The End of an Era

end The title says it all–“Words and Images” Fall 2013 is over! What are your thoughts regarding the course? What have you learned? What will you (or wouldn’t you) change moving forward?

Till next time…





I don’t know how many of you out there participated in the revision process, but for those who did, how did you approach things differently? What motivated the decisions you made and how did you mentally prepare? I think any comments would help anyone who comes across this post, so type away!




For some reason I’ve had a hard time with the whole wayfinding idea. Why, I do not know. So of course I took to my good friend Google, which actually help shed light on this dark corner of my mind:


Whenever I searched “wayfinding,” I came across variants of this system, which is the Eureka Tower Car Park in Melbourne, Australia. It was created by a Hamburg based designer Axel Peemoeller while working for Emery Studio. Visually it is engaging, but at the same time, I’m not sure how well it works. The though it it’s pretty and creative, but is it useful for drivers?


A relatively obvious wayfinding system that I did not think of: hospital directories! Using text, usually designed in a clear and concise manner, these systems use arrows to guide you to where you need to go. What’s easier than that?


Once again, another obvious choice that I missed: mall maps! The different colors let you know what various areas of the mall are. Granted, people sometimes stare at these things forever (some of us have harder times, such as myself), the idea is clear and understandable.


Favorite Passage

Hey guys!

It took me a moment to deduce what my favorite passage was and then it hit me:

“According to greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” -Plato, The Symposium

I never read The Symposium, though I came across this while surfing Instagram one evening. As soon as I read it, I fell in love, so of course I screenshot and posted it immediately.

I believe I love it so because of the picture it paints–imagine if this were true. Many people search high and low for their “other half”–what if he/she was literally your other half? Fascinating.

Leave your thoughts…



Yeah Bush, I feel ya.

Project 5 is easy. Too easy. Which is why I smell a mental set-up, which I will not engage in. That being said, doing a campus tour is the obvious route. But I don’t want to be obvious. I’ve been dabbling in ideas for my map, but I am seriously stumped. Hood is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but boy was it boring. You literally had to create your own fun. How do you map “your own fun”?

There were dorm parties, off campus parties, midnight games of tag on the quad, walks to Sheetz and more. I have no clue how to make these type of things work for this project. Any ideas?

Share your thoughts below…