Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Photo Essay Reflection

For this project I set out to create an extremely casual representation of what it would be like to live in a world with some sort of ocular augmented reality. The goals for this were to really capture the “magical being mundane” moment that comes with complete acceptance of wonderful technology. There was a drawback however, I didn’t want to be spending 10 hours a photo in photoshop taking it from augmented reality to altered reality. There were to be no crazy 3D remappings of the world but instead I wanted a more subtle approach. I think I accomplished this.

My essay follows the story of an extremely average Tuesday morning where the plucky, young protagonist decides to make himself some breakfast taquitos but discovers he’s run out of sour cream. Throughout the entire process you get glimpses of user interfaces and heads up displays that give tiny bits of information about the level of integration we can hope to expect in the future of augmented reality.


I chose not to make a traditional style PowerPoint with multiple pictures because I wanted my pictures to each tell their own story. I want my picture to say a thousand words, I don’t need it to say 995 and 5 on the side of the PowerPoint. If I had had more time with this I would have liked to do something a little more in depth. Maybe actually spend those 10 hours per photo, creating something truly magical you can step into.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Proposals for a Photo Essay

I would like instead to submit proposals for several because while I would love to do some of these, you may not be so willing to grade some of them.
 I will keep them brief and in order of what I would like to do the most at the beginning.

First proposal: A collection of pictures of art in the form of video games. These are not just fun, or good looking games. These are not well known games that really capture a meaning or a feeling and usually leave the player in a state of comatose introspection by the end because of how powerful they are. I think this could be for anyone to read and gamers alike since it is a very... focused analysis of games even experienced gamers wouldn't necessarily be familiar with and most of the titles require no knowledge prior to understand the message. I'm thinking the context would be more of a "10 games you have to play" if I had to create a clickbait title for it. Really would be interesting.

Second proposal: A virtual reality life. I'm pretty skilled at photoshop and would love to take pictures of ordinary life and maybe augment them for a glimpse at the future. With new technology coming out (I could even go over some of them) I could really portray some cool things that will soon be a reality. I would probably write it for people who are yet unfamiliar with emerging technologies so I would keep the jargon low and the wonder high. "The future of your day" would be a cool title.



Third proposal: "We eat here". This is boring and mundane but it would be one of the few things I would be able to get real pictures for easily. Basically just gross eating conditions in the places we eat arranged in an alarmist kind of way. I would rather not do this one but it is there because my other two proposals are a bit farther from "reality".

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Writing vs Design

My understanding of writing and design has not changed in the slightest from this conversation. There is a very small difference between the two and trying to separate them is an exercise in rhetoric in and of itself. An example proposed in the discussion had to do with the difference between programming and writing and the freedom of expression giving way to an unlimited design.

Unlimited design doesn't really have as much worth as a meaningful design, which is perfectly obtainable with limits, possibly more so. Limits on creativity provoke creativity. I like to think of it as if I was writing poetry. If I'm writing freeform, I am putting in emotion in a way that that doesn't have to apply to the rules of writing but I'm not really pushing the limits of expression. When you're writing something closed however, like a haiku or even something that rhymes, you have to think about every single word, not only in relation to the emotion, message and design of the piece as a whole, but how it pushes against the rules to make a more densely impactful piece.

Another point brought up was the difference between Steve Jobs' vision of the computer and the traditional MS-DOS. Steve Jobs' ideas are design ideas. Marketing ideas. His point is to sell things, not design them. As I understand it, Jobs was the kind of person to say "I think this would appeal to people" and have others get him there. The ones who should be applauded for their creativity are the people who have to then invent the process to get from Point A to Point B. Who have to live within the limits of the goal and truly express writing in a new and unique way.

PS. Unicode is an encoding for multiple languages, not a font. Most people hiring I've asked are looking for passion first and foremost.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What I think about blogs

I think blogs are a good creative outlet and a way to chronical your life in a way that lets you express yourself without largely exposing yourself. It can serve as a way to relieve the stress of the daily life for both you and your readers and share sage advice between the lives of others in an easy way. The really interesting part about it is that anyone can blog but not everyone does. Every person has the ability to start a personal blog and write about their life but categorizing people into bloggers and non-bloggers would mix-up people from both categories and collect those that don’t fit too cleanly into either. What I mean to say is that there is really no type of person who blogs, just a person that happens to blog as a tool to continue the experience they have of their life.

I don’t think I need to start another blog. I have already started several before and found it is not something I can afford to or need to spend time on. I believe I’ve had the full range of experience with them as well from being a member of a technical blog that publishes and aggregates projects to writing a more diary style personal blog where I can share what I think is particularly funny or interesting or meaningful. I don’t think blogs have any use for me anymore though. With the evolution of technology and the growth of anonymous and semi-anonymous social media sites, a blog is just a lot of effort for less reward in my situation. If I’m publishing something that people would regularly come to me for, I can release it instantly to everyone using aggregate sites and the like instead of hoping a select few loyal blog viewers share it with their friends.