Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sketches for posters

open concept idea

use of an icon system to represent what is being talked about
given feel of a tackle box
horizontal idea towards catching one fish being the individual and then the community being represented by a community of fish
actual person fishing into the community
straight up idea of using hooks as representation of individual and fish as communtiy
have a ripple of water but more ripples on the community

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Community Model

Research as a List


Fishing Part I

Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. It is an ancient and worldwide practice that dates back about 35,000 years and may be an individual necessity or a collective undertaking involving large groups of men. Since the 16th century fishing vessels have been able to cross oceans in pursuit of fish and since the 19th century it has been possible to use larger vessels and in some cases process the fish on board; or just sitting on the shore or favorite dock. Fish are normally caught in the wild. Techniques for catching fish include hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling and trapping.
The term fishing may be applied to catching other aquatic animals such as shellfish,cephalopods, crustaceans, and echinoderms. The term is not usually applied to catching aquatic mammals, such as whales, where the term whaling is more appropriate, or to farmed fish. In addition to providing food, modern fishing is also a recreational sport with various techniques and traditions and it has been transformed by modern technological developments.

Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime in the United States, in 2001, 16% of the U.S. population 16 years old and older (34 million anglers) spent an average of 16 days fishing. Freshwater fishing was the most popular type of fishing with over 28 million anglers devoting nearly 467 million angler-days to the sport.

Fishing as a means:

As a means of game, or sport by most.
As a means to provide food for ones own household.
As a means of employment to garnish wages by providing food for others.
- Also know as commercial fishing: Using specific fishing laws and quotas.
A Release or escape, hobby, pastime, etc.

American Sportfishing Association
International Game Fish Association
iFish Online News Group
Rocky Mountain Angling Club
(just to name a few out of thousands)

Types of Fishing:
Angling: Trolling, Long Lining
Bow Fishing
Fly Fishing
Ice Fishing
Spear Fishing: Traditional Spear, Hawaiian Sling, and Spear Gun.
Netting: Hand Net, Lave Net, Cast Net, Coracle Fishing, Chinese Nets, Gillnet, Drift Net, Ghost Net, Stake Net, Drive-in Net, Fyke Net, Trammel, Seinem and Trawl.

Catches (fish species and types):
Fresh Water Most Popular: Bass, trout, gar, salmon, etc
Salt Water Most Popular: Various range.

Fresh Water: Designated rivers, lakes, ponds, canals, etc
Salt Water: Ocean, seaside docks, inter-coastal canals

Fishing Part II

Physical Boundaries:

Land, busy industrial/commercial areas, sewage/waste, pollution, private property, heavy wooden debris, wildlife regulations, climate/weather change, seasons, government, patience, boredom, outfit.

What’s/who’s involved:

Families (kids, parents), sportsman, government agencies, retail sporting goods stores (fishing shops), marines biologists/studies, marine students, fish markets/farmers markets/grocery stores, fishing equipment companies, farmers, hunters, Department of Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Gaming boards, boaters, local communities, seafood lovers, weather, restaurants.

Equipment Needs:

Instruments: Fishing rod, reel, lines, lures, bait, bait containers, floats, weights, hooks, nets, spears, pliers, knife, tackle box, waders, maybe a floating vessel, container for fish, rigs.

Safety/and some requirements: Life jacket, camera for documentation, fishing license, area permission, knowledge of fishing, compass/GPS/maps, hat, calendar.


Age: 16 and up, specifics — Median age = 48.6, Average age = 51.6
Gender: Primarily male approximately 61.9% are male in both salt and freshwater fishing.
Game/occupational/pastime: An estimated national average of 47% sport, 18% occupation, and 35% pastime.
Most popular Fishing type: Angling/Bass fishing.
Population of active fishing participants in the U.S.: 50 million = sport fishing, 28.4 million = freshwater angling.
Financial value of Fresh Water Angling: 74.8 Billion
Economic class: varies on type of fishing.
Groups: scout & professionals.

Individual and community wants and needs:

Pride - in sport or competitive nature.
Self-providing - as a means of food.
Food - for nutritional purposes.
Sense of community recreation.
An escape or release.
A clean and maintained/protect wildlife environment to fish in.
Knowledge, mentoring and instruction.
Respect and courtesy of fishing culture.
Photograph/document experience
Biggest Catch.
Hot Spots
Religious Impact
Good weather
Right bait
The fish/ scale (no pun intended)
Big lakes/waterways
Sense of equality
Enhance sport

Symbols (uniforms, tools, markers of the activity’s community):

Uniforms: ball caps, fishing hooks in ball cap lid, lure keychains, casual t shirts and water activity shorts/pants, fishing equipment branded apparel, Tan line, water sandals, vest.

Tools: Poles sticking out of car, reels, hooks, tackle box, boat, bobber, anchor.

Other Markers: Smell like water or fish, specific vocabulary, callused hands from lines and hooks, bumper sticker, fishing signage, fish, peace.


Nutritional Health
Physical Health
To eat.
Pride in competition.
A mental Release/escape.
Sentimental generation continuation/tradition
Nature enthusiast
Sense of achievement

Sources: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; American Sportfishing Association, Fishing.com, National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, Nation Master Statistics, ESPN.

Fishing Part III

Historical Consciousness (commonalities and membership boundaries):

General interest in fishing creates a commonality that dictates immediate integration of a community.
Similarities in pride of fishing and interest in the competitive/therapeutic/economics stability aspects gives individuals a sense of uniformity and now a common ground of belonging to a community that shares these same interests/pride.

Students, wildlife enthusiasts, sporting good store owners, sportsman, retired folk, busy people who need a break, grocer market representatives.

Agency (influence & power/authority):

A sense of earning your right by purely time spent in the field or the needs of a newbie who can communicate what the community can do to help ease the membership registration.

Seniority and respect for elders (in the sense), the wisdom and history of their expertise in the field generates a reputation of validation and credibility that creates a bond of trust from other members.

The greenhorn also has the influence to exploit faults within the community that have gone array from making members feel a sense of pride and belonging. These needs are only recognized by other fishermen who have experienced the same and acknowledge the need.

Wildlife marshals and park/rec officials can influence fisherman to be responsible in what they are doing by abiding to our ecological standards.

Relationships (awareness):

Having knowledge about your community to find a sense of space and specific area of belonging, and then continuing to build and progress that unit or units.

Environmentalists know better environments where more or specific fish dwell, locals know the best areas to fish and hang out, boaters know the relationship of tides and water depths to know what type of fishing and equipment you’ll need.

Life Goals (motivation):

Providing food and nutrition, impacting the community by sharing the physical/healthy aspect of a recreational activity, helping others by educating them on a new activity/way of: good sportsmanship, ecological responsibility, a way to accrue nutrition, a career opportunity to make an honest living, and the entertainment of having a fun hobby/relaxing activity.

Organizational Structure (roles):

Equal roles in the community.
No official hierarchy or chain of command in community.
Everyone fishes independently.
A community build of individuals contributing to their own agendas of relaxation, providing, or sport.
Professional fisherman or commercial fisherman have a tendency to educate on seasons, areas, and techniques.
While greenhorns experiment and introducing new ways to improve traditional methods/experiences.
Supply stores and bait shop owners provide tools for the fisherman; and weatherman and wildlife marshals guide those safely, who don’t know the proper procedure and environmental constraints.
While the fisherman simply perform the activity and share their experiences with one another.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"What is Web 2.0?"

What is so interesting between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is the comparisons of what makes up one or the other. Like with Web 1.0, it had double-clicks, page views, publishing, directories, and a domain name speculation. As you think about it, it seems that views get some of these confused with 2.0, well at least I would. Web 2.0 consists the existing of Flickr, Napster, Wikipedia, blogging, search engine, and tagging. One of things people seem to get confused most about is between directories and tagging because they may seem similar when in fact directories gives classification and tagging gives identification. This comes to the web as a platform.

Netscape vs. Google
It seems that Netscape was the main bearer in Web 1.0 as Google is the standard bearer for Web 2.0 and how is this true. Well Netscape framed "the web as platform" because the product gave a web browser, a desktop application, which gave them in theory market power to be used by Microsoft. "Netscape promoted a 'webtop' to replace the desktop, and planned to populate that webtop with information updates and applets pushed to the webtop by information providers who would purchase Netscape servers."

Over all both web browsers turned out to be commodities and value moved up to services that would be delivered over the web platform.

Google began as a "native web application" never was sold or packaged, but as a service, which costumers could pay the service direct or in directly. It is mainly off of usage instead of being sold. Google isn't a collaboration of tools, just that it is a database, but without the software, the data couldn't be managed. "The value of the software is proportional to the scale and dynamism of the data it helps manage. Google's service in not a sever even if comes off that way or as a search service that lets use find information. "Google happens in the space between browser and search engine and destination content server, as an enabler or middleman between the user and a person's online experience."

Double-Click vs. Overture and AdSense
Double-click has a 'core competency in data management' and was a pioneer in web services before it had a name. It brought the notion of publishing, not participation. As a result, it had "over 2000 successful implementation" of its software.

Overture and Google's success became referred as "the long tail," the power of small sites to make up the bulk of the web's content. They figured out how to enable ad placement.

"The Web 2.0 lesson: leverage customer-self service and algorithmic data management to reach out to the entire web, to the edges and not just the center, to the long tail and not just the head."

"the most significant advance in the fundamental architecture of the web since early hackers realized that CGI could be used to create database-backed websites."

"means that the web browser is not the only means of viewing a web page."

"used to push not just notices of new blog entries, but also all kinds of data updates, including stock quotes, weather data, and photo availability."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

List of Activities/Community

hunting/ hunters
dancing/ dancers
fishing/ fishermen
extreme sports/ extremist
blogging/ writers
animals/ activist, zoologists, lovers
arts/ historians, collectors
food/ chefs, food critic
environment/ environmentalist
home repair/ do it yourself people

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Council Bluffs and the new sculptures?

So since I have been home in Iowa, within the first 24 hours I went over to Omaha and saw the new entry way to Council Bluffs area. Council Bluffs is trying to attract new people to come into town by updating the streets, the corners, and bridges. One of the bridges that they are working on right now above I29 is show casing a sculptor from New York. To me for what I know as a designer, you would think they would want to keep a unified system but instead this bridge breaks the system. The colors in person just seem too messy, where if they used only steel(as an example) it would get more depth like the portfolio of Albert Paley. Here is a link to what the sculptures would look like as one color. Here is a news report on the sculpture too, and read the comments to understand more.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Personal Summer Adventures

On my journey through summer, I started off by going to Iowa for 2 weeks, then to Colorado for 1 week, back to Iowa for a day.....this continued.....back to KC and off to Indi for a week with a side trip in there too....back to KC and straight back to Iowa for a few more days.....then finally back to KC to start my summer class in Advance Kiln Glass. Through this class I focused on sustainability and how a piece can show potential in its own form. I kept my designs geared toward modern design of light fixtures, paintings, and shapes. I also did a little research on hangers to look at the many forms it evolved into now. I'll post photos soon enough. As my class is closing to an end, I have realized what I find interesting and should bring more into my work into design. It will be more sustainability, function, and deeper meaning. Photos will be posted soon enough.

As of now I am preparing my work for internships and making a new leave-behind to showcase my work and who I am as a person.