Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I was thinking today as I drove back to Ohio, "Man, I have done a lot of awesome things this year!" 2009 has been a heck of a ride, and here are the highlights...(not in chronological order...)
1. hosting 2 dance parties w/tracy
2. learning how to bend plywood and making a chair
3. moving to Boston for 6 months
4. being part of a really cool design team
5. new awesome friends! (too many to list! you know who you are!)
6. cape cod trip
7. north shore trip
8. concerts: i can't even recall all of them, but this includes seedy seeds (twice!), avett brothers, bishop allen, dan deacon, etc etc.
9. halloween in NYC
10. lobstah night!! (7 lobsters for 77 bucks and a heck of a lot of fun!)
11. misfit thanksgiving at patricks house
12. skyline chili fests
13. so much good food!
14. family visits to boston
15. playing ukulele
16. starting to get healthier (even losing a couple lbs, even though i am gaining them back over the holidays...)
17. T PARTY!
18. snowboarding/giving up on snowboarding and skiing!
19. karaoke in NYC
20. christmas in NYC (the best part? ice skating in central park!)
21. western mass/eric carle museum of picture book art
22. whale watching
23. harry potter exhibit
24. super deals on museums and stuff (aquarium, zoo, MFA, etc).
25. sitting on the Charles/Boston Common/Public garden and basking in the sun
26. bar golf
28. katie holmes/suri spotting!
29. tracy visits to boston!
30. overall growth in skills and confidence.
Man what a year! Of course there have been low points, but I think overall this has been one of the best years of my life!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
More sketches from the little square sketchbook!!
Tomorrow it is day 1 of the trek back to Ohio. It has been a great quarter...so sad to be leaving the team at The First Years, but I am excited to see where the last few months of school/graduation take me! Maybe back to Boston??
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Next, you open the cover to reveal a plethora of awesome! A double sided poster, really nice packaging art, and a hilarious CD sleeve with emo pictures of Brett and Jemaine on either side. Plus, the CD itself looks really nice...but that's not all!
I open the booklet to find another surprise...there are also chords printed with the song lyrics! Why has no one done this before? I think it is a really fun touch.
I bought this CD for 9.99 at Target...pretty much the same price you would pay or an electronic download. These are the kind of experiences I was thinking about when I thought of the possiblity of tackling music packaging/user experience for my thesis. This experiece was so much more enjoyable than buying the CD online. If I were a musical artist, I would want my fans to purchase my music with this kind of experience...how can people be encouraged to buy "hard copy" music instead of digital? Is it really something that should be encouraged?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
So far I have two major concept areas: Kids (no suprises there) and Music.
Possible starting points:
-heath: toys to promote health, encourage and educate healthy living. I like this idea but I think it is kind of overdone...maybe there is a new way to approach?
-connectivity: Maybe a system for connecting children in hospitals that are bedridden? Or play therapy?
-kids+music: product/toy that allows music creation/customization, self expression and creativity. "connect" with others to make a band....character based?
-exploration/nature: toy/product to encourage this. Geocaching specific GPS? digital nature log?
-exploring how we buy music...is the CD/album art dead? Is there a product that music can be connected to to encourage sales? I really love having something physical from my music, and I don't want to see the creativity that goes into CD packaging go away.
-How do we enjoy music? headphones, mp3 players, stereos....how can these be improved, altered, changed to create a new product?
-Again, music creation. Is there a "mixer for dummies" or something that anyone can pick up and create beats and mixes?
-karaoke. 'nuff said.
These are just a few initial thoughts, posted here more for me so I remember them...but if you have any comments or think any of these thoughts stand out, leave a comment!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
1. Rock it at work, leave a great impression, and possibly a job offer? ;)
2. Further develop my concept from the DesComm group project
3. Thesis ideas: approach work about possibility of a sponsored project?
1. Be healthier (gym, eating better, etc.)
2. Sketching for fun as well as development (character, resurrect sketcheration?)
3. Ukulele skills....increase!
1. Boston fun!
2. NYC fun!
3. Halloween costume/halloween in NYC!
4. Ski Trip?
5. Trip to Maine?
6. Tracy visit to Boston
7. Harry Potter exhibit at the MOS Boston
8. Golden Book Art exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Children's Book Art in Amherst
9. Concerts! Passion Pit? Ra Ra Riot? The Dodos?
Because I hate doing posts with at least a picture or something interesting, here's what I have been rocking out to recently:
New personal goal: dance like that guy! haha, RIIGHT.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
The toner pads, moisturzer, and hair pomade stack and can be twisted to kind of "build your own" hipster. My other two group members, Tracy Subisak and Michael Kandel, have great concepts and I think it will be difficult to choose what design we use for the final presentation in two weeks.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
1. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
This has to be one of my favorite all time movies...very weird and different, and a movie you pretty much have to watch a second time to fully understand. Even though the movie is based in fantasy, the themes and the relationships between the characters seem so real that you can always find a little bit of yourself in the film.
2. GARDEN STATE
This is one of my favorite scenes from Garden State. I really believe it is the climax of the film and where it all starts to come together for Large.
3. THE DARJEELING LIMITED
My favorite Wes Anderson. I love the three personalities of the brothers...really makes me want to go on a soul searching trip to India!
4. AWAY WE GO
I can't wait to watch this movie when I am looking for a place to settle myself. The characters, though outrageous and a little out there at times, have qualities that are totally recognizable and common...and I think that a lot of the emotions that the main characters are going through are universal even if you aren't having a baby or moving....plus who doesn't love John Krasnski!
Any other movies that fit in this category?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
As I was gesture drawing in class today, I was thinking that a good way to teach ID'ers to sketch quickly is to have them draw "gesture" drawings of products: a series of 1 minute "poses" of a product to quicky capture the idea. Sketches that are drawn quickly and with energy are much more interesting than "drawings" and better exude confidence and productivity. I think the life drawing classes I took in high school helped me tremendously in developing my ID sketching skills in college.
Check out this comparison...
Carl Liu's sketches...
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
The form is inspired by inchworms and how they move. The chair can be sit on three ways: one way as a stool, and two ways as a rocker. It is made of bent plywood, acrylic, and felt.
I have more refining to do on the concept, but I believe it is my chosen direction.
Yesterday we presented our first phase of research and concepts. Here is the image board that I was responsible for...
Here are a few of my preliminary sketches...
I will update with more progress as the quarter continues.....
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The brand, titled Mr. Burgular, features a thermosensitive graphic that reveals fingerprints when the consumer touches the bottle. The experience surrounding the bottle is very compelling, and would make me want to buy the product even though I don't really like whiskey.
I think packaging is a good area to produce some clever results, especially involving materials.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora - preview page
Originally uploaded by fantagraphics
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Communicating about design...but in a verbal sense. Being able to discuss design and relate to someone why a design is successful or unsuccessful is almost as important as being able do visually communicate a design, especially in the professional world. I had the opportunity to practice this a little bit on my last co-op, but I think our group project in DesComm and also our Studio project will help with this.
Creating form with meaning beyond funtion. Much of my form decisions thus far have been functionally based. I would like to learn more about form from a sculptural, emotional standpoint.
Representing my thought visually. How do I present what occurs in my mind on paper? There is so much that goes into each project that it is hard to know what is important for others to see...and much of it is so abstract and metaphysical that it is difficult to represent.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
1. I need to push my project and design further than I have before. I think the chair will be a good project to learn about aesthetics, emotional design, and function and is a project I can really get into. I always work hard at all of my projects, but I really want to step it up this quarter in terms of my work and the quality of the product I produce.
2. I need to get healthier and lose some weight. There is no excuse!! Every quarter I start out going to the gym at least a couple of times a week, but then end up getting consumed by school later in the quarter. Hopefully I can keep something up this quarter, if nothing else, maybe I can at least eat a little better.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
My Boston journey is coming to an end, only a few more days! Mom comes in late tonight, and then we have a few days to have some fun before its time for a long drive back to Cincy.
Its been a wild ride, I am so happy that I got to come to Boston and have some great experiences! I have made a lot of new friends and have grown as an individual, I think.
Here's hoping that this summer is a good one!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
"Either my fig newton is crunchy, or it has sand in it."
That night we went back to the beach, where we had a campfire, cooked hot dogs and smores, drank beer, and played truth or dare. I managed to ruin a hot dog and a brat in the sand with my terrible campfire cooking skills.
We stayed in a little place called the "Outermost Hostel," and due to it being towards the beginning of the season we got a little cabin all to ourselves. Not bad for 25 bucks!
Air-ron goes for the catch
Which brought us to the end of our mini vacation, and almost to the end of the quarter!! How quickly it has flown by! I feel so fortunate to have had the experiences I have had here in Boston, and I am so happy that I had a great group of people to hang out with. Thanks, guys!