Sunday, December 9, 2007
Wind power- This energy source is becoming more prominent, because it is completely clean and produces alot of energy. The wind pushes the turbines which in turn causes the electrical generator to produce electricity. This wind mills are usually located in large farm and help power large cities and grids. I feel as if this would be one of the most renewable sources of electricity that we can get. I mean wind, we get that all of the time and it completely recyclable.
Only one word to describe this site here: plain. When I came to the site I just wanted to automatically click the back button so I could find a better one. Because to be honest here, I didn't have much to say about it, I didn't even know where to start. I guess the navigation of the site was alright, didn't feel special or anything. The tool bar on the side is nice, but they could be more innovative than that. I did like how they had career highlights for young architects though. I mean I guess if I were working for them I would feel somewhat special just being reviewed at the bottom of the page. Its nice to know a company cares for their employees. The site needs more work, I'm sure its not that hard to get innovative with a site considering you might have thousands of designs and concepts to choose from.
The site doesn't really appeal to me, but I do like the organization within the site itself. When you first arrive at the site you see a couple pictures and they link you to the design that you are looking for, whether it be worship or townhouse. The feel of the site is not much different than browsing the Internet on Google. There isn't much motivation in the site, and I really hope that doesn't show on the company themselves. I could see alot of potential here and maybe through time they will develop a much better site.
I wasn't too surprised by the site at first, but after I clicked on the studio 585 link, I began to see things their way and I was really impressed. The site is designed really well and I do appreciate a site that can be easy to navigate through. Its not too crazy and doesn't require alot of patience to stroll through. So if you have a slow computer then you wold appreciate something like this. The color scheme was red and white which seemed to fit the designs they have. Red is a great color and really penetrates the white. The site has a great look, and I definitely wouldn't do anything to change it. Nice and simple is the way to go here.
I may not quite understand the company, but the site isn't anything to look at. I feel like I just jumped back 40 years through time and I'm suddenly inside this cheap diner wearing chuck taylors. I don't know but I like chucks, however in the sense that I feel like I going to be wearing something cheap in architect, I don't like that feeling. The use o f the site is very obvious, ill give that to them. The choice of colors just don't' follow through with their designs, and the descriptions are full of jumbled text, very plain and boring. I think I would fall asleep looking at this page, much less reviewing it. yawn...
By far the best design site that I've seen. I was confused at first about the different views you get of the site but eventually figured it out. The site is like a living organism, these little numbers fly around and the designs pop up from the numbers. I haven't quite figured out why the site is titled Asymptote, but seeing that they derives from many numbers and mathematical equations??? I guess I could see it in there. I love the feeling of just watching the site come up, assuming you have a fast enough computer to watch it pop up and slowly come to terms. I really enjoyed looking through the site. Its really innovative and appealing to the modern world.
Gregg Fleishman is all about rejecting the common joinery, which implies nailing two things together, or gluing them together somehow. He instead uses a system of notches that he can easily put his designs together with. For example you can see the playground that he designed for these kids. It looks like a pagoda, hence the name of it, and completely made of wood, and some metal on the slides. This guy is great with wood, and I really enjoy seeing his work, its just something new and innovative, and definitely a unique style that I haven't seen in any other architect.
Antonio Gaudi- Possibly one of my favorite architects. He was a very influential figure in the art nouveau style. Most of his works were created within Barcelona, Spain, which is also where he started designing the Sagrada Familia which was never finished during his lifetime. Eventually this was finished by a later architect. I really enjoy the curves within his architecture, it very dreamlike and thought provoking to me. Then the church he designed just blew me away and the fact that he twisted the rules of architecture and still had people accept his style is an accomplishment in itself.
Frank Lloyd Wright- When I think of Frank Lloyd Wright, I think of design as a whole. He was really good at designing his residential houses as a whole, incorporating the chairs and furniture within the space. Everything was custom designed for the house itself. The only downside is that the residence wouldn't use the chairs so he would get really mad at them. He wasn't much a nice guys, and not all of his buildings were very stable.
Here is the Cross side table designed by Andre' Joyeu. This table is very unique in its composition which is old white oak. The surface is polished nicely to look very pale and clean, which is what I really enjoy about it. It really reminds me of an ancient sculpture laid in ruin, which gives me the impression that it is a very sustainable design. Not only environment friendly but completely re-usable.
Dirtt walls are the new replacement for dry-wall. They are consisted of separate tiles and can be re-arranged on the wall. This design makes construction alot easier, as well as "de-contruction." Since the environment is effected by demolition of dry-wall buildings, this method makes the process more envirnmentally friendly, which is in turn much more sustainable.
A good example of what recycled glass can be made into. This chandelier is awesome, I am really into the tentacle looking bulbs that protrude from the base. It almost reminds me of a star, because when you look at stars closely they flare up and you see these kinds of shapes. I guess you could say this product looks sustainable as well as being sustainable. Stars have to recycle energy too.
When I first looked at these, I thought, wow what a piece of junk. Then I realized their names were Dust catchers. So I thought about what I would use these unique looking vases for and really nothing came to mind except pots for plants. Not really my kind of thing, however the company runs their furnaces off of wind-powered electricity, and donates about 100 pounds of glass to be recycled every day.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This recent NIN remix album was just released, and I was immediately drawn to the cover of the album. The songs weren't all that amazing, but I was amazed by the artwork shown on the cover. I feel like when I'm browsing around the store and I see a nice cover like this, I will pick it up and hope that the music is Representative of the cover itself. I mean thats the way it should be.
Very weird indeed, but I loved the text effect that they had. I didn't quite understand the name of the band itself and the music was awkward, but I did see how the music fit the cover of this album. The cartoons that hovered above the text are strange and I don't particularly like them that much. However they do seem to flow with the text nicely which is the only reason I can seem to stand them being there.
A great band, and the color of choice if I were to choose. The music is very repetitive and minimalistic, which goes along with this album cover. There really isn't much which isn't overwhelming to the eye. The colors reinforce the look on the mans face, and his pose shows how the album will feel to the buyer. A great album and a great cover.
I am a fan of the music, but the album cover is just not up to the music standards. The electronics in the music are much more complex than it is shown in this album cover. It seems like they tried to pull off some sort of mathematical look to it with some sort of alien life form. I did enjoy the music, but the album cover needs alot of work if it is to achieve anything close to the effect of the music.
Unsure of what the cover may be, but I guess thats just part of the greater mystery added to their music. It looks as if there is some sort of switch on the bottom left part of the screen. I feel like I'm looking through a cracked window as well, and maybe a torn up cardboard box in the background. The cover is alright...but I feel lost when I look at it. I mean maybe they just want the buyer to be lost in both their music and their artwork.
Monday, December 3, 2007
When I first came upon the site I saw a big logo that said "Future Systems." I was excited to enter the site, but then once I got I really was upset with what I saw. There was little effort put into this website. Its very plain and simple, which isn't too bad, but something tells me that the site should have a little more to it to that explains what the companies about by just looking at the design of the site. The company seems to have a lot of well made projects but, they need a lot of work done to their site before further exploration.
A team of researchers from the university at Munich designed this space to help with housing demand and sustainability. The Micro compact Home and around 30,000 euros, and 50,000 American dollars. This house contains everything that is essential for the average human to survive, and its really well constructed and clever. The floor comes up to make a bed, and the shower pops out of the wall and the water drains right below it. The kitchen and everything are all Incorporated into one small space. These homes are very popular in creating communities. There is a recent project that's being worked on which suspends these house above each other into and tree-like form. This design reduces the use of land and all the materials used within the project are completely recyclable making it sustainable. These small homes can be dropped out in the middle of nowhere and with an attached solar panel to the roof you can have power and satellites make it possible for theses houses to communicate to the world from distant locations. A great design, and I feel like we might be seeing this come alive in the future more, heck maybe I'll get one myself, I'm not the kind of guys that needs much room.
Whoa now kids. This is not the typical sneaker, in fact they match your favorite tools. Elmer's glue with a pair of Airmax sneakers is perfect if you ask me. The composition notebook adds a nice touch to the sneaker. Actually I'm being sarcastic, this is just ridiculously pointless, why would you make shoes to match items that people hardly care for. I really don't like those composition notebooks, because they are so hard to write in. And the glue doesn't stick anything together, and its messy. The last thing I want to do is advertise shoes that advertise glue. What a disgusting proposition. Maybe next Halloween they will have mat board shoes, just to mock me.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This here is a composition of Drawing styles and techniques that I have learned over the course of the year. In class we had a model pose for us, and we had an hour to create thumbnail compositions and then create a final composition that we would incorporate 4 different techniques. The techniques that i put together were Shading, contour, blind contour, and gestural. I was fairly surprised by the work that i did here, and I felt pretty good about it. My shading drawing was very good, considering I have alot of trouble with the human face and attributing it to the person I'm drawing. Overall I feel pretty successful about the composition.
Monday, November 19, 2007
These are a couple sketches that I did in my drawing class last week. Two of them are building by le corbusier, and then there are two drawings of people with cubes surrounding them. I actually did a good job with drawing people this time around, expecially in a short amount of time. Althought the other two drawings could use work and I feel like would have been better if I had seen them in real life.
I tried to get detail and texture in Zachs back, but only got the outlines and a little shading for the color since he was wearing a dark shirt.
I did really well on the perspective, but then the shading ended up weird and I wish I would have gone over it with a darker pencil lead, hopefully that would add contrast.