Ad/Graph Thesis – Construction

Last week, I mentioned that I had acquired a variety of materials for creating this exhibit. Unfortunately, most of that wood won't be "up to par" after talking with the people in the Fabrication Lab, a fact that I wish I could've found out sooner. After some improvisation, I've made some small adjustments to my design and materials to make everything lighter, faster to schedule and cut, and more expendable if something breaks or simply doesn't look right. I've also been making adjustments to accommodate for a lazy Susan, an iPad Mini, and a few pigeonholes of various sizes.

I've begun cutting and assembling some of the components (with the help of family, of course), namely the 24 pigeonholes and doors. I still have a large amount of work ahead of me, but it's nice to finally get into production.

Here are the pigeonholes. Note the varying depths.

Here are the pigeonholes. Note the varying depths.

I've also been hard at work sourcing some of the human experiences that are going behind the doors. One of the biggest undertakings is recording greetings in various languages, which has required me to record bilingual students in the sound booth. I'm planning on including English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Latin.

I mentioned working on some branding elements. The iconography will be depicted on the doors, with each representing a different category of human experience: sound, sight, taste, touch, smell, and knowledge/abstract thought.

Over the next week, I should have the bulk of my exhibit constructed. When that's finished, I can focus more of my energy on populating each of the doors with all of the little things.

Ad/Graph Thesis – Materials

Last week, I said that I'd get my plans together and begin the next step in this project. Since then, there have been a few big developments.

Firstly, I'm making headway on the materials and construction front. I've talked with an Industrial Design major, and it sounds like the CNC machine and laser cutter should be able to handle the 30-degree angles I need to cut to create a hexagonal structure. Additionally, I've acquired most of the wood and Masonite I plan to use.

It's also worth noting that I've received my light-sensitive sound modules in the mail. It took some time to get one of the devices to work, but it's working nonetheless. My only complaint is that the speakers aren't incredibly loud, but I might be able to boost the sound with some more experimentation.

I also had the opportunity to Skype with the director of Earth Tapestry. He said that one of the biggest flaws with the Voyager Golden Record was that all of the graphics and information are placed together in a chaotic fashion, rather than in a controlled, easy-to-understand sequence. That's something that I hope to address with this project.

Lastly, I've officially applied for the show, detailing everything from measurements to requests. Although the designs haven't differed much from last week, I'll post them again. Note the addition of a lazy Susan, varied shelf depths, and a slot for an iPad Mini to be included behind one of the doors.

Over the course of this next week, I hope to begin cutting the pieces, sourcing some of the media that will be behind the doors, and possibly creating some of the project's branding elements. Things are getting busy.