This was my final project for the summer class. We created a portfolio to show all the work that we've completed this summer.
Reflecting on where you began at the start of this course with digital skills, how do you feel you have grown?
I feel that I really grew not only in my overall knowledge of software use but also grew in the confidence to use the software. I feel that I'm more ready to take on next year in studio and potentially in an internship position. I really enjoyed being pushed out of the comfort of using softwares that have all the basic commands and having to learn the new hotkeys and shortcuts to make me more efficient in production.
Do you feel comfortable exploring new software that has not been covered in class here? Where would you find resources?
Yes especially after learning how many resources are out there and available to access. I found a ton of resources from looking up online publications about architecture design software. It's really interesting and also interesting to find out all the stuff that you can modify and plugins that you can add to softwares to make them more user friendly.
Our final Journal Submission was an infographic to provide a visual representation of the amount of time that went into each software to produce the projects for this class.
For this project I was assigned to design a capture house. A capture house is a residential space that is designed and placed in a neighborhood to attract criminals into robbing the house. The house looks normal but is full of cameras and traps to catch the identity of who is committing the crimes. For this project I used not only previously learned software like Illustrator, Rhino, and CAD; I also learned how to use Revit.
How well do you feel the project was structured and how well did you pace yourself?
I feel like the structuring of this project was really well planned. It not only helped to lead me through the project but also any time that I had a question about what the next step was it was answered in the next video. I also feel like the project was a great way to tie in all the previous software that we’ve been using in Intro and 310.
Do you feel comfortable using the software in an internship environment?
Before starting this project, I was so confused about the navigation but after this project I feel like I have the confidence to be able to provide what firms would expect from interns.
Acknowledging that this course doesn’t teach you how to assemble a building (BCS or BCSIA will do that) how do you feel moving into that coursework?
After using this software and having some of the knowledge from BCSA I feel like I can make more knowledgeable decisions when it comes to the construction. What is nice about Revit though is that its intelligent enough and gives you the notifications if something doesn’t seem realistic in the construction.
Did you utilize any skills from the previous residential design studio? If so, which?
In my opinion I didn’t really use anything from the previous residential design studio. I don’t feel like I really had one.
Do you feel comfortable putting together a design proposal in Revit now?
I fell completely more confident that I could put together a proposal that would not only be visually pleasing to a client but would be readable by another designer to understand my vision for a project.
Can you make your own custom view templates for your own purposes now?
Yes! I really enjoyed how simple it was once you created a view template to then apply it to the other views you needed rather than changing each override individually.
For this project I was assigned to use Revit to apply color schemes for different rooms and apply furniture. After that process was finished I placed stairs to connect the first and second floors. I enjoyed using this software and how easy it is to navigate throughout the program. The only thing that took me a while to complete was rotating and placing the furniture in the residential parts of the building. Overall this took me just under 2 hours to complete.
For this weeks assignment we were to draw the floor plan of our current residence in AutoCAD.
How quickly did you move through this project? Was it an appropriate respite for the course?
I moved through this project extremely quick. It only ended up taking me around 13 hours from start to finish to get the entire project completed. I think it was nice to have this after the last project because this was a little bit of a break in speed.
How comfortable would you feel doing a drawing of a wall section or similar line drawing (instruction to come in future classes) in the software?
I think I need to practice a little more on getting used to how the interface works when drafting and learning more of the hotkeys because I’m forgetting where things are and what they do and also how to use them efficiently.
What challenges did this project present?
This project was a little challenging because I didn’t understand exactly how to transfer over my drawings to plot them and keep all the line weights continuous. After this class is over and before the school year starts again I will look back and practice. Its nice to have that feature if you can use it confidently.
What outside resources did you explore beyond what was presented?
I explored a lot of different warehouses that were available for importing into AutoCAD to use in designs. It’s an interesting concept because if I couldn’t find a bed I liked from there that was from a specific retailer but I found one that was available from someone else I might be more likely to use the one that I had in my drawing compared to the originally considered supplier.
This assignment was to create a window display for a company of our choice to highlight a product. To complete this project I began to dive into 3DS Max as a tool to render our products and get a feel for what the program can do for designers.
I started this project by importing the file that our teacher gave us that contained the existing space to design within. After that I imported a picture of palm leaves and traced the pattern and then extruded them to make them a three-dimensional background. After that I picked a font that was kind of weird to put the headliner “get wild” above the products. The products that I chose was the new backpacks that were recently released by Yves Saint Laurent. The reason I chose “get wild” is because the backpacks that were released had a common theme of animal influences whether be the face of a black panther or black alligator skin they all tie together to create this kind of animal feel. After I drafted all the products inside of the display I placed the file inside of the window display into 3DS Max. In Max I put materials on the different elements to create a realistic concept of what the space would look like finished. After I rendered my picture saved it and transferred it into Photoshop to add more materials, the products, and logos.
Describe your conceptual design approach as well as how it evolved as the project progressed.
When I first started this project I wanted to create something more crazy and full but then I realized that my space was so limited due to size.
What resources were most effective in assisting you in developing your modeling skills? Your design configuration? How much was content was leveraged from 210?
The resource that helped me the most is referring to previous videos from 210 and remembering how to
Discuss the limitations of the software and what challenges it presented in the development of you design.
The challenges that I came across was that it was hard to figure out how to use the lighting effects in 3DS Max to create the perfect look but also something that looked realistic.
What other applications do you see the software being appropriate for outside of the applications presented for this project? Use your imagination.
I could definitely see this program being used to design rollercoasters because it would give them the feelings of moving the camera in a way that gave that interactive experience.
How was the timeline for this project? Too fast paced or about right? (please note that this is a typical pace for a project of this type in practice)
I think this timeline would have went much smoother if my program would have worked the first time I intended to use it because I lost about 24 hours trying to fix the program and getting it function correctly.
How fluid are you becoming in getting various software to communicate across platforms?
Through this class I’ve definitely learned what the limitations are in some software and how I can use different software to further push my final product.
For this week's journal we were assigned to watch a movie from a preselected list and to answer some questions to help us dive deeper into thinking about this movie. After we finished answering the questions we were to create a graphic that would explain the movie without telling the full story. For my movie I selected Memento directed and written by Christopher Nolan. This movie was crazy and at first confusing but the ending hits you like a train. The graphic I created represents Leonard putting together information that may not fit properly because it’s a little distorted. I also used a trick from the film with the "black and white" vs. "color". I mainly used the crop tool to insert pictures that I retrieved from IMDB and also created the blood stains from a tool I downloaded off a Adobe Website to really play up the theme of "Murder" that was constantly a struggle in this movie between characters. If you haven't seen this movie don't read the questions below before watching!
This project took me around 7 hours to complete including the 2 hours to watch the movie!
Some of the scenes are shot in color and some in black-and-white. What does this indicate?
Black and white scenes are when Leonard is waking up or telling the story of which he doesn’t remember things. These are also the scenes that tell the story of Sami Jenkins.
At what point to the black-and-white and color merge together and what does this indicate?
The movie pieces that are in black and white are going from past to present while the color portion of the movie is going from present to past. It catches up with the beginning of the story with him finding out the truth and showing where the past and present cross paths after he finishes his story about Sami.
What has Teddy done to Leonard that prompts him to write “don't believe his lies” on the polaroid?
Teddy tells Leonard that the story he tells everyone about Sami Jenkins is actually what happened to Teddy after the initial accident. In my opinion what really set Leonard off is when Teddy tells him that it was actually Leonard’s doing that killed his wife by injecting her with all the insulin. He also confesses that his name is John G, which matches the name of what Leonard had been searching for, but in the end it wasn’t the actual guy that raped and attempted to kill Leonard wife that we seem murdered at the end, it was a guy that Teddy wanted dead to get money from.
What is the disheartening truth about what is really going on?
The disheartening truth is that Leonard had already murdered the guy that raped and attempted to murder his wife years ago but can’t remember and Teddy used that to his advantage to kill off people he that he wanted to but was unable to due to him being a cop.
What effect do the flashbacks have on your sense of what is happening?
The flashbacks really play with your mind because you can’t really trust what everyone is saying. Christopher Nolan did a really good job of making you feel like you were waking up with Leonard questioning where you were and feeling lost about the events that happened just minutes ago.
How does the film make you call into question the reliability of Leonard’s memory as well as your own memory?
I think a quote that Leonard says that has really stood out from this movie and answers the reliability of memory simply is “We all lie to ourselves to be happy.”
Who is in the mental institution? Are you sure?
The person that is in the mental institution is Leonard. After looking up the most memorable parts from this movie I found an article about a piece of the movie that would be easy to miss if you’re unaware of what’s happening. When Leonard is telling about Sami being in the mental institution a person walks by a frame of Sami sitting alone in a chair and after that person exits the frame Sami is replaced by Leonard. This is such an amazing tool to really just make the audiences say, “What was that?”
How does Leonard use his own memory tools to manipulate himself?
In the end we figure out why the movie started with Leonard killing off Teddy especially after questioning the whole time when it seems like Teddy is only there to help Leonard. The end tells us that Leonard starts tricking himself into thinking that Teddy is the person that he is after because Teddy tricked him into killing one person (or more who knows) and Leonard really doesn’t like that so that’s when he starts getting tattoos and going after Teddy.
For this Digital Project we were assigned to design an indoor playground that could be installed while not being permanent in a given space. The other assignment within this project was to explore and start building skills using SketchUp. *Warning this will be along post as it took 20 hours to complete this project around 10 hours for the SketchUp Process and 10 to put everything into a PDF and annotate the pictures*
While using this software I really noticed a difference between the user interface between Rhino and SketchUp. Although SketchUp would probably be a more speedy process if I was more familiar with the software (which I am not) I think that having to click on the icon to select the tool that I wanted to use to create caused a lot of frustration and time added. Another thing that I noticed is how difficult it is to scroll/change views especially if you have to go through an object to view in more detail another product. I do think that this software will be great when wanting to produce a quick view of what a space could look like without taking as much time to render with V-Ray.
One resource that I enjoyed about the quickness of moving around a 3-D model is that I could create a circulation that was effective from getting to each component effectively in real time. This helped me also see what views would look like once a user was inside the space and also made it easier to control the amount of cluster that needed to be done to make the space feel big but still full. The second resource that I used was the warehouse that SketchUp provided. Although i only used the doors and scale figure from the warehouse it was fun to explore what more experienced users are creating using the software.
This software has a lot of growing to do when it comes to combining the simplicity of its original intent and meet use with more technical drafting programs like Rhino. I do believe that it will continue to grow to meet needs in the design field and will continue to be used not only in school but in a professional setting also. I think it would be really interesting to see how this could be translated into a Virtual Reality experience especially because of how face and simple the renderings are it would be quick and wouldn't require as much time (in my opinion) as some of the softwares that are currently in use.
For our second Journal Assignment we had to take a picture and create a line drawing in Rhino that would then be inserted into Photoshop and manipulated to create a rendered effect. For my picture I chose one of Kansas State's mascot and then highlighted what was under the uniform. This assignment was really interesting and fun to play around and explore with.
For our first assignment in digital applications we were instructed to capture an event and then compress the image to show how this even interacted with the space around us. I struggled at first to find an idea to show an activity that I do that really shows a range of motion through space. Then I remember a new stunt that my flyer and I have been working on and though it would be great to show the range of motion that goes into completing this stunt.