Imagined Journey

This project was all about turning out very first journey into a sensory experience. This experience had to represent our personal journey and how we felt during that time. We could create something in pretty much any medium to communicate our feelings. The specific requirements were to…

  • Understand that imaginative content is built from our own experience of reality by observing/interpreting/abstracting it with intention
  • Apply abstraction as a way of communicating ideas by interpreting experiences and translating them into designed interactions/narratives
  • Apply abstraction as a way of visually communicating invisible qualities of observation, like smell, sound, touch, time, emotion, etc.
  • Participate in self assessment, class discussion, and critiques to develop confident evaluative communication skills

 

Starting Out

Immediately after I heard the project description for the first time, an idea popped into my head. This idea was to have different stations where viewers would place their heads. I each different station there would be a different sound, smell, and color. For example, to represent being my mirror lake the sound would be funning water, the smell would be that musty water, and the color would be mid tone blue with a green tint. This idea was quickly rejected because it really doesn’t have much to do with design and doesn’t showcase my skills. Even though it didn’t work out, here are my sketches for the idea…

Iterations

My next idea really excited me. This idea was to create movie posters to represent the different points of my journey. My plan with this was to have 3 posters that would be framed and hung on the wall, like at the movie theater. The second sense would come from sound: either a movie trailer playing or muffled movie sounds. This idea was also rejected because it really didn’t have much to do with my personal journey. For my next idea, I really needed to reflect and think back to that time where I went on the journey for the first time.

Revisions

My third and final idea was to create a big, tall poster with different elements from the journey that curved around the viewer. The second sense would come from sound which would be a compilation of the sounds that all of the visuals on the poster would make (ex. cars driving by, people talking, nature). The idea behind this was that my initial journey was extremely overwhelming since everything was so new at the time. The extreme size and overtaking sounds were meant to convey that feeling. Once this idea was approved, I created a timeline plan and got to work. First I drew a sketch of the layout of the poster and then started creating each piece in Vectornator. I knew I had to do this poster in vector format since it was going to be 4 ft wide x 8 ft tall. Here is that sketch and some of the graphics…

I continued this process until I had each of the individual elements done. After I compiled them on top of the sketch, I realized that it wasn’t overwhelming enough. To fix this, I decided to switch up the color scheme. I brainstormed a lot of ideas, but landed on one that consisted of a lot of varying saturated colors. I felt this would convey the feeling of overwhelmed much more. Here’s the version with the new colors…

Next, I created the sound element on Garage Band. I took different sounds that I experienced on the journey and piled them on top of each other to make one overwhelming sound track. Here’s a video with the sound playing in the back…

 

Now that all of my elements were ready separately, I just had to add them all together and construct that stand to hold my poster. To do this, I got some small pvc pipe from Lowe’s and had it cut down to the lengths I needed. I also got little connector pieces so I could actually attach each piece. I spray painted everything white and put it all together. To give the poster that rounded edge, I scored two big pieces of chip board and used glue dots to attach them to the top and bottom of the poster. To hang the completed poster I took two hair bands, two poster clips, some glue dots, and put it up. Here are photos of the construction details as well as the finished product…

What I Learned

 I learned that your first idea doesn’t have to be one you stick with, so don’t get too attached to it. At first, this project really got me down since my first two ideas got rejected and I wasted a lot of time. In the end, I’m very proud of how this turned out considering my shortened timeline. Doing something so big was risky, but in the end it was worth it to convey the way I felt on my journey. There are only minor things I would change about the poster such as adding some shading and changing the background, but other than that I’m proud of myself for accomplishing my goal.