Shana Moulton: Whispering Pines.

16 04 2009

Shana Moulton’s Whispering Pines is probably one of my most favorite contemporary video artists. Her videos are somewhat goofy, but beautiful in the same aspect. I love the fact that she incorporates qualities of dancing because I love to dance. I tend to make little dance videos with one of my best friends. I always find myself dancing along with Moulton when I watch her work.

“Shana Moulton creates evocatively oblique narratives in her video and performance works. Combining an unsettling, wry humor with a low-tech, Pop sensibility, Moulton plays a character whose interactions with the everyday world are both mundane and surreal, in a domestic sphere just slightly askew. As her protagonist navigates the enigmatic and possibly magical properties of her home decor, Moulton initiates relationships with objects and consumer products that are at once banal and uncanny.”1

1. http://www.eai.org/eai/artistBio.htm?id=10320





Exercise with Speak.

16 04 2009

This is just an exercise for one of my design classes…not an actual speak spread.

Taking the article “Fabulous Us” by Natalia Ilyin and including it in a class exercise to design spreads for Speak Magazine, I had to find imagery that would fit with the context of what Speak is all about. Communication and restrictions are just a couple of segments that the article covers. I felt that applying imagery of locks and doors would fit these spreads appropriately. This was an exercise for me to surpass my normal design ability and to just have fun. This was a class project.

This is definitely the wild side of my design. I’m typically more conservative.

Speak was a magazine, the old-fashioned kind, with paper and ink and a really expensive print bill. It published long-form interviews, fiction, essays and features on a variety of topics.

It debuted in 1995, and after several inauspicious issues, found its niche as an “uncommercial” glossy. Unlike most titles, its editorial was designed not for advertisers or a narrow demographic, but for people who fancied a thoughtful and provocative read. The magazine ceased publication in 2001.”1

1. http://www.speakmag.com/mainframe_ab.html


Speak Magazine: Spread 1

Speak Magazine: Spread 1

Speak Magazine: Spread 2

Speak Magazine: Spread 2

Speak Magazine: Spread 1

Speak Magazine: Spread 1





Faculty Concert Series: Patten Performances

16 04 2009

Designed for a contest.

Creating a typographic hierarchy and a clear sound to a classical performance, aesthetics such as unity, suitability and universal application was used.  The project, in the end, would consist of three separate posters, each to a different faculty performance (series), with a postcard for each, and a cd case, along with an insert page.

I decided to use the chosen image for it’s sound look. Although classical music is structured, music itself and its soundwaves are organic. I created this image in response to that. The type treatment holds a heirarchy that also references back to the structured compostition that classical music makes.

Faculty Concert Series Package

Faculty Concert Series Package





Type Specimen Akzidenz Grotesk & Mosh.

13 04 2009

Two type specimen posters were assigned to demonstrate the personality, as well as emphasizing the formal qualities of the typeface.

For the first poster, the typeface had to be selected from Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces, written by Meggs and Carter. The body copy that went along with the typeface had to be set twice within the poster, each being three font point sizes apart. My classic typeface is called Akzidenz Grotesk.

The second poster’s typeface had to be a web based font. The body copy had to be selected from a fictional or outside text that related to the chosen font, also being set twice and being three point sizes apart. My web-based font is called Mosh from Misprinted Type. My passage chosen is a song called Dance Inside by The All-American Rejects.

Both posters included mainly the same restrictions, such as: one complete alpha-numeric set, including punctuation, for each subset of the face, the name of the typeface, and also as stated earlier, the body copy.

-Akzidenz Grotesk is primarily based on a grid and the font was created to have short ascenders and descenders. The letters are mostly flat with very rigid endings. Taking all this into consideration, I chose a couple letter to scale rather large to demonstrate all these characteristics. My composition is also based on the grid, just as the font, and all the type is justified left to right to reference the rigid and very flat letters of Akzindenz Grotesk.

-Mosh is a very intricate, but also organic type of script typeface that has lots of extended lines that swoop and twine on the capital letters. The song chosen, is based on all the different types of emotions one deals with by being engaged in a relationship, primarily a sexual one. There are very provocative and intimate moments that take place in this song. The colors chosen, which are pink and brown, are basically referencing chocolate and love. With all the organic lines that the typeface creates, they are mimicked to demonstrate the thoughts that occur in all different directions throughout one’s mind when worrying about what is going on in his or her life when it comes to an intimate relationship.

 

 

Akzidenz Grotesk

Akzidenz Grotesk

 

 

Mosh

Mosh





Cindy Li Comes to Chattanooga.

12 04 2009

Last Thursday, April 9, Cindy Li was nice enough to come to Chattanooga to speak to the community about networking. Networking really is something to take advantage of because of the friends or opportunities that can take place. Li told of how she met people through other friends and by doing this she was able recieve job opportunities out of it. At first I didn’t really care about networking and didn’t understand why it was so important, but listening to what Li had to say really knocked the reasons into my head. I’m so thankful that Leslie Jensen-Inman arranged for all of this to take place within the Chattanooga community. The whole experience was amazing. Not only did I get to attend two of Li’s talks, but Jensen-Inman also arranged for Li to come and meet with our senior design class. We were able to talk to her one on one while we reviewed our portfolios together. It really was a great opportunity to say the least. Cindy Li is such a wonderful and helpful person. I retrieved so many helpful comments to put forth into my portfolio and my life as a designer. Thank you so much Cindy and Leslie for making this happen for the UTC students and Chattanooga community!





Untitled: Self Portrait.

7 04 2009

Pop culture trends, when examined closely, often reveal a subtle distortion of reality. Reality confession cams and Benetton clothing advertisements, while representing opposite ends of a spectrum of intent and form, magnify and amplify the relationship between the viewer and subject. I am interested in wedding the emotional drama that typifies many video confessionals and the often stark visual drama used in fashion advertising; both, in their own way, simultaneously personal and impersonal. Why people tend to feel comfortable when placed alone with a camera and how they express themselves without feeling judged.

As a self-portrait that reflects pop culture trends and a distortion of reality, I am exploring the relationship between my thoughts and actions. Through this video, I am confronting my own deep insecurities and my inability to verbalize everyday thoughts. It is an attempt to embrace and give voice to my own constant fear.

*These are still images taken from the actual video.

Untitled

Untitled

Photo Credit: Jessica Taylor

Photo Credit: Jessica Taylor

Photo Credit: Jessica Taylor

Photo Credit: Jessica Taylor

Sitting left to right: Stephen Bush, Alyssa Fryar, Nick Lamkin, Shaina Dobosh, Michelle Oliver, Julie Burney, Tenley Mayfield

Check out more of show one at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessi_taylor/





Gabriel Shalom: Beardbox.

7 04 2009

With my background of loving to dance, I find myself watching this all the time because I want to dance to the beat Gabriel Shalom makes in his Beardbox video. As he makes his sounds, he is also in this process of shaving. He calls it a videomusical self-portrait. I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this video other than the fact that it’s pretty fantastic. This is something that has been an overall influence of my video that I placed in the University of TN at Chattanooga’s senior show.

http://www.gabrielshalom.com/

you can view Beardbox at http://vimeo.com/2790928