Our final assignment in Human Centered Design was to compile a book of the knowledge gained throughout our interviews, conversations, posters, etc. from the semester. Out of everyone I interviewed, I started thinking about how some of the different areas of expertise could be connected. I landed at the idea of conservation, and more specifically the conservation of ideas within a society. This brings in two main ideas of Bigfoot hunting and wildlife conservation.
I interviewed my grandpa about wildlife conservation early on in this project, and now I am so glad I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about something he loves. He has been in and out of the hospital recently due to congestive heart failure. His last hospital stay will be his last and we are holding onto these final precious moments before the holidays.
But anyway… here are some spreads in the book. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I’m planning on making edits for a few more weeks, as the final printed product isn’t due until spring semester.
Yesterday I got to chat with Denise Gonzales Crisp on some of the ideas floating around my brain. These posters are a reflection of my interview with Glenn, and starting to lead into new subjects.
A few things I was thinking about while creating:
- Not relying so heavily on images – using type as a texture or shape
- Stepping away from the idea of “bigfoot”
- How does this relate to different superstitions people believe?
- Designing at the micro/macro level – this set was created to work cohesively, but some were designed by themselves and others were designed as part of the whole
I think it could be interesting if I rearranged these smaller poster to create a different combination because there are so many possibilities. I will continue to experiment with this new process and see how it affects my work.
Last weekend I interviewed Glenn, a Bigfoot hunting expert. Here are some highlights and quotes from our conversation.
Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job and responsibilities.
– Computer Systems Engineer
– St. Luke’s Health System
– Maintain computer systems, especially virtual
– Run applications to support health care
What types of communities are you involved in?
– Elk’s Club
– Ghost hunting/Bigfoot hunting/Alien group
– Man Club/Drinking Club
– Family community
What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
– Biggest one: reading
– Collect guns
– Make costumes
– Bigfoot hunting
– Ghost hunting
– Alien hunting
– Motorcycle riding
– Shooting guns
– Power armor
What is your dream job?
– Holy smokes, I’ve never thought of that.
– Sitting on a beach?
– I don’t actually like having to do things.
– As soon as you consider it a job, it’s no longer fun.
– Owning a motorcycle/car shop/garage
– Tools! Tools! Tools!
What about Bigfoot hunting is particularly interesting to you?
– I think it’s [life] boring without the mystery.
– I like the idea of the unknown.
– Investigating things that aren’t um… concrete.
– Outside the realm of boring.
Can you give me any background information involving Bigfoot hunting?
– So I’ve always been pretty open minded [about Bigfoot], yet skeptical.
– I may not believe in it, but I don’t rule it out entirely.
– Why not?
– It disgusts me how people think we know everything
– We discover new things every day.
– Humans are just so wrong.
Can you tell me about a specific incident involving Bigfoot?
– Pear tree.
– Bite patterns, DNA samples, hair.
– Tall grass
– Indention of toe prints.
– Things we don’t notice in our day-to-day interaction with the world.
Tell me what everyone should know about Bigfoot.
– People discount the idea of Bigfoot because of pop culture.
– Life has become so boring because we think we know everything.
– Truth of the matter is… we discover new things every day.
– So I guess you can keep an open mind.
Interviewing a bigfoot hunting expert.
- Tell me a little bit about your day-to-day job and responsibilities.
- What types of communities are you involved in?
- What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests?
- What is your dream job?
- How did you become involved with bigfoot hunting?
- What about bigfoot hunting is particularly interesting to you?
- Can you give me any background information on bigfoot hunting?
- Can you tell me about a specific incident involving bigfoot?
- Tell me what everyone should know about bigfoot.
This online quiz was created to inform the reader about what their subconscious is trying to tell them. Not sure if a website is the appropriate form, but gets me thinking more about interactive digital forms. Researching more into data collection and decision making.
Stemming from my last lexicon, this foldable is asking the reader questions and giving them information about their subconscious. Needs more type variation and interest. Good starting point for an interactive form.
Second iteration of my lexicon. Narrowed down the terms surrounding how the subconscious affects human behavior.
First draft of my lexicon of terms related to my interests.
Blood, sleep, emotional, present, reaction, time
Coming from the list of my interests ~here~, I have started narrowing down topics of things I’d like to dive further into. Currently I’m researching how pop culture relates and affects the subconscious mind and human behavior. Here’s a visual map showing how the terms in both subjects are associated.
To me, jazz is expressive, spontaneous, and passionate – exactly what I want my viewers to think of my jazz posters. Because the target audience of this project was younger adults and millennials, I wanted to put a contemporary twist on traditional jazz by using bold colors and abstract, simplified shapes. Several of the visiting artists are doing just that in their music.
Instead of illustrating the artists’ physical form, I wanted to find a way to visually represent sound and music. After doing a bit of research, I found several composers who wrote scores in unique ways that didn’t use traditional music notation. Most examples included basic geometric shapes to symbolize sound. The patterns and forms used instantly reminded me of letters and how type is constructed. By integrating the music shapes and typography, it created an interesting play on bridging visual sound and language, as music is a language in itself.
While all six of the artists have a lot in common, it is important to keep in mind how they stand apart from each other. Every poster has an icon to reference the artist, such as an orange for Marcus Roberts Trio (symbolic for Jacksonville Florida, Roberts’ hometown), or a washboard to hint at The Hot Sardines’ unique instrumentation.
Overall, I am happy with how my posters turned out. I made a ton of great progress along the way and invested so much energy and time into making them. Excited to visit the Folly again as an audience member to see some of the jazz artists!