Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

SX: Formal explorations

After going through Joseph and I's original idea of shadow and light, and the attractive-ness of light is to people, we came upon the idea of "community" So our monument turned into a monument dedicated to the idea of bringing unexpected people together. So, a monument to Community. Above are some ideas for our final monument formal qualities. Joseph will post his sketches to his blog, here.

The idea of our monument is to show the of community through light. So on our small elevated hill the light would react to the visitor, then another visitor, then another...hopefully the idea would then show that the more we get together, the brighter things will be.

My personal favorite is the last idea, it's just the sleekest, and simple...Doesn't take away from the idea. It gets the meaning across. The idea of light, and then also protection for the wind, or other weather obstacles.

Friday, February 3, 2012

DP: Day 1

This is going to be a lot more challenging for me than I thought it would. I mean, I knew it would be challenging, but when I started to try and to design something today it just seemed like I put so much pressure on myself. And that's not what this exercise is about. So, I went with my one of my first ideas on this run...Holden Caulfield refers to almost everything as "phony". Girls are phony, boys are phony, "it's" phony. He has a lot of animosity towards the people he's around everyday.

Within this poster I wanted to keep it simple. I'm sure it has something to do with it being my first one, and me not wanting to over-work it, or just do something to far, where it wouldn't even relate back to the book. The reason I chose to juxtapose the word "phony" and blonde hair is because, a lot of the girls I know with blonde hair dye it that way; it aint real people. I think this also gets at the idea of what traditional beauty is to people, but in reality what we think is beautiful is fake, or should I say, "phony." 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Catcher in the Rye

I'm not really sure where to start this blog post, considering that my idea has somewhat shifted a bit, yet again. Although, it has the basic ideas there still. I want to continue with my idea of making, and making a lot. I met with Kidwell, Jamie, and Marty about my idea change. They liked it, but had a lot of questions and essentially helped me form a new approach for going about creating something in a new "style". 

I think where people were getting lost in my idea before is when I mentioned specific designers that have influenced me. By choosing specific people to be influenced by, it could be seen as copying, or getting "influenced" too much. So...going forward I can reference them, but I don't think I will be so attached to their style or process. Rather, I will look at principles or techniques within graphic design that I have been taught within the passed two and half years. 

Next is content. I need to have something to design about. I proposed the idea of it being about me. Things I've wanted to say, or do but just don't have the courage to actually do it. Then the question comes: Who would your audience be? ...that was a stumper...ME! and people like me...who could relate to those sayings and situations?'s a stretch. So I moved on to something that I, personally, have related to in the past and really love; J.D. Salinger's book "The Catcher in the Rye". 

"The Catcher in the Rye" has so many topics and themes that I have personally felt either recently or in the past. I remember how much I enjoyed reading the style of this book. It is so sarcastic, and witty. The themes of the book are catogorized as: teenage confusion, angst, alienation, language, and rebellion. With that comes sadness, innocence, relationships, anger, etc... Quotes and situations from this book I think will give me a lot of inspiration, and make me excited about the content of the posters I'm wanting to make, because everyone can relate to Holden Caulfield in some way or another. 

This brings me to my answer to how I'm going to go about doing this project. My plan is to essentially, make. Make something everyday. Show it on my blog, and move forward with the next piece the next day. After I get my schedule really hammered out this may make more sense. But, essentially the first third of the process I will just make something everyday...the second third will be about mixing and matching different designs here and there, everyday....possibly make more everyday as well. Then for the final couple weeks is to really finalize items to make them into a great series of images/posters/whatever they will end up being. I'm really excited about this idea, because it will be me in the mind set of not being so attached to my work, and let me make more mistakes. I just have to let go and create. 

As of right now I'm trying to finish re-reading the book, I was already in the process as the school year started, so now I have a reason to actually finish a book finally. I've pulled quotes and situations from the book that I like/interested/relate to and have started a file. My first official day designing something everyday will be tomorrow (Wednesday). So get ready. Open to any thoughts. 

"Holden believes that to be a "catcher in the rye" means to save children from losing their innocence."

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Blog

For those that somewhat keep up with this blog that I've been posting on since I was a sophomore in the design department here at KCAI, I wanted to link you to my new blog for my degree project.

Here I will keep updates on my process for my degree project.
I'm going to try and post to both, but just in case, I'd go to that one if you're more interested in seeing Degree Project process. :)

Degree Project: Initial Question

When we as Seniors were asked to write about our Senior Degree Project I was overwhelmed. I mean, I'm sure everyone in the class was. All I knew was that I wanted to do something I would love, be proud of and not get tire of it over the course of the semester. At the time I was in a quilting class in the fiber department, so while this brainstorming session was going on I was immersed in this different culture and loved being in it. I really always have so I thought at the time I'd want to show the skill and interest off in a self-initiated project. 

Way back when, in December I stated my question of: How through graphic design can I utilize typography and coded language through quilting and traditional fiber processes? 

I'm not at all saying that people weren't supportive in this idea/question of my exploration, but I could sense some confusion and possibly some worried faces for me. So, I re-evaluated. I trust the opinions of my professors and peers, and if they think there is a problem with what I'm doing, I'm more than willing to look at the conflict more and figure out another way of going about what I want to do. With that being said, and after a 6-week break of an intense school schedule I have changed my degree project question. Which, I'm excited about. 

Throughout my time here at, KCAI I've been introduced to so many new things that I sometimes don't know what to do with myself. But, there are certain things that stand out to me and that I'm attracted to. These "things" I'm talking about also stand out to a larger public as well. So what is it about that particular piece that people like? Why is that poster more successful than the one next to it on the wall? We as human beings are all different, and are aesthetically attracted to different types of colors, objects, shapes, forms, etc. But, why? 

I consider myself new to the design world still, because I've only been really exposed to it within the past three years, since I transferred from JCCC. Or at least was aware of my exposure to it. So through out my time there are a few designers that have "tickled by fancy" so to speak. One of them being, Dan Funderburgh. Funderburgh is a Brooklyn based illustrator, artist and wallpaper designer. He got his BFA at KU actually. His work is inspirational to me because of the detail and consideration he puts in his imagery and pieces. He plays with visual puns and metaphors a lot, there's a slight sense of humor in his work that I appreciate. Another person that has caught my attention is Jason Munn. Jamie Gray showed us his "Small Stakes" book with music posters he designed awhile back. Almost all posters have visual rhetoric involved, which I love. I've always liked to figure out what images try to say through semiotics, so he really has stayed with me as someone to reference in the future. He definitely has this power with simplicity, that I think is tough to acquire. My last person I'm going to talk about is Jessica Hische. I remember when I would gather images to put in my "man, that's awesome" folder and didn't know who designed what, and most of the lettering images turned out to be hers. She definitely has a style and it stands out. I like that about her. 

So, you're probably getting bored and wanting me to get to the point already. Here I go. After really looking at my portfolio and all the work I've done over the years I feel like I'm lacking in a certain department, and that's form. I want to take advantage of this project to fit that missing part in my body of work, and really make it *~*~*~*~*SPARKLE!*~*~*~*~*.. To start I felt that by exploring and breaking down certain designer's processes and approaches that I enjoy I think is a good place to start. I mean, the best way to learn is to study, research, and practice, right? I'm still having a lot of trouble forming a question without it sounding selfish. But, here you go: 

What can I, as a graphic designer, learn and discover about the current formal qualities and design approaches within print media? 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pro Practice: Career Goals

Within the past couple months I have been really thinking hard about this. I've wondered where my "fit" would be. Where I would find those perfect pair of jeans, or boots?! (that's obviously a metaphor, and a joke). After considering my love for pattern, and my interest in fibers...along with my love for design and all that it offers inside and out I know I want to be somewhere that I can show my skills and be happy doing so (that's probably way too obvious, I'm mean...who wouldn't want that?)

Although, after thoroughly reflecting on my interests and qualities that come with both my design and design thinking I think that I would really like to end up somewhere within the fashion/retail business. Dealing with brands has always seemed like a opportunity to show so many fun and exciting ideas within promotional items as well as the brands themselves. I have a love hate relationship with branding...but it's mostly love (no doubt). The reason I say fashion/retail is because I feel that's where my love for patterns have come from. Either from a skirt I wore growing up or envying the wallpaper my grandmother had in her house.

I honestly don't like making this blog post because I feel I have to pin point my interest so that I can filter what to look for when I'm out in the real world looking for a career. I mean, what if I really don't fit into the category of branding? It's a tough thing to put yourself out there like this, I feel. I mean I feel confident in my decision...but that doesn't mean I'm going to get THAT job, I may end up in something completely opposite like working at a grocery store. It's good to have goals, but thinking that I'm going to reach that goal right out of school is quite overwhelming. Anyway, moving on...

One more thing...
I know I'm probably being too critical of this assignment as far as thinking that I'm actually going to reach this goal by the time I graduate. I know it's a process, and I need to keep reminding myself of that.

So. How am I going to reach this, you ask? Right now I've been pin-pointing brands that I've enjoyed throughout my life...those brands I wish I could afford and those ones that I wear or surround myself with everyday. And another side note when I say fashion/retail and retail I have a broad scope of what that means...I'm talking clothing, furniture, appliances, etc. Making a list of brands and possible firms/companies that design for those brands is key. Then getting my name out there for them to see what I can do, and why I want to be apart of that world. That means, making contact. And then, making more contact. Network. Use my recourses that I have built for myself, as well as use KCAI and all the amazing professors that they provide in the design department (I also utilize the word "use" in the kindest way possible :) ) . The world is small, people.

I know that Chris doesn't like the word "apply"...but let's use it for now. Applying for positions you may not think you can get is okay too. You never know what they are looking for. They may shut you down right away, but if that brand I want to REALLY work for is looking for a senior designer...I'll probably still try...I mean what's the harm? (Would they really think I was silly for applying to that even if I don't FULLY meet the requirements?)

I feel like I've gone on for long enough...more later.