Friday, December 10, 2010


     Here are a few of the pages from our completed taxonomy booklet-

Past Project...

     In this poster iteration, I clearly need to take a step back and think about what I was doing.  It was at the end of the project and I was feeling pressed for time and I let that dictate some of my design decisions where it shouldn't have.  While I think this iteration has some potential it really had no place in this project.  Where I should have been choosing a line study that is cohesive with the lines and angles of the building.  Instead I decided it was a good idea to take the least noticeable lines to work off of.  The two really just don't go together enough outside of that one instance, and while the perspective is a nice idea, it only succeeds in making a clutter and doesn't tie in the rest of the image appropriately.
In my opinion the only thing that is really somewhat successful is the placement and alignment of "downtown" with the "n" aligned with the side of the building.  It is still a little close to the edge of the composition though.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Semester Reflection

     I would say that on a formal basis, things like using grids and exploring space both more openly and selectively is something that crossed over between assignments for sure.  On a more conceptual note, I've learned the importance of keeping my concept clear and in view at all times during a project.  Even if I am happy with my work formally it doesn't really make much difference if it looks good and doesn't say what I want it to.  Also being able to let my design be affected more by outside influence and natural objects and occurrences, and integrating those things with my design to broaden my visual style.  Last but not least, I have learned to not be afraid of working in analog from time to time (even if working digital is my favorite), and that Flash, while faster, is nowhere near as intuitive as After Effects.

     All of these things both formally and conceptually will definitely be useful to me in the future.  Now let me just hit "⌘s".

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Haiku Flash

     Here is the final Flash animation for the haiku. (I apologize for quicktime's trouble reading the file but you should get the basic idea).  I worked to create this animation with the same mood of longing that the haiku itself has.  Also the motions used should reflect the essence of the object itself and the line of the haiku.  For instance, the marks made for the trees are made out of bamboo, and the motion gives an illusion of going through trees.  The "eyes" were made from twisting a blindfold which can be linked conceptually to obscuring vision, and the motif itself obscures the text with the transition into the third line.

The music I used was an edited sample of a cigar box fiddle  I added reverb and put in some gushing wind sounds behind it.  The song itself speaks that longing feeling to me and feels appropriate for someone who would be looking up at the sky surrounded by trees.  The wind-like sounds are obviously to further make that connection to the sky.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


    Martin Venezky's specialty seems to be large,open, uninhibited collage and collection.  It is in his book "It's Beautiful Then Gone" that he tackles the mind boggling process of organizing his collage and collections.  The Format of which keeps with his style of his pieces only broken up with the thread of information running through and often mixing with his images much like a collage.  I suppose this would make him successful in bridging his work and documentation in a manner that takes direct lessons from the form of his work.