{April 2012

1:55 Eunsong
2:07 Ashely
2:19 galya tapolsky
2:31 Peter
2:55 scott brower

3:07 Jane Brown
3:19 Adam Lowe
3:31 Tori Hinn
3:43 Da Hee Kong
3:55 Ah Hyung Chung

4 Week 9    f       

Begin final project

Choose a project, research relevant aspects of it, and begin the work. For instance, if you are designing a series of stamps, research shapes and existing stamp designs from the U.S. and worldwide. For all of your projects, find precedents that inspire and give us an idea of what you’re making. Short of designing stamps, bring in images, type samples and the other material that will fuel your design.

We will meet in small groups and have individual meetings. The projects are to be completed by the week after our final class.

Revise generative system project

4 Uncategorized    f       

Create a systems project of your choice. Define system as you wish: as a finite set of parts that form a whole, or as rules or instructions that generate a result. Or define it as both.

Suitable projects range from the familiar to the obscure. Some examples:
1. A set of postage stamps
2. A set of book cover jackets
3. Wayfinding systems or waylosing systems
4. Process Book
5. Software
6. Short film using system as method
7. Installation/Live Act/Walking Tour
8. Typographic system
9. A system for organizing live information

Your end-of-semester deliverable depends on the project. We can discuss deliverables based on the project next week. For unprinted works, a process book may be your deliverable.

Be sure to take on a project that interests you and for which you can justifiably say is a system. Avoid client projects because outside constraints often affect the direction your project takes. Take risks, stretch your work in these final weeks of your junior year.

4 Week 8    f       

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% Jane completed


% Tessa completed


% Galya completed


% Adam completed


% Scott completed


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% Tori completed

Invent, script and execute a generative system. A successful system is one that prescribes elements, processes and/or form to produce a result. Your system need not be complicated.

Consider the readings and lecture when forming your system. Most relevant are themes of concept, algorithm, indeterminacy, randomness, automation, order and serendipity.

Your end product may take any form. The end product (medium, format and size) will likely be built into the system you create. For example, your system may be to crop pages from library books into 6”x9” pages and rebind them. This system predetermines that a book will be made at those dimensions. If your system does not dictate a format, it is up to you to disseminate your findings in a clear and engaging form.

This is a one week project. Spend as much time as possible forming your system. It is essential that you have your system written down and are able to articulate it clearly. Initiate and complete the project by next class.

* To prioritize concept over end form
* To see what unexpected form results from rules, directions or constraints
* To create a finished work in a very short amount of time

4 Week 7    f       

The goal of this in-class assignment is to ‘eliminate the subjective viewpoint of the author’ by making work using the following generative system. The system should lead to unexpected images.

Take a walk lasting one hour.
1. For the first 15 minutes:
Photograph every piece of litter or trash you come across. The litter should take up the majority of the frame. Do not touch the item (turn it over, etc.). You are all making simple documents of litter.
2. For the next 15 minutes:
With your lens fully zoomed, point your camera to your left at a consistent interval (about a minute) and take a picture. Hold the camera at your waist and do not look through the camera lens. Time your pictures to the chorus of a song you can sing, to a phone timer or something else. You may not end up with 15 pictures.
3. For the next 15 minutes:
Photograph any circle you see.
4. For the next 15 minutes:
Photograph any solid color that has not been printed on and is larger than one foot squared. Here you are collecting colors from the environment more than taking good pictures.

Upload your favorite photograph with the reasons why it’s your favorite in a new post and attach it to assignment 5.

4 Week 7    f       

% Tessa completed