054: Type Layout Experiment: Helvetica Bold

I’m working on layout, font, and grid, which I’m trying to make them relate to each other as much as possible using the same kind of grid and layout.

Some of them are out off grids but that’s what I’m meaning to do, yet still I’m working on them to get the best results.

053: Phoenix 1901

I’m a fan of their music and this video is such an inspiration! Love how they play with the projection. Genius!

052: Choosing materials

As I was thinking about applying ‘dynamic surface’ to my final show on the previous post, I have to do a research on materials and what suits the best with projection. As I can’t use a pure glass because projection would go through it and it wouldn’t reflect anything back. I have to choose something which is be able to reflect back, and yet still see through.

I found this test video on projection test on glossy paper and acetate. It’s very useful and I’m gonna test it myself soon.

As the practitioner said in his blog:

During last days, at Laboratori Ligabue, while testing frontal and retro-projection on a plexiglass surface, me and my teammates have found many interesting things:

  1. You can’t get a good projection on pure glass because its low reflecting coefficient and high refractive index just make the incoming light beams deviate and not coming back. So you must use some kind of translucent layer to fix an image on the surface, that’s why we tested it on glossy paper and on vynil acetate to see where we had the best result;
  2. Glossy paper is good, has slightly more brightness and it’s far more available and economic than acetate;
  3. Glossy paper gives a frosty-glass look, and its a bit less bright than glossy paper, but it’s far more resistant.

Ref: http://fluidforfun.blogspot.com/2008/02/projection-on-glass.html

051: Wall Layout V.03

I’ve been thinking of how to do the wall layout and it pisses me off a bit now. I want it to be more effective but still look good. The last wall layout I designed was good but when it comes to think about how to lay everything out, it doesn’t look that nice and just looks like I put all junks together. Anyway I come out with a new solution, wall lay out version three. And I hope this is the final one and I can figure everything out fine (in terms of finding materials and installing things).

So after have a look at a screen I can use with the video mixer, I found this one. Overall size of the glass screen is 39 cm x 70 cm and 50 cm x 80 cm including the surround. I need to change the size for other screens and prints. So I put 2 prints in the middle, combines with the TV screen. On the sides, videos will be projected through a projector, changing images from time to time. But on the wall there will be pieces of glass plates/ colour acrylic plates/ small boxes, attach to strings and hanging down from a ceiling. This idea is to create a representation of breaking down/ pixelate of types clearly and visually in 3 dimensions. I’m still not sure how many materials Im gonna use because this also depends on finding them and making them.

It’s bad I still haven’t tested anything out yet. I think I should finish all the video first but I’ll try to keep everything posted as much as I can!

050: Wall Layout V.02

I’ve been thinking of the final show and stuff because I have to prepare all the things I need. And because of my tight budget, I have to design a new wall for the final installation, which I think it’s still effective. I combine the projection tweak with surfaces, which 4 of the surfaces are going to be different. The prints are posited on 4 corners and the video mixer is composed in the middle. The reason I redesign this wall because I also want to connect these techniques together to compare and contrast the differences and outcomes.

049: Shopping for DIY Video Mixer

JB and I went to Maplin today to have a look at stuff I need for DIY video mixer. Thanks JB for helping me out again because I don’t really have idea about electronic stuff. Ok, now I just need a cheap DVD player and a projector. So the try-out should be happening soon and I’m quite excited 🙂

048: Wall Layout

I’d like to call my project another name, The Wall. It’s somewhat a nickname as everything will be presented on this wall in my show space. I still don’t know how big I’m going to have (will do soon!) but here is an example of how roughly it’s gonna look like.

I’ll be experimenting not just prints and video mixers, but combine things like projector tweak (play with lens), and surfaces (bended, glass, boxes). I might even consider an old TV with magnet but this also depends on how I’m looking for materials.