His and Her’s – Entry Art

This will be an unusually short post for Exploring-Art because I had an impromptu moment of aesthetic bliss and I wanted to share. My wife and I have been in Vancouver this weekend, and we are preparing to return to the island amid gale force winds. I was sitting in one of the club chairs  in our hotel room and was struck by the view on the console table in the entry way. Poetry really is everywhere.

Photo: Sunset Johnson St. Bridge

I know, I know… I’ve talked a bit ad nauseum about camera phone art… if it’s not can camera phone pictures be art? it’s a creative challenge to take your own poetic snap shot

And now at a time when I should be blogging about Feist’s or Sarah Slean’s new album, or my Turner Block repurposing proposal, or my fellow FA 350 classmate’s proposal to help the homeless… I’m once more drawn to camera phone art… But isn’t it beautiful?

The Mayor of our sleepy little town, in my opinion, is on some crazed legacy binge and is tearing it down to build a new one… It’s a historic bridge, by Strauss and Company, of the Golden Gate Bridge fame… one of the last Bridges of it’s type on the face of the planet… and it’s on the path to demolition. So we can’t have heritage designation for a working bridge, but we can have it for derelict, rotting, buildings that create dead spaces in our communities? Failed public policy at work.

Well at least the photo is beautiful and poetic even if the future of this icon is sad and wanton.

Creative Challenge: Logo / Graphic Design

Creative Challenge Number 3

This week’s creative challenge, design a logo or graphic for yourself, your neighbour, your business, your dream business, your baseball team, your secret super hero identity.

Here’s mine for Exploring-Art.com:

In addition to the weekly participation call; to create one yourself and post it online to share with us, I will also review the process I went through to create this graphic, utilizing the creative process outlined in Monday’s post.

Phase 1: Initial Idea
My super-concious returned the idea for a logo or graphic, in response to two loosely coupled asynchronous queries… A topic for a weekly challenge, and a graphic for T-shirts and business cards for shameless self promotion…

Once I had decided to design a graphic, where was I to start? Again my super-concious answered. Remember those coloured bars on old, analog, CRT televisions when there was no signal? That was the seed from which my graphic emerged.

Phase 2: Discernment
I googled for images of “no TV signal” to refresh my memory of what they looked like… I counted the number of coloured bars and sketched a layout in my unlined notebook. I had originally imagined the pictures on top of the colour bars but quickly realized that it would be better underneath. I was originally thinking there would be space for the URL as well as the name but quickly saw that would be far too cluttered.

I also wanted to soften the colours from the no signal graphics, going back to my notion of creatio collegiate, I wanted the colours to be more welcoming than abrasive.

I recognized the need for block letters to make the .com name readable, striking and similar to the current theme used on the WordPress site.

A one man search through recent photos for photos that would blend into the coloured bar above them…

Can you feel it? The fabulously fantastic frenzy of being in the flow of the creative process? If you don’t do this regularly you really ought to try it… If a graphic is too intimidating try the pen name, or poetic snapshot challenge. Look for a new Creative Challenge every week a exploring-art.com.

Phase 3: Refinement
I had to fix the white black space. I tried a dozen different fonts, switched photos in and out… reiterate, iterate, reiterate.

Phase 4: Completion
I got that warm happy feeling, and I was done.

Camera Phone Art?

Can you make art with your camera phone? I think the answer to this question is yes! How convenient, seeing as so many of us have our phones on our persons at all time… Here are some photos that have been taken with camera phones that still speak to me.

Here’s one my wife took for me.

And the rest I’ve taken with my iPhone 4.

Graphical Me

Graphical Me

Graphical Me

First let me say I loved FA350: An Introduction to Architecture: Theory & Practice at UVic. I took it this July (2011) in condensed format… Monday to Friday, 4:30-6:30, for 3 weeks + 2 days… it was awesome!

The first assignment? On a 8.5 * 11 piece of paper design a graphic to represent and introduce yourself to your classmates, and explain why you are interested in Architecture.

Being process minded and cognisant that personality is at least partially an emergent characteristic I designed this.