Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
This info graphic displays the similarities and differences in religions. It's a clearer example of showing connections through hundreds lines. Like the example in the previous post, it still has a lot of lines that are difficult to follow. But in this information graphic, the words create a baseline and resting place for the eye. With the general understanding that all these things are connected, we can then begin looking into how. The initial image is striking to attract the viewer. Once they are attracted, the words and connections feed their growing curiosity with deeper information. (more about it)
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Comics and storyboards can be narratives too. Short three frame comics like this one found in the UB Post can narrates in short spans of time using action to action, or scene to scene to cover longer expanses of time in a short period.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
(This is the vague answer I give to my nieces when they ask one too many questions, I also enjoy clucking for fun in order to confuse. This is a habit that I believe was inspired by character Chicken-boo from the cartoon TV show Anamaniacs.)
(This is a text abbreviation that stands for,"laughing my but off rolling on the floor." I proudly admit that I am a repeat offender of using such text abbreviations not only on the computer and phone, but also aloud. That's right, I will literally say the letters,"L-M-B-O".)
(The word yes feels to formal to me unless the setting and conversation warrants it's use.)
(Blessed or not I always offer the highest praise to my Lord in gratitude for my life as I am always grateful for both correction and grace.)
(This name brings hope so I use it often.)
Crystal / Faith / Diamond
(Names that I find beautiful, but hope to choose another name in case my first child is a boy.)
(A phrase I say often, sometimes in conjunction with other phrases. For instance, rather than saying "wish me luck" I request "pray me blessings.")
(A word that was coined by the many parodies of the movie, "I know what you did last summer". This is a word that in its multi-character form is out dated, but for me, it is yet to go out of style.)
(A word that I believe I coined in at 14 years old, though my memory could be foggy, that was one of many words I used to avoid cursing. For example: "That is the shiznit!" Another such word that I picked up from my cousin is "fezica"; in a sentence, "What the fezica!?"
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
I find this first one to be the most powerful.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
All of these book, and ones like them, allow a more interesting topic or style to carry an otherwise difficult to grasp idea. This conceptual technique, which I will refer to as 'the power of association', could be applied to a variety of dense topics. The only caution for this technique is an over comparison. Too strong a comparison may begin to distract or confuse the initial main idea. (Sin and Syntax can come off that way at times.) I hope the opportunity presents itself for me to try out the power of association in a future assignment. Where else have you notice this technique? Do you happen to know what it's called?
When a designer spends hours creating a promotional peace at work-- hours that could have been devoted to supporting ailing family members, settling disputes at home, or even coming to terms with personal battles-- one can question the vanity of designing. The two lifestyles are in conflict with each other. Each need time and neither can be neglected.
When an attempt is made to combine life and design, a new issue presents itself: no down
time. When combined, every moment is an opportunity to accomplish something, document an event, conceptualize a mission. Without a moments peace, lots can be accomplished free from conflicts of interest, but stress will remain high. But regardless, stress is present. It comes down to a preference of steady stress, or a guilt-filled break from one while working on the other.
I digress: where do you find your balance?
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Get up early. Go to bed late. Attack the inbox. Make lists. Relate. Send texts. Keep up with friends. Don't miss opportunities. Make it to the end. Accomplish. Plan. Go fast. Work it. Shoot for the moon. Don't be last. Run. God. Don't eat that. Lead the meeting. Cover the shift. Go to class. Mish-mash. "Gotta tweet that, share that, digg that."
Busyness is a modern status symbol, the currency of social capital. We lament this situation and yet still brag about it--even while it overwhelms us.
This definition and explanation is successful because it goes beyond telling the literal definition of busy and offers a personal understanding of what busy actually feels like. It lists several unrelated tasks with no space and game plan in between to recreate that familiar overwhelming feeling. The last two sentences also go a bit farther (as a transition into the article) to explain the plight of the hate and love relationship of busyness.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Is anyone else as nervous as I am with the new UB website? (http://www.ubalt.edu/admissions/) After three years, I am finally getting a handle on this one. The links are more concerning than anything else. Navigation is huge, especially for those like myself who manage a department's website and have to be knee deep in it's quarks all week. While it's not complete yet, the main interface seems very vague and, since first level links are on the top and left-hand side, I worry that the link locations won't remain consistently placed with each click. But perhaps I am worrying too much. I have confidence that UB's web architecture designers will surprise and delight us all.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Why am I giving away ideas for free anyway?
There was a time when ideas were precious and valued. Ideas collected in books, conversations converted to plays, and emotions captured as poetry could be printed, sold, and (more or less) capitalized on as a source of income. Images painted, photographed, sketched, and digitized used to be swiftly protected. Now images are being shared freely and without much concern to for who has that image and what they use it for. In the same way, blogs are delivering not only information, but pure patentable ideas.
How many books could have been written, rather than page by page of blog. How many artists wouldn't be struggling (as much) if there wasn't already a massive pile of accessible free-for-all images? The downside to this free sharing of images, writing, and ideas is that a lot of wonderful and interesting things may be lost in a sea of websites; things that might otherwise have been documented and distributed more visibly. Also, less attention may be given to blogs and online images since people click to the next web page faster than they will run to switch books.
On the other hand, blogs and image sharing allow for an online communication between writer/artist and viewer; communication that wasn't as possible, if at all, in the past. I do worry that there is not as much social impact from a blog and image sharing than there is from a book signing, a published book, or an exhibition.
All of these things aside, the hope is that blogs and image sharing compliment published books and exhibited art, and never to attempt replace it.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Never-mind the burnt end of the fry and the rancid quality of the meat. This fork has been positioned to resemble a pitchfork. Since when does food that says, "I've been hanging out in the barn" been appetizing?
This smooth and flawless fork takes a back seat in it's visibility to the primary topic: the veggies! This fork serves bright salad greens, a detailed yellow pepper, and a juicy ripe tomato to the viewer, saying, "your fresh perfected salad is served."
Sunday, September 19, 2010
There is a difference between good food photography, bad food photography and faded food photography. Each sends out a different message.
This burger photo, for example, is poor photography not because it is revolting, but because it is faded and dated. This faded burger image says, "I was doused with sauce about 60 years ago and I belong in a old dinner menu on the side of route 66."
This burger is in vivid color, but that is no matter because the burger itself sends a negative message. This burger says, "My bread was run over by a truck, and my meat and cheese were up-choked by the last unsuspecting person to order me". This burger, while it may taste wonderfully, looks like it was thrown together in an unappealing manor.
This is a great example of good food photography. Sure it could benefit from a bit more depth and contrast, but overall it is neatly constructed with care, and is in vivid color. This burger says, "My maker spent quality time constructing me and grilling me to perfection. I am a burger worthy of your five dollar bill. And if you think my looks are amazing, wait until you taste me!"
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Consider this: visual communication has the power to persuade thoughts, desires, actions, and over time, shape society. What effect has it already had? TV commercials make our mouths water for a burger as the slow motion of sizzle makes cholesterol the last thought in our minds. A billboard of the latest Lexus or BMW gives us a yearning for luxury and adventure. Even the enhanced sound of an ice cold Cola fizzing open and pouring into a glass will make us forget that beverage can also be used as drain cleaner. Why are these visual and audio messages so enticing? Well, often times they are selling more than food or cars. More than likely, they are selling a lifestyle, a feeling, or a dream. Of course, much of this power lies in the hands of designers. (No pressure or anything.) How will your design influence the world?