Monday, March 30, 2009

Possible map titles

Kooky System
Kookiness throughout a system
Kooky relations
Relationships with a Kooky Lady
Kookiness related in a system
Kookiness could be anywhere
A little kookiness goes a long way

Sunday, March 29, 2009

april greiman: two directions

These are the two directions I am choosing to work with. The first one pictured has been worked on more than the second one.

Kooky Lady Final mind map

For my final digital mind map I am thinking about organizing the three main blocks of color like this.  The pink would represent culture, the blue economical, and the yellow would be health. The colors that the overlays make would represent the sub categories: History, Social, and when they all overlap, collecting. I like the idea of transparencies because I use this in my actual color icons. These colors were chosen from my original color icons. 

this shows where social, collecting, and economical overlap.

I made these lines to show where the subcategories are because I want them to represent the yarn from one of my icons. The colors of the lines will represent what category it came from and which two were being overlapped. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mind mapping in Class

This in my in class diagram. I had a lot of trouble deciding how to show my topics in a system because all of my topics have overlapping. This is finally what I came down to. It kind of neat that all of my topics can relate to each other in some way or another. I still need to do more research, as always:)







These are my final one, two, and three color icons. Revisions from last class include: adding a fourth color to my overall system. I chose a light yellow color to place in the background of some icons, and then use as an accent color in the other half of my icons. I feel the yellowish color pops more than the dull green I was using before. I feel my icons have come a long way form where they started. I would possibly like to add another if I were to redo this project. I think a couple pieces of wrapped candy would make another good icon for a kooky lady. It seems like they always have candy to pass out to kids. This is something I will probably try to do for final reviews. I feel my icons do give off a sense of kookiness that relates to my subject. It does this by having the bumpy line characteristics in black and white, then when color is added it can give all the connotations of a kooky lady's bad outfit, ugly wall color and odd decorations around the house. I am pleased with my icons.....for now:)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kooky Lady Research

Economical: Decorating your home with flea market finds is affordable and stylish.
Here are some tips for flea market finds. What to wear: Old clothes, bring a pair of gloves, limited jewelry. Keep your money on belt to keep cash safe. What to bring: Magnifying glass, flashlight, luch and snacks. How to haggle: Will you take X for this? Or simply ask “Is this your best price”?
Go for pretty: Plates, vases, linens, and silverwear are among the items seen at every flea market. Bring a piece of fabric that represents the colors in your house when you go flea marketing. That away you know the plate you like will not strike a discordant note when you bring it home.

Fairy Tales:
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe

There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children
she didn't know what to do;

She gave them some broth
without any bread;
She whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Old Mother hubbard:
Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To give the poor dog a bone:
When she came there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
Hansel and Gretel:
Suddenly the door opened, and a woman as old as the hills, who supported herself on crutches, came creeping out. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. The old woman, however, nodded her head, and said: "Oh, you dear children, who has brought you here Do come in, and stay with me. No harm shall happen to you." She took them both by the hand, and led them into her little house. Then good food was set before them, milk and pancakes, with sugar, apples, and nuts. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen, and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them, and thought they were in heaven. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind; she was in reality a wicked witch, who lay in wait for children, and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. When a child fell into her power, she killed it, cooked and ate it, and that was a feast day with her.

Health: According to Gini Barrett, director of the American Humane Association Western Regional Office (Tamaki, 1997), animal hoarders are well-known to animal care professionals. "Collectors exist in almost every community, large or small, rural or urban. They are in a state of denial that prevents them from seeing the filth or understanding their animals are sick, dying or dead. They need help," she said.
In addition to severe odors which may pose a nuisance to neighbors, animal waste poses serious health risks in both the spread of parasites and the presence of noxious ammonia levels. Though it has not been firmly linked to any specific psychological disorder, evidence suggests that there is “a strong mental health component” in animal hoarding. Models that have been projected to explain animal hoarding include dilusional disorders, attachment disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and various others, but more study is required before definitive explanations or diagnoses can be made.

News: Bernann McKinney says her beloved pit bull Booger saved her life when another dog attacked her, then learned to push her wheelchair while she recovered from a severe hand injury and nerve damage
He died in 2006, but now he's back - at least in clone form, after the birth last week of puppies replicated by a South Korean company.
"Yes, I know you! You know me too!" Hollywood resident McKinney cried joyfully Tuesday, hugging the puppy clones as they slept with one of their two surrogate mothers, both Korean mixed breed dogs, in a Seoul laboratory. "It's a miracle."
The five clones were created by Seoul-based RNL Bio in cooperation with a team of Seoul National University scientists who in 2005 created the world's first cloned dog, a male Afghan hound named Snuppy.

Monday, March 23, 2009

April Greiman poster trials

Here is the start of my poster with image and type. And also some exercises with grids and type layout. This project is really fun to me and I am enjoying it so far!

one, two, three

Here is my one, two, and three color icons. After crit today I have decided that my two and three color systems are too different from each other. I may try to incorporate a fourth color and alternate which ones I use it on. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

Random findings

These kooky little people I thought captured the feeling of my icon system. They are all a little off and away from the normal. They also remind me of Shel Silverstein illustrations which also makes me very happy:) 
This black image i thought captured the little bumps and quirks that are in my icon lines. 
This kooky cat reminded me of my cat icon. It is more of an illustration, but it captures sketchy lines just like mine.
This color pallet matches some of my colors that are incorporated in my icon colors. These are a little more retro than mine but they are dealing with overlapping colors.
This is a very kooky looking lady..enough said.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

color iterations

Color iterations for my icon set. I am dealing with two colors that over lap. The iterations are done with a 100% opacity background color and a 65% overlapping color. Where the two colors overlap it creates a third color. 

final color pallet

I decided to take all of my colors from my cover page of my Kooky Lady book. I decided to go with bright eye popping colors.
 List of connotations:
old (out dated)
floral print
old lady bathroom/kitchen
shag carpet

Friday, March 6, 2009


This project has been very challenging and rewarding at the same time. To create my type images I printed out the words and composed by hand a scene and took a photograph of the scene. I tried to relate the photo to the actual word to try to depict the feeling of the word. For example on Fog I took the photo out of focus to get a sort of foggy feeling. After I had my images the challenging part was to incorporate text and logo to where my set fit together cohesively. I wanted to incorporate a tag line that went with each billboard's word. For example with wind the tag line is " It will blow your mind." I went through many iterations with placement and transparencies and in the end came up with this. I think I have made many improvements from where I started in terms of hierarchy and placement. I do care about this project, and I am proud of what I have done. (Sorry if it didnt seem that way in crit Michael :) )
I know there is still room for improvement for final crit. and I plan to make those.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A start on my color swatches. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Color choices!

Some color choices for my icon color swatches. Click on image to read text!!

Finished Icons

Here is my completed set of icons. I have dealt with many problems along the way of getting my icons refined to work as a whole. I believe I have made progress in getting them refined to their digital state versus a sketch. I had to think hard about what characteristics were needed to still keep that kooky connotation without losing digital craft. I feel pretty pleased at where my icons are at now from where they started.