Monday, December 7, 2009

analysis and synthesis

My text within the animation demonstrates three distinct voices; the red-serifed (Caslon) text illustrates the conversation between the phones (as well as contains the story, for the visually compelling element). The italicized Garamond font illustrates the subjective narration (also a reference to the postcards) and the san-serifed Frutiger demonstrates the informative text to describe the communication model.
Above : first attempts at establishing hierarchy. In the top right example, the blue text was making people ill. In the top left example my vertical text was too difficult to read. For clarity, Jamie suggested adding a bar at the top to contain the voice of the narrator.

Below on the left, is another example of the formerly floundering narrator’s text, not to mention the terribly lack-luster background. I added a paper texture to the background and hand cut annotations to isolate the information as significant and to give the design a human touch. Text printed on paper seems to carry more authority, in comparison to the vector type of previous iterations.
below: a screenshots from the final animation.

synthesis in fragments. Applying the semiotic examples of rhetorical tropes and modes of communication are keys (and well kept secrets) to good graphic design—and any type of art for that matter. Indirectly persuading the viewer with clever imagery is more resonating than an intelligence-insulting, dry and literal claim. I've wondered in the past what it is that separates the banal from art that moves people to action. Well now I know why the lovely peregrine honig, nicole cawlfield, pipilotti rist, de bretteville and others i worship and adore from afar are able to captivate and immobilize a passerby to pause and consider core beliefs.

After comparing and analyzing several communication models, I now realize that even a simple message is not immune to becoming corrupt. (considering the previous project) Conner’s initial response to my postcard was, silence. In the first sequence of my personified phones’ conversation, I decided to reference the chill of silence. Under my interpretation of the communication model, silence is packed with explosive noise—or an interruption to the message. For a short while, I was left to consider how I must have confused Conner and what if he thought my original response was not worthy of a reply. A dreadful cloud of prediction and misunderstanding hovers during silence. It was likely that he just happened to go out dancing the night before could not get up in time or maybe he ate mexican the night before, you never know.

(Communication models are also a free counseling service. I have learned that maybe my mother will in fact never get me due to her conservative bend and I may never get her due to my bad attitude. Our diametrically opposed beliefs cause noise within our channel. To reduce the consequences of reflexive, ill-tempered feedback, a more successful channel for the two of us, would be a hand-written letter.)

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