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Friday, April 30, 2010

Image 6 Degrees

I'm very sorry it has been too long since my last post

While working with Vi, we developed ideas on how to get the impact of global warming onto a poster and dvd cover (no easy task). We decided on a theme of highlighting the beautiful parts of the world that are being effected by global warming. It was a challenge to think how to show so many different sides of our earth heating up. There is black smoke that flows through but we are still in the developing stages, we did analog prints, but when put on the dvd and poster it looked quite awkward.
One of the main points that I have learned about this whole process is trial and error. Not knowing much about photoshop, it has been quite the challenge to try and create something that looks seamless. However, it is fun to investigate all the ways that you can manipulate photography. This is something that I really haven't ever experimented with. Using many layers, copying, and layering even more I think that it is coming together. However there is still some problematic images in the poster like the black rocks, but right now the black rocks are covering up the cropped images behind. So, trial and error, I find myself thinking how lighting works, color adjustment, and how to create a seamless composition. Once typography is added the poster will get the other huge half that it is missing. Yes it can be a beautiful image, but how can typography interact that gives the poster conceptual meaning. I want the typography to be very strong so it can not be hidden behind saturated photos, but so that if this were out in the public people could be drawn to it.

Type II-Deborah Sussman

For Deborah Sussman I wanted to approach my poster with different planes, dramatic angles, and giving a perspective to the text. During this process I have learned even more about what makes something hierarchy, and developing the eye to be drawn to one point of the poster. By giving smaller text against large text and using proximity the most important part is starting to unravel. I still have a lot of work to do, but with organizing the text, and really focusing on how the planes will influence the typography, I believe it can be a successful piece.

Vis Com Update

Here are my exhibition directions.

Here are some of the patterns I have redone for the icon combinations. I wanted to keep in mind the example that Jamie gave us, and making things a repeatable pattern.

I also changed my colors. It was really hard to think what connotations come with fear, anxiety, or isolation. I went back to my freshman year of high school and looked up the archetypes colors and what types of moods they can represent. Red can represent anger, feeling frustrated, and anxious. Yellow can represent fear and negativity.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Vis Com Update

For the next step into the exhibition making there are two conceptive ways that I will be approaching this project.

When we first started to do the exercises on relay and anchoring I went back to the initial lists of different connotations that our icons can represent. This was really helpful when it came to understanding and deciding to explore multiple routs to produce. For example, my narrative is based around bug hunting but in my list I had written down the house and shell connection of my snail. Out of pure curiosity I looked up what the phobia was to open spaces or not wanting to leave ones house and found the phobia. Turns out that was one of my strongest relays, so I decided to peer sue more mental phobias.

I want the connection between the phobia and the deeper connection of my icons to relate.

1.) Obesophobia: (icon; mag glass) the fear of gaining weight
2.) Cenophobia: (icon; caterpillar) the fear of new changes
3.) Claustrophobia:(icon; jar) fear of being in confided in a small space
4.) Agoraphobia: (icon; snail) fear of leaving a secure space
5.) Nosemaphobia: (icon; net) fear of becoming ill or contracting a disease

The next approach is to go back to the info graphics that we made. my step by step into catching bugs were not finalized, so my plan is to revisit and revise the good qualities and improve them into a more deep concept that can be used in a childrens museum

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Exhibition titles

1.) Change into beauty
2.) Exploring Nature
3.) The Big Bug Adventure
4.) Contained
5.) Between the Cracks
6.) Hidden Phobias
7.)Odd Fears
8.) Exploring Fears
9.) Dissection of insects
10.) Eco Bugs
11.) Living off the Land ( green steps into a greener home)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Iconic Final Spreads

For my final spreads it was a challenge to make them but very rewarding when it came to putting them together. Through all of the type and vis com projects I have learned and practiced how to put together a way of thinking and relating text, image, and visual forms. It feels redundant to talk about how revisions is important, but yet at the end of the process I always wish there was just 5 more minutes I could have with the teachers for advice. Through all of the projects we have worked on they have been little stepping stones into the bigger aspect of designing. Yet, when creating these spreads I am still going back to those stepping stones to make stronger "projects". Like with this project looking at all the layouts I got back into the mind of thinking what the juxtaposition is within the spreads. I would focus on how to visually show a comparisonlike we did in the dot project. One of my problems is to build on these steps and combine them instead of thinking in parts. To approach the process using a combination of the things we have learned. Certain ideas such as using proximity, scale, color, COHESION, lining things up, etc.

When first looking at all the information graphics I was overloaded with all the different ways to make them. I was also terrified of creating something with so much depth. However, by going through the process I began to understand how to make them. In my personal opinion the process was the most important part of this project. From gathering all the information, and sticking them to the butcher paper, to cutting out the parts that don’t work, was all crucial.

Even when making the paper protypes I would think about how to show an interesting yet cohesive way of displaying information in a visual form. The hardest part of this project was to take the information develop it into a system that the viewer can relate to while communicating new information. Other difficult tasks were to see how the info graph can relate to the spread. Simple ways of working the graph into the spread I used was using the same point size or typeface. Another approach was to use the colors of the icons within the spread, like the quotes or boarder. I also decided to use the magnifying glass to at the top to give the impression of taking a closer look into the snail, and a sequence that was repeated in the spreads.

Vis. Com 2; Icon Graph Reflection

Timeline: Leaf
This never went digital but I did learn about how to show stages through color and scale. The different colors shows the changes that leaves can go through. In some of examples I explored the sun being in different scale to show impact that the sun has on the leaf. Even though this was not in my final spread it helped to look at all the symbols that my other icon's can stand for. Like using the caterpillar to grow 5 times it's size. Within this graph all the icons but one were used. I went back to all the basics of connotations and denotations. By using a jar to show the gathering of leaves I was using denotative. Using the magnifying glass I used the connotation of literally taking a deeper look into the leaf, and being knowledgeable.

Mapping: Snail
Within working on the snail's facts I developed a map to show the populations of snails and also a nutritional chart. My approach was to emphasize the different types of snails and how they are similar and different. This helped my type spreads because thats what my narrative was about, all the unknown snail facts that people aren't aware of. I wanted to keep in mind the ways to show emphasis within the chart. I tried to use color, and overlay of text to show the graph as the most important element.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Paper maps

The idea of this stage was to get all the information onto the butcher paper. By gathering all the research and putting it onto larger paper, we were able to to start to visualize how we can organize it. Like the stages of the caterpillar, how can I show a linear process of what they go through? Or making a comparison of different snails.

Vis. Com 2

Some of the ideas and progression of the iconic graphs. I tried to keep in mind scale, proximity, and color. The idea is to understand the steps or comparison that is being made, visually.


Trying to put together the spread and iconic graphs. The biggest problem I have been having is to make them look interesting and keeping in min the tone I wanted to set with my icons.