Ole & Graham-Drawing & TED: Stuff I watched/drew and what I think about it.

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It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK).

Stuff I watched:

Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012

Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull

Stuff I drew:

Ole

Ole

Graham

graham

Toast

toast

 

What I think about it:

I have self-doubt. Along with many other people (the majority), I doubt my ability to produce visual art. I “can’t draw” is the appropriate phrase for my previous belief (note extra emphasis on the quotations surrounding can’t draw). And yes, my recent viewings mentioned above have changed my self-perception to a degree: I understand that I am capable of drawing, but often don’t and the quality of my drawings suffers (when I do draw). I watched the two videos listed and “drew along” with the activities they contained

The content of the first video (Ole) presented a lot of valid points. Drawing is a form of expression and an excellent means of communication. It makes us more human as humans are a communal species. As humans are visual thinkers, being able to compose visual descriptions and capture our memories in order to exchange, create, and inspire action. It can certainly improve my notoriously bad short term memory. I can, in fact, draw many shapes, stars, speech/thought bubbles, and even people (needs some improvement).

Graham’s TED talk furthered these realizations. Drawing people is easier than I imagined. Doing it well, however, will take some time. As I drew both of these activities, I discovered that my self-awareness/consciousness was inversely proportional to the quality of my drawings.

Throughout my academic career, I defined myself as a person who communicates best through writing. Very limiting indeed. Why should I limit myself to one form of expression as opposed to striving for improvement in all areas? Rhetorical question (in case it wasn’t obvious). This type of skill will allow me to enhance my ability to show people what is inside my head.

In all my designs, I like simple. God (or lack thereof) is in a lack of excessive details. Two thoughts leap to mind. One, I shouldn’t design for myself under any circumstances. I like the look of my projects, but how do I account for the color and detail preferences of my intended audience? Two, my idea of simple isn’t necessarily someone else’s. Even though it’s a cliched and inadequate word, yes, it is relative.

My attempt to draw the process of making toast needs a little work, but I only made three attempts. I ask for a chicken salad sandwich next time,  but tell myself to hold everything but the bread. Will keep it up and enhance my ability to show people what is, in fact, on my mind.

 

C.A.R.P. Infographic

For the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about C.A.R.P. and how it applies to infographics. More specifically, I’ve been assigned to consider what it means and to find an infographic that serves as a good example.

What it means: C.A.R.P. is an acronym for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity. For an infographic to be effective, it must have a clear contrast and each element must stand out (color, font, however…). Each element must be aligned or connected as well. The design patter must be followed through repetition (or consistency) in order to maintain a cohesive theme. Lastly, connected or related components must have proximity to each other.

After considering each of these elements, I then sought out to find one on a topic of interest to me: information literacy. Luckily, my quest was not a long one even as I encountered several good examples and chose this one:

In this infographic, the contrast is arguably the most apparent characteristic. The text stand out clearly from the rest of the design and catches the eye. It is also apparent that the alignment sort of takes care of itself. After all, most readers will know the alphabet and see its connectedness. The repetition is vivid as each element is consistent with the previous and next. Lastly, the elements are in close proximity to one another so that it feels like a natural progression.

In the meantime, I am going to look for more good examples and attach them to this post or my ideation journal.