26 September, 2010

VIS LANG | Reading

TYPE AND IMAGE by Meggs, p. 130
Graphic design can enhance communication when using decoration. Using this decorative elements allows the viewer to greater experience the design.
The bauhaus movement produced a typeface that was simplified and appropriate to that movement. The typeface did not use serifs, had clean proportions, and was based on geometric elements.

When using argumentative writing your goal is to persuade the listener that your ideas are more valid then theirs. There are three basic means of persuasion: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Ethos: (or ethic appeal)
Convincing the audience to believe what the author is saying. Someone we respect and trust their word. As well as being likable and worthy of their respect.

Pathos: (Emotional): To persuade the listener by appealing to their emotions.This can also effectively be used to enhance an argument.

Logos: (Logical) To persuade by reasoning. Discussing what makes it effective and reasons to back up your claims.

25 September, 2010

Narrative | Detailed narrative #2

Sorry this is late coming. Soundcloud was having difficulties uploading. Finally figured it out ;)

This is my 2nd detailed narrative for Kibera TV. I was using sound to communicate to describe a small portion of Kibera TV, their culture. I chose to use clips from Kibera's local radio station, Pamoja FM. I really enjoyed making this clip. Their music is so lively and interesting. Occasionally I listen to the clips I have of their music, on my itunes. Haha

 Cook NA project4 by lcook

23 September, 2010

For Folly poster project I chose Karrin Allyson to promote. Research begins.

Karrin Allyson
Karrin (CAR-rin) Allyson is a three time Grammy-nominated American jazz singer and pianist. Allyson was born in Great Bend, KS and was moved to California, then returned to the midwest where she studied classical piano and sang at her local church. She attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a classical piano scholarship. Early in her career Allyson was lead singer for a rock band, Tomboy.
She soon developed a love for jazz, and performed in the jazz swing bad, and gigs around Omaha. She was inspired by Joni Mitchell, Norma Granz and Carol King. 
After graduating from UNO with a major in Classical Piano and a minor in French, Allyson moved farther South to Kansas City. This is where she recorded her first self titled album. The album that would catch Concord Record’s attention. Becoming part of the Concord label Allyson would go to release 11 albums. These albums include a mix of jazzy tracks that incorporated genres of bossa nova, blues, soft rock, pop standards, and folk rock. These diverse albums also included her playing the piano. She recorded a number of pieces which she sang in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.
Allyson now resides in New York, staying with the popular jazz scene but enjoys traveling all over the world. 

Descriptive Words:


The beginning of this project was the difficult for me. We created a large analog concept matrix, using the tropes we studied earlier in the class. (e.g. pun, allegory, irony, metonymy) 
This exercise was very helpful. Allowed us to think broadly about our jazz artists, and what they were all about.
After going through two of these large matrixes, I came up with this metonymy (an indexical image of one thing to stand for another thing) Having a microphone turn into a bird. The micro phone stands in for showing that she is a singer/songwriter. The bird represents her as being graceful, elegant, and that her music has a lot of flow. Only made sense to me to have them morphing into one another.

This is my second iteration of the morphing microphone. I was still working on the form of the bird and making the middle step look accurate. I was also still using the vertical approach.

I then decided to use a older looking microphone. Mostly because she had that classic feel to her voice. Very timeless. Many, many vectored iterations.

I finally get to the diagonal orientation. I began to incorporate color and pattern.

I discover these thin strips of colored craft paper. At first I use them as a background.

I begin to look at different bird orientations. Working on the form of my bird.

Many analog iterations created.

Use the colored craft paper in different directions and shapes. And start to use filters and overlays to change the hue and detail.

I have now decided on a color palette. and used the colored craft paper in masks behind my morphing birds. I have now began to make my bird and microphone look correct.

My final poster was reduced to mild colors and masked smoky images behind my morphs. I have included a detailed shot to show the paper texture within the background.

20 September, 2010

NARRATIVE | Understanding Comics reading

Understanding Comics, pgs 60-73

In the reading it discussed the importance of interaction between the viewer and how the viewer creates closure. Closure is key for the viewer and has great significance when using time and motion. Which is important when creating a narrative. There are many different transitions that create closure to the viewer:

Moment to moment
aspect to aspect
scene to scene
subject to subject
action to action
aspect to aspect

These transitions are used between scenes of the narratives. These transitions in the narration help the viewer understand the parts that aren't actually shown.

17 September, 2010

The last one in this set is the one I chose for my full color. I feel they are all too busy. I have a layering problem. Ha.
I really like using the paper photos masked into the design behind the birds.
I had decided to fill the birds with a color, solely because you could hardly see the birds with only the outlines.
I really enjoy the colors, except the first one. I had placed that one up because I was showing another way I thought about rendering the background design. I really don't think it was working. And that yellow is just gross. Ha. You can also see where I tried to fill the birds with a transparent fill. I thought this would help not make them so solid, didn't really work.

TYPE III | Tender Buttons Book

Final photos of my Tender Buttons book.
I rearranged the poem by keeping the poem in a grid pattern and using vellum to break up text. This allows the viewer to change the words and phrases around by lifting and replacing the overlay.
I binded the book by perfect binding. It is a note flip book kind of style. Something to look up close and read.

15 September, 2010

NARRATIVE | Detailed Narative

Kibera TV; final video from Loren Cook on Vimeo.

NA Project Three Detailed Narrative

For my detailed narrative project I decided to use a stop animation video using visual images to create a narrative about Kibera TV. While building my narrative I had to create good imagery to stand in for the things I couldn't actually say (like if I was using a voice over) I had to think of simple imagery for things like "youth" or "filming", and projection of the Kibera films. All while creating an interesting, understandable, timely animation. I learned that in order to create a successful one channel of communication narrative you need to use interesting angels and imagery, making clear what you are trying to convey.

When constructing my story I tried to build on top of the images in a way, using on imagery and transtioning it into another. On example of how I did this was starting the beginning with simple human figures, scaling down to emphasis "youths" while then showing the youth filiming. These images work together to create a narrative. I also brought the youth aspect of KiberaTV with the "do it yourself" feel. Child-like.

10 September, 2010

Above are a few ideas for my Karrin Allyson poster for the Folly Theater. I need to post up my first sktches.
But these are the digital beginnings, many more to follow.
Have trouble with my typography, but  hope to get some feedback this morning at crit.

08 September, 2010

NARRATIVE | Kibera Poster

This screen shot is super small. I promise to get the full photo shots up soon.

After completing the 15 sec summery of my topic, KiberaTV. It's time for a 24x36 poster. This poster addresses the audience and states how and why KiberaTV was started. My poster includes images as visual language, incorporated with the text. I tried to use colors that would go ago with Africa.