Monday, April 4, 2011

Albert Exergian Response


I think this poster shows a very recognizable symbol of Night Rider. The second I saw the symbol I knew what it was. I got this reaction with a lot of his work, but this was the one that really accomplished that "OH!" feeling.  I enjoy how simple he makes his work, and how much can be accomplished through that.

Scott Campbell Response


Scott Campbell - I am a big Passion Pit fan so I decided to pick this work. Seeing it framed with text makes it look like a really cool graphic poster. I look more at the colors and aesthetics then move straight to the text. The text owns the majority of the thinking process of the work when it displayed as a poster. As a framed work I take the work in more conceptually. I look at the shapes, colors, and other elements to explain the work. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Giant Panda Population Infographics


This is a graph I made for the infographics assignment. It shows the population of the endangered Giant Panda since the 1970's. This entry is unfinished. I still have to add population numbers next to the bars and I want to make the grid in the background less noticeable. I chose to make the top of the bars circular  because I feel that giant pandas are very round creatures and have been portrayed as such in the past. I feel that the little panda icons I have created within those circles illustrates this idea. The pandas achieve this because they are created only from circles. The relationship between the pandas circles and the circle it is enclosed in is apparent. This is also the reason for the roundness of the font I chose. The background  colors are earthy type colors that I felt would relate to the environmental subject and the environment in which the giant panda resides. I feel the colorful candy like colors displayed in the graph bars display how the panda is portrayed in some of out pop culture (e.g. Hello Panda, Pandapple, panda inernet videos). I feel that using this combination of the pandas natural environment and our perception of the panda creates a great identity for this infographic.



Here is what it turned out after a little more work.




Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Examples of Info-graphics or Data Visualization


This is an interesting infographic that could influence an oil spill graph. The sinking ship idea is pretty swagger.


This graphic is interesting. You could do an oil spill theme by having similar graphics in grey scale with heaver blacks and bolder strokes representing years that had more oil spills.


If I want to go with the endangered species graphics this is good inspiration. It has the vector images I wanted to do. I don't think this is the whole graphic so it's a bit hard to understand, but it I believe it's saying that there is 1 of these animals to the given number of humans. Crazy.


Plan of Attack: INFOGRAPHIC / DATA VISUALIZATION

The subject I want for my INFOGRAPHIC / DATA VISUALIZATION project is going to either be endagered species population or oil spill history. I have a few ideas for the visual representation for each. One for oil spill history one would be ships titled S.S. "XXXX" (XXXX being the year). From a crack of the hull would leak oil varying on how many spills occurred that year. For the endangered species I would want to find a species who's population continues to dwindle and dwindle more and more. I would have vector icons of this animal that would represent a certain number of the population. I would have the icons put into a circle to form a ring. Each ring closer to the center of the circle represents a more current time period and a lesser population.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Abstract Final

I had a really earlier version of this color scheme a week and a half ago. I forgot to put it up I guess. =[  This is the final though. I feel like it actually changes how one should "feel" about the poster.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Abstracts

I hate this project.

I have made like 4 different versions for this project. I didn't like the first two things I came up with at all. Actually, I was too embarrassed to show the class those two. Haha. These are the last two editions I have had so far.

March 7


This is the latest of what I have so far. After some thought, I do care to abandon my original intention to sticking to these colors. I am somewhat unhappy with this. I feel like I have done two different works and smooshed them together.  I feel like if I bring the background back to full opacity and just play with the color palette I could achieve my original intention with the foreground element.

March 2


This is what I did last Wednesday.  I chose to work with the same colors. For what reason I do not know but I felt like I should. I felt like this one has also strayed from the 'abstract' assignment given to us. I believe that it abstracts the concept, space, and time from the icon poster, but I feel like I have created a whole new meaning in a different direction. My solution to this was to create some kind of element that could add more depth and bring some kind of direction unity in the workspace. My hopes were that this new element would create less conception and have the piece concentrate more on aesthetics.  

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Swastika

It's ironic that the origins of the Swastika would be so positive since the symbol is looked at with such animosity in current society.  This idea led me to think of another symbol.

The pentagram is a symbol looked at with negativity. People look at it and see heresy and evil. It's origins actually mean the 5 elements, protection, and the creation of life.  This shows how the use of some symbols can create completely different meanings for them.

A symbol with similar meanings to the pentagram but has been used contrastingly with the Swastika is the hexagram.  The hexagram is not just a symbol used by the Jews.  It has been iconic symbol throughout the ages for many peoples and religions. The use I thought of was that in the Vitruvian Man shown below. This symbol represents the mathematical proportions of the human anatomy. Another symbol of a form of equality.




The last symbol I thought of was the Star of David form of the hexagram.


As I said earlier, This symbols has clashed with the Swastika's current influence on modern society. However, it is still a symbol that has brought a mass of people with similar thoughts and ideas together.  That is something that the Swastika and the Star of David share.





The Peace Symbol

The peace symbols is a representation of many positive ideas. When thinking of peace I thought of equality and the uniform lack of conflict.  This made me think of Yin and Yang.


This symbol made me think of the version with koi fish as a representation of good vs bad... light vs dark... sun vs moon.. etc.



After this I just thought of Pepsi utilizing this contrast graphically.


I believe that all these symbols relate to the peace symbol because they all relate to the subsiding of negativity. They are all meant to express a lack of conflict through equality and balance. 


Gerd Arntz

I found this image off the Gerd Arntz website in the isotype section.  I needed somewhere to start. I couldn't just think of something.


This image reminded me of old coat of arms, so I found this image.


This image reminded me of coat of arms tattoos so I found this image... 



All these images are related because they are practically the same image.  Each one is different in its own sense though.  The coat of arms traditionally is a representation of name and family. I am unsure of the isotype's purpose of representation, but I could imagine it being related to that.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Symbols: The Alphabet of the Human Thought

When I read the section about logos the Weiner Werstatee symbol reminded me of the Volkswagen logo.


From the Volkswagen logo I was reminded of driving and road signs.  That let me to find this sign.


From the road sign I was reminded of roads and what different pictograms meant.  I thought of a cross walk sign.



By being reminded of brand identity of a car company through similar logo designs I was led to think of two pictograms that represent two different types of ideas in cars and driving. 


EXERCISE ONE: Icon Set

I only used pieces from one size of the Fraktur typeface.






Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Modern Hieroglyphs












I am not really sure how to do this weekly post thing or whatever... Here are some pictures I found that I believe relate.

Simply silhouetted objects make the modern hieroglyph.  Here are three examples of these symbols variety.  


The top is what I first thought of when I was reading the part about the Man and Woman representing the different bathrooms.  This image uses people to represent a popular TV show about business life called "The Office." 


As I read further into the article I discovered more modern hieroglyphs that use symbols other than people to represent different things.  The middle image uses a bear silhouette to represent bears cross the road.  The bottom image uses silhouettes of tools (hammer and sickle) to represent the ideas of the USSR.


I believe these images relate to the article by being silhouetted icons that represent different and more detailed ideas.