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Glass Manifestation

While walking around campus, I found these interesting lines on the glass windows. After researching these I found out that these designs are called glass 'manifestations,' and they are applied to glass windows and doors to improve visibility and provide privacy.

I am considering pitching my designs as an alternative manifistation example, bringing innovative thinking to what is currently a purely functional, practical technique.

I imagine that there are a lot of considerations to be made when designing a window safety feature, I’ll have to research the regulations and find out more.



Example of practical directional usage

Taking the entrance to the Manchester law school photograph as inspiration, I have begun to design some practical animations to aid and direct the students while still adhering to the qualities that are mandatory for the safety regulations regarding the visibility of glass. The first animation design is of an arrow showing the way to the entrance to the building.

Designing the dimensions of the arrow itself was harder than expected, the shape was either too long, too flared or narrow. Once I was happy with the shape, I designed two animation styles, one where the arrow grows and another where the arrow moves forward. I tested these designs with different pixel amounts and tested them between my window pane to test the refraction. In the video you can see that the animation worked, the top right (25 pixels) worked the best, I also found that the animation moves against the direction of the arrow which disrupts the message of the arrow.


Following the 'law department' inspiration for the glass manifestation, I decided to make a related animation that represented the subject.

I was torn between designing a scale or a gavel hammer but decided on the gavel.

 I liked was the shock sparks conveying the force of the impact of the hammer, I decided to use this in my design.

The base is static in this animation, I played with the idea of the base design being on the front element of the barrier grid animation, this is shown in the top animation, the lower animation is standard to show the comparison. I think the design worked better the standard way.

Naturalizing Manchesters Urban environment

Separate from the physical Vertical Gallery exhibition, I propose to use the temporary closure of the Manchester bus routes, using the unused shelters as a base to exhibit my animations. The narrative of my animations will be a comment on one of the visibly positive outcomes that has come from the quarantine. My animations will be a comment on how animals are reclaiming towns and cities around the world.

This proposal also helps supports the ongoing movement to ‘naturalize’ the urban environment of Manchester.

In the first video I have drawn an example of one of Manchester's bus shelters and used this as a base and manually moved the 'line' element of my animation across the bird background. This video shows my intention but doesn't show how the design works with the movement of the people.

The second video is a rendered 3D design and allows me to demonstrate how the animation works with the desired movement.

The last video using the same technique as the first shows a rough interpretation of how I envision my design looking in the Verticle gallery, I have extended the glass in the video to help create perspective, showing a front and behind the sculpture.

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