Design Blitz Reflection
At the beginning of this week, when I first saw this assignment I was worried. It seemed like a lot of work because of the background information. But like Tim Gunn says, “designers make it work,” and that’s exactly what I did. For this assignment the four concepts I chose to expand on were color, typography, balance, and proportion.
What is color? Most of us experience it in our everyday lives, but never go beyond that. For this assignment I learned a little bit about color theory and what colors compliment each other. The main source that I used for this section was an article by Steven Bradley. This article discusses the meaning of color, types of colors, color schemes, etc. I decided to demonstrate this concept by using the picture below. I thought that the picture I took is effective because it demonstrates the basics by displaying the primary and secondary colors, without it being overwhelmingly unappealing to the eye.
Out of all the concepts, I learned the most about typography. I thought the terimonology was interesting, especially the video that displayed which fonts to never use because I’ve definitely used some of them before. My image for this portion displays the terms used in the article, The Basics of Typography. I mainly wanted to focus on tracking, kerning, and alignment. Judging from the picture below the tracking in the words is higher than normal. Kerning is a bit more normal because the distance between one subject and another is relatively the same. This picture serves as an ineffective example for alignment and that is one of the main reasons I took it. As you can see below there is no alignment because the words are all over the place.
Balance was the trickiest concept for me to capture. I think the main reason being that I was overthinking it. I learned about balance through this website. Most of us know that there are two types of symmetry, assymetrical and symmetrical. In my example it’s a lttle difficult to tell, but it is symmetrical. If I were to split the dining table through the middle they would be the same on both sides. Another photo I took, but didn’t include in my previous blog post is my assymetrical photo. The second photo below displays this. The plant is not completely symmetrical because one of the smaller stumps has leaves the other doesn’t. This method is effective because it makes the image pleasing to the eye by having an equal amount of subjects/things in its surroundings.
The last method I chose was proportions. Proportions is one of my favorite methods that can be incorporated in photography! According to my source, there are two types of proportions. The first one is when an object is compared to a different object, and the second one is when one subject is compared to itself. In my example, I demonstrate the second type of proportion because you have a big succulent plant and then a smaller on. This was my favorite photo that I took during this assignment because it’s aesthetically pleasing. I think it’s an effective method to use in photography because the bigger element has the limelight, while the secondary object supports it.