Do you ever wonder why it bothers you so much if a picture frame on a wall is tilted, even in the slightest? It’s like you can spot a frame off center by one degree from a mile away but you don’t understand why or how. Luckily, Zettl’s discussion of image choices in “The Two Dimensional Field: Forces within the Screen” shed some light on this common problem.
My mom always told me as a child, “You can be anything you want to be if you set your mind to it.” Never has her statement seemed more true than now. With the rapidly evolving technology and our increasingly individually minded society, our possibilities seem endless. On Instagram, I’m a photographer. On YouTube, I’m a videographer. On Twitter, I’m a microblogger who can also easily showcase her photography or videography skills. You get the picture.
If you’re a John Green fan, you’re likely already familiar with this shirt and slogan, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” translated in English as “This is not a pipe.” This depiction of a pipe was first created by Belgian Surrealist artist Rene Magritte, who painted a picture of a pipe with the above slogan scripted below the picture. He created this painting to emphasize the necessary separation between a literal object, the pipe, and the representation of the object, the painting and slogan.
This week we were given the task of creating an infographic on one of three topics: our topic interest, key elements of graphic design, or how to write nonfiction well. I chose to create an infographic that provides a general overview of my topic, Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC. I thought this info graphic would be a great way to provide some background information on the hospital’s focus and goals.
Now, this seems confusing. I thought the reason we as humans liked images and graphics was because more images equaled less reading. I guess that’s true in a traditional sense, but Gunther Kress and Thed van Leeuwen offer a new definition of reading in their book, Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design.
For most of us, we recognize the company’s personified by these logos immediately. Google. Starbucks. McDonalds. These companies, as well as their logos, are household names. However, what if you were asked about the story behind the logo, why the specific colors, typefaces, and layouts were chosen? The number of people able to answer these types of questions would decrease dramatically. Continue reading