Blade Runner and Noir

For the movie watching assignment, I watched Blade Runner which I found to be a pretty interesting concept and it kept me entertaining the whole time. I was surprised how many elements of noir I saw throughout the film! There was a lot of side of the face/object lighting, long extensive introduction with dramatic music. The movie took place in Los Angeles in 2019, so the building design was very futuristic (which is weird since we’re in 2015 and look NOTHING like this, but that’s besides the point). However, besides the futuristic-ness of the building it was also made to look gritty and disheveled. The camera angles of the movie always captured this by being up close and personal to the grittiness, almost too close, thus giving a most distinct idea of the grittiness or a far away, up above angle showing the whole picture of the city.

The grittiness in many ways, especially in urban settings. The lighting however is something that is timeless and helps portray the dramatic effect of noir. Also, unique camera angles is something that is not specific to any time or place and can be used in a multitude of ways.

Design Week Dailies

Daily Create 1 – Creative Hands Project

For this daily create, I had my friend take a picture of me. I used the peace sign as my creative hand because I don’t think your hands necessarily have to be getting dirty in paint or playing an instrument to be creative! I thought the peace was a simple and nice way to show creativity outside the realm of tangible mediums.

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DAILY CREATE 2 – SUPERHUMAN

I decided to try to portray the super power of telepathy! I would love to be able to read people’s minds by staring into their eyes. Knowing what people are thinking is something that is very important to me. So for this I took a selfie of my eyes and edited it through picmonkey!

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DAILY CREATE 3 – Play with your food

Momma said not to play with my food *Forrest Gump voice*. For this assignment, I literally went into my kitchen and looked around and the first thing that came into my mind was making a smiley face with some food. Which is exactly what I did with 2 oranges, a banana, and a Valentine’s Day leftover Hershey’s kiss.

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***EDIT***

I was very careless in the reading of the directions for my daily create 3 so I re-did it accordingly.  Here I used my bananas to make a necklace!

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Let’s Get Blitzy

For this week’s DesignBlitz assignment, I carried around my handy-dandy iPhone and took pictures of things I thought fit the description of design. This was a lot harder than I was expecting considering I don’t have much of an eye for things that are design-y or artsy! Many of these pictures I took inside of the cupcake shop Sweet Reasons, I even got myself a cupcake out of it!

COLOR – Chocolate Covered Cherry

I thought this picture best represented color because of the pop of color that the red of the cherry and the cake have on the black plate background and the chocolate gnocchi icing. Color in design does not have to be an overwhelming amount of color, it can just be a simple one color that stands out in the whole display.

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Topography/Form/Unity/balance – Love thy Cupcake

First of all, I thought this saying was super cute so it caught my eye right off the bat. Then, it clicked, this is topography! It’s swirly, enticing writing that captures the eye and creates design. Not only does this have the writing but it also has a multitude of color and shapes to enhance the design. I would say the circles and design of the background that the topography is on represents form and the colors represent the unity of the painting. The colors provide a color scheme but it is not harsh nor drastic, it flows smoothly and all of the colors go nicely together creating a nice balance.

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 MESSAGE – Honor is a way of life

This is a picture from campus walk at UMW during a snow flurry! The flag on the light post is design itself. Someone had to come up with the idea to put the writing vertically on the side of the flag and determine the color scheme of it. The design of this, along with the words, portray a message. The design of it makes it more intriguing and invites people to look at it while portraying the message of “Honor is a Way of Life”.

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Proportion and Rhythm – Cupcake duo

This is a picture of my friend and my cupcakes (one is black and white and the other is chocolate covered cherry)! This portrays rhythm through the repetition of the table as the background. It is continuous and a consistent pattern. It is also very eye catching.  The proportions aspect is seen through the depth from one cupcake to the other, the black and white cupcake is smaller than the cherry cupcake because that one is close than the B&W. This is portraying depth and the proportionality of the cupcakes from different depths.

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MINIMALISM – b&w

This is a picture of my black and white cupcake and I thought it was the epitome of minimalism because of the simplicity of the single chocolate chip piece on the plain white icing. It portrays simplicity and elegance, yet has a sense of design even though it is minuscule in the whole picture.

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I enjoyed taking pictures of the beautiful cupcakes and I also enjoyed the process of eating them afterwards as well! I’m glad my friend and I spontaneously decided to get cupcakes, it definitely was a pot of gold in my design blitz for the week!

Cartoonize Me Capt’n

3.5 stars

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I decided to dedicate this design assignment to my character Dossier Sylvia, the Sly, cunning, and seductive woman who knows how get the attention of a man.

For this assignment, I found a picture on the internet that I thought best represented the way I imagined my character to look, then I took it to this photo editor and used their “cartoonize” option!

WHERE IS GROOM?!

4.5 Stars

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The assignment I chose was to make a poster for the search of Professor Groom using a famous media. I chose to use the “Where’s Waldo” idea to put a funny spin on Groom’s missing and the actual assignment! To do this I used powerpoint, cropped the photo of Professor Groom using the cropping tool and super imposed it onto the background using a layering technique. 

Designelli!

When reading Vignelli’s book on design, one thing that really stood out to me was his idea that the artwork should speak for itself.  Thus, the piece should not need any explanation because it would leave the person more confused than just the admiration of the art itself.

“[if] no one understands the result, or the meaning of all that effort, the entire work is useless. Sometimes it may need some explanation but it is better when not necessary. Any artifact should stand by itself in all its clarity.”

I thought this point was very helpful especially when thinking about the types of things I want to capture for the design portion. Also, this includes his idea of timelessness, he wants designs to last forever and be understood forever without complication. I think the idea of timelessness is intriguing and it something really to strive for. He also emphasizes the necessity to be simple and elegant when creating designs, thus ensuring that there is timelessness for the design.

His opinion on ambiguity was very eye opening, it took a different perspective on something that does not have much there and can be interpreted in different ways. I like that he shed an optimistic light on it and made it to be a positive thing that could be interpreted in multiple ways.

“I have a positive interpretation of ambiguity, intended as a plurality of meanings, or the ability of conferring to an object or a design, the possibility of being read in different ways – each one complementary to the other to enrich the subject and give more depth.”

My favorite thing about the reading was that Vignelli takes simple things and alters them to create design, for example his idea that white space is the biggest thing when it comes writing because it creates the design. He takes everything into account and makes sure the colors, font size, alignment, lighting, sizing, and more are brought into account before beginning his design process. It is much more than just finding something and shooting it or typing up papers without any change to the font. Design is the driving force to intrigue people and capture attentions, which is seen through the logos.

Closing Thoughts

What a crazy week, learning how to use audio and how to mix different sounds together to actually create something is a lot harder than it looks, especially to make it sound flawless. It definitely takes a lot of time and effort. There wasn’t a lot to do this week but it was all pretty time consuming so I’ll go ahead and do a quick breakdown with all of my work from the week!

Audio reflection

So the first thing I did this week was a reflection upon the different forms of audio in opening shots of Touch of Evil, read some literature on music and its enhancement in “The Ambience of Film Noir- Soundscapes, Design and Mood” by Helen Hanson, and participated in a live tweet along with some fellow Ds106ers while listening to DS106 radio! My favorite part of this assignment was by far the live tweet along, so many of us were thinking the same way!

Daily creates

As always, this is my ultimate favorite part of the week! I did the two daily creates and they both happened to be little creations with visuals so I was extra excited about this especially with all the audio going on it was nice to have a little break up from that!

I’m Sorry DC

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DS106 Your Car DC

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DS106 Radio bumper

This was the biggest part of this week, this is something that is going to be posted on the DS106 radio for everyone to hear. Considering my non-savviness with audio, this probably gave me the most anxiety this week! I used audacity to record myself saying something about DS106 radio and tried to give it a techno/eerie vibe! I decided to go ahead and just do it! Here it is:

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3.5 stars – Sound Effects Story

For this assignment I used a mash up of different sound effects that I thought would create a story and then I mashed them together in logical order. I came up with the idea of a texting and driving car crash… Which is evident through the sounds I used.

3.5 – Music Mash up

I took two different songs with similar ideas behind them and compiled them together to create one song. I found this to be the hardest thing I did this week but I did it!

1 star – Recording of Favorite Quote

In this assignment, I did a voice over of my favorite quote from one of my favorite movies and paired it with music from the movie to help people guess the movie it’s from! :)

broadcast brainstorming

For this I simply made a list of some ideas for the broadcast radio show assignment. I made a point to have all of my ideas include our character dossiers to help make them more tangible as characters.

This week was crazy with all of the audio inputs and learning how to use the different audio programs, for me both audacity and garage band were good tools for this week, I pretty much learned as I went along this week since I hadn’t used audacity since Junior year of high school in Spanish class! It was an interesting week, I can’t wait to improve more as we delve deeper into the ways of audio. :)

XOXO

Amanda