Wednesday, February 23, 2011


  • Viena Workshops:
    Mission: “we wanna make things that are useful” Based in proportions and materials. Quality Craftsmanship.

  • Sense/harmony of proportions and weight. Geometrical. (Looks like stein glass)

  • Joseph Hopkin: flat pattern.

  • 1903 figure grown plane. Abstraction. Negative space becomes form.

  • Peter Berris: young guy experiencing with art. 1898 poster of two people kissing.

  • Book that Peter Berris designed. Typography of that book is san serif. First usage of running san serif text. He was experimenting/ trying new things.

  • Early advocate of san serif typography. Credited with creating the first comprehensive identity program. Typeface....

  • Spare time: pioneer non-load bearing walls.

  • Mies Van Derroeg/ Walter (first director of the Va House)

  • Peter starting experimenting with more square shape type. That aesthetic started becoming very popular in the 1920-30.

  • Teaching composition within geometry.

  • Linoleum poster: they are using circles and squares.

  • 1907: Berris/ copyright for a logo. He's using metaphor of honicom, factory system (division/structure). He made a Logo, typeface, and a consistent layout. Influenced by Morris.

  • 1914 Deutsche Werkbund: Designer the person who brings life.

  • Good grid structure allow you for good composition.

  • 1910 still working with Berris' idea.

  • Bernard: young painter. (“Priester” Poster) Ploaketstio Posters Movement: flat color, type and a picture of the product. Influencing our expectation on design. (Simplify forms/ abstract/ more graphic) Leading us to an aesthetic.

  • Julius Klinger: Snake poster with and 8. Very sophisticated, abstract but complex.

  • Bernard's Poster of a hand: simple image and type. Relating to the idea of fatherland and german aesthetic.

  • Germany, Austria and Hungary.

  • American's Posters: lots of layer of information, we like illustrations. We like touchy feelings, buckets and buckets of content.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Boat Project

The final project of the year was The Boat Project. We had to construct a boat from one 4x8' piece of plywood, a pound of fasteners, 60 yards of duct tape, the equivalent of two 2x4's, and paint.

Bayou Day

Toy Project

In this project we had to think of an original idea for a toy and creating it along with the packaging. My toy is called Ro/Cora Tech and it's consisting of a sculpy model of a heart and a square which can be decorated with a variety of attachable plastic parts such as ears, eyes, and lips to make a face.
The packaging is a simple box that includes the name of the product as well as some other shapes that you can find in "stores".

Negative Space

Negative Space: is an empty space between or around the elements of a piece.

"Reclining Dancer", Arther Woods

"Unknown Title", Edward Tufte

"OLAS", NEL Colectivo

"Dancing in Negative Space", Shlebecker

"Looking Back", Peter Callesen

Visual Texture

Visual texture: is the presence of a tactile quality visible on the surface of a piece.

"Mother of Pearl", Jennifer Maestre

"Chimera", Jennifer Maestre

"Junk", Leo Sewell

"In Henri's Garden", Marjorie Schick

"Lichen", Heather Knight


Color: is the property of a piece producing different sensations on the eye based on the way the piece reflects or emits different wavelengths of light.

"Fishtales", Michaella Janse van Vuuren

"Recycling Sculpture", Rony Cragg

"Self Portrait", Tony Cragg

"starcoral", Michaella Janse Vuuren

"Color Comet", Bruce Gray

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Foam Subtractive

Final Product

Here's a picture of the process of making my Clock/Guitar. It was really hard to try to get the shape that you wanted, but it was fun.

While I was deciding which objects to use for my piece, I made a sketch exploring solutions for my final product.

The finished piece is based off of these two objects.

These Clocks.

This guitar

We had to research to find 25 examples of 5 different functional objects in which the form of the object becomes more important than its function.