Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Currently plugging away at this tree. The end goal is to be able to organize all of this information on a wheel, but first I want to expand as much as possible to create hundreds of possibilities for idea generation.

Love, pt. 2

This week I have explored more ideas of love by means of combing some of my pieces from last week into one video, as well as creating some newer content. I have been thinking a lot about what this word love means and why people say it to others. In my first video I included an audio clip from a voicemail I received last year with a friend saying "I love you" to me, and incorporated it with a song that is opposite in meaning to the words "I love you". My second video of the combined pieces from last week are purely based off from suggestions from last class to see how it would work. There is not an audio for this, and the videos that are combined are despair, regret, and wonder. 



suspected wall space layouts

Adobe XD for interactive prototypes

I've been learning and building as I go with the new Adobe XD program, which makes interactive prototypes, and I've really been liking the program so far. I've been taking my time to go through all the instructional tutorials and the more I learn that it can do the more I think it will work well with my project. Here's some of the bare layout I've been working on and what the program looks like.

Monday, November 20, 2017

More Alien Studies

Not a huge update this week, just more alien head variations - this time incorporating a few elements of color in several of the designs for more variety. I played with incorporating the "ə" on several of them - not sure how I feel about it as it currently stands - I think I'll have to play more with this to arrange it in a way that makes sense to me. I like some of these more than the ones I created last week, I think because the facial features themselves are more simplified, which just appeals to me more. I'm open to experimenting with both still, but wouldn't mind opinions on which ones come across more appealing/are more effective designs. For next week I may try to have a few patterns or something for these to lay over as we discussed last week as well, to see how they hold up against busy backgrounds and how the two elements will interact.

Thesis update

A remembrance of those who passed through Hardie. Scars that have formed throughout the years in the Hardie Building will act as the memories to build off of becoming a monument to those of the past, present, and future.


After careful thought and research on Maya Lin and Christian Boltanski I started to think about how these structures would be oriented in a three dimensional form, what substance they would be made from and if I should focus on one of the of the six structures to become the monument itself. Which would best represent the sentiment of those that have passed through the halls of hardie or does that not necessarily matter to the design of the monument because of what they’re made from (pulled charcoal rubbing of damages on the walls). I don’t know how large I would make these structures and if they won't fit in the gallery I wouldn’t know where to place them. Or am I thinking too far ahead with some of my thoughts and concerns.

As an afterthought to all my other ones, can this project progress any further in a two dimensional format in any way, would I get more abstract I remember some ideas that were suggested but they don't feel like the right path even though they were great ideas.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

layout screenshots with dimensions

possible cover from dictionary in process


Using GIFs from Tumblr to make an 'into' and a looping throughout the rest of the audio. I had put a variety so there were no repeats of any individual GIF but it felt too cheesy to steal multiple things and just paste them.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Playing with Type, Creating Alien Faces

I spent this week playing with various typefaces and trying to figure out the best way to display the word "alienation", as well as the "I exist" phrase, which I think I will continue to use across multiple designs in the future. I did like the idea of how a schwa was not only the name for an alien head but also denoted the way to pronounce certain vowel sounds, and is coincidentally actually found in the word "alienation" (/ˌeɪl yəˈneɪ ʃən). So I feel pretty confident that I would like to flip the "e" in the logo, and have played with also replacing the "o" with another schwa to give it a more creative spelling. I have examples of both up - I'd love to know which people find to be more effective/legible.  This font used here is Josephin Slab.
I then played with the idea of displaying both texts at the same time, which led to this sort of crossword puzzle type design. I'm still playing with it, since I'm not sure it's the most effective way to combine the two, but I feel they are at least easy to read both as one image and independently. I haven't decided what to do with this design yet, but thought it was interesting to look at and discuss, to see if there's a better way to display the text, or if it's even necessary to have both ideas within the same design. The thin typeface is Josephin Slab once again, and the bold font is called Righteous.

Lastly, I began to work on some variations of alien heads. I made up some quick vectored shapes, both for the heads as well as the eyes and nostrils so that I could mix and match them as I went, giving me more freedom to arrange them at will. I kept them black and white for now while I compose them, so that they don't become too complicated. I'll be working on more of these over the weekend as well, and possibly designing some symbols with personal meaning to me to incorporate with the alien heads rather than compliment them with potentially symbolic imagery that has nothing to do with my work/the alienation theme as the design from last week did. 

How do I design my face every morning? The System.

I think mapping out how I plan the way I'm going to look at the start of my day is an important step in designing a kind of app that may do this thinking for someone. I've done this routine on auto for so many years that I can makes these decisions in really no time at all. I'm going to dig up what I'm thinking and feeling as I pickup my brushes.

1. The first thing I think of is how much time do I have or want to spend. Some days I don't have a lot of time and some days it feels a little like a chore that I just want to get over and done with. I have a few different looks that I'll do if I have around 10, 15, or 20+ minutes.

2. Another thing I consider, and it might be weird, is the season. Yes, I do my makeup differently from season to season. In warmer months, I use less products on my face and ones that are lighter taking sweat, heat, and comfort into consideration. I also like to use more natural looking colors in the summer as they last longer throughout the day. In colder months, I wear heavier foundation and darker colors. In colder months there's really no need to worry about anything melting away. Kind of like "fall colors" with clothes I do the same with my face.

3. Is there an occasion? I won't wear green eyeshadow or purple lipstick to work and I won't have an absence of anything if I'm going out with friends or on a date. There are lots of things to consider!

4. If I have about 10 minutes, I'll skip eyeshadow altogether. To me, you don't need eyeshadow to have a complete look. This can be compensated (if I feel like it) with a more boldly colored lipstick since it takes the same amount of time to do any color. I'll usually skip strip lashes if I'm in a time pinch too, which I usually do wear. Iffy finishing touch things are blush and highlighter. In this time frame I'll do kind of the "bare minimum", which may be like a lot to some people because I've gotten pretty fast: foundation, concealer, light cheekbone contour, eyeliner (always graphic and winged!), mascara top and bottom, eyebrow fill, setting powder, lipstick, and highlighter (usually).

If I have about 15 minutes, I'll do simple eyeshadow like a gold or pink lid and I usually add a dark brown in my crease and lower lash line. I'll definitely wear extra eyelashes on these days. With a mildly bold eye,  I will most likely wear a natural looking lip color. I will also lightly contour my whole face, sweeping a brownish color over all the more shadowy areas of the face like under the cheekbones, jawline, and sides of the forehead. Highlights are added to the tops of cheekbones, tip and bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes, and just under the eyebrows.

If I have 20+ minutes, let the creativity begin! This is when I pull out my more elaborately colored eyeshadow palette and experiment with more unconventional colors like green, blue, silver, red, etc.. I try to experiment with different blending techniques and shapes too. When I do this, it is always a natural lip color. I don't like to have both bold eyes and lips, it looks overdone to me, I like either the eyes or lips to make a statement, never both.

I don't really think it takes a lot of different products to make this happen. My makeup collection is actually pretty small compared to most. I can fit everything in a fairly small makeup bag with 2 larger eyeshadow palettes that can't fit (and two collector's items from an Andy Warhol collection I rarely use). In the bag I have 6 brushes, 1 foundation, 1 concealer, 1 face powder, 1 eyebrow tint, 1 mascara, 2 eyeliners, 3 lipsticks, 2 lash sets with a glue, 1 blush, and 1 highlighter.

I have also been learning how to use the new program Adobe XD and I think this could be a good program for me to use as it is an interactive app/interface prototyping program.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

transforming patterns

wallspace sketch

wallspace sketch from the meeting

Monday, November 13, 2017


This week I have thought about our discussion..and focused on one emotion, and how to represent it in more than one way...here are 5 new explorative pieces all pertaining to the emotion of love. Here I am exploring more into lighting, sounds, colors, and forms in these short clips to emphasize other perceptions of love in a series of 5.







I've started taking photographs using only my smartphone and instagram filters to become the visuals accompanying the audio recordings. Things to consider:

1. Duration of image playback
2. Do I have to remember the specific filters to individual pics, or should I use the same one to 'fit the mood'
3. Take a group of photos to repeat, or enough photos to never repeat

Using instagram or snapchat offers the use of a social platform, however snapchat wants to share my location. Content of the images changes for each audio recording and may vary depending on the context within the recording itself.

Edit: Used the short clips I'd taken the other day to see how it looked with the audio to halp_mixdown. Experimenting was successful, now just to create some kind of narrative.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Maybe Moving on?

So I did more research into my idea and of an AR program and I found that pretty much everything I was envisioning already exists. Sephora has a program on their website to upload a photo and try on any of the products that they sell. It works really well too.

Sephora Program

There is a company that created augmented reality technology for beauty brands Modiface

Now I'm thinking I should probably move on from this idea. Thoughts from anyone?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

slice of life

slice of life view
upper left, scribing responsibilities for this week
choice wheel for running through options (and creating new ones) in development of beasts (Morgan; under influence perhaps of cognitive bias codex diagram)
gallery presentation sketch (Gabrielle)

rough layout

Here is a rough layout without dimensions of what at this moment I would like my installation to look at.


orenda - n - a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or change their own fate or destiny

pabitel - n - a person fascinated by their own fate, in love with life, does and says unreasonable things, searches for beauty in the simplest objects and events, and likes to twist reality around to fit their liking: someone who proves that life is worth living

meraki - to do something with soul, creativity, or love: to put something of yourself into your work

wabi-sabi - n - a way of living life that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay

Petrichor - n - smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

YUGEN means an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional
responses too deep and mysterious for words.

Komorebi (Japanese) (n.) sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees 

Cynfin: a place where a person or an animal feels it ought to live and belong, it is where nature around you feels right and welcoming.

apricity(latin) - n - the warmth of the sun in winter

woodnote - n - a wild of natural musical tone, as that of a forest bird

querencia - n - a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn.

Peregrinate - v- to travel or wander around from place to place

feuillemort(french) - n - the color of a dying leaf

Alpenglow - n - A rosy glow that suffuses snow covered mountain peaks at dawn or dusk on a clear day 

shinrin- yoku - n - literally “forest bathing” a visit to the forest for relaxation and to improve ones health

Ayni(Quechuan) - n - Sacred reciprocity; the practice of living in harmony with the spirit of the earth.

A beautiful Quechuan word from the people of Peru. Honor Pachamama. Respect Mother Nature and she will respect you.

Audio Over Video

After playing around with video and audio software I believe that the restriction of visuals leads to a more impactful audio. I enjoy the feel of this 'over the phone' effect because it appeals to the more humanistic side of this project. You actually become the audience to this audio as if you know the person speaking. Thanks to all of the persons I recorded I've come to the conclusion that I want to make short clips that sound as if they are a phone conversation.

halp mixdown

Kitty mixdown

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


AR and an Idea

I played around a little with the Aurasma augmented reality software to see what I could possibly do with it. The photo below has an aura on it.

After all this I think my solid idea finally came to me. I think this augmented reality and totally digital thing really evolved from my initial ideas and I felt like it was drifting a little too far from what felt like me and my work. I always envisioned this turning out like something physical like a book and I think I can combine that with augmented reality to make a more modern makeup book. Aurasma definitely opened up more possibilities and ideas for me and I think I want to incorporate it in my project. The makeup tutorial has gone pretty much completely video/web based and with augmented reality I can combine digital with a physical book. I will definitely have to produce some prototypes of this.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Much needed update/New work

Apologies in advance for a huge wall of text, I know it’s been a while since my last post so I have a lot of updates to talk about all at once.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and conceptualizing these past few weeks, as I have been working on a large-scale project in another class that has given me new inspiration for this class moving forward. It involved a series of cohesive images, as we were designing a cult and propaganda to go along with it, and I’m including a screenshot of some of the work because I feel that it will help inform the direction I’d like to head closer to as the semester/year goes on, as well as show an example of what was essentially building a brand of sorts and corresponding imagery on a small scale, much as I would like to do in seminar on a larger scale. As I was working on that project, it got me thinking about thesis and how I feel like my current work doesn’t really reflect what I do well and most enjoy in the same way that my work in other classes has thus far. So while I am not abandoning the track I was on, I would like to refine/improve on the ideas to better reflect the type of work I’m passionate about making. So this is the brochure from my cult project below, which goes along with the poster that I will be bringing to class as an example of where I plan to go in actively incorporating screen-printing into my work in the near future.

After the last time we talked about my work, I’ve been thinking about how to reach out and engage people about the topic of alienation. I have a few questions that could spark conversation that I will list below, but I am still unsure as to where or how I am going to get these questions out to people – whether it be in one on one sessions or via some kind of anonymous online survey, such as on Google forms. If anyone has suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.

Some of the questions I have been considering: (most are generalized right now, though some are targeted toward a more LGBT specific line of questioning, since I’m undecided as to whether I want a narrow or broad focus for my interviews/data)

  1. When do you find yourself feeling alienated? Are there specific times or places where that feeling is stronger than others?
  2. Is the alienation related to your gender identity or sexuality? If so, is it an internal feeling, or is it based on the way people treat you because of said identity?
  3. If you identify as under the transgender/non-binary spectrum, do you have experiences with alienation from your own body? Would you consider dysphoria to be a type of self-alienation?
  4. Are there places or people that make you feel less alienated, or completely integrated? Do you have a community you feel comfortable with/in?
  5. Do you ever seek to isolate yourself on purpose? Is it a positive thing to be isolated when you seek it out, or is it related to negative feelings?
  6. What are things that you wish someone would say to you in those moments when you feel out of place? What would you tell either your younger self or someone in the same shoes as you in those moments?
  7. How do you feel when a brand/company reaches out to/is part of a community that you are in? Does it make you feel included to see clothing or designs created by/catered to bringing a group of people together through a common experience?
  8. Follow up: What do you look for in these types of brands, if you support them? Is it their imagery, their message, or just their common goal of unity within a community/group of people?

I am also still figuring out what I’d like to do with these stories/excerpts from people, whether I’d like to collect them and use them as text in a book or poster type scenario, or possibly overlay them on top of imagery relating to the ideas of alienation/isolation, or even abstract them in some way within/alongside an image. I think it will be easier to figure out once I have actual text in front of me and have a better idea what kind of language I will be working with.

I think the next step for me will be both finding the best way to reach out, which I am currently leaning toward a Google form type survey, at least to start, since they’re easy to make and easy to keep the responses anonymous while also having all the data collected in one place. Then, it will be on finding a way to better integrate my screen-printing work into the process, rather than going for overly detailed illustration type work, or working purely digitally as I have been lately. I’d still like to do work with characters/illustrative elements, but I also need to simplify them so they will translate better into the screen printing process, especially if I end up pursuing textiles such as shirts, since they tend to diminish the clarity of small details.

Lastly, I have an old design that I have resisted and a couple quick mock-ups using some left-over vectors in variant colors/fonts, simply to play with possible ideas for either posters or something similar - figured I would put them up to see if anyone has suggestions on how to integrate imagery such as this with the illustrative work I was doing previously. What are some possible solutions for integrating the two ideas in a way that makes sense/best represents alienation as a brand? This is another question I will be focusing on as I move forward, so that I can bring the various elements I’ve worked on so far together in a cohesive manner.

The old sketch from early this semester

The refined version, which I will be screen-printing and bringing in for next class

Poster version 1

Poster color variant

A Darker Side To Emotions

This is a short series of darker emotions with more experiments in typographic visuals, and digital filming. I feel this is more related to my thesis due to finding more ways to experiment in film, and I will be creating much more that deals with other forms of varied visual content. I plan on making more short series involving other spectrums of emotions to explore the concept of emotions fully. All video titles and definitions are based off of ideas of Spinoza.

Cruelty: "is the desire to whereby a man is impelled to injure one who we love or pity

Pain: "is the transition of a man from a greater to a less perfection"

Love (a darker side): "is pleasure, accompanied by the idea of an external cause."

3D angles

Messing with one of the structures, I have it changing every ten degrees starting with the x axis then the y axis and finally both. The idea for this spawns from our conversations of this being animated or becoming a book of the structure moving around showing multiple angles.