415 Project: Reflection

Thesis Statement Revisited

“Throughout history, mankind has tried to create images or symbols that depict what many consider the basic elements of the world: fire, water, earth, and air. From the simple triangles alchemists were using, to what is being created now with modern CGI software, there has been this fascination with giving form to the elements. For this project, I intend to explore and best capture what the essence of the various elements are, through the use of 2D and 3D Art, either literally or in abstract manner, and then create a (web)space for these creations to live and be viewed.”

As this project unfolded, the aims of this thesis began to shift, or perhaps “evolve” would be a better term. That’s not to say that it didn’t stay true to the original aims, but it felt like the tone shifted. That is to say, it was still about researching and creating a visual representation of the classical elements, but it equally became about researching and creating something that functioned in the digital domain, such as computers/laptops, tablets, smart phones, etc., and could be interacted with somehow.

If the thesis for this project were to be re-written now, with the project completed, a more accurate iteration would look something like this:

Throughout history, mankind has tried to create images or symbols that depict what many consider the basic elements of the world: fire, water, earth, and air. From the simple shapes the alchemists were using, to what is being created now with modern computer software, there has been this fascination with giving form to the elements. For this project, I intend to explore and best capture what the essence of the various elements are, through the use of 2D and 3D Art, and then create a digital space for these creations to live, be viewed, and interacted with.

 

Software Agenda

The software agenda didn’t change much from what was planned out. The only real difference from the theoretical agenda to the actual agenda was the extent to which the various programs were used. To clarify, Adobe Illustrator and Maya were not utilized as much as was originally anticipated. On the other hand, Adobe Photoshop proved to be very helpful and much more robust than originally thought, especially in terms of video editing.

Overall, the software agenda was satisfied, however the next time around it would be nice to rely a little more heavily upon the programs that were “neglected” this time.

 

Special Thanks

Ben Franklin. Because electricity. 

Google. Just because.

Al Gore. Because Thanks Obama.

FAWEWikipedia and various sources through wikipedia for the information about the elements (for more detail, see older posts)

w3Schools for helping with html/css questions

Paul R Hayes for the cube to utilize

 

The Project

http://personal.psu.edu/mxk5420/elements_2014/index.html

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Classic Elements, Update 11/16/14

These thoughts are in no particular order and do not reflect the views and or opinions of the author:
-Javascript is wonderful rage-fuel.
-Maya Rendering is so tremendously zippy that it is overwhelmingly enjoyable to do.
-Has it been mentioned how great Javascript is?
-3D Turntables.
-CSS is fun
-So is coding websites
-I love this shit.

-3D Cubes and HTML5 are simply the bees knees. Or possibly the cats Pajamas.

I have been doing a poor job at updating this sketch-book as I’ve been working on the website.

That is all

Good night, Drive Safe

Classic Elements, Post 2: INK-Blot Test

Okay. Not quite. Now what?

WORD ASSOCIATION

 

Fire- Hot bright red orange yellow glowing smoke formless VOLCANIC TRIANGLE

Water- Cool somber soft blue purple green flowing ICE sharp cold crystal FLIPPED TRIANGLE

Air- Soft motion kinetic white light-colors CYCLONIC TRIAGNLE

Earth- Gritty dark solid heavy MOUNTAINOUS brown ever-green sandy FLIPPED TRIANGLE