Design Blitz (Photo Safari)

 The five concepts that I focused on for my Design Blitz include Balance, Rhythm, Color, Dominance, and Typography, respectfully. The way that I represented balance can be seen in the top left image containing the back of a chair in my front yard. If the detailed wooden star were to be divided down the middle, the left and right halves would be symmetrical to each other, which indicates balance. I also noticed the parallel boards below and surrounding the star that represented symmetry when divided with the star above them, and I enjoyed how the wood had a slight green tinge to it. This added a whimsical and romantic element to the image. Although I could have chosen to focus on asymmetry, which is also an effective type of balance found in photography, I found this symmetrical image to be more visually satisfying for my audience. I also found myself asking if asymmetry and symmetry have a similar impact when viewing a photo. To me, this would not be the case because I personally enjoy things to be even and the same, no matter the circumstances. However, this may not be true for everyone, especially those who are most experienced artists or designers or individuals who have a less “type A” personality than me.

The second image I have included is based on the concept of rhythm. This refers to a repetitive pattern in an image or photo that typically evokes a certain emotion from the viewer of the work. When I saw this ornate bird feeder hanging in my yard, I was drawn to the butterflies that clearly denoted a pattern that repeated itself around the entire cylindrical shape of the object. Because butterflies typically represent beauty, peace, and growth, this rhythmic pattern across the cool-toned feeder made me feel calm and tranquil. This combination of  emotions was an indication to me that I had correctly identified rhythm within an image. I found myself asking why these particular colors brought certain emotions to the surface in the audience, and if this is universally true; the only answer that I could think of was that the sensations that are associated with scenes in which these colors are seen, such as the warmth of the sun as it is rising, surrounded by various shades of pink, orang, and red, or a treacherous ocean storm that evokes fear that includes dark blue and green shades, are eventually aligned and associated with the colors.

      The third image on the top right of this gallery focused on the concept of color. I chose to take a picture of these small yet intricate flowers because they perfectly represented to me the dichotomy between cool and warm-toned colors in a photograph. The baby pink color that can be seen on the budding pedals of the flowers represents a warm-toned color that typically evokes feelings of joy, contentment, or happiness. The darker green stems and leaves below the petals represent a cool-toned color that typically evokes feelings of sadness. Because the warm-toned color is the focal point of the picture due to its forward position, this photo emphasizes what we learned about in our readings in terms of how cool-toned objects being in the background to provide a sensation of softness and calmness; this is more effective in an image than cool-toned colors dominating the entire scene.

The fourth image included in this photo blitz highlights the concept of dominance. The cool-toned green ivy is the intended dominant focal point in this image. The warm-toned, mauve and light pink flowers to the right and directly behind the ivy are intended to be the periphery objects in this scene. I chose to focus on the ivy as the dominant element here because of how it was already overflowing past and growing beyond its stone-lined habitat; it was hanging over the side, almost as if it wanted to be featured in my image. I also chose to have the ivy not be centered, but instead be positioned at the bottom left of the image. I wanted there to be empty space between the flowers behind the ivy and by way of the stones to the right of the ivy which would be achieved best by having the ivy on the left of the picture. Because negative or empty space is typically very effective and necessary in a quality image, this was an important element for me to include to provide contrast to the dominant and periphery foci of the picture.

The fifth and final image that I included in this Design Blitz references the sign’s typography. As I took this picture, I found myself thinking about The Vignelli Canon and his opinion on typeface, or typography. He had a very specific list of fonts that he would use in his designs, roughly twelve, because the rest, in his experience, seemed to be over-commercialized or simply renewed versions of old fonts. I also considered the video from the television show 2020 that advised graphic designers to stay away from ‘Comic Sans’ font. The font used for this sign that says “Fall in Love with Yourself First” almost fell in the Comic Sans font family to me. However, I did buy this sign because I enjoyed the way the typeface and general design came together and the use of warm-toned colors. Therefore, I included this example of font to pose a question to both me and the viewer: Is this typography effective for the use of decoration that this sign is intended to be used for? To me, the answer is yes, due to the visual appeal that both the store from which I purchased this and myself found in the font and design when I decided to purchase it. 

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