Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tornadoes and Piñata Balls...

So momentarily theThread project has gone on the back burner until next week presumably. This was do to two things: One the Rock on Tuesday put a team of people together, myself including, to go down to Joplin Mo. for some disaster relief.  It was hard manual labour all day and while I didn't get any pictures other than on my phone, the damage was indescribable.  The other thing was that, since Wednesday we've been working on putting together an installation for the summer theme at the Rock.  The theme is "GO & DO" implying growth, outreach, and moving out of your comfort zone. The idea for the installation started out being these paper lanterns decorated with strips of colored paper with smaller spheres branching out from them, representing the sending or reaching out.  When this became less of a possibility I had the idea to create some sort of exploding or moving cluster with the lanterns. Another idea of mine that had to go was to take the same swatches of color and linearly hang them in rows behind the cluster, creating a wall of color that would have more concentrated moments of color around the cluster itself.  This would have given it each color of lantern a radiating sphere of color, and would have probably taken us another day to finish.  We decided to hang long strips of butcher paper behind it as a backing and with it the color of the cluster really pops more and the strips have a nice flow in the occasional breeze that flows through the building.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sumer Intern Ship's Away!

So my internship at TheRockofKC started more or less officially last week and now that the ball is rolling I'd like to show some of the progress that I've made, and give an update on the projects I'm working on.

The two projects on my plate for right now are-
Designing for "Run for the Silent" here at The Rock.
Run for the Silent is a part of the organization "For the Silent" who helps fight against child sex trafficking.
In conjunction with a local marathon of your choice, you get people to sponsor you through the Run for the Silent website.  The Rock is doing this in conjunction with the different races at the KC Marathon on Oct. 15.  The different material I am creating is meant to both advertise for the event and help in registering for the race as well as fundraising.

Long format banners-

The direction we ended up taking was one that utilizes a shot of kansas city that fades of into the distance , and has a crowd control fence placed infront of it. This fence is not only something recognizable as an object familiar to marathon runners and bystanders, but it also can represent something blocked or a lack of freedom as in a prison or a cage.  That's something that I thought would be a strong image when put in the context of child sex trafficking.  It also serves as an obstacle to be overcome.

Informational handouts-

Image process-

Standard business card format handout-

The other project that I will be delving more into as the prior project soon comes to a close is designing for and reworking/remodeling The Rock's book store "theThread". As it currently stands the book store area (which resides in a rather small space) has some functionality/flow and display issues that need to be adressed.  I will be designing for thinner profile displays that will take up less room and make it easier for the workers in the thread to manage.  Extra book copies and the storage for other items such as merchandise needs to be taken care of as well.
I have some ideas of my own as well as some things that I saw utilized on a trip to and through Barnes and Noble.  I went there to see how the space was laid out and how they managed the display of their books and merchandise.