When it comes to working on my projects in typography or others my most critical point on myself is always on realizing my ideas. I feel like for a lot of projects I have a “cool” idea I want to try but either my experience of bias eye leads to the idea falling short of a what It could be and ends up feeling awkward and noncohesive with the original theme. In order to help improve my ideas rather than trashing them I try to get more opinions and critiques so I can better evolve my designs.
An example with my Fullbright project is the page count. I really like the idea of the bold but offset numbers but the more I played with placement the more I felt the idea didnt hold much merit.
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?
Looking at the hours I set at the beginning I believe Iv kept to close that many hours if not maybe more. I also believe that the time I put into my work is efficient time to create “sophisticated” work.
2 Has your definition of “sophisticated” work changed from last semester? If so, how so? What is sophisticated in your weather report?
I originally said that sophisticated work as work that, may not be perfect, but represents a high understanding of the media used and the fine details that help the piece achieve its goal. I still believe this to be a good standard. In my weather report, I believe the most sophisticated parts are the cohesiveness of the overall design and the movements. I put a lot of thought and worked hard to give those two parts a refined and professional look that I could see being used in an application today.
3 Describe how the new things you’ve learned so far connect to what you already had coming into the semester.
I used a lot of the information and experience from last semester in the designing of my project but I had to take concepts, like hierarchy, another step when motion became involved and opened new possibilities.
4 What are some things you are still unsure about in this project that you would like to know more about?
I mostly wish I had more experience with Aftereffects to be able to more fully utilize the program. I also had some areas I wanted to fix in the project but was unsure on how to go back into the timeline and move objects around within the time frame and without messing up other parts.
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?
I’d give this project 10/10 value for what it taught me. two other projects I could compare this one two would my typeface posters and my public location logo. When I first started working with my typeface to create posters I put a lot of work into it but I didn’t really know how to refine and polish the look I was trying to express. Working on the weather report I learned more about color, type, and space. These Ideas I took over while working on my logo for the boardwalk and in returned ended with a design that slowly became more refined as it progressed
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 influences 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?
Some of the biggest factors helping me grow as a creative mind would be my peers and my instructors. When I look at my classmates work and compare it my own I’m able to see where I’v gone wrong, gone differently, or maybe what I feel I did right. Often when looking at my work before I feel its pretty refined and well made but often when I get to compare, even with work that is on the same level as mine, I can see how others approached the challenges and see ideas I would like to run off of/ use to refine my own. An example would be color pallet. Often I’ll have a pallet I like but then seeing the wide range of the class, from dark, light, contrast, muted, I may decide to lighted my background. On the other hand the restricting and challenging components of my class work forces me to think out side my comfort zone and explore new ways of designing.
While working on this weather report I learned more about color, type, and space. Once again the constraints of the project forced me out of my comfort zone, in returned I feel like I ended up with a design that slowly became more refined as it progressed.
I wish I had more experience with Aftereffects to be able to more fully utilize the program. I also had some areas I wanted to fix in the project but was unsure on how to go back into the timeline and move objects around within the time frame and without messing up other parts.
After collecting and processing all the collected information I moved on to trying to create a mark that represents the identity I wanted to express. My identity changed many time as I narrowed it done. By the end I decided that the boardwalk is a constant friend for those looking to escape the crowds and static of the city. This nature surrounded walkway invites all who walk her to enjoy the views, the quiet, and themselves.
The boardwalk mark created represents the structure and movement of the path with the scripted, but bold, type face that flows across like the waves underneath. The way the letters partly melt into the iconic skyline in the back represents how the boardwalk has been adopted into the city. The use of foreground and background eludes to the location of the path being across the water from downtown. Over all the mark invites the viewer to come see for themselves the simple beauty of the boardwalk, away from the crowds and noise.
The beginning steps to creating my Boardwalk identity felt strange and out of place when I first started working on them but I soon realized how important they were to me. The photo taking really helped to stop and look at the design that was already there, the sound bites made me listen to the atmosphere, and the writings helped me analyze and put those acquired feelings into words. The techniques I used here carried through to the next phases and will be used in future projects.
Working on the animation below was my first taste of Adobe after effects and the concept of design in motion. I really enjoyed this project for its simple introduction to the program but also because of the way it made me think about the concept of a portfolio being a design statement in itself. Over all I am very pleased with its design and flow, made to have a unique flair, but having worked on other projects and gained more knowledge on After effects itself I realized there are areas that could use refinment. For example, motion blur to the moving pieces, clean up of some stray parts and more organized transitions.
I was very excited to start the plotter project after reading about conditional design. My plan of action for each of my plotters was:
- Pick a shape
- repeat the shape 3 times
- use the 3 shapes as a pattern brush to apply onto the lines
- plot with color
Unfortunately, the pens I was using at the start died half way through and I was forced to use a different type to complete the project on time. If I were to re-do my plots I’d like to make sure I use the same type of pen on all pieces, restrict the color use (example: switch color every 10 secs), and maybe more constraints with the recreation of the shape. Other than those changes however the overall experience with this project was one I rather learned from and enjoyed.
This was a very personal project for me as the process we went through to create our quotes was a series of person writings. There were two main things that challenged me in this project; getting personal with my work and thinking more abstract. I have a tendency to think more mechanical and literal when it comes to designing but with this project I needed to do almost the oposite.
The abstract design I came up with at the end I really enjoyed and it taught me the benefits of saying more with less. The two circles represent two people in a relationship, of any kind, they come together peacefully but get distorted and blown apart with a third element is introduced. The ribbon moving across the scene represents the movement of time and continuity which is then seen as lost at the end.
The style project was a very interesting project for me as not only did I learn a lot about photography but also a better understanding of how designers can express ideas without spelling them out. I was hard at first to separate myself from the ideas of the styles already pressed upon me to create more true to original styles.
When a movie is designed very little detail must be considered. This project for me really challenged me to continue to think on how I can further an idea and notice little details. I started my planning but analyzing the movies overall schemes then narrowing it down to characters and single location. I took screen shots from the movie and read a few reviews before starting my design. The typeface (Archer) was an easy place to start because the film itself uses a very distinct font for the hotel, my location of choice. Same situation with color. The Grand Budapest is unique hotel as its employees all wear royal purple. Being a place for the wealthy I decided that id one was needing a light (or match) they would be served upon so the matches needed to match the workers.
After this point however it became more difficult to take the simple elements and refine them to a point of great detail. by the end project I was very proud of my design, at the time my only regret was the color stretching at the folds of the paper but even that became a happy accident as the slight used look reminded me of the the main characters needs to be perfect despite himself.