In my group i learned that there are many ways to identify with using a vehicle for your artifact. There were 4 people in my group, all of which doing some kind of vehicle transportation. I thought it was interesting that 2 of us were working with similar concepts, where we are focused more on the luxury and safety of the vehicle and its practical use for family events and safe transportation. The other two members of the group where using their artifact as means of identification and expression. One gentleman was doing his motorcycle and was interested in the connection of only being able to transport yourself and sometimes one other person and how it amplifies human perception because of the thrill and speed you feel when riding and the wind is hitting you. I found it very unique how 4 people can start off with the same subject or topic and yet differ in some many ways when you get into the details of the subject and the means of presentation.
For my movie, i chose to cover Santa Cruz skateboards, and how they’ve influenced skateboarding as a sport, as well as, the evolution of the design of a skateboard.
The skate board has three main parts, The deck, which is the main part of the skateboard, the wheels, which are what make the skateboard mobile, and the trucks which are what hold the wheels and the skateboard and provide turning.
The place i chose for this assignment is Elizabethtown, KY. Elizabethtown has several paths that spread from city area and downtown out into more rural farm and county areas. The main paths in the city are New Glendale Rd, 31W also referred to as Dixie Highway, Ring Rd which is similar to new circle, US 62(Litchfield rd), and Interstate 65. E-town is composed of several neighborhood areas so the edge I would say is mostly houses; however, depending on the Road you’re on there are also a lot of businesses. 31W is the main road in the town and has the most businesses off of the road, like the mall, Wal Mart, Target, and other shopping commodities and restaurants. Our Node or downtown is a little unique because the original courthouse building stands in the center of the city but is no longer operational, a new courthouse was built at the turn of the century. Each road mentioned earlier meets up to this town square and then branches to other paths in the city. There are 2 school districts in the town, Elizabethtown Independent School and Hardin County public schools. In total, there are 4 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 13 elementary schools. Although i haven’t lived in the city of Elizabethtown in almost 10 years, I do remember when i lived there the landmarks typically referred to where just old buildings like the old coca cola building, the Brown Pusy home, any of the schools, and businesses.
My post card quote was “Innovation begins with ideas” in order to convey this message with imagery, I decided that ideas come to light in the brain so why not use imagery involving a brain in some way. After i began to sketch, i thought the easiest way to convey an idea happening is the classic lightbulb clicking on image. As i continued sketching I started to play more with the light bulb idea. When i finally settled on a composition that interest me, I scanned it into Adobe illustrator and began to finalize the drawing. Once the drawing was finished and the quote was added, i still felt as though something was missing and went back to the drawing board. I finally decided that to me the quote related to learning and brainstorming so i added a picture of lined paper you would use to take notes on, in the background.
Architecture of the 20th century can inform us heavily about how lifestyles evolved throughout the century. We can get this information from looking at three different building scales, The house, skyscraper, and airport. In the twentieth century we see several different designs of houses all of which falling in three categories; Bungalow houses, ranch houses, and mansions. Bungalow houses were designed to be more like cottages, they were cozy homes, with some what open floor plans that provided a space to live for the average working individuals in the twentieth century. Next, we start to see the development of the ranch style home. This style of house was designed for all races in upper or middle class working families. In away these homes are a little more technologically advanced. We start to see additions that accommodate vehicles like car ports and garages. These houses were modeled off of homes that sat on actual ranches to employ the idea of the “American Frontier” without the cattle though. Finally we see the mansion, which is a large scale home designed to show off wealth, land, and created for individuals that were head of companies, successful business owners, and inheritors of wealthy fortunes. These homes normally come equipped with items that are often leisure and not needed by in everyday life; such as, pools, large gardens, and formal dining areas.
During the times of this house productions we also start to see the production and design of skyscrapers. With the overwhelming push for industry and more employment, architects decided to build up in order to house more people and work space. This represent the twentieth century life style of a working individual, trying to make their way to the top. It is representative of America becoming a corporate headquarters and the focus of technology and expansion.
Finally, as all these houses and skyscrapers start to pop up more rapidly and create cities, the need to travel to all these cities begins to arise, which then brings about the airport. Airports start out relatively small and quickly begin to expand to accommodate a fast moving and steady busy atmosphere. With the design of airports you see large windowed buildings for views of the airplanes taking off and landing, also multiple terminals and runways for active movement and constantly having an active airport.
A building i think that shows American Character are all of the old tobacco warehouses and barns found all over the city of Lexington. I think these buildings show the same ideas as early skyscrapers with needing large functioning space for stock and employees, and also similarities in construction with the use of concrete, brick, and steel. I think these spaces are representative of a hard working American folks in the early turn of the century, and also representative of product that use to drive Lexington’s economic market. In a way it’s a small glimpse into local history.
My house is a Bungalow style Cape Cod home. The house is rather small at 1100 square feet and built to be functional for a 4-5 person family. The outside is composed of grayish plastic siding and typical black shingles for the roof. It is a two story house with a rather small upstairs, only spacing to about half of the downstairs. There is evidence of the floor plan pushing to be more open with the door frames down stairs being wider transitioning from the living room to the dining room, and into the kitchen. Additions have been made to the home to provide laundry and storage area.
I think the American house is such a salient example of design culture becoming materialized because each one although different retains so much similaritt to its neighbor. This is why often times neighborhoods look so similar in design. Having such similarities creates these iconic neighborhoods and creates lust for people to want their idea “dream home” in their dream neighborhood. This idea of the dream home also comes with a specific working class that one longs to belong in or does belong in. I think also pop cultural plays a role in the iconic design. If you can have a house similar to your favorite sitcom family than you feel connected to that idealistic life and ideal pf the “American Dream.”
Before taking this class I had no idea that the Media Depot even existed. It’s very nice knowing that the University provides students with such state of the art editing and recording equipment. At the depot they explained to us the computer equipment that they operate with, as well as the software that is the best for editing audio and video. The operate on both mac and pc at the depot, however recommended using their touch screen Windows computers because of their ability to operate so quickly with such large files; such as video. For my video project I would want to use their green screen maybe to bring objects into a space they normally wouldn’t be found and just for the experience of working with green screen technology. I may find a way to also use their audio recording rooms as well, if not for this project, definitely in my future creations.