Cardamom The Qatari Style
A hand made gift box the right gift to take home to try your own traditional Qatari rice.
Our main idea of deconstructing spirited away was losing identity. The path way walking into an unknown place like the scenes in the the movie, where Chihiro walks into the spirit world. we tried to make it abstract but still has a connection to the movie. How we made this space is by starting with a name that was not yours and as you walk in you will find the first activity of looking through a box that resents no face. taking the character NO-face from the movie, put ur face into his body. as you move on through the path you will find a mirrored room. this room is where you see a deformed shape of yourself around the walls where the mirrors are not clear but still see yourself in different shapes. trying to creating the illusion of losing your figure, losing who are. before the end of the path you are asked to leaving a finger print. this idea of leaving your identity in the fake world before you go back to the real world. once you leave you receive your identity back by looking for your name. this was inspires by the bath tokens in the movie.
Group project, i must say this was the hardest group project i have ever experienced. It was so much energy and if only that energy was put into the project itself… But like anything else theres always negative and positive outcomes to a situation. During the process we faced a lot of problems that we didn’t have in consideration, for example the walls of the path were out of long cardboard because they were so tall they were easily to bend and when we gave them support to stand they wouldn’t last long, so we searched for another we to give it support it worked for a while but then it was easily to just hit it and it would fall or bend in half so i came up with the idea of putting a bag of sand with the back support so it would be more stable. My favourite part of the whole path way, is the mirrored room, not only does it look amazing! i really enjoyed the process if making it with my group. In this project i really got to know my group better i got closer to them then i ever was before.
In my point of view our biggest problem was actually doing there individual part of the project. Some of the members didn’t show up at meetings, when we needed them the most when we were facing problems and needed to think together as a group of a solution. We ended up doing other members work including our own which was a lot. Our group was falling apart near the end not everyone was on the same page everyone was trying to do there own thing. I got mad at most part of the project because of how the others were reacting.I was so disappointed but that i just got to the point that i didn’t care who shows up and just get the job done even it meant doing it all alone. But i had to ignore the drama that was happening in our group and just try to complete what had to be done. i learned a lot from this project, i learned that i have to speak up when things weren’t going as planned. I mostly ignored so that we wouldn’t end up fighting but if only i spoke up and confronted them then maybe we would have worked as a team and got the space done in time and complete. We wanted to have roof so that it would be dark and have lights to show that way around, but because not everyone of the group was there it was difficult to do it we needed everyone in order to create the roof.
For the mirror room i created a roof and floor with aluminium foil to create a better atmosphere effect and thought maybe have a spot light in the the centre of the ceiling. but then decided to have one from the bottom to show the show of the person when they enter the mirror room.
Im quite happy with how it turned out but i still feel its empty, if we all worked as a team then i feel would have a better outcome.
The identity, the idea of the hole thing is that when a person enters our paths he loses his identity, we would give then a japans name before they enter then go through the activities where they try to look for who they are.. at the end they would leave a finger print and then look for there name, as if there have returned there identity.
My part of the hole project was to create the finger print mask, the name tags in the end and help out with the building the path. As an overall of this project it was fun for the most part and disappointing in other parts, but Ive learned from this experience so that next time try to remind others that this is a team work project. Well at least we accomplished it as a group, we can really say we worked as a group in the end. At least we got all us to work on something in the end whether that was big or small. Another thing i learned while working the team is that they should promise an idea that you say your going to purse and not be there to do it. Even though there were so many great ideas that could have been installed but the creator of the idea wasn’t present to do it. It was a shame that we couldn’t create all the great ideas we had because there wasn’t enough group work, plus the time that we had to meet up together couldn’t even happen we waited half a day from the others to come help out at least but failed to meet all together.
Process video done by me…
Aligning the text with My word made the text visual so much better to look at, it looks more intentional and thought out. Really looking at text as form as visual image instead of reading it. which helped a lot with understanding what type really is and how it is used the right way. Type, made me see text differently made me think about how i place it and how i set it up the way that is more pleasing to look. I feel i have more control over text that i thought i would ever be i never thought that all these years I was reading text the wrong way, and that text needs to be kerned and tracked and aligned so that it looks more pleasing. Now that I understood what Type really is its become annoying to me to look at other public signs and logos.
Ive learned that the type size, typeface, weight, direction are the main key to help aid communication and differentiate the denotative and connotative of type. Now I’ve understood why they made us print 100 pages of words and 50 pages of different typefaces and pt of the typeface, practice made me not only understand what works better then what but also made me work faster and now I have the knowledge of how things work best with what and what i should and should not do with text.
Putting everything together i believe is the easiest part of the hole project, because everything was perfectly aligned and tracked i just had to put everything together to complete the master piece. I believe working step by step really helped and really made us understand how its done, it wasn’t just text on a page it was placed with thought with the intention of it all connecting to one another. Basically my research was looking back at what I’ve done previously, the sentence the paragraph the logo. When placing everything together I’ve put my best two paragraph, sentence and logo and tried every possibility to see what works best with what, having different font size and different compositions seeing where text would suit on my poster best. I didn’t have much space on my poster to place text because it was too busy of colours my Word took over most of the poster so i had limited options of placing the text. However, i had a problem where i placed text infant of the Quran which was a risk, because others might be offended by it even though i personally don’t think it is because the text talks about happens and nothing offensive. I could’ve placed the text on top of it, i didn’t see that it was a problem but i didn’t want to take that road where people criticise my work and see it offensive and wrong doing.
The placement of the logo i tried to make it part of the poster instead of putting it aside like it has nothing to with the poster. I tried to squeeze it through the holes of the letters but that just makes it look the cheesy like its something that people would think would be clever of us but its not really. So i placed it diagonally aligned with the Quran which looked more part of the poster. I faced difficulties with the background because there are so many colours and its too busy so when applying text its gets lost with the colours, so i placed a box around behind it so that it would stand out.
The group project…
It took a bundle of energy to convince the hole group on an idea, its really tough to work with other designers that have a different vision of how the final outcome would look like everyone believes there idea is the best. how we resolved this issue is by listening to everyones ideas then try to combine them together so in the end everyone is happy. We decided on many ideas but they kept changing along the way because we kept having new ideas better ways to creating it in a different way. at first we wanted to create a maze, trying to create a lost atmosphere but then when we saw the space that we chose it wasn’t enough space and it would take a lot of time to build, so we ended up with creating a piece of the maze so its more of a path then a maze.
Along the way of painting the walls white we had an issue,…
Painting the walls of our path with paint was a bad a idea because when it dried it curved and we searched of ways to straighten it out by ironing it and applying weight on the back but still didn’t work and was time consuming. to resolve the situation and with the time we had we decided to cover the cardboard with paper so its lighter and less time consuming.
My intention of the paragraph in the beginning is now totally different, it is because i have experienced i have viewed what looks pleasing to the eye and what doesn’t. I discovered a system that helped me layout my text on the page. Its like baking a cake you need the exact amount of ingridents to end up with a perfect a cake. I found it easy for me to measure the the space between the text and edge of the page, which really made a difference when looking at the page. I thought it looked beautiful because it wasn’t placed randomly and it shows that there was thought put into it, there was an intention. i found playing with the sentence much easier then the paragraph, but after really understanding how to do it and what works with what it helped create what i did. i found that tracking and kerning my paragraph really makes a difference on how the hole layout looks like and how just adjusting the right amount can make the hole paragraph look so beautiful on the page. I’m actually thinking of framing my final one in my room.
Placing text on a page is something that we do almost everyday on social media. Its because when you place text on a blank page or on a image in a specific order it creates an attachment for viewers to want to read it makes text more interesting to read. Thats why text today uses a poetic system to play with text, size, colour and the placement of text on the page to get people to read text more as an image then reading it from a book.
The paragraph is about happiness the opposite meaning of my word, dismal. I took this paprgraph from a book by Michael Argyl. I feel more confident in this project because i know the rules now of how to make type pleasing to the eye, now what i have to do after understanding it is create a system that works for me.