Blog, Designs I like, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Sculpture

Documenting the Filipino Design Aesthetic – Handcarved Motif

I’ve been trying to document objects commonly found in Filipino households with the aim of defining motifs that contribute to the aesthetic of “Filipino Design.” One recurring theme I’ve found is a variety of handcarved design patterns on furniture, doors, and sometimes architectural pieces, like churches or sign posts.

I’m documenting these carvings to match them with the plants and flowers that inspired them. The following images were taken from the 3 regions of the Philippines – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Blog, Critical Thinking, Wayfinding

Strategy and Lessons from Noted Pop-up

Every month at Capitol Cider a one-of-a-kind retail experience happens. It’s the brainchild of my good friend Ashley Allbritton, the fierce female behind Rive Collection.

We transform the Ballast Bar of Capitol Cider into Noted – a pop-up shop featuring Female-led brands with meticulously curated pieces from Rive Collection, and handhewn pieces from my own brand – Stuff by Ana

Having a pop-up shop have several challenges. Marketing being the biggest one. Our location presented an unusual opportunity because we’re at the basement bar of Capitol Cider, so walking traffic would be very difficult to get. In order to catch attention, we turned the cage/ lobby of the building into a teaser of what’s downstairs and used the grates as a canvas for some sort of installation.

The front side of the building also got beautiful flower arrangements with eye-catching Pop-up sign.

100 Pinwheels
Flower and Balloon Arrangement

To create an ambience, we had a live piano player that added an unparalleled touch of sophistication for a calm and enjoyable shopping experience.

Jeremy Dupea Live Piano Music


My Display Strategy:

Stuff by Ana is my minimal but cheeky line of products, so their retail display needs to be cheeky and minimal as well. I used stacks of 8.5×11 sheets of white paper as the platform for each of the product. This is a trick I learned from one of my colleagues before. It’s so easy but very clever. You can literally print graphic assets anywhere and anytime incase you have some accidents.


Jay Collection - Washable Paper Bags Stella Mini Parol/ Christmas Ornaments

We’re just going to keep improving every month, so keep us in mind as you start your holiday shopping!

Noted will be held at Capitol Cider every Second Weekend of the Month. For October, Stuff by Ana will not be there as I am traveling but Rive Collection will have a great collection of things, so make sure to come by!

Design Art or Science?
Blog, Critical Thinking

Design is Greater Than Art Plus Science

Web Designer Magazine is something I buy every month. They keep me updated since I’m a self-taught Front-End Developer. I found this article from the most recent issue. I almost didn’t read it because the title pissed me off a little bit, but I couldn’t come up with the words on why until now. And I hope these words accurately express what I think.

What bothers me about the question of “x design – art or science?” is that it minimizes design to be defined by just either Art or Science. Design is the combination of both. It cannot be just either or. When discussions about this are published, we end up dividing the creative community into scientists and artists, when in truth designers are neither but also both. And I don’t think we’re doing the creative community any favors by splitting up Designers into Engineers and Artists/Designers. At the end of the day aren’t we all solving a problem together with different skill-sets on how to execute an effective solution?

After reading this article, I concluded that I wish they used a different title. The article’s content was more of a discussion on which is more important in designing websites – The scientific part or the artsy part.

If website design is just art, it would be a poster or illustration, there wouldn’t be links or interactions. Conversely, if website design is just science, it would just be links that work, that may or may not be readable. 

The beginning of my future Grad School Design Statement:

I think it’s time to give proper credit to Design. It is bigger than Engineering and Art combined. It is the combination of something that works properly that users want to use. Let’s not question whether or not Design is Art or Science. It’s neither but it’s both.

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga
Art, Blog, Events, Places

My Three Must Visit for Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk

First Thursdays in Pioneer Square is a big part of my monthly routine. I think it’s important for everyone in the creative field to go to a museum or gallery once in awhile and surround themselves with art. If you’re in the creative field like me and you need a boost of creative energy, you should explore the galleries of Pioneer Square’s Art Walk on First Thursdays to recharge your creative juice. It’s a bit overwhelming, because there’s so many galleries and local businesses that participate for the Art Walk so here’s my top 3 must-visit to help you plan for the following months.

Foster and White Gallery

Foster and White has a great collection of art across different media every month. Sculptures, Photographs, and Paintings take patrons through a range of emotion as they go through the space. The staff are knowledgeable and very friendly. If you go upstairs, their balcony is connected to the balcony of Greg Kucera’s gallery next door.

Foster and White – Website

Will Robinson - Flicker

Will Robinson – Flicker

Axis Gallery

There are plenty of reasons why I love Axis. The most important one is that if you come early enough, you can find some of the artists that are currently showing, and they might have time to chat with you. There’s wine and a photobooth as well, making the gallery a natural space for meeting other art lovers.

Axis Gallery Website

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga

Jacob by Ieva Ansaberga

Heavy Head by Claudio Duran

Heavy Head by Claudio Duran

Intrigue Chocolate

The owners of Intrigue are artists with chocolate as their media. I come here when I’m not having such a good day, and one of their truffles have the power to fix anything. Kick-off your Artwalk adventure with Intrigue’s sipping chocolate – starts at 6pm. They also have a free art wall where you can take any of the blocks for a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds go to organizations that help homeless youth. I think it’s a great way to start your budding art collection.

Intrigue Chocolate Website

Intrigue's Art Wall

Intrigue Chocolate’s Art Wall

Blog, Industrial Design, Women in Design

Women in Design Summit 2017

I’m still riding high from attending the first ever Women in Design Summit that IDSA hosted last week. It was so inspiring and motivational to attend a conference with award-winning and accomplished women in the Industrial Design field.

My takeaway:

I gained new role models to look up to. I’ll be posting about the speakers and colleagues I met in the future, when I want to highlight badass females in the field. I felt like I’m part of a tribe. For the first time, my concerns about my field were validated. I came out of it more confident and focused on my career goals.

listing challenges and opportunities for women leadersGroup workshop

Thank you IDSA for doing this. I know it’s an event I will try to attend every year.