Monday, January 31, 2011

Campus Walk- Finding Groups, Stacks, and Circles
       Last friday, our history of design theory class took a walking tour of campus, in efforts to find real examples of groups, stacks, and circles.  The first thing we came to were the colonnades outside of the Ferguson building.  The columns align to form a group.
sketch of colonnades

We then moved on to the College Avenue and the EUC area.  While on the way to the EUC we stopped at the Alumni House to observe the columns in front of the house.  We found the design of the house to be very symmetrical and even.  The windows were made with a keystone at the top of the border of the window, which after being informed by Audra, we now know was put in as the last piece of stone, and was generally known to keep all the stones together.
From College Ave we moved inside the EUC and found ourselves at the Walker Street entrance, standing in the middle of the mosaic circle.  Circles are a common theme in the EUC, and rightly so, as it is the one building in which every student at UNCG has something they have to do, walk through, or meet someone in.  Circles symbolically bring people together, and do the same in the building, which is why they can be found at each entrance.

From the EUC we walked to the music building.  The music building was a sources with groups, stacks, and circles.  The circles began outside of the building with the circle pond.  Moving closer to the entrance, one will notice to ripple effect tile and stonework done, creating a large circle, probably to show the effect music has on everything.  The ripple stonework leads you into the building, where you will find groups of columns inside.  The spaces inside the music building are seperated by differences in ceiling heights.  The outside of the building has layers of different building materials, creating a stacking effect.

Finding groups, stacks, and circles around campus was not as hard as I imagined.  Things occur in groups, stacks, and circles so regularly, it's not that you have to look hard to find them, you just have to know what you're looking for.

Weapons of Mass Networking in North Korea

Social Networking in North Korea is sticky and behind the loop of many other countries around the world. North Korea has a government that tolerates censorship to the extreme.  In North Korea, all media outlets are strictly owned and controlled by the North Korean govenrment.  All news comes from the Korean Central News Agency.  Mass media is used as a weapon by the government in North Korea, as the much of the media released is in propoganda form, and promotes the personality cult of Kim II-Sung and Kim-Jong-iI.  Routinely, the media is used to make false claims to attack the western world, Christianity, The United States, Israel, Japan, and specifically South Korea.  
    Radio and television are preset to government run channels and set to recieve only govenement frequencies, with technology in place to prevent tampering.  It is a serious criminal offense to tamper with the sets, or to receive North Korean radio or television programs outside of North Korea.  Possessing a personal short wave radio is illegal, but confiscated radios are commnly resold by corrupt agents of the government.  
    In 2006 Reporters without Borders described North Korea as the world's internet blackhole, probably because internet usage in North Korea is illegal.  It is limited to few government officials who have connection through secretly rented Chinese connections.
  Until last year, North Korea was hardly on the social netwroking scene.  North Korea's government run website Uriminzokkiri opened a twitter account and YouTube channel in July, 2010.  Though not accesable by it's own people, North Korea uses the networking sites to blast the US and South Korea,  among many other countries, religions, and ideas.  The South Korean government blocked all access to the youtube channel and twitter account after only one week of activity.  
    Suspiciously, hours after the sites were blocked by the South Korean government, a North Korean facebook page was created under the name uriminzokkiri, which directly translates to on our own as a nation.  The facebook page was soon blocked by the South Korean government, so as not to have it's people flooded with anti South Korea and US propaganda.
    For all of the good that social networking can do-bringing people together with similar ideas, making the sharing of ideas extremely easy and accessasable for all, and doing it all peacefully and at the will of the common person, it is very sad that North Korea's government would chose to represent themselves in such a negative and bully-like manner.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Light Box Final

Natural Light- No Outside Light Source

Outside Right View

Outside Left View

Top View

Changed to Cloudy Setting on my Camera

For the light box project I, naturally, wanted to put the light inside the light box and create a glow.  The challenge to create shadows really toggled my brain.  I went with the idea to create a light box that looked like the light was erupting from behind the board; the shadows would create a wall of light cracking through dark.  The inside of the box design was chosen so the light would have a full surface to reflect onto, since (hypothetically, if the box was the inside of a building) the sun would probably not be straight over the building at all times.  I did not design the box with the intention of the light being stationary, as i enjoy the ever-changing patterns the light creates on the inner wall.  I designed the curved wall not all the way to the floor because i like the straight on permanent division of light that the darkness creates.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year, New Header

    When asked to design a new header for our class design blog, I was first a little puzzled.  The class was instructed to create an 8.5 x 2.5 inch header using print from a computer and an illustration or design telling a little about ourself as a designer.  For my header design, I chose a peacock feather.  The feather is symbolic of a whimsical, colorful design agenda.  The peacock feather has many colors, all of which shine in different hues depending on how the light catches the feather.  I also have feathers attached to the walls of my workspace in the iARC studio.
     I created my header in Adobe Illustrator, by using the brush tool and using the art brush stroke.  The stroke is set to .25 pt so the lines would be crisp and not too harsh.  I wanted to experiment with Illustrator, which is how I designed the feather doodle.  I often doodle in my sketchbooks, so I wanted to incorporate an original doodle into my header.  The use of color was easy, as many people know the general colors of a peacock feather.  The colors of the feather are fun enough that the exaggeration of color on illustrator, as opposed to what an actual feather looks like, are acceptable because the art brush stroke makes the feather look like it is done in water color.  The header is very light an airy, which I think reflects a lot of the ideas I have as a designer, since I tend to stray from straight lines and hard edges.