May 6, 2011

lecture 9 assignment

1. Do you think that your answers are similar or different from most Americans? In what ways are they similar, and different?

I honestly have no idea how my answers compare to the average American to be quite honest.

2. Which questions do you think would be the most helpful if one was using market research to design new paintings for sale? What questions would you ask differently, or leave out entirely?

I don't think it matters really. The majority of sales of paintings is done through the high art world. The people who buy paintings already have a culture built around them of what appeals to them. I guess the ones talking about the content of the painting, size of the painting, and cost the person is willing to spend. In some instances I could only choose one of two options when both options actually appealed to me. I would let you choose both if you desired.

3. Would this work? Why or why not?

I believe if followed too closely it would lead to stagnation. For something creative like paintings, focus testing eventually leads to a sterile product. There is room for all different kinds of paintings and styles, and at the end of the day people really don't know what they want.

lecture 9 assignment survey

What is your favorite color?


How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?

new car: not very

underwear: not very

tv set: somewhat

winter coat: somewhat

What is your 2nd favorite color?


"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"


"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"


Which of the following statements applies to you more?

"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"

Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?

newer objects

"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"

wild animals

"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"


Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?

Paintings of:

"lakes, rivers, & oceans"

Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?


Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?

still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:


Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?
Not related to religion.

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"

"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"

Imaginary objects

"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"

playful, whimsical.

Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?

sharp angles.

"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"

random, uneven patterns.

"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"

expressive brush-strokes.

Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?

blend into each other.

"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"

vibrant shades

"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"

more festive

"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"


How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?


dishwasher size

"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."


"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"

"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"

doesn't matter

"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"

posed portraits.

"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"

one person

"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"

fully clothed

If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?

sum of money

Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?

the degree to which you like the painting

What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like?


"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."

Pablo Picasso: very favorable

Norman Rockwell: N/A

Jackson Pollock: very unfavorable

Salvador Dali: very favorable

Leroy Neiman: N/A

Claude Monet: favorable

Rembrandt: favorable

Andy Warhol: very unfavorable

Georgia O'Keefe: N/A

"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?"

television or movie actor

"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?

1 or 2 times a year

The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:

1. there is not an art museum in my area: major

2. I do not have enough spare time: not a reason

3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art: minor

4. the cost of admission is too expensive: not a reason

5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art: not a reason

Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?


Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public?


"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"


Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?

What is your gender?


May 3, 2011

WASH big idea proposals

The two ideas that were liked were Slave and Giant Collage. Slave seems easier to pull off within the time frame, so that is the one I am most likely going with.

Color Projects

This project seemed to be well received by most everyone. All three projects seemed to work both individually and as a set together. The colors and styles of each compliment each other.

Criticism received was the quality of the frame, which did not really work out at all.

Inflatable Proposal Crit

The project was generally well received. It would not have been too difficult to build. The Penis itself only required 3 parts. The main difficulty would have been making the testicles, but instead of using my method we could have used a different way.

The main criticism was that it would have been a giant penis. None of the girls in the group wanted to actually show/tell their parents that they were building a giant penis. 

Mapping Project

Metaphor Project