InDesign – Introduction (Week 9)

November 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

This session was an introduction to the Adobe InDesign software. We covered some basic features, the purposes of this program, some tools and tips before starting a project. Here are some notes I took during that session:

  • Max size: 548 cm2, New Document (Ctrl+N).
  • We can have a maximum of 9999 pages in Adobe InDesign
  • Usually deselect Facing Pages, always use A4 format (unless a task states other), make sure you selected your text to go in the right orientation (vertical or horizontal), 3 columns, 5mm, margins : 10mm, bleed: 3mm and slug: 0mm.
  • Some shortcuts and tools: Selection Tool (V), Direct Selection Tool (A), Text Tool (T).
  • Shift-click certain points in your text to make a custom selection.
  • To open your colour palate, go to window / colour.
  • Click on the yellow dot on your text box to change it’s shape from square to round.

After Effects – Keyframes & Pre-Comps (Week 9)

November 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

This week, we learned a a bit about Keyframes & Pre-Comps. By watching a video tutorial, we did some practise and discovered how to create really nice animation effects using simple shapes. Here are my notes from that day:


  • We may start by creating a new composition and opening a new solid layer.
  • Press P (for Position), turn on the Key Framing Tool and animate movement of your object in your timeline. You can drag around while holding Shift to keep a straight line or for your cursor to snap in the timeline.
  • Click on the animation key, go to keyframe / interpelation / spacial interperation / linear.
  • To fix the loop time periods, select all the animation points (you can do this by clicking on your layer) in your timeline, right-click and select Rove Across Time. This will try to even out the time of your animation in all the gaps.
  • You can right-click o your object, then go to transform / auto-orient / orient along path. Now, our object automatically lines itself to the path.
  • Alternative to this method: Uncheck Rove Across Time, click on your layer, press A (for Rotate) and create points in your timeline that are in the same spot as the animation points are. You can rotate the position of your object in each separate point manually. Use the Rotation Tool to make adjustments.


  • Create a new composition and add a new solid layer to it.
  • Press S (for Scale), create an animation point in your timeline (for example, after 10sec) and reduce the starting point scale to 0%. This will make an interesting animation.
  • To make it a bit smoother, right-click on the end animation point, go to keyframe assistant / easy ease. This will make the animation smoother.
  • You can also access the graph section to edit the speed of the animation.
  • You can now duplicate your layer (ctrl+d), change it’s scale, colour and position to interact with the other layer.
  • When you make an interesting shape with both your layers, you can merge them by selecting them both, right-clicking and clicking on pre-compose.
  • We can duplicate our new layer (ctrl+d) to create even more items in our preview window and animate them.

So, the conclusion of this lesson was that we can create really nice looking animations using really simple shapes.

Street Graphic: Mind Map

November 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here is an example of a mind map I’ve created for the Street Graphic project.


Street Graphic: Mind Map

Street Graphic: Visual Experimentation

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

These are some of my graphic experiments developed through my research and inspiration.


Street Graphic: Artists

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

This here is some brief information about two street artists that I found most inspiring for me.


Banksy, a street artist whose identity remains unknown, is believed to have been born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He is the subject of a 2010 documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art.

Artistic Career

Banksy began his career as a graffiti artist in the early 1990s, in Bristol’s graffiti gang DryBreadZ Crew. Although his early work was largely freehand, Banksy used stencils on occasion. In the late ’90s, he began using stencils predominantly. His work became more widely recognized around Bristol and in London, as his signature style developed.

Bansky’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork. One of the most celebrated of these pieces, which featured a live elephant painted with a Victorian wallpaper pattern, sparked controversy among animal rights activists.
Other pieces have drawn attention for their edgy themes or the boldness of their execution. Banksy’s work on the West Bank barrier, between Israel and Palestine, received significant media attention in 2005. He is also known for his use of copyrighted material and subversion of classic images. An example of this is Banksy’s version of Monet’s famous series of water lilies paintings, adapted by Banksy to include drifting trash and debris.
Banksy’s worldwide fame has transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces. Journalist Max Foster has referred to the rising prices of graffiti as street art as “the Banksy effect.” Interest in Banksy escalated with the release of the 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award.

In October 2013, Banksy took to the streets of New York City. There he pledged to create a new piece of art for each day of his residency. As he explained to the Village Voice, “The plan is to live here, react to things, see the sights—and paint on them. Some of it will be pretty elaborate, and some will just be a scrawl on a toilet wall.” During that month, he also sold some of his works on the street for $60 a piece, well below the market value for his art.


Banksy’s identity remains unknown, despite intense speculation. The two names most often suggested are Robert Banks and Robin Gunningham. Pictures that surfaced of a man who was supposedly Banksy pointed toward Gunningham, an artist who was born in Bristol in 1973. Gunningham moved to London around 2000, a timeline that correlates with the progression of Banksy’s artwork.


Pen-pusher by day, street art superhero by night, St Etienne sensation OakOak’s hilarious, imaginative, irreverent and sometimes a little macabre street work has filled column inches from BBC Brazil to Beijing’s biggest daily newspaper. It has sat pretty on the top spot of “The best of …” at for four months. Daubing simple graffiti and paintings on urban features – often the broken ones – OakOak does what street art does best, amuse and inspire people of all ages and demographics by appropriating the city’s less appealing elements.

OakOak is a street artist, but he is not a fine artist painting in public. His work, either on the streets of his native St Etienne, France, or made on his travels, is opportunistic and never “authorised”. He is completely untrained in art and works full-time in an office. Whilst his favourite artist is Amedeo Modigliani, he cites his main influences as football, comic books, video games and his home town. “I like this city, her atmosphere” OakOak says of Saint Etienne “and I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them.”

Street Graphic: Visual Research

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here are some of my visual research examples for the street graphic presentation. Here, I decided to look into the artistic view of the street.


Street Graphic: The Roadmap

November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is an example of a roadmap for my street graphic presentation. Below it, I’ve developed an idea from the roadmap to divide the definition of “street graphic” into 3 different points of view.

The Roadmap:


Points of View:


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