Saturday, June 24, 2006

So I basically used the advice Abby gave me and put that in my new sketches. I would have a picture of someone's face/ear on one side, and have the information of the certain spread and pictures of settings on the otherside. I switched the sides and the arrangement of text and pictures on the info pages like Abby said I should to keep things more interesting. After struggling with the In Design program I got the pictures and some text in the booklet. At this point I was still using cheap and inaffective techniqes in the program simply because I didn't know the program well enough. Abby again came to the rescue and showed me how to create a spread with master pages. This I knew how to work with. I put in more pictures and enough pages to house my info and pictures. I used one different color on each infor page. I blocked out the text to make it an easier read. Skia became my typeface, because it reads easy and it has a flare to it that reminds me of Japanese kanji.
Abby helped me with my design for my project. I had an idea of making a fold out, but then I realized how much of a hassle it would be to fold it out and fold it back together. It would be too much work and unpleasant. So I figured a booklet would work better. THis way it would more easily fit into a jewel case or CD jacket as well. So each spread will have a picture of a person and an information page. I wasn't sure how that layout would look, but I didn't think it would be that hard. At this time the poster ideas were being brought up. I didn't have anything at first, so I went on the idea of an informative poster that took you through the story of being in Japan rather than just shouting out a message.....but that's how posters get your attention. Attention span these days is not much. And unless it speaks loud when people see it, no one will take the time to read it. After realizing this I went for a more in your face idea combining anime/manga style with the experience of Americans in Japan through the TUJ Graphic Design course. Abby gave me a direction with my booklet on giving space for multiple pictures and text on the spreads. I had to now come up with a structure to present this info and the pictures.
It's been a while. I got really caught up in my project. I am happy that Abby cut down my project from my origional idea. I had a lot to do with just the little bit of content to create. That coupled with not much experience with this kind of course had me working a lot more than I thought I would have to. There ended up being a lot more to tweek, change, omit than I thought. I did a lot of field work and information gathering. Sorting through it was a most interesting experience. The only difference in the music of young Japanese people and young Americans is the AMOUNT of J-pop listened to. I surprisingly enough know several people who are Amerian and not Japanese that listen to J-rock and J-pop back in the states. The Beatles are big here. They are big around the world as is Micheal Jackson, but I didn't think that they would still bare its mark on the young adults of Japan. I have sorted out the songs, artists, and genres for my information.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Hmmm.....My expectations of Japan....

Well during my last visit I didn't like Tokyo. It was too crowded, too cramped, and seemingly there was nothing to do. Well....Tokyo I've learned is a much bigger place. Being in one area of Tokyo is like being in one city. I expected Tokyo to be kind of hmdrum and not exciting......well I was wrong....really really wrong. Though my heart still lies with Kyoto, Tokyo is a nice place. There is so much to do and so much to see, though much of it is repeated, that has its own positive side to it. At anytime you can pretty much get anything you want within a 10-15 walk. The architecture here is far out. everytime I go out to a different place or even common places in Tokyo, I discover some interesting designed building. The one thing that I expeced that was true, was that in Tokyo, no one really pays attention to you. Not in the city area anyway. In Kyoto everybody even strangers were almost always kind and pleasant, but the city people usually don't even look at you....but they are still kind. The pleasant part you have to look for by starting up convorsation. So I learned some interesting dynamics of Tokyo after coming here. It's so busy and so diverse here and yet, orderly and homogenous.

As for the program here at Temple, I believed we were going to have more focus on the types of styles and intricacies o Japanese design.....though we do study this a little, it is more of a multimedia class in my opinion, which is funny because I am a multimeda student. Gaphic Design is not my strong suit, so I plan on learning a lot from this class. I already have seeing the work of my fellow students.....nothing short of amazing. I just hope my work can either blend in or stand out because it looks cool. Lots of new things to learn that I didn't even think we'd be using. But that makes it great. The more the marrier.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Did a few sketches...and have an idea for the cover. I bought a map, but might wanna use it to make my own. I am still not sure how to design the inside. I think I will design them based on the most upcoming type of genre for each group. I am thinking of using popular artists heads coming out of an ear that I will reuse. It will be grey and white. A very soft background with bold type. Got a few more surveys and pictures today after class. Gonna start putting together my information, but I'll need a Japanese person to help me translate some of the illegible writing or kanji I don't understand.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

For my project I have decided to do a CD package. The theme is, "Music of the Japanese Ear." In its final stage I will have a CD with music selections from my survey. The CD cover will be a fold out. On one side I will have information from my survey displayed along with pictures of people I see listening to music and people I interviewed. For the beginning of the CD and end I plan to create intor and outro tracks using samples of the content. I made a survey in Japanese I used to collect info. I went out in Minatoku towards Tokyo Tower and asked people listening to music, or not to fill out my survey. I looked for people listening to music, but then I found myself in convorsations with people about other things and thought...why the heck not. They still listen to music. I have to make better final designs still for my CD cover. I will come up with some sketches today. I will also start piecing together music and info. After I analyze everything I have to work with I will have a better idea of what to do.