Black White Magpie


Design appears in nature, human-made environments and artworks. Understanding design elements and principles offers a person a visual vocabulary, develops awareness of a rich visual life, enhances design abilities.

Elements (tools for expressing visual ideas) include line shape form colour value texture space.

Principles (or guidelines) include balance unity contrast pattern emphasis movement rhythm.

Media (materials chosen) have their own qualities and effects, complimenting the expression of ideas.  Continue reading Black White Magpie


(digital) Storytelling – Research

The third piece in the ‘zine project’ series of artworks uses an animated sequence to tell a story. The experience will be conveyed via the script I have written.

For a quick introduction to effective storytelling, I skimmed through ‘The New Digital Storytelling‘ by Alexander Bryan.

A brief overview of Bryan’s strategy for relaying a (digital) story includes the following processes: Continue reading (digital) Storytelling – Research

Politics and Aesthetics – Research

With the collection of three graphic art pieces being produced – the zine, poster and animation, I am kinda, sorta, being political. Making a political statement, not sure exactly how, just am, so some research was in order. Continue reading Politics and Aesthetics – Research

Semantics and Graphic Languages – Research

Researching how to convey emotion or an experience.

Semantics refers to meaning and signification. Graphic design is central to the production and reproduction of meanings in human life. However, graphic design is not a language, it does not possess words, grammar, syntax.

What is Meaning? Continue reading Semantics and Graphic Languages – Research

Dada, then Schwitters and Typography

Dada was a movement flourishing around 1915 – 1925, originally in Europe, then America. Dada ridiculed traditional notions of form and beauty, abandoning traditional media such as painting and sculpture in favour of techniques like collage, photomontage and readymades. Chance was credited with a valid role in the act of creating. Dada was influential, inspiring many anti-art movements throughout the 20th century. Dada was not united by a common style, rather a rejection of conventions in art and thought, seeking through unorthodox techniques, performances and provocations to shock society into self-awareness. The name Dada demonstrates the movement’s anti-rationalism.

Reference: Ades, D. and Gale, M. (retrieved 2013). Dada Oxford Art Online

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