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Fazlur Khan part 2

Lately, I’ve been reading about Fazlur Khan since I’m a big fan of his philosophy, vision, and thoughts. As I was reading a book written by his daughter, Yasmin Khan, I was surprised to learn that he had traveled to Korea for a building project. The building is called 63 Building. Who knew?

SOM had first entered negotiation with Lucky Development Company (an affiliate of the Lucky-Goldstar Group) in 1978. At that time, a 51-story office tower, with a program area of 1.7 million square feet, was anticipated. Khan had traveled to Seoul to meet with the client to discuss the headquarters project, and, as was his habit, he made note of lifestyles, local food, and important phrases in Korean. The job was put on hold at that point, but when it was resumed, the client had not forgotten his sensitivity to the cultural setting of the project.

Presentation of the final report on schematic design development was scheduled for March 1982, at which time SOM aimed to obtain authorization to proceed into the next design phase. For this meeting, the client specifically requested that Khan be present.

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Fazlur Khan

Fazlur Khan realized his talents as a structural engineer by working as a partner in design, defining the architectural/structural schemes for building projects together with his architectural colleagues. His personal appreciation of the disparate design priorities of function (usefulness for its purpose), structure (economy and efficient use of materials), and aesthetics (satisfaction of an emotional need for meaning and visual interest) enabled him to assume an influential role in the creative process of designing architecture.

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My website design

I was cleaning up a bit on my website and someone asked me why did I choose those particular colors—mostly in grayscale. To be quite honest, I kind of followed the color scheme and layout structure from Wikipedia because I at least figured that almost everyone has already read articles on Wikipedia and I read lots of articles in there. So I thought it’d make the most familiar-looking layout for visitors to read. I also think a lot about psychology because basically, our brains have to interpret what’s there in front of our eyes and rendered by light. Even newspapers are laid out in a similar style with its grid layout, so things don’t really change but onto a new medium. As for the width size of the layout, I sort of followed kottke.org website, which is a popular blog and he posts lots of links. For some reason, I like having both nav bars at the top and bottom as I feel it’s akin to having two columns at both ends of a building, giving it a structured look and a sign that you have reached at the bottom with links you can click on or quickly go somewhere else, which is probably more likely.

So, that’s how my website rolls, although I have plans to revamp the design soon.

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The laws of simplicity

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Gotta buy the book. Pretty much sums up what I was trying to figure. Just bring simplicity to life and work.

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Website Redesign

As you can see, I’ve redesigned my website after working on it for a few days. Now, it’s ready for showing. I’m a big believer in simplicity so I feel that this design suits my style well. I’ve added another page to the website–about me. I’m currently working on a contact form but I’m not sure if I should add that page because we have emails and comments as a means to contact each other. I guess when I happen to be in the mood, I’ll add the contact form to the navigation menu, :-) I think I’m going to give it (the redesign fiddle) a rest and focus on blogging more often so you guys will have something more to read.

WordPress is really starting to take off (it has been already downloaded one hundred thousand times) and more users are contributing to the development of WordPress. One is a theme switcher and there’s a theme contest. Some of the themes are quite good but I think I’m going to stick to my own design, at least for now. I’m becoming addicted to plug-ins that give more features or help enhance your website, like I used Crossianga to automatically post in Xanga for those who are members. Now, I’m gonna have to wipe off the dust on my practically brand-new Sony camera and start populate my website with images and snapshots of who I am.

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In perpetual construction

For some reasons, I seem to have a severe deficiency, or severely lack the ability to complete a project. I get started on something yet I never finish it. It’s as if there is no finish line for me to finally cross and say “Yes, I finished it.” I started designing my new website when I bought a domain address under my name last summer—around July or August. And it’s been in “construction” ever since. I changed from movable to blogger, back to movable, then changed to WordPress. I have to re-learn codes since they differ in publishing and functions. Now, it’s been a week since I’ve started digging into WordPress after I decided that it will be my primary blog tool (the best part is no waiting for the static pages to be updated). The current progress is somewhere between 40% and 50%. I realize that since design is an appearance, you have to spend an exceptional amount of time on tweaking your look. You don’t try on one dress and said “Yes, this is the dress.” You try on different dresses ( I hope to God not in a number of hundreds) to find the look you think is the best. So, this applies to web design that I’ve been playing and experimenting with different designs. But the problem is that while you can get in and out of the dress and put on another, you can’t do the same with design. You have to come up with ideas and create a rough draft in Photoshop or Fireworks, then implement the design into CSS and see how it looks. If it doesn’t work out the way you’d like it, then you go back to square one and start all over. This can take up a lot of time and factor that with my lack of ability to finish a project. Now you see why it’s taking up so long. :/

So far, I think this design is the one. I hope to finish this design soon and hopefully, at last, to cross the finish line.

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Fedex Logo

You know the famous logo of Fedex, right? The first three letters are in blue/purple, the last two orangish. You’ve probably seen it a countless times but do you know that there is something more to the logo? Look at the logo again and more carefully. See anything? No? Look at the empty space between E and X. You’ll start to see the shape—yes, that’s right, an arrow. I discovered this by stumbling on one of the billion web pages and this blog talks about the man who designed the logo for Fedex. This logo has become one of the most recognizable logos in the world, along with Mcdonalds, Nike, Adidas, IBM,, etc. The logo was conceived when the founder of Fedex wants something strong that can be seen from five blocks.

When I see the Fedex logo again, I’ll always look at the arrow, not the words.

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