meggs' history of gd

read a really awesome quote from Megg's A History of Graphic Design (1992, xiv):

Just as voices call for a restoration of humanity's unity with the natural environment, there is a growing awareness of the need to restore human and aesthetic values to the man-made environment and mass communications. The design arts - architecture, product, fashion, interior, and graphic design - offer one means for this restoration. Once more a society's shelter, artifacts, and communications might bind a people together. The endangered aesthetic and spiritual values might be restored. A wholeness of need and spirit, reunited through the process of design, can contribute in great measure to the quality and raison d'etre of life in urban societies. If we ignore the legacy [that if we understand the past, we will be better able to continue a culture legacy of beautiful form and effective communication] we run the risk of becoming buried in a mindless morass of a commercialism whose molelike vision ignores human values and needs as it burrows forward into darkness.
This expresses exactly what I've been trying to articulate. I got really excited when I read this and wanted to post it right away!


narrative: union station final

Fixed the errors that were brought up in critique, and added music to the background


hcd: salsa process

I tried these approaches before going into all digital:


narrative: union station pre-final

The video needs refinement; there are times when the yellow circle (indicating the user) sporadically appears on the screen, and timing needs to be finessed. Overall, this is the general look of the video. We also want to possibly add music in the background.

-make the location more clear
-make categorical selection clear, without the Jarvis Hunt photograph in either the Timeline view or Categorical view
-fix the user movement with the glithces
-fix the menu icon with just the lines
-add music to establish atmosphere of video
-bring back to the home screen at the end
-for the voice, make longer pauses, seemed a bit fast


hcd: final direction

Though I started off with designing for the "Health Conscious Individual," I've decided to change gears and go with "The Wild," because I was inspired after researching. I realized that the style I want to go with is similar to Deborah Sussman's designs. With bright colors and simplified shapes, I want people to see feel a sense of belonging, but also high energy.

hcd: iterations



narrative: progress

During the week, we worked on our script, recorded, and went to Union Station to film the architecture and take context photos.

Things we took into consideration for the script:
-Speaking in an active tone
-Making the viewer an active participant as opposed to a passive one
-Keeping out concept of "catching a glimpse" throughout
-using the audio to spark curiosity about Union Station

Union Station stands as a proud monument of Kansas City, both as a place of departure and convergence. Catch a glimpse behind the history of this iconic building by joining us on the second level to view the station in it’s entirety.  
When you tap on the screen to begin, the icons will indicate four different options to choose from. Tapping this icon will reveal two ways to experience the history: A sequential timeline view or a categorical view. After selecting timeline, vertical lines signifying moments in time fall into place. These fragments come together in chronological order to reveal the 100 years of history behind Union Station. 
Delve deeper into a moment with architect Jarvis Hunt. Diverge from the timeline to view the history in an alternate structure. Once you select category, choose from the five options to view the information. 
Select and shift the images for a clearer view. You can also enlarge the photo to learn more about the architecture. Key phrases within the paragraph will reveal corresponding photos. 
A glimpse in the past can affirm the longstanding integrity of the present. As the history of Union Station reveals, it has withheld the test of time and will continue to in the future. 

Listen to the audio here: