For my final major project, I want to create a moving image informational video. This video will illustrate social anxiety, and what social anxiety is from a personal point of view. Using personal experiences as well as other socially anxious people’s experiences, I want to create a short animation that shows how a socially anxious person feels.
Mccandleuss. D, 2010, Information is Beautiful, Collins.
Lankow. J, Ritchie. J & Crooks. R,2012, Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Unit 1.2: Research Methods requires us to submit a written report based on research about a specific subject.
The topic I want to look at is how narrative or the characterisation of something helps information become easier to understand. I want to look at how something we cannot see has been characterised to make it easier to understand.
I want to look at examples of films that display an illness or a feeling as a character or display something in narrative and see what works and what didn’t. I also want to look at how narrative is used to make the viewer able to understand the information easier.
This is relevant to Unit 1.3 Major Project Proposal as for the FMP I want to create a moving image piece on the subject matter of social anxiety with the aim to get people who do not social anxiety a clearer understanding of what it is.
The second part of the Design Literacy brief requires me to explore the wider cultural contexts surrounding the square and and to critically examine its use as a representation, sign, or symbol.
To start this section of experimentation, I dedicated 1 hour to go for a walk with my camera and take as many pictures of square things I could and compile them altogether in a reel. This included items from my room, in my building and outside.
During experimenting with the shapes attributes, I came across some research that I found interesting and helpful.
Firstly whilst experimenting with line and plane, I came across Point and Line to Plane by Wassily Kadinsky. In the text is says how a point is 0 dimensional. A line is 1 dimensional and it is a point pushed by some force. A plane is 2 dimensional and it is a line pushed by some force.
Secondly, whilst looking at mass and what happens when I changed an attribute of my shape, I came across What is the Meaning of Shape? by Baingio Pinna in Gestalt Theory (2011) Vol. 33, No. 3/4, p.383-422. In this journal, Pinna talks about how a square can be distorted, and we will perceive it as a square with happening, rather than see it as a new irregular shape (fig 2.)
I wanted to illustrate these theory’s via After Effects. I started by constructing the square according to Kadinsky and then distorting the square similar to the examples in Gestalt Theory (fig 2). I wanted to exaggerate the ‘happenings’ by using sound and colour.
On Thursday I went to Nathan Sawaya’s exhibition The Art of the Brick; a collection of Sawaya’s incredible lego creations!
Sawyer is a New York designer and his work involves taking a childhood favourite toy and using it to do what has never been done before. Ranging from human’s and emotions, to animals, musical instruments, ancient statues and so much more! He was the first person to take LEGO into the art world and here are a few of my favourite pieces!
As explained in a short video showing the process and construction of one of his pieces, although blocks and squares are the best shape for structure, he must take into consideration the weight and ensure the blocks balance correctly in order for the piece to stay together. This was a point that I looked at in my experiments, as well as in the branding and identity collab workshop.
I think the best thing about his work is that he takes something that is so familiar to everyone, and even though the blocks have clean sharp lines and edges and right angles, he builds them in a way that from afar they create new shapes and curves.
Another thing I liked about the exhibition was also the way the pieces were presented. The mix of all black backgrounds and spotlighting made the bright colours of the LEGO really stand out.
Clear wire was used to display the pieces in a way that increased the overall visual effect. This included suspending some in the air, helping to support the largest creation he has ever made and suspending individual pieces of LEGO to appear like they were floating away from the main structure.
Overall, an amazing exhibition and I definitely recommend it!
To help get some more ideas for our unit 1.1 projects, today we grouped up with students on the MA Branding & Identity course to produce visuals in response to three questions.
Each group had an hour per question and the aim was to discuss our ideas and produce short experiments visualising what we had discussed.
Q:How can I illustrate the inherent, emotional properties of my shape?
As a group we agreed the square is the most protective shape. The idea of ‘backing yourself into a corner’ to protect yourself, four walls acting as a barrier, and also battle formations involve soldiers standing in a square.
We also considered that the four walls could also be a negative property. It can be restricting and can give the feeling of being trapped and limited.
This idea stemmed from the one above. The idea of feeling trapped and the walls closing in on you.
Q:Illustrate the process of formation or the effect of duplication, division and rotation.
A short video showing cutting up a square creates other shapes, and no longer remains a square.
Q: Explore structure. Look at the physical structure of the form as an object. Comment on it’s position within society.
A: Balance & Structure.
For this topic we looked at how squares and cubes are used in building and architecture and used cubes to demonstrate how they are easy to balance and build upon each other. We also compared balancing a square on a triangle to emphasise that squares are the better shape for support.
For the first set of experiments for my unit 1.1 design literacy project, I have been looking at shape. Specifically looking at line, plane, mass and void.
Point to line to plane.
I first looked at how a square is constructed from point, to line, to plane. The square starts with a point, then forms into a line, then forms into a plane.
I then also experimented with the concept that a line is an infinite set of points. Below are some images of my experiments.
Mass. I then looked at mass and how to make a square without actually drawing the outline of the square. I tried using different media; first a stencil of a square and playing around with Sharpie’s, pencil crayons and fine liners.
Then I looked at watercolours and inks, wet a square shape on the paper and experimented how the inks and paints will stay within the watered shape.
I used the same methods and techniques to experiment with void, however this time coloured the area outside the square so the negative space would create the square.