almost embarrassed to write up this post and put it out there. But I’m trying to practice working in the open even if that work is a total failure. Process counts, right? Right.
Like most DS106zoners, I watched “Eye of the Beholder” a few weeks ago.
I was intrigued by several things in the episode: the carefully choreographed scenes that hid the faces of the hospital staff until the very end, the fast-paced chase scene through the hospital hallways.
It was the chase scene that inspired this failed create. The Leader on the TV added to the frenetic pace of this scene. I found myself going back to listen to what he was emoting. And then there was the vision.
Yes. That would be amazing.
Only it wasn’t.
I attempted to use Illustrator, which was TOTALLY foreign to me. I think I could’ve dialed it back on the different fonts too. I only used two fonts, but the italics and bold and such is overkill. I’m seeing this now… a week or so after I worked on it. I may have been better off not using a new-to-me piece of software. There’s also the fact–and I think this is the most important piece–that I need to brush up on my design skills.
I was about to write that I don’t think of myself as a visual person, but that’s ridiculous. To say that I’m not observant is more accurate. It’s probably why I’m ok living in a house full of Frankenstein furniture (pieces given to me, found, or leftover from college) and toddler toys.
Only occasionally do I wish I lived in some Crate & Barrel fantasy.
Design–both the ability to do it and observe it–is something I want to work on this summer. I think I’m going to give myself a challenge. I’m going to try to design a really nice typography poster by the summer’s end.
The trick is remembering this challenge.