Thursday, June 30, 2011

Scorse, FINAL

Final Portfolio Paper

The first project was to create an interactive poster made so that a person could scan it using “scan life” and they would be taken to the website we had developed the poster for. I chose to make my poster over the make project “Iced Coffee Syrup” because I love coffee. My approach was to mix the two aspects of making the syrup; science and coffee. The reason this project was even put on the website was because the chemicals don’t move fast enough in cold coffee in order to melt the sugar you put in it. Therefore, this project was science and coffee mixed together. My two final ideas incorporated a coffee bean atom and a coffee periodic table. Because of the clean simplicity I picked the coffee periodic table for my final solution. All of the periodic elements were coffee related and the last one was the QR code for the viewer to scan. The final solution was mysterious but still alluded to the aspects of the project and I was very pleased with the way it came out.
The second project was a dual book cover that folded into a poster. At first I was extremely excited because I love books and I got to do one of my favorites; Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb. As I progressed through this project I took a main theme. The book has to do with sisters who bake and have lots of problems. One of my ideas was to spill baking supplies and have words written in them. One example was flour spilled with “depression” written in it. The other idea was to make my book cover an over and as you unfolded it the oven would open and reveal a cupcake tin with molds that represented each character. This last idea is the one I finally chose. I decided to illustrate the whole thing and took reference from an old oven. With a few changes I made the oven into something that would work for my cover. Overall, the idea I think was successfull but the execution could have used some work. I plan to redo this project at some point before I put it in my portfolio. I’m not satisfied with the way it turned out really at all. 
The last one was my favorite project I think I’ve ever done. The lego Architecture series really gave the class a lot of leverage and a lot of different ways to approach it. The interactivity of this project at first stumped me but once I found out a way to make mine interesting it was a fun thing to produce. I chose the Seattle Space Needle because I thought it was the most intersting looking structure out of them all. My interactivity consisted of the Space Needle popping right out of the middle of the poster when you opened it. The front was simple and just had an interesting fact about the architecture and it instructed you to open it. Then once you did, you were greeted by the Space Needle. The color scheme of the whole poster was very simple, with only black, white and red. With a few tweaks to the final product, it will turn out as a great piece for my portfolio. I’m very happy with the results and I’m sure I’ll be even happier once I fix the few loose ends. 
I’m very glad I took this class. I think it really helped me. I was always afraid of designing posters because frankly I wasn’t any good at it. But this class boosted my confidence once I found out that I could turn out some quality work. This class was very beneficial for my self-esteem and also for my final portfolio. I’m sure these three projects will be a part of exit review which is a relief for me. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Statham: Project 3 Thumbs

desai_project 3

Webber - Proj 3

Osorio: Project 3 Thumbs

Anderson Thumbnails

Sanders Proj. 3 Thumbs

Del Rio Proj. 3 Thumbs

Gann- Project 3 thumbs

Henken: Proj. 3 Thumbs

Woolsey Proj 3 Thumbs

Scorse, Research/Thumbs

Seattle Space Needle
1959, inspired by an observation tower in Stuttgart, on a napkin at a coffee house, artist Edward E. Carlson made the initial drawings of what would become the Seattle Space Needle. The top house first resembled a balloon, it would go through many transformations with the help of architect John Graham & associates before it reached it´s famous flying saucer look.

A bumpy road
The daring, futuristic, beautiful construction would meet a good amount of hurdles on its road to completion. Driven by private funds, finding an appropriate location proved to be so difficult that the project was just about to be terminated when suitable ground was finally found, only 13 months before its deadline for the 1962 World Fair.

467 cement trucks worked a full day to fill the hole dug for the foundation block, a 120 foot square that reaches 30 feet into the ground. It would weigh as much as the needle itself, placing the center of gravity close above ground.

Palette of the future
The theme of the 1962 World´s Fair was unmistakably about futurism and American optimism, and was appropriately named, The Century 21 Exposition. The Needle was specifically designed to embrace the Race into Space or now more commonly referred to as the Space Age. In keeping with the 21st Century theme, even the final coats of paint were dubbed Astronaut White for the supporting legs, Orbital Olive for the core, Re entry Red for the halo and Galaxy Gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof.

Economical precision.
Built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph, the Seattle Space Needle clearly demonstrates the inherent strength of the unique tripod design. “SkyCity”, the rotating restaurant located 500 feet above the ground, cleverly rotates 360 degrees every 47 minutes using only a one horsepower motor, this is accomplished thanks to skillful and incredibly precise craftsmanship.

Martinez: Empire State Bldg.

Empire State Bldg. was build during the Great Depression it only took a year and 45 days to build finished in 1931. Tallest building in the world until 1972 World Trade Center. First bldg. to reach 100 stories.