Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Assignment 1

Paper Module


Module Definition:
A separable component, frequently one that is interchangeable with others, for assembly into units of differing size, complexity, or function.

Materials:
Sketchbook
illustration board or equivalent material
Xacto Knife with extra blades
Metal ruler
Hot glue

Helpful Links:
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/Tessellate/
http://video.pbs.org/video/1237715781 (go to Chapter 12 of 18 Floor and Public Figures in the video)

Description:
This assignment is really about designing an object with repetition in mind. You will want to look around
you, both in nature and in the man made world, for objects that are either modules themselves or are made up of repeated objects for inspiration. Keep your eye out for modules, they are everywhere, from rows of shark teeth on your television screen to stackable Lego blocks from your childhood. From these images and experiences of modules, you will create your very own module that you will use to create your very own form.

The steps in this assignment are due at different times in the process of producing the final piece, so it is important to pay attention to the due dates.

1. Based on the definition given to you for modules, make a list of at least 30 modules in your sketchbook that you can think of or you have interacted with.
Due January 19

2. In your sketchbook, draw ten thumbnails of the shape you would like to use as your building block module for this assignment. Don’t put limits on your imagination, as these are just thumbnails. After this pick three to do more elaborate designs
Due January 19

3. Once you have chosen your shape you will recreate it in a 3D form. For your object to truly be a module you will have to reproduce it several times. The minimum amount of replicated objects you will have to create will be twenty. When constructing them, keep in mind how you will link them together to create a form. Don’t start this segment of the assignment until we have discussed your module thumbnails in class.
Due February 2


video