I also made time to create a logo from Aconitum.Napellus this week. I drew inspiration from a ds106 design assignment, The Ultimate Merger (which is rated at 4.5 stars). I chose to use Fisher Scientific’s logo set up, seen below:
I mimicked the fonts and colors to create my own logo for Aconitum.Napellus. All work was done in a word document so that I could compare the sizes and styles of the fonts as well as have proper alignment. The final image was saved as a screenshot. I plan to use this image throughout my webpage, and it is currently featured on The Mission Statement page.
Here is my final 4.5 star design assignment for the week! I chose to do the Professor Groom poster. The idea initially came to me when watching this week’s video giving us our assignments. I immediately thought of saving private ryan. Initially I wanted to photoshop each of the major player’s heads into place of the soldiers in the movie. When things weren’t working out I chose to go in a different direction and have portions of their torsos integrated into the picture and have them connected to show a sense of unity between the four. I tried to use a similar font and mimic the way the movie poster was originally designed. I’m really pleased with how it came out, however, I definitely wish I had more time with photoshop to perfect it. While professor groom is not technically in the picture I think overall it captures the mood in this week’s video and takes it in better direction.
My third and final character design assignment I chose to do was One Story / Four Icons. It was one of the suggested ones and I already felt like I had an idea of what I could do for it based on the book cover assignment. I chose to emphasize again what would be emphasized in her autobiography. It’s telling the story of her young life. Being born in Britain yet quickly moving to the USA where she began to develop her love of science and foster her curiosity. I chose to use the same title as the book cover simply to carry over the same story. I tried to use all emojis that could be found on a smart phone sort of in tribute to the Vignelli’s reading I completed earlier. I’m telling the story of a person who lived much earlier on through modern techniques: emojis.
Another assignment I chose to do was Minimalize Your Philosophy poster for 2.5 stars. I chose to use the quote that I also used on my book cover because it’s a great quote to live by for Isabelle Franklin. It was one of the original quotes I mentioned when beginning to outline who Isabelle Franklin is. The quote is by Marie Curie, one of the most incredible female researchers. Her work means a lot to Isabelle just as this quote does. I had a really hard time coming up with what I wanted to do with in the poster to simply convey the quote. Suddenly it clicked. I wanted to use a person’s silhouette with a thought bubble above the person that contained the quote. When searching through silhouette’s I decided it was important to pay tribute to both my character, Isabelle Franklin, and Marie Curie. I found a quote bubble that fit well with the silhouette I selected and then I put in the quote. I debated between putting the font in white or making it a color to make it pop. I tried both out and decided I liked the white better. I then went through the painful process of selecting a font I actually like. The one I finally chose was in italics and I chose to bold the word “ideas” in order to place more emphasis on the word as it’s the most important thought in the quote.
One of the design assignments I chose to do for this week was for my character, Isabelle Franklin. I chose to do the Autobiography Cover design assignment for 2 stars. I used a picture I actually took for my photo safari assignment of my friend, Kelly, working in the lab. I really liked the angle I used and thought I could incorporate it into Isabelle Franklin’s autobiography cover. I tried to keep the fonts fairly simple and minimalistic. The title is A Curious Child because the autobiography is focused on her childhood- growing up and moving to the United States and how her desire for knowledge developed. I debated including her personal motto but eventually decided to add it to add another layer of interest to the cover. I originally tried to place it on the sleeve of Kelly’s lab coat but upon being unable to format it the way I wanted, I chose to put it between the goggles and the glassware as if Kelly is looking through the quote and focused on the ideas behind what she’s trying to do. I found the placement of this quote to be quite powerful while not distracting from the overall cover.