Category Archives: YR 01

exploring options

most of the iterations explore ways to incorporate the rollover aspect that is dominant on my website. i’ll probably be using at least 3 screen grabs to clearly describe the communication process with sender/receiver, channel, message, noise, feedback, context. multiple images would provide a better understanding of the actions taken to communicate and would also allow for my space to annotate, rather than overwhelming one small image.

documenting communication

i chose to document the communication of using instagram.

instagram is a channel that displays communication through image and text. i decided to use this as my example because it showcases the ideas in my built model, with the sender being able to send a single message simultaneously on several channels.


1. decide on image content. take picture. [the subject of the images communicate you interests and infer your way of life. the images also cater to the audience intended for the message]

2. test filters. add filter. press next. [putting a filter onto the photo communicates to the receiver different moods/preferences of the sender. the points of view and knowledge of the sender/receiver effect the choice]

3. write a caption. [captions describe or enhance the photo through anchorage or relay, the addition of words communicates more personality/shows a point of view to the receiver]

4. add location. [be as specific as you wish to share, makes message more complex]

5. select where else you would like to display your message. [simultaneously distribute the image and text across multiple social media at one time to promote your message to as many people as possible. several of these channels continue the cycle of communication by being able to share/retweet/repost, gives additional feedback to the success of the message]

6. share. [release your message to the world]

7. feed. [communicates who, what, when, why to the receiver]

8. wait for feedback. [you can tell the success by the likes, or comments; which shows appreciation/appeal to the image]

here’s a video using rhetoric–parody. i used this last semester for my presentation for my art history: food in art class.

magazine final


there were only minor changes from before. the main difference is the folio which is now on the right hand side, creating a solid top margin which brings in some necessary white space.  the concept with layering and contrast between rectilinear and curvilinear forms, bring to life the idea of the solemn people of the great depression finding joy and optimism from shirley temple, and essentially hiding behind her smile. i am pretty fond with how this project turned out. its a strong design, and i think ranks as one of my most successful projects.

surely it’s shirley

did quite a bit of reworking since crit. after working with my type book i got a different inspiration to go along with. now i think the elements more clearly demonstrate my attributes and who shirley temple was as a child star.

communication model


i took inspiration from the the david berlo’s process of communication. in his model he breaks down what’s needed to construct/interpret a message and its inner elements, as well as exploring the options of what channel’s can be.  characteristics come together to form a message that is accessible to the right people, without these elements of knowledge, culture, and point of view, messages would not occur or be very significant. i see the channel as being essential to spreading information at a fast pace and to a more substantial amount of people. today information can be sent out simultaneously to several different platforms, which bombards the receiver with the information. this is something that i believe is going to continue to increase as technology keeps on advancing and social media stays prevalent.

from before i added the layered components to the sender and receivers. and also attempted to portray the simultaneous distribution from the sender, and the gradient seen in the channels


shirley mockup

this time i combined elements from both of two iterations. and also used a five column grid correctly, as well as gave the body copy all of the same width and gave the positioning more consistency with it always on the right side of a page. mixing the circles and rectilinear forms together adds to the contrast between the happiness of shirley’s smile with the unfortunate depression era. it’s coming along quite nicely, still need to work on my justified type…

column to concept

working with the 3 column grid, I played with a variety of ways of creating compositions and layering images with type. my focus with layering and showing general images from the depression to illustrate that people hid behind her smile, as well as fdr. I’m not sure if the large transparent type is working out, will have to check it out when i get it printed, i’m afraid it might be a bit noisy. what i enjoy about this layout is the circles which give the spreads a bubbly personality like the subject of the article.

now with the 5 column grid i stuck with a cleaner/simpler approach with less clutter. the more generous top and bottom margins help give the content more breathing room.  i focused on black and white images to imply the time period, and they work well in contrasting the happiness of shirley’s smile with the dreary aspect of the depression.

designer poster process

going through this process i played with a lot of different ways to incorporate the text, but in the end having only a few ways to showcase the information works out best. it’s less cluttered and allows for better legibility. this is something i have learned from my designer. make things cohesive and easy for the viewer to interact with, while have a bold, eye catching design. and also to embrace three dimensionality and beauty of incorporating graphics outdoors. i think i still need to work on bringing deborah’s ideologies into my own practice, but i’m working on it. sometimes i tend to over work and complicate things, however i think since i have realized this i can now fix my down fall. i think this poster, after some struggling,  came to a great place in the end.

shirley // round 1 artifacts