SW Project–Inspirations

•October 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Henry Peach Robinson-Little Red Ridding Hood

Henry Peach Robinson-Little Red Ridding Hood

The strange world project is to ” Create two views into a strange world. In three 11×17 panels combine source images to show two varied aspects of an alternate universe—a world that obeys laws that are not familiar to us.”

Here are some pictures that I found provoking.

Yves_void Pacific Standard

Yves_void, Blog: PacificStandard.com

I love this black-white image with a person flying out of the window. The image is historical yet modern.

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The Barbarians, 1937, Max Ernst (French, born Germany, 1891–1976); Oil on cardboard

Max Erst is probably the one I will go with. His works are deliberately “strange world”.

The group of pictures below are especially interesting: They utilized size and proportion to create this unsettled sense. I guess this is what I want for this project: refreshing, tempting and skillful.

Max Ernst

Max Ernst

Art of the Day-Max Ernst

Art of the Day-Max Ernst

Europe After the Rain (1940-1942), Max Ernst

Europe After the Rain (1940-1942), Max Ernst

The Temptation of St. Anthony (Max Ernst)

The Temptation of St. Anthony (Max Ernst)

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Redecorating the Quad

•October 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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In this practice, we were asked to redecorate the quad for our class. The color of class 2014 is red, so the theme color for this practice is red.

My idea is that we will spoil the fund and make a extravagance quad this year (compared to the previous years). We have limited funds allocated by the school, but that doesn’t mean we cannot ask for help! We fundraise for the decoration, and Coca Cola is generous enough to do us the favor! Plus, they use red as the simbolic color as well. Notice Coca Cola takes quite a role in the image: the light bulbs are made of the glass bottles, and the flags are printed with Coca Cola signs. Advertisement is allowed as far as it does not impair the unity of this image.

I wish the quad to be functional as well as decorative. Since Agnes Scott College emphasize the sense of community, this quad is designed for the students to gather and relax. The couch, cushions, game table and the carpet are all designated to this purpose.  I darken the background so that the lights will radiant. Also the late afternoon/night is when students actually have to to hangout. The lights/Lamp also give a hint of romantic sense.

Now what I learnt from this project:

I have never used PS before, although I wished to. I picked up very basic tools such as curving the image, pasting, adjusting size, color and hue. The most frequently used tool for this project are the dodge tool and burn tool. They are used to create the lights and shadows.

The only bummer to this image is that the original picture was taken in the morning, so the shadows of trees, which is too strong, were casted by the sun. If I had more time, I’d try to figure out how to minor the effects of these shadows.

Letter Poster-Critique

•October 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Today is the critique day!

Here are my final works, which appeared in previous posts. But in order to make the reflection, here they are again.

My design phrase: “An I is an I is an I.” I as the IDENTITY.

What I learnt:

I really dug into this project in terms of variation and exploration. There were several failed experiments and abandoned sketches. The final result kind of comes at random–by mistakes! This the the largest lesson I learnt from this project. However you want to plan ahead of time, you never know the result.  All my major design elements here came from experiment and accidents, and these accidents proffers me a more effective and provoking result.

Does the poster visually meets the design phrase?

By looking at the posters, the sense of identity is deliberate. The letter “i” is the central design element, the image has a organic landscape.  The organic sense does reflects my phrase of “identity is in the gene, in the bone.”

Does the context reflects the design phrase

My phrase is screaming “identity”, or in other words, “representation”. I think the readers’ focus will flow from the cynosure to the text, and read it line by line, and learn more about the representations/identities of “i” in different subject matters.

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Letter Poster–More Sketches

•October 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Just more thoughts about the poster.




Letter Poster–Sketches and Failed Experiments

•October 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I continued from the result of the last class, and decided to add an icon into the poster. Then Eiffel Tower came into my mind, because it speaks about “i” (pronunciation) and a sense of egocentrics.

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However, this towel is too iconic and resembles only the Eiffel Tower. My letter “i” diminishes from the image. I also thought of using only letter i to construct the tower. But however I manipulate the image, the concept of “Eiffel Tower” would dominate my image, so I decided to start over. Oops.

I thought about the design day and night, and came up with other two sketches.  I don’t have them in hand so I will post them in the next post.

I liked the circular i in the original design and wanted to keep it, so I played with the fonts and discovered something visually compulsive. Because of this discovery, I changed my concept from egocentrics to identity, since now the circle looks like it is made up with bones.

I used smaller fonts with letter i around a circle, and accidentally distorted the circle. The result again surprises me. The chain of i’s now look like the DNA double helix. Isn’t this cool–it perfectly matches the word “identity”.

Here comes my next design.

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The problem with this poster is that there are too many things to look at, and I lose my focal point. After consulting my fabulous instructor Nell, I divided this poster into two, as follow:

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Exploration of Letter i–Preparation

•September 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

We were asked to choose a vowel and make a poster for it. As always, our tools are limited to illustrator CS 6 and non-editing letter forms with color black and white.

I started with some research on letter i, and here are some cool pictures. Although they are colored, some of the elements are useful for this project:

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Because my research of “i” says that the letter i is the most un eventful letter for its simplicity, but it is also the very representation of “self”, I wanted the duality into letter “i”. I started with some sketches. The problem is, I have too many ideas, but non of these ideas reflects my thoughts.


Finally, this is what I’ve done so far.

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Exploration: Letters and Their Layouts

•September 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is a blog I found interesting and related to the topic:  http://ilovetypography.com/2008/03/21/extreme-type-terminology/

The blogger is a fan of typography, as we can tell from its name. He had some interesting comment about letter print. I love letter prints! I always wished I can print something of my own. Oh well, there has to be a chance in the future.

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The following are some interesting findings on the web. Continue to absorb from others’ designs.

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Radiation of Letter Design

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Snap Shot from Google.

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Different Letters-Use Density

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Branches vs. Letters

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Branches VS. Letters N-Z

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Hey Yo! Hip-Hop man!

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