Thursday, November 26, 2009

VisCom: Roughly Finished Haiku Animation

Here's my nearly finished animation. Still got to add sound and such.

Haiku Animation from Brandon Lyon on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

CDF: Pantone Delineation

Here are the colorized versions of the delineations recently posted:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

CDF: Color Book 15 Photos

These are my possible picks for my pics so far in the color book.  The pictures are as follows:

3 Becomes 4
4 Becomes 3
Three Dimensional Through Psychological Space

Monday, November 16, 2009

Type: Skylab Letterpress

Today's trip to Skylab was amazing. Loved every second of it.  It has always been in the back of my mind to pursue skill in printmaking to meld with my design.  I feel that printmaking and graphic design run the same road, only in different ways.  I'll definitely consider a possible internship with Skylab in the future.

Here's a screen grab of their website for anyone interested:

Skylab Letterpress's Website

The machines in their workspace were a dream come true. They combined that mechanistic analog love of mine into professional  and modern processes. Not to far off from my love for older cameras.  Their process was very much assembly line and trial and error, which is quite similar to my style of work, and if I ever have the workspace to house such a monster, I might consider finding a letterpress myself to mess with in my spare time.  It undoubtedly has room for experimental process and many possibilities in materials.  The leather samples they showed us were quite impressive, and I only wish I could have done more than pull a lever. Maybe in the near future I'll get more chances to handle these archaic machines.

I'll be sure to put in a few of their misprint samples into my soon to come business card and graphic inspiration pocket books.  Though I have gained a considerable amount of content, so I might have to make a series since I'm not sure if there is wire O with a large enough diameter.  

Sunday, November 15, 2009

VisCom: F + S Prj. 3

This poster uses the analog shape to really hint at the grimy, slightly primitive,  and competitive world of sports. 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Type: Web Layout Iterations

Some of the ones for the previous class + a few changes.  One of them has been altered considerably though.

CDF: Black and White Delineations

Here are my delineations for Black and white, Tone, Texture, and Contour.  I wanted to really emphasize the spotlights and architectural lighting of the tall buildings of the 1920's.

Friday, November 13, 2009

CDF: Vector Deliniations

So we've split in class into 2 simultanious assignments. We'll be vectorizing some of our previously taken photos of the larger 3d letterforms and creating posters of simulated exhibitions of ours at the Nelson Atkins Museum.  Should be interesting.  So far, I've done 4 different possibilities for the simple black and white vector.

Viscom: Tool Documentation

My documentation photographs for the tools I used for mark making on our haiku project:

VisCom: Reading Response

I really enjoyed the recent reading from Lupton's book.  The transitions in our animations rely heavily on passing time, and it's always a good process to look at any work in a temporal aspect.  Books wouldn't seem temporal to most people, but it really is all documentation of process and the time spent on that process.  The photograph image on pg. 216 really grabbed my attention. In Tom's Foundation studio last year, we did a lot of photography based work, and the temporal was always in question.  A photograph in this instance, that shows a section of movement in time and space almost seems more temporal than the real deal.  The imagination seems to continue on with a mental inertia as the temporal shift in the piece comes to a complete stop. 

Motion graphics are something I highly prize.  I can't wait to get my hands into commercial and advertising.  Adding motion to something static adds so many more elements and possibilities to the piece.  The photo shopped billboards were a great example of showing these in a realistic scenario, and I've seen the upperclassmen examples of this, so I'm also excited to get my work out there in the world. Even though it's only a virtual preview.  This will be a skill that future employers will value I'm sure.

The transitions themselves have been interesting. I haven't dealt with animation dealing strictly with the transition before, so it's a new area of focus, and I'll have to adapt.  After the first round, I had some good concepts, so I'll have to move to the next step with more iterations and refinement I suppose. I'll also have to get some headway on my taxonomy book tomorrow. Hopefully an xacto knife can get through this plastic or I might have issues....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

VisCom: Taxonomy Book Ideas

Alright, so I've done some more thinking on the overall concept of the book. I'm still going to be doing a stab Japanese binding, but I might try something more intracate than I tried in the Caligraphy course last year.  Perhaps something like this one:

Or perhaps something more simple and modern like this bound edition of "Flatland" that I stumbled across:

I want to use transparencies as a form of labelling over the images.  I might also decide to flip this concept, and print the icons onto the transparencies and do the labeling behind them on sketch paper. Both would look nice.

To continue this concept of transparency, I want to use a semi-transparent plastic or acrylic as the cover, with printed type behind it on the sketch paper for the title. something like this card used:
Should lend a nice clean modern look to the book.  However, this does create difficulty in opening the book with the stab bind since there wouldn't be a hinge.  So I think that I'll do some experimenting with hardcore scoring methods using a sort of vice or clamping tool to create a sort of hinge in the cover.  If I find a thin enough plastic however, it might just be able to bend, which would also be more friendly and clean looking. So maybe I'll look into that.  I think I might be able to find some of this material in some binders' covers like these:

I have some yellow/ green cord that I'll use for the stab binding.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

VisCom: Taxonomy Proposal

For my mark making book, I'll be doing a traditional Japanese bind. The pages will hold a few icons, allowing for a smaller and more weildly size for the book.  I'll drill press the holes through a sort of high quality drawing paper to allow labeling for pages that need any. Probably Strathomore.  The color scheme will be neutral, and depending on the restrictions for the books cover, I might do some printing on the cover paper. 

The Taxonomy of the book will be classified in the following ways:

1. Natural or Manmade Tool
2. Geometric or Organic Shape
3. Denotation of Insect, Geometric Form, or Unknown
4. Connotations negative, nuetral, or positive in appearance.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Type: Web Layouts

These are my first 3 proposals for my web layout on the element website.  NOTE: I might add color later, but seeing as it's a metal, and I'm primarily focusing on layout at the moment, I'm going to leave color alone till I narrow my layout choices down a bit.