Read and Reflect on The Vignelli Canon

As I read over Vignelli’s design resource book, a lot of it was informative and helpful when it comes to graphic design. One thing that I noticed was that these concepts, such as: texture, color, and ambiguity had a relation to photography. I had already learned these concepts in a previous photography class I had taken, and thought it was interesting how it relates to design.

I thought that pragmatics, discipline, semantics and syntactics were all vital to the design process. Having this insightful information being available to the public was very helpful and eye opening for the design industry.

The visual power, timelessness, ambiguity, intellectual intelligence, and responsibility were all extremely important in the presentation process of design. This shows the important elements of what needs to be included when trying to present a design. If you are able to achieve these, you’ll have a success.

Lastly, my overall opinion of this booklet was that I’m left impressed and sure that the design world was thankful and helped dramatically by the creation of this book before internet. Without this booklet, the design world would be surely worse off.

Design Blitz

This photo is a representation of Minimalism. This photo represents minimalism because it is the only silver/object on my entire fridge, which is white. I believe this represents minimalism well.

minimalism

This next photo is a representation of a metaphor. This is a metaphor because, the bread on our cat, Charlie’s head, combined with a cat creates “bread in cat”, which is a metaphor for “inbred cat”. Funny right! I thought it was funny and cute and represented metaphor well so we decided to put some bread on her face. She wasn’t too happy about it, but at least she looks cute :)

metaphor

This next photo represents Color. I thought it represents color well because of how much bright, and deep the colors are. The blues and greens of the bath water are passionate and the bright white of the bath bomb is shining. Both are beautiful representations of color.

color

This photo represents Unity. I found this arrangement of furniture in my house, and thought it represented unity exceptionally well. The curtains, windows, shades, and chairs are all in unity within one another.

unity

 

Recover A Classic: Catcher In The Rye

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For this assignment, it was to recreate a cover for a classic book. I chose one of my favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye.

I was really excited to create a cover for this, because the book really means a lot to me on an emotional level and I wanted to be able to create a cover for the novel that I personally feel represents the concepts and theme of the book.

I chose to use a picture of a teenage boy, smoking a cigarette (as Holden did as well, throughout most of the novel). I also wanted to include the amber fields of rye, as Holden mentions throughout the novel.

Going through this process, I felt I was creating something that really represented what I thought the book was trying to tell audiences. I believe I did a good job of this :)

Minimalist Movie Poster

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One of my favorite movies of all time is Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto.

The plot of the movie is complicated, but it is essentially the last mortal man on earth, Nemo Nobody, telling his life story. Nemo tells the story of three stages of his life: at age nine when his parents divorce, at age fifteen when he falls in love, and at age thirty-four as an adult. He then recounts several possible scenarios of his life turned out, without revealing which was the scenario of life he actually lived.

The symbolism in this movie is that life has multiple paths, and every action has a reaction. Without choice, there is nothing that follows. The arrows intertwining represent the paths that Nemo had to choose from, and how they were all intertwined.

One Story / Four Icons

story

For this design assignment worth three stars, I created a story using symbols found in Harry Potter. For those who are not fans of the book/movie series, some of these symbols would be unrecognizable. But for those that enjoy the series, these symbols mean a lot to the viewer and convey a story!

The first symbol is a pair of glasses and a scar, which represents Harry Potter. The next is the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry crest, which symbolizes the four houses of the school. The next is the symbol 9 3/4, which is the platform number of the train that Harry and all his friends get on and takes them from the Muggle world to the Wizard world. The last is the most important symbol in all the series, which stands for the Deathly Hallows. The vertical line represents the Elder Wand, the circle represents the Resurrection Stone and the triangle represents the Cloak of Invisibility.

These symbols all tell important factors in the Harry Potter series, and convey the message of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.