Friday, April 20, 2007

Newspaper Assignment

The image on the front cover is taken from a photograph which I traced by hand using the pen tool . The lines in the backgroung are made to symbolize that it is a sport and that they are in a ring. The colors of TMT in the logo are meant to tie in to the blue of the ropes. Same with the red clothing on the one girl. The collors of the pillow are both to tie it into the full article colors, but also to bring back the idea of two girls pillowfighting for fun, not for sport. The olympic rings on the clothing are to make people think of them as uniforms instead of underwear.

Newspaper Assignment

The main colors, the light blues, were chosen because of the tendency to think of them as softer colors. This brought the them of females and lingerie in to the project. The bolder reds and blues were meant to bring the sporting aspects of pillow figting (I still find it hard to think of pillow fighting as a sport) and the idea of a boxing ring or something equivalent into the composition. The rules are placed in folders around the border, with images to help people understand the rules. (at least that was the attempt)

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Mod Subculture

Originally the term mod meant a fan of modern jazz, as opposed to a trad, a fan of traditional jazz. The mod subculture began as a few groups of teenage boys with family connections to the clothing industry in London in 1958. They were generally middle classed and obsessed with new fashion and music styles. They took to wearing slim cut Italian suits, and listened to modern jazz and rhythm and blues. Were rivals to the rockers, and used scooters for transportation, as opposed to the rocker's motorcycles. After a law was passed requiring at least one mirror be attached to every motorbike, many mods added 4, 10, or even 32 mirrors to their scooters as a mockery of the new law.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Turning Torso

I chose the Turning torso because I saw a Discovery Channel special on it and I liked the way it was built, as well as how it was built in a country with very few skyscrapers. Santiago Calatrava is an amazing architect who uses the human body as influences in many of his buildings. The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain is influenced by the human eye, and others are influenced by birds in flight or the silhouette of a bull.

I did a very simplififed silhouette of the building in the forefront, using large blocks of solid colors. I then traced the building in black, and put basic measurements and statistics following these paths.
In the background is a picture of the building with someone standing at the base looking up. I ran livetrace on it, played with transparency and then replaced one of the colors with the background color of the image.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Josef Muller-Brockmann

In order to do my design, I sketched out a close up of one of his designs and then went over it in charcoal in an attempt to show the play of light and shadow in the second. I then scanned this image into the computer. I cleaned up the lines using a vector mask, and then cut the drawing into its individual parts. I overlayed a green color in order to add some color to the image, and used the green as a shadow for the black. I then took the entire image into Illustrator and added text. I put some of the text on an angle in an attempt to show another of his designs. I like how the text was overlayed in one of his images, but my image is too dark to use this portion of his design. I then added the black rectangles used in alot of his designs over top of my finished design.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Visual Onomatopoeia

Used this assignment also as a chance to use live trace. Originally I took a picture of a crushed and battered car and used live trace. I then took the text and adjusted it to match the outline of the car. I changed the text to outlines and then used it as a clipping mask over the car. Finally, I took a photo of a car crusher, used live trace, and placed it above and below the text.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Elven Script

A poster we had to do to advertise a chosen font. My font is called Elvish Ring NFI and is made by Norfok Incredible Font Design. It is based on one of the fonts used in the Lord of The Rings. I wanted to keep the design simple, but also base it on the One Ring used in the book. I took the main passage about the ring and used it here. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.