Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Iar 212 | Precedent Analysis 1.0

What started out as a wire frame...

turned into this.

Using only photoshop, we were to fully render the first image. After watching hours of tutorials, and never using Photoshop before, I have to say I'm proud of my first rendering.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Music and Architecture

Today, the students were to fashion a blog post combining an image we selected in class with a poem. After reviewing all of the posts, I chose to put the spotlight on Cory Odell this week from our group, the Lynx. He successfully pairs the image with beautiful words about how Music and Architecture intertwine in his mind, making it obvious that he grasps the relation between the two.

a rhythmic scale flowing up and down like the sun's rise and fall
waves cannot challenge a tempo of these sorts, for waves fall and break
sails try to mimic, but the style isn't quite their speed

up and down my eyes follow the ridges, a man-made mountain raising up into gods sky, but his hand didn't do so much for this creation

his order has been thrown. no longer is his unity in effect.

this is nothing short of visual opera, with highs and lows
with tones that give the skin chills

no beat or lyrics can be heard
but emotion pours out into my soul
and the very echos of the stone call to me to say
music is my legacy, and my existance is part of the worlds harmony.

and just like a clap of thunder, silence falls back into place
and i am left appulading all alone
within my head, and within my heart.

photo of a building in Kansas City, MO
photo credited to Scott Beck

Sunday, February 13, 2011

IAR 202: Reflection

My Circle Will Never Be Complete.

I believe education is a lifelong journey which I will always be on. As long as I have the ability to learn, I will do so, as I have learned that what I know is the only thing someone can never take from me. With every new assignment, comes a new design, a new set of ideas, a new concept, a new strategy of how to do things, new failures, new successes, and most importantly, new lessons learned in the end. The mistakes I make are not regretted, but appreciated, as they are vital to my growth as a designer. I have learned to embrace my flaws, and use them to my advantage in knowing that I can always do better than what has previously been done. Although nerves are always present on critique day, I am more than anything anxious to learn what I can do to make my work better. your work becomes personal to you, and having it torn down to pieces is quite hard, but very helpful. I see it as encouragment to do my best, as I continue to learn new things about design. I have also learned to embrace my talents and use them to the best of my ability, which is why I am most excited about the upcoming Jenga 3.0. With two other team members, I feel this could be one of my best projects as we combine our individual strongest areas in the design realm to create something beautiful.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

IAR 432

This semester I am a teachers assistant for History and Theory of Design 1. My group is named after the star constellation Lynx, and I had to create a photo collage of all the students in my group, plus me to post to the Design Cosmology blog. I ADORE this class and all of the students who are in my group, so I thought I would also share this with everyone on my personal blog!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

IAR 202: wi 3

Linking Writing + Reviewing

During presentation times I was assigned to review two of my peers individually, Corry Mears and NicoleWare. Nikki designed her three spaces around the concept word “leap,” whereas Corry designed his three spaces around the concept word “glide.” Although these two words are an action characterized by movement, one fights gravity while the other clings to it.

Nicole Ware

Frog Leaps. Water Ripples. Comes Back Together.
Nikki chose to use her narrative as her guide not only throughout her presentation to relay it cohesively, but also chose to leave her design process up to it, as she created a beautiful story through her project using the leap of a frog to do so. The first space she designed was about the action of leap, where things in her space seemed to “take off.” The second space she designed was about what was going on around the action: how the water looks and reacts to the leap itself. Finally, the third space she designed was about the disturbance of the water as the leap came to its end, and the frog met it once again. Her color choices were blues and greens, using plastic materials to accentuate her idea. Not only were Nikki's ideas cohesive, she also offered graphically readable sections and truly incorporated each kit of parts into her designs.

Corry Mears

Sleek And Smooth. Floatation. Aviation.
Corry offered us one of the most cohesive and visibly attractive presentations out of the entire class. His deliverable were not only graphically interesting, but when paired with his words, he truly showed us how the worlds can collide to create something great. The first space he designed, focused on the idea of the definition of glide which is sleek and smooth. This space took on a very modernistic approach to architecture using cool, harsh colors to convey its purpose. The second space was designed around the word floatation using many elevation changes and the idea of “hover.” The last space was designed using the idea of aviation, or the process of taking flight. Not only does he present to us his best work on every occasion, Corry's presentations are always something to look forward to, while he always offers a laugh or two in even the most formal presentations. His confidence in his work is aspiring, and truly sells whatever he is proposing.

Jenga 1.0