Saturday, October 23, 2010

Idea Sketches October 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Graphic Poster in Interior Space as Spatial and Visual Accent

Visual accent in a room can create specific spatial ambiance. What is the definition of visual accent? Accent simply refers to elaborate minor part that gives significant impact to the major part in a certain room or other type of artificial space environment. Visual accent could be described as a kind of detail that visually creates significant impact to the whole appearance of the room.

This visual accent could be something two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional object. This article is trying to explore the related matters about two-dimensional visual accent particularly in associated with the application of graphic poster.
Currently, digital technology enabling various possibilities for image development in high-resolution source and produce it in high quality print-out material in various type of media. Large size poster could be made in full-height wall size with almost perfect photographic quality, and we can use it as powerful visual statement in the wall (or other room elements). Now, to hang a conventional painting with pretty frame on the wall is not enough anymore, I think we can make another visual statement to be created in more creative and contemporary way!.

Selection of correct images is the first main consideration. In a corporate office interiors such as Bank for example, it is very common that corporate graphic poster works are widely and carefully used as visual communication tools to define corporate identities. Graphic posters in a Bank offcie spaces are carefully developed and selected for certain purposes for example, they are used to lead the customers easily identify particular areas such as Retail Banking area or Priority Banking Area.

Image themes in graphic posters could be used as simple reflection of specific messages that a company or institution want to visually transmitting to the room user such as message of togetherness, openness, fanciness and other values. A series of posters in reception area of petroleum company could be nicely displayed their onshore and offshore activities. Or maybe in sea freight company, a series of wall posters are utilized nicely to visually inform their business lines by capturing daily harbor and container yard activities.

 Consideration in related with graphic poster details such as color composition, size proportion, its combination with text messaging and other detail treatments are important aspects need to be carefully taken further. In overall appearance, the graphic posters application should become integrated part in the interior scenery.


Other consideration is related with how this graphic poster application should be placed in the interior scenery. If this becomes major visual accent, a clearance observation spaces should be properly provided to make it strongly visible. Other interior treatments such color s and other strong detailing selection should be well managed to avoid any potential visual distractions.

Friday, May 21, 2010

When The Room Suddenly More Digitally Interactive!

Digital interactivity maybe could be simply defined with terms “look and feel” that is associated with an interface of user with a digital intelligent device, more often is related with computer stuff. Term of “look” is associated with its visual design appearance and term of “feel” refers physical interactivities. Physical interactivities may refer to every possibility for the user to experiencing or even exploring the tool for a certain activity.

In my previous posting in this blog, I have tried to define an interior space as an artificial 3-dimensional environment. If ‘mathematically” 1st dimension refers to lines, 2nd dimension refers to areas and 3rd dimension refers to volume, how if we put and insert this interactivity ideas as the 4th dimension element in a 3-dimensional environment?

Since this interior environment basically is a habitable space, it will be more convenient to have every components are become user friendly and encourage user to have positive interactivities in line with its specific room functions. In line with current technology development, in a home a user could be easily turn-on the TV by the using of remote control or maybe turn-off the notebook by the using of hand phone. In an office meeting room, a group of persons can have audio-visual teleconference with other members remotely at another place. If needed the meeting room could be darkened by dimming the lamps and roll-down the motorized window screen by the using of remote control to get certain level of comfort.

Maybe the above explanations are common examples of simple digital interactivity functions that could be happened in a room. Yes, ‘functionally’ digital interactivity makes user life getting easier and more comfortable.



But how if these technology possibilities are explored not just enable functional purposes? It is interesting to explore the ideas in related with the application of digital technologies to create interactivities in next further levels: “entertaining and creative levels”?

In The 2008 World Expo in Zaragoza Spain, Sensacell Corporation have demonstrated these interesting possibilities. Sensacell have provided a product they called as Interactive Floor System that enable various visual effects could be projected and alive on the floor surfaces. Now, the floor is not just ‘ordinary surfaces’ but it will become alive, it could be explored to create more interactivities in ‘entertaining ways’. A video here that excerpted from shows that there will be so many creative ideas could be explored by the using this Modular Sensor Surfaces Technologies. It really makes the room become alive, when it becomes more digitally interactive!

Of course, the content of the idea will become important aspect, it will determine level of its interactivity. Creative approaches are always needed to make the technology could be well implemented and meet with the user expectations.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Creating Space, a 3-Dimensional Artificial Environment for Human to Living In.

I would like to say that firstly an interior design solution shall deliver and provide direct and tangible impacts in related with space as a 3-dimensional environment which is generated based on specific and particular functional requirements. This environment space is artificial thing and could be visually and physically recognized by the existence of shape, depth and size. Of course, lighting both natural and internal artificial lighting are important elements that elaborate the existence of shape, depth and size.

Material characters – such as color, texture, transparent, gloss and others – could be slightly integrated after the shape of spaces are well and correctly generated. Maybe, in some cases this statement is not true because 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional aspects could be considered as integrated aspects in an interior solution.

What I'd like to say is, once an interior space is well created 3-dimensionally, it will always look great even all color to materials are white. Lighting details will become a determinant aspect to emphasize the 3-dimensional quality of the internal space.

Once an interior space is well defined 3-dimensionally, selection of color and textures to the material surfacing could be simply arranged.

(The 5th picture, the last 3D-rendering image in this posting is brilliantly prepared by Andika Soesanto)