Political Quizzes Reflection

The root of politics originates from the Greek term ‘politiká’, which refers to ‘affairs of cities’. Although the fundamental principle ‘how people make decisions and apply to their group’ remains the same, in the status quo, politics incorporate characteristics of opinions with language that have diverse possibilities to be manipulated by a broad spectrum of factors. Especially, the related tools and methods are based off of ‘people’s utilization of previous frameworks to predict the future.’ Nevertheless, when it comes to the relationship of politics with other applications in the world, not everything can be directly explained as political. The border of defining something political would be whether that ‘something’ can be worth a decision that may critically influence others or not. For example, in the case of something being political, any perspectives or opinions that are related to the issue of the coronavirus would explicitly be categorized as political. “Not all reports of the coronavirus can be trusted.” Such statement intertwines with impacting one’s decisions, along with having the possibility to be manipulated as well. On the other hand, for example, in the case of something not being political, ‘regular’ or ‘normative’ statements that do not contain much worth or value would not be political. “I want to use a pen than a pencil.” The statement does not hold much meaning, as decisions and chances of manipulations are not significantly related.

Regarding the reflection of myself in politics, I am both a left-wing libertarian and totalitarian with a relatively low political bias. Hence, when it comes to controversial ideologies and statements, me as a knower would have implications of weighing more value on equality and rights than other subjects. Under the topic distribution of coronavirus health kits, I would tentatively argue for the wide spectrum of supply over the level of necessity, for example. Yet, pursuing both libertarian and totalitarian characteristics, personal judgement may be easily manipulated as well. In terms of the level of awareness in politics, understanding the political status quo is extremely vital. Just as the definition of politics state, the decisions made in the government or the world is being applied to the ‘group’. In other words, as everyone is affected by the decisions that are made, people should be fully aware of the discussions in politics. Currently, I believe that the most important political issues are long term political changes in the United States and the ongoing investigation of the coronavirus vaccine. As United States is centralized and greatly influence majority of international subjects, its new democratic party and house would be crucial. In addition, the creation of an effective coronavirus vaccine would significantly change various areas of atrocities that countries face such as economics and medical systems.

The Social Dilemma Documentary Discussion

The documentary “The Social Dilemma” introduced the evolving warnings and dangers regarding the development of technology seen in the status quo. With the incorporation of numerous former IT company employees, directors, and other related fields of expertise, the discussion of the chaotic impact technology brings to the world is deeply identified. By describing such arising problem as ‘The Social Dilemma’, the documentary firmly implicates that people are facing catastrophes caused by the technology industry and consistently argues for the realization of such dilemma.

Throughout the documentary, I specifically noticed some major takeaways mentioned by Tristan Harris. Based on his experience in Google and other technology companies, he urged the industry to reestablish an ‘ethical’ product. He claimed that all workers and designers in the technology companies are continuously advancing features within their platform, along with the companies themselves having business models that articulate profit maximization and users’ attraction. “Two billion people would have thoughts that they did not want to have, just by the 20 designers/colleagues at Google.” The discussion extended to different criterions of technology. Through the establishment of the three goals (engagement, growth, and advertisement), companies attempt to ‘manipulate’ and control their users’ behaviors. For example, the use of algorithms is improving on a daily basis, which may be the best tool of persuasion and does not trigger any users’ awareness of being controlled.

Furthermore, regarding the possible solutions and adjustments that several experts debated during the resolution stage of the documentary, they all have potential and can bring about positive results yet are expected to be extremely slow. There were diverse opinions on resolving the dilemma. There needs to be a general agreement and knowledge of reality; AI cannot solve the problem of false information and cannot find truth. As societies are incapable of healing themselves from various problems, people would need to understand and comprehend the final incentives towards their actions in using technology. For example, companies’ business models are the biggest threat; taxing data collection and privacy (gives reason to not get every data on the planet) may guide to some possible deterrence of companies to access ‘all’ information. Although profit maximization is acknowledgeable for companies, there needs to be regulations and restrictions to limit their power. Thus, as the progression of people’s realization of danger in technology is slow, there should be a coexisting, massive pressure from people realizing the impact of technology.

During the group discussion, my group elaborated on the balance of information. Sharing our own news and media companies, we evaluated whether viewing information from contrasting perspectives was necessary. For example, the news websites that have biased opinions on politics was the main focus. We generally agreed that consuming and absorbing information from differently opinionated sources was crucial. Such method would exclude completely unrelated and inaccurate opinions, as well as noticing the level of biases. Hence, the distinguishing of information from technology and the corresponding responsibility from the companies greatly affected our lives. Overall, I think that ‘The Social Dilemma’ is an extremely relatable and explicit dilemma in the status quo, suggesting a broader range of realization.

TOK Interview #1 (Implications of Development of Knowledge)

To discuss about different tools and experiences regarding the production of knowledge, I interviewed my parents and reflected on such implications of knowledge.

Both of my parents mentioned that their capability to absorb knowledge was very limited when they were going to school. School textbooks, teacher explanations, public library books, and owned books were some of the basic tools to gain further knowledge at the time. Often times, it took them a long period of time to fully grasp and comprehend a new concept due to such lack of resources. However, my mother was exposed to a slightly broader range of informational tools than my father. She frequently learned and accessed to new information through the radio and the television. Especially, for the radio, she thought that it was the most effective way of producing knowledge, because it was more interactive than other tools. People would all listen to the radio at particular times, and the radio usually discussed diverse stories or experiences that were shared by others as well. For television, she always watched a channel named ‘EBS’, an educational broadcasting channel in Korea, which displayed countless movies, news, and documentaries in an entertaining format.

After interviewing my parents, I think that despite some diversity in the tools that they had access to, the modern world holds a much wider spectrum of ways to produce knowledge. Comparing their childhood and school life, I currently have the ability to use numerous tools in advanced forms. For example, just by considering the daily use of the internet, network, and technology, we already see a significant difference in both quantity and quality of knowledge. Being able to share opinions with the world and receive momentarily updated news online are substantial privileges that I seek in the status quo. When my parents had restricted pathways to gain knowledge, I now have unlimited methods to produce knowledge.

In terms of the implications of development to personal and shared knowledge, the modern world broadened the reachability of knowledge for both. Primarily, personal curiosity of knowledge can be established by simple research through the advanced informational tools given. The time to resolve such personal questions are much efficient and quicker now. Moreover, shared knowledge have drastically improved, as people consistently use online communication and services that enables thorough discussions to a greater audience. Thus, both personal and shared knowledge incorporated broadening implications of development compared to the previous generations.

TOK Debate Reflection #1

The first TOK debate was regarding the statement ‘ignorance is bliss’.

The government side’s arguments of the debate consisted of three main points. Primarily, they argued that ignorance was a backward step for mankind. For example, numerous genocides and wars such as World War II all came from the ignorance of humans. Such catastrophic events led to unmanageable outcomes that caused the quality of human life to worsen over time. Furthermore, the government side emphasized that when comparing the effectiveness to achieve innovation and gain knowledge, people not being ignorant than ignorant would be more ideal. Considering the establishment of voting systems and the United Nations, major successes in the world relied on people’s developed mindsets; people seek greater success when they are not ignorant. Moreover, the government side provided a linkage of people’s ignorance causing failure to modern examples. The pandemic that people are experiencing in the status quo all derived from people’s ignorant nature, implying that people should strive to be less ignorant.

The opposition side’s arguments of the debate consisted of four main points. First, ignorance reduces people’s burden of anxiety. When people are ignorant, people can preemptively disregard harmful effects. In other words, less ignorance greatens the burden of paranoid. For example, the placebo effect outlines the bliss and satisfaction people can feel from being ignorant; ignorance can lead to stronger mentality. Furthermore, the opposition side proved that being less ignorant actually triggers unnecessary catastrophes to happen. For example, Qin Shi Huang, being aware of ambition, have chosen a more blissful life. Moreover, the opposition side implied that ignorance delivers positive influences, as choosing not to obtain overrides striving to know by bringing more bliss; the Dunning-Kruger effect additionally correlates with such theory as well.

Considering the two clashes of the debate, I would fall on the opposition side. The first clash regards the degree of ignorance. The government side continuously referenced extreme cases of ignorance that may not generalize how ignorance ‘only’ causes harm in human nature. As being ignorant and having an ‘instinct’ of not doing something are two different concepts, listing extreme cases of absolute ignorance cannot fully prove how less ignorance can bring bliss. Additionally, the government side did not explicitly prove how being less ignorant brings positive impacts. They have based their arguments on how extreme ignorance causes regrettable consequences, which includes too many assumptions and generalizations. On the other hand, the opposition side defined the degree of ignorance in an appropriate spectrum by linking to suitable examples in daily life. There was an emphasis given on the degree of bliss being greater in the concept of ignorance. The second clash regards the effectiveness of obtaining knowledge and innovation. The opposition side mentioned that there are too many factors that need to be considered to conclude the extreme examples stated by the government side; the pandemic example incorporates difference in beliefs of freedom, individual perceptions, and many other factors. Nevertheless, the debate, overall, based the concepts of unconditional statements. Interpreting such inclusion of unconditional statements, though some valid arguments were made from the opposition side, there was a lack of theoretical concepts to rebut the government side as well.

TOK Summative Blog Post #1

Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?

Determination of truth comes from the ways of knowing, the methods people use to grasp knowledge. Truth is the set of accepted knowledges proven to be consistent in reality. Among the ways of knowing, the correlation of sense perception and reason outweigh other ways of knowing in possibility to lead to truth.

Immanuel Kant once said, “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason”. All truth comes from sense perception to a generation of reason. In human nature, people are exposed to diverse environments to experience and recognize truth that they have not known before. Specifically, at this moment, people are, and should be, practicing their sense perception to appropriately comprehend the new domain of truth. For example, imagine a newborn getting to know a paprika for the first time. The newborn’s sensory observations are the first and the most dominant ways of knowing that is going to be used. The newborn can see, smell, taste, hear, and touch the paprika, coming up with an understanding: paprika is a vegetable that comes with multiple colors and a solid surface texture, along with a sweet and bitter taste. Once such understanding is made, a reason is constructed: a paprika can be selected as a type of flavoring on a dish, because the sensory perceptions signify that it has suitable characteristics to satisfy such role. Yet, these series of actions do not only imply to infants; all people begin with the sensory perception that derives a conclusive truth. Comparing to other ways of knowing such as memory or emotion, this intertwined correlation of sense perception and reason is much likely to reach truth. Memory and emotion are conceptual ideas that contain a wide spectrum of flaws and cannot be reliable in truth determination. For example, a simple memory card game allows one to explicitly recognize how many incorrect decisions can be made. As people’s memories are limited, memory creates a significant likelihood of errors, leading nowhere near truth. Additionally, emotion is perceived differently by everyone. Despite the wide range of adjectives to describe emotion, such terms are still too vague to generalize people’s feelings towards an idea, as they implicate too much emotion. Emotional approaches to truth also hinder the objective thinking process, leading to irrational decision making.

Nevertheless, the linkage thought process of sense perception and reason can sometimes mislead to truth as much as other ways of knowing. First, sense perception is greatly restricted to physical concepts, often times making it hard to understand theoretical concepts (theoretical concepts cannot be ‘sensed’). Optical illusion of one’s perspective is another crucial factor that influence the validity of sense perception. Second, consider deductive reasoning: determination of claims given a set of conditions. Although the given arguments can be valid and are ‘deductively’ correct, there is nothing new found, because all the claims have been mentioned in such syllogism.

  1. All curious people are willing to learn new skills.
  2. Old people are not ready to learn new skills.
  3. Thus, old people are not curious.

The deducted statement is correct, but the validity of the given arguments and the generation of new knowledge are unreliable at times. Therefore, the interpretation of sense perception and reason is an ideal approach to lead to truth, with the acknowledgement of their limitation in validity and generating new statements.

 

Works Cited:

Bradford, Alina. “Deductive Reasoning vs. Inductive Reasoning.” LiveScience, Purch, 25 July 2017, www.livescience.com/21569-deduction-vs-induction.html.

“Deductive Reasoning.” Deductive Reasoning – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics, www.sciencedirect.com/topics/psychology/deductive-reasoning.

Glanzberg, Michael. “Truth.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 16 Aug. 2018, plato.stanford.edu/entries/truth/.

Oaksford, Mike. “Imaging Deductive Reasoning and the New Paradigm.” Frontiers, Frontiers, 10 Feb. 2015, www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00101/full.

TOK Pre-Assessment

Brief Introduction

Hi, I am Jimmy Jeong, an 11th grade student born from South Korea. I am a big fan of sports (especially baseball), enjoy listening to music, and love to travel.

“What do you know for sure, and how do you know it?”

‘Knowing for sure’ can be defined as the ability to fully comprehend, utilize, and inform a knowledge. Among the countless knowledges that people are exposed to, only knowledges that can be applied through the three processes are determined to be ‘truly known’. When people encounter new information, they first thoroughly understand basic concepts and terminologies. As they become more familiar with such ideas through in-depth analysis and practices over time, they eventually transition into the applicational stage. Using learnt knowledge in real life such as communicating and sharing contexts are forms of utilization; people are mostly certain with their use of knowledge by now. However, people also need to be able to instruct the knowledge to others as well. Informing others about a learnt knowledge require a much deeper level of inquiry and background, which would make the presenters have a definite interpretation of the knowledge. For example, people gaining the knowledge of simple mathematic equations can be represented with the three processes. They discover the fundamentals of the equation; they use the equation in application problems; they reach the level of being able to explain to others. Thus, people need the potential to grasp and use information, along with providing such contents to others, in order to confirm that they have ‘known for sure’.

Nevertheless, different perspectives may argue that nobody can actually ‘know for sure’. Since there are no specific standards that indicate whether someone can be considered as fully knowing something, there cannot be a clear differentiation between those who do and those who do not know. Ultimately, there are diverse approaches to define ‘knowing for sure’; the three processes can be one method to evaluate knowledge.

Food Truck ‘ICY’

Throughout the past few months, I designed a food truck with the incorporation of various design logos, packagings, menu, and other relatable products. The process of making such products were on the basis of different stages: research, design, and presentation. Each design class, I designed and shared my ideas with teachers and peers, reflecting on diverse ideas that can be used for the food truck. Below is a overview of my design progress of the food truck unit.

 

Design Problem

The design brief of the ‘ICY’ food truck is attached below:

JimmyJeongFoodTruckBrief

What product does your food truck sell?

My food truck is called ‘ICY’. ‘ICY’ is a chain serving food truck that sell traditional Summer Korean food ranging from diverse flavors of shaved ice to delicious drinks. The main food sold in ‘ICY’ is ‘patbingsu’, which is a famous traditional Korean Summer food. Its direct translation is shaved ice with red beans. Like an ice-cream, ‘patbingsu’ is a sweet snack that comes with several flavors. Red beans, strawberry, chocolate, green tea, mango, coffee, and other flavors are all included. Furthermore, ‘ICY’ serves traditional Korean drinks as well. ‘Sikhye’ and ‘sujeonggwa’ are also cold drinks that come with variations of taste. ‘ICY’ serves quickly and easily consumable products with a cheap price. ‘ICY’ additionally emphasizes and spreads the Korean culture to different parts of the world.

Who is the target audience?

I targeted teenagers and young adults who truly enjoy trying new and unique flavors as the audience for ‘ICY’ food truck. ‘ICY’ is parked in several Summer festivals, events, and cultural markets, which many teenagers and young adults usually attend. The food that are sold in ‘ICY’ are also traditional food that not many may have tried before, which adds the aspect of people who enjoy new tastes.

How does your design help promote and identify the food truck?

I designed ‘ICY’ food truck to express themes of ‘tradition’ and ‘diversity’. The designs of ‘ICY’ including logos, packagings, and menus are all designed in a particular way to reveal and promote such themes to be identifiable for consumers. Further explanation on design aesthetics will be provided in the ‘final product’ section.

 

Final Product

The final presentation that includes the whole final products and explanations is below (formatted in pages):

Food Truck Presentation

The final product can be explained into four main parts: food truck, logo, packaging, and menu.

First, the final food truck design looks like this:

The geometric shapes of white triangles contrasted with the blue background is located on the wall of the food truck. I incorporated the shapes to show the icy and coldness of the products that the food truck sells. Through the white empty triangles, the visual can show the customers that the product will be something cold and ‘icy’. In addition, the ceiling or top of the food truck includes red and blue triangle patterns. Such pattern was intentionally incorporated to emphasize the aspect of Korean food. In the Korean flag, the center circle has the red color at the top and the blue color at the bottom. Both geometric shaped wall and ceiling pattern captures the audience’s attention as it allows them to identify the food truck as a truck that sells cold and Korean food. Furthermore, there is a sentence at the bottom of the food truck “Get Cool and Crunch!”. I added this sentence as a marketing technique to allow the audience to easily remember ‘ICY’. It also suits the food truck by the description and portrayal of eating ice. 

Second, the final logo looks like this:

The main colors that represent Korea is red, blue, white, yellow, and black. The stars in the left and right side of the logo depicts the traditional aspect of Korea. Rather than having aesthetic decorations, the stars that symbolize a cultural meaning can capture the audience’s attention. In the lower middle section of the logo, the circle with a curved red and blue shape is a symbol of the Korean flag. To easily allow the users to notice the food truck’s products, this symbol was placed in the bottom section of the logo. The five connecting mountains that are located on the top of the logo is an aesthetic representation of showing the ‘cold’ and ‘icy’ mood. Composing of snow at the peaks and the blue color of the mountain adds another layer of coldness. Geometric shapes are used to show the cracking aspect of the ice. The contrast of blue and white shows the ‘icy’ aspect of the food truck. This word is centered in the logo to capture the audience’s attention the most. Overall, all the aesthetics and designs in the logo are related to the symbolization and emphasis to the Korean culture and the aspects of introducing the food truck’s products. 

Third, the final packaging looks like this:

The ‘patbingsu’ packaging is packaged in a size of a big ice cream cup. For convenience in ordering more than one, another packaging (third picture) can contain two ‘patbingsu’ at once. I included the business cards and bags (first picture) for marketing purposes. The drink packaging (fourth picture) is for the traditional drinks. The packagings all have the logo on them to show more appearance to the customers. An important choice that I made was I put all the packagings with the same color theme. I focused on light blue and white that fits best with the word icy. Rather than having the colors spread out with variety, I used simplicity and selected two visual colors.

Fourth, the final menu looks like this:

On the menu, I mixed the colors that represent my food truck and the colors that represent Korea. I included yellow, light blue, dark blue, white, and some gray. I did not include red, because I thought it would contrast too much if placed with the variations of blue. I added a Korean flag to once again emphasize Korean culture. I tried to make the menu trendy and attract my targeted audience as well.

 

Design Process

During the research, design, and presentation stages, I generated several ideas, versions, and styles of designs. The process of making the final product contained a lot of sketching, visualization, and decision.

What steps did you take?

The longest steps that I took on designing was the food truck. It was really challenging for me when I was stuck in applying the theme of Korean culture and the cold mood products. Starting from color themes, I had difficulty with using the appropriate sized truck (locating specific food truck design parts as well). Below are some drafts and other versions of the food truck:

One version shows too much incorporation of Korean culture and one version shows too much incorporation of icy/coldness. However, I think that the various trials of designing the food truck allowed me to make a better final food truck in the end as I was able to combine various aesthetics into one final piece.

Furthermore, I also went through numerous sketches and ideas to design a good final logo. Below are some logo sketches and versions:

The final logo went through several revisions by merging some favorite ideas and deleting unnecessary aesthetics. I went through steps of eliminating, revising, and merging as the main steps to finalize the logo. I found this process useful, because I had the chance to use as much favorite designs as possible without giving up ideas.

Moreover, I made a major revision in the menu. Below is the first design of my menu for the food truck:

I received some feedbacks of this menu from the teacher. The menu did not really suit my targeted audience, because the color scheme and the general structure did not look appealing. Thus, I changed the colors into what is shown in the ‘final product’ section (more blue, white, and related colors). I added more small designs such as putting a small blue shapes and a Korean flag as an improvised menu. The menu was one of the big changes that I made in the design process, because most of the designs had to change and be revised.

What examples inspired you?

There were numerous inspirations that I found before making the food truck designs. Yet, there were two main inspirations that I was most inspired with.

‘Sulbing’ a Korean ice-cream shop was one of them. The store sells numerous ice-creams, which include some variations of ‘patbingsu’ as well. The ideas that I got from ‘Sulbing’ was food products that they sell, types of flavors, and their logo symbol. I realized that their food varied with a lot of flavors and their logo was focused on simplicity. Below is a picture of their food and logo:

‘Starbucks’ was another brand that I was inspired by when making my logo. I got the circular shape of my logo from the ‘Starbucks’ logo, which really helped me fit the logo into other food truck products. The ‘Starbucks’ logo is below:

What did you need to learn about?

During the process of making the food truck designs, I needed to learn about design techniques. Other than just thinking of aesthetics, I needed to learn more specifically on how to make such products. I gave myself time to get used to illustrator as it involved in making most of my food truck designs. Additionally, I practiced using photoshop, because the files that were provided included photoshops that I can use to enhance my design.

Specifically, in illustrator, I learned how to use the grid tool to neatly format my logo. The grid tool made my anchor points symmetrical and easy to locate as I had a circular format for my logo. On the basis of the grid tool, I was also able to flip the four stars on the side without spending much time to locate them. Below is a picture of using the grid tool:

 

Reflection

What went well? (what was your success criteria and how well did you address it?)

The design products all matching the themes of the food truck was an aspect that went well. For example, I managed to keep the color schemes and geometric patterns in the same theme to emphasize the icy and coldness of my food truck product. By looking at the food truck and its products, people can predict and identify what products ‘ICY’ sells.

What would you do differently next time?

However, I have many rooms for improvement. Next time, I would like to really spend more time on designing the food truck as a whole. I am not satisfied with the food truck design, because I wanted to show more unique patterns and designs onto the food truck. I think that I focused too much on the concept rather than the specific aesthetics to the design, which is more important. Therefore, I would use more time to brainstorm ideas for the food truck next time.

Overall, the food truck design unit and ‘ICY’ gave me the chance to explore areas of design, tool, and presentation. I had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in graphics and other tools such as photoshop and illustrator to advance my artworks for future projects. I truly feel more confident in graphic design.

Typography Booklet

Throughout Unit 3 Typography, there were three main parts: research, design, and visualization. My typography was ‘Caslon’, which was designed by William Caslon. Each class, I went in depth into ‘Caslon’ and got to experience several features, details, and information.

What is typography and why is it important for all designers to understand?

Typography is the diverse ways and techniques of designing and arranging a written language. Countless stylistic designs are used to express the written text to be more appealing or to be more fit into a certain composition. Typography is very important for all designers to understand, because it enhances the style and beauty of a design. Without using an images or other formats of pictures, typography itself can create a strong message and can be appealing to the audience. Designers need to create useful designs, yet they also need to have their targeted audience be interested. It is a very effective tool for designers to use and understand.

What is the most useful and interesting thing you learned about typography during this unit?

The most useful thing about typography is that I can interest my audience to look at my design, along with implying beauty to my design as well. Through the use of diverse styles of typography, I can now effectively put in emphasis into some parts and can be appealing to the audience. The most interesting thing about typography is that small changes and modifications of a text can bring a huge influence to viewers. For example, my ‘Caslon’ typeface contained a few unique details such as short ascenders and descenders, bracketed serifs, and robust textures. These small detail all massively contribute to the impact on how the viewers view the text.

What do you think you need to learn more about?

I think that I need to learn more about two things. First, I need to learn how William Caslon made the ‘Caslon’ typeface appealing. The small details were influential to the viewers; however, I want to learn how he knew that those details can bring an impact. Second, I need to learn when the ‘Caslon’ typeface can be used effectively. The only notable examples I found that used the ‘Caslon’ typeface was Benjamin Franklin’s version of the U.S Constitution and the U.S Declaration of Independence. However, I would like to learn how the typeface can be used in my aspect of designs, instead of formal works.

Brief Overview

During the research stage, I gathered a variety of information regarding the ‘Caslon’ typeface. In this stage, I spent a lot of time getting to know what ‘Caslon’ was. I researched the origin, classification, features, purpose, location, notable examples, and other interesting information of the typeface. Below is a word document of the research I had done.

GD U3 Research Final

Additionally, after the research stage, I made a layout of the ‘Caslon’ typeface. I included the research paragraphs, along with a designed format that I created. I used two colors for the layout design: turquoise and yellow. I chose to leave the research texts in a black color to fully contrast with the white background as well. I sticked with simplicity for the layout, because I wanted the emphasis of the layout on ‘Caslon’, instead of messing the attention to colors. Below is a picture and a pdf of the layout.

Caslon Layout PDFV

During the design stage, I brainstormed numerous ideas and styles that I can use to represent ‘Caslon’. As an activity to get thinking, I also was assigned to think of different keywords that symbolize ‘Caslon’. Three words were: structured, elegant, and clear. I generated and drew sketches that can connect ‘Caslon’ to those keywords. Along the process, I had a hard time to visualize the words as a form of sketch. I easily thought of keywords; however, I needed to practice on making the keywords with a graphic composition. Below are some rough sketches that I drew before moving onto my final graphics.

During the visualization stage, I graphically designed my final ‘Caslon’ typeface into visualization drawing. I tried to focus on the keywords and thought of how they can be shown with a resemblance to ‘Caslon’. Below are the final sketches and graphics in both pictures and pdf (there are 3 of them in one).

Caslon VD Final

Overall, in this unit of typography, I learned very deeply about the ‘Caslon’ typeface and got to know how different styles of typography can impact the viewers’ perspective as well. Next time, I want to try a different typography and see how that typography is used.

Unit 2: Drawing Folio

Throughout the past two weeks, I worked on both observational and visualization drawings to generate the most ideas possible.

How could observational drawing be a useful technique in the define & inquire phase of the design process?

Observational drawing can be a useful technique in the define and inquire phase. Observational drawing allows us to specifically capture and see the qualities of an object. The details and essential spirits of the object are seen when drawing the object. It additionally make us develop into deeper ideas along with providing us a starting point to sketch. For example, when drawing a fruit, there are several elements that we need to focus on. The texture, color, value, and other vital aspects are all needed to be observed in order to draw. In the process of observational drawing, we see all these elements and try to apply them to our drawing. This action involves the core ideas for the develop and inquire stage, because we notice inspirations and details to the object. We then further develop with the newly thought ideas.

Briefly describe what you did for the observational drawing part of the unit.

In this unit of observational drawing, I did several activities that involved techniques related to observation. For example, activities such as drawing an object in 10 seconds, without looking at the paper, using non-preferred hand, and without taking the pencil off the paper. These quick sketches, but with detail in capturing key ideas of the object, allowed me to warm up my ideas and drawing techniques, which is the purpose of doing observational drawings. Additionally, I also did activities that were mainly to capture form, texture, and tone. I drew glass materials, metallic objects, and fruits for each of the elements.

Include images of all of your observational drawings.

What is visualization drawing and what are the biggest challenges?

Visualization drawing is where designers visualize their own ideas on their own and sketch it out. There are enormous variations and ideas that can developed, which is extremely helpful to create individual ideas that are not shown in other people’s works. It makes us capture ideas in our imagination, which is a bit more complex than observational drawing. The inspiration and the drawing technique all relies on our thinking. The biggest challenge of visualization drawing is that there are no references nor inspirational works that we see. All the ideas and the drawing are dependent to our visualization and imagination. The ideas need to be clear in our minds and we have to illustrate the idea down on a paper (which also involves drawing skills).

Briefly describe what you did for the visualization drawing part of the unit.

In this unit of visualization drawing, I drew ideas that were related to ISB’s 40th anniversary logo competition. I drew several sketches that involved both visualization and drawing techniques. There were different designs that I tried to draw in different themes. For example, there were drawings that were more focused on the school’s mascot (dragon) and there were drawings that were more focused on the number 40. This activity allowed me to generate ideas on my own.

Include images of all of your visualization drawings.

After sketching out as many ideas possible, I moved onto the specifics of the drawings that I chose.

Overall, through this unit of observational and visualization drawing, I got the chance to warm up my drawing skills and generate numerous ideas. Next time, I would need to focus on simplifying the drawings for the visualization stage.

Designer Persona

Designer Persona Elements:

What do you think graphic design is?

I think that Graphic Design is a visual representation that has a particular purpose to achieve a goal. Art and Graphic Design can be related, however, art is a form of expression while Graphic Design is a design with a purpose.

What skills do you hope to learn?

I would hope to learn various techniques to graphic a design. For example, just like the low poly design, I would like to learn other unique and interesting ways to design graphics.

What is the best thing you ever made?

The best thing I ever made is a small catapult that was used in grade 8 math class. It had an arrow-shaped front with a rubber band attached to each sides that fire ping pong balls in a parabolic shape.

What do you want to make?

I would like to make a self-portrait and a logo of my favorite teams using graphic designs. Since there are numerous graphic design techniques, I would like to experience as much of those techniques possible.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to your learning in this course?

I took the Product Design course last year. Throughout the previous months, I have went through the design process and familiarized myself in generating ideas. I hope that my past experiences can strengthen and support me in this Graphic Design course as well.

Specific Elements?

-Interests/Inspirations: Recently, I have found some artists and designs that inspired me. One of the artist was Es Devlin. She is an architectural designer, however, she always incorporates the theme of “sense of unification” that really interested me. Some of her artworks are below.

-Basic Information: I am a grade 10 student born in 2003. I am energetic, talkative, competitive, and adventurous.

-Goals: I am looking forward to creating interesting graphic designs that involves a variation of color and theme. For example, I looked up some inspirations on DeZeen and I found some unique Christmas trees that could be drawn through graphic designs. Below are some inspirations that I would like to draw with graphic designs in the future.

Final Designer Persona

Poster:

Below is a PDF version.

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Describe the process of creating your vector portrait. What were the biggest challenges? How did your skills improve over time?

I created my graphic design portrait using the Adobe Illustrator. I chose the ‘shapes’ method where I would use only triangles to draw my portrait. During the starting process of creating the project, I had a hard time familiarizing myself with the tools in illustrator. For example, one of the challenges was ending my triangle with the correct anchor point. Each time I create a triangle, there are three anchor points. I always forgot to click the last anchor point that ends one triangle. However, my skills improved over time after I got used to correctly format anchor points and adjust colors in different parts of the face. I think that the main success and take away for this project was using a variety of colors. There are still some parts where I need to get more practice on.

How does your poster’s aesthetic reflect who you are as a designer?

The first aesthetic is that I had some places of the face with big-sized triangles, whereas in some other places of the face I used small-sized triangles. Based on this aesthetic, I think that I can be reflected as a designer that likes to consider adjustments and techniques that make the graphic design more appealing to the audience.

The second aesthetic is that I used various colors to put in emphasis on different parts of the portrait. I think that this aesthetic can reflect me as a designer that prefers to imply a lot of colors in the design.

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