Saturday, May 15, 2010

LIVESTRONG Army KC | Tour de BBQ Poster Reveal

So, as many of you know, on Thursday May 13th, The LIVESTRONG Army of KC revealed the first of 3 posters promoting the 2nd annual Tour de BBQ that is taking place on October 2, 2010. Over the summer I will be designing the other 2 posters as well as the official jersey for the bicycle ride. I am working with some really great people and I am beginning to make connections at VML and MBB. Over the past month or so I have been working with designers at MBB to design and develop the website for the event as well. So far, this has been an absolutely incredible experience and it is even better as it is something that means a lot to me. It is the start to some great exposure within the Kansas City community. Here is a look at some of the photos from the announcement party and the hanging of some posters on campus. Enjoy!

Check out the website for the Tour de BBQ.

 above photos by Jason Atherton

above photos by Abby Gallaghar

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the announcement party! If anyone would like to get involved let me know, you're support would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Info Arch P2: The Collection | Final Website Design

Although the collection website is not entirely fleshed out, the semester is coming to a close...we can call this the "Final In-progress Design". Throughout this course I have learned so much in terms of the structure, organization, visualization, and hierarchy of information; not to mention the technical development that made these ideas come to life.

My collection site, I feel, embodies the personality of the trading cards themselves as well as the mentality I had during the age that I was avidly collecting these cards. The conceptual play off the scoreboard and grid system and how they pertain to numbers, abbreviations, and statistics really brings fourth the essence and simplicity of the sport and collection. In regards to the information graphics, I have decided to take them beyond the collection and focus on the sport, although some will give emphasis upon the collection and the statistics within it. As the site is not entirely fleshed out, I have some room to work and re-work the macro, info graphic views. So, I plan on expanding the site beyond its existing state over the summer to have a fully functioning, refined, polished site. Take a look at what I have so far...

The site is live here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

T4 Conference | Final Artifact Revisions

As the semester comes to a close, Tom and I have decided to do some revisions to the artifacts for our type conference. Based upon feedback from final crit we decided to make some minor touch ups on the stop motion; creating longer appearances of the keynote speaker names and the addition of our recreated logotype and identity color. In addition to the logotype itself, we also adjusted the color of the journal and recreated a commemorative poster.

Here is a look at our revisions; photos of the journal will be coming soon as we ran into some issues putting the new pages in.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Info Arch P2: The Collection | Flash Progress

Here is a look at my interface design integrated into Flash, so far I have the nav and roll-overs functioning, as well as two of the three sort view layouts. It is coming along quite nicely, however I still need to refine the micro views pertaining to direct object renderings and information graphics.

nav / roll-overs (above)

sort layouts (above)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Info Arch P2: The Collection | More Design Progress

Right now I am working on tightening up the navigation as well as the hierarchy within the body of the page. Once this is established I plan on moving into Flash to begin creating a functional navigation. This is just a look at my nav and some of the sorting layouts I have worked out, it is getting close!

I have increased the scale of the cards and I feel they work a lot more dynamically in the space and create more visual interest as well as improve hierarchy. I am also playing with the section title, whether it bleeds into the nav or not; it creates a nice scale change and draws more to the body of the page rather than the nav. I am also referencing the gridded structure of the nav with the containment of the copy on the main page. (above)

How the layout is developing on some of the other pages. I am working to develop some constistency with placement and such through each page. (above)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

P3: The Poetic Experience | Final Design Artifact

A look at my finished final artifact for the Poetic Experience...with my concept I decided to veer away from the idea of the standard map format and go with something that was more intuitive to the experience and what the journey is all about. I decided to place emphasis upon the landmarks and sights of nature you see along the way that help the user navigate from point A to point B. Although, given the objective/medium of this project, the poetic experience was a bit difficult to interpret at first. But the idea easily came together after some pondering and contemplating, as well as discovering the inner poet within me.

As a refresher, my idea plays emphasis on what you see, taking on a bit of an "I Spy" motif utilizing a viewfinder and revealing abstract crops of full color, high contrast images. This idea is driven by limericks that serve as clues to get the user from one landmark/sight to another and eventually to see all four Shuttlecocks. Enjoy!

Monday, May 3, 2010

T4 Conference | Final Print Artifacts

Here is a look at our final print-based artifacts...

Based upon final critique on Friday, Tom and I are considering revises for the end of semester. We are thinking about revisiting a poster design and possibly reworking the logotype and trying to bridge the gap between our analog construction and vector based.