1 Where are you in your hours that you declared earlier in the semester? Looking at your work now, are your current accumulated hours enough?
I have completed over half my hours for the semester. I have spent approximately 30 or more hours practicing typographic skills outside the classroom when earlier in the semester I declared that I wanted to have approximately 25 hours completed by spring break. I think I am in a good place to reach my goal of completing over 60 hours by the end of the year. I especially got busy with projects and finding a new place to live at the end of weather report which made finding time to practice hard but I completed my goal and won’t have to worry about moving when it is time for finals.
2 Has your definition of “sophisticated” work changed from last semester? If so, how so? What is sophisticated in your weather report?
Sophistication for me is making sure all my choices go along with the one I made before. There must be consistency in how I approach adding elements to my design, if I address emphasising a LATCH structure by changing the color of the text, then for the next structure the color must go if it is not adding to the new structure, but maybe manipulating the text again is a consistent way to add elements. I believe the font I picked went portrayed a professional tone while being readable even during movement. The text looked like it should be associated with film and technology but not too futuristic that it took away from content. I also feel like the temperature transition from first to second latch is sophisticated in the choreography of the movement. It looks crisp and clean even though data overlaps in order to change positions, it looks purposeful and the data is not messy.
3 Describe how the new things you’ve learned so far connect to what you already had coming into the semester.
Sketching is something I already learned is a useful tool to help plan projects but sketchy movement was new and was a very helpful tool. The transitions I sketched before hand turned out to be the better transitions in the Weather Report. Last semester we learned about modular grids and hierarchy of text. This connected to the weather report because as the more important information needed to be seen first before the audience went on to look at the details.
4 What are somethings you are still unsure about in this project that you would like to know more about?
The Weather Report focused a lot on movement and the typographic side was less important in my opinion. We have talked about hierarchy of text but not of movement and I would like to know more effective ways to transition many data points while keeping it on the screen. That was the hardest part of the assignment for me, was keeping things on the screen when my instinct was to swipe off points that weren’t as important as the points that were about to replace them.
5 Assign a level of value to this project. Identify two other projects in your creative life and place this weather report relative to them. How close or far are they from one another? What qualities did each project have that the other’s didn’t that would rate them higher/lower?
Out of a scale from 0-10 i would rate the value of the weather report as a 7. I think I made thoughtful choices to display the type of weather, the time and the location and tried to have the different elements interact with each other instead of just move around on the screen together. Time is highlighted and serves as a title while the data below “bounces” with the “Friday, Saturday and Sunday” before leaving the screen. Trying to get the different points to interact with each other brought more value to this project than the symbol project in graphic design I. The different elements of cat, privacy, and boundaries did not seamlessly merge at first and it took way too many sketches to merge my elements so they did not appear too literal. Another project, the “New York Times” booklets had more value than the weather report because without being really obvious, there was a pattern of structure on each page. I do not feel like each LATCH design strongly relates to the others. Although they should be positioned differently to feature different information, I would like to have a theme that tied them together.
6 Break down the percentages of what entities are responsible for creating growth within the creative you. Am I part of it? Part of it is on you, right? Do you consider your classmates/friends as influencers on the course of your trajectory for success? At the end of the semester you will be evaluating me, but right now within your own pie piece, how much have you brought to the game? How did it end up that you brought that much?
Other classes and previous experience(45%), friends/classmates (15%) and influences from professors(25%) have been part of my creative growth. These percentages mean that I am only responsible 35% but since I am part of all previous experience, friends and professors there is an interdependency that connects everyone and affects the other. It is hard to precisely assign a percentage of responsibility to myself when I was involved as a single element and as a participator to the other entities. I consider classmates as influencers, we are emerged in one another’s work (just being in the FAC you see projects everywhere) and give feedback during critiques. Ultimately though I decide if I’m going to work on typography before and after I get off work, or watch a YouTube video to try to spark ideas, ask for help from a classmate, watch a Netflix show about design, go to a gallery or defend my work to you during class. I have brought more than 35% effort but my responsibility is weaved to the influences of others.