Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog That! [assignment 005]

alright my pumpkin pies! it's Halloween!!! how magically fantastical! this week, if you decided to be a lame-ooo and not dress up in costume for the wicken festivities, I would like you to post an outline for the speech you will be giving on your studio design project. the outline should be overly detailed expelling what will be said, who will say it, and an estimated time frame of how long each person will be talking. since you are working in groups it's perfectly fine to work on this together, but I want it individually posted ... if you dressed up in costume for our class today then you're exemp from the assignment. the other members of your group are responsible for completing it.
This is just a rough draft to get an idea of what you'll be discussing. later you'll have to go back as a group and finalize your speeches!!

have fun & HAPPY HALLOWEEN :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Blog That! [assignment 004]

[always consider the light]

after talking with Scott last week friday and learning a little bit more about the effects of light in space, this week I would like you to blog about what you discovered about light.

How will natural and artificial lighting improve your space?
Will you use focal lighting to direct people?
How will you create moments of interest within your space using light?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

blog that [assignment 4]

As a way to better understand your studio projects and were you've come this semester, this week I would like you to describe your group projects using the Elements and Principles of Design ...

Principles: Rhythm. Balance. Emphasis. Unity. Proportion.
Elements: Line. Color. Shape. Texture. Form. Space.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ralph Lauren 4D Experience!!

Check out this video!
outside Ralph Lauren's Madison store front in New York, a light an projection show was displayed on the facade of the building. the building was transformed to create a story describing their new men's fragrances 1,2,3, & 4.
perhaps a similar idea can be used in your projects ...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog That! 003

Based on your speeches in class last week Wednesday, write a brief paragraph describing your thought process and opinions on the assignment. Discuss your performance and how well you think you did.
Was the speech given by the Speaking Center representative helpful?
Did you visit the Speaking Center before presenting?
If so, was it helpful - if not, do you think you might have done a better job if you did go?
Since this was the first "formal" presentation, how will you better yourself for the next one?

assignment due: september 30, 2011.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Blog Assignment 002

it's time to photoshop !!

i don't how familiar you all are with photoshop but i LOVE it! i'm constantly amazed at how you can change a picture and warp it into something completely new and different from what it originally was!

so .......

for this weeks assignment i want you to explore the many wonderful possibilities of photoshop. i want you to use a picture or pictures that you took while in DC and transform it into something spectacular spectacular!

add layers, change the coloring, distort it, transform it into something new and beautiful! then right a paragraph describing how you made this image, what tools you used, and how you feel about your fantastical creation!

due on Friday, September 23 - i want you to show me how creative you are!

this assignment is based on completion, but TRUST i will judge you =)


... below is an example i threw together in about 27 minutes and 43 seconds exactly ::

(photo credit: kalani gonzalez)

first I started with a FABULOUS picture of the 
White House! i was so excited when i saw it for the first time 
that goose bumps and butterflies consumed me.

(photo credit: fantasy of a night sky)

i decided that i wanted to play with the way the sky looked 
in the photo, so i went online and found this interesting 
picture on Google. i enjoyed the hues of blue and 
the strong contras in the image.

i cut out the white sky on the original photo and layered the "sky" image underneath.

the image looked "just alright" with the contrasting sky, 
but it needed more to round out the composition. so i found this 
photo of the planets and decided to layer them onto the 
"sky" image. i cut out, flipped and warped the 
planets to fit well in the composition.
(photo credit : planets in the sky)

after playing with some "filters" in the program, i edited the 
amount of light and contrast in the overall image, threw on a solid 
black boarded and ended up with final composition below ...

(composition credit: kalani gonzalez)
have fun with photoshop ...
get lost and wrapped up in it! 
be creative, be original !!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

feature of the week "Assignment 001"

every week, after reading through everyone's "Blog That" Assignment posts, i pick one that i find the most interesting and share it on the class blog! this week i'd like to show case John Jeppsson. he walked us through the space of the Industries of the Blind in a humorous way! 

enjoy the read ...

My day began much as anyother day began with the happiness I feel as I park in the Gatewood parking lot.  God I do love parking there and no longer having to ride the park and ride bus.  When I got out of my car I was finishing up my morning-car-drive cigarette that I have on my way to campus everyday.  When I arrived upstairs I remembered that we were having our tour of the Industries of the Blind today. I sort of did a face-in-palm deal in not remembering my favorite pencil that I use for all my sketches an 8B led pencil.  As our class walked over to the Industries of the Blind I lit up another cigarette enjoying it as I walked slowly savoring every last puff and drag. When we arrived at the building I, like so many others, hated the ugly main entrance.  As I walked inside I felt a cold chill wash over me unsure as to wether it was the air conditioning or the cold embrace of the building itself.  I looked to the left and noticed the big glass window of the main lobby separating the vistors or employees from the lady that is buzzing us into the main parts of the building.  When I got buzzed into the second area I noticed immediately the odd and out of place little floral garden that has been placed there underneath the stairs.  As I traversed the stairs I wondered what wonderful machinery would be held within the confines of this building.  When I got to the second floor we were met by David Lopresti and he proceeded to tell us all about the history of the building and its employees.
I was very intrigued to learn about the history of the people who had been working here and all the other things that David had to share with us.  Just a little bit of information about the company:  The Industry of the blind has two hundred and fifteen employees and on hundred and fifteen of those is legally blind.  The terms for being legally blind are having twenty over two hundred vision or worse.  Only a select few of the employees are totally blind.  As we began our official tour of the factory I noticed how much the factory floor looked just like the factory that I was working at in Norway.  They had those odd little painted lanes that are solely for dictating foot and machinery traffic.  When we got to this one press that had an awesome amount of camouflage on it and was being used to cut out templates for the bullet proof vests that are supplied to the army or at least they looked like they were the cut outs for those vests.  When we left that room we continued onto the other room and were meet by a very eccentric woman who was running a shirt press that was putting out shirts and sleeves that were being used for the wicket shirts.   When we were finished with our tour we then precede to measure out the area assigned to us and Anna Hambly and I knocked that out within minutes.

... thanks john !!