4/6/2021–5/13/2021

Project Brief:

Make a 1–2 minute long animation telling a story about your design hero.

Collecting Speaking Audio

There was obviously very, very few audio clips that were good quality and had people who knew Alex well enough to talk about him extensively

Steven Heller talking about Steinweiss:

Alex Steinweiss: Father of Record Cover Design, part 1 of 2 on Vimeo

Remembering The Man Who Revolutionized Album Covers : NPR

I also connected with Professor Andre ** through a YouTube video he made about Alex Steinweiss and learned that he actually visited and interviewed Alex in his studio before he passed away! …


3/9/2021 — 3/30/2021

Initial brainstorming

I had certain themes that I wanted to include in my booklet while I was working on my poster:

  • a spread to showcase different ways Alex portrayed the piano
  • a spread showing the different printing layers that overlap to make one album cover + complement that with how Alex uses grids
  • a spread related to the “tombstone” album cover story — albums before the 1940s were leather bound and only mundane type, like the bareness of tombstones

More ideas I had when drawing spread thumbnails:

  • dedicating a spread to Alex being introduced to the world’s first LP…

2/10/2021

We are currently picking between two areas of interest:

1. How would future pandemics affect the elderly population?

2. How do people experience entertainment differently due to COVID? (such as books, movies, etc.)

Regarding question 1, we think that mind mapping and empathy mapping are two good research methods for investigation. Because of how broad our question is, mind mapping is a good method for idea generation and thought organization. It can be used both as a tool for us designers to ideate and for our target audience (elderly people) to visualize their thoughts and priorities. Empathy mapping is also a good method for this question because it allows us to gain a better understanding and build more empathy towards our target…


2/4/2021— 3/4/2021

Choose a designer who’s work you want to learn from in your own practice. Make a 19.75" x 31.25" poster showcasing your design hero to an audience who is unfamiliar with them.

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It took a while to choose my hero.

qualities I was looking for:

  • delicate designs and use of color
  • prolific
  • reasons for designing coincide with the changes happening during their time period

Design hero candidates and my impressions of them:

  1. El Lizzitsky — Russian Bauhaus, delicate compositions — delicate but bare

Reminder of what my research method is about:

Parallel Prototyping is when a team of designers distill wide explorations and their unique perspectives into a singular, superior design. This method happens during the brainstorming stages of the design process and allows the responsibility of the design to fall on collaborative shoulders rather than crushing one member of the team.

Other research methods I learned about during Tuesday’s class:

Rose, Thorn, Bud — Maggie Ma

rose by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

I believe that Maggie’s method can work with my method because as the designers consolidate their explorations, they need a technique to evaluate the varying designs. They can eliminate options if they…


The sum of a team of designers’ efforts is greater than the outcome.

Parallel Prototyping is a step of the research process that happens before the iterative/refinement stages. Designers should fully explore the options available to them to make confident decisions and to not be fixated on a design too quickly. After multiple designers explore on their own, their progress is evaluated by users or experts to see in what aspects certain designs excelled at and what aspects can be further developed. All the designers’ efforts in the end accumulate into a cohesive and superior design. This research method helps bring multiple perspectives to the table and encourages collaboration that plays upon each…


Catherine

I found today’s class exercise pretty interesting. It felt like we were opening up a bit to our fellow peers and letting them see our thoughts. I got to better understand how my peers judge their own competencies and incompetencies. Everyone was pretty self aware about their areas of growth, whether that was wishing they were more productive over winter break or wanting to have better social skills.

Personally, I found it more comfortable to respond to the speaker from the heart chair and the head chair than from the will chair. Emotionally, I shared the happiness or sympathy I…


2/3/2021

Parallel Prototyping is a step of the research process that happens before the iterative/refinement stages. Designers should fully explore the options available to them to make confident decisions and to not be fixated on a design too quickly. After multiple designers explore on their own, their progress is evaluated by users or experts to see in what aspects certain designs excelled at and what aspects can be further developed. All the designers’ efforts in the end accumulate into a cohesive and superior design. …


Catherine Wang | Fall 2020 E mini

Project Brief:

“Create an MR experience that exists 10 years into the future and enhances both in-person and remote learning experiences. Choose one aspect of the studio experience to improve upon.”

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12/1/2020

Picking a topic


Catherine Wang | E mini | CMU Fall 2020

10/27/2020

Pre-project Reflection:

  • I am excited to work in 3D and with an interactive gallery space because C mini was mainly making products that existed on a digital or print 2D surface.
  • I am concerned about the amount of deliverables, but hopefully Lab can help me understand unfamiliar skills like CAD floor plans and arduinos
  • I think picking a topic/artist would be a large milestone, because currently there are so many options to choose from and I want to pick a topic that has a message that resonates with me.

Takeaways…

Catherine Wang

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