WEEK 6

On Tuesday in week 6, we had just finally filmed all of our footage and were ready to start editing and compositing our footage.

The other members of my team did most of the editing, by combining and cutting down all of the scenes we took, while also trying to tie our footage in with the audio of the Star Wars cantina scene.

We didn’t have time to add chroma key effects to our video. So when it was near the end of class, my teammates and I decided that we would each work on 15 seconds of our footage at home.

On Friday, we were lectured about typeface, and how different types of font can help set style and/or mood.

We also first learned about our next assignment, where the theme was photo manipulation. This was another assignment where we had to choose between 3 things: do a self-portrait poster that has other images and text that show the ideas and reflections of the person, create a magazine spread that shows a photo-manipulated and surreal landscape, or make a typographic poster using one word and a theme. I am still thinking about which one to do, but I’m leaning on either the magazine spread or the typographic poster.

The first task that we did was to take two images and write down the titles of the image on top of them, and we had to figure out what kind of typeface would fit the images.

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I think that the composition of the text with this background is alright because the coluor and sans-self typeface of the text has a very warm and autumn-ish look and feeling to it. I also like the placement of the words where they’re all connected with “in.”

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I really like this composition in this image, because the typeface looks very royal and grand, and the position of the letters look nearly symmetrical.

The second task was to look up a random quote, and rewrite it using different and mood-provoking typefaces.I decided to make two versions of the quote.

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I like the first version more, because the two fonts blend together better and have a very interesting look to them.

week 5

On Monday, we started doing production on our Star Wars cantina video with vegetables. The other members of the team that was in had brought in their vegetables to use as characters in the video. Our plan was to put vegetables on stick so we could move them more easily, and film them in front of a blue screen, so we could put in backgrounds later. My team suggest that I look for backgrounds for the characters to interact with, when they’re edited into the blue screen. The backgrounds that my team asked me for were pictures of fruit stands and fruit markets, but specifically one fruit stand called Top Juice. We didn’t do all of the scenes on Monday, but we did film enough scenes. We decided to keep working on the video during the week.

On Friday, we learned about layout and grid systems.

Our first task for the class was to create our own creative layouts/grids to form a magazine spread about the artist Banksy.Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.08.12 am

I do like this layout that I created, because it gives the images perfect placement and unity, while also leaving a lot of space.

Our next task was to take two pictures of a girl and a car, place them in background pictures of a hill and a desert, and blend them in well.carindesert

For this first picture, I placed the picture of the car into the desert background, erased the background of the car image by using the mask function on Photoshop, and added and warped shadows for the car to look like it’s actually in the desert. I think this picture is alright, but I feel that the shadows that I created look really rushed and don’t seem to blend in well with the desert background.

girlathillfinalI didn’t have time to finish this second picture at class, so I made this at home. This was incredibly easy to make, since all I had to pretty much erase the background of the girl picture and place it into the hill background. I also tried to add some depth to the girl picture by lightening and darkening some parts of her, and then placing a little shadow near her.

WEEK 4.5

After the Easter holidays, I went back to class on Friday.

Thomas lectured us about a specific element of design: Colour. He talked about the colour theory, and how images with different hues and contrasts can convey a mood. We then had to do an activity where we had to create 2 posters that show the colour theory, based on two songs.

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The first song was “Lisbon, OH,” by Bon Iver, and because the song was calm and gentle, I decided to use different coloured flowers for my first poster, to show the song’s sweet tone. I also blurred the flowers a bit as well, and put them in a rhythm. I think this poster’s alright, because it shows a very warm feeling.

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The second song was “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. For my poster, I wanted to make a visualisation of how the song keeps getting more faster, intense, and louder. I like this poster, because the jagged shape makes the representation of the song pretty simple.

 

The next activity that I did next was to add different palettes to different versions of logos. Each version of a logo has the name of the palette that I’m supposed to add for them.

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My favourite from this first batch of different coloured logos is the high contrast one, because the bright and loud colours stand out in the logo.

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My favourite from this group of logos is the analogous logo, because it looks to have a subtle three-dimensional form.

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My favourite from the third group of logos is the optional logo, because I really like the contrast of the dark green with the light green.

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My favourite from the fourth group of logos is the monochromatic logo, because the black, white, and grey of the image looks old and retro.

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My favourite from this fifth group of logos is the triads logo, because the different and related colours blend really well together.

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My favourite from the last group of logos is the complimentary logo, because the gradient and contrast add a three-dimensional form to the little circles.

week 4

Tuesday was our only class of Design in Digital Media, since Friday this week to Tuesday next week are Easter holidays.

Our new teacher for the next couple of weeks is Shaun Wilson, and he is teaching digital video.

For our first big assignment with him, we had to split into groups. The groups had names of famous directors. Mine was Team JJ (Abrams). Our task we’re supposed to be doing is aking the cantina scene from “Star Wars” and making shot lists and storyboards of the entire scene, and then actually going out and filming a remake of the scene. Our team suggested that we remake the cantina scene with fruit and vegetables instead of people. I spent the first week writing down lots of details in the shot list for the Star Wars scene.

Shaun then showed us a couple of techniques in Photoshop, for how to create a storyboard image.

WEEK 3

It was our last week to learn interactivity, and we spent Tuesday recapping everything we had learned about the last couple of weeks. We even talked about studio critique and how it helps us learn from trying to accomplish our designs and explore the positives of creating and working on them. We then went back into Adobe Muse, where we started making our website. We had to review our web server, and then we were tasked to edit and change our sites to have mobile interactivity, which means we had to create proper site layouts that would readable on a phone or a tablet.

It took me a while to do that, since I saved my website into another computer, so I had to get on that computer and put my site on Google Drive so I could access it.

I was then put into a group to check on a couple of websites that we had to choose so we could critique and write notes about what would appeal people to those sites and how they would be more interactive on mobile.

We were then tasked to go unto a coding tutorial website, kind of to prove to us how coding is extremely easy. I knew most of how it worked, since I did this kind of stuff before a couple of years ago in TAFE. I pretty much went through most of the answers in the tutorial.

After that, it was the end of Tuesday’s class and the end of our learning about interactivity. It was our last class with Adam until week 10 thru 12.

On Thursday, we learned more about some of the other principles of design: emphasis, movement,  and rhythm.

Tom then gave us a choice for the day to either work on our assessment or work on a list of activities that involve the 3 principles of design. I decided to do the latter.emphasis 1

This picture is supposed to show the emphasis of colour. I think this picture’s alright because all I had to do was select the live paint bucket tool on Illustrator and colour in parts of the shape to make them stand out.

 

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This also shows emphasis too, but with colour and scale. I thought that these pictures seemed a bit rushed, since I had to try out different types of elements for them and I had to think fast on these designs.

 

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This picture is supposed to represent movement. I like this picture because the way it looks along with the different copies atop it make it look like a snake moving.

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These images also show movements. I like how I managed to make each image a different kind of element (organic shapes, lines, geometric shapes).

 

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Each of these images are supposed to show rhythm. I like these pictures because I had to create different kind of unique shapes to show off the form of rhythm.

Week 2

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.

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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.

RMIT Design in Digital Media – WEEK 1

This is my first blog entry about my progress in Design in Digital Art In RMIT.

On Tuesday, our teacher was Adam Nash, and the first thing he lectured us on was about our specialisations that we will do for the rest of the semester, and the first one that we were going to study was interactivity.

I was forced into a team where we had to define what digital media is, and what parts of media were interactive (games) and non-interactive (TV, movies).

We were then being lectured about how certain designers can help bring usability and robustness to interactive designs.

I had to join another group for another task, where were had to design and wireframe a digital calendar interface. We all discussed different ideas for our calendar, like how it would accessible for computers, phones and tablets. I suggested that our calendar would have a background that has pretty pictures that you can interact with and change into a different picture. After we thought of those ideas, we made the wireframe of the calendar, and then we did an evaluation of what we learned. After that, it was the end of the class.

On Friday, we had a different teacher this time, named Tom Penney.

We were lectured about the elements of design, and how we use them in art.

I was then put into a different team once again, this time we had to recreate a famous painting using only one element of design. The painting was Edward Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning,” and the element that my team had to work on was point (or dot).

The other members of my team were unsure what to do with using point, since it’s so minimal that it would be extremely difficult.

Luckily, I had a idea to place dots in different lines, to make them combine into shapes that resemble the buildings in the painting. Our class seemed to be impressed with what we did.

For my homework, we had to not only read up documents and watch videos about how to use the elements of design, but also try out a puzzle. The puzzle was to use four black squares and play with them to represent and convey an emotion, for the audience to understand.

In summary, my first week of the Design in Digital Art course was pretty good, and I’m interested to do more in the next couple of weeks.

 

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