Sunday, May 8, 2011

Speech in Motion

Since my last post I have completed two more drafts of my speech. The videos can be been at the links below

Draft 2

Draft 3

Monday, May 2, 2011

Speech Project

The speech project is well under way. Most of the focus up to this point has been the print part of the project, but the motion aspect has begun. It is still very rough and not all of the speech is presented yet... but its a start (video can be seen at this link)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Journal #11

Design Matters talk with Jennifer Morla

Debbie Millman is a partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, one of the leading brand identity firms in the country. Millman is president of AIGA, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. She is a contributing editor to Print magazine and host of the podcast “Design Matters.” She is the author of How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer (Allworth Press, 2007), The Essential Principles of Graphic Design (Rotovision, 2008) and Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design (How Books, 2009).

Design Matters is a show where different designers are interviewed about their views on different things and their experiences.

The talk i chose:

Artist and designer Jennifer Morla is President and Creative Director of Morla Design in San Francisco and is the 2010 recipient of graphic design’s most honored award, the AIGA Medal. Her work is part of the permanent collections of MoMA, SFMoMA, the Smithsonian Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Library of Congress.

Jennifer Morla's clients have included Apple, The New York Times and Levis. In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Morla talks about why she set up shop in San Francisco instead of in her home town of New York, her collaboration with Andy Warhol, and the qualities of effective design.

This talk was fun to listen to because it was interesting to listen to her experiences. Also because I am familiar with a lot of the things she worked on. For example some of the shows that were on PBS when she worked there.

Journal #10

Good. Is.
While viewing this website I feel as if their main goal is to educate on different subjects in a more fun way.

This is an example of the infographics they have posted. Along with infographics they have things like videos, slideshows, and projects. Its pretty cool and interesting stuff. Below is a link to an example of one of the videos on the site. Personally I love it! They have a good approach to some "hard to talk about" subjects including politics and sex.

Journal #9

Coming soon! (as soon as i can get the videos to play...)

Journal #8

I read "Type Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry" and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface"
Both were very interesting. I found it entertaining that so many people used the typeface Futura. I guess my views on Futura are similar to those of Helvetica and therefore i don't use it. Ever. A couple fonts that are similar to Futura are Gotham, Rotis, or Trade Gothic. Gotham is probably the closest because the majority of the letters are very round. I prefer Gotham because the 'm' is less harsh.
In "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typeface" I would have to agree with the author. It is easy to pick your favorite typefaces and just stick to those and use them for everything. But when looking at all the other typefaces out there it is fun to explore your options. It is also very easy to use way too many typefaces at once. I try to stick with two maybe three for a project so it doesn't get too crazy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Speech Project. In Motion and Print

Eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy

Like it or not we live in times of danger and uncertainty. That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us. My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: 'Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.'

Who is speaking?

Senator Edward Kennedy

Why was this speech important to society?

A Presidential candidate was assassinated. It also was the second assassination in the Kennedy family.

Why do you feel this is important or interesting?

I feel it is important because this family went through so much suffering. Both of Edward’s brothers were assassinated, and he lost his father during World War II. I find it interesting because there is so much emotion behind the words being said.

What is the emotion, mood, tone, personality, feeling of the speech?

It is a very emotional speech, very sad. There is personality because you can hear how upset Edward is while speaking which makes it very powerful.

What is intonation, emphasis, what is loud, stressed, or soft. Where are there pauses?

While talking about the things Robert worked on achieving there is evident stress on certain words. Ex. Wrong and Right, War and Stop, suffering and heal.

What do you FEEL should be loud or soft, long pause or rushed?

When there is high emotion I feel those words should stand out more. There are already pauses throughout the speech that are very important to the feeling of the speech.

Is there a call to action? When listening to it what are key/emphasized words?

Not so much a call to action speech, but makes the listener/reader want to carry on Roberts views on things.

How do you imagine that the audience felt?

I can imagine that the audience was very emotional. A Senator/ Presidential Candidate was assassinated, and it wasn’t even the first in the family. There was probably a lot of mourning for the Kennedy family.

Could there be another interpretation of the speech?

While listening it is very clear that it is a Eulogy speech. I don’t feel like there could be a misinterpretation of this speech.

Short Bio of the person giving the speech:

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. Serving almost 47 years, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., killed in action in World War II; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.