(I just couldn’t resist)
I admit I kind of gotten rusty after the semester break, so hopefully the new semester will get me back on track again. Soon enough, the first homework of 2D second semester has been appointed by Ms. Joy.
HELLO MY NAME IS_________
While resisting the temptation to gag about the title with Adele’s latest hit, this exercise prompted me to elaborate myself who am I again. (Well, resistance is futile.) Throughout the module, I am able to express my personalities and interests with ease, which I think is a good start. All my ideas sprung instantly from my mind during the exercise briefing, regardless of whether it’s interesting enough for others.
In the first nametag, I have to represent my subject with TYPOGRAPHY. So for this, I’ve used a few fonts to associate my interest for films. Through an Internet post, I found the most popular for movie posters are BANK GOTHIC and TRAJAN. Thus, I decided to make my last film interest reference into my English names.
The whole piece is created by combining my Chinese name in the calligraphy font KAITI and English names together. I’ve tried to do this a long time ago but usually it ended up kinky. Fortunately this one worked out except I can’t figure what to do with my JUN. Then I just decided to create my own typeface for it as my uniqueness between references and interest. After that I halved the whole thing into black and white to show that there’s both side of me waiting for the viewers to discover. Adding a pair of glasses and voila, here’s a typeface that explains many basic information about me.
For the second nametag, it have to be ABSTRACT solution. This part took the longest time to construct. The first idea that hit me was the assignment “LINES”. However, I was thinking of using the process of drawing as the intention. I planned to do tedious patterns to show how I view complexity. Ms. Joy encouraged me to make more out of my content. So, I revised it and came with another concept. The structure was simple patterns filled with patches of my favorite/spirit colors. These colors are close in temperature and value, yet covering different portion of the space. Each color patches seems to have their own function or existence in the solution yet performed differently in terms of standing out. The reddish purple seems to stand out more than the cyan even though the cyan covers more. This idea suggested different aspect of me standing out in different extents. These aspect might be my talents or maybe my good traits. The visibility of these aspect can only be decided by the viewers, they will see some aspect of me first, but that doesn’t mean my other aspects are gone.
As for the CONCEPTUAL nametag, the part which I tried to think like Salvador Dali, but then my mind told me, “not in a million lifetimes.” I was inspired by how I brought up the unsatisfying LINE concept a few minutes ago. I’ve realized how easy I am to get stuck onto certain mindset or thoughts that can be easily proven bad. So, to express such personality of mine, I used this retro toy robot as the medium. Instead of an advance tech robot, retro toy robot shows how young and inexperienced my skills and thoughts are, yet there’s plenty room for improvement. The light-hearted colors were chosen to suit the expression. The robot design made the ring on its head logical, and can be assumed this might happen again. The colorless objects showed they are not the possession of the robot, signifying they’re probably others’ tools of assistant.
Before, I finalized my concept, Ms. Joy suggested that transition in terms of timeline can be implied into my concept to link them together. So here’s how time is implied. I’ve placed Chinese calligraphic fonts alongside ancient English fonts together to show they’re creation from the past. TYPOGRAPHY shows what I am already. As we progress, the percentages of blacks and whites reduced into lines, wobbly lines, inducing uncertainty. Just like how abstract art considered modern art, ABSTRACT SOLUTION shows a present me but have to be defined by others.
You may say robots can symbolized future, so CONCEPTUAL is the future part of the timeline. As the black lines greatly substituted by colored lines, CONCEPTUAL contained my wish for an astonishing future, and what I will be. A resolution to escape the mundane ordinaries.
It’s nice to be back to foundation 2D and the brainstorming. I have to remind myself, this is just the warm-ups.
Thanks for reading.