Thursday, February 19, 2009

she's crasty!

phew! is it bad that i actually looked FORWARD to studying for an exam yesterday? it just seems so, i don't know, easy... after all of the projects i've been doing.

i drew this little self-portrait a while back and only recently remembered to scan (well, photograph on PhotoBooth) it and pop it out in Illustrator. if you don't know what i look like, i can assure you that it's fairly accurate. me:

au revoir, and good luck to anyone out there taking exams.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

well someone told me yesterday...

you know you've been awake too long when you start second-guessing your spelling on really, really simple words. i'm working on a logo for something --i can't say what just yet-- and i had typed "series" on Illustrator to get a feel for the typeface portion of the logo. "is that really how you spell 'series'?" i wondered to myself. "wow, that looks weird. series. s-e-r-i-e-s. what a strange word."

yes, that IS how you spell it, and no, i'm not that happy to be awake at 3:30am. unfortunately, a bizarre cross of design 252 and design 254 projects, a design 254 exam, and double projects for my internship happened to make a rare blue-moon appearance tonight. some things to look forward to in near future (like tomorrow, if i can stay awake) time: photos of my tessellation project, photos of my bizarre irregular surface project, logo sketches, photo boards, and research panels from our group presentation!

what a boring post, i know. to insure that i don't kill you with words, here's a picture of my mind really being lost in some safety goggles my dad found:

oh happy day.

Monday, February 9, 2009

helvetica, objectified, and my hopes for the next great IS documentary.

limited edition Helvetica Moleskine.

we all love Helvetica, whether we know it or not, and Gary Hustwit helped us to see that in his fabulous 2007 film. word on the street, however, tells me that his new project could be even cooler: a documentary about products and the every day consumer! i read about Objectified last week in Readymade and i had to find out more. i am intrigued.

here's what the website has to say about the film:

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about industrial designers, the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

as excited as i am to see this, the more excited to see what Gary Hustwit will come out with next. he's covered Visual Communication with a documentary on a typeface, and he's got Industrial Design now with Objectified. will his next film be about Interior Spaces? can he resist touching all three corners of the design trifecta and NOT make a film about badass Interior Space Design? only time will tell, i suppose, but in the mean time i am going to implore Gary to crack open a copy of Wallpaper* and start filming... and find the next local screening of Objectified, of course.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


photo by Louise Ma, Time Mag

my thought of the day is this: what is up with Twitter? i'm afraid i just don't understand it, what it does, or why one would be interested in it.

i admit, i was Barack Obama's Twitter friend for about a week over the summer. the result? messages every time he made a speech, visited a college campus, or set foot on a bus. i respect the man, but knowing his every move just doesn't rev my engine. also, my phone kept beeping at work, blowing my cover and earning the ire of my bosses.

so Twitters, tell me this: why tweet? i promise i will take your responses seriously and with real considerations. i'm not opposed to this phenomenon, but merely inquisitive.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

whole lot of walking to do.

this is the end of our first project in 252. it has literally and figuratively beat me up and run me through the ringer. i won't give a point-by-point recount of the injuries, lack of sleep, and general craziness inflicted by this project. have you ever tried to solder something while brushing your teeth? have you ever had to choose between eating and finishing a project? have you ever been to Kinkos at 2:30 in the morning? i have now done all these things.

behold my result: 4 pages of process boards plus two images of the final products. we also had to do an Illustrator rendering and one in pencil. you can click on any of the pages or pictures to see them bigger. i can't believe it's all done!

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