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Mojang. My presentation last week was on Mojang and yes, I still would like to work for them but the only experience I have is social media… Maybe one day, if teaching or psychology does not work out. I love the company, how fun they are, how in depth they are with the customers and YouTuber’s and other people, daily. They are funny and ALWAYS working to get the best thing done for Minecraft or the other games. Minecraft is always being updated and that’s amazing in itself. I like graphic design, and design in general. I like design a lot. However, I like psychology more. I like the idea of teaching more. I’ve always liked design though, and how things appeal to the human eye. Or the animal’s eye. The way things look are very important. For example, Minecraft might look like a lot of pixels and blocks.. but it’s not. It’s much more. It’s so detailed and cared for. It’s gorgeous and it’s a world in itself that you fix up to make yourself - or others - happy. I’d love to work for Mojang, but I have no experience yet.
Why is research and planning so important to creating successful graphic design projects? In order to understand your client, you have to do a lot of research to have a good project in mind. Research is the basis of many projects, and research isn’t that hard nowadays. You can do a simple Google search to learn about your client and their history. You also need to talk to your client to understand what they really want done for the project. You need to know the outlines of the project, like timeline, budget, colors, style, everything. You have to ask if they like their previous designs. Research and planning is also important so you know you are doing it “correctly”, as the client wants it. It’s always up to the client unless you have a better idea and then you can research and plan to show them. Research and planning is very important for any project. You have to know your client.
Chapter 3 is graphic design concepts. The first design concept they cover is analogy. An analogy is where you combine two different things that work together for a project. This is used to make a statement normally. People make analogies often, like with the picture you showed us with the smoke stacks made out of water bottles. Or you can use a line like, “Someday, you must cross a bridge.” That is an analogy of getting to another place in life. To move and get on. Another analogy is to. “Stop crying a river.” This means that crying too much is annoying. Sometimes emotions are great but if they happen too much, you need help. The next concept is form. You use and see form every single day. You can see form in a car. Form is used in everything. Form communicates many things. For example, the color white means purity and cleanness. Yellow means friendship. Blue means sadness. Red means anger. All colors mean something. Form normally means something, like analogy. These both are very important. Graphic designers deal with a lot of meaning in a daily setting.
To me, the most interesting period of graphic design history is art deco. Art deco is interesting to me because it has influenced so many things - furniture, architecture, and life basically. It has shown up in many ages and is here today but modernized even more. I like art deco because of how happy it seems and how modern it looks. I love how it is in everything from that era of time and how it shows today in buildings, furniture and other antique things. It shows in cars too, which I find very appealing. So many clean lines and curves and sophistication for that time. It’s crazy to think how it first started in France and the art survived the Wars, and probably because of the Monuments Men. Art Deco inspired the Chrysler Building and that is a beautiful building. I love the idea of symmetry too, it just pleases the eye and that’s what a lot of Art Deco does - please the eye. It also expresses luxury, something I wish I could have! It has been used in most of the bigger countries and it continues to spread, through everything. Christ the Redeemer - which was just electrocuted - was inspired and is the largest Art Deco statue in the world and if you don’t think that is fascinating, you must be crazy! Art Deco inspires many people to this day and will continue to inspire.
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