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4.28.2010

Poster image ideas










Took three photographs and complied them into a panorama, and then used photoshop and layers to make this HDR effect.

Update: I'm starting to really appreciate digital photography manipulation, and photoshop is surprising me more and more. These next version I created the panorama myself and clipped it into separate rectangles. I was just goofing with the colors, and developed an interesting series. Might try to incorporate this idea into my final poster design if it fits, but definitely breaking the image apart I feel it gives the image a more dynamic quality.

4.22.2010

Exhibit Titles

I did some mind mapping to explore possible titles Ideas for my project. The direction I attempted first was from a more moral or ethic conflict on our world today. Some of the compositions I had for monday started revealing this kind of theme and I decide to explore it a little more. The second set of titles is for an organized crime theme. I feel like my icons and composition can fit in well to this idea with minor alterations. This theme also relates more to my initial ideas of the project, and can be a more visible museum exhibit to me.


Titles A:
Inhumane Affect
Culturural Apathy
Inhumane Conflict
What harms us all
Interminable Conflicts
Eternal Conflict
Amoral World
World Morality Explored
Morality
Evil has no shadow
Human Moral Conflict
Immoral on Earth

Title B:
Organized Crime World
Crime World
Criminal Enterprise
Cultural Villains
Amoral Villains
Amoral Criminals
Criminal Morality


I like Criminal Enterprise, and Amoral Criminals something with crime history and organized crime is what I will approach as a final decision.

4.14.2010

Book cover Process

The books I chose to design covers for and incoperate in a series are:

The Art of the Steal- Frank W. Abagnale
Concealed Carry- Massad Ayoob
Appearances; The Art of Class- G Keith Evans
Museum of the Missing - Simon Houpt

I chose these books for a series, because I felt it would make a nice set to play off the perspective of a thief. These books would provide insight into how the best cons, and thefts would work, which gun is best for the job, how to dress nice to fit the part, and the history of the crime. Not sure why I went in these direction it feels a little off balance since I'm seeking a career in the art profession. The synapses are pulled from Amazon, and are as follows;



artAppearances: The Art Of Class (Paperback)

~ G. Keith Evans (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Class- that familiar measure of sophistication- exists not as a gauge of wealth and achievement but as a byproduct of subtle refinement. Minute details, commonly overlooked by even the most well-heeled, can distinctly set an individual apart from the faceless persona of the middle-class. Appearances addresses these subtle nuances, analyzing finespun details ranging from the common consideration of etiquette to the societal impact of world travel.

The Art of the Steal: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime (Paperback)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Author Frank W. Abagnale knows something about fraud--he once committed it for a living. "Through my various hustles, I passed something like $2.5 million worth of checks, a blizzard of paper that I scattered in earnest throughout all fifty states and twenty-six countries, all before I was legally allowed to drink," he writes. "I was proficient enough at cashing fraudulent checks that I earned the distinction of becoming one of the most hunted criminals by the FBI." Abagnale was ultimately caught, and he served prison sentences in France, Sweden, and the United States. In the 25 years since his release, Abagnale (who also wrote Catch Me If You Can) has become a leading consultant on fraud prevention.

"I'm still a con artist. I'm just putting down a positive con these days, as opposed to the negative con I used in the past," he explains. "I've applied the same relentless attention to working on stopping fraud that I once applied to perpetrating fraud." His expertise comes in handy: businesses lose an estimated $400 billion each year to fraud. The stories Abagnale tells in The Art of the Steal provide fascinating glimpses of a criminal underworld. He describes "shoulder surfers" who rip off bank customers at ATMs by videotaping their fingers as they enter PIN numbers, retrieving receipts from wastebaskets, and then creating fake credit cards--all rather inexpensively. Whole sections of the book almost read like a how-to manual for aspiring thieves, though Abagnale has other motives. Throughout, he offers sensible advice on how to foil the con artists. Much of this is common sense (cut up credit cards when they expire), but some of his suggestions aren't so obvious. He warns readers not to write checks to the "IRS," for instance: "Envelopes to the IRS are common targets because of where they're going." Instead, checks should be made out to the "Internal Revenue Service," because criminals can turn the "I" of "IRS" into an "M," and turn a tax payment into a gift for "MRS." Smith. The chapter on the emerging problem of identity theft--with its tips on how to keep Social Security numbers private--is especially helpful. In all, The Art of the Steal is captivating and useful. --John Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Gun Digest Book Of Concealed Carry (Paperback)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

In addition to tactical aspects of self-defense, practical information like choosing the right firearm and ammunition, used gun purchases, and all legal aspects of self-defense with a gun are also extensively covered in this complete and authoritative look at concealed carry.

About the Author

Massad Ayoob is one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world. He operates the Lethal Force Institute, which trains both U.S. and international clients. His methods of reflexive, high speed yet accurate shooting has been adopted by the U.S. army as part of its standard pistol-training course. Massad has written many books for Krause Publications, including Combat Handgunnery, The Gun Digest Book of Sig-Sauer, and The Gun Digest Book of Beretta Pistols.




4.09.2010

Linear Progression of Information Graphic





Here is my development process of the information graphics I have designed for the magazine spread.
I split it up into 4 parts ;
1) Analogue study:
(prototyping) with a few thumbnail sketch ideas
2) From analogue to digital"
this step was about getting all the information on the digital format, and making sure to have all the statistics correct.
3) Formal element study: I experimented with the scale of my icons, the paintings, and the pattern used to represents the necessary quantities.
4) Digital Refinement:
This is the final step making fine tune adjustments for spread application, color corrections, and craft issues. I decided to use my first choices in color palettes in this step, because I felt the colors work well over the entire spread. The first colors were a mid-tone gray with a rich burgundy then I switched it to a more mid-night purple. The burgundy has better contrast, and adds a more dramatic statement to my content.

4.07.2010

Latest Infograph refinement


This is the most up to date iteration of my info graph. The article with continue on the bottom space of the graph.