DESIGN / PERSPECTIVE
This anthology was my first exploration into the potential of visual communications to learn more directly from natural systems. Essays and case studies from a motley mix of disciplines explore methods I believe are vital to the design process. In my mind, nature has all of the answers we just need to figure out which ones to use where.
I had this idea rattling around in my head for a while before I had the opportunity to express it in Krystoff Lenk’s information design class. I initially thought it would be a poster but stubbornly discovered that motion was the only way to present the information (I had zero experience in After Effects and even less with sound).
Below are some stills from a print piece I did about light pollution for my final in studio. I was captivated by an 18th century book Copernicus had published with beautiful illuminated charts, graphs and illustrations. It made me realize that most of the sky in the “developed” world today hardly resembles the one that he made all of his discoveries from.
It hurts when mountains get their tops cut off… and its totally unnecessary, there are lots of sustainable energy sources all around us. These posters were my first studio assignment and i was given a spool of thread for inspiration. I’m not sure how that tied into mountaintop removal mining but I do think this type of mining is hideous and should be banned permanently—maybe I was just looking for an excuse to make a poster about it. These have since showed in several exhibits on campus, most recently in Green RISD 2010: Nature, Culture, Innovation.
A visualization of my time at RISD, again for Krystoff Lenk’s info design class. I formed the helix by cramming 24 hours of data into only 23 boxes. This was assigned early in the semester before I could properly estimate a realistic sleeping schedule.