Gifting Design

For this project we had do create a personalized gift that follows a design quote of our choosing. Because of the current situation, the gift had to be digital with the incorporation of some analog elements. The specific requirements were to…

  • To experiment with compositional attributes in both literal and virtual space and form: complimentary relationships or connections between a “packaged” or contained idea and the form/vehicle that contains it.
  • Students will combine elements of 2D and 3D design principles and techniques toward a multi-faceted design project.
  • Demonstrate descriptive writing and design centered communication.
  • Demonstrate secondary research techniques: precedent studies and reviewing the work of outside sources and qualitative information gathering through mentorship.
  • Explore their design process from the point of view of a specific design major.

 

Starting Out

To start off this project, I had to get to know my recipient a little bit. The most important thing I learned was that she loves to go out into nature and journal or speak things into existence. She uses this as a kind of meditative way to relax and feel better. Another important aspect of this project is the design quote that will guid the concept of the gift. I chose the quote “Make it simple, but significant”. I interpreted this as a way of saying that good design is easy to understand and everything is done with intention…

Iterations

As you can see in my notes above, I came up with an initial idea to take photos and somehow manipulate them into some kind of gift. I later came up with a more developed version of this idea, here it is…

To test out this idea, I created a sample version of one of the animations. The phrase “enjoy life” comes from her email when she responded to some questions I asked about her. Here’s the sample…

Revisions

This idea was well received, but it definitely needed some updating. I decided that the end phrase needed to stay longer so you can read it. Also, it obviously needs to be with an actual photo I took. Here is the updated version of that initial video…

 

This version turned out great, so from here on out it’s just production time. I also decided to add nature sounds that I recorded to the background to make the video more meditative. Here is the video with all of the animations I made with the background noise as well…

 

Now that the actual gift is finished, I need to figure out how to wrap it. I thought of the idea to create a website so that when my recipient opens it, it’s not immediately obvious what the gift is (it adds an extra element of surprise). I did this and made it so you have to click a button to get to the video. Here’s the link to the website with the gift (click on the picture)…

What I Learned

This project taught me that trying something new is fun. This project idea totally came out of nowhere but ended up being the perfect gift for Morgan (she even cried watching it). The type of animation I did takes a really long time, but turned out exactly how I wanted it to and I’d love to play with it more in the future.