For this project we were allowed to choose between designing our portfolio or giving a certain website a "redesign." I chose to get started on designing my own portfolio. Since it was my first time experimenting with html and css, I decided to keep the design and layout simple, allowing my work to be the main attraction. I made a point of keeping the design "above the fold" and tried to allow the viewer to preview my work quickly and efficiently through the use of thumbnails. I still have a lot of work to do before my website is finished, but this project gave me a good starting point.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
For this project students were told to create a concept map depicting an issue of their choice (chosen from a specific list of topics). I chose to research and explore the 2009 Flu Pandemic, more commonly known as the Swine Flu. The challenge was deciding how to display such a large amount of information while keeping the design clean, organized, and interesting. We explored different techniques for connecting terms and experimented with using different lines/methods to connect information.
The field guide was my favorite project to date. We were allowed to choose any subject around Austin to create a field guide for. After choosing my subject, I began exploring all of Austin's swimming holes. After visiting a few, I decided it would be beneficial for someone to know each swimming holes policy on camping, dogs, price, walk to water, and terrain. I originally intended to create a book of this information but later decided that a long accordion poster/foldable book would be a better, more interesting choice. You can take this field guide with you or hang it on your wall for decoration.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Friday, December 2, 2011
The image analysis poster was intended to help students identify different movements in design history that are still present today. We were told to choose some sort of current design piece and then dissect that piece of work and highlight its influences.
This paper compares octavo books to the mosaic web browser. We were supposed to choose two different creations, from different time periods, and then compare and contrast the two.
I chose to do my graphic design history presentation on the arts and crafts and the private press. I have always been drawn to this time in design and I feel like it has greatly influenced my style of design.