Culture boards are curated collections of items that are compiled to express a story about the interests and inspirations of a particular person, often giving a deeper understanding to one's design intent and process. Objects are gathered from around one's daily life, both personal and professional, and represent the attributes and interests that are crucial to the story of the designer.
For my culture board, I selected objects that let my interests speak to who I think I am as a person. I consider myself to be a creative individual and I draw so much of my own inspiration through the work of other artists. For example, both my favourite music and poetry makes an appearance, as both play heavy roles in my daily life. The notebook represents part of my own creative process. I also pull a lot of inspiration from natural beauty, represented on the board by flowers and photographs I took in the mountains of Alberta. I also wanted to explore the dichotomy between past and future through my objects. I included my laptop and a tablet to represent my current interest in design and technology and included some of my digital work in the tablet to show where I want to go in the future. Several objects also tie my to my history, such as my grandmother’s teacup (brought back by my grandfather from occupied Japan in the 1950s). I wanted to include these items because she plays such a crucial role in my life and the values I grew up with.
The layout process took on a few different incarnations as I expanded my collection of items. I eventually settled on the current layout because it felt balanced on a visual level through the situation of the record and laptop (the two biggest objects) on opposite ends. Using white Bristol board as a base, I set up the objects on the floor. I had two warm lights on either side aimed at the board, about 4 feet above the composition, as well as an overhead light directly above the board at approximately 8 feet. I stood on a chair 2 feet off the ground and held the DSLR above the board to take the picture from a few different angles to minimize shadows and glare. I intentionally chose a colour scheme that included mostly blacks, whites, greys, and greens so that there would be a greater flow to the work. I chose to key in some of my work to the green screen to represent a part of my interests and myself that is hard to represent tangibly through a physical object. Click through the photos to view the process.