Monday, November 3, 2008

Dot Comp Book

Sorry it took so long to put this up.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Further Dissection of Haiku

Crossing the football field

Denotative: football, games, fields, players, lines, goals, yards, grass, paint, mud, shoe print,
Connotative: playfulness, devotion, structure, victory, happiness, fun, competition, defeat, youth, motion,

Coming home from work –

Denotative: house, building, walking, job, suit, office, coffee, skyscraper, chair, computer,
Connotative: warmth, affection, family, love, relaxation, prison, exhaustion, hate, transition, change,

The lonely businessman.

Denotative: hat, trench coat, suitcase, suit, slave, papers, chains, shoes, pants, man, human
Connotative: loneliness, alienation, attention, sadness, depression, serious, solemn, neat, efficient, repetitive,

Monday, October 27, 2008


Crossing the football field
coming home from work -
the lonely businessman.

post its,
hole puncher,
paper clips,
trench coat,
push pins,
rubber bands,
packing material,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Line Studies

The line studies were an interesting project, which I enjoyed greatly. Both formal and conceptual sides of the project sparked my interest. On the formal side, it was interesting to see how I could manipulate lines, from basic vertical, to vertical and horizontal, to diagonal or curved. All these steps built on each other, bringing a clear construct of visual form to the paper. On the conceptual side, I learned a great deal trying to abstractly represent words with lines, then bringing emotions of the same line studies.

However, the last step of the project, the pairing of the real world with abstract line compositions was the most fascinating part. Both with formal and conceptual juxtapositions, I learned how graphics on the page can so easily relate to real world objects and places.

There were some nice surprises along the way. Almost all my pictures ended up with brick in them; an unintentional, but helpful coincidence. Although my craft vastly improved from last time, I was still surprised at how nice the book came out looking. Also, I believe the process was much more important in this project, since, as I already mentioned, the steps built on one another. It was satisfactory to look through my process binder and clearly see the developing path which led to the final product.

Monday, October 6, 2008

One of my all time favorite graphic designers is Storm Thorgerson. Having worked with Hipgnosis, a UK graphic design group, he worked on some of the most famous album covers in rock history. He created the Dark Side of the Moon, along with all other Pink Floyd covers, several covers for Led Zeppelin, and many more. He defintely utilizes a lot of different design elements we have been discussing and I would recommend looking at his work.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fonts in Environment

So I looked around and found some fonts.

The first one is Garamond.

The second one here is Futura. Look familiar?

Here is Univers.

Bodoni. Whoo-hoo.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Words for Typography

Sand, stars, slinky, steel, sun, slant, skull, soft, stone, salt, soaking, super, sail, sore, spark, slime, sherbet, shiny, stale, swell, sewer, shock, silly, stinky, sturdy, shirt, stick, slave, sugar, seal, store, sleeve, surprise, sick, stomach, sell-out, shorts, Sean Shockley, skin, snake, shelf, shaman, support, stupor, squirrel, sea, sea lion, sea horse, Splenda, St.Louis, San Francisco, seagull.

Winning Combo: Sun - Stars!

Other possible combos: sun-sand, sand-stars, sky-sand, skull-snake, sand-snake, Sean Shockley-squirrel, shirt-shorts, salt-sugar.

Personal favorite: Sean Shockley - Squirrel.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Project Verbal Statement

My project focuses mainly on the prevalent health problems in adults in the United States. Conceptually I had some challenges. I started by looking at each word and the symptoms of each health problem. I focused on ways I could visualize these symptoms, both in dot and words compositions. I knew tying them together wouldn't be too hard because of the nature of the theme, however, I chose to emphasize this with a medical journal background on each of the pages. Learning to use gestalt, spatial relations, and scale, I made each composition unique. I learned that all these techniques, and others, can be used to effectively communicate an idea. However, I wish I didn't get sick, because my ideas were strong, but my craft is not what I wanted it to be. If I had just a little more time, I know that I could have been more careful about some things.

Friday, September 5, 2008

VisCom: 9 Words

Here are my nine words:


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Process Work for Typo: The Letter Y

The original sketches of the Bodoni Y

The first draft of the completed Y.

The final draft of the Y with labels.

Theme for Project

Here is my MindMap.
My Theme for the project is Health Problems.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008