Halfway through Design Concepts

In the beginning of this week, the class was asked to review essential design concepts and how they relate to communication and storytelling.  I must admit, I never payed attention to the various aspects of design or even wondered why a certain advertisement or label was created in the way that it was.  Now that I have somewhat of a baseline understanding of these concepts, I am starting to comprehend how visuals are usually a result of a methodical process.

Daily Creates

Presently, the class was tasked on providing at least 2 daily creates posted on Twitter:

I throughly enjoy listening to 80’s music and find the music videos to be entertaining and somewhat comical.  In this video, Daryl Hall, John Oats and the rest of the band mates magically appear in and out of long trench coats and matching fedora hats while singing catchy lyrics in a melodic tune. The outfits alone may be enough to provide meme material, particularly a message where one would employ a 1950’s detective to keep an eye out for you.

Originally, I had the intention of creating my very first meme video, however I experienced technical difficulties with Imgflip.com.  Other suggestions on how to create a meme would be greatly appreciated.

This picture had me “rolling on the floor” laughing for several minutes.  I still laugh every time I look at it.  Faceinhole.com was a very easy website to use because they had many scenarios available to select from, clear instructions on how to upload a photo, and user friendly tabs to resize your photo within the template.  The subject chosen was my usually reserved husband who had no clue what his face was being used for.

Graphic designers who play around

The hyperlink above should take you to the reflection post of the week.  In this post, the class was asked to interpret, compare, and contrast the styles of two different graphic designers, Paula Scher and David Carson.  I throughly enjoyed watching the TED talks from these two designers.  While I was aware that Scher was behind the design of Shake Shack, I do not believe I had ever experienced David Carson’s work before I watched his video.

The concept that resonated the most was that they both encouraged the designer to create freely.  I felt that I learned to look past the obvious in design and to try and interpret the meaning behind the message. For Carson, I particularly enjoyed it when he presented two pictures of the “No Parking” sign, both with the same wording but essentially different font and writing style that presented a different meaning.  And for Scher, I saw the humor behind her interpretation of the United States, particularly when she stated that she would place cities and states in the incorrect place.

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Hunting for the perfect design

The hyperlink above should lead you to the designblitz assignment.  This exercise was intended to help solidify the exposure received to the basic principles of graphic design.  Below are a few examples of the advertisements photographed that represent various concepts.

Most of the images were captured on the same day while my husband and I were running errands.  In a few of the pictures, I did not even get out of the car to take them.  We were simply driving by a sign and I snapped a quick picture.  For the representation of space, I wished I had stepped back a little more to capture the entire building in a single frame.  The concept however should be obvious –  the designer has chosen to keep the signage minimal and simplistic much like the overall building.

The design concept that gave me a little trouble was proximity and balance.  It may have been the reason why I was having difficulty finding a representation – because I did not fully understand what I was looking for.  I should have spent more time with the tutorials on canva.com.

Question of the week:

If you could change one thing in our history what would it be?  Why?

What if the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 never happened?  As a result of these terrorist attacks, 2996 people lost their lives on that single day.  These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. During the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush later coined the term “Global War on Terrorism.”  The United States government increased military operations against groups accused of being terrorists and heightened national security to a unprecedented level.


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