Tuesday, September 15, 2009


In school, we do all sorts of wacky projects to learn about white space and spatial planes and all sorts of graphic design fun. Here's a few things I've done.

I made the capital H last semester, now we're moving on to lowercase letters. The first: an n. We have to measure these out by the millimeter and paint them with the dastardly paint called plaka using a ruling pen (another dastardly thing) for the straight lines and a paintbrush for the curves. I'm almost done with my n so I drew it in adobe illustrator which is what you see below.

Up next is what I've been doing in my Visual Communication class. Everything is on a 25 cm square layout. I didn't frame the edges of these pictures so it's kind of confusing but imagine a square box around the black squares which are mostly all 5 cm. The first is my static (motionless) composition. This is a dynamic (in motion) composition.

This is a spatial composition which creates the illusion of space using gray and black squares. The black square is closest. (this works best when you're farther away from it. We have to hang these up on the wall and stand back ten feet to look at them)This is a composition working with scale and 3 squares. The smallest square is supposed to look far away.

This one creates spatial definiton with the white space. It should look three dimensional, like stairs, because your eyes connect the white space in between.

Next is working with tension. My roommates call this the period one. The black squares are distanced from the red dot which activates the white space and creates tension. The opposite of tension is dead space. I like to say that when I'm talking with my teacher, makes our work sound more exciting. This last one is in my lecture class. Our first assignment was to redesign the geometric shape of something to make it more functional. I redesigned a soap dispenser. I labeled the pump's tube as a straw, not sure if this is correct but oh well. I always hate how soap gets stuck at the bottom of the bottle where the straw can't reach it so I made an upside-down pyramid bottle with supports to hold it up. The drawing was done in Illustrator and is very rough. I don't know how to get an fancier. Ah well.

I don't have any pictures of my drawing class projects, but trust me, they're not even worth looking at. I despise that class. We're drawing geometric shapes. So tedious. Boring. Difficult. And it's all guesswork which is so opposite of how precise we usually have to be. And my male teacher has long fingernails and smells like smoke sometimes. Bleh.

Also, for my letterform class, I'm writing with a William Morris pen similiar to my pencil projects from last year. I had a rough start but I'm getting better. I'll take some picture of that later.

Fun times.

1 comment:

  1. Yay for hard work! Way to go Ems! I especially like your soap dispenser...