CIP: Collection– Binding changes

I was pretty stubborn about using a bureu, but after some researching, and soon after I had published the document to Issu, I noticed that it offered to get the printing done for a relatively good price. I was a bit worried about getting charged for a hefty some of money, but when it came to looking through the options, I was smitten with it.

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Their dispatchment details are relatively fast, and I may consider using them to get the book complete.

CIP: Content

The chosen content for the portfolio was highly important, and I came down to chosing a lot of images or Photographs, which I had already taken previously, and as I was being very specific with what I wanted to show, I had to make sure, that they would fit with their context.

I found that photographing some pieces of work was quite difficult to do; this was mainly due to lack of space, or lighting with in the rooms I was using. Even adjusting the camera settings didn’t aid me.

Although, when it came to deciding what to write with in the pages, I wanted to keep it brief, as the viewer of who could be reading the portfolio may get tired of reading copious amounts of text.

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The only long passages I used, were provided for the CCS Case study pages and the introduction to each module pages.

CIP: Kick starter: Accelerator presentation slides

Overall fro m the presentation, that I threw together, while it was a little tough trying to get it all prepared, but I felt quite comfortable by how I just needed to tweak the previous slides from the feedback presentation.
I should remember to consider making the information more brief, and simple next time.
Can be seen here: accelerator presentation

I honestly think, that overall, we could’ve presented the cards a lot better. I know for a fact, that I really want to return to the illustrations I contributed and edit them, so they’re presentable.

A:R// TFS– Animation final

I wouldn’t quite say it’s a final, but it’s a developed outcome, that’s still being developed. Not sure how to word that, but it’s something that I’m still working on and would want to edit further.

My influence for this idea, was how I really enjoyed creating the monoprints for my idea generating that I did, by taking several quotes and then just stringing them together.

video animation test from Smgs707 on Vimeo.

The sound used is the dialogue from the intro to the child version of your character, and his intentions. I felt that the music, the narration and introduction overall was a very direct, focused and brief. It allows the viewer to be pulled in straight away, without having to go in to too much detail, and thus, I found it to be quite a nice introduction to the main character, by setting the scene; introducing the character and then their intentions.
The monoprints I selected, were ones that stood out to me and I felt that they were strong so far, in how they visually show what the narrator is talking about.

To continue this further, I may start to think about how I may want to pull up on specific aspects described, such as the ‘powerful wizard’, maybe I could try thinking about how this could be animated further.

CIP: Collection: Changes to type and layout

A few details I forgot to mention in my previous blog post, a in relation to the final book, which you can find on Issu.

My font style was changed to a more simplistic and clear text, to create formality with in the portfolio. I personally think this change helped, as I was checking back on the class feedback and what stood out most in the suggestions was the contents font and layout.

I’ve set the main body text to MS Reference Sans Serif, size 9pt.
As it was suggested that if I were to create an A5 sized document, the text can’t be any bigger than 11, unless it’s headings or subtitles.

My quote headings or smaller headings were Orator Std, at size 13pt. I was pretty fond with how the type was in capitals and the font overall is quite sharp.

Headings:

Layout
I had to make A LOT of changes to the layout that I finished off with, I kept going back and forth from one idea to the next, but what helped me make a decision in the end was, that I needed to focus on readability of the contents and how it’s presented.

For some ideas, I went to Issu and took a look at a couple of the portfolios that other people had posted. I found that the majority of them had a running colour scheme which tied in with the cover, but the navigational system with in the content was clear and I knew exactly what page I was on; what I was looking at and so on.

So, I decided that instead of having subheadings in the content that’s presenting the work, I decided that by having a little title heading at the top corner of the page, may of been a more discrete approach.

Print and bind decisions
Hell, I don’t even know where to start.
I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to publish it to blurb or some other bureau to do it for me. I was a little stubborn with that decision, but I had to consider cost, when it was going to arrive in England and the fact that the bind options were so restricting.

I wanted to also try out a stitch bind for my book to fit with the simplicity of the content, but also I like how I could have the option of creating patterns with the thread, if I wanted to.

I also started to think, that perhaps, I could of bound the book by using a crossed stitch bind? but, to manage with how things have proceeded so far, and how you’ll need to layout the front and back cover in to a template first is quite time consuming.

A;R// TFS– Development and ideas/plans

Another thing I forgot to mention, but I’m having a strong inkling that I may have to return to this project again very soon, just to tweak it here and there.
My 3 chosen texts I decided to focus on were:
“Five gold coins and you could have your answer.” – I felt that this piece defines itself in it’s own way; the five gold coins were a strong focal point and as mentioned before, I started to think about how this statement could be interpreted. If you get 5 gold coins, you would obtain them through bad deeds or doing good deeds, which allows you and opens up a whole new path to decide upon.

I also start to question, What if this was a whole underline theme of the game?
How will the hero/player handle this task? what option will they chose?
how will they collect those?

Also, it’s also quite symbolic in a way, but when I decided to listen to the character Theresa say the line again, while closing my eyes, all I could zone in on, was the 5 coins lying there, shinning in a pool of nothing, but darkness.

On my second listen of the audio, I could start to make out her face with in my head, and of course, that did take a while because all I could see was Zoe Wanamaker in her ‘mother’ character when she starred in My Family. It was really quite an inappropriate timing, however, I tried a third time and I could see her as her again, but holding out the coins as an option.
Almost pulling you in to see whether you will take up the suggestion or not.

In consideration of the audience the posters are aimed for, I had to think about how clear and simple I had to take this approach. If I were to take this project forward metaphorically, I doubt it would be clear enough to them what was going on, or what the poster was quoting. Although, from a clear standpoint, I had to think back to when I played the game for the first time; while that was a long time ago, but I felt drawn in and I wanted to know what would happen, if I did as she suggested.

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Quote 2, “The boy watched as the life that he had, was crushed to ashes.”
Previously, I did connect this piece of text to what Reaver had described in the second game with in his diary. He starts to talk about a man who had a mask drop from his face, as he faced Oakvale in flames as all he knew was lost.
I decided that the theme for this, was more of a reason for the Hero/Player.
The reason as to why you would become a hero, is to avenge those lost or had been killed. I felt quite positive about this, and as I progressed with my collages to do with what Reaver had stated, I thought that these would be strongly depicted, if I were to collage that one image with another to see if it would.

While I wanted this image to be quite bold, I did decide that it would be pretty good to keep the pallet to a limited theme in colours, to help connect them together.

And once again, if I were to think back on my audience, I could consider having the words “The reason” on the poster alongside with the quote, to help make the visual clear and direct as can be.

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The final quote is the theme to be for the ‘Start’ to everything, ‘A will to change the world”. It kind of also fits alongside the reasoning theme, but I found that this was more of a beginning to the hero’s journey and that he now had a beginning to his/her own story.

This was a quote from the beginning segment of Fable 2.

As I started to think about this in a more broad sense, I found that the fist can symbol many things– strength, power… will, anger, frustration, but putting emotions aside, the first could also be thrown up in to the air, if you were to be in charge of a huge army to then shout ‘Charge forward’ or to move.
It also could represent leadership and this is certainly something that you obtain by becoming a hero, to protect the people.