April 2010 Archives

Journal #2

4/28/10
Woke up at 11, felt great to sleep in. Sat on my parents couch and watched the news on my parents' new flat screen. I miss the twin cities news; the Northland news doesn't cut it for me. I went for a run around my neighborhood and found that when I breathe in through my nose and out my mouth, it calms me down and helps me run faster and further. After, I had to go to Wells Fargo and cash a check to get gas to come back to Duluth. I decided to stop at the Mall of America on my way home. My mission was to hit up Forever 21, I did so, and spent $116. I love shopping. Forever 21 is one of my favorite stores and I wish I owned the entire store. If I could have one wish granted for me it would be to have an unlimited amount of money for shopping and be able to go all around the world just to shop. It's embarrassing but I enjoy it and it makes me happy. I ended up arriving back at Duluth at 8:30, because I spent two hours at the mall. I worked on homework, watched Late Night with Jimmy Fallon then hit the hay.
(icon will be a Forever 21 shopping bag)

Journal #1

View image4/27/10
Today, I woke up late. Made a PB&J. Got dressed and dropped off at school by my roommate. Went to class, walked home, looked at all the different trees and flowers on my walk. After, I took pictures of my house for a mosaic I am making for 2D. My friend Ellen came over and told me she was going to drive down to the cities for job interviews she had in the morning. My car had broken down in the cities last weekend and this was my chance to go get it. So I decided to jump the gun and go home at 8 pm. The ride was entertaining like it usually is when Ellen and I are together. We stopped at Wendy's and I bought the two of us frosties. We talked about her new boyfriend and what we wish to do this summer. I came home to my house looking different like always when I come back because, my mom has become addicted to redecorating. Just this semester I have come home four times to find something new each time: a new flat screen television, hard wood floors replacing the carpet and tile that used to exist. On trip three, I come home to find a redone bathroom and about twenty contemporary furnishings around the house (it's funny because she has no idea of the significance behind any of the art works she buys). Tonight, I pull up to my house to find a tree gone from the front yard, piles of stone blocks, and a partially put together wall of pavers. My mom tells me we are getting a "patio" in the front yard. Oh boy.
The typeface I will be using is Suburban.

Travel : project 3

Final Project 2

Ch. 4

When looking at the examples from the book Fault Lines, the use of text and images really does take your eye either to the text above or equal with the text next to the image.

Ch. 2 & 3

While reading Ch. 2, I found it quite interesting that the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson was considered a manifesto, I had never thought of it in that way and am used to manifestos being written by artists and artist movements. Also, some of the various methodologies used for producing a design that stuck out to me were: Python philosophy, TIMTOWTDI, and KISS. The statement from Dieter Rams makes some good points like "Harmony is better than divergency, Neutral is better than aggressive, and A system is better than single elements." It's crazy to think how much technology and style has been changed now days compared to what was socially acceptable 10+ years prior. I don't quite understand the Ems and ens, just that they are used for measuring the body of text and an en is equal to half of an em. Understanding the Golden Section is key in graphic design and I am trying to get a better grasp on it, I feel that this reading has helped me a bit in learning how to use it. I learned that the visual center is higher and a little to the right of the mathematical center of something. The list of human proportions and all the various was to measure the human body was engaging to read. Reading about Corbusier's use of the golden ratio and his use of the human form in architecture was interesting. I found out that gestalt is used to talk about a design as a combination of a bunch of different elements, not just one.
Reviewing the symmetrical and asymmetrical grid by reading chapter 3 was helpful.
How columns are set up affects the readability of text.

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