My project this last week was submitted under a cloud of tooth-ache-induced-pain-killer-dreariness. On Sunday a bottom right molar started killing me - just as I’m going to sleep, too. Of course. It’s as if the sudden-onset torture of highly irritated nerves isn’t enough - the pain has to set it when you might otherwise be letting said nerves rest and recuperate!
Am I really that surprised?
In any case, by the aid lamp light, my husband’s kindness, and 800 mg of ibuprofen, I finished the job. That’s the important thing, right?
This week’s problem was to pick a piece of tech and design a trade show exhibit for it. This is like “the elevator speech” of the designer world. Get those passersby inside, entertain them, teach them something, let them push some buttons and point them towards 3D visuals, then scooch ‘em on outta there, all with proper forethought into circulation, a consistently applied concept, innovative form, color, texture, rhythm (insert any other design element you can think of), in an appropriately modern aesthetic. Bam.
I chose a helmet camera - the kind used by skiers, surfers, mountainbikers, anyone who’s too busy to hold onto a camera, but wants amazing images of where they’re up to, but especially the scenes around them from their vantage point.
These images are unlike any others one could capture.
My first attempt was a bust. Too literal. Though, nicely sketched, according to my teacher’s notes. Nicely in this case means loose, even rough, but effective at communicating the idea and the mood. Fine.
So I tried to modernize, while making sure to incorporate all the spatial design elements we’ve been learning about, as well as some particularly relevant behavioral psych principals.
This was a harder project for me. In part because of the whole aforementioned tooth ache. Um, yeah. And also because the treatment of the floor, wall and ceiling could be, needed to be, totally different from any other space - residential or commercial - that I’ve designed so far. I loved it.
The images above are my final drawing set and what I ended up turning in. Do you think the slightly psychedelic, silvery grey-scale floor mural tribute to daguerrotypes was a result of pain killer induced creativity? Possibly. …possibly.
I do know that the mechanized metallic rain installation comes from this awe-inspiring creation.