Personal Project: An Update

I personally believe that having a plan of action when starting the major segments of a project is a crucial part of maintaining a work ethic.

Below is my plan of action for my Desire line Personal Project

 Apr 25, 2017, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

  • Search and Save price of solar LED lighting on (Completed) 
  • Borrow measuring tape from Design & Engineering Lab and measure the length of the D2 grass area Desire line (Completed) 
  • Make a CAD Design of Stepping stones and print out the design sketch with measurements ready for the wood-shop to cut. (Completed & Updated)
  • Ask wood-shop if they have water proof varnish/ wax for the wood (Completed) 

FTW personal project

Scheduled: Apr 27, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:52 PM

  • With a printed copy of stepping stone CAD design, go to wood-shop and ask if they can cut  my stepping-stones.(Completed)
  • Ask D&E lab about pins for holding down stepping-stones (Completed)
  • Create an environment on CAD for client reference(Completed)
  • Ask I.M if they have solar LED lights (Completed)
  • Search and Save price of pins, like those used for holding down tents (Completed)
  • Buy all the necessary things off (Completed)

May 2, 2017, 3:54 PM to 7:45 PM

  • Locate all the areas with desire path problems on high-line (stairway) (Completed)
  • Create Blueprint desire path assessment for all stairway desire path. (Completed)
  • Photoshop a render of one stairway desire path (focus render) (Completed)
  • Create 3D architectural Changes  (Completed)
  • Create drawing from the CAD (Completed)
  • Photoshop a render of Architectural changes  (Completed)

Scheduled: May 3, 2017, 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM

  • Cut Wooden Stepping stones and varnish them(Completed)

May 5, 2017, 12:00 PM to 4:45 PM

  • Varnish/wax wood and implement everything.(Completed)
  • Borrow HDLR Camera(Completed)
  • Take HD photos night/sunset/day(Completed)

May 9, 2017, 3:56 PM to 9:00 PM

  • Edit Photos(Completed)
  • Blow up photos CAD renders and Sketches to A1 (Completed)
  • Place them against Foam for pin-up.
    • write-up summary of project(Completed)
      • What I have addressed(Completed)
      • research(Completed)
        • What I have done(Completed)
      • What I have implemented(Completed)
      • Future recommendations.(Completed)
    • Maybe a 3D printed model of the D2 Courtyard.
    • Design student style pin-up.(Completed)

May 10, 2017, 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

  • Set up Pin Ups against the walls.(Completed)


Moving Forward: Apr 25, 2017, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM


  • Search and Save price of solar LED lighting on
    • I managed to find a Lamp that is 48 DHS. For 5 Pieces, I personally like them as they made of aluminum and look quite elegant.
  • Borrow measuring tape from Design & Engineering Lab and measure the length of the D2 grass area Desire line
    • I went ahead and measured the length of the Desire path in front of D2, the result is as follows
      • 388cm
    • This means if my Stepping stones are about 79 X 38cm (changed to 66 X 35cm after discussing with the associate instructor of sculpture) i would need about 9 Stepping stones 35cm plus a 7cm gap between each one would leave 42cm for about one stepping stone, 388 / 42 = 9.2
  • Make a CAD Design of Stepping stones and print out the design sketch with measurements ready for the wood-shop to cut.
    • At are the results of my CAD design and the Drawing created by the software with the measure
    • Mid-Res Render

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Drawings with measurement (PDF)

      • Ask wood-shop if they have water proof varnish/ wax for the wood 
        • I asked the wood shop and they mentioned that:
          • The measurement I currently have a slightly large he suggested I change the size to about.
            • 66 X 35cm with a 7cm (3″) gap between each stepping stone.
          • He also mentioned that even with veneer the wood would not last very long in this weather which is why…
            • I should use concrete instead of wood (but make sure I talk to the correct departments) However, this would take up to 5 days of work to create the frames to pour concrete into and letting them settle
            • If I really need to use wood, I should use plywood
      • Ask I.M Lab if they have solar LED lights
        • I went to go and ask the I.M Lab if they have solar LED lights but it was closed so I will visit them next work session.
        • Visited them and the dont have Solar garden lights.



Signage for Art Center Events

When I first heard that we will be needing to do signage for the art center I was a little excited to immediately start the task but then I was told the number of signs that we had to make, I was thrown in to a state of shock, to say the least. Then one of my peers mentioned that Dr. Puccetti had mention that them must all have the same theme. It took me a few days to realize that Dr. Puccetti had given us the hint as to how way finding designers manage to make so many different signage within a tight timeline and deadline. Now I am not saying that the work that they do is easy but rather that it is made a less daunting task` to design each individual sign that provides the user with different information, once a theme has been settled by extensive trial and error and brainstorming on the designer’s part the designer can then move on to creating an infinite set of signs.  In this blog post I show some of my brainstorming process and the development of my ideas for the art center event signage.

The first idea that I had thought of was to convey the same theme that our entire NYUAD campus conveys. By architecturally mimicking the layout of the New York with Broadway and the high line it is very reminiscing of New York and acts as a gentle reminder to everyone who steps foot on campus that they are on the official grounds of non-other than the prestigious University of N.Y.U. I wanted to allow the art center to, through their events not only remind them that they are in NYU but also bring a genuine sensation that they are truly in New York city.

As a result of the above thought process my primary idea was to mimic Broadway with my signs it is the art center and our own theatrical center.

To do so I did some research into the types of signs that are used in Broadway, along with fonts. Below were my findings.

Broadway clipart

This seemed promising as it gave me theme colors and standard typefaces like the one above.

Broadway sign 

Although this seemed promising I still did not like the way that they looked as they seemed tacky and attract too much attention. That set me thinking, what is something that as humans we are used to seeing but still informed by, something that does not grab our attention but rather subtly informs us about where to go? Street signs! There is simply no other more recognizable street sign than the street signs of New York City! Broadway, 5th ave and many more famous streets, avenues, city centers and boulevards are labeled with the standard green and white signage. The signage uses a nationwide standardized, easy to read typeface. The highway gothic. The color scheme, the shape, and the typeface all allowed me to be able to easily convey information that did not subtract from the event itself and was still reminiscent of New York City.

Below is an example of a typical New York street sign:

New York City Street Signs 

From this I designed my signage that conveyed 8 messages. A side note, The below images are images of a work in progress and so the signage’s may not be completely straight and the fonts are not an exact match…. Yet.

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Furthermore, I will have to put more thought into how these signs will be displayed. If the Art department can be a little flexible, with help from the department that cuts aluminum and the idea lab I can have a proper signage system that is directly paralleled to the street signs of New York, thus giving the individual in the art exhibition the true NYU experience.

The set up:

I plan to first commence with the finishing touches with the design and then I plan to print them out on an A3 sized paper. This will be my low quality image that I will use for my presentation. If the clients accept the design I can go on to begin my interaction with the metal-cutting lab and the idea lab to, first, cut and shape aluminum into the signage that I would like. Once these have been done I will be able to contact the idea lab to assist me with figure out how to place the signage design on the aluminum, this could be done with UV resistant vinyl stickers.

A quick update on my work!!

I talked to Dr. Puccetti and he mentioned, like he always does (I never listen) that I need to focus on one particular section of my project rather than attempting to get everything complete. Thus my new course of action is to, rather than finishing all my signs, find one sign that I like and make it match the New York signs almost identically! After this my next step is to Photoshop what the signage’s would look like when they are placed into the art center.

After the simulation I plan to create a life-size version of the signage that is sturdy, made of cardboard with poster paper to cover it. This will resemble my mock-up version of the sign.

I was not able to find the exact match of the signage font (Highway Gothic), thus I took matters into my own hands and decided to take the conventional gothic and adjust the kerning and size myself in order to match that if NYC.

Furthermore, I decided that rather than photo shopping my designs into the art center environment I would create my own sign from the material that I had and I would take photos of the sign actually implemented into the art center.

I took the Turn off mobile phones sign and adjusted the text, made the color more suitable to the NYC theme and printed it out onto poster paper. 

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I then took a plank of wood and drilled holes into it (for the zip ties) I also used folded aluminum foil to make it look like it was all made of aluminum. I wanted to use metallic zip ties but the idea lab did not have them and so I had to be content with the plastic ones.

I put up the sign in the art center and can now say that my project has been complete and that I really hope that they become used by the art center!

Desire Lines on Campus

A desire line or desire path is a path that is formed by natural means, usually by humans.

These lines can also be called the paths of least resistant. In this post I will analyze the paths of least resistance in the NYUAD campus.

Firstly lets look at the way that humans flow, what i mean by flow is how we walk as a group. The reason i use the word flow is since there is a whole field of science called thinking fluid which addresses the flow of human crowds.

One of the interesting results of this field is what is known as Brass’ paradox, in which the applications suggest that placing barriers in certain areas may actually improve the flow of traffic, my thought is that the design of broadway in NYUAD had this in mind however, in my opinion this failed as a result of:

  1. The flow of foot traffic is not  being high enough for the paradox to come into effect.
  2. The architect or landscape designer placed an easily accessible section of grass, giving the user an, unintentionally, alternative path.

Below I analyze the path that I belive the designer thought that the user may take when entering the D2 area

What I think the designer thought the flow of foot traffic would look like

These paths suggest that the user will have to go around the central grass area making the path much longer. When students are hungry or are late to glass the last thing that is on their mind is the maintenance of the grass area.

The next photo takes a look at what the current paths that individuals take look like:

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One thing that may be noticeable is that the paths are relatively straight compared to the previous photo. My thoughts as to why this may be is that first of all this path is the shortest path, the path of least resistance, and secondly I think that this is as a result of human being highly goal driven, once the individual is able to see where he or she is heading to they would like to be able to reach that particular location as soon as possible.

Rather than forcing the user to go around obstacles in order to enjoy the landscape I feel that a designer must be willing to be flexible and, for the user’s experience, work around making the path around the desired path beautiful and practical. This is what my proposal takes into consideration.


The path will use concrete slabs to create stepping-stones to indicate a new pathway for the user. The concrete slabs will be slightly elevated above the grass. This will allow the user to feel more respectful to the remaining grass. If the slabs were at the same elevation as the grass it would make the user feel as the grass and the pathway are one and the same.

In order to further outline the path of least resistance for the user I plan to implement 4$ LED/Solar garden lights. This will resemble a runway of sorts that once again reminds the user to follow the desired path rather than ruining the rest of the grass.


Free By DHL solar Lawn Lamp Waterproof Solar Powered Outdoor Path Garden Patio Landscape Solar Floor Lamp Lights
The LED solar light For 4$ each

Moving on to the on to the next desired path that has been created around the bench areas that are behind the grass areas on the sidewalks. These areas are much-loved by the students especially the areas in A2 section of the campus.

This series of photos shows the place in which the bench is placed

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    1. The first image is the entire west plaza
    2. The second image is the A2 buildings
    3. The third image is the A2 Courtyard
    4. The last image is the grass area/ sidewalk

    My suggestion is to create the same effect that my previous proposal would create. A runway effect that allows the users to walk along the path of least resistance


This image uses the same colors as the previous plans, we will use concrete stepping-stones illuminated by warm LED solar garden lighting.

Furthermore, these simple stepping stones can be implemented across the campus across many other user pathways that have been formed across campus.

In addition, we can measure the amount of grass that is saved by my project can be shown by placing some AstroTurf in areas that could use greenery to make it look more appealing.

Pictogram Pitch

In this post I plan to discuss my pictogram series and my reasoning behind it.

Firstly, I would like to talk about the issue that the pictogram addresses. Although not considered an issue of great importance I believe that it is still an issue since this campus is located in the middle of the gulf dessert.

The issue at hand is the distances that an individual goes to go from one end of the campus to the other that is placed outdoors. In the winter this is creates a truly amazing experience. However, in the summer the temperature may reach up to 53 Degrees Celsius and so walking from one end of the campus to the other becomes a cumbersome task.

My solution is to have a portal gun and a target so that individuals can use the portal gun to create a portal from one end of the campus to another.


Pictiogram 1

This pictogram indicates that there is a gun that one must pick up from underneath the image. The gun design is a small nod to Science fiction culture. The ray gun has often been used in many movies and is widely known.

In example. The Goliathon 83 from the popular movie, Dr. Grordbort

Link To image and information 

Furthermore, the concept of portal guns has been popularized to the younger generations through a to series known as Rick and Morty. (seen below)

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Rick from rick and Morty holding his portal gun 
Pictogram 2

The ideas of portals have been popularized among youth through computer games, movies and tv shows. Arguably the most influential and informative source of portal concepts has been through the game Portal and Portal 2

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Portal 2 

This game uses the concept of portals and portal guns to make the player solve complicated, three dimensional puzzles.  It has sold over 8 Million copies 

Pictogram 3

My choice of using this target system is really quite simple, it is informative, widely known as a target and does not draw too much attention away from the other pictogram as it is black and white and not overly complicated.

Weather Resistant Material.

As a part of the individual projects Josie Gidman had asked me to do some research about a material that would be whether resistant, cheap, easy to print on and easy to implement as a student. 

My suggestion is to use the material that is used in advertising across the United Arab Emirates. This material is called PVC Vinyl and can easily be bought and printed on in the UAE.

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In fact I have found a website that prints and delivers the PVC outdoor vinyl’s. This material can be rolled up without curling which allows it to be easily portable, furthermore the material is able to absorb very high quality ink which prevents it from fading from due to the effect of UV rays. This ink is called UV ink and is resistant to the fading effect of the sun. Some PVC vinyls are meshed. What does meshed mean? It means that the way that the PVC has been woven is with many gaps in-between which will prevent it from being ripped in higher winds. These PVC banners are considered temporary and can be used as a material when proposing an idea to the university board. PVC Banners can resist up to 25MPH winds. The reason that this may work is that the wind is able to pass through the banner itself. For this reason, if the idea has a go ahead from the university board Josie may be able to use a PVC banner that allows up to 70% air flow. This material is also being fire retardant that will abide by any strict regulation that NYUAD and Abu Dhabi building authority puts in place.

Mesh Banners

I was not able to find the local price as the companies require a quote. However  for this American brand it costs $182.00 without shipping if we would like to print a single banner that is 4 meter by 4 meters. This website also offers a 2 year guaranty as well as providing an “scratch resistant eco-solvent ink.”


Websites Used To gather Information.

Reading Room Renovation

The “Reading Room” on the top floor of the library, which should be a location for reading and study, has constantly been overlooked by students and for good reason. This post will explore the issues that are presented by the space and the solutions that can be implemented to make this area more attractive and memorable for students.

The problems:

  • The Lighting: When  reading, a brightly lit area may be very productive but it may also be very distracting to certain people. The warmth of the artificial lighting may also affect the mood of the individuals  in the environment.
  • The special environment: The space where the reading room is in is too open, this can create a sense of discomfort rather than the cozy environment that most would like to associate with reading. The open environment of this reading space can cause the individuals to lose focus.
  • Color: The colors of the reading room seem to be too sterile. This may cause individuals to treat the area the same way they would a hospital; go there only when you need to.
  • Feels ‘dead’: When asking a fellow  NYUAD student  about the room, they stated that the place feels dead and has no life to it making the individual feel unwelcome.
  • Seating arrangement: currently the seating arrangement is set up in such a way that there are two rows of seating, one that faces the wall and another which faces the walking path. This seating arrangement can cause a lot of distractions as people walk back and forth.

The Solution: 

  • The Lighting and The special environment: In order to create a cozy and productive environment one can:
    • Use artificial lighting to create an environment that can stimulate focus. This can be done by using two floor lamps for the area. (Image 1.1)
    • The natural light in the space can be controlled by using single blade wall dividers.  These dividers can be manually adjusted for privacy and light intensity (Image 1.2) The Wall divider is also a solution for controlling the special environment of the reading room.
    • A Bookshelf packed with books and miscellaneous items that spans the wall can also aid in creating a cozy and productive environment.
    • When redesigning the special environment of the reading room one must remember not to close off the area too much. This may cause claustrophobia.
  • Color: When attempting to create an environment that is cozy and hospitable one could use earthy colors such as brown and  various shades of gray.
  • Feels ‘dead’:  Plants may be used to increase creativity along with reducing depression and anxiety. Some plants that can be used in a work environment are Aloe, Ivy, Peace Lily or simply rubber plants
  • Seating arrangement: One suggestion to remove the distraction of passerby is by moving the seats to face the bookshelf. A side table for every seat will also allow individuals to place items close by rather than on the floor. (Image 1.3)


(Image 1.1) The famous Arco floor lamp.


(Image 1.2) Ella White Room Divider Single Blade


(Image 1.3) Sumatra Over Arm Side Table

Websites Used 

Fire Exit Analysis.

This Post will Analyze Two Major Design Flaws of a Rear Facing a Fire Exit in the Art Department

Placing of the Firehose and Fireman Phone Cable Socket 

  • The fire hose reel and the fire extinguisher is placed on the wall of the fire exit, this can present a significant danger as the firemen will have to make their way through the outward flowing traffic. This two-way traffic that is caused by civilians leaving and firemen entering and attempting to use the fire extinguisher, the hose reel and the fireman’s telephone socket can lead to the firemen not being able to do their jobs efficiently.
  •   The solution to this is to place the equipment that is needed for the firemen to do their jobs in a different location. A location that is ideal is somewhere that can be quickly and efficiently accessed. This location Should also be placed away from the fire escape pathway’s.


  • The signage in the hallway adjacent to the fire escape is pointing in the direction of a different fire escape which is at a somewhat similar distance. The problem that this may cause is that the signage that directs individuals to the fire exits will cause the flow of people to be directed to only one exit, leaving an entire exit unused.
  • The solution could be that the signage could indicate that there are two different exits that may be used.

Exit or entrance?

  • In my opinion this fire exit does not necessarily have has many design flaws as one would think.
  • I believe that this exit is no exit at all but rather an entrance for firemen and a staircase for them to have quick and easy access into the building in case of an emergency. This would explain why the door is narrow compared to the other fire exits, the placing of the fire equipment and, lastly, the unidirectional signage in the adjacent hallway.
  • There are still a few design flaws. One being the signage above the door indicating that it is a fire exit and not an emergency entrance. The second flaw being that if my is theory correct the doors themselves have a major design flaw, being that the entrance the building is in the pull mode which causes a slower entrance into the building.  In addition, if this is an entrance there should not be a fire exit sign. The placement of this sign could be to meet government regulation.