This is the Diary of Rodrigo Morales, a 21-year-old college student, living in a wealthy family supported by their large sugarcane business. His home country Havana has experienced a chain of unsettling revolutions, although a new one is occurring, descending the nation in entropy. As a result, he must decide how to protect the nation’s serene beauty, before it’s all enveloped by chaos.
During this revolution, several things changed and continued. Two examples of continuity include 1. The government was again re-established with a military coup by rebels, similar to past military cups conducted by other leaders. 2. Sugar still accounts for most economic income of Cuba. Two examples of change include 1. Literacy and healthcare provided for all Cubans 2. The nationalization of agricultural production.
This Product design unit required me to design a laser-cut landscape, divided into several wooden layers, as contents within a 95 – 55 – 30 millimeter box. The box features a special location that we couldn’t visit due to Covid-19 related reasons. I occasionally visit cousins in Vancouver, British Columbia in the winter. However, The trip was unfortunately canceled due to the situation occurring. The environment I chose is in Manning National Park, Lighting Lake, a campsite we frequently go to during the remaining days of the visit. It’s a multicolored shed on an open field across a mountain range.
During this assignment, I learned several skills involved in the process of designing a lightbox. This includes merging objects, rounding edges, image tracing / expanding, and forming silhouettes from images. I used a software program known as Adobe Illustrator, which allowed me to laser-cut the lightbox. I also utilized websites, for example, the noun project for icons, and makecase
for the design of the initial box. I also received more practice in using acrylic paints, like using masking tape to isolate areas of the product, and blending colours.
There are several things I would like to change about the lightbox. I thought the initial box design was too complicated, and I despised some aspects of the design. I also wish I was less ambitious with the design because I had significantly greater plans that eventually were abandoned due to time issues. I would’ve estimated the amount of work, made reasonable assumptions of what I can do in that time, and started on level 1, and built it upwards from there. I also would’ve opted for a less dynamic box, because the repeating chains of etched layers seem too diorienting and strange for my tasting. Now, I think a more bare-bones, simple design would be nicer. Next, I think I’d blend more colours for the backround, using several colours rather than just one. Finally, I think I should’ve used more trees in the design, in less perfect shapes, so the natural aspect is more apparent. Imperfection is perfect.