For the creation of our poster, we incorporated images and text for the title to add interest to the piece. In addition, we added typographical elements which highlighted key terms that labeled subdivisions of our research. We used a green, analogous color palette that related closely to the object itself. One of our highlights was the interactive element contained in the historical lineage of the lawn. Specifically, this element is a small, interactive book, composed of multiple sheets of information.
Lawns influence culture by being a social conduit where people gather, mourn, play, eat, socialize, and live. Most people take this everyday object for granted because it has become embedded into American culture. During our research, we found that lawns are a part of the American Dream, which allows one to define individuals based on social class and weigh in on our overall judgment of people.
Some of the most interesting research regarded the DIY movement. This movement originated from the Popular Mechanics and hobbyist culture which evolved into the modern hip and popular subculture. Additionally, the Flymo Lawn Mower captured our interest due to its commercial success and very foreign nature of the object. Researching this object appealed to us due to the wide range of emotions which it would display. The backyard, as a type of lawn, can be considered a fun and playful spot, whereas a cemetery can be considered a sorrowful and mournful spot. The use of lawn for public in contrast with for family produces another range of perceptions. The lawn can be seen as cozy and tight knit, whereas a public space can be uninviting or dangerous.
Concept Map progression (collaboration with Anna De Sando)
Final Concept Map (collaboration with Anna De Sando)
From this project I have learned the value of hierarchy and time management. Analog work requires more time and patience then digital does for me and so this process was very daunting at first. Mapping out the entire scheme of the actual object was very informative to me and brought up concepts which were previously embedded (such as the american dream and social class relating to lawncare.) I'm very excited for the next phase of exploration within the themes of this map!