This week the Ted Talk videos along with the Canva tutorials helped me in several ways to reconstruct how I look at tackling design. This week when completing the DesignBlitz challenge, I was able to see the aspects of design that was shown in the materials […]
Month: May 2018
The following video is of Paula Scher presenting at the Serious Play conference in 2008. During this video, the key point being made was in the difference between solemn and serious play. The idea of being ignorant of things creates serious play/work. Serious play is something […]
“Graphic design is a highly sought-after skill”, says Amy Copperman in her article 8 Basic Principles of Design. There are a few key factors that help graphic design look well organized and thought out. These 8 basic principles are Alignment, Hierarchy, Contrast, Repetition, Proximity, Balance, Color, and Space. Below five of the eight principles will be discussed in greater details based off of real world graphic design that can be found in our daily environment.
In the image above, the alignment principle is displayed. Alignment relates to having an ordered look to remove clutter and distractions. In the Table of Contents, it is easy to see that the text is aligned on the right side of the page.
The phrase “Be Yourself” is a sharp contrast from the blue background. Contrast in images allows for the important information to be drawn out so that it is seen very easily. This contrast is in line with similar contrasts between light and dark, the dark blue allows for the bright white font to stand out on the page.
The origin of this soft pretzel bites label creates the feeling of balance. Balance in this image allows for it to look very professional. Additionally, there is symmetry in this label. At the top there is bands of colors that are identical to the bottom which makes it uniform.
In this Penguins poster there is a distinct color scheme that is used. Color is one of the ways that mood can be evoked in graphic design. In this image the yellow/gold from the logo is tied into the font color. Additionally, the color yellow typically shows happiness which can affect how the view reads the sign.
Leaving the middle center of an image free of text is difficult because that is where the eye travels first. You want the view to get all of their information immediately, in addition you do not want to block the significance of the background. This empty space allows you to highlight the importance of the page which is the image of the swimmers.
Lactose and untolerable. This image is of the action movie Divergent. To create a humorous meaning to an intense and action filled movie, I added images of food items that contained dairy. Those who are lactose intolerant are unable to consume lactose due to their […]
While reviewing David duChemin tips to create better photos, I found these tips to be very insightful when it came to extending my knowledge of photography. One of the tips that I use most regularly is to change my perspective. Doing this provides angles that can show a unique depth or perspective that was not seen before. One of the tips that I did not really grasp in the age that I grew up in was getting pickier. Growing up I can vividly remember taking photos on film cameras. We had to be disciplined in what we took photos of since there was a limited number of photos we could take. However, today I could go out and take over five hundred photos and no one would be surprised since our current camera are not film based.
On the site Abandoned America I looked at the Business & Industry album. This photographer captures the sense of abandonment by showing the unkempt aspect of the landscapes. Additionally, capturing loss is shown in the images by materials rotting, collapsing, and falling apart. Not only is abandonment showed in the content of the photos, but also how the photographer uses light. A larger portion of the photos on this site seem to be dark or dim, which is something that reminds a lot of people of scary and lonely places. In choosing the Business & Industry album on the site combines with my vision of what a post-apocalyptic world looks like.
In addition to learning these photography tips and tricks, we worked on quickly taking photos of different subjects. This called a Photoblitz! While being timed and taking photos, I found it difficult to implement the tips suggested by David duChemin. Click here to read more about the directions for assignment and view the Instagram feed below for photos taken during the assignment!