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Final Manga Infographic and Environmental Graphic Pieces

6 Jun

I promised that I’ll post up the latest pieces I have done from my Portfolio Development module, with the Infographic and Environmental Graphic assignments.

With the final infographic I have done, I scanned in all the mangas I own, and believe me, it took hours since my printer/scanner was taking forever. Anyways, I created symbols to simplify the categories using simple shape and line tools on Illustrator, and altered the layout by making it more of a bar graph format with the tallying of the books.

In the end, I was really pleased with the outcome and found that it was quite visually appealing, especially with the combination of bright colours coming from the covers.

And this is the final

For the Environmental Graphic assignment, I made a couple of changes, not major but enough that covered the feedback I was given.

Final environmental graphic works

Apologies they are not in image form on this blog post. It will just take forever to upload every one of them. But I hope you like it : )

A Little Less Panic and More Work Done

11 May

So this past week has been extremely busy, with another set of late nights and worrying that I won’t get anything done on time before the second year ends *big deep breath — long sentence*. Managed to do my Case Study report and presentation, which took four days to complete to its highest form (although it’s a draft — but tried to make it good). And lets just say that I found it the most interesting thing to do written/report/essay-like wise.

I was lucky that it took only my second attempt to contact a designer and allowing me to conduct my study on them. And although there were mishaps with my questions not being sent properly and going through a long process to enable my contact to receive them, it was managed in the end and I found some very insightful stuff on the design/illustration industry.

Anyways, I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t really done much on my infographics. Been preparing more stuff for animation (which I’m planning on starting this weekend — I created a bridge too using a sunglasses case, polystyrene and masking/cellotape (amazing what normal objects can become)). But I have scanned almost all of the manga covers… Taking forever ._.

But! I have started on my new and last assignment for Portfolio Development, which is Environmental Graphics. The restriction is that it has to be based on a statement on the theme of education and the courses at the university I study in. We did have some flexibility though, and it was that we could slightly alter the quote if needs be to fit in with our design (but if it’s a well-known quote, then it’s a no-no).

I prepared research on the topic and the different types of E.G. you get, and it is a really interesting area to cover in design, since it’s practically everywhere around you. I found some articles from design blogs which mentioned and showed example of environmental graphics, and some I was really blown away by and the ideas behind them are extremely well thought out. Anyways, I looked up on statements based on education and found quite a few.

Here are the ones I felt I could develop into a design a bit more:

“We need a metamorphosis of education – from the cocoon a butterfly should emerge. Improvement does not give us a butterfly only a faster caterpillar.” Learning to Learn (http://www.learningtolearn.sa.edu.au/)

Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.” ― Ken Robinson

“Stock your mind, stock your mind. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
Frank McCourt

The reason some are in bold is to highlight the areas I liked most in the quotes, and where I’ll base my designs on. Also, I didn’t want to focus on just one course and base my design on that. I wanted to include every single course (and don’t ask me how many, you know what universities are like!) and unify it completely as it will be referring to all students and the university itself (unfortunately, these will never be real, only in the digital dream world).

Anyways, these are my designs in picture format. They were originally done using Illustrator and Photoshop, and took me this whole day gone to finish all five.

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.”

Original Image:

 

Image imposed at the entrance/reception of the university:

“Your mind is a palace.”

Original Images:

My boyfriend saw this earlier and commented that the people look like egg cups. I can see the resemblance.

Super-imposed Images:

This area is between the reception and doors leading to cafeteria section (or what the uni calls it, “The Street”)

Between The Street and the library.

 “Metamorphosis of education — A butterfly should emerge”

Original Images:

These two drawings were from photographs I had taken and used as a reference for this assignment. As you saw in the earlier photo it has been raining the last few days, so no butterflies about. So how did I capture one do you wonder? Well, my mum has, in a frame, three (dead) butterflies. She collected them when we went to a butterfly sanctuary years ago and they are still quite reserved remarkably.

We really have some weird stuff in this house……

Super-imposed Images:

The Street/Cafeteria

A pillar near the reception

So that’s all of my ideas. My favourite really is the first design at the reception/entrance and the pillar one. On Monday we’ll see what my tutor says, any crit said and if any changes needed.

I do know that I need to somehow set up the light difference so it looks like they are in their surroundings. And somehow work out how to blend the graphics into the areas they’re on so they “show” the surface beneath.

And at the moment, I don’t feel so panicked as I have been like on the days that has passed. It felt weird today (well, yesterday over here now) but it felt like an overwhelming feeling of calmness… : /

Never know what goes on in this little brain of mine…. Must be all the paracetamol I have been taking for headaches lately.

New Infographic & Updates on Other Stuff

30 Apr

I have done the next stage of my information graphic. Personally, I’m still with my first idea. I find the new one is too wordy and the images don’t scream at you as I feel they should. We’ll see how it goes in tomorrow’s (or later this morning) lesson. But for now, here’s what I have done, the new-infographic. There are spelling mistakes which I realised after printing out, and I’ll make the changes if used as a final. I would have done a jpeg here, but you wouldn’t be able to read anything.

I have done basically everything I was told to do: name genres, artists, number of mangas from each title exactly, a description of the manga (which was really hard to do in the most simplest format without giving too much away — and what I wrote is the simplest way to describe each of them!). It was also suggested and asked if there are any crossovers between the mangas, which there are in plentiful, especially in CLAMP’s works, but there’s not enough room to do that… This document in viewing mode is A1 size (print out has been shrunk to A2) as I couldn’t fit everything on there properly (the previous design was shrunk from A2 to A3).

Anyways, it would be interesting to know people’s take on it, if it gives too much, does it make you want to read any of them, or it’s ok etc etc. But I just don’t feel it’s an infographic anymore…

The only thing you would gather from it all is that I’m a fan of CLAMP‘s work. Although I don’t have all of their mangas, I’m planning one day to own them all. But if you decide to look up on the artworks of each title I own, you could guess that the reason I chose these mangas was because I’m a sucker for what I consider to be beautiful art works in the manga world.

Well, that’s all for infographics. My next assignment is environmental graphics which has to be based on education and the university I’m in, but I’ll talk about that another day. As for my stop motion animation, I’m getting all the props ready (bought some little doll house pieces from a crafts shop the other day especially for this project so I better get something good out of it, hahaha!). I have done a couple of background stuff and just got to do a few more then I can start the whole thing : )

As for Professional Design Practice, we have been doing a team project the last couple of weeks and will be doing a presentation in lesson. As for the Case Study we are doing, I’m waiting for my contact to get back to me for the answers to my questions. I just hope the email was received since it’s been slightly over a week now. If by tomorrow evening there hasn’t been a reply, gonna email again to see what has happened.

Manga Infographic

22 Apr

I haven’t mentioned any other projects I have been working on. A while back I mentioned that we have an Infographics project. One of the choices given was to base it on a personal collection. With this, I decided to base it on my anime and manga collection.

There was a lot, more than what I listed on my last post, and overall the total came to 524+ as some I can’t/don’t want to reach height wise and dust-wise.

But in the end, I decided to focus on my manga collection as that reflected a main part of my love for the stuff. I counted 30 titles in total and here they are in order by amount:

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (28) complete

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play (18) complete

RG Veda (9)

Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden (9)

Rurouni Kenshin (8)

DearS (8) complete

Othello (7) complete

xxxHolic (7)

Tokyo Babylon (7) complete

Kobato (5)

Wish (4) complete

Gunsmith Cats (4) complete

Card Captor Sakura (3)

Suki: A Like Story (3) complete

CLAMP School Paranormal Investigators (3) complete

Sailor Moon (3)

GATE 7 (2)

CLAMP School Detectives (2)

Man of Many Faces (2) complete

Chobits (2) complete

CLAMP School Defenders: Duklyon (2) complete

CLAMP no Kiseki (2)

Sailor V (2) complete

Tokyo Mew Mew (2)

X (1)

The One I Love (1) complete

Clover (1) complete

Legend of Chun Hyang (1) complete

Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland (1) complete

Shirahime-Syo (1) complete

Cool list, right? Anyways, these are the books in two lovely pictures, with the first photograph dedicated to my favourite manga artists/group, CLAMP, and the second photo with various artists. And in case you wonder how I managed to fit them all and capture them in the photographs, I had to place them on my parents’ bed and go onto the top step of a small ladder.

As I had quite a lot of titles and have been researching on infographics, I found a particular design which I found really interesting. It is a typographic information graphic, which focused on words used in toy adverts for girls (there is also a boy’s version). Both designs displayed words that are used on the toy adverts, and recorded the amount of times that certain word came up. The more a word was used, the bigger it was in the infographic and the less used words, smaller size.

I thought of conducting a similar manner with the manga collection. At first I was thinking of recording the Japanese honorifics used in the mangas, but it would have taken too long to read all the books and record the many terms used. So I stuck to the titles, as they’re quite a bundle really when grouped together.

So the idea came to the more manga I have based on a particular title, the bigger it was and got smaller as fewer numbers of each title came. And for the past week with endless late nights staying up til 1am, 2:30am, and 4am extracting the titles from the backgrounds, cleaning them up and making them look pretty, I was happy with the end result.

These are the titles scanned so you can see them in closer detail:

And here is the final:

The reason it’s in black is because the main title, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, could not be seen on white. Also, all of the titles are well contrasted against it.

Personally I think it’s really pretty and colourful and the titles help to express each manga in its own way : )

The only thing I’m really wishing now is that when I show it to my tutor tomorrow he won’t tell me to redo it using an ordinary typeface. I swear I’ll be really, really, really upset after all the sleepless nights I have been through!

*Edit @ 23:15 on 23/04/2012: Had class today and I have to change my idea. I was a bit annoyed, but I understood the reasons as to why I should change the idea, which is as a person who may not understand manga whereas I do, a viewer may not know what the infographic is about and just see a bunch of titles/logos.

I have sketched out another completely different idea, reflecting my manga collection, and other subcategories to go with it. I have shown it to my tutor and it seems the idea has been agreed. I’m gonna start the idea sometime this week but for now I am going to bed to catch up on more sleep after waking up from sleeping on the sofa!

Book Cover Update (again!)

30 Mar

So right now I’m sitting here feeling really annoyed. And stupid.

For a whole day (since 8:30 this morning) I have been trying to sort out PDFs for my new design for the One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest book cover and it kept going wrong time and time again. Outlines were not coming out right. Colour wasn’t going right. Files were big (although big enough for file size restriction). Basically everything was not going well.

The cover looked fine on Illustrator, but Adobe Acrobat Reader wanted to play games with me >:E

And take forever to load the files when I did the PDF printing thing.

Then it was only 10 minutes ago I found out that I could do a “Save As” for a PDF file……… >_<

And everything worked out fine.

So in the end it has gone well, but it’s almost 6:20pm and almost a day has been missed for other plans to do Professional Practice!!!!

>__________<   *note that the expression now is in “more annoying mode”.

This is the new cover which I’m most likely going to enter into the Penguin Competition. Doubt I’ll win, but hey, it’s all fun:

If you can see, one of the rabbit people is in a slight different posture (arms crossed). This is McMurphy (it’s I believe one of the arm postures he tends to do — but also represents his strength and domineering appearance) and him looking towards the wolf eyes. Basically confronting Nurse Ratched (the wolf).

Dark gradient to show confrontation and the dark void the men are in, trapped in the mental ward for all their life, but with light at ‘the end of the tunnel‘ representing hope and freedom for them, which of course, if you have seen the film or read the book, it happens to two of the characters (although one is more darker as to how they get their freedom).

If you don’t know the reason as to why I have done rabbit people and wolf eyes, you can find out in a previous post.

And if this cover miraculously goes through to the next round there will be more feedback given for improvement and sent for the final entry. But as said, I doubt that will happen.

And that’s it. Now I’m off to do my other work until my boyfriend comes over for the weekend (although I’ll still be doing work!) ^__^