Monday, November 8, 2010

Look What I'm Doing With My Life

So, I usually like to at least TRY to have some semblance of a theme for my posts, but as it was pointed out to me today (AHEM, Sydney Steininger and Christine Tabb) that I haven't posted since the beginning of October, I'm just going to have to forfeit a coherent theme and go with one that will make little to no sense...What I'm Doing with My Life or Things I Consider 'Work'. 
Confused? Deal with it, keep reading.

Maybe some of you don't know (because you are random people reading this for only-God-knows-why and not people I have actually met. Not that you should stop reading. Please, I need all the followers I can get.) but I'm taking a class in relief printmaking class this semester and well, it's basically awesome. Here are some of my projects

Project 1: Spoon Printing
 This beast was hand printed. With my delicate lady hands and a wooden spoon of all things. This was tough, and I sucked at it. Here's the best I could come up with. 

What is that? A girl. A girl with hair. 
Why? Who knows. Don't worry though, I sucked less the next time around.

Project 2: Color Reduction
Inspired by my father, Tommy Hilfiger, and reindeer sweaters:

Top left, my finished print; top right, reindeer sweater for your reference; and bottom, The Hilfigers 
Project 3 did not go so well, so I'm not going to embarrass myself all over the internet by showing you. Going forward...

Project 4: More Color Reduction 
Still in the development phase, but these are some of my inspiration/reference images. Sketches and final print, coming soon to a screen near you!  (I mean, unless it turns out to be a real junker)
This dashing, mustachioed man is Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect who designed the Glasgow School of Art (which I visited when I used to be an awesome international student). On the bottom right is a wall at CBS designed by Lou Dorfsman, it's called Gastrotypographicalassemblage and I like it

What's that? Shut up and post some pretty images?
Well fine, look at this junk:

Infographic for oil spills.
I'm not going to lie to you fine folk, this project was pretty terrible to work on and I'm oh-so-glad it is over. 

If you're interested, the map shows the location and magnitude of the 20 worst oil spills since 1989 when the Exxon Valdez crashed (into an iceberg or something, I've heard the driver was drunk but who really knows). Those nice little triangles point out the location and are sized to represent the number of gallons of oil spilled. They are also color-coded by the cause of the accident. Those numbers are also represented to the right of the map in a bar graph, which then compares the total amount spilled in twenty-one years to the amount the world consumes IN ONE SINGLE DAY. Also, that circle below the bars compares the amount of oil spilled in the Deepwater Horizon incident with how much one supertanker can hold. And FINALLY, on the far right is a diagram of a car and some numbers indicating how much oil it takes to make commonly found things on/in cars (gasoline or diesel fuel, tires, the polystyrene cups you might drink soda or coffee out of, and asphalt)

SEE, wouldn't you rather just LOOK at that chart than read that whole paragraph explaining it?! Infographics are dead useful, but I am probably not the one who should be making them. 
Unless you are an employer looking to hire me to make an infographic. Then, I'M THE GIRL FOR YOU!

I didn't make these, but I thought maybe you would want to look at some quality infographics, so here are some that I especially like:


  1. I would like to see the finished how to check your Blood Sugar Levels project please!

  2. When (if) I get that beast back, I swear the first thing I will do is take pictures and post them here.