February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here are a few of the typographic experiments we have carried out to date.
February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today we assembled the Flaneur Kits – now that our cameras had finally come in! Each kit contains a disposable camera, a set of instructions and a little notebook to record exposures. There are 21 points, and 27 exposures – to allow a little breathing room in case a re-take is needed, and to allow our Flaneur team to have a little artistic freedom.
The points in the kit include instructions such as:
– Step outside your door, and find a texture that reflects your mood.
– Find a building that you would usually ignore (or even find awful) and find something interesting about it
– Something you hope never changes
– A place you like to pause
– A metaphorical or physical barrier in your day
We’ve assembled 20 kits and asked friends, family, coworkers and peers to be part of our flaneur team. We asked people with different lifestyles, and who live all across the greater Vancouver area, who we felt would be able to give us an interesting and unique perspective on Vancouver. Michele and I are also out there with the cameras (too fun not to take part!) and are giving everyone the week to shoot their roll.
Can’t wait to see the results!
February 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
We have begun to start putting together some ideas about the overall aesthetic for the catalogue. We started by doing some mood boards with type. I guess you could say we are wanting to move away from any Vancouver cliche’d aesthetic and are looking at more experimental publications. We are still looking however for the type and aesthetic to be inspired by architecture and topologies but with a contemporary art and design twist.
February 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Jen and I completed another project this weekend. We travelled around with our postcards and got people to fill them in. What became clear was an interesting dialogue that was beginning to develop.
February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
A little exercise in class today: given some random words, brainstorm and make connections between them and your project.
Groundhog: sensitive/curious/ground’s eye view/creates tunnels/networks/hides
Rib Cage: underlying, unseen, supportive structure/parts of a whole/flexible
Ashes: life cycle/change/dark/burnt/renewal
Toxic Waste: by product of society/pollution/man-made/unnatural/destructive/changes landscapes/counteractive to human health
Coffee: bitter/alertness/social/public & private ritual/imported/aromatic
Ice: cold/slippery/hard/dangerous/slows movement/impermanent state
Dust: covers surfaces/dry/settles, sign of staying put/clouds
Bible: code to live by/narrative/mythology/
Fog: visibility/navigation/grey (Vancouver!)/slows pace
–whew! pretty early in the morning to do some random brainstormin’!
February 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
February 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
In thinking about spaces, and thinking ahead, it seemed as though we should explore the space of the grad show itself as a platform to speak about how people interact with their surroundings. What if there was a way to track how people experience the grad show space? If the amount of time spent in a given place might be assumed to indicate that place’s “interestingness”, then can we use the quantitative data of number of people, movement, and duration to express an experience in real-time?
Of course, there are many reasons why one might linger in a particular place during an exhibition – maybe they got caught up in conversation about something, maybe there was a group of people prohibiting their movement, maybe that’s where the bar is. But simply in order to demonstrate a type of hidden data, we must simplify.
We came up with this idea by challenging ourselves to think big and beyond what we think we can achieve – and now, we have to ask what we can get for 10 bucks? This is beyond either of our technological capabilites, so we turned to Simon Overstall of the IDS labs for help. He has been crucial in guiding us along so far. After describing what we wanted the end result to look like, he suggested some options including RFID tagging, which, while probably the most accurate way to do motion tracking, was also way too expensive to be an option. Luckily, Bobbi Koziuk, another technician in the lab, discovered a little box of cameras, just waiting there for us! So onto another option…..
How it would work: We mount the little cameras up on the ceiling throughout the design areas and hallways. These cameras then feed real-time motion images to a central computer (or computers) which would then crunch the data and project out an infographic onto the wall. Simple, right?
So at this stage we’re just waiting on the IT department to get back to us about using the ECU wireless network, so that we can set these babies up and test them. Fingers crossed!