Semester: Fall 2014
Instructor: Paula Curran
Student: Samantha C. Barbour
Project : Point, Line and Plane Poster
Iowa State University
With being in Howe Hall often, I understood the interactions of people and the building. Sound levels, the type of people that walk through the building, what lectures and events are put on in the building, and how people behave walking through the building. First time visitors are usually in awe of the building. I remember my first time walking in myself. It is almost overwhelming, like you are seeing something secretive and wonderful all at the same time. Once you learn about the building and the beautiful C6, it still doesn’t loose it magic of inspiring greatness. In the morning the light shines through the giant windows on the front of the building, reflecting the holographic panels on the C6, which then paint rainbows across the walls. This leaves you to feel as if you are part of the sky, where rainbows usually live. People walking through the building are almost always generally quiet. People walk slowly through the halls. The walk almost professional, and sophisticated. They can seem lost in thought and completely excited about the formal discussions and work from class.
When I originally started this project I wrote quotes for both buildings I was interested in doing for this project. I noticed at first almost all my quotes mocked engineers for looking for trouble, or being almost spacey. This realization made me stop and think about what it was I wanted to imply about this building, because knowing people in the aerospace field, I know they are problem solvers, and they are more than likely not looking for a problem, but looking for new solutions to old ideas, and they are very spacey, and confusing. It was because of this, I went on a new search of quotes that would inspire, much like the building does on a persons first encounter with it.
Troubles I had with the typography, was it was a lot of hand sketches to experiment with the placement, because it would have taken way to long to play with placement on the computer. Although this was a problem it was also a silver lining for me, because I love working with hand sketches, and creating multiple ideas in minutes instead of hours. Due to being so involved with the first poster, I did a lot more initial thinking and sketches for this type layout. I truly understood this poster. When moving forward, I wanted to just hop into understanding the other two layouts I chose. This was not the case. I learned through the process of posters 2 and 3 that I really needed to divulge myself into posters 2 and 3 as much as I had for poster 1.
Color was a huge part of my concept. I knew that by never having a color class it was a goal of mine to make sure I understood how color could really make or break my posters. It had the ability to make my text, heavy or almost invisible with the images. My end goal was to have heavy contrasting black and white, with color that popped the areas, where I needed to make the viewer’s eyes move. All the colors used in this set was chosen from the holographic plates of the C6. This was because the holographic plates create part of the aura of the Howe Hall building gives to visitors.
I wanted to make sure I understood the grid because I felt this was really important to just getting started with this project. This is why I really appreciated the requirements of the project asking us to do so many sketches of each photograph, and to do a point, line and plane of each of those sketches. This I feel helped me fully understand the intersecting parts of the image and know what was too busy and what was not. It helped me understand my white space.
I also think I learned that you can be very asymmetrical by knowing your project and using symmetry to create asymmetry. It is my feeling, that my posters are mostly asymmetric, but the asymmetric parts have the right amount of weight to them, and the direction makes the posters fill full, and well laid out.
The implementation of type dominance/recessive and image dominant/recessive come into play with how I created my sets for class. For each image I explored all three so that I would be able to see in the end which images worked well for the different categories. This allowed me not to force the design to work. By being able to let the images tell me what they needed, I was able to understand everything else I have discussed in this paper as a whole.
Three important ideas I learned from this project is; 1. Images of buildings can create a grid that can make a design so powerful. 2. There are great experimentations that can be done, if only you aren’t afraid to start them. 3. Being able to explain your reasoning for your design decisions, can help you know whether or not your audience will be able to understand your design without you there.
I am not sure I would do very much differently on this project, except to really explore other styles from art history. I knew when I started this project the style I was looking for generally, so I might not have explored enough of trying something else that could have been just as amazing if not more.
I feel that due to the completion of the first poster working out so well. It really aloud the project to work out well from beginning to end. I also set out in the beginning of class to not let myself fall behind in the slightest this semester. This goal I feel really helped me stay on task and again really understand my project.