Friday, December 6, 2013

[Packaging Project] Final Wool and Crossed Bones Box

This is my process book of the experience of making this box. I want to re-design the book over break, I could make it way better, just ran into some time restraints.

Here are some images that show the box in its whole glory!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

[Typeface Progress] Taurus

First off; I can't download my typeface. I have emailed fontstruct, and in the meantime I live traced the preview and am using those pieces in my composition. And yes I know I'm missing punctuation currently.

I started with the one on the top, and decided it wasn't really working for me  (it just needs more attention to composition but I wanted to try something else while I still had the time).

With the second one I decided to go more towards a free spirited feeling rather than the strong and independent. 

Still needs some work, but I think getting feedback in class to what direction I should pursue would be very helpful. I feel sort-of lost at the moment.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

[type3] Typeface Creation Inspiration

So I think I want to make either a geometric sans, or slab serif.

I've been thinking I would like to design a typeface based off a Taurus personality so I have chosen the assets strength, reliability, independent, and decorative.

Here is a link to my dropmark inspiration board.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[HCD] Reading Response and Process

So I watched the video, and while I think that they make some good points about making our world a better place, I felt as if the video was too "hokey." I also felt for some reason I felt like it wasn't very reputable, I think seeing pictures rather than seeing stick people would have spoken much stronger to see how real people are making real changes rather than this hypothetical and fantasized animation.

I do think it is important to consider the environmental impact of what we are making and packaging. But I think that the video gets caught up in the idea of "more" but doesn't address quality. I think that we can make quality products that are environmentally friendly, and that is where the designer's role comes in.

So here is the progress I've made with my package, experimenting with the pattern and finally getting to a material study.

Friday, November 8, 2013

[Packaging] Mock-Ups, Progress

I know it's not much at the moment, but I've been trying to really get my physical form down before working on the aesthetics, and my new paper came in today so I'll be making a new box with that.

I've also been working on my logo, I think I'll be adding a little more texture and draw some bone ends onto the knitting needles.

Monday, November 4, 2013

[Union Station] Updated Augmented Reality

So this is the updated motion, but it ended up rendering quite a bit faster than my ram preview so I'm going to work on the timing some more, and I think Nick and I might discuss some more design issues with the years.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

[Questionnaire] Packaging Assessment

Are you familiar with any background information on the product?

Yes, I am knitter and know several people in the knitting community. My mother personally knows three people that own boutique style yarn stores.

What's the objective assignment? (For example, the objective might be to re-introduce the product targeting a younger age group.) 

To have a multi-use box that a boutique yarn store can package sold yarn and buyers can use as a yarn distributor while knitting.

Who is the target audience? 

Knitters, which is mostly middle aged women and some younger women

What is the product description? 

Creating a series of boxes with the intention of multi-use. When yarn is purchased at a boutique knitting shop their yarn will be placed in one of these boxes after being wound for the customer to take home and use the box as a yarn distributor while knitting their project.

Does it have any components?

3 different sized boxes, hole in the top to distribute the yarn, die cuts so you can see the yarn inside, and a slot to hold the yarn label.

What are the benefits of the product?

Multi-use purposes, re-useable rather than a disposable bag

Is there support for these claims?


What elements (barcode, price tag, etc.) must appear on the package?

The brand of the yarn store, die cuts for usability, and baby some sort of design for aesthetics

Has the material already been selected, or is it still open for suggestion?

I'm thinking a type of chipboard, but I'm open to anything

What is the project budget? (This may limit your options for materials and design.)

N/A (but I am wanting this to seem lowish budget to it seems possible that a yarn store would actually make these)

Are there any other creative considerations (corporate colors, personal likes/dislikes, available resources such as copy, photos and/or illustrations)?

I'm still thinking about aesthetics, maybe a small fun illustration

What are the distribution considerations? (Is the product going to be shipped in dozens, 1/2 dozens, etc.) 
Given out depending how much merchandise a customer perchases in the store

What is the retail environment? (Is the product going to be displayed on peg board, shelves, point-of-purchase displays, etc.? Will it be available to the mass market or sold in a boutique shop, specialty store, etc.?) 

Botique style knitting store

What is the USP (unique selling point)?

N/A this box is not "selling" the product

Monday, October 21, 2013

Digital Wireframes

Koenig Spreads

So I went a little bit of a different direction for Koenig, I'm still sticking with the modernity of his work ended up moving more towards a layer and building way of designing thinking how he has pieced together his homes with industrial materials.

Monday, October 14, 2013

[Process Post] Koenig Spreads

For the beginnings of my book I have been thinking I want my book to reflect Koenig's style and feel of the architecture. The keywords I have pulled out are modernity, horizontality, openness, and simplicity.

I started by picking Rockwell for my body typeface. While it generally isn't used as for body copy, with some extra leading I thought it had a nice presence to it, bold and geometric like Koenig's work. I decided to go with line breaks rather than indents to also mimic the geometric modular qualities of Koenig's style. I then choose Azkidense Grotesque from my display for contrast, but still geometric.

My grid is a 4 column by 16pt.

more to follow very soon

Friday, October 11, 2013

Folly Animation

Here she is. It could be better, and I think I'll try and go back and fix it for junior review.
Folly Animation: Tierney Sutton Band from Monica Roesner on Vimeo.

And the billboard...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[Union Station–Kansas City] Research Stage

For initial reserach about Union Station Nick and I looked into its history briefly.

Construction began in 1911 on higher ground because of flooding problems of the older station.
In 1914 it opened to the Public.
In 1933 there was a shoot out and massacre in front of the station.
In 1983 the Station closed for except for Amtrak and a reseraunt, which both close in a few years
In 1996 a bill is passed to restore the Station
In 1999 the Station re-opens after renovations
In 2002 Amtrak services return

For our research about the greater Kansas City area in the 2000's Nick and I found a decent list of things.

KC Fashion Week 2013
Bloch Building at the Nelson Atkins 2007
Kaufmann Performing Arts Center 2011
Google Fiber 2011
Obama (Folly Theater) 2010
Sprint Center 2007
Power & Light 2005-2008
KC Ballet New Location 2011
Roller Derby league created 2004
Mavericks Hockey Team created 2009
Max Bus system 2005/2010

Monday, October 7, 2013

[Final Animations] Starlight, and A Carafe that is Blind Glass by Gertrude Stein

Starlight from Monica Roesner on Vimeo.
A Carafe that is a Blind Glass from Monica Roesner on Vimeo.

Here they are! Overall I think they are successful because they convey the concept, but I think they could still use some refinement.

For Starlight I had the happy accident of messing with filters in iMovie and I think that worked out to my advantage. When the piece was in black type it felt heavy and dingy, but with the change to white type it gave it more life and a more "mystical" feeling. I purposefully wanted it to be jumpy because of my concept of fragmentation, but I think it probably could slow down in a few spots.

For a Carafe that is a Blind Glass,  I think I might have gotten caught up in the technical side, and can show a little bit of digital residue but for the most part I feel like this was also a successful animation. I hope I found a a good balance of legibility and fragmentation.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

[Final Book] Codices of White Noise by Gertrude Stein

This series of codices is an anthology of Gertrude Stein’s poetry from Tender Buttons. It has been designed to visually portray how Stein experimented with the linear form of language.

The main concept behind the design is about fragmentation, so this anthology has been fragmented into four codices that progress in visual complexity. The portfolio cover that holds the codices together has been designed to represent “the whole.” This is represented by the circle, square, and triangle shapes because of their inherent simplicity.

Also in the spirit of Gertrude Stein’s involvement with artists this cover was designed in collaboration with Illustrator Jake Joslyn.

[Type 3] Self Assessment

I think I am doing well in Type 3. I personally really loved diving into Gertrude Stein, I thought it was great subject matter for interpretation for this project, and I think that showed in my end product for this assignment. I thought that my book was strong conceptually and visually. I felt like I had good growth in the project, considering I started on the typewriter and ended up somewhere totally different, but for good reasons of connotation and my concepts.

My weaknesses have been process blog posts and craft. For the blog posting I felt as if I didn't really have much to show for the in-between process because most of the work I was doing was small refinements and finishing up locking up my type, but I don't know if that is much of an excuse.

For craft I think my biggest problem was time limitations, I had so much work to do I wasn't really able to do a test run. If I have the chance/resources I may remake the 4 accordian books with more care. It particularly irks me that they don't sit flat... P.S. I know I forgot to put my vimeo link in my book, I can print a new colophon with it on there if you want.

Overall I think that I am (mostly) on track in this class and I am excited to keep moving forward with Koenig!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Response for AIGA 2015 Readings

Designer of 2015 Competencies

First of all, I thought it was nice that this reading was mostly just a list, it made it much easier to get through rather than paragraph form. Especially since some of it is a bit dense.

More importantly though, I was surprised that number 11 (Ability to collaborate productively in large interdisciplinary teams) was not higher on the list. From all the lectures I have attended plus what we have been learning about in class it seems that collaboration is a huge part of design, especially with others that are not designers.

I guess with that being lower on the list it shows that concepts and content will always be the root, and most important part of designing, and that a designer must truly know their end goal for communication and to execute this with visuals.

Designer of 2015 Trends 

What really caught my eye in this article was how the understanding and treatment of audiences is continually changing now. Before reaching one broad audience was the goal, but now with the ever expanding media it makes it possible for designers to know more about smaller specific audiences and design based on this narrowed perspective. 
I also think it is great that they are calling designers to be leaders in sustainability. I think designers wield more power than we realize sometimes, and that we can use our skills of persuasion to do something good for the entire world.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Folly Final, Pamphlet, and a video of a bird flying cycle

So my concept for my video will be the microphone will open up and the bird will fly out, and land on the band name.

Flying Bird from Andrew Roper on Vimeo.
Paper Dreams from Kenneth Onulak on Vimeo.