Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Powers of 10 ...

Project Statement ::
When zooming in and out of objects and places, one can also consider zooming in and out of time, bringing the past into the present and future. One may also say that time is relative, it only exists by the way we define it. My project symbolizes time jumping out at you, breaking through the glass, and free from the restrictions that we give to it. Time is stopped as it chaotically releases.
painting by : salvador dali
Project Summary ::
While watching the film Powers of Ten, and zooming in and out of the outer reaches of space, I was instantly reminded of an Astronomy lesson I had last year. My professor broke the existence of our universe down into a single year, where the Big Bang took place on the first second of January first and present day would be the last half-second on December 31. If you were to look at time in this way then all of mankind, from the evolution of monkey to man, would have taken place in the last ten minutes of that year. When looking at this calendar one realizes that time is relative and how do we know that time is real? We think it’s real because we say it is, but there is no true way of knowing. Furthermore, as you fly outwards into space you see our Earth rotating once every twenty-four hours and revolving once every three hundred and sixty five days. How can you know that this is even true? Now if you zoom even further away from our planet we can view our entire solar system, a massive spinning ball. How fast is this traveling, how long does it take to get from one spot to another? We made up time and it only exists because we say it does. There is no real way of estimating it. This project reminded me that with design there are no restrictions. There is no right and wrong answer. “Design from the heart and happiness will follow.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

the Powers of 10

The Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames, rereleased in 1977. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten. You start by viewing a man picnicking with his wife, you then zoom out of that scene 10 meters, then 100 meters, then 1000, and so on. Finally, when you're at the scale of the known universe you begin to zoom in 10 meters, then 100, then 100, and so on until you're at the scale of atoms and molecules.

The film was interesting and showed new ways to look at design.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

hello and welcome ...

... to another day of higher education.

it's back to school time! generally the first days of school are filled with excitement, butterflies, and a little bit of anxiety for me. however, getting to see familiar faces again and hearing about everyone's wonderful summer adventures is always comforting during the first chaotic week. another welcome commodity is the thought of fall. summer days are beginning to fade away while the season slowly fades. my enthusiasm doubles when seeing the trees gradually change from color to color, and bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils only add to that. i'm back so it's time to get my head in the game!!