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