Exercise 4.3

Architectural Diagrams


We will now move away from the graphic design realm and into the “architectural” realm of the course. For the remainder of the course, 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 saved as 2004 format!) to class as well. You will need to bring these to class EVERY DAY.

Part 1: Selecting and Analyzing an Image

  • Using one of the abstract images (that I posted to the course website) or one of your own architectural drawings, analyze the image as if it were either an architectural plan or section. You will be looking for relationships among elements, strong axis, gaps & voids, etc. There is certainly no correct or incorrect interpretations, but be sure to take your time in your analysis. I will be available throughout the lab to help you in this exercise.

Part 2: Diagrams

  • You will now create a diagram of your analysis. It should emphasize important spatial relationships, themes, design ideas etc. Diagrams are often quite simple and focus on the most important piece of design.
  • Using and 8.5x11 Art Board in Illustrator, place and scale your image 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 analysis of the image. 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 image, but should not contain the entire image itself. You may elect to use brushes to enhance your diagram or any other technique you find suitable.
  • Make sure to save your work as a “.ai” file!
  • Use File > Save For Web & Devices... to save a copy of your diagram as well as a copy of your original image.
  • You will need to do this two times (for a total of 2 diagrams). You should select a different image for each diagram. You will need to post these four images to the course website by the end of lab today.

Below are images for this exercise or you may choose your own:


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