January 15, 2012

I'm back!

HEY everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful Ramadan, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New year.
I've been gone for a *WHILE* now!
I really have missed documenting and sharing through this blog. And also getting feedback and reading comments from all of you wonderful followers. 


In this post I have a lot of explaining to do & a lot of work to show! 


By mid-July I went back home to Kuwait. My visa and OPT status was coming to an end, and I needed to get a new passport (at that point my passport had already expired & I flew back home with a document allowing me to travel with an expired passport!). So I went back home, got a new passport and a *new* student visa!
I've kept my plans for graduate studies quiet. There was lots going on, and I was overwhelmed and excited. I got accepted to GSA, Pratt, Falmouth, and NYSID.
I was initially planning to go to Scotland & attend GSA, but sadly I encountered numerous scholarship complications that I wont bore you with; so I ended up going to Pratt Institute instead. I am enrolled in the Communication Design program and it's been great so far.


I wasn't sure if I wanted to share the transition from what I have been doing since UARTS, to the work I'm starting to develop at Pratt. But I have finally decided to share some of that work. 


Below is some of the work I have done during the Fall semester. 


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Typography I with Professor Ned Dew




This is a book that I have designed which compiled almost all the assignments I have done for the duration of the class. I decided to separate each assignment in segments of weeks, and each segment would have a divider page (purple pages with numbers representing each week) + on the opposite side a description of the assignment + tools that have been used + fonts  (basically listing every component of that week's assignment).

Below are a few examples of the compositions included in the book. 
These compositions were done off of the computer, each letter/ word had to be printed in different sizes/ fonts, and each individual letterform cut by hand and then a composition is designed and glued on a square blank sheet of paper. This took so many hours, but it was such a great learning experience. 
With every new composition I learned something new!
The compositions progressed from 3 letterform to a whole page layout. Students were given the freedom to select their own letterforms, words, copy text, photo, symbol.
My letterforms were: f + g + c. Words: Super + Olsztyn + Rybnik.






Below are letterpress prints printed at The Arm. Professor Ned Drew organized this trip to The Arm letterpress studio in Brooklyn. All students were introduced to letterpress and then shown how to use a press, and finally given the chance to print whatever they wanted using wood type. Students worked in teams, and I printed the poster below with fellow student Kathryn Harris. Dan from the Arm did a great job explaining things to the class. It was really great to get back to printing! I really enjoyed it. If anyone is looking for a letterpress studio to work in I would highly recommend the Arm, they also offer classes.



The spread below is the last assignment done in Type I class. It was a fun, quick assignment. We were asked to compose words for objects/ dinner-ware/ clothes or any kind of usable surface.
I chose things that you find in a bathroom: band-aids + rubber ducky + shower curtain. 
The words that I came up with are: Booboo + Aiiiiii + Quack + Ducky + fun time + Bubbles.

Below are photographs  I have taken in Soho and Williamsburg. The assignment was to go out to different neighborhoods of NY and photograph typographic elements that are within the environment of each neighborhood. Can you guess which set of photos is taken in Soho & which one is in Williamsburg?


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Visual Perception with Professor Gusty Lange

This is a lecture class, but I got the chance to dabble in different concepts with out having to turn-in a "final final" because this wasn't a studio class. The assignments were based on Arnheim's Art and Visual Perception. For five weeks we had to turn in a visual solution that shows 2 visual concepts (2 chapters) from the book in one design. We had the freedom to come up with our own themes. I chose children's events/ promotions happening in the city. All of the assignments below have been redone except for the last one. These are rough sketches, which is what was required for this kind of assignment. The concept and the visual solution of each chapter needed to be readable but nothing more than that. This assignment was about the process and the understanding of Arnheim's concepts.

1. Balance + Shape
A flyer for 'Books of Wonder' event





2. Growth + Form
A poster for 'Make Meaning' event




3. Light + Space
A promotional postcard for 'Lango Spanish Class'




4. Color + Movement
Promotional postcard for 'Dylan's Candy Bar'




5. Dynamics + Expression
Promotional postcard for 'Apple Seeds Salon'




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Design Procedures with Professor Warren Bernard

Below are two collages that I have done in this class. The 1st collage wasn't as successful (concept-wise), but it was so much fun. I really enjoyed researching and going through tons of magazines for the right color/ texture. I made a lot of mess just working on these collages; it truly was a fun assignment.


Collage #1


Collage #2, 1st version


Collage #2, 2nd version


Below is an editorial (thumbnails + cover + spread). 






Below is a tiny book I bound showing the process work for the logo I designed during this class. Professor Warren Bernard brought in a designer/ bookbinder for a bookbinding workshop. It was really great, since then I've been binding sketchbooks and putting left over paper + paper bags into great use!!



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Newfound obsession: Bookbinding


The aftermath of a bookbinding session!

Below are 2 of my very first books to bind. They weren't perfect but I got better along the way. These two sketchbooks contain vellum paper (I thought it would look really interesting to draw in a sketchbook full of transparent paper!) and the cover are from left over magazine/ book photocopies from the collage assignment.
The size of these sketchbooks is 4.5"x 6"



The sketchbooks below were made for a friend of mine.
The pages are white bond paper + poppy red paper as a fly leaf + screen printed pattern covers. I tried something different this time and made round corners for the right edges of each sketchbook. One sketchbook is squarish and the other is an odd size it's a very narrow & long sketchbook. Both were fun to make!




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Personal Project: Gocco cards

This was just a random project. I just really wanted to print on some blank cards that I got a while ago. So I just doodled & brought out the Gocco!







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Sketchbook: Subway sketches






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Meet Nova!

Nova is my roommate's cat. One night while sitting on the couch watching tv, I decided to draw Nova (who appears to be intent in watching tv!) That star shaped basket is her place to sit on the coffee table.


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Personal Project: Tiny paintings

By mid semester I decided to paint these. I just needed to go back to holding a brush and mixing paint!! I really missed painting, and it didn't matter what I painted. 
SO this is the result. The size of each painting is 3"x3.5"