For our second workshop with Regular Practice we used our images we painted last week and this time we layered words on. These were printed on acetate or paper and we made some posters from the CASS Summer Show.
I liked this workshop, because we were told to make something ugly, to just experiment, something which I need to do more as I know I can be a perfectionist.
On Friday we spent the day looking at gif makers and learning how to make them.
We started off with a fairly simple task of placing sticky dots in a storyboard, to make it look like a bouncing ball. This was quite useful, as it give us an idea of how each frame looks and what you need to think about when making a gif.
We had Regular Practice in for this lesson and it was a messy one. I love being hands on, and this lesson required us to use a lot of ink. (I somehow managed to get ink not only on my hands, but on both my arms up to my elbows, on my clothes and even in my hair…)
In one of the workshops we started off with answering and writing down words and sentences about ourselves, and then went on to painting random strokes. From this we cut out shapes and also drew odd inventions. This helped to think of the emotion you’d want to portray through your cover.
In another workshop, we were told to choose a cover from book cover archive and then imitate it or remake a cover.
I chose to do imitate Alena: A Novel and to remake 1000 Black Umbrellas. Alena seemed fairly simple, but I liked the textures used to place text on top and separate it from the background. For 1000 Black Umbrellas I kept their splattered design, but instead of black I wanted it to be colourful.
I think these workshops opened my narrow minded ways a bit, as I usually think of ideas and then stick to them, rather than experiment a lot.
For this task we had to look at interfaces and how one thing interacts with another. Before working on this task, I didn’t realise how many interfaces there are everywhere. When first getting the brief, I only though of the obvious, typical ones, like using your phone or a computer, but I think my group really opened my eyes, when they suggested things like the signs we see on streets and even something simple like opening a door.
We were given four interfaces we had to find and take photos of,
and then we could find our own. We chose to do:
Door with pin/code
Platform access lift
For our group we split the roles, we had a photographer, someone who made the presentation and two writers. I was one of the writers, and I realised that simple actions we do everyday actually take a lot of steps when we actually write it all down.
This project made me think about the interfaces that happen in our everyday lives and the ones that I don’t even take notice of. Definitely something to think about more.
The principles and elements of design are the main building blocks of creating a piece of art.
We were given a mammoth task that involved us creating 50 (or at least trying to) digital illustrations. This seemed near impossible to me, especially since I like to take my time on things and often see myself as a perfectionist when it comes to things like this.
We had to start thinking about our apps, and how they would be apt for people to use.
In this session we were given phone templates and asked to think about our story. How would we make the transition from one screen to the next? What type would we use? What colours would be applicable? This made me think a lot, not just about what I wanted to do, but also how other people would use it, why they would use it and what would they like to use too.