These are a few screenshots of type and image parings that I feel are strongest so far. The next step is, of course, to add the type into the images themselves. Those images will come soon :)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I chose Magic Act as my topic for the first stage of the latest vis com project.
I have always been fascinated by magic and magicians, Houdini has always been one of my heros. At first the topic was going to be Magic Mishaps but I felt that that was quite a bit limiting and have thus decided to broaden my topic a bit by renaming it Magic Act.
My ten words include: Magician, Assistant, Rope, Bunny, Handcuffs, Top Hat, Cards, Blades, Tiger, Gloves, and Smoke. I know that's 11, but I figured having one more word than was necessary would serve me well, should I be unable to find 5 images for each. :)
Some of my found imagery can be seen in this post, When I scan in the images I have found in my magazines and books I will add them.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
After taking photos of my binder clip, I scaled the images using Photoshop and saved them via names relating to the word I thought I could pair them with (image included above of that file management)
Once the inDesign file of all image/word pairings was completed (image second above), I needed to decide upon an order to continue the idea of a story about family. I wrote each word used in the pairings and then tried a few different orders (Final image above). I finally have settled upon: Dominating, Trapped, Struggle, Escape, Empty, Gather(ed), Tension, Hold, Protect, Unity.
A member of the family dominates the rest of the members, leaving the trapped. They struggle against the reins and escape. The first member is left alone and empty. The first member gathers the missing pieces of his family back to him. At first, the others are tense, but as the first member holds (instead of controls) them, they feel protected and at last they are whole as a singular unit. Happy family at last.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The word list we generated in class, and that I have since added to, exists as follows (with a focus on words marked with a*): Office, Unity*, Structure, Organized, Hold, Bind, Collect*, Pinch, Trap*, Contain, Freedom, Control*, Tension*, Struggle*, Preservation*, Dominating*, Pain*, Protect*, Importance, Escape(d)*, Empty*, Need, Use
In continuation of the list, and after reviewing the words, a theme of family has seemed to emerge. Broken family through: Trap, control, tension, struggle, empty, dominating, and pain. With a final positive outlook through: Preservation, escape(d), protect (protection), and unity. This may be something I consider when we further explore this project.
Music is a huge part of who I am. Since I have deemed it necessary to create a new post as the first in my second semester series, I figured music should be added to my blog as a means of inspiration and self preservation. I listen to music while I work, when I'm stuck, when I need to think, and when I need not to. It has almost always been my escape. When my grandma died, I remember listening to Fat Lip by Sum 41 over and over again. It numbed my soul and my head cleared the louder I played it. Maybe that makes sense to no one other than to myself, but it was my pain I needed to escape from. I thrive on music. I need the pulse and flow of a rhythm sometimes. Music inspires me and keeps me focused.