Monday, December 31, 2007

CamTrack - Enhance Your Webcam & Video Chat Experience

A funky small app that will Enhance Your Webcam & Video Chat Experience.

I must admit that I know the bloke that began this and he is one hell of a smart cookie...

Welcome to DMI

The DMI (Design Management Institute) is an international NPO seeking to heighten awareness to design as an inseparable component of business strategy.

This website has the amount of resources you would expect from an organization established more than 30 years ago... (1975)

Welcome to DMI

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Stone Pages Archaeo News: World's oldest wall painting unearthed in Syria


This is a very interesting story about an 11,000 year old wall painting found in Syria.
Can you guess which modern master's work it resembles...
Hint - he taught Israeli painter Mordechai Ardon...

Stone Pages Archaeo News: World's oldest wall painting unearthed in Syria

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Flauntr

Flauntr is an online photo-editing tool based on the Adobe's new Flex technology.

Try it out by clicking the button at the top of the right column - and while your at it check out all the other new widgets available on the right column,
like send-to-a-friend and feed subscription.

Enjoy!!!
And make us all proud tomorrow
:)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Kraftwerk - Saba Electro


So Electronic music, where does it all begin?
Possibly with these guys:

Kraftwerk
Established in the early 1970s, and widely recognized as the granddads of the sound we now call "Electro".

See these as well:

1.
http://www.kraftwerk.com
(very cool site - also shows the guys know how to laugh at themselves - always fun...)

2.
Kraftwerk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, December 17, 2007

Exercise 11 - Things that go bump in the night - the research

The research for exercise 11 is now online - enjoy...

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 11 -...

As for the exercise itself:

Exercise 11 – Things that go bump in the night…

יאמר אלהים ישרצו המים שרץ נפש חיה ועוף יעופף על-הארץ על-פני רקיע השמים. ויברא אלהים את-התנינם הגדלים ואת כל-נפש החיה הרמשת אשר שרצו המים למינהם ואת כל-עוף כנף למינהו וירא אלהים כי-טוב.

We have finally reached the creation of the lower animals.
On the fifth day God creates the birds and the bugs,
the fish and the slugs,
creepy crawlies,
and all the slithery things of the sea.

Over the next few lessons we are going to do some creature creation of our own…
____________________________________________________________________________________________

Requirements

1.

The first step in this multi-stage exercise requires you to choose an object that has a close and personal meaning to you. Research it, as a complete whole and as a sum of all its parts. Here are some questions to get you started -

What is its shape?
How is it made?
How is it constructed?
How can it be disassembled into its components?
What are its components?
What is the hierarchy between them?
What are its materials?
What is the significance of its color, its texture?
What is its purpose, its function?
What is its meaning? What is its unique meaning to you?

Create a selection of compositions based on your research. These are entirely free formats – photography, sketching, drawing, filming, collage, relief, statuary, dance, song, theater – anything is acceptable as long as you can justify it logically and associatively from your research.

Freedom is a responsibility you have earned – are you up for the challenge?
Are you going to go out there and do your best to leave us all stunned and amazed?
Your research should be presented next lesson in whatever form you see fit.

2.

Based on your research, and work so far, recombine your object into a creature of your own invention. Your creature can be an entirely original creation or it can be based on animals we are familiar with. Here are again, some questions to get the mind juices flowing…

What is the logic behind your creature’s evolution?
What is its form? Size? Color? Texture?
Why has it taken this form?
How does it live? (Eat? Sleep? Procreate? Defecate?...)
How is it born? How does it grow?
What is its mood?

What is its purpose in the grand scheme of life?
What is its meaning? What is its unique meaning to you?

Live long and prosper…

Friday, December 14, 2007

Facebook | Design addict

Join Facebook | Design addict...

Exercise 10 is online


Hey people,

Exercise 10 is now online for your viewing pleasure
Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 10 (...

Those of you who want to be involved in, what is now officially, the end of the semester program, for our class and Tali's, should make an effort to visit the Levontin 7 in TA as soon as possible.

There is an opportunity tonight...

Mike

Frank Gehry


This album contains a selection of pictures from Galina's lecture about Architect Frank Gehry.
Enjoy...

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - frank gehry

Mike

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cool Online Design Magazine - DeZeen


Ever so often I bump into a really nice design magazine online, Dezeen
is exactly such a magazine...

Inkscape. Draw Freely.

The only missing part of the package - a vector graphics editor - as alway, open source and entirely free...
Inkscape. Draw Freely.

Captain Internet has finally discovered GIMP

A while back I told you about the open source sister to Adobe Photoshop - an application called GIMP.
Today it is featured on Haaretz's Captian Internet column as "news". This is amusing to me as GIMP has been around for so many years that it was used for the creation of the original Google logo...

Those of you who wish to download GIMP will find the link and a link to tutorials in Hebrew in the article:
במקום להוריד פוטושופ - חדשות -הארץ

If you are looking for a free 3D application you may want to check out Blender.

Photoshop costs around 1200$, Max or Maya - above 5000$.
You can save over 6200$ by clicking these two links - not bad eh?

Mike


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hannukah Special - Get news from here in your Gmail account


You can add this sites feed to your gmail account. It Looks something like the pic at the top of this post.

1.
In order to add this feature you log into your GMail account
Don't have a Gmail? Get one here.

2.
Click on “Settings” at the top right.

Click

3.
Click on the yellow “Web Clips” tab.

Click

4.
Make sure the “Show My Web Clips above the Inbox” is checked.
In the search box to the left enter or Copy-Paste the following: http://hit-foundations-of-design.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Enter Text and click

Click “Search”

6.
Now click on “Add”

Click

7.
You should see at the top of your screen the following:

HIT Foundations of Design Feed Added

8.
For your information you can remove all the other RSS feeds GMail is sending you,
Click the “Remove” button near the feeds you don’t want.


Whaddya know?
Eight easy steps...
Happy Hannukah!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Exercise 10

Just to remind you what was given as your homework assignment:

  1. Create at least 5 * A4 sketches
  2. Create at least 2 * A3 sketches in color
  3. Create at least 2 models of how your final project will be composed and built.
See these pictures - maybe they will help you...

coffee beans used as a material

Red polycarbonate heated and shaped to create a structurally stable object

A nice example of a relief

Nfactorial Hannukah Party


Hannukah Party anyone?

I know that the promoters are very interested in collaborating with young and talented artists - they want to put up an exhibition.
Contact them and see what happens

Facebook | Nfactorial
:)

You can also check them out on Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/factorialcrew

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sometimes Industrial Design can make a big change


Remember Bibi's 1 kid 1 computer initiative.

Same Same only more sincere and global

Home
Hi All,

Shir sent me this video to post on the Blog.

  1. I think that the video is cute but I don't like the message "Don't think dirty". I say: think freely - dirty or clean - doesn't really matter as long as it's original, interesting, moving.
  2. The video is a gimmick - the illustrations are cute but not much more - it's like the first "dirty" jokes we tell as children.
  3. I'm very happy and proud that Shir cares enough about this course to send materials for the Blog - What about everyone else?
Mike

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Metalace|art


Hi folks,

Check out these incredible creations by one of our instructors here at HIT, Ms Tali Avraham.

Metalace|art

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Monty Python on Squidoo


It is always important to have fun.

My gift to you for Shabbat...

Monty Python on Squidoo

Friday, November 23, 2007

Apologies and Directives

I trust you all had a wonderful time without me on Thursday.
I hope to be available on Monday in order to make you all miserable again and apologize for my absence last Thursday...
:)

And now a few words from Addi:

Hi class,

After viewing your exceptional studies on colour!!!
I think you need to do a bit more research....

In order to plan and carry out research, it is necessary for you to
know what we mean by research-in general, as well as in the
specialized fields of language teaching and language acquisition.

Research is an ORGANIZED and SYSTEMATIC way of FINDING ANSWERS to
QUESTIONS.

  1. SYSTEMATIC because there is a definite set of procedures and stepswhich you will follow. There are certain things in the research process which are always done in order to get the most accurate results.

  2. ORGANIZED in that there is a structure or method in going about doing research. It is a planned procedure, not a spontaneous one. It is focused and limited to a specific scope.

  3. FINDING ANSWERS is the end of all research. Whether it is the answer to a hypothesis or even a simple question, research is successful when we find answers. Sometimes the answer is no, but it is still an answer.

  4. QUESTIONS are central to research. If there is no question, then the answer is of no use. Research is focused on relevant, useful, and important questions. Without a question, research has no focus, drive, or purpose.

Now to your poster studies homework:
You were given information on the procedures of how to plan and create a poster, so on monday we would like you to present us with 3 A4 poster sketches based on your colour research and 2 A3 sheets with your research material: photos, notes, colour ideas, paint
techniques, materials, ideas etc so that we can see your ideas that have led you to your poster sketches.

On next Thursday we would like you to bring the finished research poster so come prepared on monday with all your material.

Have fun and enjoy your colourful weekend.
Addi

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Exercise 7 is online

Todays exercise is now online.

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 7

Exercise 8 – "It's not all black and white"


ויאמר אלוהים, יהי מאורות ברקיע השמיים, להבדיל, בין היום ובין הלילה

On the fourth day God creates the Sun and Moon and all the Stars to differentiate between the day and the night. How do you differentiate between day and night? How do your moods/feelings/expressions change as light fades into night?

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Requirements

This amazing world envelops us in a myriad of colors that invoke a wide range of different responses (emotional, intellectual, associative, contextual, etc.)

Create a color Triptych* composed of three formats that portray the transition of your day in to your night. Technique is free however the triptych must be at least 120cm wide (note than a triptych’s middle panel is normally larger than the two “wings” on the sides)

Notes

Look at the notes given and take into consideration the transformations in the three pieces - not only colour changes, but maybe shapes, compositions, elements and the feelings your images portray.

Be Colorful!

____________________________________________________________________________________________

* Triptych - a work of art (usually a panel painting or relief) divided into three sections, which are hinged together and fold. The middle panel is the larger one, and flanked by two lesser, related works.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Exercise 6 - Series


Pictures of exercise 6 are now online.

Thank you Shir for the help with the photos.

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 6 - ...

See you Thursday...
And
UPDATE YOUR BLOGS!!!

Mike

Exercise 7 – the series continues…

Requirements

  • Recreate and improve your series describing the process of sprouting, being born, budding, etc.
  • Use color to emphasize the process your series describes
  • Every one of the five panels should be exactly 20*60 cm.
  • You may use any technique for this project.

Notes

  1. The final series is the focus of this exercise. See the images attached - they are examples of projects done as series in a different exercise. Create the sketches for the project in this context.
  2. How do the five panels become more than the sum of their parts?
  3. How are they displayed on the wall?
  4. What is the relation between them?
  5. What stays the same, what changes?
  6. Make a test for the technique you are using.

Good Luck!!!
Mike

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Exercise 6 - Series



ויאמר אלוהים, תדשא הארץ דשא עשב מזריע זרע, עץ פרי עושה פרי למינו, אשר זרעו-בו על-הארץ; ויהי-כן. יב ותוצא הארץ דשא עשב מזריע זרע, למינהו, ועץ עושה-פרי אשר זרעו-בו, למינהו; וירא אלוהים, כי-טוב. יג ויהי-ערב ויהי-בוקר, יום שלישי.

On the second part of the third day of creation God brings forth the grass out of the land.

Mother Teresa once said:

“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”


" We need silence to be able to touch souls" - This is true for design and art as it is for spiritual work. No big surprise here since Art is spiritual work...

_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Requirements
  • Create a series of five black, white, and gray compositions describing the process of sprouting, being born, budding, etc.

  • Every one of of the five panels should be exactly 20*60 cm.

  • You may use any technique for this project.

Notes
  1. The final series is the focus of this exercise. See the images attached - they are examples of projects done as series in a different exercise. Create the sketches for the project in this context.
  2. How do the five panels become more than the sum of their parts?
  3. How are they displayed on the wall?
  4. What is the relation between them?
  5. What stays the same, what changes?
  6. Make a test for the technique you are using.
Good Luck!!!
Mike

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Exercise 5 is online

Hi all,

Exercise 5 is online.
Enjoy : )

Exercise 5

Shabbat Shalom,

I will publish exercise 6 tommorow
Mike

Check out fresh soundz from Antitrust

Music for the weekend:

antitrust » discography

Made with pride by Ivan the terrible Serbian here in Jerusalem.

Things you won't be hearing on Galgalatz any time soon...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

בריטי ואמריקאי נפגשים ברשת

Check out this comparison I published on cafe.themarker.com
between the websites and portfolios of two great advertising agencies,
one British and one American.

בריטי ואמריקאי נפגשים ברשת...

Do The Green Thing

Design activism at it's best:
Do The Green Thing

דור והצפדעים - הבלוג

Welcome aboard Dor,

We have our first Hebrew blog - check out Dor on the "Blogia":
דור והצפדעים - הבלוג

Good Work : )
Mike

Page Layout - Principles of Design

This terribly designed article has good content touching on composition and design.
It's dull but important...

learn Typography and Page Layout - Principles of Design, free Tutorial

Sunday, November 04, 2007

NEW on our blog - Search !!!

Check out the search box at the top of the right hand side - you can now easily search theough the blog to see what's here anyway...

Enjoy,
and thank you Google.

Mike

Big Ideas come out of Big Pencils

Big Ideas come out of Big Pencils

This is the slogan that has been leading the Leo Burnett advertising agency for nearly one hundred years.
Check them out...

See you all tomorrow morning
: )

Mike

Daniel's Blog

Check out the stuff on Daniel's Blog.
Everything here is stuff we haven't seen before...

Educational blog

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Design - Speakitz - Your Say Anywhere

Hi Everyone!

This link takes you to the Design club on Speakitz.com
I like this tool because it lets you post comments for yourself or for friends on any website.
Check it out.

Design - Speakitz - Your Say Anywhere: "The new Design club invites the Speakitz community to join. News"

Friday, November 02, 2007

What do silly walks and design have in common?

Hi Everybody
(Hi Dr. Nick...)

Today we had our first presentation of a partially three dimensional project.

I think that the time has come for us to become serious about design so I suggest you pay attention to the video attached later in this post.
It is Monty Python's immortal sketch
"The Ministry of Silly Walks".

As you will see the sketch tells the tale of a man who is applying to the "Ministry of Silly Walks" for government funding in order to develop his own silly walk.

Although it may not appear so at first this sketch has a number of important lesson to teach about the design process.

I suggest you watch the video and continue reading afterwards...



What have we learned?
  1. It is very important to remember to have fun while we work.

  2. You need to be really "silly".

    If we want to be taken seriously we must first take ourselves seriously. John Cleese's character is not impressed with the applicant's silly walk because "It isn't particularly silly".

    You need to impress on your audience the fact that you have made an effort to explore all the possible options available to you and made a conscious decision to select one of these options.

    The best one.

  3. Being silly is hard work.

    Can you imagine how much effort and practice were required from John Cleese to perfect his silly walk? Do you see any reason why your projects should not recieve the same amount of effort?

I wish you all a silly Shabbat and expect to see some really good examples of your best efforts on Monday's lesson.

Mike

: )

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Legotek event

You gotta love Facebook...

This is an invitation to an event that could be fun and funky on Saturday night in TA.

Facebook | legotek group

65 Excellent Flash Designs


Hiya people,

One of the great advantages of working in a larger firm is the quality of people you interact with on a daily basis. I have the privilege of working with some of the funkiest people I know.

Many times they introduce me to great things that I would not have been aware of otherwise.

Smashingmagazine.com is one of those great things - enjoy...

65 Excellent Flash Designs | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine

Mike

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Belit's Blog

Belit will be 31 on Tuesday.
Anyone organizing a cake?

Belit's Blog

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Einav's Blog

Aloha!

Einav is now online: תן חיוך - הכל לטובה ! :)
Check her out...

PS
Someone was very pissed off at us for not commenting on their work last lesson so I would like to clarify:

Do not assume that if we do not comment on your work it is for personal reasons.

We will sometimes not have the time to comment on all the projects - projects that are similar to projects that we have already discussed will probably not be commented on in order to save time and avoid repetition.

In any case I strongly urge you not to walk around feeling unhappy - let us know as soon as you feel that you have been offended and we can work it out and save everyone the grief.

Mike

Monday, October 29, 2007

YouTube - Toccata and Fugue in D minor

This is a prime example of how excellent composition transcends medium.

YouTube - Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Exercise 5 = 2.5D

ויאמר אלוהים, ייקוו המים מתחת השמיים אל-מקום אחד, ותיראה, היבשה; ויהי-כן. י ויקרא אלוהים ליבשה ארץ, ולמקוה המים קרא ימים; וירא אלוהים, כי-טוב...

The third day of creation signifies the transition from creation through divination to creation in its own right. On the third day God brings forth land out of the waters and grows the grass. We will signify this special third day with a transition out of the flat and into the wonderful realm of relief.

Relief - This method of sculpting entails raising the portrayed image above the flat background surface slightly without achieving full 3D complexity.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
Requirements
  • Create a Relief based on either your Shape-Stain-Line or Circle-Triangle-Square black and white composition.

  • The Final Relief should be black and white and the size of your format should be 40*40 – 70*70 cm.

  • You are required to hang both the original work and the sketches for the Relief in class.

Notes
  1. Plan ahead what areas will be raised and what areas will lowered – what is your logic for deciding elevation?
  2. Make a number of small tests for the materials you are using.
Good Luck!!!

Ilan Vachtel's Blog

Hi Ilan!

Looks like you've been busy.
First you make a significant improvement with your work and now you have a Blog.

Good Work : )

Ilan vachtel Blog

See you all Thursday
Mike

Exercise 4

Hi all,

Exercise 4 is online. Also "Golden Cub" members from exercise 3.

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 4

Have fun
Mike

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Interesting Debate


This is a debate that took place on anther Blog I run.
I think it is of value - scroll down to the end of the page beyond the B&W composition at the top

העליתי סדרת עבודות בשחור לבן ל-Flickr

Dorit's Blog is online too!

Hi everyone!
We are especially lucky today.
Two new blogs are online - Dorit joins the club with her blog:

Design

Check it out...
Mike

Shir is now online - check out his Blog

Mazal Tov Shir!
A new week and a new Blog joins our roster:

Shir - A Work in Progress: Foundations of Design

Dana Yichye Shwachman’s wall lamp

Dana Yichye Shwachman’s wall lamp is something she designed at the Holon Institute of Technology as an industrial design student

MoCo Loco: MoCo Submissions

Posting to online galleries and magazines is a great idea : )

Mike

Thursday, October 25, 2007

פתיחה של תערוכה בגלריה ויטרינה היום

פתיחה של תערוכת
baggage בגלריית "ויטרינה"

פתיחה ביום חמישי בשעה 1800 בבנין 6
בנין הפקולטה לעיצוב, מכון טכנולוגי חולון

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 2 - ...


Hi all,

Your work from Monday is now online.
You can see the project photos here: Picasa Web Albums - Mike - Exercise 2 - ...

Tell your friends!
Prove your worth to your parents!
Impress your lovers...

In short -
Have a ball!

Mike

Core77 / design magazine + resource / home

Here are a couple of links to leading online industrial design magazines/portals

DesignBoom / industrial design today
Core77 / design magazine + resource / home

Enjoy...

: )

Thanks goes out to the good people at Oleh online marketing who sponsor the time for I spend on these messages...

Orit Aloush is opening a photography exhibition - you should start going to these things...

Orit Aloush is opening a photography exhibition on Thursday the 1.11.07 at 20:00 at the METRO in Caesaria.
details here:
http://cafe.themarker.com/view.php?t=187483

I wish her the best of luck!
Mike

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Shir and I talk....

Dear Mike & Addi,

I'm having trouble understanding our third exercise. I understood the limitations of the exercise (the number of lines, shapes, etc.) but I'm not sure what it is you want us to do. Do you want a literal description of the partition of the waters?

I hope you'll be able to answer me soon

Thanks,
Shir

and the response:

אהלן שיר,

התרגיל הזה הוא בהחלט התמודדות ראשונה עבורכם ב"חשיבה מושגית"
ההתמודדות שלך היא למצוא את הפרשנות שלך למעמד חלוקת המים.

אני לא יכול להגדיר עבורך את העולם המושגי, האינטלקטואלי, הרגשי והאסוציאטיבי שלך.
המקסימום שאני יכול לעשות זה יחד איתך ללבן ולשקף לך כיצד העולם שלך נראה ומרגיש למתבונן מהחוץ.
במידה ואתה סובל מבלוק יצירתי בהחלט כדאי לך להתייעץ עם חברים, משפחה, וכד' ולנסות לשאוב מהם רעיונות.


אין לי שום ספק ביכולת שלך לספק את הסחורה.

מייק
: )

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM

A very nice online experience

Infinite OZ | Tin Man | SCIFI.COM

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated (A Library of Congress Exhibition)


A friend introduced me to the works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photogrpaher to the last Tsar of Russia. Thanks to Sergei's unique method of exposing three filtered negatives images (creating RGB color composition) it was possible to reconstruct his images into full color photographs that are about 100 (!!!) years old. This is the oldest case I am aware of that such a reconstitution of three negatives into color images was successfully accomplished.

Looking into the eyes of people that walked the earth 100 years ago is incredible, and the fact that Sergei was a great photographer (apropos our discussions of composition...) makes the entire experience a truly magical one.

Enjoy!!!

PS.
The kids in the photo are Jewish children from Samarkand photographed in 1911.

The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated (A Library of Congress Exhibition)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Exercise 2 – Format and Line Continued -אור וחושך


Some legends tell us that God created the world twice because he was dissatisfied with the results he got the first time.

John Chamberlain – The American sculptor is quoted as saying that:
Art is basically made by dissatisfied people who are willing to find some means to relieve the dissatisfaction.”

Are you satisfied?...


Equipment
One sheet of Bristol paper 100cm*70cm – white.
One sheet of Bristol paper 100cm*70cm – black.
A black pencil. A brush and black ink. A black pen. A black felt tip.

Requirements Select one of the formats you created for todays lesson.
Recreate your format while taking into account the commentary you received regarding your work. Improve!
Create a negative of your composition on a 1:1 scale.
Create your composition on an A5 format.
Create your composition on a 50*70cm format.

Notes
  1. Have you improved your work?
  2. What effect does the negative composition have?
  3. What effects do the manipulations of your composition’s scale create?
  4. Create a number of sketches for the line, test a number of options before making your decisions – display these trials as part of your presentation.
  5. Hang your compositions and sketches on the wall in class before the start of next lesson in a tidy and organized fashion.
Good Luck!!!

Achmed the Dead Terrorist

Sometimes somethings are just so funny and/or bizarre that I can't avoid spreading the good word. Achmed the Dead Terrorist is just one of those things...

Amir's new Blog - What about the rest of you?...

From: אמיר בן אהרן
To: Mike
Subject: RE: אמיר בן אהרן, בלוגספירה-הבלוג החדש שלי

היי מייק

לפי בקשתך

amirdesignerprojectsplus.blogspot.com

נתראה ביום שני,

אמיר

And my reply:

Hi Amir,

Very nice!

You may want to check your spelling...
Why not upload your work so far so people get an impression of what it is you are actually designing.

Kind Regards,
Mike
: - )

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Exercise 1 - Format and Line



בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, וְחֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם; וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יְהִי אוֹר; וַיְהִי-אוֹר וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר, כִּי-טוֹב; וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים, בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם, וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה; וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם אֶחָד.
God’s first actions in creation are the definition of the format for his creation (בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ ) and the creation of a dividing line between the light and the dark (וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים, בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ).

The purpose of your first exercise is to familiarize you with the relation between your composition and the format you are working with and to instruct you regarding the power of the line.
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Equipment
One sheet of Bristol paper 100cm*70cm – white.
One sheet of Bristol paper 100cm*70cm – black.
A black pencil. A brush and black ink. A black pen. A black felt tip.

Requirements
  1. Divide your white bristol into at least 3 different formats – create the sky and the ground for your compositions.
  2. Using the black Bristol, and or any of the other means, create a division of the format using a single continuous line. Use a single technique on each format!
  3. Create at least one division that is Static (earth/ground).
  4. Create at least one division that is Dynamic (Water).
  5. Create at least one division that is Good.

Notes
  • What Is the underlying idea behind your work – what have you created? Is it good? Are you happy with it?
  • Notice the relationship between your line and the format.
  • The creation of a line also defines the space surrounding the line.
  • Create a number of sketches for the line, test a number of options before making your decisions – display these trials as part of your presentation.
  • Examine your creation from various distances – what effect does it achieve at different viewpoints?
  • Hang your compositions and sketches on the wall in class before the start of next lesson in a tidy and organized fashion.

Have a fruitful and fun semester!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Foundations of Design 07-08, Semester 1, Syllabus

Course Hours
Monday 9:00-13:00, Thursday 14:00-18:00 for a total of 8 weekly credit hours


Course Instructors
Mike Darnell
Email:
Mike@oleh.com | Phone: 052-6365013

Adi Cohen Ziv
Email:
addco@netvision.net.il | Phone: 052-4707828


Course Concept – The Creation of the World

בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, וְחֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם;
וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם


This semester of our Foundations of Design course will revolve around the theme of Genesis, chapter 1 – the Creation of the World. Over the course of next coming months we shall embark on a journey that will examine the story of the creation of the world and draw parallels between Gods creativity and our own.

Together we shall see how God, in his infinite wisdom, defined the format for his creation, built its composition from the basic firmaments, populated it with shapes, shells, forms, and bodies, enriched it with colors, patterns and textures, and organized all his creations in space so as to form the epitome of perfection we know as the Garden of Eden.

The journey we are taking is not a simple one. Many have tried to find the Garden of Eden and failed. Of the select few that have succeeded in reaching its fantastic gates fewer still have succeeded in gaining access past the guardians placed to guard the entrance ever since Adam and Eve were expelled from that first haven of innocence.

But…

Have no fear. You will not be alone on this journey, and you will be well provided for with all the means necessary to make your trip a success.

Who will be my companions on this difficult journey?” you ask.

Look around you!” we say. Your classmates, your friends, your family, your lovers, your teachers, and ultimately you yourselves will be all the guides you ever need. They will provide you with the support, the counsel and the advice you need to find your Eden. All that is required of you is that you actively seek their help, honestly and often, and even if you don’t always agree with their opinions, have the patience and decency to hear them out. You are also required to give them counsel of your own. Give it freely, honestly & lovingly – remember that you are leading the blind into Eden…

What provisions should we take with us?” you ask/

Take nothing!” we say. The lighter the load the faster the journey. The only things you really need for your trip are:

  • A sharp eye
  • An open ear
  • A curious mind
  • A good heart

All the rest shall be provided for. It’s fate…

So….

Fill your lungs, stretch your limbs and put one foot before the other because the open road awaits you and you still have a long way to go until you reach Eden. At times you will face hardship and pain, and sometimes you may even cry but trust us when we tell you that for every tear of sorrow you shed you will shed to of joy.


Course Goals

  1. Students will learn the foundations of the visual language of Design.
  2. Students will learn and experience first-hand the following fundamental principals of Design: 2D and 3D Composition, Color, Texture, Pattern, Object, Space, Abstraction.
  3. Students will experience first-hand the Design process as a creative and intellectual effort based on cultural and associative factors related to Place, and Time – Zeitgeist.
  4. Students will learn Designers' work processes and practices and begin to develop and interpret them to suit their personal style.
  5. Students will be introduced to artists and designers from Israel and the world.


Course Content
Presentations of 2D and 3D objects leading to discussions regarding expression, emotion, feeling, association, cultural icons, and the relationships between all the points above.


Course Instructional Methods
The course is composed studio lessons, presentations, lectures and field trips

  • Studio lessons - Involve personal instruction given to students regarding the topical exercise currently being discussed in the class. Instruction will be given on a one-on-one basis or small groups while the class is engaged in work on the task at hand.

  • Presentations - Involve constructive class discussions of the merits and weak points of assignments completed during studio lessons or at home.

  • Lectures - Two types of lectures will be given during the course: Instructors' lectures will usually be given as an introduction to a new fundamental principle of design. Students lectures will be given at the beginning of most classes and will introduce an Israeli or international artist or designer.

  • Field Trips - a field trip is planned for the semester.

Course Policies

  • Blog – You are all required to run a Blog at http://www.blogger.com/ or on any other platform of your choice in English/Hebrew as well as in your native language (if you wish) discussing your experiences in class and displaying your projects and sketches. This Blog is a vital requirement for the course as it will allow you to communicate with us, yourselves and your friends and family.

  • Attendance – Attendance is required at all lessons as each one of you is responsible not only for your own development but also for the development of your classmates. If you wish to miss out on a class for whatever reason you are required to notify us by phone/mail at the earliest possible time. Students missing out on a lesson without permission will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.

  • Lateness – Students arriving over five minutes late to the lesson will not be allowed to enter the class until the next break. Students accumulating three instances of lateness will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.

  • Participation – You are strongly encouraged to participate in class debates and voice your opinions. We will not judge you based on your opinions no matter how extreme they may seem to you. Good designers should have an opinion.

  • Missed Presentations/Assignments – If you feel that you will not be able to complete an assignment on time you are required to notify us by phone/mail at the earliest possible time. Students missing out on an assignment without notifying us in advance will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.

  • Grading – Grades will be given at the end of semester and will be based on your performance and participation during the semester and on the presentation of your projects as you choose to display them at the end of the semester “Panel”.

  • The Panel is an event held at the end of the semester in which you will be required to display all of the work you have done during the semester in a well designed personal display backed up by a CD containing pictures of all your work and your Blog as well.

Facilities at your disposal
HIT has a number of facilities that you will find extremely useful in completing your course assignments and projects. We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourselves with these facilities ASAP.
● Library
● Workshops
● Computer Labs
● Garden and Lawn (great for sitting thinking and sketching)

Equipment
Follows a list of equipment you may find useful in the course. DO NOT BUY ANY EQUIPMENT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU NEED IT

● Pencils
● Pens
● Brushes
● Paints
● Metal ruler
● Japanese knife (Box Cutter)
● Cutting surface
● Scissors
● Glues

We wish you a fruitful and fun semester!!!
Mike and Adi

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thoughts about the web and viral progression

This blog post from Avi Lowell of Oleh Technologies gives interesting insight as to how and why certain content gets virally spread over the Internet and what the effects may be.

Our “Rosh Hashana” video virals past 50,000 :-) « Olehcreative’s Weblog

Monday, September 10, 2007

TIME magazine's list of The World's 50 Worst Cars Ever


Here you have it:
A list compiled by the world's foremost magazine of 50 of the worst automobiles ever manufactured by man:

Complete List - The 50 Worst Cars of All Time - TIME

Hope you enjoy,
Mike

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Better late than never...

A few days after the end of the year Ariel sent me the link to his Blog.
I should have put it online then but forgot.

So...
1. Sorry Ariel for the delay.
2. Checkout http://ariel-interior.blogspot.com/.

Best Regards,
Mike

PS.
My new mail is mike@oleh.com should anyone of you want to drop me a buzz.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

HIT ranked among 10 leading academic institutes



Check this out - HIT is ranked among the 10 leading academic institutes in Israel in a survey conducted by MSN Israel.

MSN לימודים - הדירוג האקדמי של ישראל לשנת 2007

I think this a credit to all of us...

I hope you are enjoying your summer and spending at least some of time to go to Art and Design related events.

You are invited to check out events in Jerusalem this week on:
http://www.jlm.israel.net/home

The Jerusalem Film Festival is starting today in the newly renovated Cinematheque building and on Satruday http://www.pacotek.com/ have an event near th Maabada theater...

Hope to see you there.

Mike
http://www.speakitz.com/
Your say Anywhere

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Final presentations of the Industrial Design dept.


This is the schedule for the presentations of the final projects being presented by the students of the dept. of Industrial Design (click to enlarge) - you are all invited...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Panel pictures now available in the course gallery


I have uploaded a mass of pictures onto the course gallery.
  1. The Panel gallery
  2. We are the World gallery - Final exercise of the semester
  3. The Tribe - The research of a cultural "Tribe"
  4. Design in da'Hood gallery - Our neighborhood exercise
Enjoy!
see you next year...
: - )

Mike

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Good Luck at the Panel tommorow



Hi all!






  1. I want to wish you all good luck at the panel tommorow. Sleep well, wake up early, take a deep breath and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

  2. I opened a Design club on Speakitz - A web 2.0 site with the advantage of allowing you to post notes directly on any site.

    Speakitz is now giving away a laptop to the most active member - worth trying out...


See you Tommorow...



GOOD LUCK!



Sunday, June 10, 2007

Exercise 8 - The Sweetness After

Prepare a gift for your designated buddy - the format is free.

The present is a personal gift - something you would like to be remembered for or something that symbolises your buddy to you.

This is a great chance to make a final improvement to the impression yu have made during the semester - take advantage of it!

Good Luck,
Mike & Daniel

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Mazal Tov Shani

Shani is now officially on line!!!

Woohoo
: - )

check it out:
http://shannyeliahu.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Freedom of Speech just got a whole lot freer

What if we could comment about any page on the web?
Why wonder - we now can!
Check out www.spickit.com

Good Shabbas!
Mike

Friday, April 27, 2007

Exercise 6 – Tribal Design


Since the dawn of mankind we have lived in Tribes.
With the globe shrinking due to improvements in communication we find ourselves redefining our identities. More and more of us see ourselves belonging less to nations and states and more to new tribal like associations: We define ourselves as skaters, tech-geeks, surfers, skinheads, punks, etc…

Over the next week you will conduct a research of the tribe you belong to or a tribe of your choice.

On the first lesson after the Ashram (7.5.07) you will present your research and the process that you have begun (sketches, models) during studio.

On Thursday the 10.5.7 you will present one of the following according to your choice:

  1. A bill from your tribe's currency – 2D maximum 20cm*40cm.
  2. The prize your tribe gives during it's annual award ceremony (your tribe's Oscar) – 3D 20cm*20cm*40cm.

Good Luck

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Yaki is Online!!!

It's time for us to all congratulate Yaki who is our newest Blogger.

Woohoo!!!

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/yakir7x

Yom Haatsmaut Sameach All,
Mike

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Mazal Tov Moran!

Check out Moran's new Blog.
Give Moran some positive feedback!

http://mornysh.blogspot.com/

A few art sites and communities I've run into:

It's been a while since I've published a lisy of new Art sites, communities, and magazines: so here goes:

www.virb.com - Virb is a community website that combines social interaction with music and entertainment exploration.

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk - The Saatchi Gallery has always aimed to provide an innovative forum for contemporary art, presenting work by largely unseen young artists or by established international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK.

http://www.deviantart.com/ - Join the largest art community in the world! As a member, you can collect favourites, submit art, and track your friends and favourite artists (thanks Gil...).

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mazal Tov Keren!

A warm round of applause - Keren's Blog is now ONLINE!!!

Chag Sameach All,
Mike

Monday, April 02, 2007

Daniel and Mike's must see films for designers


Daniel and Mike's must see films for designers (the list is composed of movie title and director or leading actor-)

The list is not in order of preference
Enjoy

Ridley Scott
Blade Runner
Alien

Peter Greenway
The Cook, The Thief his Wife and The Lover

David Kronenberg
Naked Lunch

Alfred Hitchcock
The Birds
Vertigo


The Coen Brothers
Big Lebowski
Brother where art thou?

David Lynch
Blue Velvet

Francis Ford Coppola
Apocalypse now

Stanley Kubric
2001 A Space Odyssey
Dr Strange-Love
A Clockwork Orange

Peter Sellers
The Party

Ferrari
Le Grande Boufe (Blow Out)

Amir Kostarica
Arizona Dream
Underground

Merlin Monroe
Some Like it Hot

Charlie Chaplin
Modern Times

Terry Gilliam
Brazil

The Marx Brothers
A Night at the Opera

Monty Python
The Holy Grail
Life Of Brian

Humphrey Bogart
Casablanca

Woody Allen
Sleeper
Bananas

Walt Disney
The Jungle Book
Snow White

Fredrico Fellini
8.5

Jane Fonda
Barbarella

Quentin Tarantino
Reservoir Dogs
Kill Bill
Pulp Fiction

Kevin Smith
Clerks
Dogma
Mallrats

Friday, March 30, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Exercise 5 – Design in Da'Hood!


We live in it, buy our groceries in it, run our errands in it, greet the people in it, go to its' local dives. It is the first circle we belong to, not due to ties of blood or friendship but simply due to geography. Its' our neighborhood.


Over the Pesach break you will conduct a research of your neighborhood and prepare 2D and 3D presentations that bring together elements that are symbolic and emblematic of your neighborhood, either personally, or generally. Your research will encompass a single chosen example of each of the following taken from your neighborhood:

1. A space / place.
2. An object.
3. A graphic symbol, example of graffiti, sign, etc.
4. A persona / character.
5. A sound, musical piece

On the first lesson after Pesach (12.4.07) you are required to present a complete presentation that presents your understanding and perspective of the above assignment, including:

• 2D component (format 100*70Cm at least)
• 3D component (Format free)
• Accompanying sound or music

After this presentation we will conduct a studio lesson (16.4.07) to allow for improvements and our final presentation will be the lesson afterwards (19.4.07).

Good Luck

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mazal Tov Gil!

Check out Gil's Blog:

Gilkin on deviantART

What about all the rest of you?

Mike

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Exercise 4 - Family-Tree-Ptych


My family?



  1. My Mother, Father, Sister, Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts, and all my further relations.

  2. A bunch of people who embarrass me every time I bring my girlfriend over for dinner and guilty every time I go over to dinner with hers.

  3. The most incredible group of people I know and those who's support and encouragement I never need doubt

  4. All of the above.

Over the next three lessons we examine our near and dear ones, our family, from three different aspects:



  1. We will try and see them as they are.

  2. We will display them at their worst.

  3. We will display them at their best.

Every lesson you are required to present during your studio session a complete presentation including a 2D component (format 50*70Cm) and a 3D component (Format free) that presents your understanding and perspective of your family from one of the angles listed above.

The final presentation will be during the last of the three lessons dedicated to this subject and will be of a triptych composed of all three presentations.


Good Luck

Exercise 3 - Mirror Mirror


During the last lesson we continued our discussion of the Self
You are now required to serve as a mirror to the Inner Self and Persona of one of your colleagues.


You have been given an object that has a close, hidden, private and personal meaning to your partner.

Create a presentation including a 2D component (format 50*70Cm) and a 3D component (Format 40*40*40Cm) that presents your understanding and perspective of the obvious and hidden facets of your partner's personality.

Bring the object to the class and place it alongside your presentation so as to create a mise en scène.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Exercise 2 - My Hidden Self


During the last lesson we discussed the Persona - the mask we present to the world.
You are now required to display your hidden self.


Select an object that has a close, hidden, private and personal meaning to you and create a presentation including a 2D component (format 50*70Cm) and a 3D component (Format 40*40*40Cm).

The presentation should present the object, it's meaning to you, and the hidden aspects of your personality.

Bring your object to the class and place it alongside your presentation so as to create a mise en scène.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Exercise 1 - Persona


We all have a Persona.



Our Persona is the mask or appearance we present to the world.
Our persona is not a pose or some other intentional misrepresentation of our self to others, rather it is our self as self-construed, and may change according to situation and context. Psychological researchers tend to agree that our persona usually stabilizes when we are in our mid-twenties



During the lesson you are required to create a presentation of your Persona.
You will publicize, externalize, emphasize and exaggerate to the utmost extreme your public image.

The medium is free however you may choose to use the papers and pencils we will provide in the class

Good Luck


Course Syllabus - Foundations - Circles of Design


Course Hours
Monday 9:00-13:00, Thursday 14:00-18:00
for a total of 8 weekly credit hours

Course Instructors
Mike Darnell, Daniel Rosenthal

Mike
Email: Mike@tria.co.il
Phone: 054-5599595

Daniel
Email: info@designmill.co.il
Phone: 050-3693086

Course Concept
The second semester of our Foundations Design course will revolve around the main theme of "Circles of Design" – the journey outward from the Self, through widening circles of contact and influence –
· Family
· Neighborhood
· Tribe
· Planet.

Course Goals


  1. Students will deepen their learning of the foundations of the visual language of Design.

  2. Students will learn and experience first-hand the following fundamental principals of Design: 2D and 3D Composition, Color, Texture, Pattern, Object, Space, Abstraction.

  3. Students will experience first-hand the Design process as a creative and intellectual effort based on cultural and associative factors related to Place, and Time – Zeitgeist.

  4. Students will learn Designers' work processes and practices and begin to develop and interpret them to suit their personal style.

  5. Students will be introduced to the Israeli art and design scene.

Course Content
Presentations of 2D and 3D objects leading to discussions regarding expression, emotion, feeling, association, cultural icons, and the relationships between all the points above.


Course Instructional Methods
The course is composed studio lessons, presentations, lectures and field trips


Studio lessons - Involve personal instruction given to students regarding the topical exercise currently being discussed in the class. Instruction will be given on a one-on-one basis or small groups while the class is engaged in work on the task at hand.


Presentations - Involve constructive class discussions of the merits and weak points of assignments completed during studio lessons or at home.


Lectures - Two types of lectures will be given during the course:Instructors' lectures will usually be given as an introduction to a new fundamental principle of design. Students lectures will be given at the beginning of most classes and will introduce an Israeli or international artist or designer.


Field Trips - a field trip is planned for the semester.


Course Policies
Blog – You are all required to run a Blog at http://www.blogger.com/ or on any other platform of your choice in English/Hebrew as well as in your native language (if you wish) discussing your experiences in class and displaying your projects and sketches. This Blog is a vital requirement for the course as it will allow you to communicate with us, yourselves and your friends and family.


Attendance – Attendance is required at all lessons as each one of you is responsible not only for your own development but also for the development of your classmates. If you wish to miss out on a class for whatever reason you are required to notify us by phone/mail at the earliest possible time. Students missing out on a lesson without permission will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.


Lateness – Students arriving over five minutes late to the lesson will not be allowed to enter the class until the next break. Students accumulating three instances of lateness will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.


Participation – You are strongly encouraged to participate in class debates and voice your opinions. We will not judge you based on your opinions no matter how extreme they may seem to you. Good designers should have an opinion.


Missed Presentations/Assignments – If you feel that you will not be able to complete an assignment on time you are required to notify us by phone/mail at the earliest possible time. Students missing out on an assignment without notifying us in advance will have a demerit counted against themselves for grading purposes.


Grading – Grades will be given at the end of semester and will be based on your performance and participation during the semester and on the presentation of your projects as you choose to display them at the end of the semester “Panel”.


The Panel is an event held at the end of the semester in which you will be required to display all of the work you have done during the semester in a well designed personal display backed up by a CD containing pictures of all your work and your Blog as well.


Facilities at your disposal
HIT has a number of facilities that you will find extremely useful in completing your course assignments and projects. We strongly suggest that you familiarize yourselves with these facilities ASAP.
● Library
● Workshops
● Computer Labs
● Garden and Lawn (great for sitting thinking and sketching)


Equipment
Follows a list of equipment you may find useful in the course. DO NOT BUY ANY EQUIPMENT UNTIL YOU ARE SURE YOU NEED IT
● Pencils
● Pens
● Brushes
● Paints
● Metal ruler
● Japanese knife (Box Cutter)
● Cutting surface
● Scissors
● Glues

We wish you a fruitful and fun semester!!!
Mike and Daniel

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Underground Israeli Music for you!!!




The link will allow you to download "Where is the sunshine" - 75MB of some of the freshest Israeli sounds available straight from the vaults of 106FM - Israel's campus radio.




Enjoy.


Mike

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