I was delighted to attend the Indiana Interior Design Coalition annual “Legend in Design” Event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Deer Zink Pavilion. This year’s event honored designer Ana Pinto-Alexander and artist Robert Indiana.

As an IT professional it was wonderful to attend a different event with the design focus on shape, color and spatial and then of course see the similarities in what makes any of us successful.

I love events when I get to learn and I loved learning that the back story to the iconic LOVE graphic by Robert Indiana was a red, blue and green drawing on the logo of the hardware store he went to with his dad – the red and green logo against a blue Indiana sky combined with love of family!

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Ana’s story was inspiring starting with a childhood in Colombia, South America, combined with a wide history of travel, arriving in the mid-west to attain a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from Purdue University. Ana’s joy in celebrating the teams she has worked with and her own desire to push herself and those teams to excel was inspiring. She also took time to share the value and input to her success that comes from the love and encouragement of her family and support staff. Reminding us clearly that no one can succeed without a team.

Ana’s passion for design is driven by the belief that healing environments play an essential role in improving patient outcomes.  Indiana has benefited from several award winning designs based on this approach including, but is not limited to:

  • Riley Hospital for Children Cancer Center at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Health North Medical Center in Carmel
  • Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour
  • Seton Cove Spiritual Center at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis
  • IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center at IU Health in Indianapolis
  • Emergency Department at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville

I left the lunch paying far more attention to how the space in which I live and work influences how effective I am. This was great timing as here at netlogx we were just opening up the new space we have rented here at the Stutz Building. We went with wise counsel – designers helped us configure the space for maximum efficiency, we bought good chairs and economical desks and tables and decent receptionist space. We want clients and partners to feel welcome and comfortable but for our consultants to want to be out in the field supporting our clients!  The space and our work style at netlogx favors large tables as our teams are naturally collaborative in working to solve the complex problems we challenge ourselves with!

Quote:  What is design? It’s where you stand with a foot in two worlds – the world of technology and the world of people and human purposes – and you try to bring the two together. – Mitchell Kapor

I think there is a new awareness in this 21st century that design is as important to where and how we live as it is for museums, concert halls and civic buildings. – Daniel Libeskind