I’m very proud of my finished project “Air B & B”. From inspiration to completion I really put my heart into this project, and I hope that it is as successful out in the garden as it can be! For my final project of INFO 490, I decided to build an insect hotel. An insect hotel, also known as a “bug house” or “bug hotel” or “insect house” is a structure, usually box-like that provides shelter to various bugs. It’s made of materials that promote nesting, and it’s a great addition to any garden not only so that you have more pollinators enriching your plants, but also so that the insect populations can flourish.
The idea for this project came to me during Earth week. I had been thinking a lot about sustainability and what it means to be a friend of the planet. It’s not enough to simply do less harm, we’re at a point where we really need to take action to reverse some of the detrimental practices that humans have undertook. I was also inspired by the story of the bees surviving the Notre Dame fire.
A really brief recap of the steps I took is that I used various materials to create a box, Inkscape to make a sign, and various materials to fill the insect house. Some challenges that I ran into were not accounting for the time it takes wood glue to dry, not expecting the nail gun to run out of battery and running out of recycled paper and cardboard for reeds. I’m most proud of the fact that I used almost every tool in the woodshop. I came in with zero experience, and very intimidated but with Brandon’s help I feel like I really conquered some fears.
For this project, I decided to challenge myself in two very different ways. For the first, I wanted to use only recycled and reclaimed materials and for the second, I wanted to challenge myself to stick to a schedule that gives me more than enough time to complete the project.
I chose to use only recycled and reclaimed materials to continue the theme of sustainability. I recycle at my apartment, but I still feel like those materials can be given a second life before being recycled. Collecting paper and cardboard materials made me more conscious of how much waste my roommate and I produce every day. Someone recently shared a quote with me that said, “what is measured can be improved” and taking note of how much paper I use has definitely helped me reduce my paper consumption. I also visited the Urbana Landscaping Waste Reclamation facility for many of the logs and branches used in this project. The pine cones are old Christmas decorations (unvarnished), the reeds consist of toilet paper rolls, an old tiki torch, pasta boxes, and even a parking ticket, and even the fake flowers are being given a second life. To be fair, the glue, tape, and laser cut sign are all new products, but I couldn’t think of an alternative that would be as secure.
The scheduling challenge was definitely harder. There were a few hiccups along the road that made me redo my schedule completely. I realized that it’s better to get a lot done in the beginning, than spread it out over time. I didn’t account for the time it would take the glue to dry, so I initially had sanding and making the shelf on the same day. I also wasn’t expecting the nail gun to run out of battery after 4 nails, and the Fab Lab to not have the charger. I also didn’t account for fatigue. Using a lot of the tools involved more manual labor than I thought. The hand drill required a lot of strength, and the tool I used to cut the backing was so powerful it made my hands feel numb. I made enough reeds to be satisfied at this time, but I think in the future I will improve the insect hotel by adding more. I initially had more time for “reed making” specifically in my schedule, but other things chipped away at the time, and redundant tasks should be more spread out.
The most significant thing I’ve learned over the course of these assignments is to give yourself like 4 to 5 times the amount of time that you think a project will take. I need to account for not only the physical process but the mental process as well. I didn’t write about it as much in the write-ups as I could, but some of these projects took a lot mentally and emotionally. I was so stressed and fed-up with the 3d printing assignment that when the BIF lab employee broke the product it took me 3+ hours to make, I almost cried in class. The sewing/embroidery assignment was also a nightmare because I had 99% of my embroidery done when the machine somehow started printing my design over itself. I think anything involving creating is really heavily tied to the creator’s emotions, so that when you make something nice you feel really proud and accomplished. But when something goes wrong, it’s hard to not think of yourself as a failure. Or at least that’s how I take it!
But all-in-all I feel much better coming out of the class and having tons more skills under my belt. I’m willing to try some methods again, although scary, and I feel confident enough to teach others some of the things that I’ve learned. I definitely want to try and find a makerspace near me when I return home this summer. I think they’re amazing institutions that provide people with the opportunity to learn new skills, especially without much investment. I personally can’t afford a laser printer or an embroidery machine, and the Fab Lab has made that financial barrier nonexistent. I learned so much and had a great time doing it. I’m really grateful for the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, and I hope that so many others are able to have this experience in the future.
For my iteration assignment I decided to combine the pom pom bot assignment with the pop up card assignment and make a little robot with an LED light attachment.
My idea was to have a puppet “connect the dots”, resulting in an idea represented by a lightbulb on her head lighting up and her hand coming to her chin.
To do so, I knew I would need two servos for the arm movements and a copper wire circuit running through the puppet to the head. For the dots I decided to have a box that the puppet could sit in and be surrounded by dots.
Here is a more detailed sketch:
..that I used to plan out where the wires from the servo to the arduino would run, and how the circuit would look.
First, I created the box.
I used popsicle sticks, cardboard, and hot glue. Later decorating with black foam paper and copper tape circles.
I made the bottom open, so there was room to get my fingers in yet still having enough of a floor to glue down the batteries and the puppet.
I made the puppet have a 3d head, leaving the face open for now so I could insert the copper tape. The popsicle stick serves as a body and a cut through another popsicle stick made it possible to glue on some arms. The pipe cleaner serves as extra stability to make sure that the weight of the servos don’t break the puppets arms.
Servos in position.
Next I made a tiny lightbulb from hot glue.
Adding the copper tape. I was really concerned about conductivity here so I wrapped the tape around the LED, covering some parts twice and then taped two pieces of the tape together to form long strands. I used more tape to tape these down inside the puppet, and left enough tape loose near the button-pressing arm so that it could move to it’s highest (180*) and lowest (0*) positions without breaking the tape. Then, to Dot’s suggestion, I made the contact points for the switch uneven surfaces to increase the chance of the switch working. For the hand I wrapped a pom pom in tape to the popsicle stick I put on the servo arm. And for the other contact point I wrapped tape over a felt dot with a little tissue underneath.
I glued the puppets face on and glued it into position in the box. Then I had to figure out how to get the tape and batteries in the right spot.
It took a while to get the batteries in the right spot on the tape, and then to put the dot through the foam and on top of the batteries but eventually I got it, and it conducted super easily.
I then added more foam to the top and made a shirt from fabric. After that, I cut black construction paper to form a bottom, since the Fab Lab only had the 1 sheet of black foam paper.
The servos were plugged into the arduino and pushed through a hole in the back of the puppet, but I forgot to label which wires were which so I had to cut the bottom out and see.
When it came to coding the robot, my laptop really did not mesh with the Arduino online software. I went home for the weekend and only had access to my Mac laptop.
While trying different codes and positions I would constantly get the busy sign when trying to upload the code.
The arm that acts as a switch for the circuit worked perfectly, but in the end I simply could not get the second arm to move. My suspicion is that a wire may have gotten knocked out inside the puppet, but it doesn’t help that I was really infrequently able to test changes in the code.
All in all I’m really happy with how the robot puppet turned out! I put more TLC into this project than some of the others and it really does look like how I envisioned. I’m going to try the code again when I next have access to one of the Acers at the lab, but if that doesn’t work I might open up the bottom for a second time just to see if the problem is really with the wires.
Designers took Ikea furniture and repurposed it to make wacky and creative birdhomes. I want to do something similar utilizing ‘woodshop tools’ and ‘laser printing’ to make creative homes for bees. In addition to this, I want to have my 2 learning goals be really purposeful. Firstly, I want to challenge myself to use limited resources. Only using items that I can scavenge and give a second life to. I think using recycled and repurposed materials will add another level to this sustainability focused project, as well as challenge me to not take the easiest route. Secondly, I want to work on my time management. I plan to allow myself more time than I think I need, as I’ve underestimated the time cost of nearly every project this semester.
Support-wise I think I will definitely need to reach for assistance with anything woodshop related. Friends & Fab Lab employees pls help. Additionally, I’ll use online resources like Google and Youtube to inspire the construction of the house itself and then creatively design the outside to be aesthetically pleasing in the garden.
Not sure why it uploaded upside down. But I’ve decided to call the project “Air Bee&Bee”
For this project I initially wanted to make a robot that does the Woah, a new dance move that’s been all over Twitter these past few weeks. I drew out the arm motions and quickly realized that I’d actually need at least 2 servos going 360* and another servo to move both arms side to side, and so it wasn’t going to happen.
My second thought was to make an old lady with a walker. The idea came from using something similar to skis to grip the floor and bring the object forward.
The robot was going to be constructed from two servos, which I later placed together at the top of the walker rather than the bottom legs, popsicle sticks for the walker, pom pom tennis balls on the bottom of the sticks for added height and stability, and a little lady made of light weight materials like pipecleaners.
As previously mentioned, I decided to connect the servos together so that they would be at equal height on the legs instead of trying to measure them later. This would also be more stable on the front of the walker, keeping the robot from falling down. I added popsicle sticks to the servo propellers to act as the front legs of the walker.
It was at this point that I realized it wouldn’t walk like a walker, but instead the walker would walk and the old lady would follow behind. I decided that this walker would now be intended to drag the person behind while they wear slippers, kind of like when a rollerskater grips on to a moving car.
I added a second leg, then connected 2 short popsicle sticks perpendicularly, and another 2 for the second set of legs.
This immediately fell over. So I connected the back legs, hoping that would make the robot more stable, but that fell over too. But here is my prototype. The legs move 45* and one after another, the servos are the front legs to move the walker and also support it upright, and the back end is static.
This time when I redrew my design, I was a little more detailed about the construction.
I changed the code so the servos would move simultaneously, and to different positions with a shorter delay. I added a third set of legs, so that the walker would be box shaped and that the servo legs would left and drag the walker forward, pulling the woman behind it. I made the servos faster because I thought that would be helpful given the additional weight of the old lady. And I added in the necessary slippers.
It’s a lot more stable, which was my main goal after the first prototype! It doesn’t fall over, and is successfully able to wobble itself from point A to point B, although not necessarily in the straightest line (I think that has to do with the wires connecting it to the arduino.
I think the design process was pretty typical. I haven’t felt the need to draw a second design in the past, but since I did this over the course of two days it didn’t feel unusual to start the second day with a different design. I think if it had been different materials I might have completely scrapped the first design without thinking. But I’m not sure how much servos cost, and really the servos were going to be the same in the second one anyway so I’m glad I was able to just add onto the first prototype and fix it’s shortcomings.
In case the videos aren’t showing up, here’s the final product:
Moving into this project I was definitely nervous and intimidated. The last two projects haven’t exactly gone my way and I definitely was not prepared to have a second mental breakdown in the FabLab this week. So I came in early and ready to fail.
Luckily, I’m happy to report that it wasn’t that bad 🙂 Hopefully this means I’ll be back on track for the rest of the semester.
Getting into it, I chose a water levelsensor because my story board is as follows:
Basically the dogs owner doesn’t notice that the dogs water bowl is empty, leading to a sad, thirsty dog. Alternatively with the water level sensor and LED, the owner notices the blinking indicating that the water level is low, or a solid light indicating that the water bowl is empty, and is prompted to fill the bowl back up with water.
To begin this process I had to figure out how to connect my Arduino to the sensor. For that I turned to the internet and found that ground (-) should be connected to GND, S to a pin with an integer, and the positive (+) to the +5voltage.
Then I got to work on writing the code.
I didn’t realize that the picture turned out so poorly :\
But first I identified some constants like the
const int analogPin for where I attached the S, then the
const int LED for where I attached the LED, also to ground
and a threshold which I first made a random number just so I could run the code and open the sensor, I think I used the number 50.
Then I defined the LED as an output and the sensor as an input
Then I wrote that
if (analogValue) < threshold
ditigalWrite (LED, HIGH);
so that the LED would know when to turn on. I don’t have a picture of this first code, just the final one. But this first set of code allowed me to use the water level sensor and record the values it found at different levels of water.
Here is a photo of me testing the low water value level and the LED turning on.
I found that there wasn’t a wide range between values and a TA told me I couldn’t change that, so I had to be really careful in picking the right threshold both for the constant light and the blinking LED. I measured a few times and got different answers, so I used the average or the value that was most consistent.
Then I went back to the code and changed the threshold to 169, the medium value. And added 164 as a const int for the constant LED light.
I added a code for blinking if the analogValue was less than the threshold. And changed my original High and Low LED code to if (analogValue)>light so that it would turn on for any value less than 164. The constant light would indicate that the bowl is practically or completely empty.
Here’s a video of the blinking function in action!
I’m not sure if that worked.. it looks like it might be a downloadable link. But the video shows that the LED blinks when the sensor is half submerged. And it continues to blink when the sensor is outside because it is still wet and needed to be dried first (it wasn’t very sensitive unfortunately).
I think this project went well! Especially with the expectations I had coming into it. I don’t think I’d do anything differently, but thinking practically the sensor isn’t really sensitive enough to give immediately accurate information. You’d have to wait until it was dry for it to show that the bowl was actually empty, but it does know pretty soon that the water levels have decreased past the medium threshold! I even played around with slowly taking out more water to see how long it would take the sensor to notice.
I’ll be adding to this later, as it is sadly 🙁 incomplete.
I was underestimated the amount of time this process would take, but here are my initial steps:
For starters, for the embroidery project I decided to make an apron with an embroidered design on the front. I like cooking and baking and would love to have an adorable apron of my own instead of using my grandmas yellow polkadot apron all the time. My original idea was a robe, but I thought that an apron would be more feasible.
I found a design composed of 4 pieces, a top, skirt, waist tie, and tie around the neck. To begin, I printed the pattern and taped the pieces together.
Since this was a project I really wanted to have forever, I bought some fabrics from the store instead of using what the Fab Lab had to offer.
Once I pieced the top print-outs together, it looked a little big. So I decided to cut it out of scrap fabric and see how it fit.
Since I was going to be hemming the top and bottom, I decided it was a decent fit after-all and started to cut the top out of my fabric.
The fabric I chose was 100% cotton. But after having cut it, I noticed that the edges fray very easily. I hemmed 3 sides, leaving the side that would be attached to the waist tie unhemmed.
Then I moved on to designing the embroidery for the top. This is what took sooooo much longer than expected. The cupcake had a ton of layers and an innumerable amount of nodes.
I wanted to change the font, and to make the cupcake different colors.
By the time I had gotten to this point, I had already been in the FabLab for three and a half hours and only had half an hour left.
I put the design into the embroidery program but found that the eyes needed to be redone in white so that they would be white embroidery thread instead of holes to the patterned fabric. I redid my design once again, and began assembling the embroidery attachment to the machine and putting my fabric into the embroidery hoop but there was not enough time.
I’ll be back in the lab today because this is a project I’d really like to have done, but if I could go back in time I’d definitely have done the cutting and designing outside of the lab so that I could just do the construction when I got in.
I feel bad because my last assignment also went poorly because of timing but I earnestly am trying. I’ll update this blog when I have the completed apron, hopefully tonight! But the Fab Lab has limited open hours and I don’t have an embroidery machine of my own so I might have to finish it on Sunday. Sorry 🙁
Messing around with Tinker Cad, I first made this really ugly castle. I was just trying to use each of the shapes once or twice and get a feel for the program.
I learned how to 3d scan by scanning this castle/building model.
And I used the Kinect and Meshmixer to scan and edit this 3d model of myself. IMG_1329
Approaching this assignment, I thought I wanted to follow the prompt of making something of cultural significance and make a calavera. My family is Mexican, and the Day of the Dead is a special time to remember those who have passed and to celebrate their lives and memories. Calaveras are decorative skulls made of sugar and used to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos on November 1st. I started making a skull in Meshmixer and while I don’t have a photo..trust me, it looked like mush.
Then I tried in TinkerCAD
And while this was a lot closer, it just wasn’t what I was looking for.
This is when I switched prompts. I decided to make a piece I needed. I have a Pilates ball that is missing it’s cap, so once it’s inflated the air just seeps right out. Link to design:
Here’s the ball and the tube that I use to inflate it.
I measured the diameter of the tube, and made a version of it on TinkerCAD that had a cap at the end. The cap is made of 2 diamonds. And I made 2 versions just in case the first didn’t work.
When I went to go print it, I ran into a bunch of problems. First the printer wasn’t working, then the next printer didn’t work. Then all the architecture students were using the printers, so when I finally got one and printed, I realized there was a major flaw with my design: the tube was too thin to be printed.
And so after printing this disaster, I hit the drawing board again. Quickly!
I made the tube thicker, and printed vertically without the supports.
Finally, I had my plug!
And while the woman at the BIF lab was taking the bottom part off..
Power, Access, Status: The Discourse of Race, Gender, and Class in the Maker Movement
I think what needs to be done first,
before even trying to shift the conversation away from one about needs and
problems to one of assets and opportunities is to address the misconceptions. I
don’t know much about the ‘Maker Space’ in general, but the article firstly
points out that it’s seen as being inclusive and open. Taking from an early
article I read, I think it’s important for the movement to be self-aware and
understand that it’s born out of a place of privilege and sometimes,
exclusivity. I think while making knows no boundaries, who qualifies as “Maker”
definitely does. The article even states “only certain types of Making are
truly considered as part of the culture”. I think one of the biggest
disparities is definitely in classes. Making has to include a certain level of
non-necessity, whereas if you make because your livelihood depends on it,
you’re excluded from the movement.
It’s important that these
conversations surrounding inclusion are taking place. So many businesses and
organizations often focus on diversity without paying much attention to
“inclusion”. Just because you invite different people to a space, doesn’t mean
that they are being made to feel welcome or even like they belong. I watched a
TED talk recently that discussed this very issue. Janet Stovall makes the point
that organizations need to be single-minded if they want to overcome issues as
big as these. While her talk is primarily about race, her methods can be
applied to class, gender, and any other characteristics that make individuals
different. Stovall suggests that we address real problems, use real numbers,
and enforce real consequences. She says that “diversity is a numbers game.
Inclusion is about impact. Companies can mandate diversity, but they have to
cultivate inclusion”. She points out that research shows that it takes 30% of
critical mass for minorities to feel that their voices are actually heard.
It’s these kinds of numbers that the
Maker Space needs to work on, not how many “opportunities” there are for women.
They need to set goals that are impactful and set deadlines to achieve them and
have a fire lit beneath them, with consequences for failure. I think saying
that women are the problem, or that minorities are the problem is a form of
deflection. And I think that the Maker Space is just another example of
companies not addressing the important numbers, while also ignoring the context
of its conception, and the exclusivity of its semantics.
The author argues that the culture surrounding making has a hierarchy of makers placed above non-makers, and she also suggests that this culture is informed by the history of making in which men and male creations were prioritized.
One of the biggest takeaways for me was that this gendered history only recognizes male creations that weren’t just, as the author puts, “for the hearth and home”. She supports this by using anecdotes from Silicon Valley and examples related to coding. But I disagree with a lot of what she says. I think a lot of makers have been recognized throughout history, as the history of inventions is a long and diverse one. Privilege and gender play a large role in the title of “maker” undeniably, but how exclusive is it really? I think a lot of “caregiving” inventions are recognized for their value as well. A lot of environmental products I believe fall under this category of caregiving in relation to the planet. A lot of inventions for the less fortunate have become really really successful and they’re not just made to make a profit or because “the world needs more stuff”. The LifeStraw water filter is a great example of this. Sure the time and resources could have been spent making another brand of vacuums, but the makers behind that project developed that product with people in mind. They tried to solve a widely ignored problem, for ethical reasons, not just financial incentives.
I think making can be a rebel movement. I think often times people make products that counteract typical capitalistic manufacturing. When products aren’t single use, when they’re long-term, and made with sustainable products that is “going up against the system” of fast, casual, disposable manufacturing.
I understand that a lot of women’s work goes unrecognized. And I completely agree. But this article is tearing down “makers” as if there’s nothing redeemable about them.
As I began to read the next article I realized that this issue, and these articles definitely require you to already be familiar with the maker space culture and I definitely am not. I don’t know who’s qualified or who’s excluded, and I feel like my knee-jerk reaction shows how much I don’t know the context. That being said, I think being exposed to the culture before reading these articles would have been helpful.
“Power, Access, Status: The Discourse of Race, Gender, and Class in the Maker Movement”
This author makes a lot of good points including that the Maker movement is white and rich, diversity and inclusion efforts shift the responsibility to women and minorities, and that the movement as a whole is being run like a brand for rich white guys rather than a movement because of financial incentive. The other backs up these claims with evidence from Make Magazine, various quotes, and statistics from the Maker Faire.
I think my main take-away from this article is that there are a lot of societal issues that effect Makers that are not only unchecked but sometimes unrecognized by the people operating in the Maker space themselves. In addition, the author calls out how some diversity efforts think it’s enough to just recruit diverse makers “and stir” and there’s a lot more than needs to be done to make these spaces accessible.
Okay! So I don’t know why but I really struggled on this one. I spent like 2 hours trying to figure out how to get my circuit to work on just a flat piece of paper. And I think the problem was that I was only using one battery for 2 red lights, and so after a ton of experimenting and a little help from a friend, I finally got the correct layout.
My original plan was to have lightning bugs as 2 of my lights, but I couldn’t think of what the 3rd light might be, or what kind of saying to include, so I changed to bees instead.
I really like flowers, so I wanted to incorporate some of those as well, which you’ll see later as the third light (the orange one) and the background as well.
Getting started, I made 3 folds so that the flower could be in the middle, a bit taller, and the bumblebees could flank it.
I chose a heavy blue cardstock because I thought it would support the weight of the two batteries I was going to need.
Next I traced out the length of the copper tape, and begun carefully adding it along.
Making sure to use the technique shown in class, to turn corners.
I used a full size strip of tape for the majority of the circuit, so that the electricity didn’t have any problems running around. When I made this layout, I originally planned to have one battery on either side of the circuit, that when pushed atop each other would complete the circuit. In this picture you can see the strips that I left clear so that I could put half strips running down the folds that would extend when the card was opened. These were going to be half-sized to assure that they wouldn’t touch each other.
Here it is with the half strips added, waiting to be attached to the LEDs.
I cut out some thinner cardstock for the bottom of the card, that would cover the copper wire and the batteries.
Above is a photo once the top of the card was added. This daisy patterned paper is actually where I got most of my card inspiration from!
With both top and bottom papers, I was careful to cut around the folds.
I guess I didn’t take a photo once I’d attached the LEDs, but here they are attached negative to positive up and down the three folds. Also shown in this picture are the shapes I created by hand 🙂
Later, I decorated the 3 elements, all meant to be easily taken on and off. I also came up with this cute little phrase, so that the card can be given to anyone on any occasion, just to brighten their day.
This is also when I decided to change the format of my switch. Instead of having the batteries have to be flipped on top of each other, I changed my switch so that pushing the button down would complete the circuit.
In this picture you can kind of see that there is copper wire on the top strip of paper. Paper folded accordion style on both sides, assures that the copper wire won’t constantly be in contact with the batteries, but can easily be lowered atop.
Here’s the completed product! Sorry about the chipped nails 🙂
For the sticker assignment, my first step was to think about a sticker that I would use. Personally, I’m not someone who often uses stickers. I like them a lot, but once you put them on something you usually can’t change your mind. So typically, the only stickers I use are on cards and in letters. Other than that, I sometimes like to have things labeled like storage containers and boxes. With that in mind, I decided to make a fun little sticker that could be used as a label. To give it more elements, I found some silhouettes of rabbits to put on the side. I also wanted the rabbits to be holding onto the label, so I kept that in mind while searching for pictures.
I found two rabbits that I liked, and edited them slightly. For one of the rabbits, I rounded the ears to be softer looking and less pointed. The other, I copied, removed it’s head which was facing upwards, and put it’s head back on now facing to the left. I also extended the rabbits ears to be a similar length to the first rabbit, and fluffed it’s tail as well.
I then created a box with a thick border in a different color. Next, I created separate images of the rabbits arms by duplicated their visible arm.
Next, I decided on a color scheme that was pleasing to me and found vinyl squares to match.
A problem arose when I tried to trace the teal rabbit on the Silhouette program.
The rabbits neck was showing the area where I had removed and reattached the head to be bent. I had to tweak the nodes a lot to get them to be united and than I grouped the 2 images (head and body) together. The little piece of blue next to the bunny is it’s arm, meant to be placed on top.
Next, I traced the four images on Silhouette. Making sure that the orange box would have a removable inside and that the white box did not have an unnecessary border.
After lining up the vinyl, I inserted it into the sticker machine and cut all the required pieces. Next was assembly!
First I put down the rabbits, then the box, border, and finally the arms. Although I do like how it turned out, there are a few issues I’d like to point out, and possibly change in the future.
First of all, having the stickers be multiple separate pieces that build atop each other makes it hard to move around. If I were to remake this sticker, I would definitely have the bottom piece be the entire sticker, just one color. Then I would have made the white box a little bigger, since aligning it with the border was difficult. Finally, I would have traced the arms of the rabbit on the Silhouette program so that they would be sliced, but not separate pieces. That way I could nestle the framed label underneath the arms. This would help with alignment and compatibility.
Despite those issues, I still really like how the label turned out! I think it’s cute and I think the colors look nice together. I picked some vibrant shades that have a fun and eccentric look to them.
My group decided to work on the concept of a technologically advanced table. Although we came up with very different executions, they mostly revolved around the idea of the table being able to give guests necessary information.
For my storyboard, I started with 8 panels since that’s how many I used in my rough draft. Also, by having the panels be the same size and shape, it’s easier for the reader to swiftly move to the next panel. One after another, this helps with the “sequence” aspect of storyboarding.
The first image is meant to establish the location so that viewers know where the storyline takes place. I drew a picture from an aerial street view showing a bistro.
Then I started filling out the rest of the panels. In my storyboard, two customers come in and try to place their order with a waiter. One of the customers has a lot of questions about the menu items like “is the kale organic?” and “was the cattle free-range?”, while the other customer wants a very specific meal with “no tomatoes, extra mayonnaise” etc.
This presents a problem for the waiter because he might not have the type of information that the first customer wants and it can be overwhelming to try and remember all of the second customers needs. Because the information that they need is so important, there has to be a solution. Luckily, the waiter can simply tell them to go ahead and use the table!
Next, the customers press a button on the table that brings forth a holographic screen. On the screen you can see a detailed description of the beef products used by the restaurant. In the next panel you can see customer #2 customizing his order.
And finally, in the last panel the customers are both satisfied and remark “this is EXACTLY what we wanted!”
This is the final storyboard, in which I added a little bit of color.
I think my storyboard successfully tells a story with an established setting, obvious problem and solution or “satisfaction”. I think adding the color helps with consistency, since the viewer can know which customer is using which feature of the table.
The only change I would make is to make the holographic seem more holographic. Maybe using a blue color could have helped here.