Caption!

The next assignment that I decided to do was “The Little Caption” …. I thought this was a really funny assignment to design… simply because there are so many pictures that leave you without thought, or that you have NO IDEA what it means. I have so many pictures that I take that I know very few people would understand…. or have any idea what’s going on in the picture itself. I thought I would do one of my roommate….. who actually does a lot of weird stuff. She spilled her yogurt all over the kitchen the other day and basically began whining about it until I came out of the room to see what she did. I just had to capture it in a picture, she looked RIDICULOUS. No one would understand what the caption means… but she’s just the type of person that does weird things.. or has weird things happen to her NATURALLY and people always assume she’s under the influence or just plain crazy. I thought I’d caption it “I’m not drunk, I promise” …. just to create some humor :)

The LITTLE caption

6 votes, average: 2.00 out of 56 votes, average: 2.00 out of 56 votes, average: 2.00 out of 56 votes, average: 2.00 out of 56 votes, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total= 15/15 Stars!

Cartooooooon

The next design assignment that I decided to do was the assignment that allowed us to cartoon anyone’s face. The idea was to pick a picture of anyone or anything and place a cartoon character’s head as their head. I too a picture of my friend with the cake that we baked earlier this week….. and then I thought it would be very hilarious if I added a funny cartoon face to that picture. I am a very big fan of the cartoon series “Family guy” so I thought I would google search a picture of that and apply it to her face. I know that she will certainly find this humorous…… I had Stewie from the family guy look a little surprised at what he saw in the cake, it kind of looks a bit real!

Cartoon that Head

 

2 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 52 votes, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total= 13/15 Stars!

Name that SINGLE!

The next assignment that I decided to do for my Design Assignments was called “Name that Single“. In this assignment we were asked to create a design for a song…. not using any words, but simply using symbols for the song! The song that I chose to do was ….. Aqua’s song “Barbie Girl”. I decided to do this song because it recently played on my iTunes and has basically been stuck in my head ever since…. when I saw this assignment that was the first song that popped up into my head. I decided to google search the words .. “barbie” and “barbie word” and see the various things that came up. Although I did not create either of these pictures myself. I am giving credit to the people that did (signature9.com & formationtoolbox.blogspot.com). I then placed the photos into a word document and had an arrow pointing from the barbie to the barbie world… kind of singing the lyrics in my head as I did so. This assignment was pretty fun… I guess you don’t always have a mental picture when singing a song, but this caused me to think of one.

Name that single!

9 votes, average: 2.00 out of 59 votes, average: 2.00 out of 59 votes, average: 2.00 out of 59 votes, average: 2.00 out of 59 votes, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total= 11/15 Stars!

Minimalist TV SHOW!

The next assignment that I decided to do was the MINIMALIST design (poster) or a tv show or movie. I thought this would be a cool assignment because it is generally open ended… it could be interpreted in many different ways and there are SO many tv shows and movies that could fit in. I decided to make with a desk in it….. The show that I wanted to represent was “The Office”. I love watching that show and I figured representing it minimally wouldn’t be very hard…. especially because of the name. I decided I would create a picture of a desk with some supplies on it in order to explain that it was an “office”…. I did this through the use of the Mac app, Paintbrush! I thought that having a desk, looking like an office was very minimal, but it was also very ironic. The office is a show that doesn’t really have a lot to do with the idea of an “office” so I thought that would add a bit of humor…. because that is the name of it, without being its exact topic. I think this captures the “essence” of the story because although it is just a desk with a few supplies, one may understand or quickly think of the show because of it’s name (especially because it seems to be a fairly popular show). It kind of resembles a game of pictionary…. I loved playing that!

Minimalist TV

9 votes, average: 3.00 out of 59 votes, average: 3.00 out of 59 votes, average: 3.00 out of 59 votes, average: 3.00 out of 59 votes, average: 3.00 out of 5
Total = 9/15 Stars!

W O R D

The next design assignment that I thought I would complete dealt with a WORD. The idea of the assignment was to make a word (any word) represent it’s meaning through it’s font. The example used on the assignment was the word Magic… which had the letters “agic” coming out of the center of the M. I thought this was a very creative way to have the word “Magic” show it’s meaning…. It made me want to do a word, but thinking of the word was not very easy. I decided to do the word BULKY….. Bulky is defined as “large, thick, or lofty”… I found a font that would easily represent the meaning of Bulky and then I figured out how to put it in a manner that best represented the word to an observer. I realized that this wasn’t a word most commonly used, but it is an adjective that can be used in many forms. I used a word document to place the word in the manner that I wished, but I made the B have more of a presence …. because it actually looks kind of BULKY. Without any color and any actual drawing… I think I represented the word “BULKY” in the best manner that I could using simply the font and it’s shape.

BULKY

 

1 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total = 6/15 Stars!

 

DE$IGN $AFARI

During our DESIGN WEEK, we were asked to create a Design Safari… which is a series of at least 4 photos that represent one of the components of “DESIGN”.

Design is a very huge portion of everyday life, but I feel like the only time that we really notice it is when it is an important item being designed. Good design is easy to point out, but I feel like bad design can easily go ignored. People aren’t as easy to judge something as a “bad design” simply because there are so many people in the world that are creative in different ways…. I don’t believe people really target someone on a “bad” design, just because OPINION is a huge part of design as well. In my design safari I thought I would target different aspects and attempt to view how design can be viewed in our everyday life.

The first competent that I found I could represent was “Typography” which ultimately means “the visual component of the written word”. I work at the Fitness Center at UMW and I happened to be reading this assignment while at work one day. I looked around at the various posters that were displayed and found that this poster simply saying “Healthy Steps” would be perfect for this component. The visual aspect of this poster would be looking at the “footsteps” … BUT the font within the footsteps also represents a similar message. There are feet for a reason… with two you can symbolize the idea of “steps” therefore having the words Healthy Steps would allow the observer to make a connection. The poster in itself is eye catching and the overall message of taking steps in a “healthy” manner is easily expressed. The font is very FUN and does a great job filling in the appropriate portion of the poster/footsteps. The font is also very bold, but not bold enough to take away from the feet and their purpose in catching one’s eye. The color contrast and the spacing of the feet add into the idea of the poster and how realistic it may seem. It honestly is a poster that most people have no issue looking at because it is SO simple and the message is quick and fun. I think it represents typography because the VISUAL aspect allows for the message to be seen in a positive manner… & the font/writing helps the observer convoy the message correctly.

Typography

The next component that I decided I would target was the “Minimalism/Use of Space” idea, in which a designer does MORE with LESS. I thought initially that this would be a difficult component to find, then I looked at the first example of the folders representing Me, You, Us… and realized I knew the perfect POSTER picture that I could use. The UMW athletic department has recently come up with a new way to bring our teams together… It is called the “DRIVE FOR 25″…. & with being an athlete I have seen this/heard this idea A LOT. Around our campus and mainly our athletic buildings there is a poster (not very big) that displays this message very clearly. It has all 25 varsity team pics placed all around the poster with the big words of “DRIVE FOR 25″ placed directly in the middle to explain our “athletic goal”. I thought this was the perfect idea of Minimalism because the “designer” of this poster simply took ALL of the teams and instead of making multiple posters, maybe one for every team… They were able to put all of these teams, and the goals of these teams onto ONE poster … without really doing A LOT to the poster, or making it seem like “TOO MUCH”. The designer was able to use their space in a VERY smart manner and fit their message in PERFECTLY.

Minimalism

While at work again, I found another component representing “design” that I could knock out of the way …. The idea of “Balance” which comes in two forms; symmetrical and asymmetrical and represents “an equilibrium that results from looking at images and judging them against our ideas of physical structure”. At the fitness center we have a stand that holds all of the “balls” that students/faculties members are allowed to use for free play or exercise. One of the most used set of balls is the basketballs. I found that the way the basketballs are placed and the shape of each ball, easily made a balance… something that could be represented in design. The idea of balance is so important to design because although it can be both symmetrical and asymmetrical…. anyone would be expected to know the difference. The design of this shelf was symmetrical, therefore we viewed the balls on it as symmetrical as well. The difference being…… if the shelf bad been created differently or by someone else who didn’t want them placed exactly like that, then our view of the balls ON the shelf could be altered as well. This “balance” allows for us, as humans to understand that design can be balanced out in various ways. Design can easily be viewed depending on our interpretation with balance involved. This is my symmetrical representation of balance.

Balance

The last component of the Design Safari that I decided to do was the “Dominance” component… in which there is a photograph that causes your eyes to focus on one key element. The photograph is dominated by that single element while containing the outside space around the lit up pumpkin. Another reason I thought I would do this picture is because it is the month of Halloween and the design of the pumpkin is greatly emphasized. We have a lit up pumpkin in my room and it has been there for about a week now… I never considered it as a concept of “design” until I read the meaning of “dominance” and actually had an opportunity to connect it. The whole idea of design can be expressed through multiple things… having a design that easily “dominates” a certain space causes it to be that much more effective and eye-catching. The entire idea being dominance can actually be seen on an everyday basis, I know I often find myself looking targeting one component while looking at a general picture.

Dominance

I found this Safari to be very fun and entertaining. I didn’t realize that so many forms of design could be found in and around my everyday life. Design is such a general term, but since getting a chance at understanding these forms and inner details to design it has allowed me to learn a bit more at how these key components cross one’s mind while creating an important “design”. Generally speaking …. one might not think to consider these components through life, but design can really be found anywhere and any time.

ZOMBIELAND

This week we were asked to 15 stars worth of design assignments. The one that I thought would be fun to do (considering it is the first week of October and Halloween is soon) was the Zombify Yourself Assignment. On the assignment it provided a link to a website that allowed you to take a picture of yourself (or even upload an old picture) and add different effects that would make you look like a zombie. I tried all types of effects and different color contrasts until I was happy with the zombie that I got. I HONESTLY SCARED MYSELF IN THE PROCESS. It was weird to see how my face could change so drastically by just a few clicks of a button. I think I actually look like a zombie…. maybe I’ll make my halloween custom look kind of like this. Another one of the main reasons I picked this assignment was because I thought it would be cool to freak people out… Have a little fun with it, it’s the month of Halloween!!! I hope you enjoy looking into the beautiful face of … ZOMBIELAND

ZOMBIELAND

 

1 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 51 vote, average: 2.00 out of 5
Total = 4/15 Stars!