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?

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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!

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* 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...

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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

Israel Art Calendar