Design Foundation

The Documentation – The most Important Project in 2nd Semester

The documentation of the 2nd semester is the most important and time consuming project! It’s covering the main work done during the course of the past half-year presented as a typographically demanding printed medium. This means that it counts for the final exam in FC and Typography!

The whole book has about 90 pages, format A5, adhesive binding. The paper for the cover is 300 g/m² and the one for the pages is 130 g/m². I paid about 35 Euros for the printing and paper.

By the way, here is my exam schedule with some further descriptions.


Criteria for Final Poject in Design Foundation Course

I know I haven’t posted anything new for a while now, but I’m really trying hard to achieve good results in ALL my classes and that’s taking ALL of my time 🙁

In DFC we’ve started concentrating on our big semester project dealing with the motto “From inside to the outside” (“Von Drinnen nach Draußen”). This week we started constructing mockups of the seminar room and the grass area outside, while some of us still had to present their temporary projects (mine was the doorframe). Here I will give you the criteria for our final project and documentation:

  • final project can be materialized in groups of no more than three students
  • every student must design a typographically top-notch documentation (a book) and present it in a printed form
  • the documentation must include not only the final project but also parts of the homework, sketches/ brain storming and the temporary project
  • additionally a third project, which has not been materialized, has to be included in the documentation, meaning you have to work with mockups, photo manipulation or 3D-models presenting your concept
  • deadline 15th of June

We have about five weeks left and that’s NOT a whole lot! I’m still editing my typography projects from last semester and working overtime on my drawing class homework tasks (right now: concept art of Hong Kong slums). I hope all the work pays off in the end 🙂


Playing around with Tables…

In Design Foundation Course we are trying to find new ways to place the ordinary everyday objects in a whole new context. The object we were given to work with for the last week was the table (the type of table in our seminar room). We were allowed to:

  • use as many tables as we want
  • combine them with other objects (mostly things that are in the room anyway)
  • use ourselves (bodies) as models and/or objects 🙂

Going outside was part of the homework, too. So besides doing all kinds of fun stuff inside (building a restroom, treating a table like a therapy patient, turning the perspective and using the tables as a wall and the wall as the floor) we took the white sterile table out on the fresh air, but don’t worry, it didn’t sunburn 😀

This was really a fun homework! The one we got the week before was fairly boring in comparison (that’s why I didn’t share it with you). We were supposed to draw five big images of the seminar room’s corners and other interesting situations with focus on the right perspective…


Connecting the Outside Space with our Seminar Room Homework

For the past few days my mini project for DFC was standing behind our faculty building. It’s the result of our last homework:

  • Create a connection between the seminar room and the outside space with minimal (financial) effort.

After presenting 8 concepts the professor and I decided on “The Doorframe”. The idea behind it is to create the illusion that the square piece of lawn outside is part of the building and a room itself. And what do rooms have: doors and in our case naming-cards.

Unfortunately we had to dispose of the frame on Friday. It’s a one week project after all… The materials cost 13 Euros all together and the preparations took us about 6-7 hours (including the waiting time for the gleuing and the painting with white color). And I’m grateful for all the advice the workshop supervisors and tutors gave us along the way!

First Photos for Foundation Course Project

In comparison to last year’s Design Foundation Course we are going to work on only one big project the whole semester this time! For our first homework I took around 50 photographs of our seminar room and the garden behind our university building and tried to find some first connections and some interesting points of view. As I promised earlier I’ll focus on images this time:

This assignment is supposed to make us curious and give us first impressions of the subject. Knowing how to work with cameras and optionally photo editing programs is required for the task! But if some students do have any access to appropriate cameras the university’s photography department is offering cameras for free rental! So money issues shouldn’t be an obstacle.

Design Foundation Course and Typography

Time for a short update on DFC and Typography 🙂

This semester the DFC’s main topic will be Von (Dr)innen nach (Dr)außen“ – Dialog, Kommunikation, Interaktion (From the inside to the outside – Dialogue, Communication, Interaction).  The students are supposed to explore the new seminar room and create a connection to the outside (the building’s back garden etc.) It’s a little bit hard to describe the situation but I’ll post some photos soon.

But talking about photos: The first homework is going to be about capturing the current state of both, the inside and outside space. In order to do so we have been given the task to take photographs and describe the situation in words. All findings are to be collected in a sketchbook. Our results throughout this whole semester will be building the basis for our final big project (final exam).
And this leads us to Typography. All acquired theoretical knowledge during the following months will be of big use for the final project in DFC, which will be a printed medium created in collaboration with the Typography program. What’s also new this time is the possibility to work in groups most of the time.

I asked a few students in the third semester about the workload and I didn’t like what I heard 😀 Everyone warned me it’s going to be hell! It’s going to be the busiest time during the whole bachelor ever (perhaps except the bachelor exam itself…). The third semester was referred to as heaven 😀 That’s where the students are finally allowed to choose their main programs and the workload is considerably smaller.
Considering this info and the fact that I’m already packed with assignments (I’ll try to pull off the illustrator’s drawing class AND one additional sketching excursion class) I’ll probably won’t be able to post a lot, but of course I’ll keep summing up and give tips as much as possible!

Next time I’ll compile this semester’s schedule (only premade for the first semester) and share it with you 😉

“Das Gefällt Mir Gerne” Dilpoma Celebration: Review

glowing mini Icosahedrons

What you see are the glowing mini icosahedrons every student about to take his/her diploma received from us. The four different colors represent the four graduation specializations: Product/Graphic/Communication Design and Illustration. But let’s start from the beginning…

After deciding on the theme for the conferment the whole semester got divided into groups, each concentrating on another matter concerning the organization. After about one week the preparations were done:

ready stage

We decided to stick with the icosahedron 🙂  The graduands came out of the corridor (to the left, behind the icosahedron fabric covering), received their diplomas and followed the pink line on the floor leading to the stairs where they could wait for the event to be over. Two musicians played during the breaks.

the stage in action

During the conferment the hall was dimmed and the big icosahedron on the wall (here green) showed the next graduand’s name and color (specialization). By the way, the fabric covering shines in the respective color too as soon as the next graduand passes through.

glowing icosahendrons on the stairs

As I already mentioned in the beginning the students were given a glowing mini icosahedron. These were stuck to the stair’s wall, which looked really nice in the dark 🙂

celebration over

After everyone got their documents we had to deconstruct the whole stage and clean the hall for a buffet (in the back, where 90% of the guests are having a tasty experience). Of course I tested the food for Loyal2Art 😉 For the record: Most things were self-made and exceptionally delicious! The graduand’s work exhibition that followed was indeed interesting, too. One could see futuristic chairs, intriguing photos, brilliant illustrations and much more!