While in class today we were asked to sit in a location for one hour and document all the sounds I heard and the times I heard them. I had to mark the approximate locations of the sounds in relation to me on a map and came up with this drawing.
As you can see I was outside of Anderson Hall between 11:31 and 12:40. I had never realized before how many bird sounds you are able to hear when sitting outside. I recorded some of the times when the sounds were more notorious but I can tell that most of the time I was in there I could hear birds tweet. Also I could not record all of the cars that passed since there were a lot but I emphasized in the ones that caught my attention. The girl driving a beetle with really loud music and really bad breaks, boy on a bike who has some kind of bells hanging from the bike and a bus rumbling very hard.
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The following links are some artists/designers blogs I really like. These are mostly web and graphic designers so I decided to add three blogs in the field of fashion which I love and really inspired me when doing this blog.
Another blog I really like is Veerle Pieters’ graphic and web design blog. She started her career in print, in 1992, focusing on logos, stationery, and brochures. Pieters used the name “Duoh” and in 1995 she added website design and multimedia development.
The best international graphic designer I’ve liked is Jacob Cass. His blog focuses mainly on the subject of graphic design which provides free graphic design tips, articles & resources on all subjects of design, ranging from but not limited to; print design, logo design, web design, branding, typography, advertising & more.
THE BLONDE SALAD is Chiara Ferragni’s, italian law student, personal blog which focuses mainly on fashion and traveling. I really like her blog because I feel very identified with her style and she usually posts her personal everyday look with great attention to details and writes about the latest trends in fashion.
SEA OF SHOES was launched as a hobby by fashion-insider Jane Aldridge. This was the first fashion blog I discovered and read and happened to be just a few weeks after she had created it. Ever since then I haven’t missed a single day from checkin it. I have seen Jane go from an everyday high school girl to serious tastemaker. Her site exists as a photo diary of her skillfully styled ensembles, comprised of cool mash-ups of vintage and designer pieces paired with incredible, covetable shoes, of course. Aldridge has directly influenced sales for designers and has gotten in on the design game with an Urban Outfitters footwear collaboration as well as a project with her mother Judy for contemporary label Gryphon.
SONG OF STYLE is a fashion & interior design blog written by interior designer Aimee Song, featuring daily fashion photos, design inspiration, and more. I also identify a lot with her fashion style and her posts are of great inspiration to me. My mom is an interior designer and she is actually who recommended me to read this blog. If fashion weren’t my passion I would probably like to become one. Looking at Aimee’s posts of interior design is really entertaining and a great source of inspiration to my mom and me.
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Today in class we were asked to graphically represent this 6 terms using only flat, black squares. I used visual elements like size, position, space, gravity, and representation so that my designs could look very literal. In addition I used principles like repetition, economy, and emphasis to unify each of them.
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My third assignment in Design 1 class consisted on creating a design combining principles of form and repetition on complex grids and ink it on a 10″x10″ white illustration board.
At first we were asked to create a motif made out of two shapes combined together. I quickly sketched some options and the following photo shows what I came out with.
After I chose what I thought was my best option, the “M-inside-M” shape, I noticed I wasn’t going to have many ways to position it on the grid since I actually wanted it to look like an “M”. I created a sample of what my cell on the grid would look like and then created 25 copies of it. I shuffled them around creating different patterns and decided this were the 5 designs I liked the most.
I thought of design 3 as my strongest and chose it for developing different inking plans. The following photos show the inking plans obviously lacking of craftsmanship and exact measurements, but resemble a quick idea of what my final piece will look like.
I have to say that at the beginning I was truly disappointed with my choice of doing a 25 cell design instead of a 100 cells. I thought my motif was boring and that it wasn’t going to look that spectacular. Then, I thought that maybe if I worked really hard on my craftsmanship and did every line and every shape as it was intended to be my work could look really good and sharp and really do capture my viewer’s attention. As you can see with my past assignments, I tend to do repetitive lines and shapes and always end up creating groovy designs that make my viewer’s attention go around the picture.
In my final piece you can see the design I chose inked with extreme carefulness and craftsmanship. I came out with this repetitive pattern that in my opinion gives the impression of being in movement forming different pinwheel shapes. The following photo is a scan of my piece but since my work was too big for the scanner to detect it, the right and bottom sides of it are a little bit cropped and my margin doesn’t show. I used a 1 1/2″ white margin all around the design.
All of the critiques I received during class were very positive. A group of my classmates were assigned to do a critique of my piece and mentioned my effort in craftsmanship had pay off. My work was sharp and neat and that the border I had chosen worked out really good. They also commented that my motif had created a well executed pattern and that my job had a lot of variety because of the way the motif was positioned and how the shapes were filled or left blank.
My other classmates commented that I had worked well the negative and positive spaces and that it really attracted the eye. I had a wide variety of diagonals creating different angles and that it wouldn’t look good if I had rotated the cells differently.
One of my classmates said that my design gave her the impression of pop art and that she would have liked it a lot better if it had color. Another of my classmates responded that in his opinion it looked more objective in black and white and gave the impression of being stamped in the board.
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