Category Archives: Thoughts & Ideas

A Challenge

For one of my inspiration pieces I chose to use a What’s the Error? assignment. My computer crashed while I was originally trying to write this post, so I lost the original link to the inspire page, but I did upload it. Anyways… I chose this, unconventional piece of work to be part of my inspiration not because of WHAT it inspires me to do, but more of HOW it inspires me. I’ve never been good at these things, but I still like doing them because of the challenge that it gives me.

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This inspires me to push my own abilities, and even though it’s hard, it’s how I learn and better myself as an individual.

Design Blitz


Color; this department store manipulated our society’s take on color to organize their store. You can clearly tell where the girls section is by the overwhelming pink and white. And in the boys section, you’ll find tons of blues and browns, plus a lovely picture of a rugged mountainside. While we seem to detest stereotypes, they’re there for a reason. Because they’re effective and help us organize, strictly in an advertisement sense.


Minimalism and use of space; they utilized this concept because of the small holding case and the fact that it was outside of the store. They filled the empty space with stripes, which is the boldest pattern you can use and manipulate. It fills the space using minimal design, and the fact that the advertisement is for presidents day, ties it in. In order to use minimal space effectively, however, you NEED to also use contrast and repetition.


Balance; the circle is one of the most balanced, perfect geometrical figures out there. The text above and below the F accentuates the circular balance, and the three red and green circles around the sides completes it. And the F dead center of the sign adds even more appeal


Rhythm; I interpreted rhythm to mean motion. And this poster definitely has motion. The wave-thing behind him causes your eye to move around the poster, and working in tandem with his arms to constantly bring your eyes back around to the shirt.

Blade Runner.

The thing I noticed while watching Blade Runner, is most of the scenes capture a singular person. The space is causing different lighting, and causing your eye to focus on the character in the frame. The helicopter scenes would have the camera facing down, onto the towering buildings and the streets below, giving you the characters perspective.

The timeless elements of Noir captured are lighting (the dim, not very revealing kind), sex, and murder. Oh, and generally there’s a city scene or two found. It doesn’t necessarily need a smoking, evil, mastermind, fedoras, or detectives. Those are still awesome elements though, and looking hard enough you can make connections to those elements in today’s films


Design is something I’m very familiar with, in the artistic sense. The golden ratio, contrast, open and closed composition, just to name a few phrases. But Vignelli educated me on what the essence of design is, and how to apply it to books and the digital world. So words like, type face, flush left, flush right, and justified were new to me.

While I like how he broke down design into almost a science. But design isn’t something you can really “teach” someone. Its something that comes through practice, and it’s something you don’t end up thinking about. You just sort of have to know it when you see it. But Vignelli gives great guidance.

Copyrights and Creative Commons

I had the spiel in high school that everyone else had. “Don’t plagiarize”, “Plagiarism is illegal”, “This is the definition of plagiarism…”. Buy I’ve come to realize that copy right issues run so much deeper than plagiarism. It’s not a black and white subject, cause you now have terms like “fair use” and “transformative quality” to add weight to the term “copyrighted”. In the Ted Talk I watched, it mentioned the issue of land rights and how airplanes, for a time couldn’t fly over the owners property. I made the connection of property rights to the land rights, and the metaphor cleared up some misconceptions.

A property owner is like an author, his land is the book he wrote, and the crops are the money, fame, and benefits from the book. The airplanes are everyone else. Now plagiarism is landing your plane in the middle of the field and taking and eating the crops, or selling them in town. Everyone knows that’s wrong because there’s a deliberate ignoring of the work the farmer put in, and you’re stealing profit from him by eating and selling his crops. But flying OVER them? That’s what we call Fair Use. The airplane most likely has an important reason for flying over the land, and everyone agrees airplanes benefits society. But they wouldn’t be able to benefit society if they’re limited by legal issues of land rights that don’t make sense.

The fight for copyrights have been extremely valuable. It gives a voice and prot