As you know, I like things to be very simple and direct. To me, the rags that overlay the type—2014 graphic design senior show—represent the struggles that we have all been through to become the graphic designers we are today. Rags can be a pain in the ass, but for the love of graphic design, we all take our time and fix them.

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I realized the posters were too simple on their own so I decided to emboss each poster

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To make the lines constant and perfect for each poster, we would have to use a metal grid in combination with the press. I’ve already talked to the sculpture majors and this is actually very easy and cheap to do (they recently acquired a programmable metal cutting machine & I can get a scrap piece of 8.5X11 metal for almost nothing).

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I have decided between two logos (Exist & The Recovery Center) that have received awesome feedback from people going through rehab, have recently left rehab, have been out of rehab for 5+ years, and people that know zero about drugs or rehab. 

WEBSITE (Home page with each logo then the entire website)

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APP (Home screen with each logo then entire app)

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CLOTHING 

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JOURNAL (Still getting supplies to make the actual journal. It will be a hardbound book)

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Inside cover and first page

 

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APP revision:

After interviewing several people I realized that they each had a different “reminder” that kept them sober. They also liked looking at other people’s reminders because it helped them just as much. I thought it was important to incorporate that into the app. 

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They use their mugshots, family photos, pictures of other people’s families, etc. I am still doing research, but I do know people want the ability to share their reminder and see others. If they do not, the app will give them the option to keep anything private.

 

more revision to come

Feb. 25:

I had a meeting with Viviene Wood, a sociology teacher here at UWG. I showed her what I was working on and she was very informative and quickly connected me with past and present addicts. The 5th and 6th I have meetings with recovering addicts. I will also be going to a recovery house with Viviene to talk to people that have nothing (they should be most helpful when looking for the tangible version of the app).

ESSAY 20 RESPONSE

Why is there not an emphasis on cultural design in school? Many times I am left with a project based purely on aesthetics catered towards the market of American consumerism. This is not based solely on the teacher’s assignments, but mainly because American culture is all I know. I can’t help but be inadvertently influenced by it at some point. Why can’t there be a cultural identity class that deals more with situations like the Iraq flag redesign.

Without access to other cultures and their problems, my design can only call out to one audience. Even the way I use symbolism is directed to one point of view. After reading “Better Nation Building Through Design” I am inspired to travel more and look for internships in other countries.

ESSAY 2 RESPONSE

After reading this short essay, I wonder where the University of West Georgia fits in. UWG is neither a process or portfolio school—following a completely different course outline. I’ve always felt a little insecure, not because of the school, but because the course outline seemed weak in comparison to better known portfolio schools. But as Michael Bierut states, “…it’s possible to study graphic design for four years without any meaningful exposure to the fine arts, literature, science, history, politics, or any of the other disciplines that unite us in a common culture.” He really captures my attention with that statement. I think the constant combination of fine art and design classes at UWG help broaden a student’s approach to design. 

In fine art you are constantly thinking of different ways to talk to the public. Fine art can however fall short because it is normally centered upon ones own ideals. This is where design classes help you bring your work back to the real world.  Plus, while you are taking art and design classes, you have the ability to take any other course you are interested in. If a student is self-motivated, this type of schooling could be just as successful—especially in relation to Michael Bierut’s view.