Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Research Project Final

This Project began with a completely different idea about creating a map for a camellia garden. However, after realizing that project did not involve enough research, I decided to switch to something that is a little more close to home. I chose to do a project involving hammocks and how they harm trees across campus.

How hammocks damage trees:
A common way that hammocks damage trees is through them scrapping bark off of their trunks and causing them to be more susceptible to diseases. If hammocks are left for long periods of time, the straps can cause girdling (below) which leaves rope scars on the tree and can even cause the area above the 
girdling to die.

Wrapping hammock straps around trees that are too young can also be damaging for trees. Apparently there is a joke in the hammock community that you should hang your hammock on trees that won't hurt you if they actually fall while you are hanging, but this is very damaging joke and should not be taken seriously. Only certain types of trees that are more mature should be used and at a reasonable distance apart (12-15"). 

Trees on Campus:

Included above are pictures of trees that have been harmed by hammocks. The first two show a tree with strange lines in the bark that I believe are caused by frequent hammock use. The third picture shows a tree with a large bald spot where bark has been removed. Both of these trees are at a common hammock spot across the road from Pace Hall. The fourth picture shows a tree just out front of the art building where a small branch was snapped. I accidentally caused this to happen with my own hammock, and wanted to look into ways that we can prevent this from happening to more trees. 

What we can do to prevent damage to trees:
After discovering all the ways that trees can be damaged through hammock use, I decided to look up rules on how to prevent this from happening. Below is a list of those rules:
  1.  Only use trees that are well matured, around 8" in diameter, and that around 12-15' apart. 
  2.  Some trees are better to use than others. Oak, palm, maple, and beech trees are all ones that are much stronger and can withstand hammock straps better. Avoid trees with loose bark in order to prevent bark being stripped off.
  3. Do not hang your tree with ropes. They can cause excess friction which hurts tree bark. Instead, use 1" or wider straps. Luckily, many hammock come with straps like these now. 
  4. Only hang your hammock from the trunk of a tree, not from the branches, no matter how strong the tree branches may look.
  5. Make sure you have your hammock level so you can avoid causing excess stress from weight on either tree. 
  6. If you only have ropes available to use for your hammock, wrap them in materials that can prevent friction around the tree. A common example of this online would be cutting open a rubber garden hose and wrapping it around the rope, but there are many options.
With all of this research in mind, I decided to make some satirical instructional guides with these rules listed. I was inspired by funny IKEA guides that you see online. Below are my 3 final guides along with the artboard in Illustrator showing my inspirations. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Revised Research Project Proposal

Research Project Proposal 
Area of interest: 
·            Speculative design for how to help hammocks not hurt trees
·            Creating an instruction guide on how to use the product
·            Possibly create an ASPCA style commercial for trees 
Thesis statement: 
·            After researching the potential harm that trees can face from hammock ropes, I would like to test some straps and different methods of preventing friction to the trees. After choosing the best one, I will then create an instructional guide on how to best prevent damage to trees on campus, and possibly even make a satirical commercial for the product I create. 
·            Trees are being damaged due to people being uneducated about the types of straps and trees that should be using to hang their hammocks from. Research on multiple websites has shown me that the number one reason why trees are harmed is friction, thus I will research friction preventing materials and test them using my hammock somehow. I will also document examples of trees being harmed around campus and create an instructional guide on how to better hang your hammock and possibly use the product I create in the guide. Lastly, I may also create a short commercial bringing attention to the threats trees are facing in order to raise awareness about the issue.
Primary Resources:
1.        University in Missouri is cutting back on hammocking areas due to how hammocks can damage the trees that are protected in the area. 
a.         “University enforces restricted use of hammocks on campus.” UWIRE Text, 12 Apr. 2017, p.1. General OneFule,
2.        Wide straps are good for short periods of time, but can still be damaging due to friction.
a.         “Tree Safety - Alternative Hanging Methods for Hammocks.” Serenity Health,
3.        Also important to pick the correct kind of tree and not use ones that are too small because they can be more easily damaged. 
a.         “Tips for Protecting Trees from Hammock Harm.” Barts Tree Service, 6 June 2017,
4.        Even 1inch straps have been found to harm trees, but smaller cords are especially harmful
a.         “Thread: Tree Damage.” Hammock Forums Hammocks and Hammock Camping Elevate Your Perspective RSS,
5.        You can use a rubber garden border to help protect the tree, or other rubber products that prevent friction. 
a.         “Homesteady | How Can I Hang a Hammock Without Harming the Tree?” HomeSteady | The Ultimate Guide for All Your Household Needs.,
Location for fieldwork:
·            Side road by Pace Hall and around the art building trees where hammocks are often seen 
Kinds of information I will gather in the field:
·            Pictures of the tree injuries
·            An interview from someone who uses a hammock
·            The hammocks used on campus
·            Types of trees on campus
Final project type, materials, size, etc.: 
·            A sort of product or sketch design 
·            Instruction booklet for how to use the product

·            A possible commercial for the product 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Research Project Proposal

Research Project Proposal 
Area of interest: 
·            Map making for camellia garden
Thesis statement: 
·         After exploring the camellia gardens and seeing how weak the map for the area is, I have decided to create a new map with no type errors and updated bench and light icons which will then hopefully be displayed in the garden as the new map for the area. This project will allow me to explore how maps are created, as well as possibly following guidelines from a client on how the finished map will look. 
·            In this research project, I am going to explore the creation of a simple map and what goes into making a map effective. Before I had ever realized there was a map for the gardens, I had the idea of creating a map in mind. However, after seeing the one that is located there, I decided that improving and redesigning the current one would also work for this assignment. I want to look at what makes this map so poor and use these are starting points on how to make my version of this map better. I have also been in contact with the office of institutional communications and am trying to see if they would like me to recreate this map following university guidelines. If this works out, I am hoping that I can actually display the finished map in the gardens as the new, updated version. During this project, I would also like to see if the camellias are grouped in a certain pattern, and if they are, I would like to translate this grouping into the map.

Primary Resources:
1.        Original map for dimensions and species names
a.         University of West Florida. “Camellia Garden.” Camellia Garden.

2.        The signs for each camellia for their color
a.         Example: “Dahlonega” sign. American Camellia Society, University of West Florida Camellia Garden. Viewed 29 March 2018.

a.         American Camellia Society. “University of West Florida Camellia Garden.” University of West Florida Camellia Garden | American Camellia Society”.
4.        Tips for creating an effective map:
a.         “33 Map Elements to Include in Cartographic Design: A 'How to' Guide to Map Making.” GIS Geography, 18 Feb. 2018,
5.        How to create small vector map icons:
a.         “How to Create a Map Icon.” Vectips, 18 July 2017,
6.        Looking at the camellias that actually originated in Pensacola:
a.         American Camellia Society. “Search Results.” Search Results | American Camellia Society,

Location for fieldwork:
·            Camellia garden on campus
Kinds of information I will gather in the field:
1.        The name of each camellia species
2.        Colors of camellias for the map icons
3.        Location of paths, benches, lights, etc.
4.        Original maps dimensions and icons for reference 
Final project type, materials, size, etc.: 
·            Map of original maps dimensions
·            Will use adobe illustrator to create the map
·            Print on heavy duty paper that will last outside

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

html storyboard revision

I am going to make a website that shows different sounds as colors. I was inspired by a cd set my roommate showed me where the artist makes different songs that represent colors, and I want to take it a step further and take sounds that I believe fit a certain color, and also make an animation to represent the sound as well. The website will start with white, move to the primary colors, and then the secondary and tertiary colors before linking back to white in order to start over. There should be 21 pages in total.

Monday, February 26, 2018

html Project Storyboard

My idea is to create a maze with the site. It will have a forward backward link on normal pages, and when you hit an area with two option, there will be two forward options instead. I haven't decided on how to make hints for it yet, but I want the back of the page to be creepy gifs that make it seem like you are moving through a small area. I also want to learn how to code audio into the website that can play creepy sounds like "are you sure" when you click into the next site. There are supposed to be 49 total pages when done, but I will probably shorten that. The picture above is an initial version of the maze with the 49 pages, but I am going to work on shortening some of the linear paths so there is more variety in the choices. The dead ends are going to be blank pages with one simple link backward, but I don't plan on making it easy to solve this maze.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Project 1

The Children of the Sun, Moon, and Earth
    The following collages are based on Plato's Speech of Aristophanes. In this speech, Plato describes the 3 genders that humans used to exists as. They were the Children of the Sun (two men), the Children of the Moon (man and woman, or androgynous), and Children of the Earth (two women). Because of having a constant soulmate, these early humans had no need for love and thus became very smart and strong individuals. This made the Greek gods feel threatened, and Zeus decided he would split them in half with this lighting bolts. In this way, these early humans are clearly chimeras. This speech is also known as the origin of love as it explains how humans were first taken away from their soulmate, and thus spend the rest of their lives trying to find this soulmate. 
    In each collage, I used the planet that the being was associated with as the body to represent its name. I explored a more literal translation with the use of the male and female limbs and heads to create the genders of each being. Because I wanted to give an homage to the Greek origins of this story, I included a picture of Mount Olympus in the background. The purple tint of the background was included in order to compliment the gold tone of the frame. The rock was included at the bottom to give the image a foreground that allowed the beings to have a place to stand and not be floating. The frame and scenic background was included to give the pieces a religious icon feel, as I thought it would be ironic to make these figures look like religious icons, when they were actually despised by the Greek gods. 
    Some of the techniques I used to create these pieces were as follows:
  • I used the polygonal lasso tool to cut out most pieces of this collage in order to get a crisper edge, especially for the body parts, as the background for the limbs was a grey tone that caused the quick selection tool to not select correctly the majority of the time. 
  • I used the rulers along the sides in order to try to get the placement of each figure very similar to the ones on the other collages. This was in order to help create more continuity between all 3 pieces. 
  • I used transformations and reflections, as well as simple copy and paste in order to get each limb to be the same size.
   Overall, these collages were incredible to work on. I initially had a lot of problems coming up with the design as it was really hard to find the images I needed to use for some earlier designs. I am happy with my final design though, but I am going to work on finding a replacement for the frame as it is too overwhelming to the composition. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Post from Week 3 about Project 1 Progress

So far, I have been finding a few images to use for the collages that have to do with the male and female form, as well as the idea of the children of the sun, moon, and Earth.

I also started with a draft, but it needs a lot of work and I will continue to work on it with ideas of iconography in mind.