Saturday, April 30, 2011

Readings: Designing for Children

In the reading" Adults are from Earth and Children are from the Moon" by Randy White it clearly shows that kids are unpredictable when it comes to interacting with the environment. Kids will make the environment interactive, the interpret their surrounding area with function rather than form. The main four points in regards to the environment and children are:
1. Movement
2. Comfort
3. Competence
4. Control
In regards to designing for children by Catherine Fischel the article also mentions that when a child is challenged beyond his capacities that boredom is used as a defense. As well children's attentions span is rather short therefore my designing has to be engaging and attract both genders. In regards to wayfinding younger children don't read and they need time to adjust to a new environment. Children's familiarity with each other affects how they interact and play with other children, the interactions will be different with children who do not know each other. Materials need to be durable and easy to clean and maintain. In regards to my final solution for the project based on the readings not only keeping in mind the points above the main thing that I want to do is engage their imagination. Children aspire to be older than they are and if it is too cute is for babies, my typefaces as well as my overall designing to have that feel. As the article breaks the various motor and physical development, my style of rendering mimics their motor movement of trying to color inside the lines. In social skills kids enjoy pretend play and therefore I feel this approach to final artifact where the kids have ti imagine and envision something applies to their social skills. Even though this will be a book I have to make sure the text is short and easy for the kids to understand. Bright colors I will definitely use as a way for kids to see and be compel in seeing. Ages 6-7 can read longer books.

In the More Principles of Map Design by John Krygier the main principles of map design are:
Hierarchy: the important things should be big , so the nelson -atkins building, the bloch building and the main 5 sculptures are the main important things in the map for this event or that I will try to emphasize. Harmony: should be subliminal, the harmony should interact with all the elements. Simplicity: is key, in regards to my size the format will dictate content.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Imagine Edited Round 2

Imagine Edited

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Experiments: Papercutting

Through the process of paper cutting I have learned the virtue of patience and also I been having a better understanding of things connect and the fragility of the material. I also explored another type of paper and was able to get more layers with bigger letters(seen above). My attempt of using one material and creating as many of layers I can possibly can is still something I'm exploring at a bigger scale. I'm able to create way more creating more an according style fanning out letter form. They are things like the letter breaking which is out of my control, I been trying to be more considerate of those points and being observant when it works and when it doesn't. Another surprise was the addition of light and shadow as seen in the middle picture where the word is completely destroyed and yet the making of the work is still visible.
Another attempt that I will try to do and reflect is a 3-D effect by using read and blue filter.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rendering Methods Exploration

Rendering Methods

Friday, April 8, 2011

2 concepts moving forward with the Nelson Atkins

As mentioned in class my concept is to make kids envision a personification of the sculptures with the educational incentive of given a background information about the artist that made the piece. I'm combining these two ideas in which they get a charm at each of the locations by one of the docents and therefore they can attach it to a piece of twine or later to the dendroid tree like activity.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Final Reflection: CNA

CNA, caregiver's provides quick activities that will help them with their physical and mental health. Based on the critique on friday, I made a few changes such as the bathtub icon. I also incorporated self-esteem phrases in my calendar to make it more motivational for the caregivers to do the 18 timely quick activities.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the end product and the way that the calendar was able to incorporated with the booklet. I still feel that there are some icons that could be improved and altered but overall I think that I was able to create a tailored design for caregiver's to help them with their physical and mental health. The desk calendar also attends to the fact that this particular audience is more interested in readable material and attending to the fact that they can't spend money. Is convenient as mentioned I noticed that on the visual audit they spend quite some time on their desk.

Final CNA Spreads

More Typography Experiments

Through these type experiments I have learned the quality of positive and negative space within the letterform. Through my process I have learn the importance of the stroke thick and bold. I feel that similar to martin venezky I could use cropping and the relationship of the letterforms to create this overlapping sense of studies and use it in my experiments. In my process also learned to pay attention to the letterform and is various curves.