I went to an event at Newhouse that shared in which a seminar was held on each of the eight Newhouse majors. In the time allotted to the students each person was able to pick two major information sessions to go to. Even though I am BDJ I decided to go to the Advertising and TRF information sessions. To my surprise I really enjoyed the Advertising session and found the description of the major very appealing. The panel of advertisers discussed their careers as a job that is filled with travel and exiting accounts. One of the panel members was a previous SU student who had just started working at a firm in New York City. It is crazy to me that her first job out of college is in NYC because when people speak about BDJ they usually say that your first job out of college is going to be at some small rural town in the middle of nowhere. It was refreshing to hear that advertising was different.
This event inspired me because it showed me their is more out their besides BDJ. The only problem with that is now I am temped to switch to an advertising major. I love BDJ but it is a highly competitive career choice that does not officially pay off finically or location wise when you first start. Where as advertising seems like if you apply to the right position and get it you can get good financial benefits right off the bat along with an exiting location. Also the more I thought about advertising the more in demand I realized this field is because their are a ridiculous number of ads thrown at us each today which means they need a lot of man power to develop and release those adds. Overall this advertising informational presentation inspired me because it showed me another major/career that I could see myself extremely happy in.
On Saturday I attended an event at Newhouse regarding how journalist can best use Social media in their careers. The panel of news professionals discussed the dos and don`t on what to put on your social media site. They discussed twitter and Facebook and how building a brand for yourself over social media is key when pursuing a career in journalism. They also discussed how taking videos on your phone when reporting could give you an edge up on breaking the story first. For example one of the reporters on the panel took a video of Amanda Bynes on his phone as she entered the courtroom and posted it to vine the moment the video was taken. Other people used satellite so their videos took 15 minutes to upload but because he used his phone his video was sent out immediately. His footage was the first footage seen of Amanda Bynes and it when viral. Since I am interested in entertainment news this story really stuck out to me and also it showed how social media improved his story.
This event was inspirational because it showed me how social media is not just a platform for gossip but an essential platform for news. I was not a fan of social media but this event encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. It inspired me to create an instagram and start preparation for my career for when I graduate. This event definitely got me thinking about my future and how I can take steps over social media to create opportunities for myself. This event showed me a whole different perspective on social media that was more business orientated.
After we watched the video in class thatB.E.A.T I was extremely inspired by the high energy and originality that New Orleans Bounce music possessed. When I got out of class all I wanted to do was to share the video with all of my friends in my dorm because of the positive impact it had on me. The music was like nothing I have ever heard before and the dancing was amazing. I love how this booty shaking music was able to create a cross over between the gay community and hip hop something that stereotypically would not seem to match up. Watching the sense of community and belonging that everyone in the video felt while out dancing was extremely uplifting. When one video 9 minute video can literally make me want to plan a vacation to that destination you know the person who made it was a good story teller. One person that inspired me in particular in that video was Nicky Da B . He had such a great presence and attitude that he was impossible to ignore. After I was done sharing the video we saw in class with my friends I then went on youtube and looked up other videos`s that Nicky Da b was in.
The Video “Express your Self” is now one of my favorite videos because of the crazy beat and positive message. Through my research on Nick Da B I found out that he is a proud gay artist who is out to the public. When I watched the video I not only associated express your self with dancing but in general to be who you are and do things that make you happy. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks do things and say things that you want to and don’t hold back because you are afraid of other people`s negative comments. After watching this video, I felt happy, inspired, and ready to take on the world. This might seem like an exaggeration but Im serious his music really had an impact on me. Nicky Da B was a very talented artist could be seen as a symbol for the evolution of hip hop/rap. His openness with his sexuality will open doors for other gay rappers who may of thought they had to keep it a a secret if they wanted to make it in the business. Nicki da B will most definelty be missed and his bounce legacy will live on l;ing after his death. This week he gained a new Fan and will continue to gain fans and recognition for his work. After seeing all of the nice comments on his video it is safe to say that his influence in the New Orleans bounce music community will live on.
On Wednesday I attended the Tully Center For Speech Event, where I listened to Alan Rusbridger speak about his career in Journalism and saw him accept the Tully free speech award. Alan works as the editor of the Guardian and has experienced a lot of backlash and legal issues for publishing the truth. An Example of tho that Alan is known for is that he published the Edward Snowden story. When Alan was asked why he published this controversial story he said it was because he believed it was something the public needed to know. Watching Alan speak was extremely inspirational for me because I am majoring in broadcast Journalism so I connected with what he was saying.
Alan painted journalism in a great light and spoke about how important this industry is to the public. Alan`s Comparison of Journalism to something as essential as the police force showed how much respect he had for his job. He spoke about how the media`s job is to spread the truth to the public so they can make intelligent decisions in their own lives. When I begin my career in broadcast journalism I want to be as fearless and honest as Alan and always reveal the truth even if its a risky secret to uncover. If something is unjust and negatively affects the public than I want to be able to tell them.
Today while I was completely lost on what I was going to do for my non-fiction project on I came across this picture of my roommate Kaylynn and was instantly inspired. Today she was showing me her modeling portfolio and I was wowed by how professional her pictures were and had no idea of the extant of her modeling career. My roommate has done modeling since she is 16 years old and has dreams of one day being a high fashion model. I asked her more about her modeling background and future plans and as she was talking I could see myself really telling a great story about her. Doing a story on such an ambitious person who not only is interested in modeling but is going to school for pre-med could really change peoples views on the stereotypical dum model. Telling her story could really show a different side to the business and depict her two conflicting identities. One as a dedicated college student choosing the prestigious and honorable path as a doctor and the other as a dreamer captivated by the luxurious and fast paced lifestyle that comes with modeling.
For my topic, Sloth, I chose to focus on typography and how the art of creating type has dwindled from artistry to simplicity. I chose to animate how a Blackletter ‘S’ would would sketched out, inked, and then filled in. Then it transforms to a computer screen with a cursor blinking to spell out the word ‘sloth’ in sans-serif type. This represents how typography has gone from a full-time occupation to a thing we all take for granted. Generations today who use technology don’t realize the time and effort it takes to create a typeface and how it affects our daily lives. The end takes you to a youtube link about the history of typography, which I think is appropriate for the importance of typography.
The following project draws on stories from the bible that can teach lessons about the 7 deadly sins. The Tower of Babel is a famous story about pride. I choose to go with a simple design that used an “icon” to represent the story. The tower is the symbol for this story. With the design of the tower, I chose to use layers of metaphors to allude to both the story and “pride.”
The tower is unfinished and is composed as “detached” because I wanted to represent something that was unaccomplished. This is what happens in the story. In a sense, I am trying to tell the story before one actually reads the story.
I chose to use variations of purple for this project. Purple is a color that represents pride. Color acts as another layer of metaphor to allude to the sin. My goal was to create something that could “say pride” even if the word did not appear on it.
The interactivity is simple. Two things are clickable. The cloud leads you to the bible story, and the word pride leads you to the virtue lesson for the sin. My audience is younger and therefore, I didn’t want to complicate it.
I believe all the elements of this project work well together to not only convey the sin of pride but to also teach a lesson on how to overcome that sin.
The concept for this piece changed over time, many times, until I decided to make another infographic about the nuclear powers and the amount of nuclear weapons that each of them possesses. It is a topic that is always in flux, so I wanted to show the most current information (July 2013) in a simple way. I did so in a dark-humored sort of way, that might lend to the unease of the topic.
In order to elicit this dark humor, I decided to make things rather rustic and roughly done. However, I needed it to still be simple and easy to understand. To do this I used the basic and well-known shape of a bomb and some color organization of the countries throughout. The radioactive symbol at the beginning starts the whole piece off on a darker tone as well.
When it came to the colors and type, it all had to reflect back on wrath and the topic of nuclear weaponry. The colors were an easier element to implement, as one of the first colors that comes to mind when wrath, or nuclear war is uttered is that of red. In order to make the colors easier to differentiate, however, I extended the mix into oranges and pinks as well. They are all still in the warmer range of colors, but bright and pop against the crumpled paper background.
For the type, I eventually decided to do a handwritten type. To do this, I made my own typeface that was hand drawn and then implemented it for all of the type. It is rough and mainly in all caps so as to define hierarchy and also to make it bolder, as if the information is screaming at you.
Finally, the imagery was very simply done, but informative and powerful I believe. It not only provides information visually, but verbally as well through some hard numbers. The radioactive symbol at the start gets the user in the frame of mind for what will come next. Then the bomb I used is the typical little-man bomb that one often sees in association with 1950’s bomb types. The color blocks then emphasize what powers in the world hold the most nuclear threat, and it is made very clear with the interactivity.
Overall, I think that the animation illustrated the point of wrath when it comes to world powers and the threat of nuclear weapons. It communicated this information simply and with hierarchy so that the user can focus on the message that it is communicating.
My actual concept for design changed. However, I stuck with the same principle that I wanted to show the inner effects of wrath rather than the outward aggression. Therefore, my design was more focused on how wrath affects people internally by making their hearts and souls dark. I also wanted to show the opposite of wrath; that is why the heart begins red before turning black and that the ending message of the animation is “Be Kind.” I wanted to have a handwritten feel to my animation, so I put the animation on a paper background. I wanted my animation to be simple and clean.
For this assignment, I really wanted to have fun and create something that was exaggerated and preposterous in order to get my point across. I was assigned to illustrate gluttony, I combined elements such as glamour and sexuality with an excessive amount of food, particularly junk food. My idea was to have mounds of food rain down from the sky, and have an obese super model fall from the sky and land in the pile of food.
The illustration I created is very over the top and whimsical, I wanted to the viewers to feel like they were in a wonderland or some sort of heaven. For this reason, I incorporated pink, fluffy clouds in the background that move softly throughout the animation. I tried to pick out colorful foods, and foods that were also especially fattening and luxurious.
The animation becomes especially exaggerated when the supermodel falls from the sky, into the food and bounces and smooshes the pile. Because the woman is wearing a skimpy bathing suit and some high heels, while rolling around in food, I think the image also emphasizes vanity and sexual desire.
I decided not to have any interactivity because I did not feel as if it enhanced the illustration or helped to communicate my point, if anything I thought any links or buttons may just confuse my viewers.
The deadly sin that I selected was pride. Originally, I was using the allegorical story of the Tower of Babel as my inspiration, but through some wonky art direction, and new ideas thrown around, it ended up having more of a Tower of Pizza theme. The animation shows the tower being built, then the weather changes and the scene becomes slightly ominous as it tilts dramatically. It’s still a story about how, as humans, we are often very pride full in thinking that we have the greatest technology and innovations, but we can still fail when our pride gets in the way. The animation style is lighthearted and comical. I tried to keep the style simple and bright- nothing too serious.
To represent the sin pride, I choose to depict it through reflective surfaces. My concept was that someone who is overly proud, to a point of vanity, would go out of their way looking for reflective surfaces in day to day items. Things like spoons and windows become ways to admire yourself. For design style I choose a subdued color pallet and simple silhouette illustrations to keep all the items unified and give the graphic an antique vibe. The typography I choose is Jubilat, a slab serif that matches the aesthetic of the images. I was inspired by Saul Bass’s movie opening credit scenes like in Anatomy of a Murder.
For my Seven Deadly Sins project I got envy as my topic. I wanted to convey the danger of envy in this short animation. I created this feeling through using the inverted photos and flashing back and forth between that and the normal image. This reminds me of old horror movies and creates a sense of suspense and fear.
I wanted to focus on the eye because envy is seeing what others have and being jealous of that. I chose to break up the parts of the eye and animate them in separately. I think that this helps capture the audience’s attention because they cannot tell what it is at first.
As for the color scheme I wanted to keep things simple and mostly black and white. Envy is generally associated with the color green so I want to stick with that as the accent color to highlight specific things. . I wanted the background to be dark to convey that envy is a deadly sin.
I added the part at the end where the grey swirls animate in to show that envy can consume you and take over. I think that overall it came together nicely and I am happy with the finished product.
The sources I used were just handouts from previous classes because I did not do any animation that I had not previously tried.
Knife is displayed on screen and is animated to move up and down.
Click it and the stage animates in blood, first slowly, then quickly. The screen fills with blood until the whole thing is covered. And then WRATH appears. You can click the white knife to replay the animation.
I chose this site because I thought it was a creative way to promote the TV mini series of Tin Man on SciFi and I really liked that they collaborated with international graphic artists to create an illustration experience of what the show is about.
The users of this website are likely to know what the Wizard of Oz is and are likely to have an interest in scifi television shows or an interest in alternate plots to a well known classic fantasy story. Theses users are probably between the teen and adult population since it isn’t exactly what a child would be interested in watching or participating in the interactive website since most of it involves reading. I think their cultural background would probably mostly be American but other english speaking people who have an interest in fantasy and the Wizard of Oz would also be interested in the website. It isn’t difficult to navigate the site so as long as you can read I think anyone could enjoy it if they have related interests.
User Interface & Functionality
Interface: When opening the site you are given the option to speed up or slow down the process in which the illustrations travel within each other. The illustrations lead or transition into other illustrations without changing its image sort of like the twilight zone it continues zooming into one aspect of the illustration leading into another illustration until the cycle repeats itself. There’s two audio tracks one of which has a fantasy mystery feel to it and the other track is made up of voices from the TV series.
Functionality: As you travel through the illustrations you can click on ‘scene info’ which gives you information about the scene or illustration you are on. You can move from that section onto other scenes without changing the illustration in the background. There’s also a credits tab which gives you a list of people and artists they collaborated with and they also give you the option to turn off the music and voice audio.
Interface works: I think what works is how the illustration builds into the next illustration and the music creates an experience and gives you the feeling of wanting know more which makes you click on the scene info. The colors and music create a feeling of coolness and warmth which goes well with the music.
Functionality works: Being able to speed up its transitioning is a step into the interaction part and into skipping scenes.
Functionality & Interface doesn’t work: I think what doesn’t work is that not many scenes are given, you can’t skip illustration scenes you just have to speed up its transitioning or wait for the next illustration as you read about the scenes which makes it a bit confusing because then the scenes don’t line up with the illustrations. I also wish you could interact with the illustrations more but besides speeding it up and clicking on the scene info you can’t do more.