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Diving into Design: Wading Through the Waters of Art130 By: Sophia Smyth


Table of Contents: D-School....................................1 Dot-Line.....................................3 Letterforms...............................6 Object Iterations.....................9 PSA Posters.............................14 Presentations.........................17


D-School Objective: to work with another designer to create something unique in a short amount of time, based on the guidelines they give you

My finished project was a business card for a gift-wrapping station in the mall


I think that engaging with a real person forced me to think about my prototype more, since I was creating something that I knew others would be seeing. That being said, it definitely did not turn out perfectly and it was a little embarrassing to show my final project. The quick pace we had to work at played a role in making my work turn out a little bit sloppy and not 100% how I wanted. I’m used to spacing my work out throughout the day and taking breaks. I do, however, think it is beneficial to switch things up. Working at a faster pace forced me not to overthink or dwell on little things. Based on what I learned, I would write a list of things I could improve based on my partner’s feedback and my own ideas. I would then create a second prototype with the improvements and go from there. Overall, I thought this was a unique and fun activity to start with. It kind of made me feel vulnerable, but it was ultimately fun, because everyone was in the same boat.


Dot-Line Objective: to build strong abstract compositions with minimal elements

Dot/Line Thumbnails


Joy

Freedom

Abundance


For me, it’s difficult, but also easy to make a well-crafted To me, gestalt is how the pieces project. I know that it’s of a composition work together contradictory, but I’m a to form something complete. perfectionist, so I won’t stop A few principles of gestalt until something is perfect, are symmetry and proximity. however, that doesn’t mean Gestalt relates to this project artistic skills come naturally to because we had to use the me - that is where the difficulty principles in our work and use comes in. I think I can do well at creative solutions to figure out art, it just takes some time and how we were going to perseverance. I would much represent our words. rather spend time and get the small details right, since I am such a perfectionist. This project changed my idea of abstraction, because I went I think in some ways it was from thinking abstract art was easier to represent my ideas thought out, but mostly freely without illustrating them, done without tons of thought because there were no to detail. Now I know that is expectations of what things not the case. For this project, were going to look like. we had to think of several Everyone represented the same ideas, pick the best ones from words in different ways, which our first thumbnail sketches, I think is one of the coolest and then flesh out those ideas things about doing this project. more. From that, we created a It would be interesting to see rough draft from the materials what ways I can use the ideas we would be using in our final of gestalt and abstraction in the drafts. From there, I thought of future. I am not an art major, a few last-minute details I could but I am going to try and do change and I ultimately crafted more art in my free time once my final project. this class ends and hopefully I can incorporate some of the things I have learned.


Letterforms Objective: To work with hand-lettering in order to creativly display our chosen word

Happy Word Web

Letterform Thumbnails


I learned that working with letterforms is a much more of a creative process than what you would expect. It’s so much more than just arranging letters on a page. I had to really think about how I wanted to arrange the letters and what message I wanted to get across with my word. I don’t think it would’ve been successful if I just quickly slapped letters on a page. Part of this class is knowing how to be okay with not getting things right on your first try - this project definitely took some time and multiple iterations before I got the results I wanted. If I were continuing to work with these letters, I would first redo some of my final pieces, based on the advice I got during our critique. I would then maybe pick a different word to see what I could do with it. It would also be really fun to use some color to see what that would look like.


Object Iterations Objective: to create various iterations of an animal using photoshop that will be presented in a poster format

I chose to use the aquatic box turtle as my animal because I liked the simplistic outline, but detailed shell and texture.


For one of our iterations, we had to do a continuous line drawing. This is a continuous lin drawing of one of my classmates that I did for practice.

My first attempts at continuous line turtles


Some of the collages and geometric iterations that didn’t make it into the final poster


I learned to look at turtles through a different lens by doing this project. What I mean by this is that I had to find ways to change my perspective from something more conventional to something more abstract. I also learned that there are so many different kinds of turtles. For example, I chose to do the aquatic box turtle - even though it swims, it still has little claws on its legs, instead of flippers.

The media that was the most challenging for me to use was the ink I used for my Eric Carle iteration. I am usually not a very good drawer/painter, so that made me a little nervous going into this class. However, I quickly discovered that simple paintings with texture are something I am capable of doing. I think it’s quite ironic that the phrase “slow and steady wins the race� applies to what it takes to be a successful designer. Going at a slow pace and taking my time definitely helped me to be successful with my Eric Carle iteration. The most enjoyable media that I used was the collage. Like many others, I agreed that doing so many iterations got to be a little much, however, I think that having to do so many gives you more to choose from and helps you to develop your ideas more.

Before this project, I never used Photoshop before. That being said, I mostly just learned how to do basic things, like changing the colors, how to use curves, changing the background, how to crop/scale things, etc. I think knowing these basic things will be helpful going forward if I were to ever use Photoshop again.

If I had to continue doing iterations with this object for a year, I think I would focus more on the background, such as adding in more elements of the environment the aquatic box turtle lives in. I would also try and see what other positions I could draw, paint, etc. the turtle in.


PSA Posters Objective: to come up with an aesthetically pleasing poster on a topic using only text

Thumbnails of poster layout ideas


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Here are some helpful beginning steps to quitting vaping: 1. Understand why you want to quit. Is it controlling your life? Is it costing you too much money? Does vaping negatively affect your relationships with others who are important to you? 2. Talk to a professional. Make an appointment with one of the SNC counselors. Use the free, confidential National Institutes of Health text/call line to talk to an expert about addiction. 3. Avoid vaping triggers. Keep yourself busy and avoid places where others may be vaping. 4. Replace vaping with another activity that makes you feel good. Try exercising. Text a friend and ask them to hang out. 5. Be prepared to deal with cravings. Cravings are inevitable. The best thing you can do is not give in. Every time you feel a craving, put in a piece of gum or watch funny videos.

In-process PSA


Do you want to quit vaping but don’t know how? The first step to quitting is admitting you have an addiction • Do you continue to vape even though you want to stop or think it’s hurting you in some way? • Do thoughts about vaping interrupt you when you are focused on other activities? • Have you ever tried to stop vaping but couldn’t?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be addicted to vaping

Here are some helpful beginning steps to quitting vaping: 1. Understand why you want to quit. Is it controlling your life? Is it costing you too much money? Does vaping negatively affect your relationships with others who are important to you? 2. Talk to a professional. Make an appointment with one of the SNC counselors. Use the free, confidential National Institutes of Health text/call line to talk to an expert about addiction. 3. Avoid vaping triggers. Keep yourself busy and avoid places where others may be vaping. 4. Replace vaping with another activity that makes you feel good. Try exercising. Text a friend and ask them to hang out. 5. Be prepared to deal with cravings. Cravings are inevitable. The best thing you can do is not give in. Every time you feel a craving, put in a piece of gum or watch funny videos.

My PSA poster displayed on a bulletin board amongst other posters

Final PSA Poster I thought it was difficult to be limited to type at first, but as I started coming up with ideas, I realized it almost made it simpler to come up with layouts. Not having to worry about using images made me focus more on the text. To create visual hierarchy, I tried to make the most crucial information stand out in some way. I made the title bigger than all of the other text, so it would stand out. I also put other information that I thought was important in bold letters. Even though I had a lot of text to work with, I tried to still have negative space to separate out the information into different sections. I learned how to focus on just text in a poster and how to layout things in a way that both makes sense and is still visually appealing. I also learned more about InDesign and how to use it when it comes to creating posters.


Presentations Objective: to learn more about a designer of our choice and to teach others about their work I choose Susan Kare as the designer I wanted to focus my presentation on


Some early icons for Mac

Susan was best known for the design work she did for Apple Computers Solitaire cards that Susan designed


She created the command symbol for Mac computers (also known as control)

She helped to create some of the typefaces used on Mac computers, including Chicago, Cairo, and Geneva. They needed to be bold, so they could easily be read on the screen


“And with it all, good design’s not about what medium you’re working in, it’s about thinking hard about what you want to do and what you have to work with before you start.” -Susan Kare

I was drawn to Susan Kare because I never heard of her work before and I think that she needs to be recognized and credited for the work she did for Apple and beyond. I thought her work ethic and creativity were inspiring, too. Presenting to the class wasn’t too bad, since we are always talking with each other during critiques and the class size is pretty small. That being said, I definitely don’t like presenting, so to me it wasn’t that fun and I was a little bit nervous, but because we were all presenting, I felt better. As far as other designers go, I was super impressed and intrigued by Jessica Walsh’s work. I love all of the bold designs and colors she uses.


Vocation Questions: Are you called to creative work? If so, how do you recognize that calling? If not, to what do you feel called? I would not say that I am called to creative work, but I do enjoy doing art and designing things. I feel called to helping others and while art might do that, I know that I want to make an imact through a career as a mental health counselor. What is the difference between a good life and a significant life? A good life is a life that everyone desires, but I feel like it is more fulfilling to have a significant life. To me, a good life is a life without a lot of important struggles, but a significant life can include a good life as well as a life that is full of challenges that create learning opportunities and the chance for growth. I want to give a special thank you to Professor Katie Ries for showing me that anyone can be a designer and that with hard work and dedication, you can create things you are truly proud of. Taking this class was a nice change from the stress and craziness that other courses centered on testing and essays can bring. Thanks for taking the time to look through this book, -Sophia *This book was made as a part of Introduction to Design at St. Norbert College in the Fall of 2019. The fonts used are Eras Medium ITC and Lucida Calligraphy. It was digitally printed at St. Norbert’s Print Center.

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Diving into Design: Wading Through the Waters of Art130  

This is a collection of all of the art I designed in "Intro. to Design" or Art130 at St. Norbert College.

Diving into Design: Wading Through the Waters of Art130  

This is a collection of all of the art I designed in "Intro. to Design" or Art130 at St. Norbert College.

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