The Secret Garden
infographic, collaboration, illustration
This project took place just outside of Arnhem, Netherlands. It was assigned to a group of 13 designers from the University of Wisconsin-Stout by Design Studio: Catalogtree. In teams of 2-3, we developed methods to find statistics based on the Jardin d'Email sculpture made by Jean Dubuffet at the Kröller-Müller Museum.
Walking around The Secret Garden or as they called it the "Jardin d'Email," was spectacular. Known for their dive digs into information, Catalogtree assigned our class to develop a way to analyze the sculpture is a visual form.
For my portion, I was paired with designer Eliza Pommer. The park is such an abstract vision (based on teeth enamel) which made it difficult to accurately judge our surrounding. The information that both of us agreed on was that the sculpture was immense, organic and filled with people of all ages. Their interactions with the sculpture were to climb, run, slip, search, or just plain sit on the edges and enjoy the unique space. With the visual in mind, Eliza and I decided to pull data by asking 30+ people located in and out of the sculpture to draw the outline of the space. After collecting that data, we did an average of the scales and shapes.
Our layer was added to the screen printed poster that was then printed at Plaatsmaken in Arnhem, Netherlands. The poster was submitted to the AIGA Design Show of 2016 and won an award.
This layer contains vector shapes, hand drawn brush strokes and letters. We had the opportunity to observe this part of the printing process
TExTURE CLOSE UP
My contribution to the piece are the pink outlines you can see on the left side of the photo above.
Texture cLose up
With the various minds and collaboration of our class, the solution to the infographic turned into a very tactile texture built with colors and overlays.
Watching the Plaatsmaken, the Dutch studio print with their perfected, automated system was mesmerizing. We tested the colors and perfected the outcome.