Hello! My name is Melissa and I’m currently a Product Designer at Percolate in NYC. Before product design, I studied and practiced architecture in college.

In architecture school, the first textbook you read is Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Francis D. K. Ching. It’s an incredibly useful book that teaches as the title suggests; form, space and order. What I love about the book is that it explains design concepts with clear definitions, use cases and architectural examples. Over the years, I’ve found myself applying lessons learned from Ching’s book as both an architect and product designer.

In November of 2014, I started a 10 week front-end web development course at General Assembly in NYC. To graduate from the course, I was required to design and code a site as my final project.

When thinking about what to create, I thought it would be fun to make a resource for the design community. Immediately my mind went to Form, Space and Order. While the book is packed with lots of amazing concepts worth sharing, I decided the ordering principles are most important and it would be useful to translate them from architecture to product design. With that, I got to sketching this site.

At this point, I’m excited to share this site with the world and I’m proud to say this is the first site I’ve designed and coded from start to finish. As one of my 2014 new years resolutions, designing and coding something feels pretty awesome.

In addition to the principles on this site, I’ve also blogged about parallels between architecture and product design with posts on circulation, program and sketch tools.

I hope to grow this site over time. Feel free to reach out with thoughts and suggestions. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Medium or LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading!