I’ve come up with a couple designs for the banners, but I think it still needs more work.
(1) I found this too uniform still, much like the previous design.
(2) This was design 2, and I tried to cover the white parts to make the whole design fuller and more complete, but I still did not like the end result as I feel it’s too messy.
(3) This is the last one, which I like the most, I wanted to go for the feeling that the motifs were exploding out of the colours, and create a more fluid, expressive emotion with the colours as well. I think I may add an oven at the bottom, to symbolise the end of the fairytale whereby the witch was pushed into the oven and killed. I’ll also alter the background a bit, as I think the white is too plain, and likely add some texture to the background as well, like smoke coming out of the oven.
Here’s my postcard for Week 7, tracking trash. I’ve tried to track my trash and the rate and things I’ve thrown away over Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and have discovered that I throw away most of plastic food wrappers and paper, like tissue paper and toilet paper. By circumstances, the third most common item I threw away over the week was sanitary pads, which I now know takes at least 500 – 800 years to decompose!
Hello! I have done up three banners, all playing with the various motifs that I have posted earlier on.
This is the first one I did up, which I wasn’t very satisfied with because I felt it looked too rigid and the motifs were too straight and didn’t relay the playfulness I wanted in the banner.
Because I wanted some sort of dynamic component and didn’t like the straightness, I reorganised the motifs and made them slanted and slightly messier, so it would create a sort of falling down effect and the food items would look like they were dropping down from the sky in a haphazard and playful way.
This is the last design I was experimenting with. I kind of like the splashes of colour which I derived from the test sheet 1 and 2, using the colour select tool on photoshop. It gives the background more depth and character, like splashes of paint, so it does not look as flat. I decided to keep the motifs in the falling down/cascading sort of movement from Number 2.
So I tracked my social media usage from 8/2/2017 to 13/2/2017, which was the Wednesday after class on Tuesday, all the way up to the following Monday. Some findings were that the top three most used applications for me was Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook. I also frequently used Spotify, YouTube and Telegram (all in consecutive order), but I guess for this particular week it was the first three listed that came up tops! I also found that the amount of time I used on any particular app is relative to the amount of free time I had on my hands (e.g. when I’m not working my part time job or when I’m on the train), and if I used less of Instagram any particular day, chances are that I used less of Whatsapp and Facebook as well.
My inspiration would be Steve McCurry, the photographer who shot Afghan Girl for the cover of National Geographic in 1985. I think what strikes me the most about his work is his portraiture style and the way he shoots people in general.
He has very good control over the lighting conditions and the use of colour, often being able to make colours pop out and allow the subject to really stand out from the background. I also particularly like his shooting matter, as I can identify with liking to photograph people and to travel to various countries that are underrepresented and engage with the culture and people there. It becomes a very wholesome eye opening experience combined with photography.
Below are more of his works that I found particularly captivating.