Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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
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
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!!
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.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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)
- revisit concepts introduced in their 2D Design foundation class, 3+ years ago
- 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, 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).
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Sunday, September 18, 2016
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)
Here is my first image for the value of marriage: