The Laurie Haycock lecture at Cranbrook was a sincere love story. i went going into the lecture thinking i was going to hear something about graphic design and the revolution of now and being in the now. come to my amazement it was so much more intimate then i was expecting. she explained in the lecture that she was asked to speak about anything she wanted. she asked if she could talk about her late husband Scott. the lecture consists of her in depth almost testimonials of her and her husbands relationship and his work. one of the greater accomplishment that her husband did (and there were many) was him creating the type face dead history. she also touched on his dedication to the Macintosh computer and how him being boarder line obsessive with program manipulation lead him to a great career. her designed a part in a Michael Jackson video. Laurie and Scott both were asked to work at Cranbrook as a couple. teaching graphic design, she talked about her students like they were her kids. her and Scott were both committed to their work and one another. even though he passed 14 years ago she talked about him like it was only yesterday. the lecture was beautiful and inspiring in more ways then one. the dedication to their work and one another made the audience leave with tears but in a good way.
“descriptions of confections provoke the language of miracles”
this paper is about showing different examples of visual explanations. tufte gos into many different examples and ways of visual placement threw out art history. talking about how there are many differences between “the constructor” and “the ultimate designer”. taste, craft and skill. the constructor wins the argument because he can combine ideas with complex analytic design. he also bring up the point of using different mediums and how it gets preceved. drawing of why some people were hurt is way more informative then if you showed it on t.v. if done so on the television then it would come across like a natural disaster. most of this paper is about perspective both visually and mentally.
This is a paper done by sherry turkle. in it she talks about how she noticed when she was a kid that she would have connections to objects and that every object connected us to everyone else in the world. she used her absent father as the example. but then in growing up she relies that the objects really don’t hold anything more then sentimental value and that as time went by people started to study this in the early 80’s. the whole column is her just working threw the process of wonderment with why we value objects in the sense that we connect them to people.
Armatures —Are elemants that have fairley random placement ruled by divided space. they like alignment and harmony with balance.
Grids—are seen as the binding of elements. very structural and are ruled by placement. traditional books and newspapers are used as examples.
organizing typography the way we do now is owed to early 20th century artist and designers and also to the Bauhaus. there was created “new typography”, using line and placement with the designs of abstract art. grids work by using a calculated system of mathematical design. grids are made to calculate every square inch of space in a network of invisible lines.
“working with the grid system means submitting to laws of universal validity.
the use of the grid system implies:
the will to systematize, to clarify;
the will to penetrate to the essentials, to concentrate;
the will to cultivate objectivity instead of subjectivity;
the will to rationalize the creative and technical production processes;
the will to integrate elements of color, form and material;
the will to achieve architectural dominion over surface and space;
the will to adopt a positive, forward-looking attitude;
the recognition of the importance of education and the effect of work devised in a
constructive and creative spirit.”
“the people can shape buildings for themselves, and have done it for for centuries, by using language which i call pattern languages….”
-in this chapter, capture 10 he talks about how everyone has their own language and not just in the verbal sense. he uses the example about how when building were made in the traditional way, every piece was made by a piece of that person. so once the building was built then in was built by parts of the people that made it. making each room different.
-in keeping with using building as examples, he talks about building a barn and how there is a standard layout for how “traditional” barns are built. and how then that will lead into a pattern of how other barns are to be built.
“the patterns in our minds are , more or less, mental images of paterns in the world”
– he later talks about how to see patterns we must first have knowledge of what we are looking at along with being able to see past it by seeing and how to create it.
-later he mentions actual language like English and how it is a far more complex system then buildings are. he says there are sets of elements (words) and rules to describe the arrangement of words. then explains about how for language each pattern become a rule to describe the elements.
–“patern language not only helps the people shape their houses, but also helps them shape their streets and town collectively.”
—“these pattern languages are not confined to villages and farm society. all acts of building are governed by a pattern language of some sort, and the patterns in the world are there, entirely becuase they are created by the language which people use.”
-over all his last chapter is about how there are different languages and patterns around us and it because of all of the patterns working off of eachother only can we create more patterns and different new ways of making other patterns with out us knowing.