Saturday, February 22

Refined Signifiers




Signifiers for P1 with higher contrast and darker/ thicker line work.

Friday, February 21

Apple Milestone Timeline

1977 - Apple II is unveiled, the first personal computer in a plastic case with color graphics.
1983 - Apple starts selling the "Lisa," a desktop computer for businesses with a graphical user interface, the system most users are familiar with today.
1984 - Apple debuts the Macintosh personal computer. It is hyped with a dark, stylized commercial in which a heroine takes on Big Brother characters reminiscent of those in George Orwell's novel "1984" (here).

1991 - Apple introduces the PowerBook 100, its first hit portable computer.
1993 - The Newton Message Pad debuts. Apple's first handheld device, it has a touchscreen and features tools found in today's smartphones, such as an address book, calendar and e-mail function. It flops.
November 1997 - Jobs introduces a new line of Macintosh computers called G3, and a website that lets people order directly from Apple.
1998 - Apple unveils the iMac desktop computer.


2001 - Apple introduces the iPod, a palm-sized, hard-drive-based digital music player.
2003 - The iTunes Store opens, allowing users to buy and download music, audiobooks, movies and TV shows online.
2005 - The iPod adds video, and Apple fills out its portable media line with the low-end iPod shuffle, and sleek iPod nano.
January 2007 - Apple announces the iPhone. The device features one button on its smooth face and a virtual keyboard. It also introduces Apple TV, which attracts few buyers.
2008 - Apple opens its App Store as an update to iTunes. The store features small applications -- from games to social and business tools -- that add functions to the iPhone and iPod Touch. Apple also releases the MacBook Air.

Thursday, February 20

Research for P2

Idea One: Evolution of Apple Products 









Idea Two: Evolution of Miley Cyrus's Persona 




Miley Cyrus moments 2013
March 20th- debuts twerking skills in unicorn onesie
April 3rd- sings about toking on snoop lion collaboration
June 3rd- reveals new musical direction with “we can’t stop”
July 7th- jay z shout out
July 27th- bares it all for marc Jacobs and charity: “protect the skin you’re in”
August 26th- VMAs
September- expert twerkers call her out for lack of skill
September 9th- drops wrecking ball video
September 10th- collaboration with mike will, wiz khalifa and juicy j in 23
September 22- emotional post breakup performance
October 2- drops bangerz
November 10- lights up MTV EMAs
December 8- miley Christmas performance

Evolution: Seven Years
2006- premier of Hannah Montana on Disney Channel
-worked with the Jonas Brothers
-release of 2 CD album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus- starting to reveal herself as an artist and break away from character on the show
Sweet 16- sold out tour schedule
One year after “Best of Both Worlds” Tour, she then traveled to Europeto perform as Miley Cyrus not Hannah Montana
Hannah Montana played for 4 seasons and a movie with a handful of number one records and hit singles
She cohosted the 2010 Much Music Video Awards, and performed “Can’t be tamed” and “party in the USA” and picked up International Videos the Year
Miley cyrus wracked up six blimps at Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards and 18 surfboards at the Teen Choice Awards
2013- We can’t stop performance at VMAs


Wednesday, February 19

P1 Stickers





Brainstorming Type Ideas

  • "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well." -President Barack Obama
  • Some dude's marry other dude's. Get over it.
  • "I hate the world of homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole." -Morgan Freeman
  • 1920, 1960, now
  • "When women got the right to vote, they did not redefine voting. When African Americans got the right to sit at a lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table. That is all we want to do; we have no desire to change marriage. We want to be entitled to not only the same privileges but the same responsibilities as straight people." -C. Nixon


Relay: 1
Typeface: Homestead

Relay: 2
Typeface: Mission Script

Relay: 3
Typeface: Blanch

Anchor: 1
Typeface: Helvetica Bold Oblique

Anchor: 2
Typeface: Klinic Slab

Anchor: 3
Typeface: Wisdom Script 













Tuesday, February 18

Correspondence with MSU Student (Tim)

Here's the MSU student's feedback on my work & then my response:


& here's the email from MSU student and my response to his work: 



P1 Final


Qualitative: For this design I was thinking about the train running through all these busy cities at night and how the light would look for a passenger looking out of the window. Because I'm depicting a  fleeting moment, I only showed a few key facts about the Silver Service. Typefaces used include Gill Sans Light and Klinic Slab. "Silver Service" is tracked out and has lower opacity as if it's also flying by. All of the stops are listed at the bottom and other information includes the year it started and how long the trip takes. This poster is qualitative because the imagery is primary and the information is secondary.  


Quantitive: For this design I was thinking about the look and feel of the train which is very industrial while still providing a sense of motion. The colors and geometric shapes connote industrial while the blurred center and circle graph connote motion. Information includes train numbers, number of stops, duration of travel, how many miles traveled, when the route started, and names the cities that are visited. I tried to depict the cities as a journey, highlighting NYC and Miami as the departure and arrival stops. You have to go through Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, and Orlando in order to get to Miami. Richmond is in Medium weight because it's the midway point. Typefaces used include Blanch and Klinic Slab. This poster is quantitive because the factual information is primary and easy to understand. 

Sunday, February 16

P1 Revised Qualitative Poster


typeface: Trajan Pro 3 Regular 
Working towards making type fuse more with image.

Hey MSU student, look here!

Key Frames:





Storyboard:

Motion: 


P1 Final



issue: marriage equality 

remodeled civil rights: symbol 
This signifier is a symbol because there is a clear link to women's rights, end of segregation, and marriage equality but this design must be learned because it's very abstract. The female symbol matched with a check mark is understood as a female voting. The two hands are a clear to an agreement of some kind and the wedding ring with an equal sign references marriage rights. But until the signifiers are placed together and put into context, a viewer won't immediately see "civil rights."

remodeled homosexual marriage: symbol
This signifier is a symbol because a rainbow references gay pride, the rings represent marriage, and the overall heart shape represents love but again the design is very abstract so it must be learned.

remodeled uniting of political parties: symbol 
This signifier is a symbol because the two business ties tied together represent political agreement and the rainbow represent gay pride. Put together they connote political parties uniting on the issue of gay rights. As the other two signifiers, it also must be learned and put into context therefore it's a symbol.

connotation: remodeling 
I picked the connotation "remodeling" to imply that the larger issue, Marriage Equality, still has a long way to go. Showing civil rights milestones in a state of revamping also implies that women's rights and racial equality could improve and be more equal so to speak. Showing individually homosexual marriage in this sketchy style provides that there's a long way to go before marriage is equal for everyone. Even in the state of California, the laws are still not completely equal. For example, a homosexual couple may get married but if they divorce they may not ever marry again but heterosexual couples can remarry multiple times. Although overall conservatives have recently become more open to the idea of gay marriage, political parties are ultimately on opposite ends of this issue and I think it's clear to everyone that there's a long way to go before there's an agreement. I just wanted the signifiers to show that these issues have only hit the rim toward success and if these were designs, they would only be a sketch of the entire process. 

business card idea w/ civil rights symbol:




promotional poster w/ homosexual marriage symbol:
uniting of political parties w/ color:

The bottom one was done with pen ink and then the top one is edited after being scanned in.



  

P1 Motion Work Compiled