45 symbols

Phaistos Hacking

11/19 Editorial

Thanksgiving

No class on Nov 26!
Enjoy the Turkey!

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coverjunkie: A huge archive of magazine covers that can be filtered by typographic, sexy, classic, …
Take some time to browse through the great editorial work of Mario Lombardo and his studio.
Take a look at some magazines on ISSUU:
Slanted 14

prepare for Dec 3

On Nov 19 we will decide for one spatial approach you will prototype. Use the coming two weeks to create this prototype and document it with high res pictures.
Take a look at the deliverables for the final to get prepared.

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GRID STUFF
Many articles and ideas about the grid: http://www.thegridsystem.org/
Grid: An introduction and How-to by Andrew Maher
Ellen Lupton explains the history and usage of the grid


A new entry from Bogota:

11/12 Editions & Symbols

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Symbols in Books:

Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman: Symbol

DecodeUnicode

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General stuff for prototyping and design mockups:

Pop App – Prototype on paper for the iPhone

PIXDEN Templates for quick design mock-ups

How to print a booklet with InDesign

The Parsons E-403 Lab: LaserCutting, 3D Printing

prepare for Nov 19

bring to class: A book or a magazine that has a spread you like. Be prepared to talk about it and give reasons why you like it.

Create an editorial design with all your symbols (and titles but no additional text) on a tabloid size paper spread. (ONE spread only – bring it printed to class) Think about hierarchy, balance and function. You can present all 45 symbols in an order or be experimental with it. Find examples for neat order in the link list…

We will have a short discussion about these and then work in class. Bring whatever you need to work – laptop, paper, pen,…

Free Flat Icons: England’s Burning: The Story of the English riots told in pictograms. Via Unit Editions


11/5

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A perspective of time By visual.ly

businessinsider: Pinterest Is Now The Fastest Growing Content-Sharing Platform

Written by thoughtbot: Be a Good Designer, Be a Good Client

Free Flat Icons: flaticon.com

prepare for Nov 12

Print all 45 symbols with names on a tabloid format and bring this to class. Also export it as PDF and upload it into your post on 45symbols.com/blog

Upload your 3 proposals for the exhibition – with images and short text each – into your post on 45symbols.com/blog. This will allow the curating team to get an overview and give recommendations.

Also bring to class: A book or a magazine that has a spread you like. Be prepared to talk about it and give reasons why you like it.

Free Flat Icons: flaticon.com


10/29 FIELD STUDIES

OCT 29: Chelsea Gallery Visit

On Tuesday, Oct 29, we will meet in Chelsea at 4.15pm (place TBA) to look at examples of exhibition set-ups and spatial explorations.

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I want to include the installation SCULPTURE (1504-2013) by Nick Hornby at CHURNER and CHURNER but also want you to be part of the planning. Here is the deal: All students look for an exhibition in a gallery in chelsea that seems to be relevant (and cool). You can simply cruise the streets in Chelsea on Saturday (which I recommend) or use online resources for this:

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http://chelseagallerymap.com/
www.nyartbeat.com/‎

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Send me a link to the gallery/exhibition website that you select until Monday Oct 28, 8am. I will create an itinerary for us that will probably include 5-7 exhibitions, also a map with all exhibitions that will help you to look at things individually.

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Be prepared to give an informal introduction to the artist and the specific show/artwork that you selected. It’s just more fun to explore these things with a little more background.

Nov 5: Symbols & Mockups

I uploaded a folder with better pictures of the exhibition space to our google folder: “45 Symbols Exhibition Space”.

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Prepare for our meeting on NOV 5:

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  1. Refined mockups of your spatial exploration proposals HAND/BODY/CHURCH. Use the images I provided in the google folder for the BODY/CHURCH scale and write a short statement for each proposal
  2. Finalize your 45 symbols and have them all printed on a tabloid paper plus uploaded to your blog


10/22 Spatial Explorations

getting spacial (copy from below – 10/1)

Find spatial interpretations of graphic elements on our pinterest board.

Develop three ideas for a spatial interpretation of your symbols in different scales

1. The hand: Create something that would easily fit into a hand
2. The body: How could your symbols be experienced in the dimension of a human body
3. The church (a room): If you would have a large room available – how would you like to show your symbol(s)?

For all of these you could use a single symbol, a smaller group or all of them. Your spatial explorations can be actual 3-dimensional objects, 2-dimensional prints being presented in space or animations (4D). You could also consider photographs of your symbols in a changing environment.

Please bring this to class for discussion

getting digital

If you did not upload your project to our web blog yet, please do so. You should have received an email from Daniel that includes the data to access our blog.

Create a new post that features a few images of your project, the text you have written for the flyer and a link to your research.

www.45symbols.com/blog



Via This is colossal 155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope
Image by The Richard Balzer Collection. On tumblr | Website


10/7 Thinking through making

where?

On Tuesday Oct 15 we will meet in the computerlab:
I404 (55 West 13th St.)

There are 17 macs and we are 20 students – in case you have a laptop and you can bring to class please do so and install fontlab in advance:
You will find a link to a free demo version at the bottom of the page. This version allows you to do everything the full version offers but it is restricted to 20 glyphs and adds watermarks to your exports.

I added an article to our readings folder called “06 Introduction to fontlab“. Take a look at it in advance.

what?

The most important asset for creating the font is a well structured Illustrator document. Make sure you are creating a new doc 1000pt x 1000pt with these settings.

Convert your symbol into a simple black vector shape (using the path-tools and especially the pathfinder will be very helpful) and distribute them on individual layers in your Illustrator file. I uploaded an Illustrator CS5 file to our shared folder as an example. Download it and take a look at layers, and how everything is only a simple outline filled with black.

Bring as many symbols as you have until Tuesday – you will still be able to add more later.



KERNTYPE – A kerning game


10/1

getting spacial

Find spatial interpretations of graphic elements on our pinterest board.

Develop three ideas for a spatial interpretation of your symbols in different scales

1. The hand: Create something that would easily fit into a hand
2. The body: How could your symbols be experienced in the dimension of a human body
3. The church (a room): If you would have a large room available – how would you like to show your symbol(s)?

For all of these you could use a single symbol, a smaller group or all of them. Your spatial explorations can be actual 3-dimensional objects, 2-dimensional prints being presented in space or animations (4D). You could also consider photographs of your symbols in a changing environment.

Two links from our partner in Bogota: Design Department
Universidad de los Andes

Summer Class 2012
TE Exhibition

getting connected

On Tuesday Oct 8 Guido Schlimbach PhD, the curator of our exhibition space, will visit us to introduce the concept of the church, its history and some general guidelines.

Prepare for this event:

The flyer for your set of symbols. Use the paper provided in class and implement changes discussed on Oct 1. Upload a PDF to our google folder and bring 2 prints to class

Print at least 5 of your symbols on a letter format each (print as many as you want if you have more).
Print on one paper (letter size) references (this can be your mood board or just a few images that show your inspiration and the identity you are working with)
Print on one paper (letter size) an idea for a spatial exploration. A simple sketch – also by hand – is enough at this point

Be in time for class. Start putting up your work as soon as you arrive. You can use all the walls on DT12.


9/24 documenting and writing about your work

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Take a look at these projects and their documentation. Make sure you visually track your process – especially when analog tools are involved!

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Postmodern Postmortem BY SYBIL LAYOUS

Meticulous Detailed Carpets Drawn with Bic Pens by Jonathan Bréchignac

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets

Documenting a day in the life of a Creative Director at Bernd Gruber Interior Architecture, Studio, Kitzbühel

prepare

You will find a zip file called SYMBOL_FLYER_TEMPLATE.zip in our google doc folder. This contains an Illustrator CC, CS5 and CS6 template you should use to produce a flyer for your symbol set. Make sure to hide the red squares in the document before printing as these are only for positioning.

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Fill the template with your symbols (as many as fit – or you have) and your writing (see below). Bring the prints to class and upload a PDF version into the folder “Add Your Symbol Flyer PDF here” before next class.

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The writings:
1. A very short persuasive statement that describes your project in a neutral way:
This is about facts and figures but should still sound intriguing (that’s the challenge). You are not allowed to you use “I”, “me” or anything related to your childhood or recent dreams.
Use this writing to populate the first paragraph
2. A short artist statement related to your project:
This might be longer and includes your personal motivation. That can be based on your past – your heritage, family or whatever inspired you. You can reference other projects you did but: Still no recent dreams! Use this to populate the two columns.

If you fee that the artist statement is not important to you, too short or you just don’t want to go into personal perspectives, you might also use the two columns for any background information that helps to understand your project.



Postmodern Postmortem BY SYBIL LAYOUS


9/17 Writing Systems & Isotype

prepare

Continue the research about your topic and make sure you post your findings on your blog. Do not design more than 10 symbols before you get the final “GO” in class – rather think about alternative ways to visualise. The grid you are using for this can be as rough as a simple square to define dimensions but also very detailed and already reflect patterns or ideas of the culture you are representing.

Start thinking about spatial environments and which technologies, handcrafts, or sculptural approaches might suit the identity you are representing.



ISOTYPE d. (Image source: Gerd Arntz Website )


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9/10 Language of Vision

prepare

Design 5 symbols for your set. Print them on a letter paper each and bring them class.

Think about all 45 symbols and write down a description for each of these. This can be a single word or a sentence if you prefer. You might use the Reflections on the Phaistos Symbols as a help to define your symbols. Post these 45 definitions on your research blog.

Use these settings for your work in Illustrator – we will discuss options for other programs. Start by creating a 1000pt x 1000pt document.

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Read the two new articles in our google folder: “Language of Vision” an “The triangle”



A set of icons and symbols The new slanted magazine: babel, non-latin fonts. (Image source: fubiz )


9/3 collective treasure

prepare

You will create a set of 45 symbols/icons that will characterize a specific community. This does not have to be a local community but there needs to be a collective treasure that can be visualized.

Create a mood board for this “collective treasure”. Since we will develop b/w symbols you should try to focus on shapes plus patterns, textures, micro and macro aesthetics, environments and identity concepts. Do not post this on your blog but upload it to our shared google space using the “Mood Board” folder.
Format: Digital, 1366×768pixels, PDF

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Define and separate at least 10 elements (curves, strokes, shapes, patterns, textures) that are typical for the visual identity of your entity. These are not symbols but it will become the toolbox to create the icons. Post these on your blog.

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Find the new readings “Globalization and Cultural Identity” and “Understanding Comics – Excerpt” in our google doc folder. These should be read during the semester.



A set of icons and symbols representing Baltic culture


Clay – Disc – 45 unique signs – First Movable Type – Hoax? – Hack?!

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The Context

The Disc of Phaistos: There are 241 tokens on the disc, comprising 45 unique signs. Many of these 45 signs represent easily identifiable every-day things.

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The Exhibition Space

Kunststation Sankt Peter

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Our Partners

Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Lebanese American University Beirut,
School of Architecture & Design

Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong,
Academy of Visual Arts

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Inspiration

Our 45 symbols Pinterest Pinboard

DecodeUnicode The Movie on vimeo… Hypnotic 2.30 hours…

The noun project – watch the video

BALTA – A font representing a culture.

prepare

Read the guidelines for project 1.

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Create a tumblr blog for your research and send me an email with the URL so I can link it from the class website On or BEFORE Monday, September 2, 3pm. (Labor Day)

Use this blog to collect everything you find about the culture you are going to work with. Be ready to present it in class.

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Design 3 symbols for the culture you would like to work with this semester and bring them printed on a letter paper each. Use black and white only.

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Join the Google Doc folder that I will invite you to and download the readings in folder “1″. READ IT.