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January 31, 2008

Blog Entry Info

Here are some things to help you with your entry for the blog. Since we can't upload an image, hotlinking them to your blog is easier than you think. Just copy the HTML code:

IMG src="URL"
Copy the code above and paste the code between "<" and ">"


If you want a tag with your image you can copy this HTML code:

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***NOTE: There may be some images you cannot because you would either have to have permission or because the artist's bandwith is in affect with your hotlinking.

As the semester goes on, I'll be posting more HTML codes for more effects on your entries for this blog site. Hopefully this helps, if not feel free to PM me on Facebook. You can look me up by Melissa Vang.

Design Resources

1) Design Museum, London
"Discover more about the designers, architects, and technologies featured at the Design Museum in Design at the Design Museum, our online archive of modern and contemporary design." (From the Design Museum Website)

2) Interior Design Career Education Resource Center
"Interior design school, career and industry information to help you reach your goals" (From the Interior Design website)

This room is designed by Ron Arad an influential designer born in Tel Aviv. I find this room very interesting because it is unique and very futuristic. I think it is cool how the structure has a table that you can pull out and put away if it gets in the way. I also find this interesting because the structures have different levels that you can hang whatever you want on them. I think this look is very practical because as it shows, you can hang clothes on one level and decorations on another. I also like that the designer made the structures all silver and only one red. It makes your eyes go directly to the red piece. If the designer would have made them all silver the room would have been very boring. So, the red piece makes the room more interesting.

Design Resources-Lindsay Offermann

Daniel Vosovic

Daniel Vosovic, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and alum of "Project Runway," shares fashion tips and trivia. On this particular page Vosovic is commenting on the fashions and design challenges the designers are facing on this season of Project Runway.

Richard Bresnahan, Artist in Residence

Richard Bresnahan serves as director of St. Johns Pottery Program and shares his knowledge with students through his popular January-term course, (Art and Sustainability). The site listed above is an excerpt from A Passion for Pottery, by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper. The excerpt talks about Bresnahan’s history as a potter as well as his career at St. Johns.

These canisters were made by Bresnahan from stoneware. He then painted the canisters with a slip. I find these interesting because of the way that the moisture from the wood in the kiln affected the final look of the pottery.

This landscape vase was made from stoneware clay and was slip painted and finished with a natural ash glaze. I like this vase because of the way the slip is layered with the glaze. The combination of the two had a good result from the firing.

This pitcher was made from stoneware and has a navy-bean straw ash glaze. I like this pitcher because of the way the kiln turned the glaze an almost electric blue. I like the proportions and the shape of the pitcher along with the way the glaze turned out from the firing.

These stoneware canisters were made by Bresnahan and were fired at the same time in the same chamber of the kiln. I find these canisters interesting because of how different they look even though they were fired in the same place in the kiln. This shows how the heat affects the pieces of pottery differently.

January 30, 2008

Design Resources - Megan Wainscott
-This design company is known for making great wooden rollercoasters. I thought this design company was interesting since we didn't mention anything like rollercoaster design in class. The design of these rollercoasters is amazing because they have to be perfect in order to function correctly.
-One other aspect of design is textile design. This design website is based off of textile designs for home furnishings. You can tell that a lot of thought must go into the color schemes and story boards for this design firm. They must appeal to many different kinds of customers considering their product will be an important aspect of the homes of many people.

here are some examples of the textile designs:

here is an example of a rollercoaster design:

January 26, 2008

Design Resources - Ka Zua Melissa

I'm not sure if I am doing this correctly but here it goes for being the first to comment. Here are three resource sites on design.

-This is an example of a designing site. Tokyo Plastic is one of my favorite designing companies for advertisement and etc. You may have seen many of their works with Toyota cars on TV. However, they have their own unique quality that amazes me.

-Actually, this site is more of my own interest. Giant Robot deals with design and the originality of one's creation that ranges from character design to apparel, clothing, toys, etc. Giant Robot also have a magazine that is inspirational and all about pop-culture.

-This is a blog that I often check for inspiration and such. Jason Gaylor is a designer and the Creative Director of Designfruit.

The images I am posting up is from DESIGNFRUIT, by Jason Gaylor. I found these pieces interesting and inspiring. If I was to choose a design form/genre, I would choose one similar to this style. As most of the other website I’ve posted, the Asian Pop Culture designs are my inspiration and motivation in all the fields of art. Even the images I have here is a result of my preference in design and art style.





This one is just an example image of toy with character design that is also an Identity design. Plastic Tokyo is known for this geisha.

Other Eastern Designer Geisha Octopus Version SDCC Exclusive

January 24, 2008

Design Resources

Online research for design resources:
Find two interesting design resources. Here are some examples of sites you could look for: design blogs, museum-related sites, web sites connected with design education, professional design organizations. Upload the links to both online resources to this blog — and write a sentence describing what each link is.

Here an example:
American Institute of Graphic Arts, Minnesota Chapter
"AIGA Minnesota is the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design in Minnesota." (from the aIGA web site)

Also, find one aspect of design—an example of design— in one of the blogs you have found and upload an image of it along with a short explanation (in your own words) of why it is interesting to you.