Projects, works in progress and design inspiration from Emily Antenna Groves
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Pop culture, internet fascination, fascination with the internet, the impact of technology on painting (via The Most Infamous Girl in the History of the Internet / Attractive Student / Parked Domain Girl by Parker Ito, 2010 - 2012)
I’ve been doing a variety of things over the past week including
- Doing the Plastic Composition Workshop. I really enjoyed this having not studied graphic design or art before the RCA as it was a rare chance to focus purely on aesthetics. Here’s my documentation of the afternoon.
- Visiting the Cybernetic Serendipity documentation exhibition at the ICA. It was very small, but a nice overview of the 1968 exhibition. It reinforced my love of mid 20th Century modernism and futurism.
- Visiting 2 Willow Road. A house lived in and designed in 1939 by Ernő Goldfinger. I’ve always wanted to visit it because it sums up my favourite style of architecture and furniture design.
- Reading about the complex influence of Japan on the West’s popular culture from the 1850s. I’m trying to make a link between historical influences on impressionist art, of anime with emojis.
- Reading around semiotics and constructed languages such as Esperanto and Klingon.
- Working out how all this could be a project…
I have been looking at this as part of my research into language, efficiency, and efficient communication:
There are several “fast readers” available for web browsers and smart phones that flash words in quick succession so that your eyes don’t have to move around the page. This has been designed to increase the efficiency/ speed of reading. According to Spritz, you spend only about 20% of your reading time actually taking in the words you’re looking at, with the other 80% spent physically moving your eyes around the page.
Here is is at 250 words per minute
and 350 wpm
and 500 wpm (surprisingly do-able)
Here are my pros and cons:
√ actually makes you read faster
√ has a fun, almost passive feeling, like watching TV
√X doesn’t allow you to jump around the text, which is good and bad depending on the circumstance. ie maybe good for a novel where you are reading for enjoyment, to understand it all, maybe bad for a news article where you just want to skim
X hard to concentrate for very long
X feels a bit stressful, like you are always trying to keep up
X doesn’t allow you to pause and think or cross-reference ideas
Conclusion: Good and effective, but only in specific circumstances.
Today I went on another excursion to 2 Willow Road. A house designed and lived in by architect Ernő Goldfinger in Hampstead. It was buiilt in 1939 and is beautiful throughout.
Main things I liked
- Flush doors
- Plugs on the floor, not the wall
- Small lino floor tiles that form a kind of skirting board at the bottom of the wall
- Cork inlayed stairs
- Geometric cross stitch cushion covers
- All the furniture
- Cupboards everywhere
Beautiful poster from the 1968 Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the ICA.
The exhibition has been repeated at the ICA in the form of a documentation of the original by the same curator, Jasia Reichardt. I went to visit yesterday which re-affirmed my love of modernism and futurism from the mid 20th Century. It encourages me to not be afraid of forward thinking now.
Yesterday I did a workshop on composition. It aimed to introduce the idea of tension on a picture plane and to create complexity in design through making.
We began by playing a version of pictionary, trying to convey the meaning of a given word to the rest of our team under a time pressure. We had to pick and arrange cut-out geometric shapes to produce compositions to represent the word. This is the composition I made to portray the word “falling”.
I enjoyed the fact that I had to make this in a rush as it meant I used very immediate notions of form and the sense of the word.
We then made 3D versions of our compositions, still with the aim of describing the sense of the word. I wanted to further express the idea of falling by introducing turns in the plane of the circles as though they were tumbling. I also reinforce the gravitational aspect of falling by using the left-to-right direction described in the Gutenberg Diagram below.
This is a basic documentation of my 3D composition
Then we had to bring the composition back to the 2D plane through photos and drawing. This was a really interesting exercise as the results were still compositionally as simple as in the first exercise, but somehow more complex having gone through several stages of making.
This drawing tries to represent the falling motion through a constantly flowing line.
This photo is taken from the perspective of the falling object to enhance the feeling.
After the workshop I decided to have a play around with making this photo into a poster or book cover, because of the large mount of white space there is. This is my first attempt
Over the past week I have:
- Started working at the RCAfe :) Come get a coffee!!
- Written a piece comparing text messages with emojis to illuminated manuscripts for this festival (http://beinghumanfestival.org/event/punch-judys-chocolate-cornucopia-human-knowledge/)
- Documented a whole lot of projects on the IED microsite and my own website (http://emilygroves.co.uk/)
- Seen the Turner Prize, which has had mixed reviews but I quite enjoyed
A proposal for a more navigable emoji keyboard (via Finally, an emoji keyboard that’s better than Apple’s | Cult of Mac)
Proof-of-concept interface design from Figlab uses light-projected touch-sensitive icons around your wrist, and is also low-cost and low-energy - video embedded below:
We present Skin Buttons, tiny laser projectors integrated into the smartwatch to render icons on the user’s skin. These icons can be made touch sensitive, significantly expanding the interactive region without increasing device size. We show a proof-of-concept device and demonstrate example applications. These “skin buttons” can have high touch accuracy and recognizability, while being low cost and power-efficient.