February 2012 Archives

laser cutter template

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Use this template for template when preparing your files for the laser cutter.

With this template you can position the vector images that you construct with ai on the cutting bed of the laser cutter.

• RGB red with .001 in size to indicate cutting

• black to indicate etching

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Bike Culture

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Possible Cite: Meg

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Circle Space Ideas

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1) I think it would be good to incorporate a lot of color into our design because it is such a dull space. I was thinks that, because the light shines from behind the building, it would be cool to do something with a warm yellow color to play off of that sunlight. I'm not sure how much the light would penetrate that space. But we could observe it further.

2) Also, if we did a sort of "sun" installation, we could have lights at night to simulate stars. Then we could get the west bank to light up a bit more since it is always so drab.

3) I really liked Timo's thought about using the space almost as a stage. Or like a portal to see things through. I don't know what we would do, but I really like that general idea. It would be cool to have something reaching through that space. Like from the rooftop out to the plaza. That makes the space more 3D.

Possible Campus Area (Kaj)

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This is between Anderson Hall and Blegen Hall. I don't know what we could do here, but it just a place with trees and nothing else.IMG_0120.JPG

Possible presence place

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This is Ferguson Hall. A very visible location.
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Idle Spaces

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Only a small portion of this structure is taken up by the bulletin board. Otherwise, it i an under-utilized space.

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Probably too large scale for us to do a project. But completely empty field behind Anderson Library.

box

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As we continue to explore the process of transforming onscreen, virtual, images into tangible objects we will try one process for constructing a boxes that is formed according to your specifications. We will explore the technical process of making a box with the laser cutter and the conceptual process of making a box that holds an idea rather than an object.

Try out the BoxMaker app developed by Rahul Bhargava to vary the dimensions of a box. Experiment with 3 box shapes, each with very different proportions, to get a sense of how the app transforms dimensions into shapes and to observe how you respond to these different shapes.

On Tuesday we will discuss possible relationships between the shape and volume of a box and the idea that it may contain.


symbols :: absence | presence

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Symbolizing Presence and Absence

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We have been exploring symbols and images that have deep personal meaning to each of you. We will continue to explore how the meaning of these symbols and images is influenced when they exist as electronic media and when they exist in a physical form.

Our next project expands the context of our focus on symbols to include an exploration of the university campus. In this process we will look at the work of artists who act in public spaces. We will reflect on their range of motivations and actions as we develop a concept for a temporary, collaborative, art work on campus.

As you traverse the campus each day, notice places that catch your attention. Maybe these spots are noticeable because they are sites of a lot of activity or because they are void of activity. They may be spaces marked by objects that are beautiful, ones that strike you as odd, or ones that highlight your awareness of objects that are missing from the physical and or social landscape of the campus.

Do the things that you begin to notice continue to capture your attention each time you encounter them?

Post 3 ideas that you have for symbolizing absence or presence on campus.

Favorite Picture (New)

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Kaj's Important Image

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My Photo: Meg

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Fav photo_Timo

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#1 photo: Timo

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My Image: Meg

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Kaj's One Picture

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Favorite Picture

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tangible symbols

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Use illustrator to create a symbol that has personal meaning to you at this time in your life.

We will transform the image of this symbol into an object using the laser cutter and the vinyl cutter.

Beginning with flat materials such as fabric, paper, mylar/vellum we will explore the process of etching and cutting your symbol.

Think about you ideal conception of this image in material form.

Which material best matches the qualities that your symbol represents to you?

What is the scale that you prefer?

Would your symbol be wearable, portable, environmental, architectural, decorative?

printing @ dsb

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Guide to the Digital Service Bureau

illustrator + live draw

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guide to illustrator

here is a brief video tutorial intro to live draw