Virtual Class: Week 6/ April 27th

Projects Public Intervention Proposal Part I was due yesterday (Proposal Document + 2 Photoshop mockups) Part II is due at the beginning of next week (Video Proposal) on Monday, May 4th, Group Assignments are here Final Critique Date to be sent out later this week. No final portfolio is required. If you would like to do…

Virtual Class: Week Five/April 20th

Projects Public Intervention Proposal – This is a two week group project which I’ve divided into two parts to give you all lighter amount of work this week. Part I is due next week (Proposal Document + 2 Photoshop mockups) on April 26th Part II is due the following week (Video Proposal) on May 3rd…

Sci-Fi World Design

I find it endlessly interesting to think about constructing a sci-fi world, and my favorite example is the world of Blade Runner. The research and experimentation that went into building the look and feel of the movie is inspiring to say the least. I just read this great article on the design of Blade Runner,…

Google Emoji Redesign

Google has finally moved on from their distinctive emoji blobs. The new designs are much more similar to Apple’s, addressing both aesthetic complaints and issues with emoji translation between platforms. I find the use of gradient in these designs as indicators of mood to be fascinating. Here is an article covering this emoji evolution: https://www.wired.com/story/google-emoji-redesign/…

Ripple Effect with Bricks

This image features a wall made up of bricks that are laid in an interesting pattern through digital markers that results in a ripple effect. They did this by varying the rotation of the bricks by 20 degrees and varying the heights each brick is placed by adding more or less mortar. The result is…

“One Day at a Time” – Fred Lahache

Photographer Fred Lahache featured a few images about the ‘dissolution of time’ in the persepective of life during a lockdown. He visualizes the repetitiveness of each day, and how it seems as if time just crawling by with the same old routine that is becoming the norm. I think this is a very interesting piece,…

AKHIL VAIDYA – JOURNAL 12

Artist Yasmine Nasser Diaz has an online exhibition called soft powers on display at the Arab American National Museum. The exhibition continues her line of “bedroom installations” where she recreates the bedrooms of fictional teenagers. I find the concept of making a bedroom to be fascinating as an art piece, especially considering how viewers navigate the…

Wildlife Crossings

Wildlife crossings are bridges and tunnels meant for animals to use. They’re really interesting structures that allow for animals to pass roads without the risk of colliding with passing cars. They’re much better than fences, which have to stretch for long lengths and animals can still just cross around them, and have been found to…

Hong Kong Skyscrapers and Feng Shui

Some skyscrapers in Hong Kong have some interesting design elements to them, and that is due to how feng shui, or the principle of shaping an individual and their environment to be in tune with energy forces for good good fortune, influences the architecture of these buildings. For example, in this photo, there is a…

Dolly Zoom

Since we’ve been covering video editing in class, I was reminded of a filming technique that I learned about a while ago called the dolly zoom. Essentially, this is when recording, the camera is physically pulled backwards while the lens is zoomed in or out. This creates an effect where the foreground stays the same…

Hong Kong Skyline

I was out of my house for the first time this week since the pandemic started and I realised I have always taken my city skyline for granted. The vibrant colors projected on each building really convey the energy that the people have in the city. I am very grateful for this beautiful scenery.