My guess at what we will be doing with the information that was given to us is designing and animating a website interface using illustrator and after effects.
1 Currently I am ranging about 25 hours per week, with 10 for each GDES class I am taking and the last 5 from my role as a graphic designer for New Literati. I think if I continue to with my 25 hours I will be on a steady tract to reach above my goal of 100.
2 My definition of “sophisticated” work has not really changed from last semester when i said it was work that exhibited some sort of thought process and conceptual thinking. However, now, after completing the weather project I think that sophisticated work also has some complex technical design elements that require some expertise or know how.
3 In this project I learned about the rest of the features and tools in After Effects that I did not learn while doing my portfolio app video for Image Methodology last semester. This project also was like a conglomeration of using everything I have learned so far in terms of choosing a typeface, a color palette, making my own marks and symbols, and the little knowledge I had of AE left over from last semester.
4 I feel like I understood this project and the objectives pretty well and thinking back I don’t think I feel unsure about any aspect of it.
5 The weather project falls between Jimmy’s mark project and the maps project from GDES 1. I see all three at the top of the scale of project value, but the weather project is closer to Jimmy’s mark project than the maps. The weather and mark projects are very close together, but the mark has a bit more value because it forces me to think more conceptually which hasn’t really been a huge part of a project till now. The weather project has helped me learn AE and how to go about designing motion and incorporating it into my design choices. The maps project didn’t have me learn too many new techniques in illustrator and while I did have to think a little conceptually it wasn’t the foundation of the project as much as the mark.
6 Me: 45%
This is comprised of what I have experienced creatively, my own aesthetic, and the creative skills I have garnered throughout my time on this planet.
Feedback I am given about my design choices, answering my questions and offering help when I need it.
Feedback and lectures.
Feedback and seeing their own work and how they interpret the same project.
What I find while searching the web, the work I see when going to art museums and graphic design events.
When it comes to practice hours, I would say 20 hours per week would be kind of excessive. This is of course taking into account the fact that as students we have other classes that also require attention. Not to mention the fact that we also must meet all of our needs such as eating and sleeping in order to perform as well as we want. However, I think only 5 hours per week is too low to create any kind of sophisticated work. Working for only an hour per day is less than a class period for graphic design 1 or image methodology. In short, you’re producing very little work per week. I like to situate myself somewhere in the middle at 15 hours per week. Working 3 hours per day allows me to focus on my work for an extended period of time and still be able to complete other assignment, eat, and sleep. In terms of producing sophisticated work in those hours, I feel that I am still learning, but am on the pathway to creating work that is sophisticated.
In my mind, sophisticated work is work that contains and takes a lot of conscious thinking in the way that the design is constructed. There should be logical reasons for each design decision and the designer should be able to walk us through the thoughts behind those decisions. Taking into account my definition of sophisticated work, I think that I am still learning and that my work is becoming closer to being sophisticated with each project. Especially in my last map, the lipstick decision map, I feel that I was starting to think more and give reasons to my design decisions. I chose colors that corresponded with night and day, I made icons to showcase each lipstick color to show the viewer what the color of the lipstick looked like, and I tried to make my text more varied in terms of style by putting some type into italics and making type smaller.
I remember mostly the feedback I got on my decision map. I was told to vary my type by changing the size of certain phrases or even choosing a secondary font for parts of my map. In the end I decided to play with the size of my fonts and put some words or phrases into italics to differentiate them from the rest of the text. I was told also change up the colors on my map and to give the colors meaning. When I was told this my map was monotone so it was a huge change to add multiple colors to my map. I decided to choose colors that were symbols for night and day, I put my questions into red, and I added a light pink background instead of leaving it white. Orientation and the size of my map were areas where I was given some feedback also. I changed my orientation to portrait and changed the size of my map to the standard poster size.
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the hardest, I would say a 7. On all three maps the most difficult aspect was figuring out how to layout all of the graphics, text and information so that it was comprehensible and pleasing to the eye. The easiest part was choosing colors that went well with each other. The most enjoyable part of the process was doing all the fine tuning and making the symbols for each map, especially the last one.
Outside of class I helped work on the design of the semester issue of the online literary magazine I am a designer for. I helped come up with the layout with Logan and our president. In terms of creative work I’ve taken up creative writing again due to taking the creative writing class here at St Eds. That class gives me a nice break from design being my main creative outlet.
My life outside of school did not really impact my design work. Nothing really drastic happened to me that would impact my work. If anything maybe the stress from my other classes but not even really that effects me.
The most ideal classroom environment to me is a place where I can work on/ experiment with different design elements. My ideal classroom would feel comfortable and open, where helpful feedback is given. What it means to be part of a class is to be an active participant that gives and receives honest feedback that will help others improve on their projects and their abilities as graphic designers. This semester I tried being a bit more open to receiving criticism or feedback and also giving it. I mainly gave feedback with my peers when they asked for my opinion, rather than during the critiquing process. Personally I feel better giving people feedback when its one on one so that I can explain what I mean better.
I based this map on three different places that I visit most on the St Edward’s Campus. This would be used in a very personal context. Probably only being utilized by myself.
By taking an excel document with receipts from the grocery store I compiled all of the information pertaining to the cashiers at the store and created an infographic based on that information. The context was designated to be a book, so the layout is based around that.
This is my attempt at making a decision map based on choosing a lipstick for an occasion. Since I based the lipstick options on what is available from the make up store, Sephora, my intended context is in a shopping environment either online or in a store.
The first rating level is the use of practice time. I think use of practice time pertains to time management and using allotted periods of time to work on projects. I put myself at the consistent work level partly because I used my time during work days to work on my symbols and to get help from Tuan. i was there at every work day and whatever I didn’t finish during class I finished after.
The second rating level is the sophistication of your work. This level means how aware you are of achieving the main goals and techniques of the project that you are working on. I ranked myself at medium because I believe that my work was deliberate and that I knew enough of what was expected to create work that was acceptable.
The third rating level is use of feedback. This level pertains to how you use the feedback you are given from your peers and your teacher and if you use the feedback to improve your work. I ranked myself at useful/improved because I listened to the feedback that was given and fixed the mistakes that were pointed out. I thought i used my feedback well and implemented it into my symbols.
The fourth rating is the level of challenge you gave yourself. I interpret this as whether or not you pushed yourself to do your best and make your best work. I put myself at medium because I believe that I challenged myself in creating symbols that I would be happy with and that my peers would find interesting. I honestly do not understand what “there” or “here” mean in terms of challenging oneself.
The fifth rating is other expert experiences. This level is about whether or not you did outside work or have been doing outside work. I marked myself down as other stuff. I work on my personal art stuff every couple of days and I am apart of the design team for New Literati (a literary magazine) and have been learning how to manipulate a Squarespace website.
The sixth rating is social emotional development. I suppose that these level involves how we as student designers conduct ourselves during critiques and in our work. I put myself at the mature level because I believe that during the course of this project I have used the time given to me to work on this project wisely and have treated my classmates with respect.
The seventh rating is your contribution to the classroom climate. This level concerns how you as a student have contributed to the class during critique and the attitude you have during class. I put myself at room temperature because although I think I had a good attitude during class and didn’t rock the boat or anything, I didn’t really contribute that much during critique.
The line inventory project was an enjoyable challenge to complete. From the first 75 lines to the final shadow drawing, this project came together like pieces of a puzzle. Looking back on the time I spent completing each step of this project, I realize that each separate part was used to achieve the final larger drawing. My first 75 lines were just me experimenting and trying to figure out what direction I would take my project. After seeing my classmates’ first 75 lines I became inspired to implement different aspects of their work into my second 75 lines. For my second attempt I decided to connect each line and pattern to each other across the 75 boxes. The third step in this project were the contour line drawings. In the first set of drawings I chose to draw my teapot which I later used as a reference for my sculpture. I made the sculpture out of wire with a cardboard base. My finished sculpture resembled a spaceship which I found to be very interesting. The shadows from the sculpture were casted onto the larger sheet of paper and I traced those shadows to create a composition. Inside the empty spaces of the traced shadows I drew in the different lines I had compiled in my first two 75 line inventories. This produced my final project. I was satisfied with my final piece and with my project overall.
Line: a mark that can be segmented or infinite
Shape: A 2D or 3D form
Texture: A line pattern creating a tactile appearance or visual sensation
Value: A range between light and dark
Color: reflected light
Plane: A 3D form that has length and width with minimal thickness
Volume: enclosed area of 3D space
Mass: solid 3D form
Space: an area within or around a substance
Light: Defines objects, can change meaning of the subject
Time and Motion: can be actual or implied and are two aspects of line
Unity/Variety: unity is likeness amongst the subjects while variety is differences/uniqueness
Balance: design elements equally distributed throughout the piece
Scale: how big or small something is in scale to another
Rhythm: the movement of the elements can direct the viewer’s gaze throughout the piece
Emphasis: places importance or focus an element
Part 1: Based on the notes you took during class, write a brief description and response to each of the Faculty presentations.
Kim Garza is a graphic designer. In her presentation she talked about several projects and jobs she has worked on like the app Eventurist. She also talked about her personal project: Till The Clouds Roll By. The clips she showed of her project were really interesting and cool to see. It was enlightening hearing her talk about all of her different projects and the jobs she has done as a graphic designer.
Tammie Rubin is an arts professor and is an artist. Her presentation was very engaging and interesting to listen to. She mainly talked about her work and showed pictures of various shows she has been in. Her medium of choice is ceramics and recycled objects. I liked seeing her work and hearing her talk about her ideas behind her pieces. I found her main idea unique.
James Shuran is a photo professor and is a photographer. His work and main idea really spoke to me and I enjoyed seeing his work and listening to him speak about it. He mainly showed and talked about his work and his experiences in the photography field.
Part 2: Reflection on this semester and course. Feel free to write any and all comments here. We want and appreciate your feedback (both positive and critical).
Looking back on this semester and on this course in particular I really enjoyed my first couple months of being at St. Edward’s. This class in particular really helped me get a good picture of the different areas of the visual studies and of the graphic design field. This course gave me a lot of ideas and opportunities for the next three years and beyond. All of the talks/ lectures helped me to better understand my major and the jobs that follow after graduating. I was given a lot of good advice and help during this course. I truly find nothing wrong with this course and I really enjoyed learning and listening to the different speakers and professors that were apart of the class.