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End of Semester Wrap Up

Mind Map

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.

Mid-Term Assessment Essay

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.

Final Blog Post

At around 50 hours a week is when I’d say you may be spending an excessive amount of time practicing on your work. Why? because at that point I believe that you are spending to much time in your work and not enough time gathering new experiences to turn into inspiration. That being said only spending around 20 hours on your work a week can prevent you from sharpening the skills and styles you already have. Personally I vary on this chart but mostly find myself on the bottom end and I can usually see it in my work when I haven’t been putting s much time as I should be into a piece.

Sophisticated work is 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. In typography what I think is sophisticated about my work is that I also look to see what other ways I can present the content even if I’m content with what I have. Including mostly different layouts to keep it from becoming static and elements to make the whole piece cohesive.

Some feedback I’v been given that’s helped me a lot is comments on the font choices and point size. I often forget that the image on the screen isn’t a life-size representation and leave the font to big so that when its printed the font looks too bold and loud. With this feedback in mind, I now try to remember to print out copies as I go to see what looks good and what I should fix.

The creation of my booklet was a simple task on the surface but with the finer details in mind became much more of a challenge. Getting all the text to fit how it should and work with the pictures and page counts was by far the hardest part. Such details were often believed to be fix then upon printing of a copy I realized that there were new problems. The easiest part was the initial pasting in of the text and bringing formats and styles.

outside of school I use my skills for more personal reasons. I help design some logo work for a gaming community some friends are a part of and then a tear flyer for my elf to promote my side job of dog walking and petting sitting.

Full Gate 17 Logo

Full Gate 17 Logo

Gate 17 Simple Logo

Gate 17 Simple Logo





Living 40mins away from campus has made school life a little troublesome in the fact that the accessibility of the labs and resources of the school aren’t always there. balancing school and a part time job is already hard but I found that it was much worst when away from the resources I needed during the week.

I really enjoyed the environment of our type classroom. The structure mixed with the time and space to do what you wanted and needed really help not only my imagination and creativity during the projects but after as well, when I got to see how everyone else interpreted the assignment. I also enjoyed the flexibility to be an active, outspoken member of the class, or more of a quiet observer. We would all be working on the same project but because of a unique twist we each had (i.e. quotes in making a font, or wiki subject) we weren’t in competition but merely just learning together.


Post 12: End of Semester

1st Year experience was good class and I loved getting to hear from people in my planned future job and get to know my current and future teacher a little better. Though, I found that despite always being interested in the speakers topic it didn’t always apply to be due to the large verity of degrees within visual arts.

My only negative I have for the class is the timing of it in the day, which was simply just a personal problem on my end.

Of every thing I enjoyed the faculty presentions the most. getting to see my teachers work that they do really enlighten me to just how much they know and can help me. I just wish there was more info on what to expect when trying to start my career, rather starting free-lance or getting hired, and how to prepare your portfolio, when you may not have a lot to show.

Extra Post: Brick Building

From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes:

I love this piece because of the sheer size and the fact that British designer Alex Chinneck has changed what someone might mean when they say “that building has character.”

From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes is a surreal display by British designer Alex Chinneck- October 3, 2013 

It took about 1 year to make this slumping, drooping house front. The building its self was an old 4 story structure with water and fire damaged. The large-scale installation was set to stay up for a year before the building would be restored back to housing functions.

I found this really interesting because we often think of building as strong, study, and unmoving. But, in this case the building is slumping and appears “tired” while crumbling at the top. Personly I feel this relates to people. How in society were often expected to stay strong and mussel through the storms of life when mostly we just want to give up and fall apart. The fact that this building was damaged, then made “sluppy”, then rebuilt to be used I think can serve as an important lesson to people who feel like they can’t be weak sometimes.

“It serves a hard-to-miss surprise for locals who are left to speculate what happened, as Chinneck doesn’t like to put up signs or any indication that it is a manipulated artwork. In an interview with Dezeen, he says, ‘I just feel this incredible desire to create spectacles. I wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humor, illusion and theater to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.’ ” -my modern met

Extra Post: Luncheon In Fur

Though not a new piece or really considered contemporary Oppenheim’s ‘Luncheon In Fur’ is one of my favorite works of art both for its background and effect on people. A tea set covered in fur would make anyone cringe. just thinking about putting that furry spoon in your mouth or feeling tickled while sipping some early gray is simply just “EW.” This surrealist piece created much debate on meaning and purpose.

Object (or Luncheon in Fur), by Meret Oppenheim. In 1936, Oppenheim wrapped a teacup, saucer and spoon in fur. In the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable. Even today, the work triggers intense reactions at the MoMA

The spark of creation happened for Oppenheim when was having lunch with Picasso, her friend. As the story goes he made a comment on her furry bracelet (one of her early jewelry creations), saying that you can cover anything in fur. To which Oppenheim replied “Even this plate and this cup.” becoming a joke at the table when her tea started to cool she asked the waiter for some fur to wrap her cup up with to keep it warm.

After that she apparently went to the store and created the work we know today.

The bracelet – which the artist fashioned using a brass tube – so delighted her companions that a conversation ensued during which Oppenheim’s best known work, a fur-covered cup, saucer and spoon, was conceived.

The reaction to Oppenheim’s teacup was explosive.

André Breton chimed with his declaration that “beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.” He called it Le Déjeuner en fourrure (Luncheon in Fur) and exhibited it that year at the first surrealist exhibition dedicated to objects.

“As the talking point of the show, the sculpture became the receptacle of all kinds of theories, fears and longings. This being the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable: the spoon was phallic, the cup vaginal, the hair pubic. For some, the tongue-shaped spoon brought to mind unpleasant sensations of a furry tongue. Others experienced unease at seeing a graceful item of the tea table transformed into something decadent and animalistic; some gagged at the thought of getting a hair or damp tea leaves in their mouth; still others wanted to stroke it.” -npr, The Salt

Personally I see it as a challenge to how we perceive people by the object they carry.  A fine lady sipping her tea at a table midday is respectable and pure, maybe even prestigious and rich. But now covered in fur the teacup seems animalistic and wild. No one of respect would use the teacup.

I also love the idea of playing with man-made matterials, like porclen, and changing it to something more raw like furs or animal skins and seeing the new reactions people have to the object.

Extra Post

I love Kimberly Corday’s wool creations, not just because they look so soft to touch and hold but because of their simple appeal.


hand-dyed sheep wool, string, cotton, and wood, 36″ x 28″ (2016)

 hand-dyed sheep wool, string, cotton, and wood, 36" x 28" (2016)







“My practice is rooted in the notion of an ideal natural world – a concept that marries the spectacle of nature and the spirit of 18th century Romantic landscape painting. Through a Frankensteinian process that borrows aspects of painting, relief sculpture, and embroidery, I create textured objects that conjure up an amalgam of natural phenomena like threadbare pelts, plumage, and patterns found in the wild. ”

One of my favorite aspects of her wool pieces is the subtleness off the dye and the left impression that the animal may of had blue fur. I read and interview of Kimberly once and remember how she stared playing with wool after seeing a wool duster at ikea. I adore how she tries to take sometime manufacturer and almost return it back to its natural roots, but not quite.

 "Flamenco", hand-dyed sheep wool, string, muslin, and wood, 20x28 (2015)  

“Flamenco”, hand-dyed sheep wool, string, muslin, and wood, 20×28 (2015)

 "Beryl", hand-dyed sheep wool and string on muslin, 16x18 (2015)

“Beryl”, hand-dyed sheep wool and string on muslin, 16×18 (2015)


Post 11: Faculty Pechakucha Presentations

It was really cool getting to see some of the work that our current and future professors have done and currently doing. Each one was so different yet equally as impressive.

I really liked Hollis’ work because of the installation aspect and visual components. The use of the wood and the hanging of trash found creates such a cool large scale effect. Installations always interest me because the artist has to play to the space given verses photo or artwork that just needs to be organized. Sometimes I feel installations can fall short of the impact they were meant to give because of restrictions but, with all the photos shown, Hollis seemed to always make good on the space given and still deliver the intended emotions and feel.

Aside from here installations, Hollis’ drawings were also very detailed. Being able to master both 2D design and the more 3D design I think is really impressive and a tough skill id like to master as well.

Alexandra had the same kind feel to her art but was a little more minimalistic instead of objective. It took me a while to understand and get on board on some of her work but getting to re-look at it I find it more and more intriguing. My favorite part about her presentation though was hearing about how her art changed as her life changed. From before to after kids, and back again to more of her original work.

I envy Tammie’s strength in the abstract. The way she takes objects and crafts them into something new and whimsical is amazing. Listening to her explain how she wants people to want to touch and lick but not was really interesting. As a touchy person I can understand that feeling, and to create pieces that are meant to magnify that desire seems really fun yet challenging.

I love photography and both Joe and Bill take such amazing shots. My favorite part about Joe’s work is the raw simpleness to the photos. Often you see photography trying to be about  the extraordinary instead of the ordinary. I think though they are amazing pictures, Joe’s work is very capturing of the raw aspects of people’s everyday lives. a simple documentation of people and it’s still as full of emotion and life was more intense shots.

Bill’s way of completely losing his photos in editing is just as amazing. I found it so interesting to hear how he won even remember what photo he’d used in most of his pieces. to completely detach yourself from what in front of you and create something new with now trace back to what was there, is really impressive

My personal long term goals are to just get a job in my field of study and see what jobs are out there. I chose graphic design because I love creating posters and logos for myself and people but when it comes to what job I want I haven’t decided. My end game though is to get enough experience where I can become self-employed or part of a small free lance group so I can have more personal time to travel and see the word.


Post 8: Future Plans

I really enjoyed hearing from the different groups and helpers on campus.

Being new to St. Eds Roel Martinez lecture on spring registration really helped clear some things up on what I should expect and dates. At the moment I’m mostly following along my degree plan making sure I don’t miss anything so knowing where I can get help is really important. I haven’t planned too far ahead, mostly just thinking about the next semester and possible summer opertunites.

Opportunities like study abroad. I never considered it because It always seemed to out of reach and confusing but after Meghan Ryan explained more on how its a step by step process and that the school can help get you where you want to be relly helped me see it as something I could consider. If I could pick any place to go I’d have to say Tokio or another large Japanese city. The way Japanese culture mixes the past with the future, design wise, always interest me and I think it would be a good place to pull inspiration from.

It was also nice to hear from a few of the student organization. Unlike the college I transferred from the student clubs aren’t very self-advertized and about but after the presentations, I realise that they are about you just need to look and ask about them.

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