My LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) instructional videos are published, discussing the CMF industry resources and Transportation Design process.
Color, Material & Finish (CMF) is an industry on the radar of many students entering the design field today. A few universities now offer courses for CMF as a focused professional discipline.
LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com) approached me to get a feel for my approach in CMF/Interior Design for transportation-centric applications to share with this audience. The videos are intended to give an insiders perspective to those wanting to know a bit more thorough a candid interview and real-world experiences.
The videos travel through two industry journeys, one is about the design discipline and sourcing, and the other is exploring the process of a business jet project.
Finding the jems at the AIX-Aircraft Interiors Expo in Long Beach, CA.
It is an industry steeped in competition, secrecy, and the desire to innovate faster and do it better than the rest, ... first. Aircraft interior shows are where suppliers come to share their wares and showcase material opportunities for designers, purchasers, engineers and marketers who gather and collect information and share information to get there.
Generally, we, the designers, are familiar with the products from working on programs - but there are always items that were in development, that are finally released to the public (formally or informally) at the shows. This is my simple visual guide on some interesting textures, materials and methods that are Commercial-Aircraft-worthy and able to be implemented into the cabin at the present time-and that is a big deal.
Next week it is onto the unbelievably massive NBAA Show in Las Vegas, aka the meeting of the minds in all regards to Business and Private Aircraft. This show brings out CMF innovation in the industry that leaves no dollar bill unturned! It is all about finding the shiny things! Enjoy the images - more to come soon!
Finding BIG beauty in the LITTLE(est) things.
You know it as soon as you touch it, it is unmistakable.
Q U A L I T Y.
It is the objects that are touched that can solidify the overall impression the customer leaves with. How often have you heard feedback such as “It felt CHEAP to me somehow.” As a passenger, in flight, you spend A LOT of intimate time looking, feeling, touching, interacting with the materials in your immediate seat area. If there is a poor alignment of part lines, or a color mismatch, texture oddity, wear/tear on an area, peeling paint, a hard edge that should be soft - these are the things are remembered and attached to the brand - “Old, Needs to be Updated,” “Lacking,” “Basic,” “Cheap,” etc...
Finally - A user friendly iPad interface for Biz Jet Cabin Controls.
The passenger experience is king in the business jet world. With that said - the times are a bit behind as far as cabin controls go... there have been some very good strides made, such as the Gulfstream Apps, and U.I. designs by Lufthansa Technik, Panasonic, Dassualt Falcon and some other developers. Some Apps calculate fuel and costs, and some go as far as meal planning ahead of time and of course the cabin control Apps as well.
What does oil painting have to do with aviation Color, Material & Finish programs?
Oil painting is a medium I discovered quite by luck, my late grandfather was a gallery-owner and oil painter in Pasadena, California. I inherited a rusted box of crinkled, crusty lead tubes of oil paint that surely were toxic cadmium reds and cobalt blues. While exploring this new medium, I was taken aback about STILL how PURE, VIBRANT, SOLID, SMOOTH and RICH the colors were when you applied them.
I began looking at paintings not as a finished product - put PARTS OF A WHOLE that create the overall picture. If you look up close, a micro view, the colors showcase pure detailed brilliance with texture, translucency, opacity and a detailed story of how it was applied to the surface-a real sensitivity to thought. When you back up a few feet to the Macro view, and look at the whole of the canvas, it tells the BIGGER story - the Brand, the Overall Picture, the Emotion, the Subject Matter, the “Overall Universe” that the viewer takes in.
Introducing “EQUINOX,” A BBJ 737-7 Concept - Harmony in the sky, a perfect balance of work and life, on wings.
BENDING THE RULES
As an global innovator in aviation CMF, Cheryl Pelly, has been working for over 20 years in graphics, product and transportation design. Her experience within the umbrella of the automotive world of BMW, had given her fresh perspectives on the desires, expectations and trends of premium luxury-centric clients. Never to want “What everyone else has” private, business and commercial aviation customers are now demanding something unique, special, technology-forward, fresh and thoughtful with elements of surprise and delight.
Deriving knowledge from fashion, hospitality, automotive, marine, rail, sports, health and wellness, entertainment and other industries, it is easy to implement the research, influences and materials used there - into aviation. The challenges are with certifications and the willingness of OEM’s to test and try something new - without disrupting the completions schedules.
When something phenomenal finally is installed, rarely are the pains of certification testing mentioned, but it is guaranteed, the competitors are watching closely. Sometimes it takes a vision to place a material in place then the suppliers have something to work with - a use for the material - a design and an application that can be visualized and understood.
Say "Yes!" to innovative aviation material and cabin design concepts...
As one of the most conservative industries, Aviation Interior CMF packages are usually creatively controlled by "Approved Suppliers" with "Approved Materials" for the "Approved Surface" locations. So frequently clients are given a choice of A) Warm Tones B) Cool Tones C) Branded Colors with competing suppliers A, B and C, with existing materials A, B and C. Does not leave much room to innovate, surprise or delight; but it gets the job done... Usually. Or it used to...
Now - clients are seeing fresh new cabins innovate not only in form languages, brand experience, but materials as well-sometimes the materials become the main brand driver! Where do these fresh new materials come from then? People like me - risk takers, an engineers nemesis, someone willing to look into other industries to select materials that may work in a cabin. As a freelance CMF designer, working on different types of projects allows me to see what is happening in other industries such as hospitality, architecture, fashion and furniture and pull inspiration from these suppliers. Okay, yes, not everything is going to work - but a similar concept may develop for a brand from this wild inspiration.
Loved designing for the “Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival” located in Malibu Canyon.
Having such a rich cultural event located in the Santa Monica Mountains, this festival location sports a spectacular array of flora and fauna under the giant ancient oaks and bird-filled skies. Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills boasts an impressive resume of western film industry heritage which serves as a great backdrop for the famous and new-coming musicians to take stage.
This logo needed to embody the community feel of the activities in a fun and welcoming way with a nod to the folk heritage of the Banjo and Fiddle family. The small , lively illustrations in the logo capture the feel in this famous event.