Monday, November 30, 2009

VIS COM find and share

This short video has all of the elements of an animation:

Transparency (54.00)
Zoom (beginning)

Also an integration of text. (and a little logo design in the end).


With our animation we began by making marks with our hands.
Tthe following animation is done real time by hand (with sand) – so the animator has to be very creative with the transitions. (some transitions at 1.45, 3.30, 4.35, 6.10)-

This animation also demonstrates the fact that sound is a very important element.



4.30 is interesting part... in a vague sort of boring way.. possibly..

CDF - Warhol Exhibition - E.C.

Terri, don't read this yet. not quite done.

On two occasions, I took the opportunity to see the Warhol exhibition that is showing at the Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The exhibition proved to be quite informative, and an appropriate thing to see as I was in the midst of studying color and am also always interested in the process of printmaking.

Within the exhibition

color related stuff:

diamond dust and strling color variations. parts of this tecnique. he extensively used optical mixing in his prints. (i.e. the marylin prints). warhol also used many color combinations that are dramatic and typically unnatural, which makes them stand out considerably. However the great majority of this series are visually appealing.

It is apparent that the color palletts for his commercial work were very simole and stragiht forward. Look at his series of cambel's soup cans. For these he only used mostly red, yellow, and black. I noticed that in this particular series, there was no change in chroma or in value – only a change in hue.

with his flower prints, he used transparency., this makes for a perfect study of color transparency. the second one on the wall at the exhibition, you see blue over orange which makes a purple...

this color mixing and overlapping makes the images busy. However, since the colors are related, it makes the image easier to look at – more pleasing to the eye. The colors are related in the since that one might have the same intesnsity in all its hues, but another might have contrasting chroma withc makes some parts pop out. In one particular painting, Warhol actually did use a proper opposite color scheme.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

CDF update

I've been browsing around this blog that I found. This blogger definitely likes color and talks about the many different and practical applications of color. color in art, product design, graphic design, fashion, interior design, sculpture, architecture...

It is important for me to constantly remind myself just how important and exciting that color is and how useful it is. It's great to think of how color effects absolutely everything that you make. that's why its usually better to make things – whatever it is – without color so as not to be distracted by it. (just a thought)

In this blog, there are many remarks that simply make you think – many intelligent observations. The person has drawn a number of very interesting images from various sources.

here is the link:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CDF update

Illustrator has proved a very useful tool. Lately I have been able to use it without much hinderance of a lack of experience with the program. The more one uses a complicated tool like that, the more confident and efficient one becomes. Trial and error is a good way of learning things - that and practice practice practice. Photoshop is also a very useful tool. In a matter of minutes, I was able to produce something (however simple it is) that I had in mind to create. Within a very short amount of time, I was able to realize an idea - that is something that is not always easy to do.

I have to say, it's amazing to see the difference between pantone color, and how it produces when it is configured to CMYK. of course, printers are only capable of so much, which means that they are not as effective when producing color as we would like.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

VIS COM text fram A, B, C


A valuable lesson often slaps you in the face, and then you say, "AHAA – I see it now".

It's important to remember that, whatever you present (however simple or complex it is), your idea should be able to stand on its own and communicate itself without you helping it along...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


its interesting to see discussions about anything (architecture, sculpture, history, etc.) and think to yourself what those things have to do with design, and what design has to do with them.

Monday, November 16, 2009


UPDATE: (refer to taxonomy proposal in blog post below)

–Concerning the format:
- the pages will be organized connotatively, according to what kind of mark that they made.
- Each page will be labeled denotatively.
-periodically, there will be a page on which a single mark will be blown up and printed in color (as all the marks in the book are actually blue) and there will be specific and more elaborate information concerning that particular mark.

Samples of labels: (note: Labels will be on bottom right hand corner of every page denoting the tool with which the marks on that page were made).

-There may be a periodical page with a photo of the instrament that made the mark. It would look remotely like so:

–The cover:
-metal? - easy peasy: nice and sturdy, can be manipulated in appropriate manner.
-something thik.



–In order for the book to look refined and visually cohesive overall, I intend to treat every page in the same way. I have a couple ideas for that:
-The back side of each page will have a thicker piece of paper mounted onto it.

-I have considered putting a faint pattern of lines on each page which represents a visual and conceptual relation between every page.

-Between each page, there may be a piece of vellum that would act as visual separation (this will slow the pace of how the book reads)

- I have considered putting a thin layer of gloss/semi gloss spray on each page so that it gives them more weight, and protects the hand made marks.

COlOR DRAWING FORM update nov. 9-13

These are complimentary colors. A study of color in the environment.

In taking pictures of the flat maps for my color photos in the environment I realized that I am lacking a considerable amount of skill as a photographer. and that's no fun.
However, through trial and error, I have managed to come up with some interesting compositions that are mostly in focus. (it didn't really help that I was using several different cameras every time I would take photos).


Sunday, November 15, 2009

bernini is inspiring.






and ice






be nice.



Everything has to do with design - a designer should be aware not only of the 2 dimensional realm, but also the realm of the third dimension.


color in the environment - color, it's everywhere.

Friday, November 13, 2009

VIS COM reading response: bitmap v. vector

It's especially good for anyone who edits on the computer to know that a bitmap image is simply another term for a digital image. When I heard the word 'bitmap', I always imagined that it was juts another type of file. To put it simply, "while a .jpg file is always a Bitmap graphic, a Bitmap graphic is not always a .jpg file". (

A bitmap, or digital image is made up of a bunch of dots, or rather squares. Much like some pointalistic paintings that exist, only a computer has the squares lade out mathematically on a grid so that is may easily refer to them and make changes to them if a person desires to manipulate the image in a certain way.

The more pixels (squares that make up the image) in a digital bitmap file, the better the image looks. The image becomes distorted if when you try to make it bigger. If there is not enough information (that is square pixels) then the computer won't know what to do when you want the picture bigger, so it will make things up. And that's not nice.

A vector image is different than a bitmap image. Depending on what it is that you need to do, a vector image can be more convenient than a bitmap because it is much more simple. when you make a line with a vector tool, all the pixels of that line are black, or whatever color you want - and so all the pixels that are put together are one solid color. and that's nice.

however, there is only so much one can do whilst making an image with a vector tool. usually, a vector image should not be complex because it always ends up having the same undesireable (in my oppinion anyway) effects. Making a simple design with a vector image is often very convenient, because it can easilly be reshaped, resized or duplicated. and that's really nice.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Visual Communication - proposal for taxonomy

The design of a taxonomy should be straight forward and easy to understand. That is what I aim to do with my taxonomic collection. The structure of the document will make it easy to refer to any particular denotative or connotative mark.

Every item will be denotatively labeled. My aim is to have each page labeled with the identification of the shape that that object made.

If there is a connotative significance in any particular mark within a page (and it is relevant to the project) then that mark will have a special label.

Labeling may be done using one of two methods:
-by hand
-pasted labels

In order to make it easy to refer to any particular mark-making technique or any denotative mark, I well have glossary at the begging of the book which numerically refers to any particular counterpart.

Each page of marks that I have will be pasted to a thicker piece of paper so that the book as a whole is flat and sturdy. It will then be bound with a spiral-like spine.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


A week of continuous color. Every where I went lately I have begun to notice so many different things in our environment that involve color, and color schemes. With many signs - buildings, signs, and everything that I see - I ask myself does it make sense for those colors to be there - could that color pallet be improved? Does what I see around it help or hinder the effect that the color has and how I see it? The more I study color, the more I have confidence in understanding what it is I see.

It's Impressive how color can change the way we see something so dramatically. color can make a place seem bigger, and smaller - it's a very powerful tool!

I was browsing the web looking at neat uses of color in the environment (also a little in nature).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


People generally like to make things, and artist naturally like to make things. We get the most satisfaction, or at least I do, when we make things with our hands - even if doing so is not altogether easy. One thing Lioni said that was interesting was that "If I didn't make paintings and sculptures, then I would be content making bricks, tiles, or boxes...". I am inclined to feel the same way - though it the more one is able to use the mind and creativity in making things, the better.

In this project, there is already a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing and handling all of the work that I am producing. With every object that I've chosen, and with every mark that I've made, I feel as though I am on my way to creating a satisfactory artifact.


THINGs to remember when rambling like a dehydrated border collie through the creative process

1. explore anything and everything as much as possible with all time and objects.

2. stop - expound upon only what you know to work.

3. some other things

Sunday, November 1, 2009

CD&F UPDATE OCT. 26 - 30

A very great deal was learned about color this week. It has become clear that the only way to learn about color is to play with it.

The different concepts of color theory which have been developed by Itten, and Albers seem confusing at first. It is especially difficult initially to visually understand the difference of chroma value and hue when sorting through unorganized color. However, the more I play with all of the colors, the more comfortable I become, and the more I understand the concepts of color theory.

In completing the assignment of the 8 different ways of seeing color when comparing one color, hue, saturation, or value also helped in understanding the concepts.

I was inspired by seeing the color studies in the library. there was one in particular which effectively demonstrated the concept of 3 colors looking like 4 when put behind different cPublish Postolors that made up a background.