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ksla 2015

So, it’s time for our second annual block party to celebrate the awesomeness that is our fun little slice of Culture on Lake Street.  This year we plan to be bigger and bolder than last with street vendors, food trucks, street performers, three bands, food trucks, gourmet ice cream and much much more.  As part of the preparations leading up to the festivities KSLA channel 12 even did re-visit of the their original story from our grand opening last year.  Link is below in case you care to have look into the crazy cool camaraderie we have in amongst the district.


Forum Magazine Cover….check.

Forum magazine cover…check. Well my effort for the blog this go round is very minimal.   Just wanted to shamelessly re-post our bit of good press from the Forum Magazine to start the new year off with a BANG!  We are so very excited and thankful to have had this opportunity to share our story.  Lydia Earhart did a great job in capturing the spirit of the firm.

Without further adieu:


Shreveport architect has hands in business, renovations


For iARCHiTECTURE owner Jeff Spikes, being a young business owner is the most rewarding and frightening thing.

“Here I am starting from scratch with no backup plan,” Spikes said. “Somedays, I think I am gambling with my kids’ future. Other days when my 7-year-old and I are the only ones who biked to the park to play tackle football because it’s his fall break, I think I may be teaching them a thing or two about how they can shape their own future.”

iARCHiTECTURE formed in 2011 and has been a part of many projects in and around Shreveport-Bossier City. Stepping into 2015, Spikes said he will have a firm hand in making businesses more attractive through design, construction or engineering.

Walking into iARCHiTECTURE, everything from Prince to Pink Floyd is playing at the Lake Street location. The architecture, construction and engineering firm is anything but stuffy or uptight. Spikes said he wanted a space to encourage creativity that would lead his team to “pump out great work.” Whether it is the office space or working with the right people, iARCHiTECTURE has worked on several projects within the past three years and will continue this momentum into this year. Some of iARCHiTECTURE’s notable projects are: 

• Construction documents and permitting consulting for Rhino Coffee.

• Montessori School for Shreveport at Provenance- designed a brand-new satellite campus for the school at the providence development south of town.

• Adapted a few corporate restaurant chain’s prototype design to fit into the setting with renovation for Burger King (locations in Shreveport, Bossier City, Minden, Arkansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia), Wendy’s (locations in Shreveport, Bossier City, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Marrerro) and Dunkin Donuts (locations in Bossier City, Shreveport, Covington and soon in Dallas).

• Jackson Courts Apartments – three site apartment complex in Jackson, Miss.

Cohabiting the Foundation

Spikes’ wife always jokes he can walk into a room anywhere not knowing anyone and know someone before he leaves.

He said simply just talking or networking is a major part of attracting clients.

“I just like people and getting to know them and finding things I have in common with them,” Spikes said. “Also, I have a great team of guys and gals backing me up. I feel client retention is just as important as meeting new ones because I get just as many, if not more, from referrals of happy customers. A crucial part of that is the rock-solid staff I have who all share the same common goal – doing good work and having fun at the same time.”

But long before his team of design professionals, Spikes started his company off at Cohab. “I am adamant that if it weren’t for Cohab, I firmly believe I would be back working for someone else,” he said. 

Spikes referenced the sense of business community during his time at Cohab.

“Within hours, I am serious, hours of walking in the door my first day, I met people who would shape the way my company would grow – and that’s just the members,” he said. “At any given day, councilmen, [the Shreveport] mayor, sometimes even state representatives and senators made their way through the space. It always felt like I was at the grand central station of Shreveport hipness and goings on. Not to say that everything happening in Shreveport goes through Cohab. However, a lot of the people who are major players at making things happen Shreveport-wide are either connected to Cohab or knows who else.”

Spikes said he spent time learning and practicing his pitch as a new business owner.

“The most important thing to me was that feeling of connection with the other members. We were always down to help each other and still are,” Spikes said. “I still find ways to refer business back to my fellow Cohabbers.”

Attracting Business

If business associates aren’t impressed with the office DJ busting out Metallica or Pink Floyd, some might be more interested in the general uniqueness of the office itself.

The Lake Street office houses a big orange slide beside the stairs and a convertible conference room, which happen to be converted from two large garage doors. The building renovation for the iARCHiTECTURE location was a joint effort between Jason Cram with Vintage Design Group, with whom they currently share the space.

“Everyone that has come in seems to like the space. Some are more amused than others,” Spikes said. “The reason for the slide was basically to set our tone. It’s just part of what makes it a neat place to work. I wanted everyone to feel like it’s their space and to be comfortable and at ease because I feel like a tense work place is an unproductive work place.” 

Spikes said he likes the location because of his neighbors: The Agora Borealis, Aiden’s Place Granola and Nicole Spikes Photography. “The best thing about Lake Street is that I seem to have a block-long Cohab-esque guild of like-minded business owners,” Spikes said. “Every one of the five businesses who moved in this year are generation-X’ers who all get along and have fun.”

Previously, Spikes worked with notable firms 10 years before owning his own business. As an architect, Spikes describes himself in a simple manner. “As an architect, I would say I’m just a guy likes to build stuff as much I like to draw it as much as I like to write about it,” he said. “The product of generations of constant tinkerers, I sort of backed my way into the field of architecture as I grew up learning to build things with anyone with a project going. That experience led to summers and holiday breaks working in construction while earning a bachelor of architecture degree at Louisiana Tech [University].  I, too, am a constant tinkerer, which I believe helps strike a balance between the domains of drawn and built form.”

David Ostrowe, president of O&M Restaurant Group, a firm that works with Burger King, was beyond satisfied with iARCHiTECTURE’s work on their local projects. “He was the first architect ever that was engaged with our best interest in mind. He’s a part of our team. He is completely integrated into what we are trying to achieve every level,” Ostrowe said. “In the games that I play in the restaurant industry, you pay an exorbitant fee to an architect that produces a set of plans for the city that are not accurate and then he disappears after you pay him. Jeff has been involved as an architect and a project manager on our behalf. He was beside us holding our hand from start to finish.”

Spikes said over the course of his career he has renovated numerous houses, dabbled in concrete countertop production, built numerous pieces of furniture, art pieces for the children, worked on several installments of Christmas in the Sky sections and most recently taken on a century-old building renovation for the office.  

“Consequently and not at all by accident, most of my staff has at some point in their career worked under hard hats in various areas of the construction industry,” Spikes said. “I like to think that through working on my own building projects and having staff members who have done the same, we are able to identify better with the guys who swing the hammers every day on the buildings we design. And that through that understanding, we are able to serve our clients better by designing buildings that are easier and more efficient to build.”

Plans for the Future

At the top of Spikes’ list of “things he wants to put in buildings” are C-box storage containers as seen on ships and trains.

“I look at my space as a lab for things that I’ve tried to talk clients into but have not quite coaxed into built form yet,” he said. “There were some things we wanted to do but simply didn’t fit within the budget.”

Aside from cool yet functional office additions, Spikes would like to have a hand in developing downtown Shreveport and the immediately adjacent neighborhoods.

“I feel that our downtown, like many others, has suffered a major setback for the last several decades,” Spikes said. “It boggles my mind that to this day people my age are flocking to the suburbs to build steroid-induced faux-cadian cottages that are crammed 7 inches from each other. This when there is approximately 1,000,000 square feet of vacant building stock just in our downtown area.”

Spikes said the key is re-investing into everything within a 6-mile radius of downtown, similar to what has worked in larger cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles.

“I’m not talking about gentrification. I’m talking about wholesale economic development that builds a place for all socio-economic levels as it revitalizes the area,” Spikes said. “It’s not about re-inventing the wheel. It’s about studying successes from other places and replicating the formula here.”

iARCHiTECTURE also has a hand in one of Mayor Ollie Tyler’s campaign platforms, Cross Bayou. “This latest iteration of the Cross Bayou study is sort of déjà vu for our city. There have been several similar studies, the latest being funded through a brownfield grant by the [Environmental Protection Agency] and coordinated by Roy Jambor with the Metropolitan Planning Commission,” Spikes said. “I was one of two local architects selected to volunteer as a local representative of the design community and Shreveport in general. A firm from New Orleans is doing the work, which will be handed over in the form of a report suggesting uses and the community vision for the Cross Bayou corridor.”

Spikes said he wants to see a park area interspersed with commercial development that makes enough money to keep the place maintained. 

This year iARCHiTECTURE will expand to Texas for commercial ventures and Lake Charles to be on the forefront of the liquefied-compressed natural gas push along the Gulf Coast.

“There will be a five to 10 yearlong multibillion-dollar economic impact on the southwestern quadrant of the state specifically around the Lake Charles and Cameron areas. This rising tide has the potential to touch all areas of the state if we prepare properly. There is plenty to go around, and the key will be mobilizing a statewide effort to keep it all local. Otherwise, national and worldwide vendors will move in and capitalize on our area’s lack of preparedness. The key is personal businesses like myself to be ready and organized enough to fill the gap.” 

At the end of the day, Spikes likes making Shreveport and local surrounding areas more attractive for future generations. “My favorite projects are the ones that I know my kids will see or use,” he said. “I like them having visual reminders of what comes from a strong work ethic and treating people right.”

the more you know…

photoIt’s funny the clever little sayings we architects always offer our clients as our awkward way of helping them cope with whatever the issue du jour seems to be.  “It always costs more than you expect” “it always takes longer than expected” “there is no set of perfect plans” “you’ll always think of something you want to change once you get in, the best you can do is make a decision based on the info you have at hand”.  Now, these all seem like perfectly sound advice as long as the money, time and decisions are not yours to burn. Turn the tables and things take a tragically hilarious twist.  That’s exactly what has happened to me over the past few months as I’ve decided to renovate a historic building to house my firm in concert with another in downtown Shreveport.

All the advice I thought was so harmless and honestly heartfelt is starting to seem increasingly annoying the deeper we get into this little voyage(death march) of ours.  It doesn’t help that we are also doing some of the work ourselves.  So not only do we wind up paying real money for our indecisiveness it’s also starting to cost us our spare nights and weekends.  Let’s just say we are getting a dose of our own medicine and it’s a lesson worth learning.

Now, I’ve always thought that my side projects building things gave me a unique perspective on the business but this takes it to another level.  For my end of it I’ll definitely approach my advice for helping clients quote with cost and time overages with a different tact than before.  At the very least, I can completely and truthfully identify with the position they are in even if on a smaller scale.  The lab is definitely open for learning and it has taught me what my advice sounds like on the other end.  The feature image of this post captures rather well a glaring example of our own in decisiveness.  Comment when you find it.  And the more you know…

walkable cities (part 1, a reason to walk)

This week I am attending the National Main Streets conference in New Orleans. By the time I get back to Shreveport I’ll have amassed a mountain of great experiences that will need retelling.  Since these things bore most of my loved ones to tears, you’ll get to read about it on this blog.

Yesterday after a day full of chicken soup for the downtown developers soul, our experience was culminated by a political rally style plenary complete with stencil style signs representing all the states in attendance who have cities in the Main Street Program. The planners brought out all the big guns on this first day ending with key note speaker Jeff Speck, a city planner by trade who literally wrote the book on the who, how and why of walkable cities.  No really, his book “Walkable City, how downtown can save America one step at a time”  is now at the top of my must read list.  That said, he is a very engaging presence who really makes the case better than anyone I’ve heard for why we should be sustainable, and why we currently are not.  And best of all, he doesn’t fill his time on the stage like some tail-gate preacher who just drank an entire pitcher of LEED Kool-Aid.  Rather, he breaks his argument down into three major points, each of which I’ll be dedicating a blog to over the next few weeks:

1)   a reason to walk

2)  a safe place to walk

3)  a comfortable place to walk

Lets start with a reason to walk.  Speck explains that in the twilight of the 20th century our cities were built around the pedestrian.  A car was most times an odd commodity.  Since that time our wants and needs as a society have turned a complete 360.  Starting with the baby boomers and continuing with the generation x’ers, the need and love for cars was insatiable.  During this time clover leaf interchanges and suburban sprawl became the norm.  This resulted in multiple generations of Americans dependent on paved road to the door of everywhere no matter how long the drive(more on this in part 2).  Then come the millennials, or for you google and hyperlink clicking challenged folks out there anyone born from 1977 – the early 2000’s.  Jeff deduces that this generation grows up in suburbia watching shows like Friends, Sienfield, and other urban set shows.  While the generations before them were sitting in suburbs watching shows about other suburbs like the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family.   While I can neither confirm nor deny the logic behind his theory, it is completely evident that the love for soccer mom suburban with factory 20″ chrome and a mcmansion in that trendy new development just far enough out of town to give you time to listen to your the latest artist from the Voice is finally after a half century taking a back seat to living a more sustainable existence.

Millenials simply are more concerned with taking the time spent in the HOV lane and the money spent on gas and a fake house and spending both on things that enrich their lives.  Jeff found that 60% of college graduates prefer living in urban areas.  This need for sustainability is compounded by the alarming rate at which our life expectancies as Americans are beginning to drop.  For the first time children being born today are expected to live shorter lives than their parents.  Granted the heavy dependence of the U.S. on a diet of corn syrup based products is not helping.  That said, the biggest threat to our health is the absence of exercise.  In Jeff’s research he found that in highly walkable city’s the rate of overweight individuals was 35% and in low walkable city’s that rate soared to 65%.

While there are many other reasons to walk these are the high points of the talk, and quite honestly I would like to save some suspense for the book which I know you’ll want to read.  Tune back in next time on the same bat time and same bat channel for why a safe place to walk is so important and more than likely a few humorous examples of why so many city’s currently fail to hit the mark.

Jeff Spikes

credit:  the image used is from Jeff Speck’s presentation

Economics from a would-be comic – Caddo-Bossier Port Works Forum

So this week I attended what I thought was to be a networking oppurtunity at best.  What I experienced was much more.  The forum was put together by the The Port Works of Caddo-Bossier and was presided over by Dr. Loren C. Scott president of Loren C. Scott & Associates and Professor Emeritus of Economics at LSU.  It was not apparent whether or not he was from Baton Rouge but he has been around long enough to pickup on some of the popular slang as evidenced by his initial greeting of “How y’all are”.  As with any good crowd pleaser he started off with a couple of jokes then right to the meat of the matter.

The first portion of his talk dealt strictly with impact of the port itself on the region.  Capital expenditures, incomes per family, so on and so forth.  As it relates to the design and construction industry the numbers are quite telling.  What you quickly begin to realize is that there is an entire of seemingly separate economic dichotomy just a little south of the Shreveport Bossier metro that most people, I would venture to guess, do not even know exists.  For you number junkies out there here are some high points: $2 billion in new business sales, $560 million in new household earnings and 7620 new jobs.  Granted these numbers stretch over a 4 year time frame(2006-2011) but given the economic climate of our country as a whole during that time this is a big deal.  What’s even more exciting is the prospectus for the coming decades.  18 new major projects over the next 10 years and a total of 38 new projects over the next 20.   The majority of these being infrastructure related aimed at increasing the curb appeal to companys looking to get cozy in our area.

Of course, it must be noted as it was by Mr. Scott that all this success would  have been considerably stymied had it not been for the Haynesville Shale.  This extreme stroke of luck or blessing or whatever reasoning your philosophical views deem fitting really helped to make the rubber meet the road and keep the momentum going with this and other major aspects of our regions economy.  The remainder of the presentation went on to touch on tax rates and similar topics that for the most part wind up being open to interpretation based on your policital slant on things.  The one chart-o-facts that was extremely hard to not get smitten with was the stats on the marginal tax rates and tax revenues collected as a percentatge of the gross domestic product(see feature image sourced via Dr. Scott’s presentation).  I would imagine that there is some voodoo at work here that has to do with the value of the dollar then and now but the chart is nonetheless stunning.  It basically says that in the 50’s the marginal tax rate was at 90% compared to present day where it’s more like 38%.  Now, when you look at how much the governement actually ends up with it’s more like 19% consistently then and now.  That’s 50 years worth of companys and individuals a like finding a way to give up a consistent portion of their earning contrary to the marginal tax rate set by the government.  Like I said, there must be some voodoo at work here because I know what my overtime checks have looked like at every job I’ve ever had and it always depressing.  At any rate, for a guy who is at heart not a numbers person at all, the whole ordeal was rather eye opening and extremely informative…and entertaining.  Did I mention that he kept the jokes coming about every 30 minutes and always enough in a row that you began to wonder and worry whether he was going to keep telling them a little too long.

As relates to our statewide economy, one of the curve balls he threw was the consideration of the BP debacle and the effect that the influx of the cleanup money is having on the coast.  More importantly the effect that the lack of the cleanup money is going to have on the balance sheets of every coastal parish and ultimately the state next year.  Point being that this influx is trumping up our statewide balance sheets and noone knows how its going to be when this particular shot to the arm isn’t around next year.

One other point he kept driving home was that in every case to be made for building a stronger economy, higher taxes should be the last thing considered and the first to go.  Now whether this is purely a political opinion or honest advice from an economist is for someone more politically charged than me to determine.  It is however, important to note that in this statement he claims to be backed by every macro economics text book in print so either he’s bluffing or he’s read a lot of boring books to make sure he can say this with certainty.  At any rate, the guy really brings some food for thought to the table and left me wondering how I might take his economics class from four hours away.

Jeff Spikes, iarchitecture


building a better architect

The product of generations of constant tinkerers, I sort of backed my way into the field of architecture as I grew up learning to build things with anyone with a project going.  That experience led to summers working in construction while earning a bachelor of architecture degree at Louisiana Tech.  I too am a constant tinkerer and continue to build things which I believe helps strike a balance between the domains of drawn and built form.  I believe that the understanding of how things go together really helps to identify with the contractors who are making our drawings come to life.  This subject of contractor-architect cooperation alone deserves it’s own blog post and I’ll be getting to that later.  My main point for this round being that an understanding of the way things go together should be second nature for architects, not just something we allude to on paper.

School projects and room decor for the kids are one example of how I am able to continuously fulfill the need to build stuff.  The most recent of these are a series of night lights for their rooms.  It all starts with a shape or object which goes well with other items in the room.  For example, silhouetted jet plane and helicopter motifs from the bedding.  An iphone photo and a few minutes cranking in CAD and I have a high resolution template which i can then project to the plywood as a guide to cut by.  Then to the work shop to cut the shape with a jig saw or dremel (actually the dremel only survived the first project, turns out plywood is a bit too strong for the dremel).  The edges are are then sanded with a combo of a bench grinder with hook n loop attachment and some good ole fashioned hand held sand paper.  I really like the back side of luan plywood because its normally got a somewhat outlandish looking grain  pattern which really pops with a simple coat of polyurethane.  After the edges are sanded I will typically make a couple passes across the front with a fine sand paper to get it nice and tight.  After about three coats of poly with sanding and mineral spirits wash in between its ready for the lights.

Regarding the mineral spirits wash, this is a trick I learned from Gentry and Holder,  the oldest hardwood flooring refinisher here in Shreveport.  One day while doing my own floors I called them to ask if they sold the wax that was historically used as the finishing method.  The guy who answered sounded as if he may have started the company back when everything was black and white but was the most helpful person I ever encountered while trying to ask someone for advice on how to do myself what they normally charge for.  He proceeded to give me a run down on the pros and cons of each method (poly vs wax) and what to do to execute whichever method I chose to perfection.  At any rate, the most important product of that conversation was that I now know that tack clothes are a waste of time.  Tshirt rags and mineral spirits will give a much better product on any wood finishing job.  Besides that, tack clothes will make you feel like you dipped your hands in liquid jolly rancher for at least a few hours after you finish.

But I digress.  Back to the nite light.  The next step is to apply the rope lights.  I am still perfecting this but the best I’ve come up with so far is to cut some luan scraps and hot glue them every 8″ or so around the perimeter.  Then screw the plastic clips that come with the rope lights right to the wood scraps (screws would otherwise go through because the luan is too thin).  Once the clips are down you simply clip the rope light in to each taking care not to break the clips or leave any of the rope light peeking outside of the edges.  I also like to use a dimmable switch as well.  Typically the lowest setting provides just the right glow to light the room without keeping the boys awake.

So, every few months I take to the shop and dream up a new need for something that needs powertools and elbow grease to come to life.  Its a constant need of mine.  To build things and then try and think of ways to build them better the next time.  I like to think that I’m building myself at the same time as I’m building conversation pieces that the kids will keep in their minds eye as visual cues for their childhood.  A hobby that dovetails with a career.  That’s how you build a better architect.

Jeff Spikes,


Shreveport Architecture Convention, more than just passing a good time



So this week was the annual convention for the Louisiana component of the American Institute of Architects.  It was held in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Ironically enough since I am the current past president of the Shreveport Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and since I can’t say no I was nominated/railroaded into the job of Committee Chairman for this event.  If I sound surprised in my high assessment of the quality of this event it is in no way intended to be an affront to my initial expectations for the committee.  This is purely a reflection of my tendency to under rank my own ability to guide said committee cleanly through the perilous waters of convention preparation.  Long story short, it was a great convention.  I just wanted to share a few nuggets of what I find to be valuable take aways from a few of the lectures and events.

Sound building design trumps eco bling – Peter Pfeiffer

Wow, this guy flipped the lid.  And rightfully so.  He has been around since green meant smart design and not more money for tagging LEED behind the moniker of a project.  He helped start the energy star program which ultimately become a nation wide conservation mandate which we see on all the appliances we shop for today.  The major point of his 2 hour explicative laced and sometimes comedic rant is that a few minor and relatively inexpensive thoughtful moves in the early phases of design can prove to be more effective than the most expensive eco-bling amenities that are so popular these days.  Things like solar panels, tankless water heaters and geothermal heating/cooling.  Instead elements like deep shade, umbrella roofs and generally logical programing are ways to save immense amounts of money both on the upfront costs in the systems of the house and which help to offset maintenance and utility costs for the life of the structure.  One example included using larger overhangs at the windows to reduce the radiant heat caused by large windows with no shading.  This one idea can save more money than even the most effective eco bling amenity on the market.

Design for the masses – Larry Speck

Larry is one passionate guy.  His oration technique when he is at his most convincing state reminds me of some of the most spirited pastors from my childhood in church.  And rightfully so.  He feels strongly that people whether they notice it or not should be subjected to good design.  Design that changes their lives for the better.  Design that is useful for the everyday person.  A distinction must be drawn between the design that Larry speaks of and the so called rock star architecture that we have trained the masses to currently recognize as what as architects are about.  He teaches a class that dwells on this subject for 14 weeks at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is on a mission to change this perception and I must say that I am with him.

Mid century modern Shreveport Architecture

Guy Carwile of the Louisiana Tech School of Architecture took two bus loads of convention goers on a short tour of some of Shreveport’s best examples of mid century modern architecture.  It’s quite surprising to know that Shreveport sports a collection of this type genre of architecture which is second to none in the state and could perhaps hold it’s own up to comparison with similar collections nationwide.  The majority of these were either done or influenced by the Weiner brothers (Samuel and William) who are famous for their trend setting modern residences throughout the 50’s and 60’s and other iconic buildings.

There were of course various other great events but these for me were the high points.  We did in fact have a great committee of professionally passionate AIA members who worked tirelessly to make the event a huge success.  It was a great convention and I am looking forward to the next time our great city hosts this event in five years.

Jeff Spikes, iARCHiTECTURE


QR codes, architecturally relevant?

Why no QR codes are not directly architecturally relevant, yet.  They are, however, proving to be somewhat helpful to creating a buzz around some of the hippest new up start firms.  Firms on the leading tip of new trends in social media.  At least that’s the word on the street. 

To that end our business coach recently suggested that we use a QR code on our business cards for some added convenience to tech savy folks looking to acquire all of our vital info in one fail swoop…or camera capture as it were. So we did a little digging on the old internet. We did some quick research on the best and most popular QR code creators out there. This lead us to Kerem Ekran.  Who by the way is quite fond of himself but he does make a dandy of a QR code generator.

The list of options for what you want these smart little gestaltish looking images to do is quite impressive.  We settled on the simple vcard, not wanting to get too dodgy on the details, it being our first go at this and all. 

A few clicks later and we had a QR code for iARCHiTECTURE. So what to do with it? Well the obvious choice is to have it prominent on the back of our next order of business cards. Other ideas that come to mind include tattoo (temporary of course, until we go global), facebook profile picture or linked in headshot(not recommended unless you want some serious jeers from your not so nerdish social media friends) and others equally silly yet not so mentionable. 

It is quite ironic that the day we got the gumption to create our first QR code also happened to be the day we were finalizing the design graphics for our bike jerseys. So of course, the QR code is now on the jerseys. Not that we think it will make or break the universe, but it sure looks cool on our jersey. 

A little trial an error shows that as long as you keep it white on black or black on white or at least two colors that have a reasonable level of contrast you should be golden.  There are options on the generator wizard but if you know your way around photoshop you can produce any color options you would like in photoshop and just test them right on your screen with your smart phone using one of several QR reader apps.  We like Qrafter, because it’s free and it works.  The only color option that didn’t work for us was the royal orange from our logo over the dark grey of our logo.  Our hunch is that the contrast was just not enough. 

We settled on royal orange over white for the sleeve and white over dark grey for the lower back of the rear panel.  It looks quite rad on the sample imagery.  The true test will be when the jersey is printed.  Update to follow in 6-8 weeks.

Jeff Spikes, iARCHiTECTURE


today i started a new blog for the firm. we’ll be periodically rambling about architecture in shreveport, architects in shreveport, shreveport in general, architecture in general and other things you may be interested in or you may not. but it will always be a fun read. onward and upward!