Infographic / Week 3

Little by little this project is going to look AMAZING! I’m very excited to see how it all comes out.

So this week I’m have been creating the vector avatars that will be added into my infographic. Each avatar is supposed to represent a main character from each Pixar movie and will be the featured graphic for each movie on the timeline. For example, I can use the “Buzz” avatar to represent the first “Toy Story” movie and then I can use the “Woody” avatar to represent the second Toy Story movie. There are 14 current pixar movies that have already been released and one that is coming up soon (I’m not going to worry about creating it for this timeline because I don’t have any stats, morals, or information to draw from).

What I’m trying to do is keep all of these avatars constrained to a consistent rounded rectangle shape. I decided to do this because I had to create my own style of animation. One thing that is very hard is creating your own style on animation that comes from a premium animation studio.

Here is an example of what the avatars will look like:

Avatars_ToyStory

Avatars_ToyStory

I’m excited to see how the other avatars come out. Here is my updated calendar toward the final presentation of this infographic project:

  • Jan 26th – Begin sketching
  • Jan 31st – Have sketches done / Review with peers
  • Feb 4th – Narrow down favorite ideas and organization
  • Feb 5th – Collect / Organize Data and references from each movie
  • Feb 7th – Begin vectorizing content
  • Feb 10th – Have 1st Draft complete
  • Feb 11th – Review Draft with peers
  • Feb 13th – Have revised edition complete
  • Feb 16th – Begin video presentation
  • Feb 18th – Finalize video presentation
  • Feb 20th – Submit final presentation

Please let me know what you think and keep following my updates with my infographic project.

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Infographic / Week 2

Last week, I decided to do my infographic project on life lessons learned from Pixar movies. As time progresses, I’m realizing more and more just how much time goes into an infographic. I’ve already done some sketches and it has helped me to realize that I need to get cracking on this project. I still have a few weeks before the final needs to be done and I have to present it to my peers. Here are my sketches so far:

infographic sketches

Preliminary Infographic sketches

I’ve decided to take my Life tips infographic into the direction of a timeline as well. I think that it would be interesting to see not only a collection of the morals learned from the movies, but also to see just how Pixar has grown and developed from their beginnings in full-length feature films until now. I’m going to find some interesting statistics and facts that I can visually show on the side.

I think that one of the biggest problems that I’ll run into is trying to make it visually appealing without using the direct work that Pixar has already put out. It’s hard to put a unique twist on graphics for a renound animation studio, and a creative one at that. I’ll do my best to try and add my own flare to each graphic that represents a movie so that the artistic style can at least be considered unique.

Here is a breakdown on my timeline from the beginning until the final presentation:

  • Jan 26th – Begin sketching
  • Jan 31st – Have sketches done / Review with peers
  • Feb 2nd – Narrow down favorite ideas and organization
  • Feb 3rd – Collect / Organize Data and references from each movie
  • Feb 4th – Begin vectorizing content
  • Feb 9th – Have 1st Draft complete
  • Feb 10th – Review Draft with peers
  • Feb 13th – Have revised edition complete
  • Feb 16th – Begin video presentation
  • Feb 18th – Finalize video presentation
  • Feb 20th – Submit final presentation

Be sure to follow my process here on my blog!

Infographic / Week 1

pixar-logo

Regardless of what age we are at, there has been at least one Pixar movie that we have seen that has left an impression on our lives. For my next Advanced Visual Media project, I’m going to be designing an infographic. I want to put together an infographic of Life Lessons from Pixar Movies. This type of infographic will be more of a collage of morals or themes learned from each Pixar movie that has been produced and it will be presented in a simple, visually pleasing fashion.

I chose this topic because I love movies. I especially love movies that not only tell a great story, but a great story that has a moral or a lesson that I can apply into my life. Though the lessons may seem simple and childish sometimes, they are lessons that people have to continue learning every day.

I want to do very simple cutout graphics of both each Pixar movie logo with their accompanying leading character(s). Each movie will have it’s own appropriate color theme to create recognition and boldness with the life lesson either to the side or below the graphics.

Here is my pinterest board for inspiration:

https://www.pinterest.com/radical8/infographics/

Here are 3 different variations on hooks that I could use for my infographic:

  • Life Lessons from Pixar
  • Pixar’s Guide to Life
  • A Guide to a Happier Life as learned from Pixar movies

There are still a lot of bugs that need to be worked out and a lot of sketching and planning that need to go into this. My final presentation will be due by Feb. 20th. Here is an idea of my timeline with this project:

  • Jan 26th – Begin sketching
  • Jan 27th – Have sketches done / Review with peers
  • Jan 29th – Narrow down favorite ideas and organization
  • Jan 30th – Collect / Organize Data and references from each movie
  • Feb 2nd – Begin vectorizing content
  • Feb 9th – Have 1st Draft complete
  • Feb 10th – Review Draft with peers
  • Feb 13th – Have revised edition complete
  • Feb 16th – Begin video presentation
  • Feb 18th – Finalize video presentation
  • Feb 20th – Submit final presentation

Follow me on my process through my blog and feel free to make any comments and give any feedback.

Identity / Final

rdlogo

 

Identity Process

1. Sketching

The purpose of this project was to try and produce a brand or identity through vector graphics that I felt best represented my personality. This project is part of an Advance Visual Media course and as a class, we were required to sketch ideas, vectorize them, and narrow it down to 3 final logos that we felt best represented our identity.

I love logos that use elements of typography, so I knew that I was going to be using my initials in most of my designs. I am also very simple and minimalistic in personality and design. While I am simple, I also have deeper dimensions to my personality such as: creativity, kindness, boldness, and warmth. My research and feedback over social media confirmed much of those traits as well.

Here are my initial sketches:

 

Logo Sketches

Logo Sketches

 

2. Vector Drafts

Once my sketches were done, I narrowed it down to 3 different ideas that I liked and began vectorizing them. I roughly came up with my color scheme of orange, blue, and white and I really liked it (but more on that later). With the first logo concept below, I felt that it really portrayed my cleverness and creativity while still using my initials “RD”. I wanted the “D” to be the shadow of the “R” and create a 3D object. I also enjoy simple graphics like App icons and buttons, so I decided to use Rounded Squares and Circles behind the graphic itself. Getting the “D” to be at the right angle and still look like a “D” was a challenge, but after much time, I finally got it.

identity-01

For my second logo concept, I wanted to show a little more of my creative, artsy side. I was inspired by a logo that I saw on Pinterest for an art museum. What I liked about it was that it used typography, but converted it into basic shapes. I started doing my full initials “RAD”, but it proved to be too much and not bold enough. I took a suggestion from my wife to cut out my middle initial and kept it to the 2 initials “RD” again. It turned out that it was much more bold and effective that way. Again, I also went with a button, simplistic kind of look in the background. I also decided to do duplicated shapes on top of each other with lowered Fills so that it would create a bit more of a worn, wholistic feeling with the shapes. I kept it.

identity-03

 

For my third logo concept, I wanted to try and have an “R” cut out of a circle. I didn’t realize it until I started vectorizing my concept, but when I moved the “R” to the left and cut out the remainder, the remaining circle element created a “D” around it. It was an accident that I came to love. After messing around with it, I decided that an outer circle stroke would help the concept of the “R” and “D”. I thought that it was really bold, simple, and almost abstract. If you look at it long enough, you can almost see an abstract eye in the mix.

identity-04

 

3. Vector Finals

After going through many different variations of the 3 concepts, I narrowed it down to the 3 final logo concepts that I felt were the strongest. The first (on the left) popped the most to me and really showed the fun dimensions and simplicity that I was looking for. The second (middle) was different from the rest in the sense that it showed a bit more detail in the shapes and color. I felt that it was simple, creative, and bold. The third (on the right) was so simple, bold, and effective for what I wanted in presenting my identity that it turned into my favorite. I kept the blue color solely because blue is my favorite color and I feel like it represents cohesiveness, peace, kindness, and many other attributes with which I can relate. In my color scheme, you can get the warmth from the orange, the friendliness from the blue, and the boldness from the white.

finals

colorscheme

 

4. Favorite / Mock-ups

At the end of it all, my favorite logo turned out to be my third concept and I’ve decided to use it in many different formats. As the mock-up shows below the logo, I want to implement it in resumes, portfolios, letterheads, apps, website design, and as many things that I can find. I think that it’s funny that my favorite logo turned out to be a concept that I almost accidentally came across. Overall, I really like it and I feel that it represents my identity the best.

final

 

rd_branding

Identity / Week 2

This past week was really a huge brainstorming session in trying to find the logos that would best represent my identity. The majority of the week was spent on sketching different logos and then relying on the inspiration that I got from the logos that I pinned on my “Identity” Pinterest board. After going through many different sketches, I realized that I really need to push myself outside of the box because a lot of my sketches were looking similar.

Logo Sketches

Logo Sketches

After a considerable amount of sketching and brainstorming, I picked a few ideas that I could run with and tried vectorizing them in Adobe Illustrator. When picking a color scheme, I wanted to be very simple. I like blue because I find it very calm and collected, which is how I feel about myself. I also like orange because it’s a warm color that also compliments blue. My final color was to go with white on occasion because of how bold and penetrating it can be. Picking the color scheme first really helped in simplifying my next task, creating vector graphics of each of my ideas. Our project calls for us to come up with 3 different ideas for a logo. I came up with 3 general ideas and have a bunch of variations within each idea. Because I’m a minimalist and really enjoy creating simple things, each of these logos has a typography element to it with an associated simple shape. Here are my tests:

identity-01

With the above sample, I really wanted to use a “3D” aspect to my initials “RD”. I thought that using the “D” as the shadow was clever because I feel that I’m not a “flat” or plain personality. I later added in the circle to create kind of a spotlight silhouette effect. I’m still in the process of narrowing down which one I like the best, but I like the idea in general.

identity-02

The above idea was inspired from a logo that I saw for an art museum. I liked that they used simple shapes to convey the written type. I also felt that the colors were more effective with this logo because the shapes are so simple that they need the colors to really bring out the contrast. I started with my full initials “RAD” to see how well it would go over. My favorite so far is in the white circle. The rest didn’t seem quite bold enough for me.

identity-03

To help in using the same idea but create a bolder image, I decided to size it down to just my 2 initials “RD”. I feel like as a whole, the logo speaks greater volumes and is able to adapt to many more environments.

identity-04

My final idea began while I was messing around on Illustrator. I like the simplicity of buttons and app icons so I wanted to just do my first initial within a rounded rectangle to start. After playing around with rounded rectangles, I decided that I didn’t like it as much and decided to try doing a circle. Once I decided to go with the circle, I decided to play around with making my initial transparent in the circle (because transparencies are a ton of fun to me). After shifting the “R” initial all around the circle, I finally came to the left side and cut out the left side of the circle. What I found was that while making the “R” transparent, I simultaneously created this outlining “D” with the circle, and I really liked it! I decided to go even further and add an outer circle to that. If you look at it long enough, you can almost see an eye in it, which I thought was awesome and something that I didn’t even intend to happen.

So all in all, things are going rather well. The final presentation will be due for this upcoming week. I will be narrowing down my final decisions and creating a video presentation to submit for the project. I’m excited to see the final product.

Here is my updated timeline (the strikethrough items are already completed):

Jan 10 – Begin sketching brand ideas
Jan 12 – Have 30 sketches put together for brand ideas
Jan 15 – Pick top 3
Jan 17 – Pick color scheme / Begin vectorizing 3 logos
Jan 18 – Finalize Ideas and vectorizing
Jan 19 – Have others review work / Begin video presentation work
Jan 21 – Finalize presentation
Jan 23 – Final Presentation Due Date

Identity

I am now part of the COMM 426 Advanced Visual Media course offered at BYU-Idaho. For our first project, we will be working on our identity. We are going to be doing intensive work in trying to design a brand or logo that defines each one of us. To begin our project, we are finding inspiration through what others have done and pinned on Pinterest as well as conducting a Social Media survey to get some feedback on ourselves from friends.

I created a Pinterest board devoted to inspirational logos and brands that other people have done. I’ve come to realize that I am very much a minimalist when it comes to design. One of my favorite logos was posted in collection of other professional logos (see below). The link for this site can be found at http://webdesignledger.com/inspiration/30-logos-of-professional-designers.

Elise Kim Logo

Elise Kim Logo

What I like about this logo is how simple and yet bold it is. I have to admit that I’m a sucker for messing with typeface and plays on words to create a unique message. I’ve also found that I like to go more towards more neutral or lighter colors. This logo was so simple and effective that it quickly became a favorite. Below is the link to my pinterest board that includes all of the logos and brands that have inspired me in trying to plan my own identity.

https://www.pinterest.com/radical8/identity/

Each one of these brands and logos reinforce that I am a minimalist. I enjoy simplicity and efficiency. I really want to do something with my initials as I develop a brand for myself. It’s always hard in the planning stages to come up with a design for yourself because I perceive myself much more differently than my family and friends do. For that reason, I conducted a survey and posted a status on Facebook asking, “If you could describe my personality as a visual object, what would it be?”

Social Media Survey

Social Media Survey

I have to be humble about it and admit that my Facebook isn’t as great as it could be, so I didn’t get as many responses as I would have liked, but I did get some. I liked how creative the feedback was. I liked that I got a spectrum of mechanics like clocks and pianos to light-hearted objects like Tickle-me-Elmo and a colored wheel. This tells me that others perceive me to be sophisticated, fun, light, and creative. I don’t think that I will design a brand around myself that literally has a clock, piano, tickle-me-elmo, or a colored wheel, but what I can do is take elements from these objects and work with it in conceptual design into my initials or something like that.

I have to be careful though. My design side would like to go crazy and bold with colors, but I have to remember that I am pursuing a career in Public Relations. I’m not going to expect a PR agency to get the proper impression of me as a PR expert if my brand does not show that I am sophisticated and flexible to multiple projects.

In developing my brand, I have to come up with 3 different brands / logos that I could use to define my brand by January 23rd (2 weeks). Here is my plan for trying to get it done:

Jan 10 – Begin sketching brand ideas
Jan 12 – Have 30 sketches put together for brand ideas / Pick top 3
Jan 13 – Begin vectorizing 3 logos
Jan 15 – Finalize Ideas and vectorizing
Jan 16 – Have others review work / Begin video presentation work
Jan 18 – Finalize presentation
Jan 23 – Final Presentation Due Date

With hope and a lot of work, this project should be a success. I’m excited to see what I can produce and how much more effectively it will present me and my image.

Leadville 100 MTB

Over Summer 2014, I was brought on to a project to do the design and illustration for an upcoming publication. The title of the book is Leadville 100 MTB Survival Guide: All That You Need to Know to Survive the Leadville 100 MTB by Bart Miller. All of the type had already gone through a couple editing and review processes before it was given to me to design the overall feel of the book. It was also desired that this publication could be read on many different formats such as: print, PDF (electronic), and eBook (Amazon, Kindle). As well as designing everything to be ready for print, all of the electronic designs had to be taken into consideration as well. Here is a link to the sample from Amazon.com.

http://amzn.com/B00LMG8FKI