process!
All finished! Friday was the first full day with the new desk. Feels really solid to use and empowering to have a refreshed space to do work in.
Picked up this IKEA folding stool and circle cushion for when I need to rest my legs, yesterday was about 2/3 standing, so that feels like a solid start. Researched those cushioned mats to stand on, will be keeping them in mind for future, right now wear Birkenstocks to studio since they have very supportive foot beds.
On the back side, added a couple brackets made by the fine folks at Simpson Strong-Tie. Picked these since they looked the coolest in the "connector" product line, and like puzzle pieces. Just a tad bit more support and piece of mind, not sure if they were truly needed.
For the one screw that broke off, got these 1/2" ones and drilled on a slight angle on top to make it more uniform. Little funky, but better than before.
Nice and level for the last piece going in. This one was a bit tricky to get right, since it the one piece that touches every single other piece and holds the desk together.
First time back to my normal routine of early morning deep breaths, tea, and poem in the garden, grateful for the fresh air again.
Using the paddle drill bits to create little "wells" or indentations, so that the screw head can then sit flush with the wood.
Everything seems to take longer than expected with the project, and tonight continued that theme 😜 Head of a screw broke off as it was being drilled in, with the rest of the screw in the hole. No way back, so going to try and cut the head down, and super glue in so no one will know, ha
Made a quick model with index cards to try and figure out the middle support piece. All the other pieces are cut already. Thinking we might assemble the legs and top, and then see how much support it needs.
Can't stop looking at this lush grassland in the background. They picked a good spot for the environmental segment. 🌾
Got all the pieces cut except one, thanks to @sloane for stepping in as the wood shop assistant yesterday. Might cut one more support piece, but going to assemble the desk first and see if it needs the extra support.
Eventually got into the flow of things. Figured how to use the ruler on the speed square to account for how much the saw blade would be offset from the guide.
Inherited the circular saw from previous studio mate, and it was creating lots of smoke. Think it was a cheaper and old blade. Got new one for $19 and back in business, cut like butter compared to before.
Some tests to get the screw to be flat with the surface of desk. The plywood seems pretty hard and weird, I'm used to working with redwood and pressure treated wood outside. Using the paddle bit to create an indentation first for the head of the screw to then nestle into.
Round two for wood, found some lovely Baltic Birch 1" thick at the local lumber spot. Put the project $60 over budget, but feels alright since it's stronger. Thanks to @sloane for the help, bit heavy and cumbersome to move.
We planted the Salvia spathacea, the California hummingbird sage last night! One of my favorite Salvia smells, but your hands always get sticky. We dug up some during a visit to our friend Kathy's garden, it propogates very easily as long as you get a bunch of the roots.
Transplanted the Grevillea 'Long John' to the succulent garden, and opened up some more planting area in the native garden. It also should hide the ugly-ish gas meters a bit more than what was here before.
Made some compromises / game time decisions since they were out of the wood I wanted, so bought something else. But once I got the two pieces of wood into the studio, they just didn't match the image in my head. They seemed kinda yellow and thin. Returning and trying a better lumber spot later this week. 📐
Trying to draw more on the iPad, so used it to sketch out the pieces that would make up the desk.
Made this prototype at the studio to see if I would even enjoying using the standing desk, put a bench on top of an IKEA desk. Been about a month so far, so good to go!
Initial wood research at the lumber store, couple weeks ago.
Trying to open the program more often, even if not huge workload that day. Garage and archway to back yard for friend L's future garden.
Continuing to build out the library of objects, plants, and detailed views. Trying to be patient in the process of getting the software all set up for my process. One of the reasons went with Archicad was that it is so customizable, and can be morphed to fit my needs. Using the program for client projects, but not to it's full potential. Will be much smoother as everything falls into place ✨
Continuing to build out the object library with fountains, garage doors, and the Eames 🐘
So much growth on the Salvia spathacea, the California hummingbird sage. Getting ready to transplant into the ground soon.
Collecting some quick reference images.
Some initial sketches to explore the structural integrity. Don't want something wobbly 🐙
Digging deeper into the best workflow for plants in ArchiCAD program.
Wanted to make sure we didn't step on this one by accident, so gave it a little support stake.
Exciting to see the root systems once we took the grasses out of the pots.
Continuing to build out the object library for future projects. These are all objects that come with the program.
Still annotating in Figma for now since it feels quicker. But will eventually annotate everything in the CAD program.
Trying to wrap my head around the mesh tool again today. This one really stumped me on a previous project, but pretty vital to shaping the land.
Playing around with the different fence styles. This will serve as starting points, to modify and design new models from.
Discovered this pretty solid retaining wall feature. Should come in handy in the Oakland / Berkeley hills.
Starting to explore some rendering styles. This is a sample house project from the internet.
Starting to dive deeper into the library of objects that come with the program, in order to figure out what objects I'll have to find online or model myself.
Getting much quicker with the program. Made this 2D plan in 10 minutes. Also, realizing that not everything has to be in three dimensions, since this is just a small quick project for a friend, we only really need a drawing to scale.
Our neighbor works with the regional park system on ecological restoration. Their nursery had some plants to find new homes. We're welcoming Calamagrostis nutkaensis (Pacific Reedgrass) + Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia) to our garden. And digging these pots for their deep root systems.
Two new friends for the shady side yard, semi-impulse buys at the nursery today. Rubus parviflorus (Western Thimbleberry) + Ribes sanguineum glutinosum (Pink-Flowered Currant).
Playing around with spacing of fence boards + shadows at different times of day.
Finally figured out how to add dimensions to my drawings. Just had to figure out the double click.
Brought a truck load to the dump today, came back and measured the back garden. Documenting the existing concrete.
Just found a hidden feature to make corrugated sheets, very excited! Always checking these out at the hardware store and have one in my studio as photo backdrop. The wavy line reminds me of making wavy lines like this one in some old program, maybe Macromedia Fireworks.
Downloaded this umbrella from online, and then customized it a bit for this back garden.
Trying to wrap up some design work, and ended up taking screenshot from ArchiCAD into Figma for some quick layout sketches. In the future, should be able to do this all in ArchiCAD.
Top down views, while still rendering some details and shadows throughout the model.
Learning how to model roofs and windows today.
So many palettes and toolbars to pick from. Spent some time getting the workspace set up for now, knowing I'll discover and keep tweaking over time.
This is a new backyard project. It's the first time I've done a site visit and measured the space knowing I'd be modeling it fully in 3D in this program.
Moving forward with ArchiCAD and continuing to discover how powerful the program is. Making a fence in SketchUp is just lines and boxes, but making a fence in ArchiCAD it's full smart and data enriched object.
Placing trees in three dimensions.
Re-creating a landscape design project from this past fall, all in ArchiCAD to give it a full test.
Falling in love with a new program called ArchiCAD. The original "virtual building" program and a long history with the Mac. Something is clicking for me, in how it's structured and works together.
Collecting examples of architectural representation on Are.na to get a better understanding of how I'd like to create drawings for garden projects.
This program called Vectorworks has 2D and 3D in one program, which makes a lot of sense. Even though this is the main CAD program for landscape designers, I can't wrap my head around it and the interface feels like it was made in the year 2000. Much of the program feels clunky in an indescribable way.
So it seems like a common workflow is to use AutoCAD LT for 2D drawings and then SketchUp Pro for 3D modeling. Playing around with importing and exporting back and forth. Using examples files from an online class I'm taking.
Jump onto the AutoCAD LT route w/ their New Years sale. Up until this point could barely figure out how to draw a rectangle with specific dimensions. Feels like a whole other world come from Sketch and graphic design apps. Polyline tool explorations.
First part of this project is mostly researching and assessing different tools, w/ the goal of making the process more effecient.
This is Morpholio test sketch to see how it works on the iPad for getting ideas out quick, and iterating.
Leveling up the tools I'm using for landscape design projects. Starting at first w/ Figma for putting together our client presentations.