Floor 1 – Building Reception, Cafe, Art Shop, and Parking Garage

Floor 2 – Young At Art: A Creative Art Studio for Children, business offices

Floor 3 – Artists’ Studios

Floor 4 – Lofts and Resident’s Lounge/Event Space

Floor 5 – Lofts

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Today, I’m working on my signage design. As I mention in an earlier post, the concept of my signage design is raw vs. polished/new. I want to mirror the idea of placing a new facility into an old, historic building in the New Orleans Warehouse District with using raw (reclaimed wood) and polished/new (stainless steel) materials in my signage. Here is a design incorporating raw and polished materials as well as the colors designated to each space. The reclaimed wood would be painted or stained the color of the designated space. I don’t want to colors to overpower the rough characteristics of the wood so it would just be a hint of color. I haven’t decided on whether or not I will incorporate the colors of each space into the signage yet– this is just one design idea. I’m waiting to get feedback from my professor as well as anyone who offers it!

Remember: Blue is for the Art Shop, Yellow is for the Artists’ Studios, Orange is for the Creative Children’s Studio, Green is for the Lofts, and Red is for the Cafe.

Another design without the colors would be just the unfinished wood with the stainless steel on top. Here is an example of this design idea:

I have also experimented with removing the wood completely and having the color designated to the space as the background– however, I feel the wood gives character and interest and goes along with my concept.

I have also played with changing the size of the square wood piece to better fit the rectangular metal piece. I may upload an image of this later after my critique with my professor. Please let me know what you think!!

Okay, I’ve been quite sick all week but I’m finally starting to feel a little bit better, despite still being contagious and on antibiotics for another 4 days… Today I came across an interesting idea for one of my interactive studios in the Art Studio for Children. I have 5 interactive studios all together: Music, Body, Imagination, Illusion, and Creation. This idea is for the Music Studio. First, check this out.

http://www.sembeo.com/media/Matrix.swf

Click on the squares to make music. You can also look at it as making a piece of pixel artwork that simultaneously creates music. Refresh the page to create another!

So, I stumbled upon this and thought what if there was some way to have this technology blown up on a whole wall or even just pieces parts of one wall in the Music Studio for the kids to experiment with Art and Music together? I think this would be a great way to integrate Art and Music and encourage children to express themselves through both. It’s a fun, creative and interactive way to get kids to use their imaginations and socialize with their peers.

I also found this: http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/

TENORI-ON is a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century created by media artist Toshio Iwai in collaboration with Yamaha. Here is a few YouTube videos of people making music and art with it!

I would love to get some feedback on what you guys think of this idea! Could it work?

After identifying the different types of signage I will be needing in my project, I’m now starting the design of each fixture. The concept for my signage and wayfinding design came from the idea that through this project, I’m placing a new, creative facility inside of an old, historic building. This inspired me to bring that concept from the overall building envelope into my signage design and materials that will be used. I’m thinking of using recycled metal and wood along with stainless steel in my design. The recycled materials would act as a background material and the stainless steel would be placed directly on top. This way, you get a sense of OLD/RAW vs NEW in my signage design in addition to the overall project.

Interior daylighting analysis showing shadows on January 31, March 31, and June 30 at 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 4:00pm.

January 31

9:00am

12:00pm

4:00pm

March 31

9:00am

12:00pm

4:00pm

June 30

9:00am

12:00pm

4:00pm

I decided to go with the unshaded block logos for the venues within the building. I also changed which venue was linked to which color depending on my research of color theory/color psychology (which is a sub-focus of my project in addition to wayfinding). Now, The Lofts are green, Artists’ Studios are yellow, The Art Shop is blue, The Cafe is red, and the Creative Studios are orange. For the entrances of each space only, the logos will be accompanied by the 3 words to describe the color choices. All other locations of the logos will exclude these 3 words.

Here is the design I decided on as my final logo… This will serve as the logo for the entire building as a whole. This logo will be located on the corner entrances of Julia and Magazine.

These logos will serve as the logos of the venues located within the building. Having each logo develop directly from the main building logo keeps them cohesive while the colors will give each venue individuality and help with wayfinding. I’m still trying to decide between the shaded blocks and non-shaded blocks. Let me know what you think! :)

Here is a quick summary of my process work to help show how I started and how I ended up with my final logo design.

First, I started with the 3 blocks design.

Then, I came up with the elongated “building” design. I added a crescent moon to help link the studio with the Louisiana Children’s Museum (with which it is an educational partner).

The final tweak (among many!) was to change the solid, corporate feeling line of the blocks and buildings to a sketch-like, more playful line. I chose to go with this style over the straight line style because I feel it adds more interest and appeals to children more. Here is one of the options I really loved…

I got the inspiration for my logo design from the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM) logo as well as others I researched. I wanted to give a nod to LCM since Young at Art is an educational partner of LCM.