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PROJECT OUTCOME: ALIGNING SIGNS

October 28, 2016 in IID

On the day of the projection for our project there was some preparation to do to ensure that everything ran smoothly.

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We started with covering the windows in the Typocafe with sheets of white paper so that we could project onto the windows. Also we had to set up the projectors so that each group had their own workspace and could set up the placements and anything else needed for the projection. The second step was to use MadMapper to align our projection onto the windows Here was our outcome:
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GROUP CRIT: ALIGNING SIGNS

October 28, 2016 in IID

During our group critique we each presented our work individually and as a group to the rest of the class to see what everyone else had come up with and to improve our projects before the final projection.

The first improvement that we made was to get rid of the calendar idea as most of our peers felt that this was unnecessary and would distract from the other screen. Instead we chose a simpler design with text that explained the reason why London nightlife has declined over the past 20 years. and added a flickering arrow that points to the second screen in order to link them together.

Doing a group crit was very helpful as it made us look at our project from a different perspective. It helped us to make little changes to our project and get the opinions of others before the final projection.

RE-DESIGN: ALIGNING SIGNS

October 21, 2016 in IID

As a group we felt as though designing an image for every single club that we were using and trying to place them all on a map without it becoming confusing; was putting ourselves under a lot of pressure. Therefore we came up with an alternative design using two screens. Both screens will have black backgrounds to make our information stand out more when it’s being projected.

The first screen will feature all of the club names in coloured neon lights which will flicker out in order of closing dates. The second screen next to it will have a calendar at the top which will simultaneously show the year the club closed when the light starts to flicker. Underneath the calendar there will be a short explanation as to why each club closed also in time with everything else.

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PROJECT UPDATE: ALIGNING SIGNS

October 19, 2016 in IID

After a lot of research and some consideration we realised that there are already apps available for what we are trying to create so we have decided to change our goal for this project. After the recent closure of Fabric, our second idea is to look at all the major clubs that have been shut down over the past 20 years to highlight the ever declining industry in and around London.

We want to stick with the map idea, but tell the public about the different reasons why their local clubs and bars have been shut down. We feel as though this is a better angle to come from as it provides information that is not always common knowledge.

Here is some basic research on the types of 24hour licenses around London, as you can see the nightclubs / bars is a lot lower than what you would expect with over 8 times the amount of licenses given to shops.

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PROJECTION MAPPING TUTORIAL

October 17, 2016 in IID

As our current brief and project requires the use of projection mapping; it was important to have a tutorial on this so that everyone knew the basics of what to do.

We started with an overall introduction to the projectors, how they work, various settings and how to set everything up. The second step was to familiarise ourselves with the computer program Mad Mapper. Instead of just projecting straight onto a wall or blank surface, we decided to make it a little more difficult for ourselves and project onto a mannequin. We set up the projector to cover the mannequin so that we could see the entire space we were working with. When you open Mad Mapper this is the basic grid that is displayed:

08The next task was to 09mask out the areas the we did not want to project onto (the wall) and so that the mannequin was completely white.

Here was the outcome of our mask made in Mad Mapper:

 

 

As10 you can see the mask is not perfect, but with a little more practise we will be able to get the exact shape that we want and potentially project onto anything we like. To test out the process we chose an image to start off with to project onto the mannequin and this was the finished result:

PROJECT PROPOSAL: ALIGNING SIGNS

October 14, 2016 in IID

“Design and produce a graphical data visualisation to be projected onto the facade of the LCC. You should consider how it relates to the building, the neighbourhood and the city.”

This is our first project brief; in groups we decided what we wanted to base our research, projection and overall theme on.

Our initial key ideas were:

  • data on the frequency of police cars in the area
  • correlation between music venue events and policing in the area
  • a map to show which music venues are busiest and when / what events are on

We wanted to relate our project to the area but also something that we are interested in, which is why we chose to focus on London’s nightlife.

Our idea is to project a map of the local area onto the side of the building and highlight the five biggest clubs in the area. There will be graphics of each and key information like upcoming events etc.

Here are some of our ideas and sketches at the beginning of our project:

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