Friday, March 14

Final Timeline

My attributes are sleek, quality, and movement to connate enhancement. I rethought what my message was and why I choose this topic and what I realized that I was attracted to Apple's standards and goals. Their success comes from the constant improvement, simplifying, and desire for quality. 

Five Versions of Lecture Poster

I took this week as an opportunity to really experiment and try completely different ideas. I still need a lot of time for refinement, but I felt that vast exploration was more important at this stage. I was thinking about Robynne's love for food, analog, process, and most of all her bold sense of humor. 

Final Timeline

Attributes: Sleek, Quality, Movement

Wednesday, March 12

P2 Reshoot

I did a reshoot of Vanderslice today. I felt like my raw images weren't speaking enough to Robynne and I was relying on the manipulation of the photos. So I reshot today, this time thinking of things that Robynne would be interested in, as if she were a tourist on our campus and capturing things she liked. While shooting I was thinking about her love for food, gardening, and her bold sense of humor. Please keep in mind that these are completely raw images.

I went inside Cafe Nerman to provide her love for food. If she were on our campus I have a feeling that she would stop in here. With these images I was thinking about making an illustration out of them. A typical thing I've noticed in some of her poster design is that she tends to to use imagery that one wouldn't think to use right of the bat. There's always a clever connection, but she's not one to just put an obvious image. With the microwave and stuff I was also thinking that this would relate to her humor.

Because Robynne is a garden nerd, I figured that she would explore our surrounding landscape or admire flowers in Cafe Nerman. The two middle images in this group remind me of a place she would enjoy being surrounded by the trees. The last image has beautiful colors, so I was thinking about maybe pulling colors from it.

Lastly, I considered her bold sense of humor and obscure figures she creates. With the first two stone images, I can picture her using their heads and illustrating them with a body or maybe just feet. The last three were just kind of abstract, but I was thinking about how she uses things that don't always connote that clear connection. I was attracted to the language in the last image for potential humor, access at rear, as well as the strange arrangement on the wall. I think Robynne would find these things to be funny placed together and doodling over the image to enhance that. 

Tuesday, March 11

Timeline Progress

I decided to let go of my circle timeline (for now) and just let the information stand alone. I kept getting the same critique about the photo real images of the iPods looking out of place so I dropped those as well. Key attributes are still the same but perhaps more clear now: motion, innovative, and connectivity & the overall message being "1000 Songs in Your Pocket" while also keeping in mind the style of Apple and Dieter Rams.  

And then tried an inverted version and messed around with the type placement a little more. 

Monday, March 10

Gathered Information for Logos Visualization

Whether or not you favor marriage as a social institution, there's no denying that it confers many rights, protections, and benefits -- both legal and practical. Some of these vary from state to state, but the list typically includes:

Tax Benefits

  • Filing joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities.
  • Creating a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members.

Estate Planning Benefits

  • Inheriting a share of your spouse's estate.
  • Receiving an exemption from both estate taxes and gift taxes for all property you give or leave to your spouse.
  • Creating life estate trusts that are restricted to married couples, including QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, and marital deduction trusts.
  • Obtaining priority if a conservator needs to be appointed for your spouse -- that is, someone to make financial and/or medical decisions on your spouse's behalf.

Government Benefits

  • Receiving Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses.
  • Receiving veterans' and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.
  • Receiving public assistance benefits.

Employment Benefits

  • Obtaining insurance benefits through a spouse's employer.
  • Taking family leave to care for your spouse during an illness.
  • Receiving wages, workers' compensation, and retirement plan benefits for a deceased spouse.
  • Taking bereavement leave if your spouse or one of your spouse's close relatives dies.

Medical Benefits

  • Visiting your spouse in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility.
  • Making medical decisions for your spouse if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment.

Death Benefits

  • Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.
  • Making burial or other final arrangements.

Family Benefits

  • Filing for stepparent or joint adoption.
  • Applying for joint foster care rights.
  • Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce.
  • Receiving spousal or child supportchild custody, and visitation if you divorce.

Housing Benefits

  • Living in neighborhoods zoned for "families only."
  • Automatically renewing leases signed by your spouse.

Consumer Benefits

  • Receiving family rates for health, homeowners', auto, and other types of insurance.
  • Receiving tuition discounts and permission to use school facilities.
  • Other consumer discounts and incentives offered only to married couples or families.

Other Legal Benefits and Protections

  • Suing a third person for wrongful death of your spouse and loss of consortium (loss of intimacy).
  • Suing a third person for offenses that interfere with the success of your marriage, such as alienation of affection and criminal conversation (these laws are available in only a few states).
  • Claiming the marital communications privilege, which means a court can't force you to disclose the contents of confidential communications between you and your spouse during your marriage.
  • Receiving crime victims' recovery benefits if your spouse is the victim of a crime.
  • Obtaining immigration and residency benefits for noncitizen spouse.
  • Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships

If you are in a same-sex marriage, you are now entitled to federal benefits under the recent U.S. Supreme Court case, U.S. v. Windsor. However, the rules for eligibility will vary by federal agency.
Many federal agencies, such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Office of Personnel & Management look to the place of celebration (where the marriage was performed) to determine whether same-sex married couples are eligible for benefits. If you have a valid marriage, you will qualify for immigration status and federal employee benefits (if either of you works for the federal government), even if you live in a non-recognition state. 
The same goes for the IRS and eligibility for federal tax benefits. In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury ruled that all same-sex couples that are legally married in any U.S. state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or a foreign country will be recognized as married under all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor.
The Treasury Department further clarified that federal recognition for tax purposes applies whether a same-sex married couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage (such as California) or a non-recognition jurisdiction (such as Texas). But the decision does not apply to same-sex couples in domestic partnerships or civil unions.
See The IRS Will Recognize All Same-Sex Marriages, for more information about federal tax benefits for same-sex married couples.
However, some federal agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, only recognize marriages that are valid in the state of domicile (where the couple lives) for the purposes of granting federal benefits. This means if you're in a same-sex marriage, but you live in a non-recognition state, you aren't eligible for Social Security benefits on your spouse's work record. If you live in one of the 14 jurisdictions that recognize same-sex marriage, you will qualify for benefits. This rule also applies to Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Bankruptcy filings, and benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act.
If you are in a domestic partnership or civil union in any of the states that offer those relationship options, none of the benefits of marriage under federal law will apply to you, because the federal government does not recognize these same-sex relationships. For example, you may not file joint federal income tax returns with your partner, even if your state allows you to file your state tax returns jointly. And other federal benefits, such as Social Security death benefits and COBRA continuation insurance coverage, may not apply.
To learn more about the rights and benefits available to same-sex couples, consult a lawyer with expertise in this area and seeMaking It Legal:A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions, by Frederick Hertz with Emily Doskow (Nolo).
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Also, I'm planning on comparing the legal benefits received in a traditional marriage compared to the benefits DOMA is just now providing for same-sex couples as well as how little benefits they were given before DOMA. This will provide how marriage rights are evolving, which is good, but still very very unequal and there's still so much that needs to be done about it.

Sunday, March 9

Best Five from Design Slam II

I'm using the typeface Castor because it looks like letters that were letter-pressed but they didn't ink all the way. Robynne would like this because it reveals process. I arranged the type in a playful and bold way to match Robynne's humorous and bold personality. Throughout all 25 compositions I was experimenting a lot with hierarchy, how placement effects readability and the order in which the type is read.