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ICM 4: Objectify — September 29, 2015

ICM 4: Objectify

Our task this week was succinct. Use objects.
So I started off with the “Hello world” of animation – bouncing balls.

After we moved them to objects, the below code created a new ball everytime someone clicked the screen.

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PCOM 4A : word.camera —

PCOM 4A : word.camera

This weekend at the Maker Faire, I got a chance to help Ross Goodwin, a second year at ITP who was presenting his work – word camera. This is essentially an image to text converter.“word.camera uses convolutional neural networks (via Clarifai) to extract concept words from images. It expands those initial words (mostly nouns) into sentences and paragraphs using a lexical relationship database (ConceptNet) and a flexible template system.””
PCOM 4 : EXPERIMENTS WITH CAPACITANCE —
VLang 2 : Signage — September 27, 2015

VLang 2 : Signage

Since I spent a lot of time on the subway this week, I decided to have a look at the signage on the sides of the trains!

Below are some advertisements that I found quite ineffective.

Ad for motorcycle insurance

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Ad for breast augmentation

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Ad for real estate

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A few things that caught me wrong in this real estate ad were

  • More than two fonts and colours
  • Too many houses in the bottom of the ad
  • More than one logo on the ad which definitely led to some confusion

Here are the changes I would make to it.

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However, this map of the subway route is well done, simple and conveys all the information in an organized fashion.

 

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Fab 2 : Multiplication with dice —

Fab 2 : Multiplication with dice

We were told to make multiples of something and so I started off with making dice!
I don’t know why I wanted small ones, but I did ( a bad idea in retrospect ) – but here’s the wood I started off with.

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First I rounded the edges of the wood using the router on the table.

Then I cut these into small cubes using the miter saw.
The next step was to create a jig/stencil to help drill holes into the dice consistently.
I made 2 stencils – one with the number 5 on it. This was used for the numbers 1-5. And another just for the number 6.
I clamped them down to a vice with the dice below the jig and drilled into the dice.

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I still had to round the remaining edges and decided to do it using the router table. However, after setup, it was pointed out to me that the dice were too small to use on the router table and that sanding the edges would be a better option.
It worked out pretty well!

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The last step was to paint the dice and make them pretty!Img7

ICM 3: Transformations — September 21, 2015
PCOM 3 :TINY TETRIS —
FAB 1 : Building a Flashlight — September 20, 2015

FAB 1 : Building a Flashlight

Below was the first sketch that I made to create a torch. The main aim of me making this was to use the scroll saw and the drill press ( and the drill )
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Below are the first materials I started of with ( thanks to the junk shelf )
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After cutting the small rectangular pieces using the scroll saw, I tried to drill the holes for the walls of the torch using a drill press. Although I learnt how to use the drill press in the process, it didn’t seem to be the right tool for the job. So I switched to using the drill for this.
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I found more acrylic sheets in the junk shelf and decided to use that as a refractive material for the torch. I used hot glue to put it together with the sides cut out of the wood. It was glued such that the battery holder was still visible, in case the batteries had to be changed.
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The circuit to light up the torch was glued to a sheet at the bottom.
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After putting the battery holder in, the torch was complete!
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And some finishing touches.. and here!

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VLang 1 : Design Analysis – MC Escher — September 18, 2015

VLang 1 : Design Analysis – MC Escher

M.C.Escher is an artist whose work is considered to be highly mathematical and design centric. I chose to analyzeEscherWeba his website’s gallery.

Grid Structure

Vertically the grid is split such that the title of the page is in the left column and the contents in the remaining two.
The same logic is used in the horizontal split.
The logo takes up a large part of the top left grid giving it increased focus.
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On looking closer, there is a grid structure within the contents too
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Here the vertical lines divide the grid into three with each focusing on a particular classification of work. The spheres in his work in the top half also convey the same structure.
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Colour scheme

The entire page is in grayscale which reemphasises his work, most of which monochrome.
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Negative Space

The negative space in this site gives it a clean look and helps the user focus only on the contents
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Typography

On highlighting the different fonts in this page – the first thing that is visible is the lack of consistency. Although, the fonts do not visually clash to a large extent, there is no uniformity amongst them. There is no strong visual message provided here due to this. The only text that ends up standing out is the logo as it’s stroke is thicker than the rest.
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More Grids and Spirals

As Escher is known for his mathematical drawings, I delved into the same.
Even through the chaos that he manages to establish in his drawings, there is a very rigid underlying structure that is being used.

This is an example of a drawing based off a grid. The horizontal bars are placed so as to provide focus on the sky, building and table. The vertical ones help the viewer focus on the sky in between the buildings.
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The below piece follows a spiral structure. What is interesting is that is doesn’t spiral into the center of the painting but to points on the outside.
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PCOM 2 : ORIGAMI SWITCH — September 14, 2015

PCOM 2 : ORIGAMI SWITCH

In class this week, we sat down to learn about basic circuits and switches. I will admit that I was curious as to what we could do with switches. Once class started in full swing, I was fascinated by the possible circuits and “games” that was made from just the concept of completing circuits!! The one that I was extremely amused by was the one where you have to take a loop through a wire, and if they touched, there would be a loud and annoying buzzer.

So thinking on similar lines, I wanted to create a little “toy” where if you use it right, the LED lights up. Being a huge origami fan, I went with the flapping crane.

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