Final Logo

For my class, My Story on the Web, we have been tasked with creating a logo with Illustrator to represent the theme of our blogs. For the logo, I knew I wanted something extremely simple and easily read. I also wanted to use something that represented people in a way that everyone could identify with. I ended up deciding on the hand with a question mark painted on the palm, as a sort of symbol for human diversity; the question mark representing individuality. To make the design happen, I started off by making an incredibly crude, cartoonish, hand out of ovals with the ellipse tool. From there I began adding points with the pen tool, and manipulating their curvatures with the direct selection tool, essentially molding the hand from the ovals as if they were clay. After achieving the desired silhouette of a hand, I used the pen tool to draw lines across the fingers and palms to look like the creases on a human hand. I then altered the stroke of the lines to look ragged and more like actual human wrinkles. Next I decided to add in the name of the blog beneath the palm after I had seen a few other bloggers do similar things with their own logos. I used the curvature to tool to draw out a rough semi-circle beneath the hand and used the type tool to add the name of the blog along the path. I also used the type tool to do the question mark on the hand. In the end I have decided to keep my hand almost the exact same way I created it from the first draft logo post. To be honest, my original idea was substantially different, and the current hand I have pictured took quite a bit of time. I have decided to keep the question mark as it was, because it seemed to fit better than what I could’ve drawn myself. I was thinking about adding a gradient but decided against it. The only real change I made was the addition of the stars. I did this mostly for flare, but also out of some corny, yet sentimental idea I remember from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse: the idea that some people resemble leaves in the way the wind and nature pushes them about, while others resemble stars that move along their own path, unaffected by earthly matters. In some way I think such an idea perfectly embodies what it means to be walking out of step with society.

Draft Logo

            For my class, My Story on the Web, we have been tasked with creating a logo with Illustrator to represent the theme of our blogs. For the logo, I knew I wanted something extremely simple and easily read. I also wanted to use something that represented people in a way that everyone could identify with. I ended up deciding on the hand with a question mark painted on the palm, as a sort of symbol for human diversity; the question mark representing individuality. To make the design happen, I started off by making an incredibly crude, cartoonish, hand out of ovals with the ellipse tool. From there I began adding points with the pen tool, and manipulating their curvatures with the direct selection tool, essentially molding the hand out of the ovals as if they were clay. After achieving the desired silhouette of a hand, I used the pen tool to draw lines across the fingers and palms to look like the creases on a human hand. I then altered the stroke of the lines to look ragged and more like actual human wrinkles. Next I decided to add in the name of the blog beneath the palm after I had seen a few other bloggers do similar things with their own logos. I used the curvature to tool to draw out a rough semi-circle beneath the hand and used the type tool to add the name of the blog along the path. I also used the type tool to do the question mark on the hand, however I am considering changing that. I am also considering adding some sort of gradient behind the hand, but I do not want to oversaturate the image and end up with something unrecognizable. I really like how the hand has turned out so far, because it reminds me of a cave painting, or of some fortune-teller’s banner, all things that seem to fit the otherworldly nature of the Out Of Step blog. I would like to refine a few things, but I think all-in-all I will keep this basic design.

Draft Logo

Very quick sketch of my idea for the logo I must create using illustrator for a class assignment. The idea is that, everyone is human when it comes down to the baseline fact. However, there will always be something setting everyone apart as individuals; ergo, the question mark in the hand, symbolic of the fact that individuality makes people more dynamic than just being a part of a pack.

Final Collage for Class Assignment

     For a class I am taking called My Story on the Web, I have been tasked with making a graphic collage in Photoshop that is as creative as it is relevant to the topic of this blog. When I first started thinking about this, I found myself a little lost. I wanted to accurately portray my ideas of what this blog should be about without accidentally excluding anyone that may feel they also fit the ideal. I also didn’t want to make the mistake of too narrowly defining such a broad topic. To get some inspiration I did a quick “graphic collage” Google search, and was very attracted to examples like this website’s content, that incorporated pictures of multiple people important or relevant to the topic of the collage. I wanted to somehow incorporate that same weaving of human form that most of the artists in Jenny Carless’ library of graphic collages seemed to capture. I also decided to go with something more simple, like this Alfred Hitchcock collage from giftsource.info. The collage is bold, and easily read; I also enjoy it for its use of angles and a certain linear quality that makes it even more digestible.

            With a vague idea in mind, moved on to finding photos of my own that could properly convey the message of this blog, that being: “Any and all things extraordinary, unconventional, or just plain weird.”— a topic even more vague than my idea of the blogs composition. Starting on Creative Commons I found a few photos that I loved, and eventually decided to remix for my project. The first I decided to use was the photo in the top left corner of the collage, which I found on Creative Commons, sourced from behance.net. The photo is of a heavily tattooed man, flexing his back to the camera and effectively showing the way his body and the artwork compliment each other. I chose this photo because for me, turning your body into a canvas has always been both an incredible means of expression for people, as well as a taboo desecration of the “temple” I was taught to perceive my body as. Body modification like this was one of the earliest things I can remember registering as an unconventional way of living life. Not everyone was doing it, but I always took note of the happiness it seemed to bring those that partook. The next few photos I chose were of the sword swallower, found on C.C. and sourced from flickr.com, as well as the aerial acrobat and her silks, also taken from flickr.com, and the contortionist balancing himself. I chose these as I recalled going to a circus as a child. The occasion has always stuck with me as one of the first times I truly realized the depth of what humankind could accomplish. To this day I look to acrobats and contortionists, etc. with utmost respect. There are almost no greater representations of the extremes human beings can take themselves to, both physically and mentally. Finally, I chose the two statues I took photos of while in New York, one being “Looking Toward the Avenue” by Jim Dine, and the other being “Retrospective Bust of a Woman”, by Salvador Dali. I chose these, because it is my belief that artists are some of the earliest examples of those that went against the grain, or “out of step”. For nearly our entire existence, humans have expressed themselves through sculpture and painting, and I think that both mediums are still crucial to any discussion of human expression or counter-culture; as well as perfect representations of how humans set themselves apart as individuals. The effect of the clouds, although cliché, are there to represent the mentality of “sky is the limit” that I’ve always romanticized in my head.

            Slight revisions lead to me lightening and cropping a bit of the clouds that overlap the entirety of the image, because I wanted the individual smaller images to pop a little bit more. I thought that maybe I got a little over-zealous and didn’t want to actually delete any images from the collage, therefore leading to the small, but noticeable changes I did make. I also tried to saturate the acrobat in the middle a little more to have her stand out as the focal point. I believe every photo I chose is a great representation of what it means to be “out of step”, and there are still many more things I hope to include and represent over the life of this blog!

Citation of images used, from top left going clockwise:

First Image: https://www.behance.net/gallery/1623891/INK-ME-Tattoo-Portraits

Second Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69553598@N00/249603169

Third Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/10354154@N05/5978778629

Center Image: https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/7fcf45d1-2920-481a-8ff6-77afbc0b8303

Fourth Image(s): The combined photos I took of Salvador Dali’s “Retrospective Bust of a Woman”, and Jim Dine’s “Looking Toward the Avenue”.

Out of Step: The Graphic Collage

Sources cited in the body of the post.

For a class I am taking called My Story on the Web, I have been tasked with making a graphic collage in Photoshop that is as creative as it is relevant to the topic of this blog. When I first started thinking about this, I found myself a little lost. I wanted to accurately portray my ideas of what this blog should be about without accidentally excluding anyone that may feel they also fit the ideal. I also didn’t want to make the mistake of too narrowly defining such a broad topic. To get some inspiration I did a quick “graphic collage” Google search, and was very attracted to examples like this website’s content, that incorporated pictures of multiple people important or relevant to the topic of the collage. I wanted to somehow incorporate that same weaving of human form that most of the artists in Jenny Carless’ library of graphic collages seemed to capture. I also decided to go with something more simple, like this Alfred Hitchcock collage from giftsource.info. The collage is bold, and easily read; I also enjoy it for its use of angles and a certain linear quality that makes it even more digestible.

            With a vague idea in mind, moved on to finding photos of my own that could properly convey the message of this blog, that being: “Any and all things extraordinary, unconventional, or just plain weird.”— a topic even more vague than my idea of the blogs composition. Starting on Creative Commons I found a few photos that I loved, and eventually decided to remix for my project. The first I decided to use was the photo in the top right corner of the collage, which I found on Creative Commons, sourced from behance.net. The photo is of a heavily tattooed man, flexing his back to the camera and effectively showing the way his body and the artwork compliment each other. I chose this photo because for me, turning your body into a canvas has always been both an incredible means of expression for people, as well as a taboo desecration of the “temple” I was taught to perceive my body as. Body modification like this was one of the earliest things I can remember registering as an unconventional way of living life. Not everyone was doing it, but I always took note of the happiness it seemed to bring those that partook. The next two photos I chose were of the sword swallower, found on C.C. and sourced from flickr.com, as well as the aerial acrobat and her silks, also taken from flickr.com. I chose these as I recalled going to a circus as a child. The occasion has always stuck with me as one of the first times I truly realized the depth of what humankind could accomplish. To this day I look to acrobats and contortionists, etc. with utmost respect. There are almost no greater representations of the extremes human beings can take themselves to, both physically and mentally. Finally, I chose the two statues I took photos of while in New York, one being “Looking Toward the Avenue” by Jim Dine, and the other being “Retrospective Bust of a Woman”, by Salvador Dali. I chose these, because it is my belief that artists are some of the earliest examples of those that went against the grain, or “out of step”. For nearly our entire existence, humans have expressed themselves through sculpture and painting, and I think that both mediums are still crucial to any discussion of human expression or counter-culture; as well as perfect representations of how humans set themselves apart as individuals. The effect of the clouds, although cliché, are there to represent the mentality of “sky is the limit” that I’ve always romanticized in my head.

            I believe every photo I chose is a great representation of what it means to be “out of step”, and there are still many more things I hope to include and represent over the life of this blog!