Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Week Fourteen: Sketch Up Lakeshore Apartment Walk-Through (Post Two)

While working on the Sketch Up project we were asked as a class to create a walk-through of the final space using sketch up podium walk-through. While I feel the finished project is decent, I feel the quality isn't good enough for the amount of time it took to render the scenes within the video. (The video was also done at the highest possible setting within sketch up).

I feel like sketch up handles lighting and reflections (i.e. mirrors) really well, while everything else isn't at the level I'd like it to be at. However, I couldn't make the video any better in terms of quality because I was already at the programs "maximum level".

Also, during the video there are some spots that didn't render well for some reason even though the items are in "perfect" condition when looking at it through the program on my computer (i.e. the photo behind the bed, the weird white spot on the couch and the dinner plates). Having spent 18 hours rendering the video, seeing those mistakes/problems in the video do bother me, however it isn't a "simple fix" because I would have to wait another 18 hours to render the video in order to see if the problem was corrected.

Having said all this, I think Sketch Up has it's "high" points, but I don't think it's the end all be all in the world of beautiful design.

Below is my walk-through video:

Note: make sure to "upgrade" the quality of the video in the browser while watching the video.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Week Fourteen: Sketch Up Orthographic and Perspective Views (Post One)

We were asked to post our sketch up orthographic and perspective views pulled from the Lakeshore apartment design done for our visualization class. Below is a photo of both items:

To be honest, I'd have to say this was the easiest task I had tom complete while working within sketch up. I believe it took a total of 15-20 minuets to compile everything together neatly. I was pleasantly surprised by this and feel they came out nicely.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Week Thirteen: Sketch Up Rendered Perspective (Post Two)

One of the requirements of the sketch up project is to complete a rendered perspective as you would when presenting it to a client. After working with the program and adding the proper lighting sources throughout the space, I was able to generate the following perspective:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Week Thirteen: Sketch Up Check In (Post One)

Having just begun pulling the Lakeshore Apartment together in sketch up, we were asked to submit a "check in" within the class so Stephanie could gauge our progress with the assignment. At this point in the project I've successfully integrated my AutoCAD design of the lakeshore apartment into sketch up and I've pulled up the walls, added in windows (with cloud reflections) and doors throughout. I have yet to begin working on the interior of the space. Below are some images of my progress thus far:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Sketch 12

This week we were asked to do another one point perspective of the space we are currently developing in sketch up for our visual class and studio assignments. My sketch is very quickly done; shown below:

Sketch was done with #2 pencil, with a black sharpie sketched over once it was completed.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Week Twelve: Post Two

Since the semester is fast coming to a close, I'm beginning to think about the "independent" project we are planned to work on later this semester (aka in about a week). I think working on another Rhino project would be a good, since I feel that continuing with that program would help refresh myself on the inner workings of the software. (Considering it's been 5 or so months since the last time I worked with the program). I'm excited to find out the terms of the project and see if they apply to the software in a cohesive way.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Week Twelve: Post One

During this week of class we continued focusing our energy on sketch up. I really enjoy this program in comparison with some of the other programs we've used and learned this year/semester in this course. I also, to be frank, am happy that this portion of the semester/project is smaller in comparison to the AutoCAD project we just completed. (That project was bit of a killer-although I did thoroughly enjoy it).

Friday, April 3, 2015

Weekly Sketch 11

This week we were asked to do another one point perspective sketch (since last week was so bad as a class collectively).

I slowed down a bit and did a better job than last week. But than again, I do still need work with perspectives-they are my weakness.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Week Eleven: Post Two

In beginning our work in Sketch Up (having now finished up with AutoCAD), I find the program is a lot easier to work with (maybe this is due to the lack of button options?); which I thoroughly like and enjoy!

Below are images of the mock up shapes I made within the program (as they were assigned to us to complete):


Cube with a hole cut through


A rectangle with rounded edges


Weekly Sketch 10

This week we were asked to do two quick one point perspectives from the CAD assignment/apartment we've been working on for the past few weeks. Perspectives are really an area I need to work on-I really struggle with them. Below are the two quick sketches I did:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Week Eleven: Post One

In working with AutoCAD last week I stumbled upon a youtuber that I found extremely helpful in the design process of that project. Although I do appreciate and watch the modules Stephanie posts on Canvas, I did find the information provided by this woman very helpful.

Her link.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Week Ten: Post Two

In continuing to work with, and completing the AutoCAD work we've been working with these last few weeks, I've come to enjoy the program as a whole.

I did feel this project was a tad bit large in scale for a first time user of the program, and therefor it was grossly time consuming and at times very VERY frustrating. But I do feel confident in the final pieces I've produced for this project. Below are images of my final sheets:

Cover Sheet: (I did not attend the field trip to Chicago like my classmate did, so the image on the cover is not one of my own).

Dimensioned Floor Plan:
Reflected Ceiling Plan:
Section Elevations:
Finished Floor Plan:
Rendered Furniture Plan:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekly Sketch 9

Because my class was traveling to Chicago this week as a unit, we were asked to draw something we saw while walking in and around the city. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this field trip with my classmates, so I Googled images of "tourist" attractions in the city and due the Ferris wheel at Chicago Navy Pier Park. I did this because I felt like if I were to travel there in the furture I would enjoy riding on it for the views alone. Below is the quick sketch I did for this week:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Week Ten: Post One

Coming off of spring break, we are wrapping up our current project with AutoCAD and moving into SketchUp.

I'm a bit behind with this AutoCAD project due to the studio project we were tasked with completing over spring break-and therefor, I'm extremely grateful for the extension Stephanie so graciously granted us on this assignment. I'm still currently watching videos/modules provided by Stephanie regarding the rendering process of this assignment. I'm excited to get started with it-and see how the final project turns out!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Week Eight: Post Two

Going into Spring break we have "a lot" to complete before our next meeting in class. Although I enjoy working in CAD, I'm grateful that the rendered floor plan that is due will be done the week we come back-because I feel at this point that I will need a bit of help with that. What we do have to work on I am confident that I will enjoy doing.

(I'm also happy that I didn't plan anything during my break like some of my classmates had-because I know I have the time to do the work). :)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Weekly Sketch 8

This week we were asked to work on our writing capabilities in our sketch book. We were asked to pick three fonts and three quotes and try to re-create them ourselves. Below is my attempt at this assignment:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Week Eight: Post One

This week we are continuing on with our CAD work. The more we work within the program-the more I come to appreciate and enjoy it. Below are some images of work I've completed this week within the program:

Floor plan with curtain wall sections

Reflective Ceiling Plan with Sections and Legend

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Week Seven: Post Two

Having now completed the two sections required for Monday as well as a reflected ceiling plan, I feel that I can happily say that working within autoCAD is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. (Even if it is a tad bit difficult to work with at times).

Although I do enjoy drafting with an immense pleasure, I do have to say I'm getting a bit "burnt" out on sections and plans....

Below are images of the sections and ceiling plans I've done thus far in the program:

Section 1:

Section Assignment Given This Week: 

Reflective Ceiling Plan:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Week Seven: Post One

Having now completed the floor plan assigned to the class in autoCAD I can tell that I've become a bit less "intimidated" by the program as well as a tad bit faster at working with it; (but not by much!).

I do really enjoy working within the program, and find that "time flies" (in a good way) when I'm using it. The following image if of the floor plan I created within the program.

We are now beginning work on sections. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weekly Sketch 7

Since we've been working actively within the CAD program during the last two or so weeks we were asked to quickly sketch out 3 sections of objects found in our home.

I did this assignment while at work-so I "bent" the rules a bit and sketched out three items I found while working:

Of the three sketches done, I feel the flavored salt container is the most interesting to view (and incidentally, the most interesting to draw); because of its screw on cap characteristics and overall shape. The simplest in design was the child size cup. But, I chose to draw that out because I thought the bottom of the cup was of some interest.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Week Six: Post Two

I've now begin dabbling within the program of autoCAD, and I find that I move pretty slow within it. (I feel that's because I'm new to using the software-and hope with further exposure my speed and accuracy will improve like it has with other programs I've worked with in the past).

I haven't drafted much within the program as of yet-but, I'm steadily working towards completing the floor plan we've been tasked to complete for next week.

One thing I find most challenging for me to remember while working within the program is to remember to hit the esc button each time I'm finished with a tool. I find myself just thinking that by clicking outside of my work area it'll assume I'm done with the tool in use-but that's not the case.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Week Six: Post One

We've been introduced to the CAD program (autoCAD) that we will use to draft the Chicago apartment most of my classmates will be traveling to and seeing in March 2015; (I will not be going on this trip).

I appreciate the tutorials that Stephanie has uploaded to canvas for us to watch relating to this program and our project. Upon opening the program unaware of how to use it-there's a lot one could do and get "lost" trying to do without the help of the tutorials provided to us. I have yet to begin working in the program as I've been watching the videos and measuring out the provided floor plan given to us, so that I can begin drafting it shortly. I'm both nervous and excited to try working within the program.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Weekly Sketch 6

This week we were asked to sketch the light snowfall that occurred during the week. I chose to do a quick sketch of the hills outside of my home because I found the long stalks of dead grass poking through the ice to be of some interest.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Week Five: Post Two

Although I like drafting by hand, I'm excited to bring what we've done this week into CAD and design my first computer aided design. I'm looking forward to this following week of assignments.

Week 5: Post One

During this week we were tasked with measuring designated areas in groups. My group was assigned the women's and men's bathroom on the third floor of Gatewood building. Although, my group got off to a bit of a slow start with assignment, we pulled out the measurements as a team and we were able to complete the assignment on our own: creating a floor plan and section drawing of the assigned rooms.

The following images are my drawings:

Both were done in a 1/4" = 1' scale.
It was nice working by hand on this assignment. I know the focus is in this program is now steering towards computer design, but I still have an appreciation for hand done drawings, drafts and such. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weekly Sketch 5

This week we were tasked as a class to create a quick sketch of something involving the circus. When I read the guidelines to this weeks assignment I couldn't help but "go there".

Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I'm an extreme lover and advocate of elephants; to which are extremely mistreated in the world of the circus. This was the premise behind my sketch:

Please note, that elephants are not the only animals being mistreated within circuses. Desire to educate yourself on the cruelty within the "glitter and lights" that is shown under the big tent.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Weekly Sketch 4

This week we were asked to transform a chair created by the Eames' via this website. I chose/selected the "Eames Walnut Stool C" because at first glance I immediately saw a chess pawn; I thought it was fun and an interesting "transformation". The quick sketch I did can be seen below:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Week Four: Post Two

I'm liking and enjoying that this semester there is a great deal of information provided for us (the class) to view on canvas via the "modules" tab. While I liked using Lynda last semester, and understand how great it was resource wise, I did feel it was a bit of a disconnect  from the class; as well as sometimes very "dry". I appreciate Stephanie taking the time to create the videos and find/found them very helpful during the last two codes assignments we've done as a class. (Especially the illustrator videos).

Week Four: Post One

Working on the second rendition of the Codes assignment, I chose to photograph my job, (the local Burlington movie theatre) because I felt like it illustrated my codes well.

Photographing the space was interesting because it generated a lot of looks and interest by the patrons that were frequenting the theatre the night I did my shoot.

I like that we are working with Photoshop during this assignment (because it's a personal favorite of mine). Working with Illustrator during the last assignment was challenging for me (specifically with that paint bucket-I had the hardest time working with that tool). 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week Three: Post Two

I've yet to figure out the paint bucket tool in Illustrator; and after speaking with a few of my classmates on the subject matter, I seem to not be the only one...

I'm excited to continue working on the project during the next step-photographs and Photoshop!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Week Three: Post One

Working with Illustrator during our first codes assignment has been very difficult for me due to my familiarity with Photoshop. I find myself thinking a lot of the tools and functions will preform similarly, and they often don't, causing me a lot of confusion, frustration and time trying to figure out why it's not working the way I'd like it to. An example of this would be the paint bucket tool. In illustrator you have to select an object of shapes you want to fill in prior to being able to use the tool. However, if your selection is made up of various lines that make one whole, it often will not work correctly for you (at least it didn't for me a multiple number of times). Even if you "joined", "grouped" or "locked" the selection of lines together I still had difficulty getting this function to work-and often found myself cursing at the application in frustration and wishing I could complete the assignment in Photoshop. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Illustrator, I need more practice and exposure to get the hang of the tools and functions within the program.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Weekly Sketch 3

This week we were asked to read about and select a completed or uncompleted project created by Christo and Jean-Claude via this website.

I chose to recreate the following image because I loved the high contrast of the orange compared with the muted graphite:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week Two: Post Two

In working further with Illustrator (and watching the modules on Canvas), I'm becoming a bit more comfortable using the program.

I forgot to mention the critiques I received from my hand drawn code illustrations done last week in my previous post... One really helpful tip made by Stephanie mentioned that the Corridor code I was working with didn't directly involve the obstruction of door swings (like I had thought it did upon first illustration of the code) but instead of obstructions within corridors (i.e. hallways) like desks, floor plants, debris, etc. I felt this was really helpful in correcting my mistake (obviously) and being able to better illustrate the code in illustrator for this upcoming week of class critiques.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Week Two: Post One

With the short instruction week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we (as a class) continued to work on our own with codes as well as working on familiarizing ourselves with Illustrator.

Working with Illustrator has been interesting for me. I'm pretty familiar with Adobe Photoshop, as I've been working with that program for 7 or so years now. However, moving from that over to Illustrator has been both helpful and challenging. Helpful in that because of my knowledge of Photoshop I seem to be able to find and use certain applications easily. However, the small differences in both programs sometime pose challenges. A few times I've found myself wanting to use Photoshop instead of Illustrator, but I force myself to stick with it so I can become more versed with the program. Only more practice with the program will further my experience with it....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Weekly Sketch Week 2

This week we were tasked with recreating a sketch done by Michael Graves via this webpage. I chose to recreate the "Sconce Study" sketch because I was drawn to its simplicity and line clarity. Below is my iteration of the drawing:

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week One: Post Two

I'm excited (and not excited at the same time) to begin working with, and understanding building codes. I'm a little apprehensive about the study of codes because I know now that I must check and double check my designs prior to submission that everything adheres to the codes described; whereas prior to this semester, I was unaware of how codes worked, where to look them up and how to apply them in designs. (So, I got away with more; as far as reality and do-ability in design goes). However, I'm a pretty technical person, and the idea of introducing further rules into the system of design is a bit exciting for me because it gives me something to further base my work off of...

Below are images done for this weeks assignment were we were asked to illustrate two codes assigned to us:

Code 1208.1 Minimum Room Widths
Habitable spaces, other than a kitchen, shall not be less than 7 feet (2134mm) in any plan dimension. Kitchens shall have a clear passageway of not less than 3 feet between counter fronts and appliances or counter fronts and walls. 

Code 1018.3 Corridor Obstruction
The required width of corridors shall be unobstructed.
Exception: Doors complying with section 1005.2
Code 1005.2 Door Encroachment

Door, when fully opened, and handrails shall not reduce the required means of egress width by more than 7 inches (178mm). Doors in any position shall not reduce the required width by more than one-half. Other nonstructural projections such as trim and similar decorative features shall be permitted to project into the required width a maximum of 1 ½ inches (38mm) on each side

Exception: The restrictions on a door swing shall not apply to doors within individual units and sleeping units of Group R-2 and dwelling units of Group R-3

Week One: Post One

     Our first day of class was interesting in that we were told as a class what to expect during the course of this 212 seminar. I think the continued learning in the digital realm of design will be interesting AND very challenging. I am a little "bummed" as it were, that we will not be continuing our coursework with further study of/working in Rhino. I feel like one project last semester is not enough to fully immerse yourself in such a complex program; and I think at this point, I'll try to incorporate that program into my final project of this course, so that I can push myself further to learn it's eccentricities. (Unless, along the way to that project something else sticks out at me).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Sketch: Week One

This week we were tasked as a class to recreate this quick sketch done by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. We were also asked to add in a scale figure to the drawing to help give it some dimensioning references.