09 November 2011

YouTube Videos

 When I was watching “Usability is No Longer Enough” I felt that Eric had an excellent point.  Designers used to have the edge when they had hardware, then software, and then usability. The new “wave” however is designing for persuasion, emotion, and trust. It is a way to differentiate from other designs. It is about convincing someone. Changing the “can do” to “will do.”  He also mentioned that usability and persuasion could sometimes conflict. Where usability will have the objective to make something simple, persuasion will say not to. Persuasion is just more than one perspective. Persuasion is important because most decisions are made emotionally, not typically logically.
This discussion about persuasion reminded me of the research I did. How important emotion is and the role it plays on affecting people.

When I was watching “WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson” it reminded me of when we had our discussion about ideas in class. Steven talks about how an idea starts as a small hunch that needs time to develop. There may need to be a collision of hunches and a need for an idea to “incubate.” The Internet may seem very overwhelming and driving everyone crazy with so much information out there, but it is more than getting information. The Internet is also a way to connect with other people. The connection helps everyone combine hunches with other people, to connect the missing piece needed to make that great idea.

“Chance favors the connected mind”

Yet another good reason why group work is an excellent way to make ideas happen and become great. I think as a class, in our discussion, we agreed with the fact that it is hard to come up with a great decision right on the spot, that we often need to be in the process of working on something when it finally clicks. One site I found that discussed a general way to find inspiration said that to find good inspiration you should search out new experiences, keep an open mind, watch your emotions, share the experience, seek out solitude, keep in mind you role models, align your actions, and follow your faith. Another site I found had a list of about fifty ways to get inspired. There are many ways to get inspired, but finding that great idea needs some developing sometimes, which is hard to grasp occasionally. 

Paul Donnelly’s Ceramic Work

I responded positively toward his pieces. Not only was I in love with his pastel color selection, but I also found it fascinating how he had this repetition of stacking. Even his plates had a layered effect. This reminds me of the picture he showed of his mother’s dinning room. Everything on that table was placed orderly and had many objects placed upon each other. Just like his the silverware, candles, plates, glasses and such were stacked neatly and cleanly so were his pieces in the show. The way the pieces were stacked reminded me of how I layer my clothes and I love layering clothing. Even the way his plates were made they have that same effect. There is a repetition of colors and textured techniques, such as lines with circles. This concept ties in with him photographing his surrounds of inspiration.

One of the other things that struck out at me was how Paul uses photography to record his “visual ideas or inspiration” in the world around him. I like the way he looks at his photos, in the most simplified way. The objects themselves seem pushed back has he looks at relationships and the negative space that is created. 
You are shaped by the world around you, the environment. So it makes sense why an artist would record and discover inspiration around them.
I tried to look up other ceramic pieces that were stacked, but did not find any other pieces that were similar to his. His stacked idea comes from his mother’s dinning room table. I find it fascinating that he is taking an idea from something he saw at special occasions with his family all throughout his life.
Thinking about this makes me wonder about myself. I notice small detail in objects when I look at them, but not to the level he has taken it. Although I am more in the design aspect of things it almost makes me wonder how I can drag over those skills.
Another concept of his that I really liked was his idea of function. He wants people to use his work, which I think is amazing because I feel that when some people make certain ceramic pieces they do not want them to be used. It seems silly to make something that can be used and just keep it on the shelf. I think I have this obsession of objects having a function because somehow I feel as though it gives it more of a purpose. Not to say that other sculptural pieces don't have a purpose of their own.

10 October 2011

Persuasive Techniques

"A symbolic process in which communicators try to convince other people to change their attitudes or behaviors regarding an issue through the transmission of a message in an atmosphere of free choice" 
- Perloff

After looking online, there are different but similar views of persuasion techniques. Emotional layer holds the most power of persuasion. After all most people make decisions based on emotions.In order to persuade someone you must understand them. It is important to understand that each person responds differently, either strongly emotionally or visually. You should adjust techniques based on the kind of mind you are dealing with. 

For a simple way of looking a persuasion: you want to create a need, appeal to social needs, and used loaded words and images. When creating a need you want to appeal to a person's fundamental need for shelter, love, self-esteem and self-actualization. Appealing to social needs is the appealing to the need to be popular, prestigious, or similar to others. You want to use the power of positive words, such as "new and improved" or "all natural." Not only do you want your words and imagery to be positive, but have them have action with words such as "do that" or "be this."

Most of these techniques I was already familiar with, however these next ones I did not know about....
Mirror-based techniques = matching a person's language (the words they use more often) and body language.
Rhetorical questions = asking them a question not only engages the person and automatically makes them receptive, but also makes them feel that they are making the decision. 
and of course
Eye contact = creating eye contact with a person develops trust

09 October 2011

Japanese TeaBowls

Touching back on form and function, that is the main difference between winter and summer tea bowls. Winter tea bowls are taller as they keep the tea warmer longer. The summer bowls are smaller and wider as they cool the tea. I would like to make a summer tea bowl because I am more visually attracted to it and since I just go done making a tall coil pot the idea of making something smaller pleases me. I find the Raku firing process fun and fascinating. That something so simple and primitive can make wonderful pieces of art. When I was looking at the glazes, the one that I found most interesting was the crackle glaze. I really like the white crackle glaze mainly because the areas that are not glazed will be blackened.

In relation to the picture....     does it look like it belongs in a forest?

Belong in a Forest:
(1) It is round; generally organic objects naturally have a round form.
(2) It has earth tones of brown, similar to that of dirt and maybe different plants.
(3) It has a rough texture to it. I feel as though objects in nature are worn due to weather elements as well as animals and people.
(4) The overall form is unique has isn’t symmetrical and has its own personality. The lip of the tea bowl has a unique asymmetrical form.  I sometimes tend to personify different objects in nature, as they are living plants all around forests.

I thought I would start by looking up perfection. The definition on Credo Reference from the Dictionary of World Philosophy takes a more religious approach and talks about how it is a sign of a characteristic of God, how God is without fault and the  “highest good.” Also how other beings want this. I then narrowed my search to just art, I then came across The Bloomsbury Guide to Art discuses nature. It talks about how nature is hard to define and that most of the time we think of birds, trees, flowers, streams, and mountains. In the 18th century Royal Academy, it was defined as more of a collective idea and as an artist you were to keep yourself away from it. This later changed in which artists were to look at nature to train themselves in art.

04 October 2011


In researching about this organization I discovered that it is a non-profit organization that helps prevent child injuries and deaths that are caused by a car. They are big on informing people as they make their own charts, statistics, and graphic. Another way they inform the people is with educating them through public service announcements (both through video and audio files). They educate the viewers on the website the different types of dangers, have stories of different children tragedies (include picture of the children who died as well as near death experiences), and show state laws.

Love Them, Protect Them

Looking up all the information surprised me in how many families are affected by child deaths caused by cars. It is something you don't really think about, but is a problem that needs to be solved. KidsAndCars wants to solve this problem.

Just looking at this website their main colors are yellow and black -with a little blue, using red and silver cars. The yellow and black is a reminder of the road signs, which makes perfect sense. They also have the slight slant stripes that again repeat this road sign theme (the stripes kind of remind me of Adidas, especially when there are just three lines).

I also thought it was cool that they even sell products online. It is mainly informative features, air fresheners, magnets, balloons, tote bags, window clings, and of course a truck release kit.

Overall it is a very good website.... kidsandcars.org

"Cinderella is living proof that a pair of shoes can change your life"

One of the things that I really want to do is take a pair of white shoes and decorate them. I have yet to decide what and how I want to decorate the shoes. I searched a little and found these awesome pieces of work. It doesn't seem all that hard, I feel like I just need to take the time to do it. I found a lot of decorated shoes, but these are the ones that stuck out to me. They are all have vibrant colors and are colorful. These four styles of shoes are the styles that I am considering for my white canvas. It is hard to say if I want some fun action theme, a decorative design, be inspired by a band and their style, or go with a movie. Whatever I chose I want it to be a bit cartoonish looking. Nothing that looks realistic because I want it to look fun.

“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.”
― Seo Min Hyun 


“Because the human history is the history of shoes. The history of places where we ever tread and stand.” 
Stebby Julionatan

28 September 2011

YouTube: Design Like A Pro

I found a user on YouTube named Designlikeapro. Niki is an artist and a full time graphic/web designer, a digital artist and a marketing manager with over seven years of experience in design. (so she knows her stuff). The YouTube channel only has about 15 videos, but she makes each video based on what people want to know and need tips on. I think these are excellent videos. I watched, "Design Tip # 2 To Bleed or not to Bleed?"  In the video she talks about how InDesign is used best when finalizing an image before it is taken to the printer. She demonstrates a postcard that she made in Photoshop, changes the sizing a bit to add a bleed, and drags it into InDesign. She describes how important it is to have a bleed. It looks more professional to have space instead of having the text tight on the edge. What I never really thought about was how she explained about to properly make your image a proper PDF, making crop marks to show the printer where to cut the image. It was a simple tip, but I  am glad to know it. She also has a Twitter page, Facebook page, and even a Blog. i plan on viewing her other videos on YouTube.