(an original instagram, by @danwangphoto)
“This is a classroom, there are many like it, but this one is mine, from 2-3:15PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays”
I picked the visual aspects of the visual analysis due to a previous involvement in a project that dealt with intensive task of making the College of Liberal Arts more approachable, and was very intrigued to see the new colors/furniture going on upon return this fall.
Initial Impressions: Whoa, Beige. Not beige but light brown… mocha maybe? Light mocha. Makes it feel… warm but not blinding. A bit more domestic than sterile. Okay. WHOA THESE SEATS. How do I sit… the shape of them is welcoming and modern, but not to the extent that it is not approachable. The roll, which seems to promote open floorplans for different classroom environments, and its easier to stay awake via spinning (which is a challenge for some of the classes in this building, but not Visual Communication). The room feels more comfortable, more approachable, definitely less “rigorous classroom,” but the shape and presence of cinder blocks definitely make these aspects an afterthought.
Context: This classroom is inside a brick building, as part of an academic community. Specifically, a liberal arts building, at a technical institution. And though the term “institutionalized” is one that seems to describe some of the students and tenured faculty, this classroom stands out because it is more focused on the human interaction, than a computer.