[CREATION] Artist Statement – “ERROR;”

I chosemhanitijo_albumcover to create an album cover for one of my favorite music groups – ‘f(x)’. The music that they usually do is electro pop/experimental pop which I really like. The idea, or concept you could say, I went with is “Digital Rebel”. My target audience are the rebellious teenagers of this digital age, we break expectations and we don’t like to stick to rules.

When you look at this cover as a whole, you’ll realize that I made it like a puzzle and it’s an abstract picture of a face. Since teenagers these days are digital rebels, I chose to make the puzzle pieces with straight and edgy lines instead of the usual curvy pieces. There is one piece missing in this puzzle and it’s the person’s mouth. Also the outline of the face is in different shades of blue/green and unusual curves. I did those because teenagers tend to have bold ideas and changing thoughts all the time, so it’s kind of a metaphor for having the freedom and the unpredictable ideas we express.

The colours I chose for this is related to our teenage personality. Green and blue are calming and cool colours which I used to represent the calm/cool appearance of teenagers. Even during times of uncertainty, we still like to act like cool and act like we know/understand just so we can blend in. But we’re actually flustered youngsters with crazy ideas blooming in our minds, and that’s what I wanted to express in the background with mosaic tiles of sketched flowers.

And lastly, the title. I chose “ERROR;”. I think the message I wanted to get across is “We[teenagers] don’t want to be confined by adults and society, if we do, we will become errors of your lives” It’s a pretty savage and bold statement, but I do feel that teenagers these days (like me) are more free to express themselves online than in reality.

P.S. The artist I created this for is a girl group called ‘f(x)’, they’re always able to mold themselves into unique/different music concepts \~w~/

-Mich

Oct. 9. 2015

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[WEEK 4] My Digital Footprint!

Hello! Hope you are well and welcome back to my blog 😀

In this week’s lecture, we learnt about our digital footprints and how it reflects us with each layer of information required on different digital platforms.

5b3d007c-559a-42d9-822a-92be1888b53dI discovered and realized that we develop our digital footprints even before we are born, through our parents, grandparents etc. Also, different digital platforms require constant attention to keep us updated with current trends and technology.

I’d say my digital footprint would be different from other peoples’.

I have Persona A which I go with online, and I have separate emails, profiles, accounts for that persona. With that persona, I communicate with people with similar interests and hobbies as me, for example liking a genre of music, a style of clothing, a type of dance etc.

On the other hand, I have my usual Persona B which is mostly used for work and keeping in touch with classmates/schoolmates/colleagues. I keep the two personas quite separate and don’t let them crossover often. Some of my close friends are aware of my 2 personas but I usually keep my active online persona very lowkey unless people recognize me (as I make videos online).

digital-footprintAfter this lecture, I think I’ve just become slightly more aware of where my infos go and circulate online, but I already have good understanding of the things we learnt this week as “Digital Identity/Footprint” is a common topic that I visit very frequently.

social-networks-v2I think one’s digital identity is pretty important in this digital age we live in and also in the future. When we put information online, invasion of privacy is unavoidable so I really don’t try to avoid anything. You can’t expect to put something online and just say that ‘Oh I’m sure no one will see it and it’s just for myself’. Even for our own personal computers, I’m aware that there are many hackers that go through them everyday from all over the world. I feel like if you feel like sharing content and you’re firm about your choice, no matter how big/small the choice is, publicizing your identity is kind of a given, and a thing you’ll need to “sacrifice” to catch up in the society we live in.

And I guess that’s all for this week! Thanks for tuning in once again and see you next week~ 🙂

-Mich

Oct. 1 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links:

http://isys6621.com/2013/01/29/the-paradox-of-social-media/

http://effusiondesign.com/blog/2013/06/what-does-your-digital-footprint-look-like/

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=JrY0yjZhhJKVmTe1YNO%2bIxVWCvVHoU93IDkjUuhjmvg%3d

[Week 3] What’s Your Type?

Hello there and welcome back to my blog^^!!

This week, we talked about typography and learnt more about its uses and also KINESTHETIC TYPOGRAPHY! #newfav

tumblr_nstw58uK5S1r8tkaro8_1280             In this “inspirational quote” design, the typography is seen to be very flowy and the letters are made from “extending” the lady’s scarf. I feel like it’s an inspirational quote for young women going through hardships for motivation and encouragement. I think it’s pretty effective by choosing a soft and flowy material for the typography, as it conveys the message of “embrace change” by being flexible and adaptable.

The next one here is a cover for J-rock band “L’arc ~ En ~ Ciel” for their “Driver’s High” alblaruku_s_cover-17-drivershighum. The font is a Sans Serif font, in bold and in CAPS, the words are on an angle and the letters are squished together, slightly overlapping each other. The white colour used makes it stand out a lot and I think it’s effective in conveying the energy of the album, very hype and high in spirit. I think it also reaches out to listeners who want to change up a taste of their usual jams and try something more fresh and pumped.

And this last example I’m showing here is one of my favorite movie opening sequences ever – the opening from the movie “Catch Me If You Can”.

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This opening motion graphic involves kinesthetic typography and the use of stop motion animation. The typography font is a simple San Serif, however, some parts of the letters are often extended( i.e. “l”, “i”, “n”, “m” etc) to be a part of the scenes on screen(i.e. part of a bench/typer/door etc.) I think it was really effective with knowing the context of the film. I think the simple typography reflected the smoothness and slickness of protagonist Frank Abagnale Jr as he commits his series of crimes. The extended parts kind of shows how he somehow leaves a couple of misleading hints behind for Agent Hanratty who is in charge of capturing him. The typography blends with the motion graphic designs nicely and the clean/simple image also gives off a mysterious vibe to draw the audience in to make us want to watch more.

My relationship with typography is hot & cold. Sometimes I think and focus on it a lot but other times I just don’t really care as much. I’ve thought about it a lot but sometimes it’s just not the relevant thing to focus on for me, since I always feel like if there’s a lot of words on screen, it’ll just make my whole image messy if I don’t use it well. But after the lecture this week, I think I’m going to focus on it typography_word_by_wellgraphic-d2ql9m5more and more now, I’ve never thought that typography could be this fun and interesting, like we saw in the kinesthetic typography videos. What I know now will impact what I see the things I see out in the world. I will probably analyze what I see more and more, think about the reasons why a specific type of font/style is used, what type of message it’s trying to convey, its target audience, and similar things like that.

I really enjoyed the lecture this week and had a lot of fun learning so much more about typography. Definitely on my “relevant” list now for all the graphic things I’ll do! \( `w` )/

That’s all for this week, see y’all soon~ 🙂

-Mich

Sep. 25. 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/catch-me-if-you-can/

http://www.spielberg-ocr.com/opening-titles.html

https://jacobbarrell.wordpress.com/2011/10/

https://uresho.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/larcenciel/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/536843218051659201/

http://american18076.deviantart.com/art/Typography-WORD-165594605

[Week 2] CRAP! Design Principles

Hello there! Hope you’re doing well~ 🙂

This week, we learnt about the CRAP! design principles. They are: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. These principles help aid in design and help us improve to make a graphic image more visually pleasing.

25oWQErThis is a girl group called “Red Velvet” (yes, like the cake…) and this image is the track list for their most recent album. This image embodies all 4 of the CRAP principles.

Firstly, CONTRAST. The title of the album – “The Red” has 2 different contrasting fonts, and the sizes are contrasting as well. “THE” is very small, all CAPS and in a very clean/straight line based font; while “red” is all lower case, very big and in a curvy/connected font. Overall, this image shows two colours: bright red and light blue. The colours contrast and the blue helps make the red colours stand out since they’re different.

Secondly, REPETITION. From the amount of girls in this image, we can see where the repetition principal lies. There are 5 girls in Red Velvet and in this image, they are multiplied into a big group. Each of them have similar hair styles/colour and their outfits/make up are identical as well (just different colours). The repetition in this image makes it visually compelling and interesting to look at, even though they look the same, each one is doing a similar but different pose.

Third, ALIGNMENT. All the elements in this image are visually connected through the placement flow of the girls, as they are lined up five after five, gradually going from big to small. The list of their title tracks on the left are small and fits perfectly into the little space on the left. And the title “The Red” nicely divides the image into a 3:7 ratio which I really like.

Fourth, PROXIMITY. Related elements – the cluster of girls are all close together. The words – album title and track list are near each other and provides good balance with the size of the fonts. And the teaser release date is centered in the top half of the image in white, which draws attention perfectly.

This other image I’m showing you is a poster made by a friend of mine, for one of our school musicals – “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Which Ryerson is doing it this year lol. I was in it last semester and played a character called Bun Foo if you have any idea who that is^^)

10848996_947598298586004_5357446420838350352_oSome of the CRAP principles that this image has are Contrast and Repetition. We can see contrast through the font at the top, “Unionville High School” is in a curly font while “Showtime” and “Presents” are in very straight/bold fonts. The colours of the silhouettes and the show title contrast too, as they are opposite – B&W. Repetition shows through the repetition of the same silhouette, it’s simple and very clean. The background line pattern as well, it supports the other elements in this poster without over powering them and repeating in the back.

I think the CRAP principles is very useful as a design aid, as a guideline to reference when creating graphic designs. It reminds the artist to look at the bigger picture of things, how different elements are able to work and go together, instead of solely perfecting one detailed piece of a big image.

Another task this week is to choose a historical period from this article and find a current example of graphic design that’s inspired by this: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/learning-from-the-past-design-legacy-art/#n7

I chose Art Nouveau from this: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/01/12-modern-art-movements-to-inspire-your-logo-design/#more-21437

Examples I found:

Maroon 5 – “Songs About Jane” Album Cover

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Iron Man Graphic Design (I really like this one!!)

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Aaaaannnd…That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading and see you next week!~ 😀

-Mich

Sep 18, 2015

**Disclaimer**

I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.

Links:

http://www.soompi.com/2015/09/03/red-velvet-reveals-track-list-for-their-first-album-red-through-fun-instagram-surprise/

http://www.blingcheese.com/image/code/6/maroon+5++songs+about+jane.htm

http://io9.com/5819450/the-legion-of-art-nouveau-heroes/

Thoroughly Modern Millie Poster by Scott Zhang

[Week 1] Who Are You? Who Will You Be?

My first ever blog post on wordpress ever! (YAY!)

Started my journey in RTA Media Production a few days ago, and I really like it here!
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My impressions of digital media will most likely evolve over the course of my time here I guess. My impressions of the term “digital media” before the 1st class is somewhat on the intermediate level, since my life is hugely integrated with digital media. I think digital media is everything that exists in cyber space, from pictures, to videos, to social media, to the words I’m typing right this moment. Digital media are ideas, elements, stories that are created by people and put in cyberspace for personal or public access. Since I’m part of that cyber world that’s ever growing, I love digital media and have so many social media accounts in this digital age. I also make a lot of videos myself that I put out for people to view on my Youtube channel; ranting in short sentences on Twitter; make “friends” on Facebook; blog about random passions on Tumblr etc.
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A student in RTA should take a course like this in digital media because we are still not that knowledgable as we think we are in this ever changing field. It’s important to understand how to adapt and really knowing what we can do in the cyber world, so we can make full use (or better use) and take advantage of what’s actually available for us to gain valuable experience for future reference.

In this course RTA103, I’m looking forward the most to working with After Effects. I personally only played around and used some really basic features in it for my workplace, but I’ve yet to discover how to do fun and interesting effects with it. So my goal is to “generate” a more advanced “sense” for the programs we are going to use, so when I’m at my extracurriculars, I can produce some high quality stuff both for myself and for work.

One of my anticipated challenges would be saving my work in an organized manner. I sometimes tend to save my work on quite a few portable devices, so I end up having many versions of my project(s), and I get lost while trying to find the right file to work on. For other problems…not exactly sure yet but we’ll see when we get there….eventually^^;;;;;;;

What I think I’ll be able to achieve by the end of the course is improving my skills in different aspects of creating digital media. Designing, creating and also understanding everything I learn.

I think I’ll have a lot of fun in this course doing what I love to do!

That’s all for this week. See you again next week~ 😀

– Mich
Sep 10, 2015

**Disclaimer**
I do not own any of the pictures, copyright goes under their rightful owners.
Links:
http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/dtc375-scodi/katherine-hayles/
http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/what-social-media-can-do-your-business-today