I found the comparative visual analysis project to be great because it allowed us to study different type faces, kerning, Leading, tracking, texture amoung other things. It allowed us the opportinity to format out books to some degree. The visual analys is for the designer so that I am able to make calculated decisions as to what I would like my book to look like, before the process is to become underway. I did find certain aspects difficult only in regards to getting started. This project was a great learning experience, because it showed me that there is a difficult science behind book making. I think like most people you never think that a book can or would be that difficult to plan out and construct, but that is not the case. designing a book requres a solid palnned out idea in order to capture the desired look.
First and foremost I must thank the academy awards…lol jk. I really appreciated Ellen Luptons insight on type crimes which helped in identifying the crims itself. I thought this project was very fun, and time consuming. It really took a while to find the images, because we were not allowed to user the computer to gather digital images. Assignment because very taxing on me me menatally because I spent a couple of hourse looking through all kind of magazines to find the type crimes. Nonethless for the most part this project was very insightful and interesting, because it shed light on typographic rules that are broken constantly. I think in order to break the rules you have to know the rules. I also think that playing by the rules is up to the artist, because it all depends on the style and the message one may be trying to convey through ones artwork. Due to art being neither balck or white, yet leaning more towards grey, I think following the rules are is playing it safe, and can in some instances limit your creativity. I feel like some rules are meant to be broken, and I feel this way because it can set you apart from the competition.
Constrained System –
I didn’t expect this project to be so time consuming for starters. I had a difficult time, because I am like the king of procrastination. I waited until the last minute to finish what I had started, causing me to stay up till 4-am. Nonetheless, this project was absolutely amazing and different. As I have said before I’m an intuitive artist, so artistic restraint or constraints are not desired usually. I will have to say this though, this project really opened me up to the world of grids. I intuitively always understood Hierarchical importance, so it came natural to direct the eyes towards the most important information. This project really took immense patience, causing me to get up and walk away from the project several times. This project caused mental exhaustion, due to the dots being so small and strategically placed.
For starters I will be honest and say that I didn’t totally understand what was being asked of us while working on this project. So ultimately I didn’t do my best work, but I did do great work that is highly representational, but didn’t comply with the criteria that was set. so I produced 3 posters that were practically different with an idea for each poster that didn’t connect with the Constraint Hierarchy project. My downfall was that I failed to get up and observe my pears design work at any point during this project. This allowed me to stay within the confines of my confusion.
The fictional letterform project was one of those project that required lots of research and experimentation. I initially started with an entirely different design which didn’t make the cut due to the properties of the letterform having an expression outside of the specified criteria specified by the instructor. The letterform had to be a lowercase letter, and with more time I feel I could have created something that transcended anything the instructor could have imagined. I think my downfall was my lack of understanding of the project in the beginning. I spent a lot of time creating a letter that would fit in the alphabet, which would replace a current letter within the alphabet itself. I soon learned that my plan of attack at the time was wrong, so I had to start over from the drawing board. I find that many designers attempt to tell you what is right and wrong in design based on the rules, but I for one loathe the idea of my creativity being restrained by parameters. I understand that in the design world that is whats to be expected, and I’m able to work within that. The fictional letterform project challenged me, which doesn’t happen that often. It forced me to step outside of my comfort zone to achieve the above results. I am not 100% pleased with my design, but I am happy wit it for what its worth.
Font Mannerism Part 1.1 – Font Family Displey A
Font Mannerism Part 1.2 – Font Family Displey A
Font Mannerism Part 2.1 – Visual Analysis
Font Mannerism Part 2.2 – Visual Analysis
Font Mannerism Part 3 – Expressive Composition
I found this project to be very interesting in the sense of fun. It took a lot of patience because in some parts it seems as though we were duplicating our efforts. in the first 4 images the process became monotonous seeing that we were creating the same pattern over and over again, but alternating between the family. I can admit that there was more joy then frustration, but at times I found myself to be in a state of utter annoyance due to producing some level of a creative block. I am very much so an intuitive artist, and this project asked me to be guided by a specific strict criteria, which takes me out of my comfort zone. I find that many of my pears observe one another’s work as a source of inspiration, yet I do not and have not ever done that myself.That could be a down fall when it comes to my creative process. There is nothing like attempting to do a project and cant find the creative edge necessary to produce anything. I never thought typography was that important, and the fact that it can make as well as brake a piece. understanding the limitations of a type face is just as important as recognizing a typefaces ability to expand. If I was given the opportunity to redo this project I wouldn’t change much, but I would improve the designs I currently have. I enjoyed the font Mannerism project, and it has greatly opened my eyes to the world of typography.
The scavenger hunt typography assignment was rather taxing. I spent a lot of time visualizing letters within the things in my environment. I took several images that were clear and recognizable to the letters I was issued, but then I ran into another issue. I found my images to be non-cohesive, causing me to focus my attention of similarities apposed to allowing my photographic eye to run rampant. This was the first time I felt restricted with unrestricted access to the world of design. I ignorantly thought typography was going to be observing letters and creating new ones, which in some way it is, but I have found its much more. I think it was very interesting because we were paired in groups, which caused each of us to work with an open mind, because the project required all of our input. I think it would have been easier to work alone, however, this assignment was necessary for our futures as graphic artist. In the industry, you are constantly working with other designers with a different artistic eye, making it necessary to communicate and bounce ideas off of one another. My team was very understanding, and vocal about what worked and what didn’t, and I for one never felt under appreciated. I think it took us longer than we would have liked or anticipated for that right, to complete the assignment, but I must give praise to my team mates for there hard work. I wasn’t able to be present during the final hours (crunch time) of the project, but the team got it done. I do believe each of my team mates brought something different to the table, which make this process very interesting. I felt frustrated multiple times during this assignment due to not being able to find everything during opportune times. It was always when I didn’t have the time to focus on this project, when I came across the perfect photos, causing me to make it happen. I think this was such a learning experience and Im looking forward to future projects of depth, like this one.