This course have definitely introduced new process in a fun and playful format. I have enjoyed the resources provided within each unit, the videos and talks were so inspirational. I have learned that it is ok to move forward with an idea as long as you strongly believe in it and work as much as possible to essentially “Make it work!”
The weekly videos were such a great element as it adds an element of inspiration and expands our vision with what we are working on at the moment. I was so inspired by Aderson’s talk “Disruptive Wonder for a Change” it was amazing and she presented things that are not commonly seen. She constantly kept calling for pushing your limits as a designer and that’s what stuck in my head after watching that video.
On Exploration 2 there was an obvious influence I had and I knew I needed to capture that and explore it. I was so intrigued in the idea of creating a folded card and not only because it was such an interesting format but because I haven’t done anything like it before. Maybe it’s risky? I thought.. But then I decided let it be because that’s the only way I am going to learn for future projects.
This course has also taught me to be comfortable and that we are all learning. I didn’t quite feel that way when I was at university, I was scared to take risks and careful when doing something that’s considered different. The way this course is structured allowed us to be playful and stay playful through out.
I try to approach the project with an open mind where anything and everything is possible. This of course is the phase where confusion and frustration may take the best of you because at the end of the day you want to pick something that you love and others would appreciate. Exploration A allowed me to be able to create an experience for my audience and moments of surprise (I so hope) but this is what I am going for. It is important to share your experiences and thoughts with others and hopefully influence them in some way.
Each day I get to learn about my own processes even when sometimes they just happen without me realizing, like second nature they happen without you even knowing. That’s why when we were introduced with the concept of “Flow” I was like ok so that’s what it’s called. It is the best feeling in the world to have such moments but when, where or why they happen I need to figure that out. I hope that I get to polish my skills interns of production and thought in order to translate my ideas in a better manner.
I’ve been researching about the Punk movement during the past week and came across some interesting visuals. One that stood out for me was a print by Jamie Reid a British artist and an anarchist. The piece is entitled “God Save the Queen” Perhaps one of the most recognized pieces of the Punk Era.
This form of design might be something that is familiar or seen nowadays but on those days this was new and never been seen before. It featured letters in an inconsistent typeface cut out from newspaper in the style of a ransom note and placed against the face of Queen Elizabeth. The use of humor here is evident as it is an obvious attempt of mocking the tradition, the intend here is aimed to provoke sympathy for the English working class and a general resentment towards the monarchy.
What was even more provoking is that the record cover was controversially released on the same day as the Queens silver jubilee June 11th , 1977. (Puppy) It is amazing to see such work being produced during that time, which was a period of intense political uncertainties and instability which caused the Punk movement to arise and address the public’s voice towards the rules set by the monarchy.
Puppy, Tony. “Sex Pistols – A&M Records – 1977” April 18, 2011. Web. February 27, 2013.
As we move along towards our second visual presentation, I feel more comfortable approaching it after doing the first one. One of the challenges were getting the right application and recording the audio and hopefully work on organizing the flow of my information within the slides.
Giving a presentation was one of the things I had to work on during university, it was difficult to stand in front of a crowd since I don’t feel comfortable having all the attention in a room. Over the years, I am happy with the progress I made, who would’ve thought that as shy as I was back then that I would be chosen to MC an event with over one thousand employees attending. Some of the techniques that I always kept in mind is to make sure that I know what I’m doing, feel confident and make eye contact. When I think of good presentations, I think of Apple when they present a product to the public. I found an article written by Carmine Gallo in Forbes Website that provides some techniques followed by Steve Jobs who is one of the most innovative people in the world.
One of the techniques that I found interesting has to do with structure, it is very important to get the structure of the presentation right and have a balance. “Stick to the rule of three.” Gallo shares “Jobs instinctively understood that the number “3” is one of the most powerful numbers in communications. A list of 3 things is more intriguing than 2 and far easier to remember than 22. Jobs divided his iPhone presentation into three sections. He spoke about the iPod functions of the new iPhone, the phone itself, and connecting to the Internet. Jobs even had some fun with three. He stepped on stage and said, “Today we are introducing three revolutionary products. The first, a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second, is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.” As the audience applauded, Jobs repeated the three ‘products’ several times. Finally he said, “Are you getting it? These are not three separate devices, they are one device and we are calling it iPhone!” (Gallo)
This technique is very useful especially to not overload a section of the presentation with information in order to capture the audience’s attention and not get them bored.
Gallo, Carmine. “11 Presentation Lessons You Can Still Learn From Steve Jobs” Forbes. October 4, 2012. Web. February 26, 2013.
I mostly enjoyed watching the videos under culture narratives, the point of view of each speaker is inspiring. I mostly related to the video given by Jenny Holzer, the fact that it’s a short and the dialogue is in a conversational tone made it relatable and clear to follow. There are many statement that stood out for me and one of them is when she mentioned “It’s not just the difficulty in having something come out right, it’s about the staying with it long enough to have it come out right.” other than graphic design, writing has been one of my passions and the statement that Hozler made is something I think many writers suffer from. I’ve written so many materials that I never tend to stick with it and complete. I figured that it was due to me getting too distracted or finding yet another thing to write about.
Values are important, it is what shapes us as individuals and as graphic designers. I believe that values find a way to be reflected in our work be it intentionally or unintentionally. It is what makes us unique, when I look at posters like this one above for examples It says a lot about the designer and his origins. The work you see is done by Reza Abedini a famous graphic designer from Iran known for his modern Persian typography. Abedini’s work gives a sense of where he’s from and aspects from his culture. even without having any idea about his country.