Making a decision

Today, I started the research for my poster project. In our brief, we were given multiple options of what the poster could be about. I took my time to read through them all, considering what I could do for each and every one and which one would be the best for me. In the end, thinking about possible designs and my personal interest, I picked the two that I liked best. In the following, you can see a list of all the options, the ones that I decided to take a closer look at are underlined.

  • Where have you been and when?
  • What is your social network?
  • How many documented meteor impacts have there been?
  • Who lives the longest?
  • What is the fattest country?
  • Where do different genders shop online?
  • Who knows each other and how in Star Wars?
  • What type of music is the most popular?
  • Who has the largest carbon footprint?
  • How does the hydrologic cycle (also called the water cycle) work?

The first one, I liked because I thought that I could probably visualize a number of different places, since I have lived in three different countries so far. I thought, it could be nice to design the poster in form of a map, connecting all the places I have lived and the ones, I have visited in two separate ways.

The last one, I liked because I had a very different option of how to go about it. Unlike the first topic, I did not have to stick to a certain structure and I felt, that I could be more creative about it. I could add details like plants, rocks or clouds or I could stick to a simpler design. The other thing that I thought, I could use to my advantage was the form of the cycle as a never ending, ongoing thing.

So even though I liked the first idea as well, I decided to pick the water cycle.

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ILLUSTRATOR TUTORIAL: TRACING

Today, we had a tutorial about tracing in illustrator. The reason for tracing is simple: turning raster images into vector images. I knew that that would be an important part of my poster design, since I would need pictures of plants or trees that I could not create otherwise.

After we played around a little to get used to using the tool, we all completed the little task of tracing a picture of the Starbucks logo. In the following, you can see how it turned out for me:

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KINETIC TYPOGRAPHY: THE REFLECTION

Working with After Effects was as difficult as I expected it to be. It took longer than every other task I have done, what makes a lot of sense, considering that I have never used After Effects before and it is a very complex program. It was not enough doing research beforehand, I had to keep researching information during the project. The most difficult part was, that the appearing words had to fit the actor’s voice and that I had to switch between screens to show more sentences. Also, I had trouble using After Effects on my laptop and that I had to restart it a lot, took a bit of time as well.

After all, I found After Effects to be a very interesting program. I am planning to work through some Lynda.de tutorials and find out more about what I could learn to do with it. We already had a workshop on green screens which I sadly missed because I was ill. But I am planning to catch up on the content with one of my course mates after reading week.


KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE TASK

KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE VIDEO

KINETIC TYPOGRAPHY: THE VIDEO

I completed my typography task using After Effects. I decided to take a scene from the TV-series Game of Thrones, in which one of the characters talks about chaos and ladders. I extracted the audio from a YouTube video.

Before I started using my audio, I did a test animation to get used to After Effects.

In the following you can see the final result of my work.

References:

Vengrence, 2013. Game of Thrones – Littlefinger “Chaos Is A Ladder”. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxlIraEV8n4


KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE TASK

KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE REFLECTION

KINETIC TYPOGRAPHY: THE TASK

The last of the four given tasks was all about Kinetic Typography and After Effects. In two workshops, we gained a lot of knowledge about Adobe’s After Effects and how it can be used to animate words and letters. For this task, we are supposed to generate a sequence of no less than 20 seconds in which we use kinetic typography to accompany and enhance a soundtrack featuring voice.

We are suggested to extract the voice we use from a part of existing media. For example, we were offered to use the ‘Wolf Sales Pitch’ from the film ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013).

To deepen my knowledge before I start, I am going to take a look at the following tutorial on YouTube.

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It offers an explanation on kinetic typography and After Effects in general and it also starts from the very beginning, which is good, in case I will forget some of the basics. The downside is the fact that some features are not explained. For example how to switch from one layer to the next one or how to make whole sentences disappear. Since that part confused me a bit during our workshop, I will have to do a little bit more research on that.

References:

Rosten, J., 2011. Kinetic Typography Tutorial. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOi5P1qxrM4&noredirect=1 [Accessed 05/011/14]


KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE VIDEO

KINETIC TYPOGRAPHIE: THE REFLECTION

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE REFLECTION

Completing the TEMPORAL EXPRESSION tasks, I ran into three major difficulties:

Finding the right motive. I did not only had to find motives that fit the given theme CIRCLE, but also ones, I could capture, using long exposure, short exposure and the method of a joiner image. It was not easy to achieve that and sometimes, I had to try more motives than I would have liked.

Research. I could not just go out and take the photos. For this task, research was a really important part and I do not think that I would have had accomplished anything without the amount of research, I did. I had to gain information about how to set cameras and what cameras to use in the first place, what the tasks were and what other people did.

The camera. For two of the tasks, I used my smartphone camera and even though I was happy with the result, I think I could have achieved something better, if I would have used a proper camera. After I realized that, I completed part two using a friend’s camera and the results were amazing, compared to what I would have ended up with using my smartphone. To demonstrate the immense difference, in the following, I will show two photos of light painting. The first one was taken with my smartphone, the second one with my friend’s digital SLR.

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TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: THE TASKS

TEMPORALEXPRESSIONS: JOINER IMAGE (TASK 1)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: LONG EXPOSURE (TASK 2)

TEMPORAL EXPRESSIONS: SHORT EXPOSURE (TASK 3)

ANIMATION: TASK 2 (STOP-MOTION)

The second animation task we were given was to create a stop motion animation by taking pictures and then putting them into a sequence. We were supposed to stick to the theme CIRCLE. I decided to use water and a glass as my motive. I wanted the bottle to slowly empty, while the glass would fill. The shape of the bottle and the glass are round, which connects to the given theme. In the following you can see my stop-motion animation.

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ANIMATION TASK

WORKSHOP: ANIMATION WITH PHOTOSHOP