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. 

26 September 2011

Coil Pot Techniques

Native American and African coiling techniques as well as the techniques we use in class are different yet similar.  The Native Americans after they gathered their clay and kneaded it for several days, almost pound the clay into a flattened tortilla like shape and then it is placed carefully into a puki. I found it amazing to see how they make their coils with just their hands as they clay hangs down. As each thick coil is attached to the bowl it appears that is is mostly pinched on to connect the two pieces. Lastly, it is polished by a polishing stone. In class, we use a puki and make each coil to add on, but they are made using a table and not made as thick.  African techniques, I think are more similar to what we do in class. Although a chunk of clay is taken and placed on the bowl (instead of using coils). They use their fingers to scrape diagonally away the lines that the binding together makes (which is what we do with a tool). They also use a plastic sheet for fine smoothing like we do in class, like we use a S4 scraper to smooth.

After looking at the powerpoint I feel like I have gotten a better understand of what Chinese potter looks like. Also when I was looking at the Victoria and Albert Museum website I found myself more attracted to tall and skinny forms. The forms that really bow out and come back in. It almost seems as though I enjoy the "contrast" of each in and out dramatic motion. I chose no textured pieces, however, I do not have anything against them. 

Merrian-Webster describes aesthetic as 
"concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty."

I would say that my aesthetic is smooth, tall, and has dramatic movement (to simplify it). I define my beauty not my normal simple forms, but forms that "challenge" itself (and look challenging to make). All that interests me has an upward directional force as well, which I find interesting. 

16 September 2011


More companies look to become more eco-friendly in their products or product packages. I feel like Puma really tries to be eco-friendly. Here is a prime example of Puma changing their shoe box to reduce the paper and much more as a company turns to reducing the affects on the planet. In the video I watched, it explains their thoughts, ideas, process, and affects the product has done. The point out how much we use and are related to boxes. We are surrounded by boxes and don't even realize it. Thinking about it, it seems more extreme than Helvetica taking over the world. I like how they showed the different ideas that failed. It shows just how many failed designs they went through to get this one really good idea. I personally like seeing the process because it shows that coming up with something is not easy and takes a lot of time to accomplish a good one.
Check out the Clever Little Bag!

Adobe Podcast

After much waiting for it to download I finally got to watch this nice video podcast about publishing from InDesign to an iPad wirelessly. It seemed very high tech, all the things that InDesign can do. I am not very familiar with it so I am still learning all that it can do. It makes sense, but I thought it was cool to make two different orientations for when the viewer turns the iPhone or iPad. I do not own any of these devices so sometimes these thoughts do not cross my mind right away. My favorite part was the image sequence of the bike. I was surprised that InDesign could do something like that. Viewing this podcast has showed me, not only is InDesign good for magazine layouts and portfolios, but as being update with technology it also creates wonderful spreads for an iPad like device.

06 September 2011

form follows function

When researching "functionalism" using Credo Reference, I found that it is a concept that a piece of work is not only created for beauty, but is also for the purpose that it serves. There used to be a distinct line between functional objects and art work. An American modernest architect, Louis Sullivan coined the phrase "Form follows Function." Which means that the structure or design was shown through how it is expressed. It almost naturally takes the form it functions into. After remembering all of this from my art history class, I decided to look into what "machine atheistic" is. The Bloomsbury Guide to Art explains it as a "love affair with the efficiency and gloss of machinery..." I find it very interesting that they described it as a "love affair." This shows the complex relationship between its from and functionality.

I first thought about making a pencil/pen holder, then a toothbrush holder. Both I could really use because I have been using a cup to hold my toothbrush. Then I thought about making a little organizer to go in my drawer to hold my pencils/pens, but then that form just seemed to boring. How about a cookie jar? Eh, I don't really eat cookies that much....and the same goes with candy. Maybe a popcorn bowl, I could always use one of those. I would really like to make my own hot cocoa cup, but I am not sure.
So I decided to just check out the Internet, it usually gives me good ideas. I stumbled upon this website http://flickrhivemind.net/flickr.... this started me thinking.... It also lead me to some Flickr accounts that I decided to add as my contact.
I also found this candle holder that really got me thinking I could use one of those because I do like candles very much, I usually don't have a place to put them, but I wonder how well that fits into the assignment.. It is a container and it's function is to hold a candle. Maybe it could work after all.
I could apply this same thought process to my hot cocoa cup; it is a container that holds hot cocoa and it requires a handle to lift the cup.... It almost feels to simple..
What do I want to make?

I don't need any containers for jewelry, I use Altoids tins. I use glass bottles to hold my change. I have a container that holds all of my paper clips and tacks. There isn't really much that I need a container for....

Decision: I am making a candle holder.

I just got to find the right design to go on it. I like the design of the candle holder I looked up, but I don't really want to copy it. I like the leaf patter of the small bowls that Cris Couto did. I am thinking of staying organic and not so much geometric because I don't think that it will translate well on a rounded surface such as this candle holder.
Looks like I am going to have to sketch out some ideas.

30 August 2011

looking at pinch pots and more!

Written assignment to sharpen your looking skills

For me this pinch pot has an upward directional force. The overlapping layers have this flowing up motion, which remind me of pedals. The overlapping "petals" create lines that also add emphasis to the upward directional force. The overlapping layers are formed in a way that leads my eye up to the rim and makes me want to keep looking up.

Also the foot attachment lifts the open pot, giving it that vertical directional force. The small size of the foot puts emphasis on the body of the pot as it is lifting it up.

I enjoy looking at both of these pieces. These two pieces of work obviously both have dots. The dots in the pinch pot are built it or punched in the pot as to what seems to be more of a decoration. Whereas the piece on the right has dots that are painted on that add emphasis to the large oval shape the bottom of the vase has. The pinch pot has an unique opening that is more asymmetrical looking, from left to right it appears to close a bit. The vase has a neck and a symmetrical circle opening. The pinch pot also has more texture to it and monotone in color. The vase is smooth looking and the solid white color as the background which pulls your eye straight to the red dots. The pinch pot has a slight similarity to this affect with the dots. Around the dots there is a lighter color, almost like a white that highlights the dots which in turn draw attention to them.
I have always had an interest in dots, which is why I enjoy looking at these pieces. Although circles are hard to draw they are simple, which intrigues me. This simplicity of dots reminds me of my photography assignment in which I decided to focus or rather not focus on lights, which simplifies the light source into a dot.


      I decided to Google ceramics, just to get myself thinking. I saved pictures of works that caught my eye.

      This first work of the whales caught my interest because I like how the whales proportions  are off. The whales exaggerated heads and small tales make the whales look cute with their huge smiles on their faces.

      This piece is one of my favorites. I love looking at it because it doesn't have a complete solid form. It has what reminds me of ribbon that twirls together to form its shape. The light emphasizes the gaps and the unique "ribbon" as it overlaps.

      I like this piece because of its simple form. It has a plain smooth surface that simplifies it, but what I like is how the "pedals" are overlapping to create an uneven edge on the top.

       I like this piece because of the design that is on the pot.

      Looking at these cups made me think of what kind of texture I can apply to the outside layer.

       I found this piece amazing. I couldn't believe that this was not an actual shoe. It is very well made and I like how the light blue is outlined and slightly shaded on the shoe, keeping it simple.

      Digital Page Layout

      I found this new website: 

      This website has many examples of brochures, logos, and stationary items, as well as articles concerning graphic design. 
      This is an excellent place to search to get inspiration. This website led me to the unique brochure on the left.

      When I was searching for unique brochures I came across this interesting way of folding. The way this brochure is folded is similar to the TVNZ 7 logo. Also when the brochure is unflolded, it resembles to how it is animated on the television idents. Looking at this brochure has made me think about what interesting way I could fold a brochure. And could I how can I related it to my personal logo? I want to make it unique, but not so complicated that the brochure gets confusing to the viewer.

      Check out:
      to see more in-depth pictures of this triangular brochure. 

      03 June 2011

      Brazil Street Art

      I love this street art because it seems more fun, comedic, and cartoon-ish.


      check out the rest

      why snow is so much fun

      Not only is this a new way to play with snow, but it is also a non destructive street art....
      The second one is my favorite of the two


      Street Art

      A different kind of street art that has caught my attention because of how simple it seems..
      I like how the image just fits into the scene almost naturally, but yet you know how of place it looks.

      Street Art From Brazil - Part 2