Friday, April 22, 2011

Found Faces


This was taken this past winter but never POSTED I thought it was cool and what an appropriate time to post the snow melted but what was left on the front of my car looked like a smile-lips and all! lol

The second is from looking in my laundry room and seeing empty detergant sitting on a packaged collector's toy


Scavenger Hunt
Team Members and Links: Miriah E. and Golnaz M.
Process and Methodology: In order to obtain the information that we needed to complete assignment 03 we looked up anything that we did not already know on our phones as we walked. We already knew some of the information from our in class "field trip" tour in the second week. Also, Golnaz is an architecture major and was aware of many of the designers' names and contributions from previous work she has done. The pictures were then taken on a cell phone and emailed to the other two of us after we had completed the assignment.

Clue 01: The Barcelona Chair. This chair was designed by Mies van der Rohe for Germany’s exhibition of the Barcelona World Fair in 1929. The design of the chair was inspired by this fair and by folding chairs of ancient times.
"Barcelona Chair of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe." Barcelona Travel Guide. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

Clue 02: The chair that I am sitting in this picture is called the Cross Check Chair and was designed by Frank Gehry. The inspiration for this chair came from apple crates that Frank used to play on as a child. The magazine that I am reading is called Design Solutions.
"Gehry Cross Check Chair." Hive - Modern Design for the Home. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

Clue 03: This photo was taken outside of the Wexner Center for the Arts. When this building was originally built, the skylights that were constructed allowed too much light into the building for its function as an art gallery. This mistake could have potentially caused a lot of damage to much of the artwork in the gallery. Also, the building contained a poor climate control system. In order to fix these problems, the Wexner Center underwent a major renovation and was then reopened in October 2005.
Also there are no right angles in the building! Learned from the prof on a tour :) "Wexner Center for the Arts." Ohio History Central - An Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

Clue 04: The architectural detail that we found the most interesting was the amount of arches that he incorporates into his designs.

Clue 05: The design for the original William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library was selected in 1910 through an architectural competition. Since its original construction, the library has been renovated or expanded three times. The third renovation on the building began on January 10, 2007 and cost $108 million dollars.

"William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.

Course Reflection 02

Last class I was mind boggled enough to stay after (which I've never done) and ask questions about the movies watched during class. What I read and saw that day made me think we as humans keep giving our world a "plastic surgery" make over, but have to keep designing new things to compensate for what was already designed to work effectively. Then it was brought to my attention that we only have 10 billion year left of star life to figure out how to keep us alive, before we explode. I know none of us will be alive but still I thought "we" would be here forever. So what will we invent to figure out how to prolong time?? We created ways to purify contaminated water and make portable incubaters, so this in time should be possible right?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Found Patterns..

Patterns were found everywhere from a papertowel roll, to a highway underpass, couch pillow, girlfriend's dress, shorts, bedspread, etc. I hope you find these as interesting as i did finding them (even the campus brick pattern).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Read Reflection 01

At first the words in this book were just "words", but now I feel this Heskett has some pretty valid points and overviews. He states that design is the human capacity to shape and make our environment in ways without precedent in nature, to serve our needs and give meaning to our lives. In a nutshell pointing out that the environment/world is becoming a product of human design. Few parts of the planet are left without being tampered with by design in some way. Design plus language defines what it is to be human. Think about it...we would not function they way we do without the things we have designed for us to maintain our everyday lives. Without it we would suffer or die. If I lose my cell phone I feel my world has caved in or something, until I get a new one. The things we design become a necessity!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Assignments, Day03

DESIGNERS (who inspire)

No one really pays much attention while doing laundry how pleasant the box/gallon of Tide detergent looks while loading up clothes to clean. How about when you are looking to buy toothpaste in Wal-Mart-ever looked for that non-off brand labeled “Crest”? It just so happens a guy by the name of Donald Deskey created the bulls eye on Tide and the Crest toothpaste packaging! I have a tube of Crest right now in my bathroom. He also established his own graphics design firm, which is still in operation today in Cincinnati, Oh.

Another designer’s work was hailed as one of the most admired works in contemporary architecture. The Los Angeles native goes by the name of Frank Gehry. The work ever so admired is the Guggenheim Museum. This work of art is made of titanium and has random curves on the outside of the building to catch light. It is located in Spain. The type of style used in this building was known as deconstructive ( a manipulation of a structure’s surface or shape of its skin/outside). He also used the same style for a building completed this year in New York called Beekman Place. I believe this structure was also made of titanium. Gehry won the Canadian American Pritzker Prize for his accomplishments as an architect.

Beekman Place

Guggenheim Museum

The name about says it all for the last designer named Ferdinand Porsche. The first thing that comes to mind is extremely exotic cars. This automotive engineer defined filling a purpose/void when it came to style automotive wise. I even featured a Porsche in a video I shot, so I had to highlight this man’s career. Not only did he create the lovable Mercedes Benz, he also created the first ever hybrid (gasoline/electric) vehicle. Add to the list of cars his contribution to Germany’s tank designs and it is understood why he is in the International Motorsports hall of fame.

Course Reflections 01

I'm enjoying the course. Learning that design is problem solving, purposful, systematic & creative activity. So does this only apply to building stuff of great use? I am into the computer graphics design element of "design" itself. (Not that walking to the Wexner building was not interesting.) I also shared the story about the guy who was short $12 on his tuition, caught a break by a professor and ended up designing the coax cable for cable tv, then gave OSU a million dollar build in return with at least 5 people. You just wonder if one of those witty ingeninious types are in the class right now. Maybe its me you never know lol.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Same ish new quarter :)

So I'm in Design....again. Not that its a bad thing just hoping this quarter goes a little smoother than the last. The card I drew is a 2 of hearts so maybe it'll bring me more luck than a spades lol. Design is what I want to do, but hopefully this quarter I will gain the passion for it again. I'm willing to work, but just fall back at times when I feel like I'm out of my league. This quarter should be different and will be.


Same ish new quarter :)