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Animal Project

Completed: 2018 | Course: Design Lab I | Skills: 3D and 2D form and structure, Illustrator, paper mechanisms

The Animal Project was a three-part assignment focusing on a selected endangered animal from our home region. I chose to study the Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), which, while not endangered everywhere, is facing population decline in the United Kingdom as a result of disease and the spread of the invasive Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). The three phases of the project focused on capturing the form of the animal and bringing attention to the issues facing the species.

Part 1: Plastic Containers
Plastic Squirrel
Plastic Squirrel
Plastic Squirrel

As an examination of the form of the squirrel, I searched for the curves and volumes of the animal in iced tea bottles. I went through multiple iterations of squirrels from cut, bent, and reassembled bottles to bring out the form of the animal.

Part 2: Awareness Poster
Squirrel Poster
Squirrel Poster

I created the poster to bring awareness to the issues that are threatening the population of the red squirrel in the UK. There are two versions of this poster. The first shows the red squirrel in its natural habitat outnumbered by grey squirrels. The second opts for a more minimalist representation with just the heads of red and grey squirrels.

Part 3: Popup

The last stage of the project was a paper popup representing the red squirrel in its natural habitat. The popup incorporated the three-dimensional form from the first part with the flat, color blocking of the second part, all while incorporating a new aspect: kinetic paper mechanisms. In addition to figuring out the composition, I explored various popup mechanisms. My explorations were both driven by and led me to my composition ideas.






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