I have decided to change my statistics as what I have featured before doesn’t show a huge range of data, for example the top ten in the list apart from the USA are all very small islands therefore not showing a true data set compared to population, so I will be using my original data set from (http://listcrux.com/top-10-fattest-countries-of-the-world/).
When beginning my research we were told to visit (http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/showcase) to gather a rough idea on what our posters should look like as well as too see a variety of ways on how information can be displayed. This opened my eyes to many different ways of displaying information, for example its not always necessary to have loads of text as it is possible to display a vast amount of information solely through visual graphics, for example this poster caught my eye due to the lack of text and diverse way its information is displayed.
This infographics poster is called ‘Sports Twitterverse’ and is a “A mapping of the most influential tweeters in sports — how the leagues, journalists, and athletes themselves are interconnected. This interested me due to the dynamic design and how visually pleasing it is compared to reading a set of data. When beginning to think of a design for my poster my initial ideas are to stick to a visual theme in which my demographic audience will have to ‘work’ out what it means, it will be very obvious however offers a more engaging poster when at first glance my audience may not know what its about.
When looking at posters that have a relation to my theme this poster caught my eye. I enjoyed the simplicity of the poster and how its very ‘straight to the point’ this allows the audience to understand the poster immediately as well as relate to how the image portrays the states as if they were food inside the ‘obese’ persons body. After looking at a variety of posters to do with my theme of ‘what is the fattest country?’ I have come up with several ideas I will shortly be posting.
Today we were set a task to create a document on processing in which you have a background, and every time you click ten random circles appear, that have to be different sizes and colours. At first this task seemed very daunting as i’m new to programming, however when referencing to the processing website I began to start to code with a bit more of an insight, at first it was hit and miss and took a few tries to get an end product.
The first two images displayed below were my first attempts, the bottom two my final product.
Today we began making animated Gif’s (Graphics Interchange Format) of an animation of a cartoon man walking, We started this task by finding a set of images of a step by step cartoon man walking. We then inserted these images into Photoshop and created a timeline in which we could place all the images in order, so that when it is played back it looks as if he is walking. Once all the images were in order, I selected each layer and moved the cartoon man over a bit in each time therefore making him move forward when the timeline was played back. I then added a background and attempted to colour him in. Below I will be posting a more advanced gif.
Today in our seminar we looked at animation. We looked at where animation came from and how it all started, as well as all the different techniques used before the 20th century, for example the Zoetrope, the image below was my first attempt at sketching out 11 frames which would then be put in the Zoetrope which would create a smooth illusion to make it look as if the sequence was moving. The Zoetrope worked well however I think it could have worked better if my images where all similar sizes and the animation sequence was longer.
PRACTICE ANIMATION SEQUENCES.
The third task for our portfolio project is creating a 12 stage framed sequence using hand drawings, this is the basis to most animation we looked at in our seminar. We looked briefly at the history of animation and how it came about as well as all the different ways we can achieve an animated sequence e.g. the Zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device which creates the illusion of a moving sequence. In our seminar we experimented with the Zoetrope by drawing out 12 images frame by frame for example a man walking taking each step each frame, when this is played by the Zoetrope spinning it creates the illusion that the man is walking, similarly to the gifs above.
We then moved on to look at stop motion another popular way of animating which is achieved by taking several photographed frames of a sequence then when its played back It appears to be moving by itself, which can be achieved with many materials however clay is very popular, for example films such as Wallace and Gromit use this method.
12 Frame hand drawn animation.
Reflecting on my final hand drawn animation GIF I am pleased with its simple design and how it runs smoothly, however I think this sequence would work better with more frames, as 12 looks good but doesn’t seem long enough.
Stop motion sequence.<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/111366374″>Experimenting with stop motion.</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user33820341″>George</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Last of all I was impressed with the outcome of my short stop motion clip, I stuck to the idea of cycle however found it a hard theme as its quite restricting, therefore chose to use money, something which is constantly in a cycle. I enjoyed working with stop motion even though its pretty tedious taking countless photos.
I uploaded a video version as well as GIF as the quality of the stop motion sequence was dramatically reduced when turning it into a GIF.