Here are my final three image with text layouts, with a second option for the last one. The first two lines are very quiet, soft, about relaxation and sleeping. Whereas, the last line is very much about the disturbing of the first two lines. It's about vibrating, and alerting, and shaking the butterfly out of it's restful state. So with that said, I have the text of the last line two different way, one with it Roman again like the first two lines, and then it in italic. The italic was used to help emphasize the loud ringing of the gong in the last line, to show the massive contrast b/t it and the first two lines.
I ask you Jamie, is it better roman or italic. I kind of think the italic may be a little much, the exclamation point at the end of the line helps distinguish it from the first two. But the italic, I feel, also helps with the line to look physically different from the rest.
From my meeting with Jamie, I have set up an idea in my head of a contrast between the static final forms with it's text, and the transitions between images. The final static images with accompanying text will be very static, centered, and balanced. The transitions will be very dynamic, changing from small to large, and vice versa. It will give a nice contrast and balance between the two.
Here is my storyboard. Progression from A-B, line 1; B-C, line 2; C-A, line 3.
Working on color combinations through photography has proven to be a rather difficult task. even though I am doing book covers which pretty much gives me eery possibility in the world, it is still difficult to find what I need. Seeing as there are thousands of books at the library, I would think that finding the right color combinations would be an easy feat in itself, but it is not. Seeing as there are so many books to choose from, finding the best out of all of them is a hard task. It takes time, but after a while of searching the best can be found. Then once finding the book covers, being able to photograph them well enough is the next key. Lots of different steps to think about in all of these photographs.
Here are four different variations of my final set of icons. The top two on the left are my favorite, I included the bottom two because they were the other combinations of the three icons just to give a feel for how all the possibilities look and interact together. I am hoping to get your opinion of these sets, Jamie, so I can move into the storyboards with a set final three icons. It will make my storyboarding easier to do.
This one(pictured above) is my favorite of all four of them. The overall weight, color, and tone are all, for the most part, very consistent with each other and give it a nice coherence. But some people felt that they looked too much alike. That the second and third ones were too similar. I can see where they were coming from. However, I feel that the overall shapes are different enough to not have them be too repetitive.
The second one(pictured above) is my next favorite. However, for the second icon, I substituted it with another option that I had for that line. With that icon in place it changes the feeling of the set, I feel. It is a break in tone of the other two for the most part. The circle of the middle one is echoed in the right shape but not shown directly the same way again. Also, the heaviness of the top part of the middle icon is also echoed in both the first and third icons by the weight and darkness of the icons. However, now both the second and third icons deal with circles, making the third one more repetitive and less interesting.
Below is also one other iteration of the second line's optional image. This iteration has the circle small enough to fit snugly into the crook of the folded piece. I quite like the interaction of the two pieces at that point, but it may be too tight.
My opinion is to go with the top left set, it feels the most coherent and the best all-around feeling set. Unless I hear word from you Jamie, I will move forward with that set and create my story boards.
Pros; With vector it is very simple to resize the icon both up and down, smaller and larger, without worrying about losing any detail to the image.
Cons; With vector you lose any hope of the amazing details that you get with bitmap. Vector can be looked at as a simplified bitmap. You can take the basic shapes from the bitmap and vector those, but you can never have the same amount of detail tat bitmap gives you. It makes it much cleaner looking, but that's not always what you want, which is the case for me. I do not want to lose the bitmap. I want all of those subtle(and not-so-subtle) details in my icons.
Pros; With bitmap you keep all of the quality of the image(the photo). Bitmap has all of the subtle detail and gradients that no matter how hard you try, they can never be reproduced vectorally(may not be a word but it works well here). Bitmap gives me all of the subtle vein-like details within my marks.
Cons; With bitmap, resizing is much more difficult. It is very simple, and very successful, to size down a bitmap image, but sizing up is a whole different thing. When sizing an image up, you are requiring the computer to create more information that what it is given, and it is prettyyyyyyy bad at doing that. When you size up an image, it becomes blurry or pixelated, which is almost never wanted, and almost always very ugly.
Time + MotionWith motion graphics in the picture, it creates a whole new area to be able to explore and take your designs so much further. There are so many different ways to show motion and represent motion without actually ever having motion. There are ways to create motion through color alterations, and opacity adjustments. There are also ways to suggest motion without ever having the design be put to motion involving cropping and repetition.
For my taxonomy of marks I will make a 4x8 wire-o book. The book will have black covers and the front will either have my final three marks, or just the word "Taxonomy" on it. The table of contents will be clearly set up and there will be very clear section title pages at the beginning of each new section of marks. Each page of marks will house either 3 or 4 marks trying to keep down on the clutter and make it much more presentable and understandable to the reader. I will scan my marks at a very high resolution so when I print them off they will be very crisp. I will print on high-quality cardstock or nice matte photo paper. To the right are a few examples as to what my cover might look like and how the section headers will echo the cover. The images will be printed black on white photo paper and the covers and section title pages will be printed white ink on black to give nice contrast to the title pages. Words will be written on opposing pages that corralate to the images on right, describing them. Put documentation of found objects into the book to further clarify the marks?
The pages would be separated by connotative and then within the pages and sections they would be organized denotatively. For example, the pages would be separated into what the marks look like, then they would be further separated down from lightest to darkest. This is only one example, it could be done in other similar ways.
- rorschach test
- object it was made by