Physical, Virtual, and Temporal Layers

Design Problem 3

1. Provide each designer with four sheets of colored paper, 6-x-6-inches square. (We used origami paper). Cut a square window into a larger sheet of paper so that you can move the colored sheets around and experiment with different designs. Cut, shift, and overlap the elements to produce a collage that shows parts of all four layers.

2. Translate the collage into digital layers using Adobe Illustrator or another drawing application. Each physical layer becomes a separate layer in the digital file. Generate new compositions by digitally changing the color, scale, transparency, orientation, and position of the digital layers.

3. Use your digital composition as a style frame for a sequential animation. Design a sequence, approximately ten seconds long, that loops: that is, it begins and ends on an identical frame. To plan your sequence, create a nine-panel storyboard.

4. Import your style frame into a digital animation program (Flash), distributing each layer of the style frame to a layer in the timeline to create strata that change over time.

Ellen Lupton, faculty