my final portfolio images for my book "singular"
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
this last project was the first in which we were allowed to used photoshop to help compose our work. this way of working rather than all in camera is a completely different process of doing things. i believe finding the right balence of working between these two methods will be where successes will be found in my image making.
Friday, April 9, 2010
i created my info-graphics by researching what i would be interesting facts about my subject, wrestling. i chose the ncaa national tournament as my main idea an then found lots of facts about it and its participants throughout history. My most interesting facts about the tournament ended up not having so much to do with my icon set. how was i suppose to use wrestling objects to portray individual cities? in order to most successfully incorporate my icons into my graphics i decided to use my trophy as the most winningest team.
when i was first told that i needed to incorporate temporal, spatial and numerical comparison information into our graphics i was excited because i wanted to pack these three things into one graph. what i didnt realize was that i could do so and still have such a simple graphic. with my main info-graphic about the number of national titles each time has won, i chose to display my temporal information by setting up a line graph to show which team had won which year. I also showed space by setting my icons up on a map of the united states and i compared numerical information by showing a comparison in the number of rings around each icon. i also showed this through scale and hierarchy.
to gain sensibility in typography i spent a lot of time looking through different magazine articles. i looked through mostly gq, details and sports illustrated to find articles whose topics were similar to mine. i looked a lot at how they designers expressed meaning about the content through their typography. when looking back at my use of color i was mainly using it for aesthetic purposes, i could have better incorporated them by having them function as a measure of hierarchy or as and identification of something. i think i overall used hierarchy pretty well within my infographicss. in my first graphic i used a combination of scale, quantity and positioning on the page to convey hierarchy to the viewer. when designing my info graphic i wanting to use some kind of compositional element to further my design. i thought if i had a bit larger top margin on the page i could use that space to fill with a graphic to create even more engaging information graphics. the majority of my compositions where based on my margins and placeent of info graphics. i thought by using my margins to place graphics and images it would allow for a more engaging spread, not just consistancy in white space throughout.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
this was my first digital look at my jacket series with full color and images. while looking at my spreads recognize how i chose to crop each image. by cropping out each person to the point of them being unrecognizable i am trying to conceptually tell the viewer something about the series, that its about wrestling but can/is meant to be looked at from other sports perspectives.
after crit friday i found out that my cropping technique, especially in this one of ripped chest is working well.
in crit we discussed my stylistic choice to frame my title and sub-title. does it carry additional meaning about my book series? this is what i have learned the most up to this point in image class. tyler is constantly making us think conceptually, making us ask ourselves, "does this add extra meaning to our work? does this make sense with my concept?"
based on my feedback from crit i am currently thinking of new ways to incorporate my color scheme in another way. right now between my spreads combination of duo-toned images and saturated spaces of color it is distracting for my viewer to look at.
the two magazines i used to find my images were gentleman's quarterly and details. my thoughts about images were that i wanted them to literally convey what my books are about, although i wanted to execute this in still a way that would still provoke the viewer to think.
my 4 topics i chose to include in my series were water, healthy eating, sporting conditioning and weight management.
some initial brainstorming i had done to generate ideas for my book-jacket series
from the beginning i new i wanted to use a bar horizontally across the covers to separate text and image. the difficult decision i had to make was how could i incorporate something into this graphic tool that would have meaning relating to my series. i came up with the idea of using a silhouette of an wrestling official to relate to my series. this not only brings further meaning to my design but it also creates extra visual interest but pulling the flat color into my image.