Friday, October 30, 2009

10 Objects for Haiku

1. Hand
2. Rock
3. Twig
4. leaves
5. Spoon shaped in the form of a moon
6. Charm of a moon
7. Fan ---charmed/ paper
8. Charm bi -disk
9. Thread holder
10. Charms of circles and squares

Revised List of Words for Haiku

2. Pull
4. Flat
5. Lifeless
6. Snap
7. Split
8. Twig
9. Grasp
10. Match
11. Question
12. Air
13. Fan
14. Delicate

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Project 3: Haiku

This is my selection for this project:



My 30 Word list:

  1. Steal
  2. circle
  3. geometric
  4. remove
  5. pull
  6. rock
  7. rough
  8. satellite
  9. horizontal
  10. lifeless
  11. branch
  12. split
  13. pieces
  14. control
  15. stick
  16. grasp
  17. knob
  18. crack
  19. snap (button closes under pressure)
  20. hand
  21. paper
  22. air
  23. proportional
  24. fan
  25. blades
  26. balance
  27. girl
  28. delicate
  29. thin
  30. makeup

9 Words
  1. circle
  2. rock
  3. lifeless
  4. stick
  5. split
  6. knob
  7. air
  8. fan
  9. delicate

Reading Anatomy of a Visual Message

Reading from A Primer of Visual Literacy by Dondis

Representational: is what we see and recognize from environment and experience.
Reality is the basic and most dominant visual experience. All visual experience is subject to individual interpretation. Is the most effective level or way to utilize in a strong, direct, reporting of the visual details of the environment both natural and made.
Abstract:is basic elemental visual components , more direct, emotional, primitive. The removal of extraneous detail, the emphasis of distinguishing features. The reduction of multiple visual factors to only the essential and most typical features of what is being represented. Bearing no connection to any representational information drawn from experience of the environment. It can have meaning but it doesn't have to, yet the process to the simplification is similar to the process of symbolic art. Abstraction has been associated particularly with painting and sculpture as the unique pictorial expression of the 2oth century.
Symbolic:the coded symbol systems which is created by men and it has attached meaning. Ultimate simplicity, the reduction of visual detail to the irreducible minimum and it contains universal meaning. "One symbol is worth a thousand pictures."Symbols have meaning pinned on them.

Excerpt from Design Writing Research Ellen Lupton, states that perception and the reading of different shapes, objects varies within individuals based on education, customs and images.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Study of Oppositional Pairs: A Focus on Contrast

For Color, Drawing and form the final pairings have been combined and arranged in an accordion book . I used Costco printing and I was really happy with the turn out of my images , I changed one of my pairings , from the category figure ground relationship--contrast/ minimal detection to dominant/reversible.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Project 2 : Final Statement

The final artifact has been created, an 8 paged accordion book. This book was started and it's concept is the idea of "marks". A mark: is a visible impression or trace on something such as a line, cut, dent, stain. As well as "landmarks" , because on a geographical context they mark and place , indicates a site on a boundary line. In regards to this project, lines are marks. I title the book of my book " En route" which means on the way because along the searching of the juxtapositions I found all these marks and compile them into a book. The paragraph is reminiscent of combine line study , and I wanted to give the impression of two cars on each lane of the road.
My first page it starts with an impression on the road half-grass and the other half cement. This a is a mark, the next spread is that of a progression line study and the juxtaposition is to that of a gate, in the downtown area but even a gate is an arrangement of marks and these have dents.

Juxtaposition of Progression (2nd Spread)

The other spreads included buildings, they are landmarks , geographical marks along the downtown area of Kansas City. They mark different regions the first buildings is at the beginning when the Sprint center is at the core of the downtown area. As well as a fountain located in the downtown area, is also a "landmark".

First Building

Even close range photos emphasized on the marks, like my combine progression juxtaposition in which you have to look closely at the marks that are within the glass and as well as the bench in which it also is filled with marks. As a close up one can see that the separation between the different groves of the bench is a combination of horizontal and vertical marks.

Combine Progression , if one looks closer there are marks on the glass.

Diagonal Line study is a bench in downtown and there are marks and scratches.

The end of the book ends with a mark as well the curved line on the parking spot in downtown. Is a mark on the street ground .

Last Spread

I arrange my book starting with a basic line straight study and ends with a curve line study. The middle or core of my book is arranged with complex line studies. Through rhythm and repetitions, some of my spreads appear to have texture, tonality, just like in the readings for instance my combination of progression.

Progression line study

The above progression study almost appears to have a 3-d effect Is very interesting looking through the actual photographs and how framing and cropping had such an important role to have the juxtapositions have a more flowing transition among the pages.
The title of my book is "En Route" my photos are from the downtown area, the title reflects the many stops along my search. As I mentioned in my earlier posts the whole project in comparison to the first project the attention to digital craft.

I was planning in building a case, even though I haven't builded for this stage it will be build for my final revise version of this project.

Sequential Process

This image shows the evolution of a line which as depicted from left to right it starts as s a basic balance line study. Then the same study was manipulated using the photocopier to create a curve line study. Then I selected to only utilize the middle curve, and then trace it and then, during which I noticed the different options and utilities of the pen tool As well as the option to out line the stroke allowed me to have different variations of line weight to have more dimension. As it comes to the end , I used cropping and framing to create the curve line juxtaposition.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Monogram for Caesium

Scher Video

After watching the film about Paula Scher as an environmental designer in NYC. She mentions the fact that in NYC they are many towns and is the melting pot of not just culture but the differences about the neighborhoods. There is a similar connection, because as NYC , Kansas City also has variations between neighborhoods. Westport is very different in comparison to the Power and Light district. In this project my interest was in the Downtown of Kansas City. She states the fact that she uses caps and tall and narrow text to reflect the city and the buildings in the city. In my cover page , similar to Paula Scher the title and the text are arrange to reflect a road and 2 cars on the road, divided by a light line line to reflect the line on the road; as well as a combine line study.

Project 2: Reading Response

In the reading found in Lupton's Graphic Design The New Basics, in regards to figure and ground relationship. In which all things have an interaction with it's surroundings and other things. As well as the interaction and activation of the white spaces and wether their space is balance or has the same appealing quality. Figure and ground relates to positive and negative interaction of space. In particular, this project Keaton and I or the first phase of this project as a collaborative project, we labeled their figure ground relationship into three categories (Stable, Reversible and Ambiguous).

For Example in these studies figure ground relationship is seen as follows:

Stable: because the line in the middle in which this element stands clearly apart from the background.

Reversible: since the negative and positive figure / ground relationship causes confusion in wether one is looking at the foreground or background. It attracts the viewer in an equal manner throughout.
Ambiguous: there is no focal point, the focus is scatter and there is no dominance or order display on this composition among the figure ground relationship.

Lupton also talks about framing and is the how we make the element standout, it divides the image from its background and serves also asa transition. In Project 2 , aside from having a 7X7 frame to arrange our compositions, the use of the camera to frame the line study that we felt that juxtaposed was essential. Cropping in which one alters and it changes the focus of the picture giving a different meaning and emphasis.
For instance I used:

Actual photograph

Final Juxtaposition
This reflects how cropping was used from the original image. As well as framing in order to fit on the spread.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Caesium: Font Ideas

Six typefaces that I'm considering for representing Caesium are :

Sans Serif:

-Helvetica Std
-Gill Sans Std
-Avenir Std


-Arno Pro
-Garamond Premier Pro
-Kepler Std

Monday, October 19, 2009

Paper Studies : Interaction of Color --Studio Practices

Today in studio, the objective was to see the interaction of color, these relationships between color change between colors. Using my found color collection, I created 3 colors to look like 4 and 4 colors look like 3. Here are some examples, that I did during class:

3 looks like 4

3 looks like 4

3 looks like 4

3 looks like 4

4 looks like 3

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Project 4: Periodically Speaking

I was given the element Caesium ( Cs) from the periodic table of elements, and combine the symbol ( Cs) the two letters into one symbol.

These are some sketches from my moleskin:
Then I took some ideas and created them into digital versions:

Project 4 : Periodically Speaking : Caesium

The name comes from the latin word, caesius, which means sky blue. Caesium is attacked by oxygen, and very explosively when in contact with water and ice in temperatures above 116K.When it reacts with water, hydrogen gas is released therefore making it very flammable as a result of this reaction.Caesium reacts very quickly therefore needs to be kept in dry,still atmosphere or in oil. A metallic element that belongs to group 1 of the periodic table.

One of the three metals which are in the state of liquid at room temperature. Caesium should be considered highly toxic. Caesium is found in the Earth’s crust. It is used in the industry as a catalyst promoter to make special glass, and in radiation monitoring equipment; also in atomic clocks. Caesium was discovered by Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchoff in 1860 in mineral water. Caesium was the first element discovered by spectrum analysis, based upon the bright lines in its spectrum.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Seeing Color: Environmental narrative


I was influenced highly to the films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with his use of colors in the environment; he captures the Parisian life. In my narrative book I will like to capture the midwest environments and it’s colors in particular in the house. I will like to take pictures of people kitchen, furniture and surrounding space. Variations of colors are evident in people’s home.


I personally love clothes and I feel that people dress according on how they feel , and they use color to reflect it. Clothes and color are interesting and appealing , because people make different combinations. Some people are more color coordinated and arrange their clothes in a more organize palette , while others don’t. I will like to focus my narrative book into a study of the several color schemes people create with their clothes.

Department Stores

Stores like Betsey Johnson down on the plaza reflect the extension of color in one store. Throughout all the stores it is evident that color is utilize to attract , or create emphasize on the merchandize being sold. I remember being little and going to a Sanrio store, it was its colors that attract my attention. I will like to study how their environment of the store and its color with its merchandise create and interest people as the walk through department stores.


Food ranges in different colors, in this narrative book I will like to be focusing on vegetables and fruits. These colors are natural and I’m amazed by the different variations and color schemes that can be found. The different shades of green , red and others are evident in these nutritional food.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Final Text Options

Title of Book: En Route

Thick, thin, light, dark, stroke, curve, straight, horizontal, black and white, city, traffic, rush hour, crowded sidewalks , water strolling down . Buildings big, small , close and far away. Sit , stand , walk, interact, buzzing, sirens, honking , all buildings link. Lines orientated horizontal, vertical and they run along paths. En route stops made and lines far and wide, divisions in pavement and grass, directional line in the pavement, gates, look closer and you find lines everywhere there is a stop along the route.

-From my title options that I posted before, I liked " The Core of Kansas City" but "En Route" is better because it captures more of the traveling and on the road, which it was around the downtown area of Kansas City.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Text Options

Titles Ideas:

  1. Metropolis
  2. City of Fountains
  3. Inner City
  4. The Core of Kansas City
  5. The Heart of Kansas City
  6. Downtown Kansas

1. Stroke, line, pattern , rhythm, cars honking and the smell of the city, traffic sounds , a crowded sidewalk and its sounds. In its occupied streets , building all around this side of town. Everywhere I look there is something that connects a bench from the facade of a buildings and its lines. Lines change from thin to thick and is evident everywhere. lines can begin first in the division between of pavement and grass , a directional line in a parking lot , to the facade in the Sprint Center is the relationship of lines that brings disparate objects together.

2.Thick, thin, light, dark, stroke, curve, straight, horizontal, black and white, city, traffic, rush hour, crowded sidewalks , water strolling down . Buildings big, small , close and far away. Sit , stand , walk, interact, buzzing, sirens, honking , all buildings link. Lines orientated horizontal, vertical and they run along paths. En route stops made and lines far and wide, divisions in pavement and grass, directional line in the pavement, gates, look closer and you find lines everywhere there is a stop along the route.

3. Fragmented marks along the busy road . Spread along the road, lines , thick and wide. Look and and see that there are scars not only made by nature but my man too. Lines and direction and just two orientations but lines appeared in different weights, thin, thick . look there is something that connects a bench from the facade of a buildings and its lines. Lines change from thin to thick and is evident everywhere. lines can begin first in the division between of pavement and grass , a directional line in a parking lot , to the facade of buildings.

Reading Response : Interaction of Color

In the reading Interaction of Color by Josef Albers, in which:
I. Color Recollection: they way our visual memory and auditory memory works . The fact that our visual memory is weaker than auditory , he gives an example such as someone saying : red (the color). People would have different color shades on their minds.
II. Color reading and contexture: our ways of reading color and the interaction between colors.
III.Why color paper--- instead of pigment and paint: it list the reasons why is better to use color paper in comparison to paint, for these reasons:
1. Innumerable colors in large range of shades and tints in immediate use.
2. They are easy accessible such as in packing papers, magazines, decoration papers, paint samples. (I understood the reasons for searching for paint swatches around town.)
4. Avoids unnecessary mixing of paints.
5. Save time and materials.
6. Allows to use precisely the same color without the slightest change in tone, light or surface quality.
7.Color paper protects us from undesired and unnecessary addition of texture.
IV. A color has many faces-the relativity of color: color is the most relatively medium in art. As mentioned in last class, and an assignment was giving to us for some exploration on a trial-and-error basis. It it gives me a hint that there will some colors that are will be really hard to change; while there will be other susceptible to change.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

creating form. delineating space. defining form

I used the 12" letterform in which my initials are represented as mentioned on my previous post.
The letterforms K and V are intersecting together.
I photographed and created 4 sets of oppositional pairs.

Instability and Balance

Foreground and Background

Contrast and Minimal Detection

Static and Rhythm

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dimensional Letterforms

The objective was to construct a 6" letter, for this assignment I choose the uppercase letter "H" from the Helvetica font family. I used Foam Core and Bristol to create this three-dimensional representation. For the 12" 'Interpretive Letterform' I have decided to build my initials KVintersecting each other.

It was exciting seeing everyone build a letter and how they all looked together.

Part B: As mentioned I decided to do my initials , is 12" in height letterform. Is different, in comparison to my 6" letter by which this letterform contains diagonals and different sets of angles, is still from the Helvetica font family.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Narrative Letterform Part II ( Cropping letterforms and Image Integration)

After our selection of the letterform and making lists of words the final animation has come to an end. As mentioned in the previous post after my selection of the letter "f" and the two font styles Helvetica Std and Goudy Std.
In order to get the best compositions, I cropped the letterform using the mask in illustrator and placing it on the 3"x3" frame. The best were chosen from the font faces and these were the final compositions that were going to be use for my image content integration and the final animation in Flash.

Helvetica Std & Goudy Std
Cropping Compositions

Adding content was the next stage in these compositions, found images were intagrated based on my final group words which were Face & Facade and Fur & Fox. The method used to break the compositions and separate the elements with pathfinder and masking it in Illustrator.After this stage I made my final group words to be Face and Facade.

Compositions with Content

Sequences of the animation were made in order to create a smooth transition between both typefaces. The top sequential animation was the final choice, and in the final animation I decided that it will be a better transition to move from a thin stroke letter as the typeface Goudy to the bold, heavy stroke Helvetica Std.

Everything was placed in Adobe Flash , this is my final animation and it has sound of the city and voices to reflect my theme of Face and Facade and the imagery selected.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Group Crit: Kelsey Anderson and Karen Villalba

This is a straight line study that reflects balance and the picture on the right is of a trash can.
Different that were said where the digital craft, to get the the last stroke of the line study and the first stroke of the image to match. One of the good comments was the texture of the image , I feel though that as mentioned in the last critique my compositions should follow the same format this one is the only one that breaks from the horizontal format of the rest of my line studies. I'm going to try matching the image as closely as I can.
There were suggestions made in regards the image on the (left ) to try to rotate it or inverse it and see wether it will help the flowing of the transition. Kelsey view on wether the images didn't really match, yet she felt that the essence or the dialogue between the images is evident. I'm going to take Kelsey's criticism and try different rotations.
Kelsey liked the simplicity and it's contrast. She felt that is a good one for the final pile.

04_Balance _ Straight
Kelsey liked the dents on the gate of the image on the (right). Though compare to the other previous ones , this one is too similar to the line study.

I fix aspects that in the last critique were not working. Kelsey noticed that the window has a rounded edge so the middle window of the train looks a bit off and that i should move it more to the left to have a straighter edge just like in the line study. To watch for my digital craft , on the top left corner there a vertical line that is not part of the train that is very distracting.I'm going to carefully line them up and remove the line on the left corner.
I made the image (right) with more contrast and made the edges white and I zoomed out and it matches more to my line study. Kelsey liked it and she felt that this also should be in the final pile.
I have to retake this image as I tried to zoom in it got much more pixelated. I took the advice of the last critique to make my image connect it to my line study and create it into a cohesive whole. Kelsey felt that it was good and that I should retake it the photograph to have a greater resolution.
Kelsey saw where I was going with the image, the top and bottom match but the brick is too distracting and the window is very dominant and that break is not visible in the line study. Kelsey suggested and I thinks is good to take the photo from the side of the building where is not as distracting.
01_Random _Combination
Kelsey liked and she also felt that this should in the final pile.
On the tracing I took some of the lines and Kelsey felt that they did connect and to see wether I should remove some lines from middle and down of my line study. I will try and see wether it looks better.
In regards to this juxtaposition , Kelsey suggested that I should see it really zoomed out and see wether the images still match and to try to rotate one or the other to match them more evenly.

Today my goal is to take more photographs and do more editing on my previous studies to improve them.