BP: The Oscars

The Oscars are always marked by iconic things such as the Oscar statue, the red carpet, and the tons of celebrities that attend. One of the ways that design was brought to light is the design of fashion. On the red carpet all of the celebs spend their time taking a pose and then are asked who designed their dress. So dress design is a huge part of the Oscars. Another way design is shown through this award show is the way that the format is designed. As an Oscar winner is announced they get up from their seat, walk to the stage and through the back and come out to the middle of the stage. It is almost as if it were a runway where you get to view the winner walking to claim their trophy. Design is brought to life with the design of the Oscar award itself. This little trophy man has been a designed artifact for 87 years now and symbolizes the awards that are achieved. Another way design is shown is through the use of the lighting. Lighting is designed to emphasize the winner when they receive their award. Another way design is shown is through the design of music. Music is used for ques throughout a winner’s speech and it is designed to que a wrap up.


BP: Social Media

Design and social media connect in many ways. Each social media site’s logo is specifically designed to attract people and look pleasing. Social medias are designed to be easy to work through and figure out. Most social medias are linear meaning you scroll through the feed. The medias have advertisements that are designed to attract you to them. Each social media is designed for a purpose, whether it be blogging and writing posts, or sharing pictures and brief statuses. Personally, I think that the best designed social media site is Pinterest. The layout is designed to look very appealing. You see multiple pictures across your screen and you can select the pictures you want to be posted onto your online bulletin board. The pictures also have links so you can find the source and browse. I think that designers for this site did a really nice job creating a visually appealing site that is helpful for its users.

unit 7 summary

Finishes contribute to experience in many ways. Something so simple as one piece of furniture or one light fixture can effect your experience in an interior. In the finishes unit we looked at some of the finishes from history from the Greeks and the Romans and the colonial times. One way that these finishes from history contribute to design is the use of textiles. Textiles were used to block sunlight, protect paint on walls, and add decoration. They could create a luxurious experience in a grand room. Finishes were also used in purposeful way. In colonial homes the use of baseboards along walls wasn’t just for decoration but for cleaning reasons. So that is an example of a finish creating a purposeful experience. Finishes in general can effect the way we look at a room and take in the senses that we are experiencing. The designs on walls and the fixtures in a room have changed over time as we saw in our scavenger hunt activity. Also, over time we see the use of ancient finishes being used on finishes in interiors today (i.e. the Greek fret). Finishes connect to experience and now that we have moved onto furnishings and ornamentation, I can see how everything is connecting throughout the history of interior design.

BP: Media Impact

My artifact is the KFC Yum! Center arena in Louisville, KY. This building attracts a lot of media. The sports arena opened in 2010 and drew a lot of attention from local news broadcasters and journalists. It was placed on the riverfront making a completion to the Louisville skyline. Its new design and top of the line technology drew a lot of people towards it and since it has been open it attracts tourists even. Top recording artists perform here so there is a lot of social media drawn towards the Yum! Center as well.

BP: Design vs Decoration

I think there is a difference between interior design and decoration because interior design isn’t just picking out furniture for a room. Interior design is a process of researching and selecting certain finishes, fixtures, etc. for a specific purpose. That purpose may be to create a certain function for a space or to give an interior space a certain experience. Interior design looks into the way humans use spaces and what is the best way to create a desired feeling for a space. Decoration can also create a desired experience but to me decoration is a more broad sense of design and it makes me think of only material items rather than thinking about a human’s experience. In the Knoll video I got to see how offices are designed for specific functions and they were thoroughly planned out and designed to be beneficial for the people. From the way the desks function to the comfort of the office chair, it all reflects around the needs of the consumers. This is what an interior designer looks into.

BP: Storyboard Final

After viewing other storyboards and seeing video examples in class, I learned that I wanted to do my movie on a place that has meaning to me rather than an object. The storyboards gave me a good visual for how I want to set up my movie. Seeing the images that people chose gave me some examples and ideas for selecting my own images of the Yum! Center. I also saw some examples of what word choices people made on their slides. It helped me figure out what to put on some of my slides that I was stuck on. There are some interesting storyboards that I saw and I am excited to see the final movie that comes out of them.


BP: noupe.com

One way that designers manipulate elements to shift the viewer’s perspectives is with the use of lines. The way lines are laid out effects the viewer’s eyes and where they look. The flow of lines can make a viewer follow the scene and therefor effect their experience. Another way designers shift the viewer’s perspectives is through the use of contrast and color. If the colors are dull but the proportions are large, you don’t even need color because the contrast in size creates emphasis. Finally, designers use color to create different moods for the viewers and to create a positive or negative relationship between people. One character may be in dark clothing and another may be in flowy white clothing creating a contrasting relationship. These observations will be helpful for my movie because I now know that the way my words project on the screen will effect the experience for the viewer (use of line). I also now know to use contrasting colors for emphasis.

Case Study 7

The motif seen throughout the Atlantida Church is the use of brick throughout the interior and exterior of the building. The use of brick has a labor meaning because the architect specifically repeated the brick to show that “Every piece, every brick, every man is a part of all, a lightweight support that is built with reason and thought.” The use of brick also relates to the culture surrounding the building (Uruguay) because the building and its materials were not meant to look lavish and extravagant (being that the people in the area were laborers and farmers). The use of brick also relates to the industry and economy because it is a basic material and the building was built for the economy; not for tourists.


BP: Place

A place in my world that has special character in terms of its design is the sports complex next to my high school track and field. In high school I played field hockey and spent every day at the field so I spent a lot of time in the locker room building next to the field. The building is called The Green because it is an environment friendly building. The design of the building is very modern and sleek looking. It was built about two years ago and attracted a lot of attention from the media. It has character because of its design with my high school logo and colors and the interiors are bright and lively. When I think of this building, I think of its character being modern and eco-friendly. It is a very clean building and makes me feel good being in it.

BP: Postcard Process

The process of creating my postcard started with finding the right quote. I chose a quote that reflected on the innovative side of design using a quote by Steve Jobs. From there I thought about the images that I wanted to use to reflect innovation and design. So, naturally, I chose technology images and specifically Apple images because Steve Jobs was the writer of the design quote. Some of the challenges that I faced were technical problems. It was hard to layout the images and text and give it a unique look.