Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Currently thinking for the wall..

I wanted to do an updated version of my Rest in Peace book for the wall.
I started looking up the articles for people that have been killed by the police in 2016. So far I have only gotten through September - July. I was thinking of printed the names, either by letterpress or possibly using a type writer.

Keith Scott, North Carolina
Taiwan Boyd, Maryland
Robert Young, Alabama
Terence Crutcher, Oklahoma
Jesse Beshaw, Vermont
Tyre King, Ohio
Timothy McMillan, California
Terrence Sterling, DC
Dennis Stanley, West Virginia
Travis Ell, Washington
Gregory Frazier, Florida
Donald Degraw, Florida
Jose Romero, California
Cameron Ayers, Washington
Unknown, California
Livonia Riggins, Flordia
Angel Torres Jr, Arizona
Alfred Toe, New Jersey
Donta Taylor, California
David Coborubio, California
William Charbonneau, flordia
Elias Portillo, Texas
Brandon Coles, Virginia
Marcelo Luna, California
Kole Knight, Wisconsin
Jorge Ceniceros, Arizona
Silivenusi Ravono, California
Joseph Weber, Kansas
Daniel Harris, North Carolina
Chad Irwin, California
Omer Ismail Ali, Washington
Larry Curtly Jr, Arizona
Kenney Watkins, California
Colby Friday, California
Sylville Smith, Wisconsin
Misty Reynolds, Florida
Jesus Carillo, Arizona
Dominic Rollice, Oklahoma
Ronal Smith, Ohio
Mary knowlton, Florida
Jesse Romero, California
Fred Barlow, California
Darnell Wicker, Kentucky
Marcus Sexton, Arkansas
William Bowers, California
Richard Swihart, California
Manuel De La Cruz, Texas
Limichael Shine, New jersey
John Casey, kentuckey
Paul O’Neal, illinois
Omar gonzalez, California
Jorge Moreno-Aguirre, Nevada
Donnell thompson Jr, California
Saddam trejeda-Campos, California
Michael Adams, tennessee
Devon Martes, louisiana
Dalvin hollins, Arizona
Humberto martinez, California
Anthony Edwards, Tennessee
Kaylee Sawyer, Oregon
Alvin Sylveremythe, New Mexico
Javier Gaona, California
Kevin Higgins, Wisconsin

I also printed out a map of the US and was keeping track with dots.

9/28/16 Update -

Thesis tweet: "My thesis explores what gets passed down in families, both genetics/ancestry as well as stories/memories and where those aspects overlap. " (137 characters)

Family album index so far:

Checking In

Here's an update on what's been going on. I've been trying to figure out how to visually show others how to create simple types of fractals. At first I tried breaking it down through equation, but it was brought to my attention to try and display it as a geometric figure. This is still proving difficult for some fractal types like the Mandelbrot set. However, I feel like I'm on the right track. In the end I could also choose one type of fractal to focus on if I feel that course of action is necessary.

Jumping back to 3D design, I've been working on an animation of the journey through a fractal. I'd like people to be able to hold the physical fractal in their hands, but also be able to look and see what it's like if you were to venture inside of it. I like the idea of how this 3D printed object will be small, but in fractal theory it continues on forever containing an endless space inside of it. The biggest challenge I'm facing right now with this test animation is creating a complex enough fractal, and the strain it puts on my laptop. In my recent animation attempt I ended up here. It looks as if it's falling apart, so I need to revisit my formulas.

Lastly, I've been thinking about how to condense my thesis into a 140 character statement for @designologue. Currently I'm thinking along the lines of, "I'm creating digital and physical media that others can interact with to show the chaotic yet structured basis of 2D and 3D fractal design."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

intoxicated conversations

The 1st 3 posters, represent bits of intoxicated conversations, which are arranged into diagrams and also displays the repetitive speech pattern and memory laps when one is intoxicated.


Below is the continuation of the BAC chart for Male and Female

Project Progress/ What In the Hell Has Adela Been Up To?

Last week, we had chatted about Graham Rawle's graphic novel, "Woman's World" and how he had created a composite work of literary fiction using only fragments from lady magazines. His process was, within reason, similar to something I intend to experiment with while over the course of this semester. To present some physical work within this notion of creating stories from other stories, over the weekend, I scanned and copied random pages of books and magazines that I was/am currently reading, which I then cut and pasted to create a different sort of story. My goal was to be arbitrary in the process of creating this limited selection of text from which I would work with; I simply just opened the books up and scanned the pages I had landed, no oh-I-really-like-this-passage or wow-these-words-would-be-great-to-work-with sort agenda whatsoever. From there, I tried to create a personal narrative from passages and text that one wouldn't normally think of as, in any way shape or form, intimate. The pictures here show my process and final result of this actually not so quick experiment. It took about 4hrs just to physically create these two "pages" but that's mostly because I tried to make the words flow as naturally as I could, while abiding to the rules of grammar and what not; wanted them to flow like a novel, read like prose. Maybe I'll experiment more with breaking the norm and create something more akin the fragmented stream of consciousness. Currently planning on making more "finished pages", whatever that will mean in the near future, my desk is a minefield of cut up words at the moment. Stay tuned, more to come.

Also, side note: there's something really intriguing about how the paper looks with all the little cut outs here and there. Think I want to do something with this too, but I'm not sure of the direction in which I'd like to it to!!


- 清, logo
t e a, logo
Q i n g, logo

-Tea in Xu Bing style.

reviews, weds 5 and thurs 6 October

The first set (of three) seminar panel reviews will be next week, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October.

apologies for the sketchy writing above!
Devon is 7:30 Wednesday, Adela is 8:00.

Each student has a 30 minute slot; all reviews will take place in the Design Seminar room.

Will announce reviewers as their availability is confirmed.
So far —
John Colan both evenings
Justin Gagne, Thursday
Bill Hanscom, Wednesday 6:00pm only
Jesse Kahn, Wednesday and Thursday
Brian Savignano, Wednesday
Sarah Trahan Wednesday, and Thursday for the 7:00-8:30 slots.

140 characters

Reminder —

Present your seminar/thesis idea in no more than 140 characters.
#hashtagged terms encouraged.
I expect to tweet — or retweet — these on @designologue.

A form for drafting the tweet can be found at thesis_tweet_2016.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Other examples
I've been working more with processing and trying different examples from the generative design book. I'm able to play around with the code they provide in their online resources, and change the output that is produced. I managed to put my own photos in so they can be manipulated, and in this example they become more pixelated the farther you drag your mouse down the x and y axis. Next will be creating drawings through processing, though I need to get an updated tablet. This will be how I'll start making patterns and having a lot more control over what is being produced.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

coming up : panel reviews. 11 dimensions of flatness

panel reviews

I am thinking Wednesday and Thursday evening, 5 and 6 October. Each session probably 30 minutes, before a panel of design (and other) faculty. Eleven students, on two evenings.

11 dimensions of flatness

Hardie 3F wall(s), Wednesday 12 October through Tuesday 25 October.
As discussed previously, if we use the single long wall — total length 54 feet — minus space at both ends, each student gets a little over four feet. If we use both walls, add another 40 feet = 90 feet. each student gets (to be safe) seven feet.

I think the one wall, 54 feet, can be sufficient. Work would go up on Wednesday a.m. 12 October. It must be flat, no significant bumps or extensions off the wall. I will create a grid of black push pins at 18 inches twelve-inch intervals (horizontal and vertical).

The work on wall can be original or curated.

I will determine a standard means of indicating student name, and probably paragraph (minimum) length discussion of the presentation.

The common theme

improvisatory / pop-up exhibit, in which eleven fourth-year students (designers and a book artist)

  1. revisit concepts introduced in their 2D Design foundation class, 3+ years ago
  2. incorporating content — collaged or handled in other ways — that is drawn from, or reflects cultural or other sources with which each student has a strong connection.

The exhibit will suggest to visitors the oscillation between form and content, form and life. An art school might be thought of as a site for the learning about, and experimenting with, the relationship of form (visual, tactile, linguistic, etc.) and content. We can revisit the theme and title this week; I'm wondering, for example, about Eleven Depths of Flat.

Joel Markus, guest on Wednesday

Joel Markus, designer, will be visiting Seminar on Wednesday 28 September, 9:00-10:00am.
He will also be giving a visiting artist talk at 11:30.

Joel specializes in motion design, but film titles, identity and print design are often related to that.

I spent the good — and most interesting — part of a recent morning, talking with Joel about his work and design generally.

Some things he showed me are listed below.

CYMATICS : Science Vs. Music (Nigel Standford)

Lee Zamir talking about BOSEbuild, a sound system learning kit developed by Bose for kids. It includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the music video for Kaya Stewart's single, Try It Out.
Or — my preference — see the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube Intro video (that Joel had a hand in making).

Art of the Title / see in particular the opening credits/scene to the film Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), for its amazing sense of composition.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What I've been working on so far

Since I haven't posted yet in the blog I just wanted to make a post that highlights what I've been researching and working on so far. I've been reading articles written by Dr. Robyn Fivush who does a lot of work with studying how storytelling in families helps to create a stronger family, and stronger individuals as well. I have also been looking at different kinds of family trees, including pedigree charts, genograms, and bow tie charts. I have attached some examples of these kinds of charts. I am working on indexing my photo albums and I'll have a post soon that shows my progress.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Recently for my project I've been looking at typewriter art. Some typewriter art is similar to concrete visual poetry which I have found an interest in. These are the things that I have been experimenting with on Johns typewriter. Some of these examples below have mistakes in them which I did on purpose but some of them were accidental.

Issey Miyake / brands

This popped up on an instagram page that I follow, and I looked further into it. I think it would be good for Devon and Katie to check out. The company uses different materials and shapes to create a series of bags.

"Both light and soft, it folds, accommodates and and transforms itself after handling to create dramatic new shapes. Bao Bao Issey Miyake is a line of bags and pouches with the theme of 'shapes made by chance.' It features a flexible functionality perfect for busy modern lifestyles. Since its inception in 2000, it has established a unique array of products through its pursuit of shapes born out of simple pieces and diverse materials.

Some Posters for Not Movies

Just getting started on making some posters for things that are not movies. Sort of "misusing" movie posters in a sense.

Still a work in progress, and definitely want to continue making more.

And then these are some of the photos for another object for a movie poster. 


I will almost certainly assign this to read, over the weekend —

The Quiet Power of Maya Lin
Martin Filler. The New York Review of Books. 29 September 2016

This is an essay length review of three recent books on that important architect and artist. —

Robert W. Doubek. Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial : The Inside Story

Harriet F. Senie. Memorials to Shattered Myths : Vietnam to 9/11 and

Maya Lin : Topologies with a foreword by John McPhee and essays by Michael Brenson, William L. Fox, Paul Goldberger, Philip Jodidio, Maya Lin, Lisa Phillips, and Dava Sobel

flats. eleven dimensions of flatness. draft


Here is some language for our discussion about an exhibition in the Hardie 3F walls, during the period October 12-25. This period coincides with an "Open House" admissions event.

It tries to stay with the basic idea of 2D (including collage), while not limiting content to the idea of books.

title ideas

revisiting flat
11 dimensions of flat
flat / a return to 2D Design
looking back on flat
11 kinds of flat
11 takes on flat / fourth-year designers revisit flatworld


In this extemporaneous / improvisatory / pop-up / sui-generic exhibit, eleven fourth-year students (designers and a book artist) revisit concepts introduced in their 2D Design foundation class, 3+ years ago.

Formal constraints

flat; straight lines and cuts; an arbitrary grid (?).


wall 1 :
14 x 4' wide homasote, 8' high (actually, end pieces are 35" and 37" wide, respectively)
total: 54 feet

wall 2 :
5 x 4' wide homasote; 3 x 4' homasote; 2 x 4' wide homasote (far end actually 47"); end closest to us (with light switch) is omitted from this measurement
might use this wall for Typography 1, or other design, work

content and concept

We’ve expanded the 2D brief to permit “content” — collaged or handled in other ways — that is drawn from, or reflects cultural or other sources with which each student has a strong connection.

The exhibit will suggest to visitors the oscillation between form and content, form and life. An art school might be thought of as a site for the learning about, and experimenting with, the relationship of form (visual, tactile, linguistic, etc.) and content. Ours might be named Montserrat College of formal experimentation (in the sense of testing).


am wondering about myself establishing a grid (with black push pins at intersections), that people could either ignore or use (or both), but that would ensure a cohesiveness to the wall.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This is a continuation of the BAC chart I showed on monday. Below is the Male scale and the Female scale .

The chart below is an experimentation of an overlay of the male and female chart together. 

logo design.
Chinese tea package design.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sierpinski Triangle

Branching off from the 3D printing, I've been organizing my thoughts and trying to come up with ways of presenting mathematical information in a way that is understandable. For this, I used the Sierpinski triangle and sort of color coded it to show how to determine the number of triangles you are left with. In this picture, "r" represents the iteration you are on, and "n" is the number of triangles.

While I was creating my variation of the triangle, I thought about what would happen if I combined Pascal's triangle with permutation (Sierpinski's triangle can be created through Pascal's triangle). So with this in mind, I plan to create another triangle based on this theory.

past and present Chinese female's lives

After considered problems may cause by the previous topic, I decided to make my topic become clear and simple, also avoid things might related to racial and politics.

My idea is making pairs of images to compare the difference and similar points between past and present Chinese female's lives. It is not only because I am a Chinese, but also China had a long history. I think it will be interesting to show the past and present life after thousands years till now. Although there's a lot of changes, still some customs stay.

Here is the list I wrote for the topic: (still working on it)

1. the value of marriage (past-gold and poultry; present-house and car)
2. the marriage form (past-a man can married with multiple women if he had enough power or wealth; present-one to one marriage)
3. education method (past-women can not go to school, instead learning embroidery and how to be a good wife; present-just like men, now we can go to school even work in company)
4. ......

Here is my first image for the value of marriage: