Mapping History #351-Archive

Greetings from #rdcHQ! Spring is here and we’re getting ready for our Summer tracks at Rural Design Collective Headquarters. Research on our 351-Installation and corresponding web module is underway. We have been charting a historic collection of photos of Port Orford using a map highlighting a section of the town. Kudos to artist Levi Thompson for the considerable preliminary research he has done for this project. A navigable online equivalent of this map will be made available at the Port Orford Historical Photos site later this year.

This promises to be an interesting and challenging project and we’ll be adding many of these images to our Gegenschein Time Capsule as well which will be on display in our street level gallery this Summer. Stay tuned for details on this project and more as the 2015 Season at #rdcHQ begins!

Extra Credit: Introducing Sombrero!

Greetings from #rdcHQ! We’re spinning back up on a couple of tracks, most notably “Cobwebs” – and we’re introducing an Extra Credit character developed at our first meetup – “Sombrero” for Wiggle Planet. Sombrero was created using the Breeder App for “Peck Peck’s Journey” — an augmented reality book by those creative folks over at “Wiggle Planet.” An eclectic clutter of critters were hatched by an intrepid band of beta-testers using this tool for the book (which is currently under development). We can’t wait to experience the finished product! We’ll post relevant news here, and you can follow updates on the book at Wiggle Planet’s Facebook page as well as other Wiglet wanderings at their blog, Self Animated Systems.

Creating this character was a cool diversion and resulted in some fun brainstorming sessions – this sketch by artist Evelyn Jennings is quite creative.

What’s happening next at #rdcHQ? … Who Knows? … Stay Tuned! :-)

#rdcHQ Extra Credit 2015

Greetings from #rdcHQ! – We’re working on our first Extra Credit project of 2015, a special assignment to honor our friend and colleague, Aaron Swartz. We’re researching and working on design concepts for The Swartz Cup to be awarded on May 1, The Proposed National Day of PACER Protest. The final implementation will be crafted by the artisans of Point.B Studio with some element of the cup to become part of the Gegenschein Time Capsule slated for release in 2015.

The Memorandum of Law by Carl Malamud. Read more at Yo.YourHonor.Org

We are also excited to be one of seven guest character designers of an augmented reality book called “Peck Peck’s Journey” by artist J.J. Ventrella. “Emerging from this book is a new kind of creature that inspires, entertains, and could possibly revolutionize the art of character animation as we know it’,” states Ventrella, “These characters are called ‘wiglets’.” We are very excited to be a part of this extraordinary idea, and we are certain that our ace team of animators will be up to the task!

We’re just getting started … Stay Tuned!

A New Year @ #rdcHQ

Greetings from #rdcHQ! We are officially in hibernation mode at the HQ, however Many Good ThingsTM are happening in the off-season as we prepare for the summer. This marks the 9th year of The Rural Design Collective and it promises to be a great one. Here is a sneak preview of some of the projects under development this year.

Gegenschein Time Capsule – This year, The 351 Building where Rural Design Collective Headquarters is located will be celebrating its centennial and we are designing a time capsule to be placed underneath the building to commemorate the occasion. Initial contents of the capsule are in the design phase and materials are being procured to ensure the contents will last for the duration of their stay in the time capsule. We will publish this list at a later date on our website and the contents will be on display at Point.B Studio in the street level gallery throughout 2015.


351-Archive – Development continues on “Port Orford Historical Photos” and new features will be added in 2015. Recently, a Tumblr was added to facilitate the addition of new entries. We will also be creating an installation and time-lapse video using photos from the 351-Archive as part of the Gegenschein Time Capsule.

ABOVE: The Cobwebs Crew in action at the media lab at #rdcHQ

Cobwebs — Part Three – The much-anticipated “Part Three” of the Cobwebs Movie will also be under development this summer. There are plans for more learning, more original music and more captivating animation, as well as a “Director’s Cut” of all three parts. Watch for details at the Cobwebs website!

This is just a sampling of what’s in store — we have other projects under review and details will be posted soon before the Summer Season begins … Stay tuned!

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