Work in Progress
Advanced technologies—3D modeling software and 3D printers—are valuable tools to experiment with as the field of graphic design evolves. Rhode Island School of Design not only encourages creative exploration but also the utilization of the school’s exceptional resources.
My objective this summer was to utilize 3D technology at Co–Works fabrication lab. I fabricated woodblock type to be utilized in the Vandercook Letterpress machine located in RISD’s Type Shop.
One of the early principal uses of wood block type in the United States was in the production of posters that encouraged westward expansion of the country. Visual communication promoted this migration of citizens. Today, there is a comparable movement focused on space exploration for potential human settlements.
This project, inspired by the historical use of wood type, seeks to develop a speculative visual identity for upcoming space missions. I examined imagery and typography found in western expansion propaganda and space-age visual materials. I recognized the use of typefaces—Microgramma , Eurostyle , Gill Sans , and California Zephir —to evoke space, speed, and movement.
Space Mission Posters
Posters were produced using the designed typeface and imagery inspired by the proposed space missions of the European Space Agency and NASA .
Wood block type must be no greater than the standard letterpress height of .918 ”. It was traditionally fabricated from a single piece of wood. To be true to the craft and increase
durability, I decided to fabricate the blocks from a raw piece of cherry, poplar and mahoganny wood, 2” in height. In addition to woodblock fabrication, I further applied the original typeface in the production of innovative printed materials.
Photography: Halkin Mason Photography; Barrett Dougherty
Studio Bryan Hanes
Fall 2009 — 2012
The redesign of the Sister Cities garden breathes fresh life and activity into a nearly forgotten corner of Logan Square. Boasting a cafe, a fountain and a children’s garden, the new park draw visitors at different times of day, creating a vibrant, mutable space that can accommodate multiple activities.
I worked on the design of the children’s garden that was inspired by the Wissahickon Valley. Included in the design is a downhill stream that feeds into a boat pond. Native planting, in addition to boulders and a fallen tree, captures the experience of walking through the Wissahickon.
photography © David Sundberg/Esto & Travis Huggett.
Rogers Marvel Architects
Designed to protect the subway from damaging stormwater in a number of flood prone areas in Queens, these raised ventilation grates also exemplify the importance of aesthetics within pragmatic urban design. The sculptural undulating form of these stainless steel grates create a public awareness of the stormwater issue they were designed for.
Recognizing that the broader problem is driven by infrastructure and soil permeability which is outside of the scope of the project, the design creates a permanent expression for an
intermittent problem which needs to be adressed.
Financial District Streetscapes & Security
photography © Paul Warchol & Rogers Marvel.
Roger Marvel Architects
Fall 2007 — Spring 2009
This project recognized the need to enhance security while preserving the vibrant pedestrian-oriented streetscape of New York Financial District. I worked on the configuration and pattern of the sculptural bronze security bollards that were integrated into a turntable street barrier that controlled vehicular circulation.
The geometric form of the bollards was preserved in my design of pedestrian wayfinding markers that merged graphic design with architecture. These were designed with a ¾ inch aluminum plate that would be engraved with historical images from early 20th Century Financial District, including Federal Hall, New York Stock Exchange, and the Curb Market at Broad Street. While providing sense of place in a historical context, these structures also worked to guide pedestrian circulation, thereby protecting the street.
The history and urban evolution of this area was conveyed to pedestrians by cutting text into granite paving stones at street edges.
Working with plankton has expanded my knowledge in both science and art. Collecting and analyzing data in the Nature Lab have revealed the role that organisms play in a given ecosystem. Our environment is composed of a series of complex interconnected systems. The implementation of art concepts with scientific information resulted in a clear and compelling representation of factual data. The use of photographic representation in this course enabled me to convey accurate and visually captivating images that represent the study of plankton with an artistic lens. By merging these two disciplines we can succesfully relate and communicate the relevance of plankton in today’s world.
Les Jardin de Metis
International Garden Festival
Photography: Studio Bryan Hanes
As a modern twist on the historical paradise garden, the Veil Garden explores traditional themes with a contemporary sensibility by exploring the material and spiritual aspects of paradise.
The Veil Garden offers a contemporary interpretation of the Paradise Garden. Delineated with a semi-transparent enclosure; frost fence walls define the rectangular garden, providing privacy and protection, and distinguish it’s inwardly directed quality. Penetrations identify passage to four points of entry which serve as transitional space between the spiritual and terrestrial world. The four openings focus individually on a unique aspect of the earthly paradise, but only occasionally offer entrance, for Paradise remains elusive and indefinable.
These Posters are the result of visual explorations
from the movie: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.
Views © Akridge.
Landscape Architecture Bureau 2010 — 2012
This 600 x 80 foot plaza was designed without curbs to allow for exclusive use by pedestrians 100-125 days of the year. Both vehicular and pedestrian zones are paved in a porphyry and granite stone palette. My vision was to create a unifying geometry with a centerpiece that defines the plaza. Inspired by the Piazza di Campidoglio in Rome, this centerpiece creates a strong graphic visual experience.
Stormwater from the sidewalk and street is directed to the street trees to prevent water from overwhelming the city’s sewer system. The street trees help to increase the urban canopy providing aesthetic and environmental benefits to the community.
Awards: Philadelphia AIA Gold Medal
Studio Bryan Hanes, 2009 — 2010
The project is a collaboration between the Cornell University Veterinary program and the New York State College of Agriculture and life Sciences.
This project posed the challenge of integrating rural character of the proposed site of the dairy barn with the urban core of the university. The solution was to design a chain of wetlands and meadow landscapes that would separate the buildings and provide continuity and connection through the landscape. The wetlands and meadow landscapes also serve to balance the effects of developing on the site by treating stormwater runoff and providing space for infiltration to recharge groundwater.
The RISD Old Library opened in 1878 with a single collection
of books contained within single bookcase located in a corner
of a newly constructed Waterman Street building.
Today, the Old library space exists without a prescribed use. My intention is to revitalize this space by converting the library into a transitory exhibit space. The gallery will function as a place where all the design faculties converge. This can be done by designing a coherent identity for the library.
This new identity originates from the main organizing element — the bookshelf. I used the grid of the bookshelf and the stacking of booksas the generating form for the proposed work.
Exposed, Removed, Re—linked, Re— purposed & Influenced
These spreads take a look at existing and historic conditions that shaped the city of Providence throughout its urban development.
Focus on The daylighting of the Providence River, the removal of I-95, wildlife habitat projects and the natural conditions such a tidal changes, influence the city today.