Archive | February, 2009

calendar part deux

28 Feb

Another theme and variation:

january

january

february

february

march

march

april

april

may

may

theme and variation part 1

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theme and variation: calendar

26 Feb

ESTABLISHING A VISUAL LANGUAGE

You should develop a theme for the calendar and make sure all of the images relate to the theme in some important way. Since this is a calendar you will also want to make sure the images connect to the month you have chosen to represent in some way.

 

May

May

June

June

July

July

theme and variation part deux


 

jack & jill, 1.1

25 Feb

jack & jill, 1.1-bumper cars

jack & jill, 1.1-bumper cars

jack & jill, 1.8-death & taxes | jack & jill, 1.7-traditions | jack & jill, 1.6-march madness | jack & jill, 1.5-food | jack & jill, 1.4-global warming | jack & jill, 1.3-toilet seat | jack & jill 1.2-ice cream | jack & jill 1.1-bumper cars | jack & jill season teaser

estaré en Cartago pronto

24 Feb

Hoy fue bueno… but then again, every day is a good day. This day however, was extra-wonderful because I received my placement for volunteer work in Cartago, Costa Rica! Myself and three other volunteers will be spending the week of March 15th-March 20th at la Casa de Doña Melba, a children’s center and foster home.

It is curious… the things I do. Hah. Very curious. Anywho, way away away from here I’ll be… doing what I can and tratando hablar español mejor que lo hablo ahora… pero, I’ve found that kids don’t really speak in words- words help of course and the language barrier will be difficult no doubt, but we’ll see… veremos! – a smile says more than words ever could!

we need more lemon pledge

23 Feb

Allison, Shaina, and Melanie

Allison, Shaina, and Melanie

we need more lemon pledge

we need more lemon pledge

book cover: media studies

19 Feb

Design the cover for a book titled ” Media Studies.” Let’s assume this is a work of non-fiction that might be a primer or intro text to the field of media studies. The only text you need on the cover is the title but you can add anything else you would like.

 

media studies book cover

media studies book cover

So, I’ve been saturating myself with Chomsky and McChesney and the like recently… a fact which might have influenced the artistic direction of this project ever so slightly. The text comes from a couple Chomsky quotations and I added in a few choice words here and there. Even though there aren’t any “images” here, in this context the text itself becomes a crafted image.

jack & jill, season 1

18 Feb

something to offset the lag time in between seasons of life w/sans… maybe the two will end up alternating 8 week spots or some such nonsense…

jill, season 1

jack & jill, season 1

Just Jack & Jill

jack & jill, 1.8-death & taxes | jack & jill, 1.7-traditions | jack & jill, 1.6-march madness | jack & jill, 1.5-food | jack & jill, 1.4-global warming | jack & jill, 1.3-toilet seat | jack & jill 1.2-ice cream | jack & jill 1.1-bumper cars | jack & jill season teaser

impossible image: cool car

15 Feb

Take two images and combine them in some provocative and impossible way. For example there was a famous Time Warner image of a bagel around the needle of the Empire State Building. You might but a wig on the Statue of Liberty or a giant bug on Mount Olympus. The trick here is to make the image look as REAL as possible and have the content be as impossible as possible.

Hmmm… impossibly cool car + impossibly cuddly polar bear =

Cool Car

Impossible...

 

Much less time consuming than repairing an image that’s for sure… and a lot more entertaining to complete. GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL… haha.

repaired image: the intern

14 Feb

Take an old or damaged photo and repair it. Perhaps there is an old photo you would like to make look new or maybe you look great in your wedding dress but have divorced your husband and want him removed.

“We’ll need profile pictures for the upcoming newsletter… It would be nice to include the interns!”

 

the intern

the intern

 

Well, yes it was very nice, but not so nice for the editor/designer (who me?)… especially when one intern decided to wait until the very last minute to send me his picture! And then… a webcam picture at that!!! At least the original was 640×480… room to mess around… a bit.

Problem: The original picture quality is sub-standard; the lighting is a nightmare (shadows from light above/blue shine from screen); and a better background could have been chosen.

Solution: Layers. Using a lot of layers. The replace color tool in photoshop became a dear, dear friend – stood by me throughout the entire ordeal. There was nothing I could do about the original photo quality. Getting a somewhat even lighting and color tone for the intern’s face and neck was a long and arduous process… but the end result has no hint of the blue glare from the computer screen and the bags under the intern’s eye’s are smoothed away to some extent.

Top 5 Tools: Photoshop CS3. Replace Color. New Layer. Magnetic Lasso Selection. Energy Drink.

Reflection: I’m satisfied with the result. I didn’t go overboard and “fix” everything… I wanted to keep the edited version looking a bit raw and natural.

Still Time at GAMH

10 Feb

Saying that Still Time started the night on a good note at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last Friday is an understatement. The house was packed from the first note and the music kept people dancing and singing along from song to song. The crowd raised their glasses to 9 to 5 and joined in chorus to High Tide. There is something spectacular about this band that can only really be experienced live… for instance, Fall and Rise is absolutely bone-chilling and awe inspiring live, while T Bone goes insane on the harmonica during American Dream. So good!

 

Dan Curcio of Still Time at the GAMH

Dan Curcio of Still Time at the GAMH

 

Chris Arntzen of Still Time at GAMH

Chris Arntzen of Still Time at GAMH