Monday, August 31, 2009

Font Choice and A Bit of Facts


Designed in 1757 by John Baskerville. It's basically a cooler version of Bodoni and Didot. I won't even talk about how much better it is than Caslon. It has a really awesome uppercase Q, which kicks all the other Qs asses. However, it was because of John's hard work that this awesome typeface became famous. Since the strokes are more contrasting where they are thick and thin the whole typeface rocks people's faces. The whole thing reeks of dignity and tradition. You can't crap on that. After a while people started forgetting how awesome Baskerville was, because Futura was melting people's brains with its own form of badassery. However, Benjamin Franklin invented a time machine and traveled to the future to tell people that they're being dumb. Now everybody only uses Baskerville.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Find & Share

I found this a while ago, but it is still entertaining. This is a clear example of a visual pun, because they're playing of the sound of the world "flu" and exchanging it for the word "flew," having it take on a whole new meaning. This was done by Skyskraper Design.


I think I prefer the perspective of the egg the most. It's not often we get to see the world through the eyes of an everyday egg.

Idea Sketches

Well on my way.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jazz Visual Research

There are a range of items on this board that represent colors, rendering styles, choices of type and image that I will draw upon for my poster. I kept in mind not only my musician, but the roots of jazz - where it came from, its many styles, its rich history and most importantly, its complex structure.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Jazz Research

"The cortex of jazz consists of several layers, alternately hard and soft, complex in structure, and hard to take apart."

- Barry Ulanov, A History of Jazz

Christian McBride was born in 1972 to a father and uncle already richly involved in the Philadelphia Jazz scene. He grew up in that environment and attended Julliard. He quickly rose through the ranks of Jazz to become one of the most wanted Jazz bassists in the world. He played with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Sting, Kathleen Battle and Diana Krall.

The Quintet, also know as "The Inside Straight," consists of pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Carl Allen, and vibraphonist Warren Wolf. Combined with McBride, they released an album in 2009, "Kind of Brown." As well as a hit with the fans, this critically acclaimed album has been described as "his finest effort."

Like Ulanov's description of Jazz, "Kind of Brow" features both soft and hard, complex in structure songs, that vary in tempo, mood and rhythm. Overall it is one of the finest works of jazz I have heard.

Action for Narrative in Sound Motion

The action that I'm choosing for this project is cooking food.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gutenberg Press Response

Holy crap were those guys excited about that press. Admittedly it did make me want to build a printing press out of wood. It was interesting to learn all the work that went into making the press, the letters, and the paper. I never knew that without the paper, Gutenberg would have failed at making his machine popular, since velum was so hard to make.