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.

GIF Article Response

GIFS started in the late 1990’s with some artists focusing purely on sharing them with the web. However, in 2003, MySpace was created and the animated GIF took off as this new social website allowed them to be shared very quickly. This is when the GIF becomes a large part of the social media world. Other blogs that focused only on GIFS also popped up, but they only lasted around 5 years before “networked blogs like Tumblr^1” took over and allowed people to easily share, download, change, and reshare GIFS exponentially. Socially, this has allowed people to create reaction GIFS, revolutionize a generation with the creation of memes, and to share popular clips from movies and shows with each other very easily.
However, with this change to a very mainstream platforms, the GIF is at threat of being restricted. Platforms like Facebook and Tumblr have enforced size minimums and created ways for GIFS to be made into videos when uploaded. This has taken away some of the freedom that the GIF had. As a small file with many limitations, the idea of forcing the file to be larger and more detailed takes away the challenge of creating a good GIF under strict limitations. Because GIFS do “not belong to anyone^2”, they should not be forced to change. In the age we are coming into that questions how free the net truly is, changing a very influential file that has been a part of the web from the beginning seems like a slap in the face. I see no harm in simply leaving the file type alone and allowing content creators to be in change of what size they wish their file to be. These GIFS are a part of how society shares their emotions and expression through reaction GIFS and meme GIFS. Low tech GIFS are available to more people and are easier to create so taking away these options are going to have lasting impacts on how our social culture can react to itself. They represent freedom of choice and expression on the web that is already being threatened with lessened neutrality.

1. Johnson, Paddy. “A Brief History of Animated GIF Art, Part Two.” Artnet News, Artnet News, 22 Apr. 2015,
2. Sha . “The Digital Materiality of GIFS.”,