Deger Turan (’16) hosted a Stanford Design Initiative Workshop on Ebru Paper Marbeling. First he gave us an explanation of how it works, and then we all split into pairs and started painting for ourselves. How it works is you drip paints into trays of special water of water and powered sea weed. The paint expands into beautiful paint blobs that float. You could use a toothpick or a spoon to spread out the paint to make long strokes such as flowers. You then put the paper over the liquid and press down. The paint will then go on the paper so you can save it.
Last Thursday, Alex Brinas (’15) led a small workshop on the basics of modular origami. Armed with a spread of origami paper in various pretty colors and patterns, Alex taught workshop-ers how to construct two more simple models: a Sonobe cube, made up of six easy-to-make and well known Sonobe units, and a brocade, made up of six slightly more complex folded units.
This week, students from all classes gathered in a cozy computer cluster in Y2E2 to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator from Cindy Chang (’14). Most attendees had never used Illustrator before, but the Cindy proved that it is easy for anyone to jump into creating a drawing. Cindy led the workshop-ers through a step-by-step process of drawing a neat robot graphic, providing a solid introduction to the fundamentals of the Illustrator interface: drawing rectangles, ellipses, and other polygons, adding color, manipulating the texture of the color, blending shapes, cutting away from shapes, etc. Many people let their sense of creativity loose by the end, resulting in a variety of unique robots. This one’s going on the fridge door!
Last Thursday, Lilly Shi (2014) led a messy (but super duper) workshop on making some very cool papier-mâché lanterns. Papier-mâché projects typically consist of any composite material (usually paper) bound with some sort of adhesive. Working in pairs, workshoppers dipped yarn (in any colors of their choosing) into a gooey mixture of cornstarch and Elmer’s glue, wrapping the yarn around Vaseline covered balloons to give the lanterns their round shape. The process proved to be bit tricky at first and resulted in many crusty, glue covered hands, but the hands on fun and ultimate results were certainly worth it. There were various different lanterns—different concentrations of string, different sizes, different colors—some people even used multiple colors of string which turned out pretty awesomely. Attendees left (clean handed) with their finished balloons in plastic bags—once dry, the balloons could be popped, leaving behind the hard shell of the lantern.
We were given a private tour of IDEO, the world’s largest design consultancy with over 600 employees. Our tour guide, Professor David Kelley, is the founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school.
We had a nice little table at the 2012 Admit Weekend Activities Fair. We received a lot of interest from the prospective freshmen and fellow students. People wrote their names on post-its and signed up for our mailing list. Check out the pics.
This week, Brandon Kit Ly (2014) gave an awesome workshop on Adobe Illustrator. He started off with a typography lesson which included how to format the text, use custom fonts, and wrap paragraphs of text. He pulled up the branding 10000 lakes project as an example of what illustrator can accomplish. We dove in further by creating circular and square shapes which we colored with fills and gradients. Brandon then taught us compound path effects which allowed us to combine and punch out new shapes. To introduce the pen tool, he pulled up a picture of a shark from Google and then showed how with anchor points and curves you can outline the shark and turn it into a vector. We then spent some time playing around with the pen tool and making our own shark themed creations. Next he showed us how to make really awesome 3D perspective effects using theperspective grid. He finished up the talk by showing how to do calligraphic effects using the width tool.