A several months ago i had taken a graphic design class at the SFSU downtown campus which really helped a lot. I was able to understand why i made the choices i made and be able to talk and prove to people why the design worked.
The first assignment we had was a poster design. The instructor asked us to think about our favorite film, yeah i know, its hard to choose a favorite film. I eventually settled on Yojimbo (1961) an Akira Kuroswa black and white film. In the following week he asked us to make a poster using only one font and one size(see Figure 1). He also asked us to think of the theme of the film and incoporate in the design. It was difficult challenge to design with a limited resources but managed to design to the films theme. A wandering samurai arrives at a chaotic village and is responsible for its bloody demise.
The third assignment for the class was to change the font size, add shapes, and color(see Figure 2). The design started to tell a story of the two opposing gangs in the village. The use of red for the baldly drawn squares was to symbolize the chaotic blood bath that ensued after Yojimbo's arrival. The slash between the two squares with the name of the film Yojimbo was to show that Yojimbo stood between the two gangs with no alliance to any of them.
The forth assignment was to add imagery to the design(see Figure 3, bottom left). The imagery i choose was a Japanese crest to show the consumer that they are not watching a hollywooed blockbuster but a Japanese film.
Assignment four being the end of the poster design the instructor asked us to choose once again a medium other than a poster that our design would work on, i choose apparel(see Figure 3, bottom right). After the foundations for the poster design are set then its transfer to other mediums is not to difficult.
I have finally returned to the university temporally to finish my degree in Design and Industry at San Francisco State University.
Great news today. I can finally rock to legends of rock on the Wii. I was skeptical that i would ever come back from its dark journey to Activision but as the long day came to an end, Guitar Hero III for the Wii stood in the dark hole of my mailbox, offering its friendship once again with its restored Dolby digital surround sound.
I'm happy Guitar Hero III is back in my Nintendo collection once again.
I few years ago i created The Idiot Motel productions as a publishing company for upcoming artists of all genres. It was meant to be a community of artists and a way to publish their work but because its negative connotation, i had to pursue other possible names. I still refuse to let it walk into the night. I still keep this marketing postcard for a reminder that one of these days it will rise among all odds.
It was a good weekend at my moms house, lots of pictures, plenty of food, and relaxing for once. The one thing i love about photography even more than black and white shots from my 50mm SLR is night shots. On the road home i took out the Sony digital camera and clicked away sporadically out of the car window. Check some of the pictures at Flickr. I still prefer my SLR for night shots but a digital camera comes in hand every so often.