I have to say, after a couple weeks of online assignments, this class is really starting to grow on me. Unlike other classes I have taken in college so far, this class I have noticed really encourages you to flex your creative muscles. You are asked to talk about hings that interest you, and complete assignments in ways that, while still following guidelines given to you by the professor, allow you to put your own unique touch on it. I am constantly learning new things thanks to the types of lessons and tips we are given each week, especially when it comes to technology (as I previously mentioned, I am terrible with computers). I really was not sure how I would feel about a class like going in, but know I can’t wait to see what kinds of topics and assignments we tackle next.
Daily Creates #2
My Childhood Creation
A Look Into what Almost Was
After the Cuban Missile Crisis
Although I’m pretty embarrassed to admit it, When I was a young child I would often fantasize about being a superhero named “Zone Fighter”. The reason I played pretend like this so frequently was because of my simple love for Japanese giant monster movies and TV show, such as Godzilla and Ultraman. I watched these movies all the time as a kid, so naturally I would envision what it would be like to take part in these epic battles. Below is a design for what I envisioned myself looking like as a superhero, and although it’s not quite how I imagined myself when I was a child, it still does come pretty close.
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, a third world war following the escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis would have surely had a disastrous effect on Earth and Human civilization. Billions would be killed, and the few who did manage to survive would have to struggle to survive in a harsh new world devoid of the luxuries that were once commonplace. In a scenario like this, it is interesting to think of what effect it would have on the most innocent among us, such as the children. I created this image as a way to evoke a sense of sadness and despair from the viewer, as this small child looks upon the remains of her home, a reminder of how no place on earth is safe anymore, not even the places where we once felt the most comfortable.
One of the most famous and frightening moments during the cold war was the Cuban Missile Crisis. As I’m sure you all know, the Cuban Missile Crisis was an event that nearly led to a violent confrontation between the USA and the USSR, which in turn would have surely led to a nuclear third world war. The events of the book I have created chronicle the events of the survivors decades after a nuclear holocaust stemming from the Cuban Missile Crisis. I created this scenario because the outcome of a nuclear war is something that has always fascinated me, more specifically what the lives of any surviving people would be like from then on out. Below is a step by step guide to how I created this book cover, along with some details on my design choices.
First I added a stock photo depicting what the world may be like after this scenario took place, destroyed and desolate, a true shell of it’s former self. To further emphasize this, I made the unfilled parts of the book cover green, which I’m sure you can imagine is a color that no longer exists in this world.
Next, I added a title, “After”. I gave the cover this title as an ominous foreshadowing to the plot of the book.
Finally, I added a simple plot description to the back of the book, something meant to entice potential readers to pick of the book in order to learn more about this dark, desolate world and the simple people who, for better or worse, still inhabit it.
While I am starting to get used to the structure of this class, my busy schedule has not done me any favors. Due to the fact that I am almost constantly working, I have little time to venture into the outside world, which makes completing assignments such as the design blitz difficult at times. It also means that I often have to cram all of my work into the night before it is due, as that is usually the only time I have to work on it (if you look at the dates of my blog posts due this week, you’ll see that they have all been published on the same day). Nevertheless, I still feel encouraged going forward, as I am slowly starting to take an even greater interest in the assignments we are given, particularly the question of the week regarding the alternate history scenario. Going forward, I am definitely going to have to plan ahead better so that I can put more time into each individual assignment, and in turn, receive better grades, as I am determined to do more than just the bare minimum to pass this course.
Daily Create Reflection: Fonts
Question of the Week
The photos I took are, admittedly, not super impressive (not to mention I only took a few). But the reason I did this was because I truly think that in these three pictures, many of the concepts we read about are on full display. Each of the objects on center within the photo have bright colors that will clearly draw attention to them from onlookers, as well as a balanced and well put together design that makes them much more attractive. The third photo shows the contrast between the simpler looking Special K, and the more exaggerated design of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The second photo, featuring a menu from a local restraint, has a simple yet appealing design on the front page, and the New York Giants bag has a repetitive design that, again, is appealing to the eye.
My pick for an alternate history timeline is easily the scenario where the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated into a full scale war. I have little doubt in my mind that if a third world war took place during this time, the world as we know it would be an unrecognizable place today. The prospect of nuclear warfare was one of the reasons why both sides eventually settled the dispute through diplomacy rather than war. If World War 3 had erupted, nuclear weapons would have surely been used, and that is where my main interest in this scenario lies. If full scale nuclear attacks occurred, what would the outcome be? How many, if any, people would survive the attacks? What would be the long term costs for the planet and the human race? Would it even be possible to recover from such an event, or would civilization as we know it entirely collapse? These are the kind of what if questions that fascinate me, and I look forward to returning to this topic in the near future.
If there is any lesson I am going to take away from the two ted talks and the practice assignments, it’s that there truly is no completely right way to go about designing pieces of art. Designs are entirely subjective. The designs these two speakers praised could be seen as completely horrendous in the eyes of other people. The mock designs I myself created in the tutorials were pretty bad in my opinion, but perhaps if I showed my work to another person they would think the mock ups were really good. Out of all of these, it was David Carson who resonated with me the most. The reason for this is not to complicated. It really comes down to the fact that in his presentation, Carson offers clear examples of why art, and designs in particular, can resonate with different people in completely different ways, which again, is something I myself have always believed.
Daily Create #1: Fonts Matter
Everyone knows that the same phrases,sayings, greetings, etc. can have slightly different meanings depending on the tone it is said in and the context in which it is said. In my daily create, I wanted to convey this by presenting the common phrase “good luck” in two different styles. One conveys a sense of genuine hope that the person this is being said to actually does go on to succeed in whatever it is they are doing, while the other contains a more serious, perhaps even sarcastic, undertone.
Daily Create #2: Fake Ad
Often times in advertisements created by companies such as apple and google, the ad will attempt to make us think that whatever product they are pedaling is absolutely essential to our lives, and will instantaneously make every day tasks easier. In my personal experience however, I often find it to actually be the complete opposite, so I created this fake ad in an attempt to convey my own feelings on these types of products, and I believe it will resonate with others.