Sunday, February 24, 2013

Homework Progress for 2/25

First Serial Plane that I designed. 
The serial plane was abstracted from a Canadian Maple Leaf and consists of 7 planes.

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid is a female, Iraqi-British architect. She was born on October 31, 1950 in Baghdad. Zaha was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She uses serial planes in her architecture.
Below are some of her designs.

Almost Finished Paper Dress

 This is the almost finished product of the paper dress that Maxine Whiteley and I designed.
Click Here To Go To Maxine's Blog

Class Notes from 2/18

  • Points determine a line. Lines determine a plane. Planes determine a volume
  • A line can be represented by a serious of points.
  • A plane can be represented by a serious of lines.
  • A volume can be represented by a serious of planes.
  • Each plane is a cross section of the volume.
  • To construct a volumetric form, we can think in terms of its cross sections.
  • How the form can be sliced up to regular intervals, which will result in serial planes.
  • Each serial plane can be considered as a unit form which may be used either in repetition or in gradation.
  • Gradation refers to gradual variation of the unit form, and it can be used in three different ways
    • Gradation of size but repetition of shape.
    • Gradation of shape but repetition of size.
    • Gradation of both shape and size. 
  • Zaha Hadid
    • Hadar Aliev
    • Hotel Puerta
  • London Aquatics Center
  • Beethoven Concert Hall
  • Innovative Architecture
    • Frank Gugenheim
    • Frank O. Gehry
    • Aurora Robson- from Toronto, Cananda, repurposed materials in fine art
      • Started with renderings/paintings
      • Build Maquettes (small prototypes in 3D)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Chanel's Spring/Summer 2013 Runway

CHANEL Spring/Summer 2013 Show

This is a video of Chanel's Spring/Summer 2013 runway show. I found this on I chose to post about this because I liked Chanel's push for green sustainability by using solar panels on the runway as well as windmills. Whether the green elements are working or not, they still send a message. The elements also help to accent the "airy" collection.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Getting Started

The picture below shows Maxine and I's progress on the bodice of our paper wedding gown. We chose to use a sweetheart neckline layered with small strips of paper for texture.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Class Notes from Feb/28/2013

  • To Design: A planned arrangement of visual elements
  • Point, Line, Plane
  • Principles of Design: unity/harmony/simplicity/emphasis/focal point/scale/proportion/balance/rhythm
  • Konstantine Broncusi- 20th C. sculptor; lyrical, simplified sculptures
  • Abstraction: distort, simplify, convey a meaning
  • Analysis: problem solving and communicating an idea
  • Perception: nature, art history, and culture
  • Compare/Contrast
  • 2D/3D world
  • Positive/Negative
  • Space/Shape
  • 3D Design: length, width, depth
  • 3D Design: defined by x, y, z
  • How does light affect surface on the form?
  • Hierarchal Structure
  • David Smith
  • Art & Design: Form an/or function? Which is more important?
  • Examples of Form and Function: Clothes, Cars, Interior
  • Does form determine function?
  • Marcell Breuer-Furniture Designer

  • Design for a specific market
  • Thomas Eriksson: abstracted, simplified first aid kit
  • Serial Planes: repetition of flat planes

Homework #1

1. Describe the design process; it’s categories and how it is used as you outline step 1, 2 and 3? 
Step 1: Identify the Problem
Establish the needs and requirements that need to be met
             What needs to be fixed? What needs to be solved?
Step 2: Generate Ideas
             Brainstorming: sharing ideas in a group setting

Mental Inventory: your own ideas

Research: learning about past solutions to similar problems

Lateral Thinking: thinking where no idea is too unusual

Thumbnail Sketches: small, quick drawings to be used as reference

Sketch Models: same as thumbnail sketches, but in three-dimensions

Written Notations: writing all of your ideas out on paper, similar to 'thinking out loud'
Step 3: Refine and Analyze
              This is the first step where criticism occurs
                          Presentation Drawing: more visually engaging, drawing meant to represent the idea                       to the client or audience
                            Working Drawing: used for reference in the building process
Models and Mock-Ups
                           3D representation of solution in a smaller scale
2. Define Three-dimensional form and find a new example using the research links.
Three-dimensional form: has an actual plane and volume. This Challenges designer’s 2D imaginations because of physical laws pertaining to material and structure.
Click Here to See More of Felix Schramm's Installations
Felix Schramm
January 2013
3. Define Space and find a new example using the research links.
Space: defines form, and in return form defines space. Without space, form would not be able to be altered because space “activates” form.
Click Here to See More of Tomàs Saraceno's on Space Time Foam
Tomàs Saraceno
Space Time Foam
November 2012
4. Define Positive and negative space in3-D form, find a new example using the research links. 
Positive and negative space are two different ways to see the difference between space and form.
Click Here to See the 'Ice Queen' by Swoon in 'Art in the Streets'
Ice Queen
July 2011
5. Define Direction and find a new example using the research links.
Direction- angles of elements toward other elements in a composition within a space.
Click Here to See More of 'Shifting Perspective' by Fabrication
Shifting Perspective
February 2013
6. Define Scale and find a new example using the research links.
The size of an object in comparison to another form, such as the space that contains the form.
Click Here to See More of David DiMichele's Installations
David DiMichele
December 2012
7. Define Point of view and frame of reference, and find a new example using the research links. 
Point of View- Constraints set by the observer
Frame of Reference- a second perceptual constraint; the format of position, direction and scale that are realized
Click Here to See More of Joseph Egan and Hunter Tomson's Anamorphic Typography
Joseph Egan and Hunter Tomson
Anamorphic Typography
August 2010

Visual Research

Visual research used for inspiration for Maxine & I's floral, high-to-low wedding 
gown made out of paper for the first project in 3D design class.
Concept board that I collaged in Photoshop

Sources (From Left to Right, Top to Bottom):
Additional Visual Research: Floral Wedding Dress
-Layering Technique of Flowers

Additional Visual Research: Paper Flowers
Additional Visual Research: Painted Paper Flowers
-Use of Wire for Structure
-Shape of Flowers