On Tuesday in Week 2, we learned about the basics of the World Wide Web, and the history of the internet and the computer
We learnt how cookies work, where we installed an add-on program for Firefox, which showcases the data from entering into a website, letting it be placed into the web browser.
The lecture was continued with talks about interface design and web design, noting that the most noticeable style of visual designs are flat and minimalist designs.
Adam then told us to work on our computers, and look up an app named Fetch, which helps transfer and connect files to a website. We navigated to an RMIT webpage that can only be linked to our username. And we used another app called TextWrangler, to type in a command to place in Fetch to place onto the website.
Adam then said that we were going to create our own websites.
We had to make a sketch of the design of our site first (and it was important that it had flat design).The teacher told us to use Adobe Muse, a program that helps create your own website without coding. I did a little bit of work on the site a moment before class ended. Adam let us all know that were were going to keep updating our websites throughout the semester.
On Friday, we were told about our upcoming assessment. The assessment gave us 3 choices for what we could create: photographic abstractions, a 1920s Russian constructivist-style poster, and an abstract poster that reflects the mood of a music genre. I’m thinking of doing the third option.
After all that, we were lectured about the principles of design. The primary things that we were discussing were unity and balance, and how symmetry links to the latter. There are different types of symmetry and asymmetry.
We were then given a task called mandalas, where we created 3 circles on Illustrator and try to add an image inside them. But the requirements for these circles are that they need to each have a different use of balance (radical/biaxial/inverted), they must make use of proportion to create a focus on a element, and they must have a strong unity.
I thought this exercise was difficult because I couldn’t figure out some ideas for some of the circles; the inverted design I especially had trouble with.
But I figured it out and I decided to draw pictures of a orange slice in the radical circle, four apple slices in the biaxial circle, and two pear slices in the inverted circle. I chose the theme of fruit because I thought it would be simple.
I then had to do another task, where I had to crop two pieces of each of the 5 landscape pictures and discuss what principle of design they represent, and whether there’s symmetry or asymmetry.
The picture of the leaves look asymmetrical, while the picture of the fan have almost an inverted balance to their different positions.
The first picture of the skyscraper has a complete symmetrical balance, while the second picture of a ton of skyscrapers looks asymmetrical.
The picture of the tree with the clouds looks to have a inverted balance, because the shape the clouds are forming looks circular and connects to the circular look of the trees. The picture of the building has a symmetrical reflection in the water.
The mountain that can be seen in this picture has 2 points that make the image look kind of symmetrical.