Jeanne Kelly

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CG Modeling | Sketches for Midterm

In CG Modeling, Spring 2010 on February 27, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Some Sketches and the Village Schematic

Japan Society | Graphic Heroes | Magic Monsters

In Spring 2010, Wow on February 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Opening Night
Thursday, March 11,2010
6:00 to 9:00 pm
333 East 47th Street at First Avenue

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Mitsukuni Defies a Skeleton Specter (detail), 1845-46. Color woodblock print, 14 5/6 x 29 7/8 in. The British Museum, JA 1915.8-23.0915, 0916. Photo © Trustees of the British Museum.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s vivid scenes from history and legend, wildly popular 150 years ago, are a major influence on the work of today’s manga and anime artists. This exhibition features over 130 dramatic depictions of giant spiders, skeletons and toads; Chinese ruffians; women warriors; haggard ghosts; and desperate samurai combat.

Mouse Tracker | Beautiful Movement Maps

In Major Studio Narrative, Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010, Wow on February 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

IOGraphica

Formerly known as MousePath it was made by Moscow designer Anatoly Zenkov to brighten up the routine work. Posting it at Flickr caused informal interest and afterward Anatoly Zenkov and his colleague Andrey Shipilovdecided to evolve the app.

IOGraph — is an application that turns mouse movements into a modern art. The idea is that you just run it and do your usual day stuff at the computer. Go back to IOGraph after a while and grab a nice picture of what you’ve done!

Narrative and Dynamic Systems | Mapping | Choose Your Own Nightmare

In Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on February 25, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Interactive Narrative |  I’m Mapping the Narrative Tree for  ….

Haunted Baby!

It’s summer…and you’ve agreed to baby-sit Mr. and Mrs. Harper’s little girl, Katie, three days a week. You’ve never baby-sat before, but they have offered you $7.50 an hour–an offer you can’t refuse. All your friends are jealous. Baby-sitting a two-year-old should be a snap, right? Wrong. There’s something strange about Katie. When her parents are around, she’s a perfect little angel. But when they leave, Katie turns into something frightening. Something scary. Is it all in your head? Or is Katie evil?

I also found a couples of pretty good examples of a trees for a “choose your own adventure” books:

TheHead | Hand-Drawn Animated Short

In Motion Graphics 1, Spring 2010, Wow on February 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm

This is so inspiring.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9391190&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=a3615f&fullscreen=1

Characters / Art / Composition
Matias Vigliano
parquerama.com

Traditional Animation
Dante Zaballa
podoboo.com.ar

Sound Design
Ariel Gandolfo
myspace.com/vanorton

BWAC | Wide Open Art Show

In Spring 2010, Wow on February 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Invitations came in the mail today.  I didn’t get many, but I know who to send them out to …

Design For the Majority | Five Dollars a Day Reflections

In Design for the Majority | Collab, Spring 2010 on February 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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Design For the Majority | Chronic Disease | Research Proposal

In Design for the Majority | Collab, Spring 2010 on February 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Topic

Prevention and treatment of stroke and it’s effects in seniors living in rural China.

Objectives

To understand stroke in the elderly.
To understand current stroke treatment and prevention methods.
To prevent or lessen the impact of a stroke for seniors living on a dollar-a-day in rural China.

Questions

What are the causes of stroke?
Physical?
Emotional?

What are the effect and consciences of having a stroke?
Memory?
Mobility?

What are the preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of having a stroke?
Early warning signs?
Testing?
Diet and exercise?

What are the current treatments to lessen the impact a stroke may have on the elderly?
Chinese Traditional Medicine?
Medications and herbal remedies?
Physical and emotional therapies?
What kinds of support currently exist for those who have suffered a stroke?

Activities

Interview doctors who treat stroke victims.
Interview rehabilitation specialist who treat stroke survivors.
Observe treatment of these professionals.
Interview individuals who have suffered a stroke.
Observe treatment of these individuals.
Interview families and friends of stroke survivors.

Schedule

February
22nd – Interview Nancy’s mom, a Doctor

25th – Call and arrange for interviews at a local elderly care facility.
New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging
150 State St. Suite 301  
Ph: (518) 449-2707
URL: http://www.nyahsa.org/

26th – Interview with Donna Abell, a geriatric Physical Therapist.
Video interview @ 2:45 on iChat.  Given per record interview.

27th – Call to arrange an observation at a physical rehabilitation center.
Jewish Home & Hospital the: Geriatric Outreach Program‎
404 5th Ave. (btw 36th and 37th)  Ph: (212) 807-4825
URL: jewishhome.org

28thBegin Process Book

March*
3rd – Group meeting, Skype, update process book
6th – prototyping, update process book
10th – Group meeting and videoconference with SIVA, Skype
13th – prototyping and testing, group meeting, Skype
17th – Group meeting, Skype, videoconference with SIVA, update process book
20th – Finalize design and prepare presentation, group meeting, Skype
22nd – Group meeting and review, Skype, update process book
24th – Research and Problem Presentation Due, videoconference with SIVA
27th – FINALIZE PRESENTATION OF DESIGN CONCEPT, Group meeting, Skype

April*
1st – MID-TERM REVIEW OF DESING CONCEPT
7th – Concept review and feedback, videoconference with SIVA
10th – Final Concept revisions, group meeting, Skype, process book
14th – Final Concept Design Review, videoconference with SIVA
17th – Group meeting, Skype, continue to refine, update process book
21st – working session, videoconference with SIVA
28th – videoconference with SIVA
30TH – Group meeting, Skype, review and finalize final presentation and process book

May*
5th – FINAL PRESENTATIONS AND PROCESS BOOK DUE

Deliverables

Stroke prevention design experience
Stroke recovery design experience

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Design For the Majority | Chronic Disease | Sketches #1

In Design for the Majority | Collab, Spring 2010 on February 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

Narrative and Dynamic Systems | Textual Analysis Essay | The Finish

In Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on February 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Textual Analysis of House of Leaves

I read House of Leaves (Pantheon, 2000) for the first time the year that it was first published.  I had never heard of the book before I saw it in the store and was intrigued by the cover enough to pick it up.  Once I read the inside flap and flipped through the pages, I decide I had to give it a try.

The only expectation I had of House of Leaves was that it should scare me.  Beside that, the book was a complete puzzle.  I think that is one of the reasons it had such an impact on me, just more mystery for the mystery.  Add to that the fact that it’s a horror novel and I was hooked.  But I was uncertain if the narrative would hold up to the layout.  I was curious to know if they would “work” together.

House of Leaves is a record of a story.  It is presented as the documentation and evidence of an actual event; House of Leaves is pieced together to tell the story of a couple who move into an incredible house that contains an endless maze of darkness and fear, black architectural hallways that lead to cavernous expanses of space.  A great deal of the book is spent narrating a film that was made inside this labyrinth, exploring it’s endless depths.  At on point Navidson, the main character, rides a bike into his own suburban little home for 438 miles! (pg 425)  At times there are scary rumblings and dull roars, slamming sounds and defining cracks from inside this never ending closet, other times the story is “saturated in silence” (pgs 238, 469) which is even more unnerving.

The narrative is built in layers with many voices and perspectives that intersect and twist back into each other.  The layout, the placement of the actual text on the page, the color and direction of that text; all this helps to reconstruct the narrative in the layout.  It too is a maze that the reader has to navigate, literally.  There came times in the story where I found myself anxiously turning my book in my hands to follow the several blocks of print that where intertwined on the same page but oriented in different directions.  Other times when I really felt like I was missing some important piece of the puzzle because of the large empty square of missing text right in the middle of the page, like an empty room. (example, pg 145) I followed the footnotes and sidebars that wondered off at an angel, hoping to understand this unbelievable house and what was happening in it.

In my opinion, Mark Z. Danielewski’s use of the visual in House of Leaves to create a interpretive response in the reader is well crafted.  For instance, in the two-color edition of the book, the use of a rather light grey ink for the word house every time it is printed.  I found myself “whispering” this work in my head as I read.  As the story progressed, the “whisper” became more ominous and much more appropriate in the context of the narrative.  The story convinces you that it is better to stay quite, things might be listening; the house might hear you.  There is also the use of red ink to print (and then cross through) blocks of text.  This was effective in getting me to try and figure out what it was saying, looking for clues. It had to be important if it was printed in red and crossed through, right? (example, pg 110)  There is also the use of different typefaces for different aspects of the book.  Of all these effects however, Mr. Danielewski’s use of the typographical layout of the words themselves to inform the action and emotion in the narrative is the most effective.  At times it seems that the placement of words on the page are as meaningful as the words themselves.  A great example of this is on pages 288 through 295.  The placement of one or just a few words on a page extends the urgency of the situation in the narrative, the type is on the edge, daggling and upside down, barely holding on, just like the character the words are describing.  When the rope our character is holding onto snaps, so does the type and the word itself.  On pages 432 and 433 the author states about the house that “direction doesn’t matter” and proves it by making every direction in the text meaningful.

Early in the book, the author asks “Can Navidson’s house exist without the experience of it itself?  Is it possible to think of that place as “unshaped” by human perceptions?” (pgs172-173)  I think these same questions can be asked about the book itself, about House of Leaves.  Can the narrative survive without the experience of text?  Is it actually the same narrative?  is it possible to read the text and not to read into it?

In my opinion, House of Leaves would not be as successful, if at all, if the it were in regular book layout.  I can’t imagine just reading this book.  I wouldn’t make it very far without losing interest.  It’s success is tied to the format, it can’t be separated from it.