we met up this Saturday to put everything together. however everyone was quite anxious so we ended up worrying a lot of the time. it was unexpected but we were still working on developing the script. especially because a lot of the original word and phrases are to big for how simple we wanted it to be. we also mostly finished the actual space. we just didn’t practice enough by then..
on Sunday we decides to take advantage of the entire day to rehearse our scene. it had reached the point where we kept printing a new edited script every hour it was quite tedious but its amazing how determined everyone was to do their best.
on the day of the presentation we decided to come early to rehearse even more and ass final touches (like the broken cup and the overly organized desk)
even if in the end we messed up a little i am so happy with how we have done. we have worked so hard and accomplished so much in the past three weeks than we ever expected to do in these eight minutes. i am just glad that we had fun with it instead of freaking out and trying to make it bigger than it should be.
i had one idea that i couldn’t shake off for my m&p project. my idea was to create an interesting character. then create a space to represent them. for example: the desk of student. an email representing a familial problem. maybe some books on psychology to represent what the student was studying. so the people entering the space could deduce for themselves the story behind the desk.
one of the first things i have thought about was Deduction. in the Sherlock series we get an approximate visualization of how sherlock’s mind works.. he starts by taking in the bigger picture, then going in to inspecting things a bit closer. drawing as many logical conclusions possible until he has enough information to draw a conclusion.
of course he keeps asking these deductions to build up a bigger picture. even though they might seem small and often personal it is still important to the bigger picture.
so basically deduction is basically gathering small puzzle pieces or ‘clues’ that give concrete reasoning to reach a complete logical conclusion.
this is a table a created during the class where we were introduced to the project. i think trying to find three activities for a certain audience was pretty difficult. especially since i wasn’t even that sure of what we were doing.
in the end i chose to go with a ” don’t eat the ducks in the park” sort of sign. my main audience is the foreigners in european countries. people who are not aware that it is not acceptable to take one of the parks ducks and kill it then cook it. even though that seems like an obvious thing to know an incident did happen a year back. when people of an arabic country filmed themselves cooking one of the parks ducks. you can find the article here: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/europe/gcc-tourists-stealing-cooking-ducks-in-europe
in the beginning when i thought we had to make “street signs” i was still struggling with HOW I’m going to represent a duck being stolen and then cooked. then i went with the approach of DONT eat the duck. however i still had the issue of audience. most of my signs were global and too abstract to understand by them. i tried to narrow down the meaning to certain actions that represents “eating” and “stealing” and i also tried represent “cooking.”
then i started to try to explore the categories of concrete, abstract, vernacular, global and local. however in my head i could clearly understand how well i made these and how easily i understood them. but after a critique it was hinted that what I’m doing might not be as clear as i thought it was, but instead of wasting time trying to find even more ways to represent a duck being eaten i decided to refine everything instead.
after refining one of them i tried to experiment with more “realistic” settings. but even that came out very abstract. unfortunately due to time limits i was unable to get feedback on the refined one and the experiment i did.
my attempts at making my refined sign more global and local.
this was my final “draft” poster before the actual final one. i can clearly see the mistakes because it was actually very difficult to refine from what i had the last time. personally i had no idea what to do so i just followed the tips given from previous critiques. but that was still not working as i could not connect the objects i had before together better. so i ended up removing a lot of the objects and work only on things that i wanted to show. after i did that i felt i could actually breath while looking at the poster. it was easier from then on, but i can still see how i ended up centering everything. even though it was exactly the opposite of what i was going for, the Quran text is also almost invisible because i did not change it to another color. and the color in the symbol did not match the overall hue of blue. it was a tragedy but i can finally pinpoint exactly what i need to fix.
my first set of poster experiments, at this point I’m panicking because i don’t think i have i have anything useful out of ALL the things i made. I’m considering making new things but i don’t think i have the time. i had absolutely no idea how to start an object and just went with the first thing i slapped onto the page. however, i found the critique extremely helpful, specially the one with our peers where we were exchanging ideas and discussing what would make the posters better. that was exactly the kind of inspiration i was looking for to make my poster mean something and make sense. some of the tips i received were:
- try to use a plain background.
- combine some elements to create an interesting shape.
- try to make some of the symbols into actual physical things and take a picture of that.
- maybe use more text.
- some of the pictures are not working so maybe you can change that.
this was my second poster experiment, to honest i was quite proud of this one, i thought i had it all figured out. unfortunately i did not get any feedback on it, so i had tactually use other peoples points on my own poster. also this was the point where i wanted to actually use the feedback i got on our first project. because by the end of the day i was able to(sort of) pinpoint everything that was off with my poster. except i was too scared to remove some elements that i really liked. so i thought i could fix it by not changing much at all.
it ended up being completely atrocious. i had no idea how to fix it. i spent a long time not knowing where to go with it. but instead of getting more nervous i just put it away to work on later,
this is the end result. well, not really. but honestly i have no idea how i came up with it. it was the result of me opening my laptop at 12 a.m. and just doing something. but i tried to use everything i used previously so its not like i just came up with something on the spot. the feedback i got on this is going to be very helpful in making my final poster
- the shade of pink is not working
- the cage image is too abstract
- no communication, the space is too empty
- the position of the text is awkward
- placement of frame
- the symbol placement
- make the two symbol aligned
- the map path and the eye
- more contrast with the frame
- random placement of image
- the scale of things
my first batch of experiments for M&P. unfortunately most of these were thrown away by the maid cause she thought it was garbage(it was). i think these were the most difficult things i had to do, i didn’t think i had enough materials. i wanted to use as many materials as i could while vaguely representing the actual key words. it was very stressful but i kept pushing myself to the point where i hated everything i did. but in the end i still used some of these things in my future drafts.