Junk is stuff you usually throw out. Or maybe not. You can usually reuse it to serve another purpose. In fact, sustainable design is all about recycling objects over and over again. So here is an installation, a look at the infinite possibilities that an object can serve in the consumer-based society we live in. Computer junk or scrap material, each object can be put back into the loop of creation once it’s done serving its original function. Like Pacman, we are consuming all the time and trying to beat each other in the process. We consume junk and leave behind a pile of waste. But surely we can do something about it! ;)
How this idea struck me
I was clearing up my office locker and came across a junk keyboard, few old mouse and some waste chips, which I had compiled earlier to make a transformer. I have noticed that junk objects make for cool decor if painted in one colour.
My company’s annual innovation day gave us the perfect opportunity to get creative under pressure. But we had just 24 hours to come up with something. Hence thought of piecing together some computer junk lying around and do some projection mapping on it. We had to somehow pull it off in a day.
How we went about it
I went around the office looking for more junk. To my dismay, I got to know the admin team had thrown out the computer junk three weeks back. To my surprise we still managed to find some old modems, unused CDs, computer parts and electric appliances.
Other collaborators from marketing, design and engineering also joined in and we were ready to start, not really knowing if we could pull it out.
We found a scrap carton box, which we folded and levelled for the base. We pulled out all the other scraps and spread them out. Since we were still short of material I sacrificed my sketch book (which I obviously don’t regret) and managed to find some non-working markers to fill up remaining space. We placed a cutout of the Infinity logo in the centre. We stuck the light stuff like CDs and a few chips with double sided tape, the heavy components with superglue, and even heavier objects by wiring them through. We used a white spray can to paint the unit completely white, so that we could project onto it.
Since half the day was done making the installation, I had to do something quick for the animation. I decided on a loop animation and took a top shot of the base, which helped me decide the dimensions and map the items. Since the theme of the event was ‘Data Eats Software’ represented by Pacman, I followed the same 8bit-ish theme.
I used Adobe Animate (known previously as Flash) to make the animations and Adobe Illustrator to map and trace the elements. I used a combination of frame by frame transitions and motion tweens.
And lastly we played some pac-man loop music. All in all the experience was fun, intense and well appreciated. :)
Some tips and tricks to make an installation in a day
- Keep it practical, easy to source and implement.
- Get people involved
- Make it relevant to theme/message
Sree Lakshmi Krishnamurthy — Designer, Rooplekha Poddar — Content Writer, Vishwash Bhushan — Developer
@ Pramati Technologies
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