Kanawha Design Studio
We use design and technology as tools to help collaborative communities.
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Creative Blueprint Seattle

Open Artist Community

The Problem Creative Blueprint is an artists’ community started in Toronto. Ashley Proctor, the founder of Creative Blueprint, wanted to build a coworking and artists’ studio space in a former gym. She had a limited budget and the intention of keeping overhead low to keep the space affordable for artists in the increasingly unaffordable Capitol Hill District of Seattle.

The Solution With work or live spaces that focus on community, we’ve identified that people crave both larger, open public spaces and smaller private spaces. More importantly, good collaborations are brewed in gradients of the private and the public. The same is true of technology - people both want to express themselves and also shut the world out to focus. And one person could want all variations of those things during the course of a day. The design of Creative Blueprint physically and technologically supported those systems.

My Role While my business partner focused on technology infrastructure, I developed a simple layout design that maximized the opportunities for public interaction and private reflection. Because the space also functioned as a fixture in the public for workshops, events and gallery shows, the design focused on maximum flexibility with visual emphasis on presentation of artists’ work and the shared space as a focal point.