Chicago Baby! An artistic experience

I had a wonderful day yesterday at the art institute off Michigan Avenue, you really could lose yourself for days in this wonderful place, with rooms and corridors full of wonderful art work, and a whole ‘wing’ dedicated to modern and contemporary American art. 

Walking up to the building as I strolled the length of Michigan Avenue was a delight in itself. It holds echos of the grandeur similar to that of the larger London museums, but is grand and delighful in its own right. There are two large lion statues bookending some harsh-cut asymmetrical steps that draw your eyes into the sheer glass and gold doors that invite you in.

The art institute

Art institute off Michigan Avenue

The flags are triumphantly boasted amongst the crisp arches that advertise a few of their exhibitions 

Art institute

Art institute off Michigan Avenue

Walking in you’re greeted by a grand hallway, Some sweeping staircases that make you feel a little like you’ve just stepped into an Escher drawing with a Victorian twist. The high ceiling and windows allow the light to stream in and dance around the images creating Stark contrast to the shadows thrown in and around the corridors and slightly smaller rooms containing more light sensitive artifacts. 

Each room sweeps your eyes up and around drawing you in no particular order to the art work displayed, the natural rhythm of the space makes for a real exploratory experience. People hover and weave around, past and towards the different artists in a lovely ebb and flow, like they’re​ cascading water, leaving pockets of empty space to really drink in the space.

Ground floor art institute

Ground floor of the Art Institute off Michigan Avenue

I highly recommend this as a must-see in Chicago. From Monet to Andy Warhol, hand carved sculptures and armour through-the-ages to immaculate portraits of poetical history. It’s a real walk through time.

Artwork

Sculptures

Armour

Sculpture

Cheers folks,

Josie x

(Just a little disclaimer, I claim no rights for the ownership or creation of the artwork shown in this blog)

Chicago Baby! A real foodie experience

Having just had a lovely breakfast at my hotel consisting of a cream cheese bagel and fresh coffee I started thinking about the food I’ve already had in the short time I’ve been here. 

Not one, normally, for photos of food I’ve found that the food here has been a delight, not only for the tastebuds, but for the eyes!

A real work of art – on the whole – so I’m going to share with you just a couple of the delights I’ve sampled so far… 

Raspberry tart and Kurdish chicken and apricot salad

Raspberry tart

Raspberry and pistachio tart

Chicken and apricot salad

Kurdish chicken and apricot salad – Gundis Kurdish Kitchen

And some delicious cheesecake​s, we all ordered one and then passed round the table… They were immense…

Cookie dough and choc-chip cheesecake

Cookie dough and choc-chip – Cheesecake Factory

Raspberry, lemon and lime cheesecake

Raspberry, lemon and lime – Cheesecake Factory

Raspberry and white chocolate truffle cheesecake

Raspberry and white chocolate truffle – Cheesecake Factory

Cheers folks,

Josie x

Getting my Etsy on!

Delighted and rather excited to share with you lovely lot that I’ve just opened a shop on Etsy

After much hesitation, many thoughts and some helpful motivation from folk, including some of you lovely people, I’ve set up Josie Dee Design on Etsy. Please have a look-see if you fancy, otherwise remain unmoved by the news and continue as was ;).
I hope you’re all having a lovely holiday and relishing whatever, cherishing whoever and enjoying your festivities.

I look forward to many more scribbles, sketches and sketchnotes in the new year. 

Take care you fab’lous folk. 

Cheers,

Josie x

An interesting read… Design

A lovely article by Chris Noessel about interaction design via the UXmas site.
(It’s a slightly longer read than my others so far, but stay with it)

http://uxmas.com/2014/7-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-interaction-design 

It’s a nice look into how we can answer the question “But, what is interaction design?”

I was lucky enough to see him speak at a conference last year about ‘How do I think new things?” and the concept he called ‘semantic noodling’. I think he’s one of those people with very infectious knowledge and obviously delights in what he does and speaks about.

Also well worth reading his book “Make it so” lessons we can learn in design from science fiction.

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers,

Josie x

An interesting read… Design

A nice article about the difference and similarities between Service design and Customer Experience

http://blog.usabilla.com/are-cx-and-service-design-the-same-thing/

A concise comaparrison between these two terms with links out to other articles exploring the relationship between these two terms and definititions.

As we embark into a world where everyone’s expecting services to be customer centric perhaps these two terms may become more synonymus.

Well worth a read 🙂

Cheers,

Josie x

Pages

The ink runs ribbons
Caressing the paper
As it soothes
Fire in my heart

The corners curl
Inwards from the pressure
And ferocity
As if to cocoon my words

Artistic in it’s catharsis
Delightful in it’s musicality
The flow and the fall
From heart to page
Soothes my torment
In it’s cadaverous stage

The pen & the page
Are my saviours
For today

An interesting read… Design

Here’s an article on UX and the future of the chatbot ‘interface’.

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3054934/the-next-phase-of-ux-designing-chatbot-personalities 

An interesting perspective on how our role in UX may need to adapt for interface-less interactions

As we embark into a world where everyone’s connected most of the time, being able to interact with all the technology that works to make our lives easier (or just more fun), it’s likely user experience design will head in this direction more and more.

Well worth a read 🙂

Cheers,

Josie x