Typography Games…

 

Going into these games I was expecting to be a lot better at them then I was.  The I shot the Serif was one of the more enjoyable games.  Between the time decreasing and more letters appearing, it took me a decent amount of tries to get to the advanced level.

In the Typographic Dating Game, I MADE A SUCCESSFUL MATCH!  Never thought pairing different types of fonts would create a romance, but at least mine was successful.  I combined Archer and Eurostile.  This pairing worked because Eurostile is thick and compact, while Archer is lighter weight and taller.  The pair combines into intentional curves according to the website.

The poster quiz was my favorite game.  Not only did it test my font knowledge but my movie knowledge as well.  I pride myself on seeing movies all of the time, but after playing this game I have some more movies to rent.  This game definitely shows the importance of typography in design.

 

Design Blitz!

First off I would like to take a moment to say Rest In Peace to Dr. K.  He was one of my favorite professors and he has helped me a lot over the years.  His passing is tragic, but he will continue to watch over all of us as we continue our education.

Watching the videos on Lynda.com were so helpful, and I have a feeling they are going to continue to be helpful as the class continues.  For the #DesignBlitz I decided to see what inspirations I could find within the borders of my home, turns out that finding things were easier then I anticipated.

The first  picture I took is a case of a sculpt comfort desktop.  This case stood out to me because of the amount of whitespace in the picture.  It is extremely simplistic in its minimalist take on the design.  The company was smart to have the back colors be red and White, because it accents the black keyboard and mouse appropriately.  It gives a smooth vibe, and makes the writing very easy to read as the red and white are used to counter balance each other.

The other great concept found in this are the symbols used to represent the major company that is producing the product.  The windows and Microsoft logos are used in their own colors to show the brand, and let the consumers know that this is a reliable product that is backed by this company.

The next product that I took a picture of was Green Tea.  Not only does Green Tea taste delicious (my opinion), but there are so many different brands of tea that companies have needed to become diverse in how to attract attention to their product.  I love the concept of this balance that is used to balance not only the different colors but the fonts as well.  The dark and light green colors around the box let consumers instantly know that this is GREEN tea.  Then your eye casually graces its presence to the light yellow line in the middle of the container, this is a quick and easy way for the manufacturers to say “hey! this has lemon in it!.” This is an extremely smart tactic and I’m sure it pays off for them.

Design Blitz!

The final picture I took around the house is an advertisement in a newspaper article that did not use the correct Typography to rely a powerful message across.  The picture sows is a get with an oven hit holding a pie that is on fire.  Why does this advertisment bother me? Well look at the placement of the ad, it completely off sets the date and name of the newspaper! If an advertisment covers your logo, then you aren’t increasing brand awareness, which drives me crazy! (that is my own per peeve) Back to the typography, if the designer is trying to get the point across that their is a hatred for something, why isn’t this font Bold!  There were many other different font choices that could have added to the message this cartoon was trying to get across.

In a sense, this blog post was very appealing to me.  Usually, I do not hash my feeling about design and let things slide under the rug.  It feels good to have a say in something that is appealing or unappealing.  Don’t know if this assignment was as beneficial for my classmates but I enjoyed it!

WordPress 4.3 Beta 1

WordPress 4.3 Beta 1 is now available!

This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.3, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can download the beta here (zip).

4.3 is due out next month, but to get there, we need your help testing what we’ve been working on:

  • Menus can now be managed with the Customizer, which allows you to live preview changes you’re making without changing your site for visitors until you’re ready. We’re especially interested to know if this helps streamline the process of setting up your site (#32576).
  • Take control of another piece of your site with the Site Icon feature. You can now manage your site’s favicon and app icon from the admin area (#16434).
  • We put a lot of work into Better Passwords throughout WordPress. Now, WordPress will limit the life time of password resets, no longer send passwords via email, and generate and suggest secure passwords for you. Try it out and let us know what you think! (#32589)
  • We’ve also added Editor Improvements. Certain text patterns are automatically transformed as you type, including * and - transforming into unordered lists, 1. and 1) for ordered lists, > for blockquotes and one to six hashtags (#) for headings (#31441).
  • We’ve improved the list view across the admin dashboard. Now, when you view your posts and pages on small screen devices, columns are not truncated and can be toggled into view (#32395).

Developers: There have been a few of changes for you to test as well, including:

  • Taxonomy Roadmap: Terms shared across multiple taxonomies will now be split into separate terms on update to 4.3. Please let us know if you hit any snags (#30261).
  • Added singular.php to the template hierarchy as a fallback for single.php and page.php. (#22314).
  • The old Distraction Free Writing code was removed (#30949).
  • List tables now can (and often should) have a primary column defined. We’re working on a fallback for existing custom list tables but right now they likely have some breakage in the aforementioned responsive view (#25408).

If you want a more in-depth view of what changes have made it into 4.3, check out all 4.3-tagged posts on the main development blog.

If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. We’d love to hear from you! If you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.

Happy testing!

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Design Blitz

For this assignment I decided to find items in my home and also incorporate items from outside of my home. It’s awesome how I now have a true appreciation for design and what it takes to fundamentally create professional layout.

 

The first item I chose was a flyer for a party that was held in Austin, Texas during SXSW. This flyer did a great job of using typography and balance to great a visually appealing design. 

 

The second item I found did a great job of using color. The purple, red and yellow did a great job of attracting the consumers eye’s without causing too much distraction.

 

 

The third item that I found was a box that the iPhone 6 comes in. The box did a great job of using white space and a minimalistic design. Apple is known for taking the simple approach of not using too much in their advertisements and products.

 

Design Blitz

 

The fourth item that I found was a Verizon sign located in Oklahoma City. The sign did a great job of using balance because it had the symbol that they use along with the name of the company right next to each other.

Design Blitz

 

The fifth item that I found was a pack of Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum. The design on this pack of gum did a great job of dominance due to the giant green Doublemint logo located in the center of the pack. The leaves creeping behind the logo also give it a sense of depth  which is very interesting.

 

Design Blitz

 

Typography

I enjoyed the “Shoot the Serif” game because it was easy (for the most part) to distinguish which was the serif font and which wasn’t. The type connection was hard at first, because it didn’t really make sense to me that the letters were supposed to “go on a date.”

Poster Letter’s made me feel like I had not seen very many movies. I made 3 correct guesses, before I finally gave up because I ended up giving myself a headache trying to guess the rest of them. Maybe I should pay more attention to the font of the movies next time.

Type War was fun! My longest streak was 15, before I gave up because I could not let myself sit around all day and play games on the computer.

 

Design Blitz

I went through my apartment and found various things to use for this project. Some of the things I found are a little out of the box, but I thought they would work anyways.

Color:

The first item I found was something that would fit under the color category. Lilly Pulitzer always has colorful designs with her planners, clothing and other various items. I think this item is effective at covering the color category.

Typography:

 

Typography is where you arrange type to make it visually appealing. In this quote, the type is the same but the size of the type is various to give effect to certain parts of the poem.

Dominance: 

Design Blitz

 

I chose this picture as a dominance theme, because the girl is placed up at the front and off to the side. In an example in the power point, the same type of style was used but in an office setting. The first thing your eye sees is the girl, and then you read the text to find out why she is so powerful looking and the way she is.

Rhythm:

Design Blitz

Rhythm is a regular pattern. That could easily be anything right next to you, so I chose my shower curtain. It switches from blue to brown circles regularly.

Unity:

Design Blitz

 

This one seems a little out of the box, but I saw unity in the design of the turtle. The way the colors combine and go together, unifies the whole piece, in my opinion.

Hogwarts Houses According to Maggles

Meet Maggles My best friend, aka life-saver #1, has a knack for putting into words the negative stereotypes of any beloved fandom. Whether she believes these stereotypes is completely irrelevant, but she has the uncanny ability for writing them. The Sorting Recently we took an extensive sorting quiz (as all Harry Potter fans have done many times) and found

Re-Mediating Rama

For this week's prompt, I want to sing the praises of illustrations and the ways that images and text can work together. As I redesign my Indian Epics class this summer (huge task... and eeeeek, I am feeling so far behind!), images and illustrations are very much on my mind: so stimulating, so powerful, so diverse. And I also feel so lucky that the stories I teach in the epics class have been interpreted and re-interpreted, imagined and re-imagined, mediated and re-mediated, again and again and again, in thousands of ways over the thousands of years that the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata have been with us.

To get in the mood to write this post, I made an animated GIF of images of Rama, hero of the Ramayana, and below is a list of the sources I am drawing on. If I have time later today, I will write something up making images and re-imagining the old stories in my classes... but this is something for now anyway! Happy re-imagining, everybody!

 

Animated gif of Rama depictions.

 

Sources:

Amar Chitra Katha: Valmiki's Ramayana.

Rama, carving from Angkor (Cambodia).

Rama statue, Chamunda Devi Temple

Ramayan 3392, art by Abhishek Singh.

Rama, painted cloth, circa 1800

Illustration by Evelyn Paul

Life in the forest, circa 1780.

Illustration by Warwick Goble

Rama, painting from 1816

Rama defeats Khara, Freer Ramayana (Mughal)

Still from Nina Paley's brilliant animated film, Sita Sings the Blues

Rama and Hanuman, circa 1820.

Illustration from the Mewar Ramayana.

Devotional status of Rama and Sita.

Sculpture of Rama and Sita

Rama and his sons, Lava and Kush, circa 1860.

Rama and Hanuman in a Ram Lila performance

Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Ravi Varma Press, circa 1910.

Sculpture of Rama and Shabari

Controversial image of Rama from the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Amar Chitra Katha: Tulsidas's Ramayana

Illustration by K. Venkatappa