TDC Ideas – 1 & 2

TDC Idea #1

Take your camera with you during the day and see if you can find something that reminds you of your childhood! Here’s one of my childhood memories:




TDC Idea #2

What is your favorite season? Take an image and make it Noir!! I like the fall so here is my Noir fall picture – you can draw it, use a photo editor, or any method you like!





Thoughts on Copy Right Law, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

I reviewed the necessary materials although the Disney one A Fair(y) Use Tale was very difficult to listen to and understand. I get that based on copyright laws you are able to use small (in this case very small, sometimes only one word) clips or portions of something copyrighted was the principle behind the story. See for yourself I’m not losing it!

My impression of copyright laws area that they need to be there otherwise everyone would be using and/or claiming rights to anything that goes big. This narrows it down and limits the chance of that happening. Copyright laws also give the person an opportunity to earn the money on the item such as a book an author has written that the copyright is protecting. I think the “fixed” period of 14-years was a good notion but then a lifetime + 70-years is a little beyond. You can copyright things like books, movies, pictures, and music. If I ever follow my dream and write a book or even a series of books I would want them copyrighted. Remember though “ideas” don’t seem to be something that could be copyrighted and rightfully so!

Fair use to me makes sense as it gives an instructor the ability to share pieces of great works in the classroom. A paragraph or a little more when compared to the size of the work. Some authors, artists, and educators actually want what they have done to be shared to an extent because it is an effective tool for learning or sends a specific message. However, they are still protected and have their freedoms in place.

An alternative to the original copyright is creative commons. I am not to sure about this one! But it seems logical and acceptable that the owner of a piece of work can retain what rights he/she wants but then can allow some of them to be released. I agree that the purpose of this would be to be able to share more and of course sharing is a good thing as we all know from our mom! I would think it would take a smart person in order to maintain the right balance of what to keep and what to share. Making certain that what you share is worth it to the ones you are sharing with also would weigh in.




Reflections Double Indemnity

CaptureGreat noir scene that reminds me of the starting video we always watch.

I chose Double Indemnity to watch because it was the oldest film and near the beginning of production. I believe space helps frame the design and style of noir by keeping the filming in tight small spaces it keeps the feeling of you being in the film with them. Almost like you are in the same room at the same time. I believe it also helps keep the film within budget.

I think the design elements of noir that are not specific to a particular time and place would be the darkness, spotlighting so that only one person is in the light, murder and of course the woman. Doesn’t matter where you are or what time frame you are in these are all things that just make noir. Like crime – it’s everywhere you go and it’s a part of noir. There isn’t a set time or place for these things.

There’s always a woman involved and someone getting murdered! Again there isn’t a set time or place for these things to happen. The films are interesting to watch and see how simple the sets were and how inexpensive it must have been to produce the film. You can simply use the same house with different rooms set up to create new scenes.




Reflections on The Vignelli Canon

After reading Vignelli’s work The Vignelli canon I would have to agree with him in his statement that “Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best” (Vignelli). The details he provides in his booklet are great along with the many images he provides us. He really made good choices and the layout and comparison to wording and sizing all makes it look so easy but I am certain it is not.

I believe I would actually have to read this several times to be able to fully reflect and take it all in. He talks about colors, textures, typefaces, and images. We are eventually full of experience that will allow us to be able to express ourselves in ways that possibly only we can understand.  He also talks about ambiguity and what it means to him. He claims that he is the one and only one responsible for every single detail. I agree and only wish I had a quarter of his talents demonstrated and talked about in the book.

Even after reading I am still confused on color and its meaning, he speaks of discipline as the attention to details, and appropriateness. Who knew that the size of the paper you choose for a job to be printed could mean so much. The steps towards using grids for books was amazing. His images showed you exactly what he meant and how important it was to the book to make the right choices.

It seems to be a lot to this design but you can definitely tell that he truly loves design. I never really thought much about design until this course and boy let me tell you I am learning a lot. I don’t think I have ever used so many different programs and completed so many assignments! Design will now be in my forefront of projects.


Brainstorming Radio Show Ideas

It seems a little strange to brainstorm alone – I thought it was a group of people together brainstorming and sorting through the ideas. I use this tactic frequently but never alone.

I could see a “skit” performed mostly in audio and having a noir storyline – with the details of anything noir. Dark, stormy nights, a women in the mix, and the feeling of trouble coming.

I could also see even a discussion on Noir with questions and answers to help others understand and a short period to answer one or two of their questions.

Poetry can be very noir – readings of poetry or writing a noir poem.