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in the laundromat…

February 29, 2008 at 11:26 pm

colorful tshirts, folded up
…reading Edward Tufte‘s explanation of the C.J. Minard diagram of theFrench invasion of (and retreat from) Russia, 1812-1813, which he uses to give examples of the principles of good analytical design…

…then making notes on a couple of things, then folding clothing as it came out of the dryers…

…good enough.

sketch barf

February 26, 2008 at 4:01 am

small drawings in preparation for a poster

If you fold a piece of 11×17 inch paper in quarters, and then rip it along the folds, then fold each one of those pieces into quarters and rip those along the folds…. you have 16 small pieces of paper, each with the same proportions as the original sheet, that are about 2.75″ x 4.25″…

… and are perfect for spitting out multiple tryouts of ideas for 11″x17″ poster layouts. As you can see, some ideas are good, some are less good… but you would never get there without drawing them all out.

This work was done at the same time as looking on flickr for tomato- & farm-based images. I’m only beginning to comprehend the wealth of photo reference that lives on the internet… it engenders a different kind of browsing than looking through old National Geographics (my previous main photo reference source), but is equally intriguing, though less moldy, and the colors might not be quite as beautiful… (NB. If you have a child, and a tomato garden… the picture you are about to take of him or her picking a tomato in the garden — it’s already been taken.)

Poster: for Farm Fresh RI, the group that organizes farmers’ markets and other local food initiatives.

drawings of women

February 25, 2008 at 4:47 am

two women walk down the street with feminist protest signs

I made these images for a poster for a Labor Studies Department lecture at UMass Dartmouth. The design of the overall poster (which will be computer printed, not silkscreened) was more or less set by the designer who made the posters for the first two lectures in the series, so my main contribution to this one was these drawings. I learned a bunch of new things in Photoshop & Illustrator to enable me to turn them from pencil sketches into these nice colored guys. (Thanks B, Arthi, Adam, & Andrew for advice… and patience!)

I’m making the different colors using a bunch of transparent layers in photoshop… thus getting some kind of color unity within the drawings… it’s been interesting to do something similar to what I usually do with rubylith, but in a different medium.

women sit in a row and sew on sewing machines

The lecture (obviously?) is going to be about how 1960s & ’70s feminist ideas about women’s equality & creative lives apply to wage-earning women. Wednesday, March 5th, 1:45 pm, at the UMass Dartmouth Library browsing area.

Edit The final poster modified, approved, and sent to the printer! I started Thursday night, and finished Monday morning, so this was a four-day project. Fast (for me).

things fall into place

February 8, 2008 at 5:59 am

initial notes for the next four posters

After a lengthy stretch of time occupied with logistics, being out of town, dead ends, “getting organized”, being sick, preparing, finishing, cleaning up, things not working (including this updates page), and consequent general frustration, this past week some things started to come together.

The results:

  • a more-or-less fully working web site
  • new & reliable web hosting, which was encouraged into existence by Andrew Oesch and the “cooperative not collective” internet project (more on that later)
  • the realization that I already have more than 10 pages of notes and drawings (made in three different notebooks and on scraps of paper) over the course of the past month, about the layout of residential spaces — following that, the realization that I had already started on the thinking work for the next posters in the ‘everyday spaces’ print series…
  • becoming excited about the specifics of those next posters, and how they all fit together…
  • the realization that all the thinking and drawing work I was doing on the forbes kitchen project was already leading directly into the work for the next couple of posters…
  • a large drawing, begun tonight and started very fast, that now takes up my entire desk (the blurry photo above is a detail) that is the first attempt to make those 10+ pages coalesce and cohere, to create the logical backbone of the patterns that deal with common and private, centers and edges, work and relaxing, symmetry and asymmetry, in the spaces from kitchen to bedroom and in between.

So, this page is back, the print series is back (for those who might have been wondering), and I’m back, excited about next steps and possibilities.

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