Designing with Success

Oct 3rd, 2012

I spend a lot of time thinking about design. The word design means different things to different people. All things outside of nature are designed. To design is to solve a problem. We all design solutions to problems every day. For example, I designed the combination of clothes that I am wearing today. A machinery [...]

A New Way to Communicate Progress

Sep 5th, 2012

Great news … Your company submitted a proposal for a high-profile, decorative glass installation. This job could move you up to the next level of income and you know that the job has to be successful in order for that to happen. Your proposal is selected and now it is time to celebrate! Jump ahead [...]

Lucky Me

Jul 12th, 2012

I am feeling very lucky this week. I just returned from a rare event for me: a vacation. It has been a family tradition to spend the 4th of July holiday week at a beach near St. Petersburg, Fla. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to go the last two years and I was more than [...]

More Bang For The Buck

Jun 12th, 2012

Have you ever looked at a room that was all one color, one texture, or one pattern? Did it leave you feeling a little off balance? You aren’t alone. When a room is designed using the same color, texture, or pattern there is nothing interesting for the eye to rest on. If you fill a [...]

To Market, To Market

Apr 27th, 2012

This past week I had the opportunity to visit High Point Spring Market. I have lived in North Carolina for 30+ years, and I can tell you that being able to attend or even work at High Point Market is gold. Two years ago, a good friend offered me the opportunity to attend the Spring [...]

Ideabooks and Pinboards

Apr 11th, 2012

How much time do you spend in a week keeping up with current design trends? Do you actively research popular interior glass designs or do you simply wait for your clients to ask for a particular color or pattern glass and then hustle to find what they’ve ask for? I’m old enough to remember life [...]

And the Survey Said

Feb 28th, 2012

No, this blog is not about the TV game show, “Family Feud.” I am a person who likes to ponder. Ponder meaning that I spend way too much time thinking about things. Recently, I read an article that said something to the effect that the design community did not have a good grasp of the [...]

Listen Up

Jan 26th, 2012

Listening. It is something that we all do from time to time. Some folks are better at it than others. I’ve been reading lately about how social networking platforms should be used to listen to customers and learn from what they are saying. Social networking gurus are encouraging us to “engage” our customers in conversation. [...]

Spotlight on Lighting

Dec 30th, 2011

Let’s show hands and take a count. Do you ever consider lighting when designing your decorative glass project? Hmm, I don’t see very many hands raised. If you didn’t raise your hand, don’t feel bad. I find that many decorative glass designers know that lighting is important, yet spend very little time planning for it. [...]

Giving Thanks

Nov 21st, 2011

I woke up this morning with gratitude on my mind. This week in the United States we will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. The holiday is a time when we give thanks for family, friends, good health, and good fortune. Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for the benefits of everything we have received and [...]