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Sophomore Year Classes

October 17, 2017 — Leave a comment

Now that it had been a couple weeks since classes started, I figured I might write about my roster for this semester. This semester, similar to the last two, I have 19 credits of mostly major required classes. My core design classes for this semester are Industrial Design Studio 3, 3D Realization, and 3D Visualization. Studio consists of primarily more major projects that focus on developing the design process and tying together the many different skills developed in the two other design classes. 3D Realization is the design class which has replaced the more graphic design esk classes from last year. 3D Realization focuses on teaching different modeling and machining practices. So far we have learned to safely use the laser cutter, foam cutters, plastic ovens, band saws, drill presses, mills, and metal lathes. The laser cutter and plastic ovens already played a major role in our second studio project. 3D Visualization is my drawing class for the semester. In 3D Visualization, we moved from using black colored pencils as we did last year to using various types of pens and Copic markers for shading/color. I took me a little while to get back into the drawing flow but recently I have been very satisfied with some of my work.

Aside from my design classes, I have a social studies elective and a mandatory physics class. For social studies, I decided to take design history. Both classes are very well organized and have a regular pattern which is something I appreciate. In History class, for instance, there is always an online quiz due on Tuesday before class and the writing homework is due by midnight Friday. In physics, the online homework is due every money before class and the quiz is due by midnight Wednesday. This makes it really easy to keep track of all work and get it in on time. Overall I am very satisfied with all of my classes and professors this year. I will continue to write posts referring to individual projects as I complete them.

Midsummer Post

July 16, 2017 — Leave a comment

Since coming home in mid-April, most of my time has been spent trying to earn the money I will need to comfortably move into my off campus apartment for next year and for the trip I am planning for August. Shortly after coming back home to California I started working at a car dealership where I learned quite a bit about the automotive industry but once it became available, I moved on to a more traditional retail position closer to home for a more reliable paycheck. At this second position, I was also able to use more of what I had learned so far at Wentworth because I have to help customers design the lighting, furniture, and hardware of their homes. In researching for this position I was also asked to learn about a lot of the minutia surrounding the mechanics of door sets and lighting types. I am hoping that this knowledge will come in handy again once I am back at school as I know that we have a lighting project as upperclassmen.

Especially these last few weeks as work becomes a little more routine, I have been finding that I miss Boston and Taking classes at Wentworth more and more. While I am very satisfied with my working situation this summer, there is something about being at school and having several engaging design projects going at once that never gets old. I can’t wait until I have enough experience that I can get paid to do what we do at school.

On the 8th of August, after I have my last day of work on the 4th, One of my roommates from last year at Wentworth is coming to visit me for the rest of the month and after I show him the Bay Area where I live, we are going to do a week and a half trip to Yosemite and LA. It should be exciting because he hasn’t seen either and I haven’t been to the LA area in recent memory. Maybe my first post for next year can be about how that went.

 

The last few weeks in both Vis and Studio have been taken up with our final projects for this semester. In studio, we were instructed to design the packaging and form of a bar of soap, and in Vis, we were asked to design a poster for an assigned font type. For my soap, I chose to design a product that addressed the needs of a swimmer. Having been a swimmer for most of my life I knew that a crucial part of the soap would be addressing the issues surrounding chlorine exposure. To solve this, I added moisturizers and liquid anti-chlorine soap to the base we were using. In the packaging and the form of the soap, I upheld the swimming theme by using speedo products such as swimming fins as a reference. I really like the final product which I came up with and will have it at my year end show this week. I am also very pleased with my poster. After several iterations, this is what I came up with what I have attached below.

Winter in Boston

April 7, 2017 — Leave a comment

After coming back from winter break my classes started up again pretty quickly. Especially in my studio and drawing classes. However, I still found enough time to go to the gym here on campus and to go out into the city when the weather permitted. In addition to my classes this semester, I also made a point to attend the many guest lectures which the design professors organize for the students. My two favorites were from a Wentworth graduate who is now doing design work for Bose and the lead designer for Nerf at Hasbro toys. Both presentations helped me to further understand what life is like as a professional designer. After attending it was a lot clearer to me which skills are most emphasized by the industry.

Life in the Evansway dorm this semester has continued to be pretty comfortable. My suitemates and I all get along well and often help each other with assignments since we are in many of the same classes. The dorm isn’t far from any of my classes and is close enough to the Fenway to attend games and carry back groceries from Target or Star Market. The one thing I wish I had access to is a kitchen somewhere on campus or even just a counter to prepare food standing and not at a desk.

Even though I found that on-campus housing was a good experience this first year for the next three I will be moving off campus into an apartment in the Fenway area. I chose to do this mostly because as an out of state student from the west coast I found that moving in and out of housing every year and needing to go home over winter and spring break was extremely costly and difficult to organize. Off-campus housing, however, gives me a year-round space to live in and has the potential of being less costly than on campus housing if I stay in the city for my co-ops and organize a roommate. However, this does limit my flexibility when it comes to the location of where I could do my internships. During the whole process of finding an off-campus solution for next year, Wentworth Housing was very helpful in figuring out the logistics on their side of things and made the process really straightforward.

In all, I have really liked my first year at Wentworth and am really looking forward to my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. For these last two weeks, I have to focus on getting my final projects and presentations ready for my review. Once I have them figured out I will certainly write a post summarizing what I achieved this year in my classes.

Admittedly It has been a little over a week since I made my last Vis 2 post and promised to post this drawing. With all the work I had to do that week before spring break it slipped my mind to take a picture of my drawing before submitting it for grading. With it now returned I am able to put together this post. In this drawing assignment, each student was asked to come up with a recognizable form which could be composed out of the blocks we had become accustomed to in the last assignment. I chose to draw a boat, and after several iterative thumbnail sketches I came to this final form. Once the other students and I had completed the front view we were asked to draw a reverse view looking in from the back. I think both drawings came out really well In part because what I had learned about drawing cubes from the last assignment could be applied to this one.

One of my favorite classes after studio this semester has been visualization 2. Looking back at the drawing I posted from earlier this semester I think it is undeniable that I have improved quite a bit. We have moved from purely geometric shapes with sharp edges to cylinders, spheres, and smoother more realistic edges. Until this last project, which I have attached, all the drawings we did were purely imagined and realized on paper. However, this week’s assignment had us draw a block composition which our professor put at the front of the class. I am pretty satisfied with my outcome. Sadly, I realize now that by trying to include the blocks in my image I let the focus stray too far from my drawing which gave it a warped look. Our project for the coming Friday is to draw the front and back of our own block compositions which we came up with in class and have memorized. Mine will be a boat. I am planning to post that drawing later this week once I have it finished.

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Late February Blog Posts

February 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been busy per usual. However, as we approach spring break and we wrap up projects, I finally have some extra time to write a few blog posts to summarize the last month. In industrial design studio, we have been working on the final compositions for the deconstruct/reconstruct project. In this project, we took a found object, in my case a hand plain, and deconstructed it to understand the form and function. After this, we did several iterative models to reach a final composition which pays homage to what we observed in the first step. The final model is made of different colors of chipboard joined with Sobo glue. In my model, I chose to include a mechanical mechanism that slides. As you push the plain forward the wood shaving grows longer. Of the work I have done while here at Wentworth this is my new favorite.

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A New Semester

February 8, 2017 — Leave a comment

January in Boston has been treating me well. While I do wish it was a little warmer it has stayed mostly dry for the last few weeks. However, we do have a snow storm warning for tomorrow so we will see how the next few days go. My new classes have thus far been quite enjoyable. I am currently enrolled in Industrial Design Studio 2, Visualisation 2, Visual Communication, English 2, and Geometry. In industrial design studio class, we have already finished our first project which was an 8-inch by 8-inch cube that we developed using subtractive methods and ultimately modeled in chipboard. Visualization 2 is my drawing class for this semester. As opposed to what we were doing last semester this brand of drawing is a lot more technical and definitely more my thing. I have attached a drawing from class to this post. Visual communication started off with taking pictures of elements and principles of design in existing objects and has now moved onto coming up with personal compositions. English 2 and geometry are pretty standard classes for their subject.

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It’s been an intense last few weeks here at Wentworth, but with finals wrapping up I’ve got some time on my hands to make a couple posts about my work from this first semester. I’m thinking I will put up my favorite work from each of my three design studio classes, with possibly a bonus post from my color theory class because I am especially proud of how far I have come in my understanding of color and composition.

However, before I get to that I will dedicate the rest of this post to the work I’ve done in English. This semester I had Professor Bailey for English 1 and really learned a lot. While my English foundations from high school certainly weren’t weak, I benefited immensely from having to write a short three to five-page essay on almost a weekly basis. This practice really solidified my understanding of how to find solid sources and cite them correctly. In high school I had always been taught to put in direct quotes from my sources, but Bailey consistently pushed me to include other forms of citation, like paraphrasing and summary, which I wasn’t accustomed to using. I also thoroughly enjoyed that, more often than not, we could chose the topics our research papers were on. This analytical writing is, in my opinion, very befitting of a tech school such as Wentworth. While Professor Bailey’s class isn’t suited to those who might be adverse to hard work, if you are willing to take on the challenge and make the most of what he teaches, the rewards are undeniable. I can say without hesitation that the papers I have produced this past semester were some of the strongest and most enjoyable to write.

For our final in Color and Composition, we were told to create a tessellation, first in illustrator, and then in color aid paper. To come up with a tessellation that I liked, I went through at least five different pattern ideas and spent a couple hours researching color choice. In this project, my professor Liza pushed me to choose a color scheme that had a higher contrast than what I had done in my transparency project. Eventually, I settled on a roughly triadic color scheme of the primary colors yellow, red, and blue. I didn’t choose the pure hues, instead, I played with tint, shade, and saturation to make the composition more dynamic, while at the same time harmonious. I chose the pattern mostly for its 3D quality, which is accentuated by the tints and shade of the colors. Sadly, I don’t have my final back from grading, but here is the Adobe illustrator file in PDF format:

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