Ideation & Prototyping Week 8: Time Capsule II
Continued from the last week, since the contents are decided, the next step is to create the capsule itself. As an overview of the project, I’ve stored pieces of data here: Are.na/Time Capsule
The basic shape of a capsule will be a cylinder. I was mainly inspired by a pneumatic tube canister and scroll paintings.
- Narrative: When started to collect the items for a time capsule, the first thing that came up my mind was methods of storing data. How can we keep intangible stuff? I’ve thought of punch cards, embroidery, etc. Then it felt somehow they are related. My mom embroidered a lot. I code. A story of my own was created and it felt universal at the same time.
- Specify: A common perception is that we bury a time capsule. I don’t like the idea. I want it to breathe. Also, the concept of a time capsule is a message that is handed down to the later generation. It would be something flows and connects. Therefore, a pneumatic tube canister seemed suitable for a form.
- Design: The body part will be transparent to give a contrast to the rubber lids’ rigid feeling. It’s also nice to peek inside. It will possibly be plastic or PVC; lightweight. Most of my items are flat and bendable so a roller design will work; it’s convenient to operate, compact to store, and intuitive.
- Measurement: these lids are initially for capping pipes. When determining the size of the capsule, I set the standard by the lids’ radius. They are readymade by inches. I chose the 3" ones. The height needed to be at least longer than 15cm, (roughly a bit less than 6 inches) considering the items’ dimensions.
- Materials: plastic file dividers, PVC pipe caps, a straw
- Next steps: (1)Fix the body; it’s too weak to bear the weight of a lid (2)Make a straw to spin (3)Recolor the straw (4)Attach the materials to the core