How could observational drawing be a useful technique in the define & inquire phase of the design process?
Observation drawing is a useful way for designers to find inspiration or take a concept from the real world into a design. Designers are able to have a better understanding of perspective and the way objects look which can be very useful when trying to recreate an object in software.
What is visualization drawing and what are the biggest challenges?
Visualization is the process of mentally constructing, shaping, and understanding a piece of information or idea in order to externally communicate the idea. Drawing is one of several ways in which this process occurs. The biggest challenge in this process for me is the lack of drawing practice, and therefore it becomes difficult to link visualization to the drawing.
In this unit, we looked into typography design. I was assigned with the font Univers and tasked with understanding the creator and background of this font.
For the process of these two graphics, the first step was to research graphics using Univers to see how this font is generally used in designs. A common theme was the idea of universal and consistent. The Univers font consists of dozens of variations, each able to complement each other very well, and therefore designers use this to their advantage to create interesting pieces.
What is typography and why is it important for all designers to understand? Typography is a crucial aspect of design, it is the simplest way to convey a message, designers are able to use the font directly, or manipulate it in a may in conveys a message through a graphic instead of text.
What is the most useful or interesting thing you learned about typography during this unit? Different typography styles are able to convey different messages and moods in a graphic. For example, this font creates a modern and simplistic feeling to the design.
What do you think you need to learn more about? Something I wish I had more time learning was the process of designing a font and how to design a font myself.
The biggest challenge of this creation process was to keep the same aesthetic of the poster but not enough for it to be a mess or for there to be no focal point, in order for the information to be the focal point, it is in a different and contrasting color compared to the rest of the poster. The original portrait was a simple recreation of the image used but after tweaking around with fills and colors, it turned out more as line art. The work reflects me as a designer as it shows I like to work with abstraction, lines, and typography.