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Category: Design

Floor Lamp Project and Some Design Inspiration Tools

Posted on March 6th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. 2 comments

I tend to shy away from drawing designs out on paper and continue to postpone learning Google SketchUp. Right or wrong, I’m far better at developing designs slowly and iteratively during the fabrication phase. I do much better in three dimensions. While miniature prototyping has been something I’ve done in the past for original design projects, my latest project, a multi-function floor lamp has taken a slightly different route.

Social media tools like Pinterest (for image search, discovery and inspiration) and Canva (for design curation and layout) have helped me fill in gaps in skills like drawing. I’ve got a fairly … Read More »


An Esoteric Lesson in Furniture Design: Pt. 1

Posted on December 7th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. 2 comments

I’ve gone out of my way to really try to push myself in design and technical execution over the last few years. Doing so has taught me that having curiosity to try new things and a willingness to fail are two critical elements for moving forward my passion for woodworking. This is as true for visual design as it is for learning new woodworking skills. Like anyone with a hobby like this, I only have a limited amount of free time to spend on woodworking’s many facets (design, tools, technique, writing, and everyone’s favorite $$) so the choices I make on how and … Read More »


Come to DesignBuild Cincy This Weekend

Posted on October 31st, by Andy Brownell in Design, marketing & promotion. No Comments

After completing my booth set-up yesterday and dropping off a few more beer growler crates this morning, I find myself positioned among some pretty amazing local talent. DesignBuild Cincy is a specially curated group of local artists, architects, designers, cabinet makers, craftsmen and of course, furniture makers.

This is definitely a step way above a traditional home show or crafts fair for Cincinnati. Doug Hart has worked tirelessly over the last several months to pull from the best of what the area has to offer. He worked hard to convince me over the preceding months of this event to consider showing … Read More »