PROJECTS

BRP

Project Description

As one of the main projects done in DART 391: Socio-Cultural Research and Practice, we were asked to create a design that relates to flora or fauna. The goal was to create an object that would give warmth and comfort to a living being. We decided to create a prototype, 1/3 of its true size, that would represent a new design for bat roosts.

Bats are usually found in northern America, but due to their drastic decline in population, we wanted to create a new living environment for them. We challenged ourselves to create a new design for bat roosts that could further be developed as a real project. The proposal was packaged in a reusable tote bag and a laser engraved tag comes with it as a keepsake to help raise awareness around the problems surrounding the bats and their fight for survival.

Designed By

Isabelle Quach (design, sewing, documentation), Maya Moussalli (sewing, 3D design), Tarek Ghaleb (3D design, maquette) and Adamo Zinno (3D design, bag design, maquette).

Materials and Softwares

Wood, fabric, paint.
Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Rhino.

Documentation Process

KARECO

Project Description

As part of the DART 392: Environmental Research and Practice class our goal was to explore product designs that would be sustainable and that could sell to the public in order to raise money for a foundation of our choice. There were different speakers who came to talk about the different organizations in which they work for. With this in mind, we were able to empathize, but also have a glimpse of the hardships and reality of homeless people.

Chez Doris is a shelter in Montreal open to all women in need of a place to sleep, bathe or even just socialize. Thinking about these women, the project KARECO came to life. Wanting to bring them a product that would make them feel beautiful and pampered, my team and I produced a care package with natural beauty products that would reflect softness and the natural essence of these women.

Designed By

Isabelle Quach (soap, sewing, documentation), Maya Moussalli (wood packaging), Alexandra Bourget (toothpaste, visual design, sublimation), Alice Gaboury (pouch design, sewing), Joel Ozkesen (visual design, balm).

Materials and Softwares

Fabric, wood, soap, balm, toothpaste, beeswax and paint.
Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Rhino.

Documentation Process

HYPER REAL

Project Description

The Hyper Real exhibition was a special event for the Black History Month at Concordia. It showcased many artists of color whom are studying Fine Arts at the University. Their work meant exposing a voice through art, and letting it express a creative freedom that was once oppressed in the past. This project was strongly relevant to my line of work as it pushed to create designs that could represent a community without ridicule, appropriation or cliché'd images.

Extremely relevant today, this project was under the coordination of the VAV Gallery, which is Concordia University's gallery at the Fine Arts building. The VAV strongly encourages students to exhibit their work as it would give them the exposure and recognition they deserve.

Designed By

Isabelle Quach.

Materials and Softwares

Adobe Indesign, Photoshop.

SOFT STIMULI

Project Description

The Soft Stimuli exhibition reassembled different artists accross Concordia's campus that were all expressing a similar voice: softness, fragility and sensibility. I was asked by the VAV to read through the artist statement and understand the subject matter in my own way. Scrolling through images to get inspiration I worked with different compositions and came up with a final result that coherently represented the theme which also fit with my creative style.

Soft Stimuli was understanding how, "in our flesh and blood bodies we all eat, drink, sleep, laugh, cry, breathe… but we come to understand our bodies so differently, by doing these simple actions in unique ways. Encountering another body may seem the most mundane, trivial experience ― yet, to understand how another feels their body, how their body works, what it means to them, is an enriching exchange. In Soft Stimuli, artists open this intimate space between beings."

Designed By

Isabelle Quach.

Materials and Softwares

Watercolor paper, coloring paper, glue, ink.
Adobe Indesign, Photoshop.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES

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Project Description

It was under Kevin Lo’s supervision that the book ‘Days of Our Lives’ came to life. The students in 'DART 398: Unbound In Perfect Print' were all challenged to pick a subject of their choice that would reflect the theme of Polyphony.

In this little book, I was able to experiment with my own memories and but them side by side with the ones my mother has. Different, but yet similar, it was a fascinating way to observe how our lives that are so opposite, can resemble at different times. It was a mentally and emotional challenge to be confronted by the ghosts of our pasts, but refreshing at the same time to tell it in another voice. The aim was to let other discover the book and be able to relate (or not) to certain moments, souvenirs and anecdotes. It showcases that no matter where you are or how you live now, everyone is connected one way or another.

Designed By

Isabelle Quach.

Materials and Softwares

Watercolor Paper, Ink and Glue.
Adobe Indesign, Photoshop.

FOCAL POINTS

Project Description

Focal Points Focaux, is a catalogue dedicated to Design and Computation arts students for their 2019 end of year exhibition. They all include projects varying from print, object and interactive design. This was a project supervised by M. Wright, who teaches DART 498: Design Lab II. Our aim as a team, was to take the concept that was first chosen by our class (i.e: connectivity, intersections, etc) and push the idea forward to make it our own.

The challenge was to cooperate with all the other teams to coordinate all of the documentation coming from left and right. Furthermore, as we wanted to make our idea different from the past exhibitions, we really went further with our design thinking in order to make something new that also went against people's usual concept of a catalogue. Trying to showcase the idea of constellations and interconnectivity, our catalogue is attached with a metal ring binder, letting the viewer to be able to play with the placements of the content of the book itself. Focal Points is meant to represents everyone in DCART.

Designed By

Isabelle Quach (visual design, main catalogue layout, editing, more), Carolina Ovalle (visual design, logo type, main catalogue layout) and Mathilde Goiffron (assembling visual assets).

Materials and Softwares

Adobe Indesign, Photoshop.