Friday, November 20, 2009

What's the Tile Layer's Preferred Medium for Communication?

Tile, actually.

When I left the house yesterday morning, the guys laying the tile for our new bathroom warned me that they might need me to get them more "trims" -- the little edge tile pieces -- of the type known as "quarter rounds."

When I got home last night, I saw that they left me this note.

I'm just glad that I'm not working with a septic tank guy.

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Adrian Morgan said...

Two pictures of my bathroom

It was the first room I had renovated. The tiles of various colours (blue, purple, white) were laid out to my instructions. The only error was my own.

Since I've mentioned it once or twice, here is the website of the place I currently work at:

June Casagrande said...

I'm SO jealous you used color. I spent a year looking at color tiles, accent tiles, paint colors, and even wallpapers before I realized that 1. I don't have the talent to pull something together myself and 2. even if I did, I wouldn't have the talent to do so in a way consistent with the design of the rest of the house.

Our current bathroom is this basic style:

(Not as nice, but that basic look.) The house was built in 1890 and has this sort of "transitional" style that the previous owner (a professional designer) pulled together quite well (think: bright orange dining room that nonethelss looks traditional). So I chickened out on putting any color in the shower tiles. Considering my personal limitations, I think it was the right choice.

Also: Why hadn't it sunk into my head that you're in the graphic design business? Maybe I have trouble connecting a linguistics person to a visual field. (P.S. Your company's logos and book covers are really gorgeous, by the way.)

Adrian Morgan said...

Oh, I love planning the colours for my own renovations. Here are a few more images from around the house:

I'm very junior staff at the graphic design place, but I do make some small contributions. Most recently I worked on a poster advertising a hotel's schedule of guest musicians over the summer. Not from scratch, because I basically updated last year's poster, but I did have to solve problems and exercise some creativity. Last year they had roughly equal numbers of musicians in December and January; this year they're having a few in December, lots in January, and a couple in February. That affects how the poster needs to be layed out, and I had to figure out how to deal with that. Which I did, but haven't had feedback yet.

Last year I used Inprint's facilities to design a label for the wine bottles at my sister's wedding.

June Casagrande said...

Awesome colors. Totally bold. Someday I'll muster up enough courage to try stuff myself. (Though, if I didn't say it before, I should note that I'm saying this while sitting in a bright-orange dining room. Previous owner did it, though.)

Re layout of the poster: That sh*t is hard. I work with designers who have to do that stuff all day (I copy edit, they put the copy on the pages), and I have to say I find each task baffling, until they've done it. Then it's like, "Why didn't I think of that."

I seriously think I'm visually challenged. The only thing I'm half decent with is lighting. I'm cuckoo-nutty about lighting. I can't stand it when a room is lit from a center ceiling light. The light must come from the corners of a room. (I'm equally kooky about lack of sunlight when the weather is overcast for more than a day.)

Adrian Morgan said...

Well, it must be hard for you to find rooms you like, then, given that almost everyone uses centre ceiling lights...

I was going to recommend one of those online Flash applications where you can decorate a room on the screen by selecting from a menu of paint colours for each component, but unfortunately the application I had in mind has been replaced since last time I looked.

At work today I did three different designs for one item, basically a certificate (as in "the such-and-such prize is awarded to so-and-so", etc) decorated by supplied artwork. The client will pick the design they like, or possibly "none of the above". Laying out large publications such as magazines is boring; the fun lies in the small stuff like posters, certificates, labels, etc. Unfortunately the boring stuff is more profitable.

One other question: why "tile layer" and not "tiler"?

June Casagrande said...

I was rushing and didn't want to check to see whether tiler was in the dictionary. It is.

That and I couldn't quite detach it from my nephew Tyler.


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