Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Project One: Reading Response
The readings really expanded on the design principles that we have been working with and discussing during the past week of class, specifically in the reading Primer of visual literacy (Dondis). Regularity/Irregularity, Understatement/Exaggeration, Neutrality/Accent, Activeness/Stasis, Accuracy/Distortion, Singularity/Juxtaposition and Transparency/Opacity were a few that stuck out to me and I want to keep in mind as the next phase of Project One begins. This particular reading elaborated on the idea of communicating visually. One technique (which I should have employed more in the first assignment and will use on this future project) was to look for the antonym of the meaning you are trying to express and from there find a solution (I believe that this was said during critique as well). It also gave simple examples that helped to clarify this. Both of the readings in Type & Image (Meggs), concentrated more on the relationship between elements of a composition and different techniques to achieve this. Diagonal movement, countermovements, size and scale can be used to create a Field of Tension. Other points such as stacking, balance, using repetition to energize a space as well as creating a visual syntax (through dots, lines, tones, shapes and edges) are all methods I need to keep in mind when sketching my compositions for Project One. (It also elaborated on issues discussed in Primer of visual literacy (Dondis), about image alteration, exaggeration, combination and photomontage that will be useful when creating compositions and placing images). Principles of Form & Design (Wong), focused primarily on different forms of contrast in structure and shape and gave examples to provide a visual that reminded me of the achromatic nature of the first circle assignment.