Tuesday, May 22, 2012


There's a lot I could mention while reflecting on this class, but I'll try and keep it fairly brief. I struggled in this class and felt behind some of the time which might have been, at least partially, due to my lack of ANY experience in using programs such as Photoshop and being new to HTML (which by the way still looks a lot like gibberish to me). 

I think that the class could almost do without the lecture portion and could be done entirely in labs. The lectures were interesting, but i think that this is the type of subject that is hard to be lectured on and you kind of have to figure out how things work for yourself. no offense, but watching someone do Photoshop on a projector without having any real knowledge of Photoshop is a hard way to actually learn it and seems like time that could be better used. At least that's true for me because nothing made sense until i sat in front of a computer for at least an hour.  I didn't completely understand why we didn't get more time with the camera exercises, sometimes it felt like we were just rushing through and i wasn't really thinking about how I'd be graded and I there was a lot I felt could be changed.  at the same time i also understand that the time limitations were to keep the class moving and made the assignments more challenging, but if there was maybe 2 labs instead of a really long lecture and lab then maybe we would have had the time to do better in class assignments. just expressing my overall thoughts while thinking back on the class...

OK well I didn't want to just talk about what could have been better because in the end I really did enjoy the class, especially the lab. And I really want to get Photoshop and continue to work with it because now that I have the basics I would love to continue and become more advanced. This course really challenged me in a lot of ways especially with the photoshop project and I enjoyed it because I was able to be artistic and work with colors, which isn't the case in any of my other classes... the HTML project on the other hand, working with colors was nice, but there was far too much grief and anxiety for me to ever have any interest in going at it again. I definitely feel that I put a lot of effort into all of my assignments and I hope that it has reflected in the quality of my work.

Anyways Makia thanks for being a great TA and helping me with my website and thanks to those who sat next to me and helped me out when I wasn't getting stuff!


Monday, April 30, 2012


I decided to choose a website created by a group of my friends from Massachusetts. The website is for the record label they started themselves called Rooftop Shout. What I think is cool about the website is that they created it themselves with little HTML knowledge. The website is definitely different then most you see browsing the web which is partly a reflection of the uniqueness of the music they are working with, and their beginning web design abilities. Something I really like about it is the lack of constraint on each page. Most websites you look at today are very organized into boxes and sort of takes away from the interactive aspects of the website, their website definitely isn't constrained and it makes it more interesting. Movement between the pages of the website is another aspect that was well done and fairly simple. When you go over one of the links to another page the text flips upside down and turns becomes white.

Things I think could be better: the text, some of it is really cool and funky but some of the text for the info could be better. I don't think the informative text on the opening page should be white, or if it needs some sort of darker background because the picture makes it harder to read. Also, I have a pretty small computer screen and the website is definitely designed with a big computer monitor in mind. I want to be able to see the pictures, but I can't because they go too far to the left.
Check it outhttp://www.rooftopshout.org/index.htm


Sunday, April 29, 2012


I visited the Museum of Modern Art’s Cindy Sherman exhibit. It was one of the best exhibits I’ve seen in  a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. The exhibits set up was the result of meticulous aesthetic consideration, which furthered the viewing experience. Your initial sight when entering the exhibit is massive images of Cindy Sherman blown up on the walls outside the room in a variation of colorful costumes that grab your attention and made you know what to expect.
My favorite part of the exhibit was the room of the first black and white images she did in the 1970s. I thought her ability to change and alter herself before the age of digital photos was pretty amazing and made me appreciate the images more. Although I enjoyed her earlier black and white images, her newer images are still incredible and some were really haunting (still thinking about this one).
She uses close ups to capture a lot of things and show the detail on her large variety of her character’s faces. Her newer images are a little more dark and some almost grotesque which I found enticing, but also hard to view for long. Something else I noticed and enjoyed was the projection they had of Cindy Sherman’s name on the outside of the exhibit shifted between fonts every few seconds, this can also be seen online. Her ability to break the divide and be photographer, stylist, and model in the majority of her images is an excellent reflection of her skills as an all-around artist.
Before I went to the exhibit I literally knew nothing about her work and one of the aspects I enjoyed was the ability to take me through the various stages of her work up to her most recent stuff.  She has managed to do a lot over the course of her career and it is impressive to see and learn about it all at once.
Cool short she did in 1975 that was on display

(Where I got the image of the opening)


Monday, March 19, 2012

Bad & Good Designs

I'm sure many of you have seen these ads for Heys Luggage while on the train. I've grown to really dislike them for a number of reasons. Maybe I just hate it because I have to look at it so long and it has given me some time to really analyze it, but either way I don't like it. First off, I think the actual luggage itself is pretty horrendous (except for the solid colored ones, those are fine) I just can't imagine buying them myself. But worse yet, the luggage is not the focus of the ad. The Heys logo is so huge it really takes over. The logo itself is very British and old seeming so it's strange that they would make it so huge when they are trying to be "modern." Second, I hate this ad for a reason in the picture below. In these ads there are 4 or 5 different white models in similar dresses holding different pieces of luggage that range from red to other crazy multicolored bags, but somehow the one black model is holding the "ethnic" (for lack of a better word) luggage that has zebras and leopards on it. what is that? hahah they had to have her holding it since she is the wild one or something. I don't know if the makers of the ad had this as a pre meditated thought or if it just ended up like this but either way it struck me as strange and unnecessary. Third, the dresses. really? they have enough money to put these ads all over the subway and in Times Square but not enough to get their models into dresses that aren't cheap and ugly looking.
As you can tell from this rant I really dislike these ads, and while that might be because I have to look at them for so long I am not alone I found another blogger who posted this as a badly designed subway ad. Also, I must mention these were not things I noticed the first few times viewing the ad but after a long train ride to Brooklyn without my book I spent a lot of time looking at this ad and thinking about it.

Ok so i think I've hated on this ad enough and I should give some shout outs to the ads on the subway I enjoy. I really like the Google ads and the Stella Artois ads that say, "this is a glass this is a chalice" and the one that is the 9 steps of pouring a Stella. They are simple, clean, and get the point across. I also want to add another design that I love and that's David Lynch's amazing opening for Twin Peaks. My favorite aspect of the opening is the music done by composer Angelo Badalamenti, which like the music that plays throughout every episode, is perfect. The music is eerie and creepy which is a perfect reflection of the show and its characters (if you haven't seen the show you should). The opening is one of those ones you never want to skip over because it is so aesthetically pleasing. The way that it goes from the bird to the saw mill is reflective of the show, which has important parts that take place at the mill while also showing the beauty of the town of Twin Peaks.
I keep thinking of good designs so here's one more. Generally shows on premium channels such as Showtime and HBO have brilliant openings. Another that I really enjoy is the opening for Game Of Thrones, which does an excellent job of bringing you into the magical world that the show is based on. The opening is SO intense with the music and the 3D version of the world that they digitally build, I love it!
Here is the Twin Peaks opening
and the Game of Thrones opening

this is the blog where I got the first Heys image http://poornycdesign.wordpress.com/

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mistah P/ artist statement

Also here is my artist statement:

Click. An image is captured for a lifetime with a singular motion of your extremity. What I see with my eyes is what I want to portray to those who view my work. The good things and the bad. The bus that caught on fire and our new puppy.
 Regret washes over me when a significant moment passes by and I haven’t caught it with a lens. Always wishing and wondering, is that what it actually looked like or is it just a dream mixed with a memory? Taking pictures makes things come to life helps us preserve those people, places, and things we hold most valuable. You can express an entire thought in a single image. Say things hard to say aloud, with a single image. Tell stories better than ever before, with a snapshot. Remember the colors of that waterfall or street market more vividly with a single photograph.
This is why I take pictures. For myself and for others. A major part of my life is travel and the ability to capture those unforgettable moments on a trip gives you the opportunity to relive that moment every time you look at the image. Living in New York I sometimes forget how colorful the world is, whenever I feel this I look at my photographs of all the people and places I’ve been, and I remember. Remembrance is an ability photography gives us and we must take full advantage of, because as time goes on our memories fade, but our photos do not.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Usually Unseen

This is a picture I took of a roof of a building off the M train. I go there everyday but rarely look behind me and especially not at the roofs of buildings with trash and rusted air-conditioners. My phone made the contrast between the shadow of the train station on the building's roof and the sunlight so drastic I decided to choose this image. This is also a perspective that I would have never noticed had I not taken this picture.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This is a photo is by French photographer Robert Doisneau and was taken in 1949. What draws me to this image is the mystical and creepy vibe that comes out of it. The way that the woman's eyes are unable to be seen makes me want to know more about what is going on and makes the image haunting. The crystal ball she is holding is enticing and makes you want to know what she is looking for and/or sees inside of it.