Photography Project (Studio 2)

For our photography project I decided to use my tea sets that I have from T2 as my product. As we need 6 images all up, I had a few ideas of what I wanted to do for each thing but still decided to get some inspiration images up.

In one of the product shots I would really love to get the steam in the image from hot tea and in the other I really like the idea of using different kinds of tea or flowers around it. I also have an idea of using rope and tying two cups together or rope holding up the tea pot.

For the portrait shots I really want to have someone holding the cup and also maybe trying to get some steam there too, or even someone sitting down like in the inspiration above. The photos above have given me some ideas of what I can do for a conceptual shot. I really love how they have used the sea as the drink and replacing the steam for things like fog and clouds. It would be cool to have a whale peaking out of the water too.

Photography (Studio 2)

This trimester has started of with photography in studio 2. It has been really enjoyable setting up all the studio lights and positioning the lights to where you want them to get a good photo. We first started off outside taking some photos and I think this would have been better if we had some better scenery to photograph because I really love landscape photography. Getting all of the colour of nature into photos and beautiful views from all around the world is something that I really admire and if I ever chose to do photography, landscape photography is what I would do.

One of my favourites that I’ve discovered is Max Rive. His photos are really breathtaking, I don’t think I could pick a favourite.

One of the things that I’ve learnt the past few weeks is having to take heaps of shots of something because you don’t really know what it looks like till you bring it up on a computer screen. A shot that you thought looked really cool could look awful and vice versa. Another thing is that not all pictures that you take have to stop there. You can edit them in the slightest way, even just by changing the exposure or tone, and it can really transform the photo.

Here are a few that I have taken that I’ve really liked and edited some using lightroom.

In this photo I really tried to blur out the background as much as I could so that the focus was just on the log, the original is pretty washed out but the edited version really brings out all of the colours that were in the log.

I really like the dynamic of this photo and when I decided to edit it I brought out the pink more in the jumper.

The same goes for this photo, I brought out more of the pink and made the writing on the left a little more readable.

I really love the emotion that only using one light brings to photos. Although the photo with two people would have been a bit better if the other persons face was lit up just a tiny bit more.

These photos were done using two lights. I tried doing the shot of the two people back to back again using the two lights, I think I needed to maybe bring the lighting down a fraction or position the lights differently to have a better effect.

Birthday Invitations (Studio 2)

So one of my friends is turning 21 in July and I have the pleasure of making the invitations for her. She showed me what kind of cake she is hopefully getting made and she wants the invitations to suit the cake, which the cake suits her perfectly well.

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So thats the cake.. very pink and florally. As she wants the invites to reflect the cake we decided on using white, pinks, and gold with a basic black for most of the font. Lots of ideas came to my head but when we were looking at inspiration she really liked the look of the one in the middle of my mood board.. like she loved it.

I wanted to try and incorporate something else into it too so I made a mood board for inspiration, as you do.

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I didn’t feel the need to really pick out a certain colour pallet as with the colours she wanted she also said that all different shades of pink would be nice. With this in mind, and my inspiration in mind, I thought that using watercolours would be the best way to go to get all different shades of pink that would look good together and this would also suit the cake.

I really wanted to try and make my own watercolour patterns and flowers to then bring onto the computer and onto the invites, but as she needed these like yesterday, I just didn’t have the time or the money to go and buy all the stuff that I needed to do this. So instead I searched the trusty web for some watercolour brushes and backgrounds that I could use, I also searched for some watercolour florals. I ended up getting some really good pink swabs and pink and gold ones, I only found a few watercolour florals that I thought were good enough to use so I had to really work with what I found. Which this all would have been easier and fun if I could have made these myself.

This is one of the first iterations that I made. Of course taking out the address and phone number.

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She really loved this. I really loved the gold dots because they have a little bit behind them that is a pink watercolour which I then also used for her name, and adding in the pink watercolour stroke on the circle really made it feel all together. She also decided on having a dress up theme for her birthday but we decided the best way to communicate this with everyone was to write it on a seperate piece of paper and include that with the invites so that the invites didn’t look too over crowded and there just wasn’t enough room to add it to them.

I made these half the size of the invitations so when the invitations are folded they could be placed perfectly inside them. This is the finished product for that.

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I really wanted to make it look a little bit different but still suit the invites so I really emphasised on the watercolour this time. She really like the gold dots in this a lot better so asked if the gold in the invites could be changed. So I ended up doing that but I left her name the gold it was so that it wasn’t too much of the same because I still wanted them to be seperate items.

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So these are my finished product. Im really happy with how they turned out, though if I had the time and the money I definitely would have tried doing all of the watercolours and florals myself.

“Social Media & Your Career”-a reflection

This weeks lecture was all about using social media to promote yourself.

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I found it really interesting to hear about using a social media platform in a way that I wouldn’t usually use, by setting goals to achieve an outcome. Discussed in the tutorial was a way of setting these goals to achieve an outcome, which was using the 5 W’s and 1 H. Who, what, when, where, why, and how.

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Who am I going to follow? What am I going to post? When will I post something? Where am I going to post it? Why am I posting it? How do I want to be seen?

When I started to make a social media page for my designs and connecting to people, the first thing that I had to do was to choose which social media platform I wanted to use, so I had to look at the ‘where’ aspect of the 5W1H. I chose to post things on Instagram. I found that being a graphic design student, Instagram was the best social media platform that allowed me to showcase my work while adding a little description and being able to comment on other creators work. After I chose my platform it was then time to answer the other questions, this helped me to set goals. I want to follow other people in my field and also in other creative fields, I want to post things that I have created and also things that inspire me, I want to try and post something every week and I ave to keep in mind what time I am going to post things, I am posting things to be seen, and how I want to be seen by others is professionally but also revealing who I am as a person.

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I had no trouble figuring out all of these things that I want to do with social media because I am a very pro-social media kind of person. I think that using social media to promote yourself is a smart thing to do in todays day and age since just about everyone uses it and it is where a lot of people get discovered. It was really interesting to hear everyone else’s ways in which they are going to approach the 5W1H, especially those who aren’t so eager to use social media. It kind of astonished me the amount of people who are so against the use of social media. They don’t like it for many reasons like bullying or being a waste of time, it is really interesting how social media can effect everyone differently.

Now that I have set my goals, I need to actually do them to achieve my outcome. Using social media, especially Instagram, for my work is just one of the many ways that I can use to be seen by the world.

Bibliography
Comic One [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved December 7th, 2016, from https://au.pinterest.com/pin/258534834829319590/
Comic Two [Image] (2013). Retrieved December 7th, 2016, from http://www.discoveringidentity.com/2013/03/22/social-media-balance-or-lack-thereof/
Comic Three [Image] (2012). Retrieved December 7th, 2016, from http://tech.david-cheong.com/are-you-living-in-the-internet-infinity-loop/
Keep Calm [Image] (2014). Retrieved December 7th, 2016, from http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-i-m-not-a-robot/
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“Your Income & Your Art”- a reflection

This whole weeks lecture really drew me in just from the title. I found it interesting to learn all the different ways that workers in the creative industry actually make their money. I always knew of the typical working for a company or freelancing, but i had never even thought about others like having your own studio or crowdfunding. It was also really interesting hearing that different parts of the creative industry, like audio for instance, have the same ways they can make money as designers but also have a few extra paths that designers wouldn’t usually take.

When I think about my career after graduating I always saw myself working for a company as an employee, sitting at a big desk in a meeting portraying my ideas.

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I had also never thought about the fact that creative industries all intersect with each other. So as a designer I could be working in any other field creating design aspects of their projects. Ever since that was mentioned I have thought non-stop about all of the possibilities that I really have. I was always so scared coming into the creative industry because people would always say things like “thats a hard industry to get into” or “there aren’t really many jobs out there for that” when really there are endless possibilities. Something that I have mostly thought about is where I want to be working, and since music, along with design, is another passion of mine, I would absolutely love to be working in the music industry. Whether it be making album covers, working at a music magazine, at a radio station, but the one thing that I would absolutely love is making posters for festivals. Music festivals are incredible and whenever I look at any festival poster I think “that’s what I want to be doing”. They’re just so aesthetically pleasing to me.

Although freelancing is something I have been doing a bit of while I started my design course, I feel like it isn’t really for me. Freelancing or having my own studio also has its pros, but I feel like I need more experience to pursue this career path, and there also wouldn’t be a steady income if I chose one of these ways to work.

Although they both have their pros and cons, I guess it just comes down to what is more important to each person. A steady income? Or being a big hit?

As a steady income is something that I consider a priority, working for a company as an employee is still something that I would rather do than being a freelancer.

Bibliography
Beyond the Valley [Image] (2016). Retrieved December 5th, 2016, from http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/musicnews/s4515188.htm
Festival of the sun [Image] (2016). Retrieved December 5th, 2016, from http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/festival-of-the-sun-adds-new-acts-2016-lineup/
Lost Paradise Festival [Image] (2016). Retrieved December 5th, 2016, from https://twitter.com/lostparadiseau/status/763603004452896769
Mountain Sounds Festival [Image] (2016). Retrieved December 5th, 2016, from https://www.generalpants.com.au/gp-blog/mountain-sounds-festival-2017
Wonderland Festival [Image] (2016). Retrieved December 5th, 2016, from http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/wonderland-festival-2016-lineup-announced/
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Bottled Poetry reviewed

These are beautifully designed bottles by Dennis Sommer and in collaboration with Talita Santos that have been designed to capture the essence that is held in the bottle. Originated from Vienna, the alcohol that is inside the bottles have been made with the aspirations of partly forgotten ingredients and natural flavours that have been used to create a unique drink. The flavours that have been engineered by Karl P. Egger have been thought out by turning alchemy into science. He was influenced by inspirations taken from all over the world, and the scents have been dedicated to scents of natures wealth.The design of these series aims to merge creativity with alcoholic spirits. Every bottle has been dyed by the essence of the fruit that is inside the drink by hand, creating a tasty drink to match an aesthetic bottle.

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I think that this design works extremely well. It creates a more calm vibe for its consumers which is something that alcoholic drinks, and alcohol in general, does not do. The design of the different colours and style also draws your attention to it, this is a great attribute as there are a lot of alcoholic drinks in the market. Even the design of the information about the bottle works really well, it uses a lot of white space that is in the middle that sort of resembles the bottle its self, with there being a cap at the top, then the alcohol with it being clear and then the colour. I love that the colours all match the taste that is meant to be inside the bottle, this makes the design as a whole work brilliantly well. Just looking at the bottle creates a distraction and makes you even forget that its even an alcoholic drink, which I believe may be a good thing.

The design is about combining the look with the taste. It obviously does this very well as we commonly associate colours with a certain fruit or something familiar. I think that along with the calm vibe, it also portrays a sense that you are going to be drowning yourself in water, but because the water is colourful, drowning yourself in these waters wouldn’t be as bad, it is somewhat inviting to its consumers to drown in their sorrows. I think that it is also a great design for the younger market. Using colours and a watercolour effect would really draw to the younger consumers when they are trying to pick out something to drink.

These series of bottles are very pleasing to the eye, this means it would catch anyones attention enough to at least pick up the bottle and read what it’s about, or they might see the bottle and think oh, that’s (raspberry for example) flavoured. I think that it is an extremely well design, it’s aesthetically pleasing, tells a story and conveys a meaning.

References

Sommer, D. (2016). Packaging “Edelbrand Series”Behance.net. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from     https://www.behance.net/gallery/38509163/Packaging-Edelbrand-Series

 

Inspirations

I used Pinterest to create a board of curated content of a combination of things that inspire me and interest me. Something that really inspires me is the natural world and the animals that surrounds us and things that we see every, or most, days. I love the natural colour palate that mother nature has given us but then I also love seeing something that has been manmade and placed into our beautiful world.

Media Use and Identity

There are many different forms of media in today’s world, so pinpointing all the media that I use and how I use it would probably take up a lot of waisted time, so I will just talk about the ones that I mainly use everyday or the most. The main sources of media that I use would have to be my phone, my computer, television, the radio, a certain magazine  and a book every now and then, and lately pencils would have to be one.

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My phone and computer and used mostly in the same ways. I use them mostly for social media; like Facebook, instagram, pinterest, snapchat, and tumblr. I commonly only use Facebook to keep in contact with my family members, to see what they are up to and for them to see what I am up to, I also use it to keep in contact with my friends from high school in wich we talk pretty much every day in our group chat. I use instagram for a number of things, whether it be posting my photos or looking at photos (mostly photos of those of my friends, looking at clothes, or looking up tattoo ideas), I also use tumblr is this same way.

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I love using Pinterest as I can look up so many different things, from looking up recipes to craft ideas and DIY’s. Another thing I commonly use my phone for is music. The medium I use to listen to my music is Spotify. Spotify allows me to listen to any music that I like and it even makes a playlist for me weekly based on the kinds of music i have listened to. When I listen to Spotify on my phone, I love looking at the song or album cover designs, some of them are so beautifully simplistic, and some of them are just really aesthetically pleasing to me. I also use Spotify while I am making things or doing something creatively in general. These are a few of the songs that I really like at the moment and/or the cover photos for them.

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When I say television is another media use of mine, I mostly mean Netflix. I probably use this the most out of all of my media uses. I use it to watch a wide variety of tv shows, I love tv shows because compared to a movie, you learn more about the characters and their stories and this causes you to become attached to them, and I love that good tv shows enable you to do this. I also use Netflix to have in the background while I am doing assignments because it keeps me from getting extremely side tracked by using social media. Another media use that I use pretty much every day is the radio. The radio station I listen to is triple j. I love their variety of music that they play and also the types of music. I also use triple j for my news outlet, they commonly only talk about things that are important or things that are happening Australia or World wide and I love listening to their ‘Hack‘ show. The Hack talks about things that matter most to young Australians and they allow other people to get involved in the discussion.

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Another source of media that I use is the magazine Frankie. It’s a magazine about; design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, home, and life. The only publish issues every two months but they also have a website where they may post other things too. I mostly use Frankie for the design and craft aspect. I love making things and Frankie always have different craft blogs published. The last media use that I mentioned was pencils. When I say pencils I am talking about lead pencils and colouring pencils. While starting my design course I have had to do a lot of thumbnails and rough sketches for designs, drawings, and work in class.

(Frankie Magazine, past issues, retrieved from http://www.frankie.com.au/past-issues 6/7/16)

All, or most, of the media I use are used for a variety of different reasons. A common reason for some of them are to make things. This is something that I love doing and these mediums alow me to do so.

References

Australian Fashion Magazine Online • Frankie Magazine. (2016). Frankie. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://www.frankie.com.au

Music for everyone.. (2016). Spotify. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from https://www.spotify.com/au/

Netflix. (2016). Netflix. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from https://www.netflix.com/browse

Oh My,. (2016). I-craveyouu.tumblr.com. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://i-craveyouu.tumblr.com

What Brought Me Here

So, we have been asked to write blog posts for one of our assignments and the very first blog task is ‘What brought you here?’. I have been thinking really hard and thought that it was kind of a hard question to answer, but then the answer came to me when I was looking at going to Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts festival (MMVAF) again for this years lineup.

I went to MMVAF last year purely to see me favourite artists, Flight Facilities. Their music just amazes me and it is one of those albums that you need to listen to with headphones in your ears. It is like magic.

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(Down To Earth, Album cover, Flight Facilities)

Anyways, its not audio that I’m doing, its design. When I was at MMVAF there were a lot of art works on display and the one that really stood out was an art display from Amanda Parer. These huge bunnies that lit up the night sky were absolutely beautiful and eye catching. I was thinking to myself, how can something so simple be so exquisite? I was in total awe by them.

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I started to see everything and anything from that point with admiration for its simplicity to be so beautiful and visualising pleasing. Even just looking at the cover for Flight Facilities’s album, I love that it is so simple yet tells you everything you need to know, and the MMVAF website just astonishes me. The fact that people can actually make all of these designs and put it onto a website or page for everyone to see, now that is the kind of job I want to be doing for the rest of my working life.

References

Facilities, F. (2016). Flight Facilities | Down To EarthFlight Facilities. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://www.flightfacilities.com

Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival. (2016). Mmvaf. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://mmvaf.com