A Busy Week So Far

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

Design Reflection

Question of the Week

DesignBlitz

 

DesignBlitz

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.

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Question of the Week

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.

Design Reflection

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 Reflection: Fonts

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.

A Better Process this Time

If you read my previous blog entry, you’ll know that I struggled with the assignment quite a bit due to my lack of knowledge with pretty much all forms of social media and photography. I’m happy to report that this time around the  process was far easier. I was able to complete the two daily creates with no trouble whatsoever, I understood the photo blitz assignment and was able to put out quality photos, and I was even able to find creative ways to complete the visual assignments. When I first started this class, I was sure I wasn’t going to do good at all, but I have to admit, the assignments in this class are starting to warm up to me, and I hope that process continues.

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What I learned from photography so far

When I first started this assignment, I wasn’t sure how well I would fare. I have never been remotely interested in photography, not even a little, and because of that, I have absolutely zero knowledge of how to go about taking “professional” photos. Due to these circumstances, I was concerned I would be unable to take the kinds of photographs necessary pass this assignment, let alone even be at all interested in the assignment in the first place. However, after learning the various ways photography can be used for storytelling, my favorite medium, as well as getting help from the various sources provided for us, I can say my interest in this art form has definitely increased. The “Tips for Better Photography” page has informed me of so many small details and tricks that I would never even think of. Things like using the foreground to your advantage to create conflicting views, or using the light in a specific way, almost like it’s a physical object alongside the other objects within the photo. While looking through the pages of “Abandoned America”, I discovered how the desolate remains of something that was once great can still be used to create something beautiful. Within the desolate remains of these hospitals, asylums, office buildings, etc. lies the opportunity to capture visually striking images that truly make us wonder what our own fate has in store for us. Within my own home, I found the opportunity to take photos that, while not nearly as visually striking as the ones seen in “Abandoned America”, hopefully evoke some kind of emotion within the person looking at them. I have never had to take artistic photos like these before, so even having to just think of what I wanted to take pictures of was difficult at first. However, I do think I was able to eventually settled in, and as you will see in these photos, I think some of these turned out quite well.

My First Week

Lets just say this first week was pretty stressful. I’ve never done any sort of online class life this before so for the past couple of days (which unfortunately is the only time I’ve had to work on school) I’ve been scrambling to figure out exactly how this sort of class works. What made this even harder of course is the fact that I have never used any of these social media sites before, so the learning process is already very confusing for me.

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Question of the Week:

My favorite type of story is definitely sci-fi and fantasy. The reason I love these two genres so much is because they give us, the viewers, a chance to travel to other worlds that are impossible to experience in our own lives. When done well, these types of stories can be amazing, fun, inspiring, and even sad.

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