Delineation pt.2

We didn't have class this week and so I guess this post will be for November 29th. All I really did so far is redo my tone delineation so I'll post those below. I think some parts work but others could be worked on, like the inside of the "cutout".

I also redid the texture for Munsell's. I wanted the inside of the texture to have the blue but I couldn't figure it out so I did it like this. It's interesting I guess.
Yup. I know for the last weeks we are working on a class calendar and I'm real excited for that. Maybe we will work on our leaf studies and I think I definitely need help, so that will be cool.


Leaf Study

So here is my leaf study so far. My leaf dried out so I can't really put it on the sheet. I already worked on correcting the PMS and some came close while others still need to be worked on.


Eight ways to kill an idea

Haha. I think this is something everyone can relate to. It is by Scott Campbell.

Paul Rand

Paul Rand was a graphic designer that mainly did corporate logo designs. His famous ones include UPS, ABC, and IBM. Many transitions were used in the video. Most of them were wipes and scale change. There were some pans and morphs too. On his thoughts about design, I like how he views everything. He said that without content, there is no form but without form, there is no content. The way he described them as being connected made them seem so obvious. And of course it is obvious, but it never really sank in for me. I also like the phrase, "don't try to be original, just try to be good" because it really does prove that not every original idea is good.



This past week, we worked with delineations of our letterforms in terms of line, shape, tone, and texture. We made four sets of them: black and white, 1 PMS color, 2 PMS color, and Munsell Arrangements. I'm only posting one of each type along with one color scheme. So first off is my black and white set with line. I really love this one and I feel like the black set has more power than the color sets.
I'm showing my shape with my 1 PMS color.
Tone with 2 PMS colors. I need to change the tone since it isn't really working. We were to choose complimentary colors according to Munsell's color circle so I did blue-green and red.
And lastly, texture with Munsell's Arrangement, which I chose to do contrasting colors. So I used yellow-green, red-violet, and blue? Something like that. I really like this color combination and the texture is a flower petal really close up.
These sets were really fun to make. I still need to make changes according to the crit, like changing all the tones and fixing the texture just a bit. I'll post those in the blog for next week.

16 Pictures for Color Book

Here are my 16 found color photos so far. The names are what I think they should be but suggestions would be great. So first off, it's warm-cool.
Triad? (new)
Transparency? (new)
Simultaneous contrast? (new)
Opposite (new)
Munsell's harmonious hue, contrasting value, and contrasting chroma? (new)
Munsell's helical
Munsell's flat spiral
Munsell's contrasting hue, contrasting value, and harmonious chroma
Munsell's contrasting hue, contrasting value, and contrasting chroma (new)
Itten's light-dark
Itten's contrast of hue? (new)
Itten's complementary
Itten's cold-warm? (new)
Yup. Input would be great. :D


I just happened to stumble on this packaging and thought of how it is an example of abstract shapes. At first it seems like a blob but when looking closer, there is a gorilla's face but on top of his "eyes", there is like little buildings that could be a city. I think it is a very interesting package and it probably started with handwork and then digitalized.

Final Storyboard

This is my final storyboard:


Storyboard and Revised Texts

So here are my revised storyboards according to the talk with Jamie. I really do feel they are better and it will be better when I animate them.
And then I revised my first 2 lines. For the first line, I moved it down a bit so that there is less space between the text and the image.
My second line now has the text at the bottom, around the same margins as the first and third. I like it a lot better than when the text was all the same place. And of course, my third line stayed the same.
I'm working on the flash right now and it's harder than I expected it to be but I think I have it down for now.


Static Text Solutions

These are my "final" text solutions for Vis Comm for our flash animation.

I tried to keep the image centered and the text is positioned in the same place. I shifted things a bit to make it look more balanced and hopefully this work.


Munsell Arrangements

We finished our color studies with Munsell's arrangements. I felt like these were "easier" than the scores, and even Itten's and Alber's studies. The hardest part was maybe choosing the colors since they were based on themes, and really, those weren't hard hard. My first page was based on winter, summer, spring, and fall and they used arrangements one through four.
My next page was based on salad, vegetable, meat, and dessert and was based on arrangement five through eight. During our crit, "everyone" was saying how they don't see the color choices as associating with the theme, which I totally agree with. The only thing I think I had a problem with was that people thought it was too subjective, which in a way, I see but I mean, that's how I see these themes to be colored and I feel like they are universal enough. But whatever, the only one I had a problem with was meat, which I totally agree it sucks.
We also expanded our found color projects with more pictures. I think I'll post them sometime later when I have them all revised and better looking. It's hard finding what I need in store windows since it is something I have no control over and I feel like I have to work harder with what I got/chose. It will work out though, so whatever.

Web Layouts

We are working on our web layouts for our elements and below are my revised layouts since Friday.

Now that I look at them, I think they are better but they are similar compared to one another...


Time and Motion

Time and motion are principles that are closely related to one another. Motion can be defined as a kind of change, whether it is change in time or a literal change. These two principles are considered for all design work, from multipage printed book to an animation for film. The examples shown were all really great ideas that involved motion in a still image. It made me think about all the projects that I did last year in fall foundation class and having to deal with temporal change in an image. I loved all the LOOP examples and having to deal with implied time and motion. It shows that motion can be achieved in a static image/logo. The section about animation basics was helpful too since I did some stop-motion last year and worked on some flash in Type class so I got what it was talking about. The example that I absolutely loved was the animated typography by Peter Cho. I loved how all the changes were complex yet so simple.

Vector vs Bitmap

Vectors is the opposite of bitmap and it consists of points, lines and curves. These elements can be combined to create complex objects. They are mathematical creations and are ideal for logos.
  • stores representatively
  • can be filled with solid colors, gradients, and patterns
  • the programs that are used saves the instructions on how the image should be drawn rather than how it looks
  • it can be redrawn and manipulated at any size and any position without losing its quality
  • ideal for producing artwork that needs to be presented in different sizes or colors
  • it must remain simple compared to bitmap
  • impossible to render nuances of photographs
  • has distinct feel and look even with details

Bitmaps are stored in a literal fashion. It is the most common graphic format for the web and on the computer. It is composed of pixels that are only visible when magnified.
  • complex fills, shading, and gradient effects can be easily rendered
  • it offers as much as freedom as an empty canvas
  • saves as an exact visual picture of the image
  • can be scaled down and still maintain quality
  • contains the exact amount of information required to display it
  • the pixels doesn't change size when the image does
  • more pixels are needed to fill a larger space
  • blurriness is created when enlarged and manipulated (rotating, scaling, or distorting)
  • computer adds pixels if the image is enlarged
  • pixels are more visible when the size of the image is increased exponentially
I feel like my analog shapes will be best represented in a bitmap format as opposed to a vector format. My shapes have a lot of characteristics that I feel will be lost if vectorize. If it was vectorize, it will definitely be more clean cut and distinct.


Taxonomy Proposal

I plan to classify my marks by organizing them by the tool I made them with. Under each "section" of different tools, I plan to place them from the most indistinctive one (lightest one) to the most distinctive one (darkest one), creating somewhat of a gradient. For the order of the tools presented, I was thinking of putting them by the order they come in in the haiku. Since my first line is "Night is bright with stars", I don't have any tools for that. The second line is "...silly woman, whimpering", so the order will be something like hair tie, hair stick, tissue, handkerchief, and earrings. The third line is "Shall I light the lamp?", so after earrings, it would probably be candle, candle holder, wick, wax, and match. As for the format of my classifications, I plan to make a square book so maybe 6x6 with 9 marks on each page and bind it with a wire-o. For the table of contents, possible connotations include: light, woman, beauty, sadness, tears, pity, shines, burn, hot, loneliness. And possible denotations are: candle, fire, woman, hair, string, wax, wood, fabric, jewelry, spots.

Munsell Scores

I finally have pictures!!~! Except they are really bad quality. Oh well. So these are my Munsell scores that we worked on last week. I think Color Aid needs to have a Munsell color set. The concepts weren't as hard as I thought it would be. Once I read what they are and start choosing colors, it got easier to understand. At first it was definitely hard and the hardest ones for me involved the change in saturation.

On Friday we went to see Warhol's exhibit at Union Station and that was cool. I really don't understand his art work, even after reading the descriptions, but just looking at the colors, they were good combinations. I really enjoyed his line drawings the most since they were very different from what society remembers him by.

We also started shooting our environmental colors and I'm going to do shopping windows, which I think will be fun. I'll post them next time when I have 8 total. Next week we are working on Munsell arrangements with themes and I'm excited for that since there will be a direction unlike these where we started wherever we wanted to.



Found this while I was stumbling. It's so cool and fun.



Itten Studies

So I suck officially at taking pictures of all my color studies. But I have decided to mass post them once I get them all back. Promise promise promise. Last week, we worked with Itten color studies that were much easier than our value and saturation studies (I think). There were 8 different contrasts that we worked with and the most difficult, was the simultaneous contrast (for everyone). I somewhat achieved it but I felt like I could've done better. Another one that was wrong was the cold-warm contrast. I thought it was just the comparison between a cold and warm color but apparently, it was suppose to be a gradation from a cold color to a warm color. The study in general was very contrast of value though and that made me somewhat satisfied. Next week we are doing Albers and starting our environmental color studies. I think I'm still doing the shopping windows but I've been looking around and have yet to figure out if that's the final decision since there isn't very colorful windows right now. But we shall see.

The Urge to Make Things

I love the title for this article for some reason. It's serious as well as playful. Anyways, the article was so inspirational. I loved the quote about the painter paints a tree and in that process, he becomes the tree. I also thought that it was clever that the writer wanted to be a bell when he grew up. That was cute. In regards to my mark making, it definitely made me more self conscious about my marks. At first I was drawing shapes with them and as I continued on, I just made them into stamps. Then I realized I was trying to capture the essence of my objects in one single stamp (which was hard) but I felt like I have achieved that. I think I have to meditate more about becoming one with the object like the Chinese painter, or at least something close to that.

Connotation and Denotation

Connotation is what is pictured whereas denotation is how it is pictured. The example the writer used was a child. I thought this was a good example since it is something that we all can relate to. I also liked how it was in the context of photography and how color plays a part in the reader's mind as well. This reading helps the understand of connotation and denotation more than the dictionary does since it gives an example. In regards to my haiku, there is a line in there that says "Shall I light the lamp?" One of my shape is based on the word "radiance" so I drew like this pinwheel looking thing. The connotative side of it is that it pictures a radiance and it is denotative since it looks like a pinwheel and not like a star.