designblitz-krieg

When I first read this assignment, I looked up and immediately saw what I wanted to use for the word “color.” Below is an Andy Warhol-style painting of Squidward that one of my roommates did last semester. One of his techniques that my roommate Anna incorporated here is his use of complimentary colors. None of them are primary, but the ones juxtaposed are opposite on the color wheel. These factors make the colors pop, or stand out from each other. It creates a bright, happy mood and focuses the eye in on the piece.

color

The next word I chose to use was “unity.” Unity is one of the themes for my team this year so I figured this would be a good opportunity to “unite” this class with this big part of my life.  Below is a picture of a sign that is hung in our locker room. It says, “No Excuses. No Regrets. All In. Whatever It Takes. Family.” The bringing together of these words and phrases into one concept creates a single idea for us to focus on in order to lead us to be closer, to work harder, and to unite. This sign bring the individual parts into the whole of its composition.

unity

In another example of my roommates art, this time Jayne’s, I found the concept of rhythm. The description of rhythm given mentioned the repetition or alternation of elements and also says that it can create movement. I think that both of these aspects are present in Jayne’s work. There are 3 points within it from which movement emerge, and from 2 of those alternation/repetition branch. The top right corner pushes out left and downward in and alternating and repeating pattern that continually gets smaller. Then, from the bottom middle comes a repeating pattern that increases in size as it moves up towards the right. Jayne explained to me that both of these pathways are meant to represent lasers. Which means that for her as an artist, she accomplished some of Vignelli’s intangibles: semantics and pragmatics. Both she and I understand her art. Since  both of these elements represent lasers, and lasers are waves of light, and waves are alternating and moving, this is a perfect example of rhythm. Also for movement, the big sideways square, from both the top and bottom points, a pattern emerges, that seems to be trying to push out of a containment. This creates a feeling of attempted movement or almost a vibration of the pieces trying to push out. And that too creates a rhythm.

rhythm

The last picture was a little serendipitous. I had been looking for something to represent my fourth concept and I either wanted to use balance or dominance, and I happened upon the stacking of these beautiful masterpiece which includes an empty wine bottle, a partially used syrup bottle, an empty starbucks cup and a bear chip clip. I decided this would represent balance. For the most part, it is symmetric balance because everything has a central balance, but then you get to the chip clip. This clip is sitting on the edge mouthpiece of the coffee cup, uncentralizing the structures core balance– its asymmetric balance.
This structure also tests our ideas of mass and gravity. The thick base of the syrup bottle is balanced on the thin neck of the wine bottle which gives the illusion of heavy on light, and that one will overcome the other when that is not the case. Another aspect testing these ideas is the chip clip on top of the coffee cup, the chip clip has a greater mass to surface area ratio, meaning that since its sitting on the edge of the coffee cup, it should tilt it and make it fall over, but instead it remains balanced on the structure.

balance

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