WORKSHOP8 against humanity

WORKSHOP8 Against Humanity — a sarcastic approach to understanding your architects and designers.

[This post is meant to be humorous, and is our spoof on an edgy popular adult card game. If you are easily offended (or not old enough to watch R rated movies), please skip this post and rejoin our online newsletter conversations next week.]

WORKSHOP8 in action with Demo, the kidnapped gnome.

Last October, WORKSHOP8 attended the AIA Western Mountain Region 2014 Practice + Design Conference in Keystone and rented a condo for everyone to stay and hang out in. It was also an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other outside of work by playing a really offensive game. To anyone who hasn’t played Cards Against Humanity, I strongly encourage you to do so.  We are all looking forward to playing again this year at the 2015 conference! 

Check out how to play on the Cards Against Humanity on their website. 

Cards Against Humanity — a Designers’ version



Good design is the best way to get the most for your money. Design affects every aspect of our lives from the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed and everything in-between.




“Many people use the terms ‘interior design’ and ‘interior decorating’ interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.” (From the NCIDQ




It’s a real thing. Here’s an article on Architect Barbie.




Many people chose to remodel a home in order to make it work for their specific needs, but not many people know how many decisions they will have to make. This leads me to my next card. . .




Pick your battles. Whether it’s a smaller TV or tile instead of wood, chances are you can’t win them all. Whatever choices you land on, you can trust your designer to make them look good so that everyone is happy.




The best way to start a project is to go over the letter of agreement with your designer/architect so you understand what services are included in the estimate and what services are not. You will also go over the different phases of a project and what each phase includes from a design standpoint and a billable standpoint.




A fixed fee isn’t really a trap, but it’s also not for everyone. When agreeing on a fixed fee, make sure you go over everything that may or may not included in the fee. If excluded services/items resurface, they will be an addition fee that was not accounted for in the original letter of agreement.




/ˈēmō/ noun
1. a style of rock music resembling punk but having lyrics that deal with more emotional subjects. 2. unenthusiastic melodrama.
 /ˈvalyo͞o ˌenjəˈniriNG/ noun
1. a systematic approach to provide the necessary functions of project at the absolute lowest cost. 2. taking away all of the pretty things to save money.

berry cartoon architectureA funny cartoon from Jeff Berry



An architect’s/designer’s pet peeve: cutting construction administration from the scope of services in order to save money. CA is very valuable to any project. This is when questions arise that affect the design and function of the spaces. It’s all about the details. We are really into our details.




Design websites are a great way to visually explain ideas you might have. The downside is that there are so many creative ideas, you want to implement them all in one space. In the end, less is more. A cohesive design will be much more enjoyable than a showroom in your home.




And speaking of patterns. . .




Ever wonder what the difference is and how to implement them in your space?These patterns are definitely a good looking trend right now. What other trends are popular right now and will they last?





Brass is back, but with a new look. It’s darker and comes in a brushed finish. I’m loving the new look right now, but will I still like it in 5 years? Here’s what a group of people on Reddit have to say about the latest trends.




Here to stay. Basements are turning into entertainment areas for families. This is one way to keep the TV out of the living room and the toys out of site. Bathrooms and kitchenettes are also being added to accommodate visitors or aging parents.




What a swanky way to entertain! Here is a sunken living room designed by Jonathan Adler. The steps also function as seating.


jonathan adler sucken living room bw



There is an Eames chair for every situation and if there isn’t a situation for it, who cares, buy it anyway.





With Eames chairs.




With Eames chairs.




Sometimes it’s hard to get people to understand that designers and architects can’t work for free. We need to eat too and our ideas are what we have to sell.



And now I need to buy the Cards Against Humanity Expansion Pack.


Kate is half of our interiors department here at WORKSHOP8.  She loves mid-century modern and likes to look good when she goes out fishing in her canoe on the weekends. Sweet fedora, Kate. And good catch.

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