PHOTOGRAPHY GRAPHIC DESIGN ARCHITECTURE MASTERS THESIS EXPERIENCE
I began exploring graphic design as an inevitable result of an architectural education. I needed to consistently create various presentations, books, websites, and photoshop graphics in general. I eventually took lead as the Public Relations Committee Head, where I was responsible for creating a number of different flyers, and full size graphics for events. I continued to create flyers and graphics for a number of different organizations, including many Resident Assistant programs and bulletin boards. This chapter goes through some of the major projects that I feel most strongly display my abilities as a graphic designer.
Branding It started with a simple idea, training people to live a balanced or LEVEL lifestyle. The initial designs varied in color, shape, and detail, but none felt right. Finally after months of work, the black and red corporate style logo was born. the next step was to plan the design of the fitness facility. While the rendering gives an idea of the actual color scheme used in the facility, some of the designs have been simplified for budget purposes. I was also able to create some sample floor layouts to assure that the size of the facility was adequate and would also allow for future expansion. The Black and White Logos to the right show the original finalized logos for graphic purposes. The New Road Sign below shows the latest changes to make the sign more visually apparent by adding yellow accents that display additional information as well as available classes.
ST_AK_ Classes and T-Shirts To the left are Class Logos some of which have been used and some created as speculation. The idea was to use these as “buttons” within the website to direct people to the descriptions and availability of the classes. The intent was to maintain a consistent use of the Level “V” so that even if the class names are registered names or logos, that they would still carry the LPT Brand.
LEVEL LPT FITNESS.COM
To the right are a series of T-shirts designed for the use of LPT Staff as well as a club team that signed up for athletic conditioning with LPT. The LPT Staff shirts attempted to add a different spin on the LPT Brand by juxtaposing a hand-written text and graphic style with the clean corporate style logo.
V YogaFIT V VT R X
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GRAPHIC DESIGN Mo_W Machines_of_Wonder
WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT
WA T S O N A U D I T O R I U M
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Logos | Flesh
How can architecture not only construct an atmosphere, but also frame particular moments in time? This inquiry has led to an exploration of architecture as performance, aiming to reveal the often overlooked temporal qualities of place.
After the fiery destruction of Guarino Guarini’s S.S. Sindone this project ‘re-houses’ the Holy Shroud. A frenzy of religious emotions arises after the metamorphosis of this sacred chapel into an enigmatic theatre of sorts. Metaphysical boundaries between believers and non-believers viewing this profoundly significant relic of Christ are created and destroyed, challenging the materialistic notion of the construction of boundaries.
Immigrant Hostel Baltimore, Feel Me?
“You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives.” - Luis Buñuel
A critique of the Baltimore Row House as a response to the paradigm shift of a Post-Fordist city. Revisiting existing infrastructure accommodates shifting needs within the family structure while bringing safety and a sense of community back to one of the most derelict regions of Baltimore.
Master’s Thesis Exhibition The name Machines of Wonder is based off the inspirational stories of our Thesis Advisor, Marc Neveu. After wrapping up some historical anecdote, he closed with the moral of the story being that, we need to devote our time to conjuring not just buildings, but MAchines of Wonder. I am sure that a few of my colleagues could recant more of the details of Daddy Mac’s story, however the message remained clear. After a long day, before the final month of work, as a class we decided upon the idea for our Master’s Exhibition poster. It was going to be a MAchine of Wonder, a collage of all the classes projects to read as one cohesive story. I then volunteered to create the final product.
No-Trespassing A response to Martin Heidegger’s critique of the technological society in which nature acts primarily as ‘standing reserve’; by developing safe houses for the four elements of the world. Safe houses are usually hidden from all, to provide safety and protection of those being secluded.
Shifting Space This thesis is primarily focuses on the actions and repercussions of the tide. Everyday the tide has an effect of stretching and shrinking this intermediate space that separates mainland from water. How does this affect our perception of this threshold, this edge condition that divides land from sea? And how can an adaptive architecture embrace and respond to this vigorous movement?
An illustrated narrative, which follows the story of a man, 2077691, living in a rationalized, utterly certain world. Worldwide destruction caused by war provided the opportunity for a new society to be designed and built on logic. This story investigates the flaws in a logical society and the absurdities that exist within it as well as how architecture is ultimately not only the image that represents culture, but also the fundamental element in structuring the way we live.
-Robert Marshall Marc Neveu
Voyeurism & Other Deviances "Such great demise, to not be able to be alone." - Jean de La Bruyère
Unfamiliar Perspective Exposing the idiosyncratic nature of our individual points of view through an exploration of anamorphosis leads to the creation of an innovation lab. This innovation lab celebrates rather than confines people's unique points of view by blending program and exposing the unfamiliar perspective.
Boston City Performance Hall
Dealing with the everyday issues of boundary and structure, City Hall is the focus of this project, acting as boundary and simultaneously the creator of inequality Parkour is introduced as an informative tool, which allows a better understanding and criticism of social limitations. By renovating this building the architect takes the form of a parkour artist internally reinterpreting the architecture.
Surface of Passage
A redesign of the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge as a pedestrian and bicyclist transport, influenced by principles of surface manipulation and technique.
The posters were hung around Wentworth’s School of Architecture, Design, and Construction in order to generate interest in our final Thesis Exhibition. On the sides of the “Machine” is a list of all of the projects and their descriptions, allowing the viewer a glimpse into the Machine of Wonder within each of our theses.
WENTWORTH INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT
WA T S O N A U D I T O R I U M O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N : A P R I L 13 , 2 013 1-5PM
Voyeurism & Other Deviances -Liem Than
Logos | Flesh -Lucy Brown
Immigrant Hostel Marc Neveu
Unfamiliar Perspective -Kevin Estano
No-Trespassing -Joseph Meucci
2077691 -Corey Roberts
Surface of Passage -Kristen Giannone
4D -Samantha Altieri
Baltimore, Feel Me? -Stephen Akerblom
Shifting Space -Robert Marshall
Boston City Performance Hall -Nicholas Voell-White
M a c h i n e o f _ W o n d e r
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Kid’s Basketball Team
R a i n _ L o g o Illustrator_Graphic
I was approached by my brother to create a logo and jersey design for a relative’s basketball team. The team might be insignificant in the long term, likely not resulting in any further graphic design projects, however was a fun and interesting opportunity for me to better improve my skills as an artist. The only prompts for this project were that the team’s name is Rain and the colors were black and hot pink. The logo was intended to create a statement about the team, suggesting the skill of the athletes and playing off the saying, MAKE it rain. Running with the style of the logo, making a bold statement, the font choice for the back was intended to be a bold, heavy slab serif to proudly display the name, with a more subtly colored number to create a well balanced jersey.
ST_AK_ Rain_Jersey_Front Illustrator_Graphic
About_ME Stephen_Akerblom M_Arch_Graduate W e n t w o r t h 114_Riverway_Apt#10 B o s t o n , M A _ 0 2 1 1 5
7 7 4 - 2 4 0 - 4 9 6 4 AkerblomS@wit.edu
I have recently graduated with my Masters of Architecture â€˜13 (with Distinction) after receiving my Bachelor of Science in Architecture â€˜12 (Cum Laude), both from Wentworth Institute of Technology. I came into the field of architecture because I had always considered myself an artist with attention to detail. While I would ultimately hope to become a registered Architect, I have found that the skills I have developed over the years have allowed me to become much more than that. My education has trained me, not as an architect, but as a designer with the ability to take on any challenges. I have used these skills to develop myself as a Photographer, a Graphic Designer, an Architect, and a City Planner. I have taken on all these challenges with confidence and have been proud of all the outcomes. As I begin on the path to a career, I am open to any new challenges and welcome opportunities to begin working in the fields of:
Architecture + PLanning Arts + Entertainment Education Communications
Stephen_Akerblom M_Arch_Graduate W e n t w o r t h 114_Riverway_Apt#10 B o s t o n , M A _ 0 2 1 1 5
7 7 4 - 2 4 0 - 4 9 6 4 AkerblomS@wit.edu
Published on Aug 24, 2013
I began exploring graphic design as an inevitable result of an architectural education. I needed to consistently create various presentation...