Friday, May 3, 2013

spatial: poetic final

as artists, we all recognize how fundamental imagination is. as albert einstein once said, “knowledge is limited, but imagination encircles the world.” but imagination should not be something that is limited to children and artists. people should be inspired to use their imagination from day to day. 

the monument of imagination provides everyday people with the opportunity to activate their imagination, allowing them to think as they did when they were children, when elephants could fly and the grass could be any color you wanted it to be. legos are something that people of all ages can directly relate to their childhood. legos were one of the first toys that granted us the ability to create whatever we wanted, as if the building blocks to our wild imaginations. 

Imagination Presentation by Ashley Einspahr

Monday, April 29, 2013

spatial: project 3, week 3

this week we've basically been messing around with our materials and testing the scale of our lego bricks to our landscape and choosing lego colors. we've chosen our location to be shakespeare garden in central park in new york city because of high traffic and it's located between the MET and the MNS. we've also developed a logo and have been experimenting with the placement of our objects.

Monday, April 22, 2013

spatial: project 3, new concept

soooo, we came up with a completely different concept.

"Legos are the building blocks of imagination."
This is a monument to imagination. 

Central Park, my recreating a section of the park we will be able to apply the ability to connect blocks of lego's to it. This will allow visitors to experience a sense of whimsy, and wonderment. 

  • Buy the basic lego colors of clay. (Yellow, red, blue, and green)
  • Buy or find the tools to carve and paint. 
  • Buy the plants, shrubs, and trees for the park.
  • Buy the benches, lamp pole, trashcan, etc.

  • Test our hypothesis. Based on the size of the tree we'll determine the size of the blocks, and therefore the dots. 
  • Build the model.

  • Photograph and start Keynote.
  • Finish the Keynote. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

degree project: week 12

this week i've gotten my rough draft video together, so the rest of the weeks just about making tweaks and changes. A LOT of tweaks and changes. i'm relieved to have it at least together for the most part, and know that i have all the pieces i need, but i still want to do a lot of refinement to get it where i want it. i hit a rough patch this week of trying to find a good song to fit the video that sort of complimented the Sleepy Kitty song used. it took forever to find something that worked. so my next steps include lots of timing tweaks, some camera stabilization, motion fixes, get the poster started, etc. again, i'll just post screen shots instead of the actual video. by this time next week, i'll be posting the final project... crazy!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

spatial: project 3

Eli and I have decided to build our monument based on the internet's past, focusing on some of the earliest websites and social networks that are either no longer in use today, or have evolved to something better. The audience for such a monument would vary from people who are comfortable with technology and experienced these earlier websites to computer geeks who enjoy some witty, tech-related humor.

To illustrate this idea, we plan on building an internet graveyard. The graveyard will hold a series of tombstones dedicated to specific websites. These tombstones will be built with regular concrete, but be shaped as computer monitors that are from the specific time period that each website was in use. The computer monitors will each have a screens of the website's past functionality and different pages, almost like an interactive demo. Similar to a real graveyard, these graveyards with show evidence of being visited, some showing that they haven't been visited in years. This will be shown with leave behind gifts by the tombstones that are fitting to the website and the website's audience. For example, the old Myspace tombstone might have a concert flyer taped to it, since Myspace today is only used by bands promoting themselves. 

We'd also like to show the age of the websites by showing some that look extremely dated, while others look freshly buried.

P.S. - We're exited. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

degree project: week 11

so luckily this weekend, i was able to get the footage i needed. i recorded a band with a couple, called Sleepy Kitty, and then additionally recorded my classmate Michael that way i could have 3 people in the band. rather than uploading the footage, i'll just upload some screenshots, as well as my storyboard (in progress). i'm beginning to animate my app screens now, and hopefully will have a rough draft of the final video put together by monday.

Monday, April 8, 2013

spatial: dieter rams exhibition final

Dieter Rams often speaks about the future of design and how new structures for our behaviors will continuously be necessary as products and technology advance. Today we are recognizing that his 10 principles are still influencing many design choices today through brands such as Apple.

The unspectacular things exhibition focuses on product design by Dieter Rams and how it has impacted product and interface design today. The exhibit lets the viewer look at Rams' products side by side next to its contemporary counterparts in a completely interactive environment, and connect these products with his 10 principles. The aesthetic of the exhibition reflects Rams' style and his unobtrusive methods.