End of Year Salon is almost here!

AD&DC_Fall 2015 Salon Invite

Come see the fruit of your labor & bask in the glow that is UPenn design student’s brilliance! Also there will be refreshments provided.


Project 4 Intervention Design

What happens when you express something unexpected in a public space?
In this project you’ll create an intervention (design or art intervention) in a specific public space with the goal of raising questions and initiating a dialog about an issue that concerns you. Project_04_Fall2015

For Tuesday Nov 24 write a 1-paragraph proposal (identify concept, issue, location & pics of your desired location)

Review projects on this page, and complete the critical-dialogue-oliva reading for discussion. This project involves working in small teams, developing strategies for the intervention, installing it and documenting (with video and photography) the process and outcome. We’ll determine teams in class on Tuesday the 24th.

Below, Shakiel Greely’s Trail of Silence intervention/performance, October, 2014:

Trail of Silence is ongoing & lives on the web here.

These projections display animated children’s pictures in public spaces to encourage play


Please review Climate Projections which you’ll find on our class Dropbox… https://www.dropbox.com/s/ujjuc4e1vtjfh7g/climate%20projections.mp4?dl=0









Project 3: Data Portrait

In this new project, AD&DC_FALL 2015_ PROJECT 3, you’ll write Processing code, producing a visualization of the data you’ve been collecting about yourself, then print and construct a wearable accessory. We’ll photograph you (or your model) in a runway show critique on Thursday November 12th.

For this weekend I’d like you to write summary’s for the Ted Talk Design and the Elastic Mind & the reading Douglas Rushkoff, Program or Be Programmed .

When your thinking about your wearable push the boundaries of what this form could look like. Visit our class Pinterest board on some unconventional fashion designers like Phillip Treacy & Winde Rienstra.

Below are some student examples I’d like to share,

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This wearable by Sofia Demopolos was inspired by her data collection of constantly being late. Sofia’s solution to prevent from being late in the future was a jet pack which looked really great with her flame like pattern design.

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This Elizabethan ruff inspired wearable by Jane Shmushkis was the first time one of my students used laser cutting with their Processing generated pattern. The laser cut pattern gave a real sophisticated and layered look that was very rich.

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This straight jacket design by Garett Nelson was inspired by his collection of data on the time he spent or “wasted”, as he stated in his written proposal, online with social media. Social media prevented him from pursuing his fine art endeavors and living his life at Penn to it’s fullest. The straight jacket metaphor for how this bad habit was like being incarcerated was one he quickly arrived at. We found a pattern online and after several prototypes arrived at this arresting design.

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Emily Belshaw’s data collection w/ Processing created a tessellation like pattern which she used origami folding techniques to give it a three dimensional effect.


Amber Hu wanted to curb her bad knuckle cracking habit so she devised this gauntlet that would prevent her from doing so. The Processing pattern on her wrist color is showing frequency of knuckle cracked over a 2 week period.

Inspiring Still Photography GIF animations


Really like the visual impact of this simple broken pencil GIF animation. The illusion of the shards of pencil flying gives makes this piece very dynamic. The fact that this is on a seamless background makes it easy for the creator to move elements in the frame.


This camera GIF isn’t as dynamic as the pencil animation but it illustrates how mixed media can really add to the aesthetic of this surreal slide show.

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Subtle movement in static images between more than one element, or vector, can give the illusion of something much more dynamic. Pay close attention to the movement in these GIFs. How many elements are actually moving? Were they created in Photoshop or photographed? These are possible solutions to some of your visual challenges on project 2.

To see stop motion animation used at it’s finest check out the music video for ‘Sledgehammer’ from Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking album ‘So’. Of course Photoshop wasn’t used in the creation of this but you can see how drastic transitions can work when sprinkled in with more subtle changes. All time great 80s album for this instructor too!

Project 2.1. Visual Representation & Design aka the Animation project

In this project, students learn how to make still and animated images using
visual design and layout and information organization principles. Photoshop will be our tool of choice to execute your short animations.

How you create the animation is up to you but what is most important is the narrative being told. Here are some examples of different student animations…

Amber Hu’s short entitled “Legacy” focuses on the passage of knowledge…

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This next animation by Garett Nelson is a gamer fantasy called “Fight” that shows the unique aesthetic of  still photography…

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Collage is another way to tackle this problem as shown in this short by Liz Barr called “I Miss You”…

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Focusing on finer details like a person’s emotions can make a simple animation feel much more substantial. In this piece by Elena Nikonova entitled “Chocolate” you see how our main protagonist expresses herself through her eyes…

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