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.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

degree project: week 10

this week i got a lot of good feedback on my screen designs. i've got quite a few small changes to go back and work with, but it shouldn't take too long before i'm done. this weekend i'm planning on making those changes and beginning to animate the screens a bit. the musicians that i'll be using in my pitch video are in town this weekend as well, so i'll get to film them and begin on my final video soon.... exciting!

since monday's feedback in class, i've focused mostly on two screens that still needed quite a bit of work. i've been struggling a lot with the screen where the musicians edit their song, and i still don't think it's quite there. i'm a lot closer though. here's the two screens that i've been working on this week.

as for my pitch video, i've been looking at some inspiration for how i want to sell this piece.
i'm thinking about taking this approach of leading in with a short intro showing why this would be a useful tool for musicians. maybe showing a musician practicing by themselves or something with text leading the viewer in.

i'm also reallyyyy inspired by "take away show" music videos. they're basically just this same crew of people that hangs out with a band and records them playing casually. it's super intimate and beautiful in this relaxed, carefree way. here's just a couple examples, but i'd love if i could somehow capture this feeling within my video.

so right now i'm kind of choosing between leading the viewer in by setting up a storyline showing why the tool is needed, or leading in by showing the musicians getting set up individually ready to play together (through the app) on this intimate level. the first option seems more appropriate for a pitch video to view how the app works, and second seems more appropriate for a promotional video, but i really want to try to combine them somehow. like a pitch video with the feel and power of a promotional video.