Diagrams of plans & sections! (Part 2)
We will now move away from the graphic design realm and into the “architectural” realm of the course. For the next month, we will be working with architectural drawings. It will be important for you to collect your previous drawings, scan them into the computer, and be prepared to work with them. I will not be covering how to create a drawing in AutoCAD, but those of you who have done drawings may find it useful to bring them (the .dwg files!) to class as well. You will need to bring these to class EVERY DAY.
Part 1: Collecting your images.
- Please go back through your portfolio of architectural work and select a set of plans and sections you would like to work with (these could be from your best design project to date, or they could be from a project that needs a bit more work… your choice!) Assuming these drawings were done by hand, you will need to scan the images (There is a scanner in the other computer lab). Make sure to save them in a high resolution. If your drawings were done on a computer (AutoCAD for example), save the AutoCAD .dwg file as a 2004 or earlier .dwg to ensure an easy import to Illustrator. Also, take some time to think about the design emphasis/theory behind your design as the next part of the exercise will focus on creating a diagram. You may have already created diagrams for your work, if so bring them as they will be a guide for part 2 of this exercise!
Part 2: Diagrams
- For part 2 of this exercise, you will each look at your plans and sections and create one diagram of each. The diagram should emphasize important design considerations/decisions. It should be abstract, yet a relevant explanation of your design. Diagrams are often quite simple and focus on the most important piece of design. For example, the way light passes through a building, or the juxtaposition of positive and negative space, or the way the site channels water, or the framing of a view, or the deriving of spatial relationships through and abstract pattern, etc.
- Using and 8.5×11 document in Illustrator, place and scale your plan or section to fit the page. Make sure it is on its own layer so that it can easily be locked or turned off. Next using the pen tool (or any other tool that seems suitable) begin to diagram your design emphasis. You may need to try this several times, so each time use a separate layer until you are satisfied with the result. The final diagram should have queues from your plan or section, but should not contain the entire image. Making sure your plan/section is turned off, and after you have saved your illustrator file (.ai), use the File>Save for Web and Devices… to save the image as a jpeg. After you have saved the image, open it in Photoshop and adjust the size of the jpeg to no wider than 600px. Post this file to the course website. This should be done before class on Thursday 10/22.
- Before Tuesday 10/27, make sure to comment on at least 3 other diagrams (Exercise 4.4)