Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

in class

Tyler mentioned that the shadows are possibly blending together

Sunday, February 21, 2010

what i've learned

With one light source, the word sign is completely legible. However since the letter S and part of the letter N were constructed closer to the light and far away from the background, they are getting blurry and somewhat illegible.

When I turn both lights on, the shadows get muddy and illegible.

As i worked towards the outside of the word, I was forced to place board farther away from the background and closer to the light. The more pieces I add to complete the letterforms, the more muddy and illegible the word becomes. I tried using thinner pieces of board to keep the shadows from blending together, but when i did that the shadows disappeared.

I've learned a lot about legibility, especially when i'm using two separate light sources and two different background angles.
After watching peoples reactions that saw my previous studies, I noticed that people noticed the typography first. They would recognize the word or letter and then look closer at the image to see how it was made. It makes me thing that if I built these sculptures and did not show the light on them, would people just walk away and forget about it? would they try and figure it out? The typography gives the viewers something recognizable, and avoids awkwardness.

My product. ACME: Sugar Cane, the stress-relieving stalk.

Sugarcane, being low on glycemic index, helps keep the body fit and healthy.
Sugarcane juice has been found to be very beneficial for preventing as well as treating sore throat, cold and flu.
Since sugarcane has no simple sugar, it can be enjoyed by diabetics without any fear. However, they intake should still be limited for people suffering from type-2 diabetes.
Being alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps the body in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.
Sugarcane provides glucose to the body, which is stored as glycogen and burned by the muscles, whenever they require energy. Therefore, it is considered to be one of the best sources of energy.
If you have been exposed to heat and physical activity for too long, drink sugarcane juice. It will help hydrate the body quickly.
Sugarcane is believed to strengthen stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain, and sex organs.
Sugarcane juice is an excellent substitute for aerated drinks and cola.
Sugarcane clears the urinary flow and also helps the kidney to perform its functions smoothly.
Sugarcane juice has been found to be good for those who are suffering from febrile disorders. Febrile disorders are responsible for causing fevers, which can result in a great amount of protein loss from the body. Liberal consumption of sugar cane juice provides the necessary protein and other food elements to the body.
Sugarcane is beneficial for micturation, caused due to high acidity, along with genorrhoea, enlarged prostate, cyctitis and nepthritis. Mixing sugarcane juice with lime juice, ginger juice and coconut water will give better results.
Sugarcane juice is said to speed up the recovery process after jaundice.
As sugarcane consists of carbohydrates, in good quantities, it serves to refresh and energize the body. It supplies instant energy to working muscles and for this reason, it is also known to maximize performance in sports and endurance.
Sugarcane is also good for digestion, as it can effectively work as a mild laxative because of its high potassium content.

• 62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
• A majority of workers (52%) are more stressed because of work than home. (APA Survey 2004)
• 54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress. (APA Survey 2004)
• 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
• 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
• Executives and managers tend to have the most stressful jobs, while self-employed workers are the least stressed. (APA Survey 2004)
• One in four workers have taken a mental health day off from work to cope with stress. (APA Survey 2004)
• 73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level. (APA Survey 2004

Friday, February 19, 2010


you don't need to start w/ no info.
commentary- the intro can be big or w/e.
typefaces carry content.
don't justify.
possibly add a journey for the user... so they can have more fun.
differentiate btwn thought bubble quotes and videos...
they like the 3rd idea.
fill the screen sometimes... w/ popup images or info.
stay away from the gradient.
3rdchoice- white bars going all the way to the edge
3rd choice- have more than just essay and pics.
relate vignelli to modernism and kathy mccoy to post-modernism.
add obvious hierarchy.
if you use more than one font, make sure the x-heights are the same.
possible visual metaphor..... speaking about modernism and post-modernism.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

notes: demo

visibility-hide or show object. it's still on page, just hidden.

display-add or remove object. object disappears.

# = id = only one on the page, something specific.

p = paragraph in dreamweaver.

onmousedown = u have to click.

image. save as .png or .gif : .png's better .gif will give it a color shift.
style.css background-image: browse (find)

This is where you go to change your rollover stuff; visibility or display

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Designer Bio

Fred Eerdekins is a sculptor from Belgium whose artwork manipulates light and shadow. He is quoted to search for beauty in his art and pushes the idea of hidden messages in his work to show us that something mysterious make sense once light is shone on it.

Eerdekins uses typography strictly for simplicity and beauty and does not rely on hierarchy in his messages, nor is he really concerned about the message itself. Most information about him is in Dutch, so i am unable to find more information about him.

Shigeo Fukuda is a graphic designer/sculptor who also uses light and shadow to show a message. Fukuda was born on February 4, 1932, in Tokyo, Japan. His parents were toy manufacturers, so he grew up knowing how to think creatively. He is most famous for his posters, which mostly are influenced by Swiss minimalist design. His sculptures usually portray deception, for example, this image is obviously garbage, but when light is shone from a certain angle, a different message is shown.

Sunday, February 14, 2010