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Life Essentials: Travis

This week on the ‘Life Essentials’ series, Travis wanted to share what beers are key to a good craft beer stock.   When it came time to write my ten essential things for LLM, I wanted to add a beer in there…but I didn’t want it to seem like I have a problem…so then I thought,…

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The blessing and the curse of being a photographer on vacation.

There is an inherent challenge you face when you’re a photographer on vacation. You want (and everyone expects) Nat Geo worthy, perfect images that tell the story of your trip to far away lands. It sounds cheesy but there is an internal struggle to either get fantastically jaw-dropping images or enjoy your trip by only shooting what’s in…

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Once Upon a Time

Great design, like all stories usually begin with a little hutzpah, a middle that requires a lot of creative heart and an ending that causes you to want to read the next in the series – here are three design stories worth telling and learning from. Rural Studio In 1993, the Auburn University program, co-founded…

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Cooperative Education Builds Careers. Support your Local Co-op.

Here at LLM we believe in the empowerment of creativity and providing a positive influence on the design world. One way we do that is by supporting internship programs that continue to develop students into better professionals. We really enjoy being a part of that growth and find that interns are valuable assets of our…

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What inspires LLM to Design

Without narrowing the content this list could be volumes long and include the likes of; Martin Luther & MLKing, Abraham Lincoln, Marie Curie, J.S. Bach, Henry David Thoreau, Jackie Robinson, Simon Sinek’s TED talks and Team Hoyt.  But I will slim this post to focus on Architecture and Interior Design… Being in a creative profession…

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Why you may not actually want a DSLR

DSLR has been THE buzz word in the photography world for years now. And most people are not even sure why they need one. I can’t even begin to estimate the number of times I’ve been asked “What type of DSLR and lenses should I get?” For me, that question is always met with a…

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Intern Insights and Tips for Those Looking for Theirs

Thoughts from Mandy: Walking through the doors for my interview, I had no idea what to expect.  I knew very little about the firm however I knew I wanted to work for a creative studio where most days are not the same.  I know its sounds a bit odd but after being offered beer so…

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For the Love of Academia and Practice

First in an occasional series of blog posts about design teaching with design practice.   It’s the middle of the night, in the middle of the week and I just spent three hours pouring over projects from a freshman Color and Composition class I’m teaching at Wentworth Institute of Technology. I am both practitioner and…

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The Building Block of a Great Design… Parti explained.

My family is from a long line of teachers, but I did not follow in their footsteps and chose an architectural profession instead (although I have taught at several Boston colleges) … however one subject I want to educate clients on and mentor young designers in alike is the need for a parti in design. Webster’s…

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Finding creativity outside of your craft

When I was first starting out in my design career, one of my mentors in San Francisco advised me to always have a creative outlet outside of your chosen craft that you’re not getting paid for. The reason for this is threefold: First, you can dump your unbridled creativity into a project that moves at…

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