Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NYT Responses: The Thrilling Conclusion!

6. "Arakawa, Whose Art Tried to Halt Aging, Dies at 73" I created a maze to keep the mind sharp, one of the methods Arakawa advocated to slow the aging process. I used foam, which was really tough to cut evenly, so I apologize for the rough edges.

7. "Bids Total $11 Billion for Wireless Spectrum in India" I created a graphic...thing based on the folded instruction page/booklet you often receive with a new cell phone. It actually reminds me a lot of my bestie Nicole Rincon's work... only not as good. :D

8. "Scientists Fault Lack of Studies Over Gulf Oil Spill"

My plan was to spraypaint "THIS IS BULLSHIT" on a bed sheet and toss it over the sign at the BP by my house. However, my lofty goals to make tonight's deadline were thwarted by the rain.

9. "Winter Leaves Mongolians a Harvest of Carcasses" This was a really gripping article. Originally I had this idea to take some yarn and freeze one ratted-out end in an ice cube and do an editorial spread. But then I couldn't get the ice to freeze clear. So two days of that. Then I thought I might able to use unflavored gelatin, but I just couldn't get around to trying it. And by then my spirit was broken.

So I came up with this alternative. I plan to keep working on it... unless I can figure out the ice situation.

10. "Memorial Page" I'm in the process of constructing a booklet that contains some methods of memorializing lost loved ones. This is my first draft.

Favorite NYT Response So Far

5. "Authorities Say Passenger Voices Were Recorded in Cockpit of Doomed Polish Plane" I created this video using the only recording of my uncle's voice I've found since he passed away this past October.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NYT Responses: Halfway There...

A few responses to NYT articles.

1. "In Ambush, a Glimpse of a Long Afghan Summer" While reading this article, I started thinking about what other men of military age might be reading, if not in combat. I picked up a copy of Men's Health and incorporated some quotes from the NYT article into the more frivolous ads and articles.

2. "Spain: Fighting Bull Is Cloned" I usually love reading the world briefs section, because the articles leave so much to the imagination. The thought of cloning a fighting bull was just to provocative to pass up. I'm not sure how I'd like to use this image, but I like the way it looks.

3. "Zimbabwe: Officials Defend Sale of Animals to North Korea" Another fascinating world brief. Apparently Zimbabwe sold baby elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hyenas, and monkeys to North Korea, a country with an unfavorable record for animal rights. I wanted to convey how unusual/ridiculous/disappointing the idea of a country selling exotic animals was...

4. "When It Gets Ugly Next Door" I made a simple editorial spread to relate to the topic of this article, which involved marital conflicts in tight-knit apartment buildings. I used graphic fields and sharp lines to signify compartments and disorder. This needs more work.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

First Assignment Testing

So excited for this class!

I have a lot of thoughts about our first assignment, but the first thing I really dove into involved memorials. I've been interested in the obituary page for a few years now, specifically the memorial section. It's interesting to think about what remains after you pass away, how people remember you, construct you as a person, the person you'll become to people who have never met you, etc.

Here are a couple photos. I was just trying to test out an idea, but I think it's predictable and boring. I just had to get it out of my system, and now I can move on.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Portfolio Refinement

If I can carve out some time, I'm going to work a little more on my portfolio this weekend. I'd like to really get into the anthro theme. My initial layout was sufficient for a late-breaking interview, but I plan on taking the time to make my concept more awesome!

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, I'd like to express my continued appreciation for the design concept behind Interpol's Our Love to Admire. I just think that the taxidermy/predator-prey direction is completely absorbing.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

More Spreads

First Shot

Still have to apply my theme, but here are some product shot spreads... thanks to Maureen for the excellent photography!

Friday, May 7, 2010

El Tiempo Del Portfolio!

I've decided that I'm going to base the design of my portfolio on a field journal or an ethnography, possibly also with influences from vintage National Geographics... Though I'm not entirely convinced that this is an effective marketing technique, I'm really excited! More work to follow!