Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Ohio. Gallery of Scans
Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka. By Geoffrey Bawa. Gallery of Scans
I have just finished a PowerPoint presentation for a client. I think it’s good and it took like 40 hours of my time, plus 2 days of sitcoms for the stress to wear off. Hence the no-blogging. I’ve just been watching TV and trying not to touch either computer or phone. I’ve always thought that PowerPoint is a much-maligned medium, which is actually quite powerful. It can do most of the stuff people want out of Flash and be quite fun. I won’t say any more in order to preserve the client’s privacy, but I used some architectural images from Columbus, Ohio and Sri Lanka (primarily Bawa) as physical spaces for the data, reinforcing their partnership. I grew up in Columbus and there was one piece of architecture I did love, which I got to use. I uploaded those images to Flickr so other people could use them. It was also good to work in a professional environment where excellence is expected, though I can sense that the corporate world would burn me out fast.
Most PowerPoint is mind-numbingly horrible, and may be partly to blame for recent NASA failures. It is, however, very easy to learn and you can make some pretty rich documents. There are some uncanny similarities between the Wexner (in Columbus) and Bawa design, and I used faded transitions between them to mark each section. Then the content of each section took place within the architectural space. That is, if there were flights of stairs they would variously light up to signify the growth of the company. I guess I won’t say anymore cause this work doesn’t belong to me, but the work was fun and maybe the scans will be useful to someone.