Homework 3 – Daria

I dont have all of the necessary components, but I wanted to get something up. Here is my 3-D model of a T-shirt! I do not have the data set yet, but the folds in the Shirt will reflect some sort of e-commerce statistic (likely % of sales that are e-commerce vs retail). For material, I am very interested in the 3D printed clothing that has been popping up: http://www.shapeways.com/n12_bikini. I am not sure if this is even feasible for this class, but it would be really cool if my print had some sort of flow to it.

I had trouble with the sleeves and need to figure out the best way to fix it. I will likely have to start with multiple surfaces and combine them.

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Project proposal (Nick)

For my midterm in Sculpting Data into Everyday Objects, I am interested in making a teacup from tea import/export data for the U.S. from 1961-2011. In general, I am interested in global trade policy and agricultural topography and this teacup could be seen as a corresponding case study. The Processing project folder where I have parsed the CSV data is here. Though I haven’t finished modeling the cup, it will look something like this:

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To clarify, I’m having difficulties finishing the handle. Note it’s triangular bottom, pyramidical geometry and concave inner surface. Here is a quick sketch showing how the data will be embedded:

photo (1) The early Rhino rendering showed above was made from a rough approximation of the data according to the sketch above (i.e. the termini of both data-informed contours are of the correct ratios but the actual curves through years 1962-2010 are were approximated).

I would like to powder-print the cup. One thing I want to investigate is whether there is a way to post-print fire or glaze the cup so that it might be safe to drink from.

The choice of object to fit the tea export/import data into is self-explanatory. In utilizing both the tea import and export data, the balance of both the cup but also the economic trading that governing the accessibility of tea in the U.S is affirmed. Note that the contours of the handle and cup fit snugly toward the bottom of the cup — this also suggests a delicate balance between the shaping data.

N.B. What I’ve written above is what I envision being observed about the final product — not what I see in it at the moment.

Homework 3 – Lutfi

I am interested in ornamental lamp. Here is a 3D model I made of an existing craft. That model gave me an inspiration to make a chochin (Japanese traditional lamp) in a shape of bird.


Here is the sketch of chochin I want to explore

Chochin 3

Possible materials for this chochin :

  • High temperature materials
  • Rigid opaque materials (For the frame of the chochin)
  • Elastic materials (Alternative material for the frame, maybe for pinch interaction)
  • Flexible paper-like material (To wrap the chochin)

For this object, I want to use data about bird population. The population data will be used to determine the length of the frames of the chochin. Each data that is sculpted into the frame will be arranged in a way to create the shape of a bird at its essence.


Other ideas :

– Power Extension Cord & Data about source of energy in various regions/countries

Homework Week 3

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materials I want to work with:

  • mirror material? 
  • resin 
  • something squishy?? 
  • or velvet-y – but I’m sure I can do something with wrapping in fabric
  • foam
  • reflective
  • transparent/glass?
  • precious metal
  • full color sandstone – I was enchanted by the full range of colors that are possible with this.

hand sketches:



some ideas I had for possible concepts:

  • wedding bands from divorce rate data
  • dog collar from best in show data
  • knife from gun control data
  • ladle from obesity data
  • mirror from photo sharing data
  • chaise lounge model from mental health data
  • lamp from EXIF data?


Homework 2 — Nick

A visualization of beef exported (in tons, scaled down by 100000x) by countries in the years 2003, 2008, and 2013. I wanted to have the text names for the countries beneath the columns representing the data, but I haven’t yet figured out how to incorporate text correctly in P3D mode. I imagined the text being connected via lines to the 2003 data columns, and the text aligned obliquely — to save space but also not make the viewer turn their head 90 degrees just to read the labels. Another thing: I tried to include each “Year” label at the z-position of the corresponding data set, but the text looked really pixelated whenever I changed it’s z-position.

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