20/10/16 ~ poster assignment.


Pocahontas is a Native american woman, known for her association with the colonial settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Her story was made into an animated and musical depiction by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995. This story included fictional encounters and consequences of the meeting and saving of Englishman John Smith, and the repercussions it entailed for the two individually as well as the opposing culture groups. Since then, the fictional tale of Pocahontas has become an iconic tale and film usually introduced during childhood.  

Not only is this story popular among youth, the attention of adults is attained through the strong foundation story structure and underlying messages. These messages, that are understood more clearly later in life, allow older audiences to reflect upon their childhood lives and then unto present lives.

This poster design was chosen to represent a fictional musical production. The design was taken into account that the acceptance of the musicals is being more apparent in older generations, as it is a different and more personal media experience.

The primary use of black and white color schemes was used to create relevance in older audiences to depict the tone of a known children’s film into something more serious and substantial to an adult’s eye. However, the sparks of color were included as to not forget the importance that lays in the introduction of these ideas during youth. This contrast of colorless and color aid in the reflection this story implies on audiences when revisited at a later age.


after our first lecture on motion graphics, i was feeling a little confused as i still found it hard to distinguish motion graphics from animation. going over laurie’s slides again, i found her last video insert very compelling.


18/10/2016 ~ motion graphics.

some motion graphics i find appealing:

this is a  short motion graphics i found on youtube. i find it is very effective in it’s clean transitions and short movements, while being seamlessly embedded with busy micro detail.

this is BBC’s commercial for their knowledge program. again exemplifying the clean transitions using related shapes. it is an effective use to help cover all that this program is meant to give.

an example of a motion graphics client work for a logo type thing. i had no idea that motion graphic designers would be doing this sort of thing so this was fun to find!

this was particularly interesting to find as this introduced me to sharing resumes and portfolios in a totally different medium. by looking up and searching through the field of motion graphics, it has really opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities. it is giving me more optimism for my future and the future of artists.

04/10/16 ~ digital me.

in today’s lecture i learned about info-graphics, data visualization, and self tracking. at first i found it difficult to understand the difference between info-graphics and data visualization, but once i was able to distinguish the two, i understood them as very different. as an artist i find data visualization more appealing. i appreciate that it delivers to an audience to make their own personal conclusions and own decisions.

the social media that i participate in most often is instagram. i do have a facebook but use it on occasion and only for family and close friends; which interestingly enough has made me quite the weird looks when in group projects since i have started here. a lot of other students seem to be allergic to emailing?

instagram is a platform that allows me to post photographs of things i want to remember. a lot of the times they are different angles of places i stare off into because it is a time that i have realized or thought about something i wish to remember. it is a way for me to track not only my life, as i don’t have a particularly good memory of the day to day, but also my emotions, reactions, fond memories, alone time, and to see how these change or stay stable.

i tracked my use of social media in relation to my concentration levels. i found that the less concentrated and engaged i was in what i was doing, the more interested and keen i was to check my social media app. when i was more into what i was doing, my desire to check social media went down. this was particularly obvious to point out as the period that i tracked was a constant change from class to an hour break, class to an hour break…

i think the growing trend of tracking and sharing shows good and bad qualities in us as expanding beings. the idea of being more self aware and wanting to know more detailed things about our everyday life can show our continuous growing curiosity levels and our capacity of knowledge. it makes us more aware of ourselves so that we can understand and better our own self, as well as understanding other people to potentially be more open minded. by sharing with each other we learn even more because we are comparing and adjusting in order to try new things and understand things we don’t understand or did not think about. it also allows for us to realize and be okay with the fact that there are so many different kinds of people and that people do different things in many different ways – even in ways that we could not fathom.

on the other hand, our growing desire to track and share could just be an obvious response to our increasing selfish desires and obsession to belong and fit in with society. society has been growing more selfish generation  by generation. social media presents people in front of other people in a different way than reality. it can be  used as another way to gain acceptance and popularity in a group without the physical appearance, initial social awkwardness, and perhaps the help of enhancing technologies. having lived in many different parts of the world, i have often gone to catch up with friends i had not seen in a long time and become shocked at their state because their social media gave the sense that it was exactly the opposite. and in this sense, it can be used and is used a lot of times to hide, to fake, and to not be willing to show and therefore ask for help.

30/09/16 ~ tully and ike.


own adobe illustrator creation of monsters ‘tully’ and ‘ike’.

my tully and ike monsters from lab yesterday. i am very much enjoying these lab sessions. i have always been nervous of making art on computers and using more advanced technologies to create art. i think, like many reasons as to why people shut things down, i was nervous merely because i did not know (how to use the software). i am loving being able to see the possibilities that can be done both on photoshop and now on illustrator. in my opinion they are similar, but in terms of creating original pieces are used for totally different functions. i am looking forward to more work on these programs.

27/09/16 ~ digital footprint.

in today’s lecture we discussed topics surrounding the digital footprint. this has been conscious on my mind since i was quite young, as the dangers of having a presence online was stressed from school associations. i spent my early school years at a catholic all girls school where they warned us of online pedophiles and had us take several self defence classes.

on my own, with or without this early persuasion, i have a natural inclination away from an online presence. all my accounts have different alterations of my name, and i am very careful of what i present. i have deactivated my facebook account several times with the paranoia of anyone knowing about myself and my life.  

from quiet observation and through comparison of my closed friends, i am the farthest behind in having a presence on social media, keeping up to date, and checking other’s accounts. nonetheless, my digital footprint lessened considerably after i feel i found more confidence in my own singular and personal being, with less focus on the public and pleasing the popular.

i always find lectures on this very interesting. i always notice that in between moments of being sat down to look at the facts of where your information goes online, i seem to slowly get lazy and become less aware – and perhaps less careful. in a way it is always a good reminder.

i left the lecture feeling quite anxious and worried that i haven’t been careful in recent online activities. later tonight i will most likely be going through the various social media platforms i participate in and reviewing my presence as well as privacy settings.

whether or not everyone should be doing the same as i do is hard to say. sometimes i prefer to see it as simple as being an introvert or an extrovert, just online rather than in person. everyone deserves to have their own choice as to how much the present online, as long as they are aware of the consequences that come with it. In my case, i am more intimidated by the supposed consequences and use other parties have in my personal online information. yet, i can understand those whom it does not bother. people chose their lifestyles to an extent, and in this same manner, people can chose theirs online.