Tuesday, October 27, 2009
After reviewing all them damn portfolio webernet sites and what nots, that eppelheimer posted I've decided a couple things about what I DON'T want my portfolio site to be.
—Tag Along KC
—Save Money, Save the Planet: Tag Along (38 characters)
—Carpooling in Kansas City
—Share Your Ride
Kansas City, like any major city, has a problem with rush hour traffic. The commute is slow and dangerous with people zipping around each other to get to work on time. The main problem here is these people are in their cars ALONE! What I’ve created is a tool to connect these morning rush hour commuters, not only based on destination, but schedule as well. These commuters are busy and have an ever changing schedule, so why limit the idea of carpooling to the same carpool companion every day. Why not draw from every commuter? and create a flexible system that facilitates and encourages people to ride with anyone goin’ their way.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
A little project from Eyebeam. This is hilarious. you can read the full description here. Basically it does all the praying for you so you don't have to. This is great for religious people have are to busy evangelizing to ask god for a winning lottery ticket.
After renaming the moon Oto, I had to figure out a way to display that typographically. I went through a long process of type iterations that used typefaces I felt would be found in the future. Most of them were sans-serifs, because I don't think there will be serifs in the future. mostly because of the screen, but that's another argument.
I then started making forms that would work with the moon. It would have to convey a mooniness, but remain simple and scaleable while still carrying a rich history of discovery and exploration.
After choosing a logo type and a moon mark I began applying it across a rang of materials. Some fun and some practical. I like the moon juice, and check out the teleportation function of the oto app. It's pretty sweet.
This is where Ramzy and I stand so far on our iphone application for multimedia experience. more iterations will be posted to Flickr soon with explanations of process, but for now I'll show you this. We are in a good place. I need to replace some images that are place holders to make the information being conveyed more clear, and make a few more screens, but the architecture is there, so it's just a matter of replacing content. The next step really is task scenario animations for FRIDAY'S PRESENTATIONS!!!!!!!!
The two stylistic iterations that they responded to were these. They thought the typography was friendly, and would work well with the concept by making it appeal to a range of users. The thought the top version, while they liked the translation of the "o" into a tire, they thought it should look more tire-like, and less like a cookie.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Initially my problem was that there is too much traffic in Kansas City, but through my research I realized that traffic isn't a problem if there are less cars, and less cars can easily be a reality if people road together in the same car. CARPOOLING!
The real problem is thus restated to be that people don't carpool.
I'm trying to reach people like this. He is a businessman that commutes from the suburbs to the city for work everyday and is always caught in rush hour traffic. If only he knew how many people were goin' his way then maybe he wouldn't have to drive in that hectic traffic everyday.
The social behavior that needs to change in Kansas city is driving to work, or anywhere for that matter in a four+ seat car with no one but yourself. I want to encourage and facilitate carpooling in Kansas City since only less than %20 do carpool, and even less than that carpool on a regular basis. This would reduce traffic, reduce fuel consumption, save money, reduce pollution, and eliminate a need for expensive and unnecessary highway construction.
I think their are several ways to measure the effectiveness of my project in reducing the number of cars on the road, and they are as follows.
1. Businesses would notice and could report a reduction in the amount of employee parking spaces they need to buy in local city parking garages.
2. The news reports every morning on traffic jams and accidents, and would definitely notice a reduction in congestion and accidents.
3. The Missouri Highway commission also monitors this information closely, and would also notice and report a reduction in the number of cars on the road during rush hour.
4. The city tests air quality for the EPA, and would be able to tell if their was an increase in air quality, which would indicate a reduction in vehicle emissions, and thus a reduction in the number of cars on the road, which would point to increased carpooling.