CMU School of Design Video of the Week

  1. The Learning Lab was a collaborative project between Grow Pittsburgh, Kristin Hughes, Eric Anderson, and several students from the School of Design, in which we examined existing seed-to-table curriculums of local schools, proposed new teaching systems for teachers and a mobile classroom for students. In a final presentation to Grow Pittsburgh, we illustrated our findings and solutions through video, illustrations, and narrative storyboards.

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  2. This visual instruction by Katherine Frazer was completed as part of a freshman project from Design Studio 1, given by Professors Stacie Rohrbach and Steve Stadelmeier.

    Students were asked to make instructional videos for an online context. Students deconstructed existing videos determining necessary steps to include, developed storyboards, iterated their videos, and dove into time-based design issues of pacing, duration, and audio.

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  3. An exploration in new ways of interacting with common objects the Droplet Radio looks at how a radio can function without any visible buttons or controls. A weight sensor is used to determine the volume, which increases as rocks are placed on the radio. The tuning is controlled by a magnetic hematite stone, which is moved across the darker wood. A magnetic potentiometer reads the position of that rock and tunes to the appropriate station. The radio is made of solid wood and its underside is hollowed out. A sound bug is used in place of a traditional speaker and attached to the underside of the radio, effectively turning the entire radio into a speaker.

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  4. In this project, students developed kinetic visualizers that recorded movement and created “art.” Using simple motors and controls, these kinetic objects communicated temporality and permanence through their movement, behavior, and action – leaving behind a visual record that is both an abstraction of the movement and beautiful.

    Zachary Burchman uses lasers to illuminate the explosion of a water balloon to capture a brief instance in time that is largely imperceptible to the human eye.

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  5. Inspired by a satirical approach of The Onion, Yoni Afek focused on clearly irrelevant or impossible drinking responsibility advice to catch the attention of the viewer and once he or she is close enough, convey a serious undertone.

    Since issues with over drinking and sexual assault are so closely tied together, Afek felt it was easier to encourage the audience by focusing on drinking without dissuading them with the negative topic of sexual assault before they read the message.

    This project was completed for Kristin Hughes' Typography III class for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). Communication Design students were asked to develop clear, actionable, educational messages with the potential to reach multiple audiences in various locations and settings.

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