Rankin Progress Update 3

This week, I spent some time cutting and gathering branches for the wall, then weaving them together out in the yard. I only got enough branches to make a single panel because I underestimated the number of boughs I would need, but I’m thinking I might end up just making one of these pieces instead of…
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Rankin Progress Update

Up to now, I’ve essentially spent time prototyping IR motion sensors for the interactive features of this exhibit, and I’ve had basic success getting those to react and drive the illumination of a light. Now comes the actual fabrication, where I start building the casing and the exterior of the enclosure. I’m experimenting with a wood…
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Inspiration Post.

For my project, I’m developing a dynamic, illuminated divider wall for a theatre piece that I’m a part of. I’ve been fascinated by the fusion of organic materials and technology for a while, and I’ve done some pieces along these lines in the past: lightnest- a reactive sound and light installation   canopy- a big…
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Danny R. Aspirations

I think I mentioned this in my skill sets post, but my background is pretty diverse, and it’s been a long road to the point where I have an idea what I might like to do after school. But here goes. I did my undergrad in Environmental Studies here at CU, and I focused primarily on sustainable…
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Danny Rankin Skill Set Post.

I’m Danny Rankin- a 1st year masters student in the ATLAS Institute’s Creative Technologies and Design program. Before starting my Masters, I worked as a software instructor for Apple- I have 6 years experience teaching software, specifically video editing with Final Cut Pro, audio engineering with Logic Pro, and design in Adobe Illustrator. I’m also an experienced…
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Cardboard Hexagon Lamp

One of my primary gripes with most upcycling projects is that they often seem to leave behind just as much trash as there was before the project started- after sawing apart a bicycle, or stripping the components and plastic from some discarded tool just to use a component in the name of recycling, I thought I would…
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The Aesthetic of Wes Anderson

I love Wes Anderson films. Primarily, I love his aesthetic- regardless of which film you’re watching, you can always recognize his distinct style. Specific elements that I think underscore this. First, his shot and scene composition are super-intentional. Visual symmetry and balance are huge elements of each shot he constructs. This video from Vimeo user…
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