learning the ropes

things I made at ITP and after: sketches, prototypes, and other documentation

Friday, October 2, 2009


A typical email exchange:

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Wendy Richmond <wendy@wendyrichmond.com> wrote:

Hi Michael
Yesterday was v helpful. I am reflecting!
Quick Q:
Was it hard to make those stand-alone stands for the digital frames? I think it wd be a good way to have a bunch of  frames around the room for our showing, so I am thinking about buying some cheap lamps– approx 6 of them. ( we already have 2 that you made)
If it is easier, we could avoid having the cord run thru the pole.
What do you think?

MC reply:
They are not so hard to make… I’ve attached a picture of the parts…  It is easier to not run the cord through the pole.  Gaffer’s tape on the back will keep things in check.

mc parts pic

posted by wendy at 2:07 pm  

Saturday, August 22, 2009

outside the blog

For the record: In addition to our blog, we have ongoing emails. The initial email might be about scheduling a meeting, and then grow to include questions and research about, well, anything. Here’s an example, after I told Michael I wanted to meet in the city so I could buy a projector, maybe at B&H.
Wendy, Here’s about an hours worth of searching.  I stumbled onto pico pocket projectors.  Let me know if you want me to back out to “normal” projectors and see about low cost.  My view is that the small projectors could be a good prototyping tool for you in the same way that the photo frames and the XActi camera are.  You may even be able to connect your XActi to one of these. Michael
(The email had an attached  PDF)
posted by wendy at 1:03 pm  

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lists (a start)


  • Cranking
  • Sitting or standing (eg a switch, or weight)
  • Proximity
  • Motion detection
  • Pulling/pushing
  • Running (e.g. treadmill)
  • Color detection
  • Sound (e.g. of you clap, it turns something on)
  • Opening/closing (e.g. door, window, drawer)
  • Positional sensing
  • Hitting keys
  • etc…

Static Type:

  • Spray paint
  • Silk screen
  • etching
  • Letterpress
  • Stencil
  • Cut out
  • Scratch
  • Burn
  • Scribble
  • Sandblast
  • Woodblock
  • Magic marker
  • Pencil
  • Typewriter
  • Sewn/needlepoint
  • Neon
  • LED
  • etc…


  • clay
  • Wood
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Styrofoam
  • Cloth
  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Rubber
  • Screen
  • Leather
  • Carpet
  • Grass
  • Sand
  • Food
  • Concrete
  • etc…

Typographic manipulations:

  • Letter spacing
  • Line spacing
  • Bigger/smaller
  • Fonts (reg, bold, italic, black, condensed, etc)
  • Color
  • Focus—in/out
  • Rotate
  • Distort
  • etc…
posted by wendy at 12:46 pm  

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Spots on tables

Spot lights shining on tables, illuminating the text. (text will be the halves of cell phone conversations. BTW last night when I told DK the idea for title “Half the Conversation” said, “Half the Story.” ) Anyway, maybe the text should not sandblasted on glass. Maybe we want more modest materials. Maybe all cardboard. Choices of materials will be very important.

spots on table small

posted by wendy at 5:08 pm  

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Making “Overheard” » Overheard 2009-08-02 17:04:12

When I draw, I get different ideas than when I write.

thots small

posted by wendy at 5:04 pm  

Sunday, August 2, 2009

hanging out at Smooch

coffee cup small

good place to draw and think

posted by wendy at 4:54 pm  

Saturday, August 1, 2009

drawing by Max

Not sure why I am adding this little drawing by my 8 year old nephew. Looks like a drawing by Yayoi Kusama. Perhaps just a reminder of staying fresh and visual. max drawing

posted by wendy at 2:27 pm  

Thursday, July 30, 2009

wall text from “Creating the Modern Stage”

“Working on a sketch for a setting is probably the happiest and briefest part of the artist’s work in the theater.” — Donald Oenslager (1902- 1975)

posted by wendy at 7:37 pm  

Thursday, July 30, 2009

along the way

Yesterday Michael and I met to get the blog going, for real. All went smoothly until we tried to embed video. No luck. Michael had to leave before he figured out a solution, and he is about to go on vacation. Well, I should have known that he would keep working on it: this morning I got a lengthy email outlining the reason why it didn’t work and the options (with pros and cons) of fixes.

I am writing this to make a note of all the details along the way of making a body of work—the vast effort that is never seen, but is so crucial to development.

posted by wendy at 10:27 am  

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

heavy lifting

I want to start doing more on PAPER. I would like to draw more. More physicality as opposed to making everything w a keyboard and/or screen. That will be a big part of the exhibit, that is, the tension (literally) between digital and physical.

The hoisting of words with your whole body vs. the little finger hopping. I like the hoisting.

So, hoisting words. Heavy lifting. What would such an exhibit be like? Is it possible to tie emotions of words to actually lifting them?

Are the words going to be heavy words or frivolous words? What would it mean to have to exert great force and effort to lift trivial words?

posted by wendy at 3:05 pm  
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