Monday, May 9, 2011

Gloria Steinem's Address to the Women of America

For typography class, we were to pick a speech and create a motion video for it. Here is my motion video for Gloria Steinem's Address to the Women of America.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Journal Entry 5/2

David Carson: David did not have formal training, and he designed magazines spreads. He designed them based on what felt right for him. He stated that it is important to pull from your personality. I really enjoyed all of the visuals that were shown. I responded to the variety of each piece. Each page that was in a magazine he made was a piece of art.

Milton Glaser:
Milton says that none of us have the ability to understand our lives or path until it's over. Design and art has a pacifying function in our culture, it creates a commonality between two people. He says in cultures where people exchange gifts, this passing on of gifts is a device in order to prevent everyone from killing each other. Milton says he teaches because it makes him feel good and helps him clarify his own objectives. It is exciting for him to see someone change and learn because of something that he has said. He goes on to say that Graphic design and social commentary correspond. Designers have the ability to transfer great ideas, that will cause no harm, to people all around you. I really responded to when he talked about doing things that affect my time, neighborhood, city, country, and the world. I also responded to when he talked about someone's later life. He says if one can sustain their interest in their profession then you are a lucky person. Some people loose interest in what they do and loose their "capacity for astonishment". The world is a very astonishing place and Milton says he is still astonished. He is very thankful for this.

Mark Romanek

He says when you are making a music video, you are creating a fake moment that you need people to believe. You are forced to think about every single detail. He says he plans his videos very little so the process of editing becomes a sort of journey and so he doesn't get hung up certain things. The most important thing is to emotionally engage the audience. It doesn't matter how beautiful the shot is, if it's a cold shot, it's got to go.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Journal Entry 4/18

While I was looking at the Good website, I noticed that many of their information graphics and videos were about bettering the world, or shocking information that may cause someone to want to help the world. They took public news and information and are presenting it in a visually appealing and sometimes humorous way.

Their website says that "GOOD is the integrated media platform for people who want to live well and do good. We are a company and community for the people, businesses, and NGOs moving the world forward. GOOD's mission is to provide content, experiences, and utilities to serve this community."

I watched The Incredible, Preventable Cost of Malaria. This video provided me with a ton of facts and information about the disease, but in just a few minutes. They presented the sad truth about malaria, but then explained how the disease can be prevented. I can tell that good wants to make an impact with everything they put on their site. Every video, information graphic, and article is packed full of meaning.

Good gives people a chance to get involved with projects and competitions, including doodling and photo competitions, and even one where you can your ideas about how to spread the word about the importance of vaccines or what to do with abandoned school buildings.

I really like this aspect of their website. I think it is fun to include and involve their audience. There are many creative and intelligent people who have a place to apply their skills to a good cause. They are using the power of the internet to spread their message to a huge audience. I really enjoyed looking at this website because they are a creative site that is helping the world in small ways.

"Good is for people who give a damn."

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