Long Weekend

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

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After receiving feedback from both our instructors this week, it became apparent that we needed to re-think our approach to the design of the book. Sacre bleu! It’s getting late in the game for this, but Michele and I hunkered down over the weekend and re-tooled everything

One of the main points of feedback we got was that there wasn’t a strong enough narrative – that there wasn’t enough guiding the reader through the projects. Our intent from the start was to keep a quiet editorial voice going, to let the voices of the flaneurs take precedence – after all, one of the things we didn’t like about Vancouver Matters or City of Glass was that the editorial voices felt dictative and unilateral. However, we feel we have come up with a solution that is more visually engaging and provides an easier entry point for the reader. We have devised a new system to separate the voices of the flaneurs from the theoretical backbone (and added more said backbone in) as well as adding our own voice, in the introduction and concluding each section, to create a stronger narrative for our audience.

We’re liking these pages better, but are waiting on some further feedback now to progress. Time is of the essence!

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Exhibition Update

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week the postings for the Exhibition went up – the Exhibition committee had the daunting task to alotting space to all the grad show participants. Our motion-graphic element proved to be a tough egg, as there were many things to take into consideration from power outlets, sight lines, where to put the projector….etc etc. But with the help of the Exhibition committee and Brian, one of the technicians in the ID workshop, we got it all sorted out – into what, as of now, sounds like an ideal spot for our little project. Testing it all, however, remains to be seen, and we are working on getting the cameras into the spaces so that we can test out the little buggers.

 

Infographic challenge

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the most difficult things we have been trying to solve is the infographics – how to communicate qualitative data in a clear way, with a visual language that is usually reserved for factual, quantitative data? Thinking about it, we realized that perhaps a better approach – at least for our own thought processes – was to think of them more as illustrations, to take out the data we found most interesting and throw objectivity and accuracy to the wind. Here are some of the experiments we have been working with.

 

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Organization

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

So we’ve gotten back nearly all of the flaneur kit photos – now to sort through them all and edit out. We recieved between 350-400 images! It was really helpful though, to post them all up on the wall, take a step back, and see what we got. Then we re-grouped all of the points to fall under one of five categories – flow, divides, serendipity, transition, and psychological space (a name that we will most likely change). It took a lot of time to put them all up but it was worth it.

 

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Spread trial runs

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’ve spent the last week or so trying to get a handle on the approach to the layout of the catalogue. After doing these iterations and stepping back, we’ve decided to switch it up a bit more. One of the major challenges we’re finding doing this is to move away from the last book – while we’re still looking at many of the same inspiration sources, we need to push ourselves to move past some of the solutions we found worked so well in the last book we did.

Here’s the results of our print-out.

 

More photokit results

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’ve gotten almost all the kits back now – and wanted to share some of the amazing shots our flaneur team snapped!

 

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Exhibition Design

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

So with the help of Simon in the IDS lab, we have been investigating the possibility of using motion-tracking software to track the movements of the attendees to the Grad Show preview night and project that data in a compelling visual infographic. So far, we’ve gotten permissions from various departments, tested the cameras, and gotten an idea of how to set them up. Here’s our little army!

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