Production 2: Archetype and Symbolic Visual Structure Proposal

For my archetype & symbolic visual structure project I want to use the astrological archetype of libra; my astrological horoscope. The libra archetype is often seen as being harmonious, balanced, truth-seeking and for justice.


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The libra archetype can be found in today’s society/media, and not just as an astrological symbol. The most popularly represented archetype for libra is justice, and what is morally right and wrong. “Justicia” appears as a blind-folded woman holding a scale in one hand, and a sword in the other.



Aside from being related to that of justice and the law, libra archetype also stands for balance, harmony, and relationships. With balance comes the idea of light v. dark and the cycle of the seasons. Without harmony and balance, often a libra is left in turmoil and can be deceitful, vain, or even passive-aggressive. With relationships, libra archetypes are seen as one for aesthetic beauty and love, and connecting back to the idea of balance, the idea of “pairs” is something a libra often represents.


Libra Astrological Symbol

For my video project I want to incorporate some of these libra archetype themes into my work. I like the idea of having aesthetically pleasing or “pair” relationships, light versus dark, and harmonious elements associated with the libra archetype incorporated into my final project.

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Production 2: Visual Trend Project

For my visual trend project I chose to create a video based off of ‘mess-thetics’. I expressed my idea by taking different foods and using them in a unique, but different way and correlated it with how sometimes life can get messy.

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One technique I used in my project is utilizing interesting camera shots. In the screenshot above, I used a high-angle shot so that the camera looks down as I paint the sketchbook paper. Using this kind of shot establishes the scene and it makes it known to the viewer what is going on in that shot; painting.

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Another camera angle I used in my project was a close-up. This angle establishes depth within the frame and distinguishes the foreground from the background. In this screenshot shallow depth of field is utilized, and places the mug as the main point of focus while the background is out of focus.

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Interactive Design: Art-influenced Site

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I chose photographer Acchi Kocchi (Stasia), who I follow on Instagram as a source of inspiration for my 3 chosen works, focusing mainly on travel photography. The photographer uses depth of field and saturated colors to bring contrast in her photos. She places the focus in her photographs mainly on one person or object, and uses light emphasis that focus.


In comparison, the three photographs I chose to use need a little bit more work in terms of saturation and light, and only one photograph utilizes depth of field. My photographs have a bunch of straight lines and diagonals as well, similar to the other photographer’s work. If I were to play with the saturation levels and even put depth of field into perspective, my photographs could of been a lot better in terms of design.

XD Draft:


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Interactive Design: Image Gallery

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Pictured above are the drafts for my image gallery. It starts off with a homepage where you can click on an image and it takes you to a page with a larger version of the image, and a button to navigate back to the homepage when necessary.

2nd Draft:

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In my updated version, I changed the font and home “button” placement, as well as adding arrows to go through the image gallery without having to click the home button to choose a different image, therefore adding more accessibility for the user. (Link to draft)



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Production 2: Tutorial Exercise

Using Abobe After Effects, I was able to create a video glitch effect.

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Production 1: Final Project

For my final project I chose cinematography as my inspiration, and created a video depicting a wintery “white-out” day here in Alfred, NY.

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Japanese Media: Popular Media Project

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For my project I decided to research the Imperial Palace East Gardens in the Tokyo Metropolitian area in Japan. I chose this location for the inspiration behind my project because originally, I was drawn to the garden’s wide variety of flowers that bloom every year for tourists and visitors to see, but I discovered later on that the Imperial Palace East Gardens is a seven minute walking distance from the hotel we’ll be staying at on my study abroad to Japan this winter. After doing research on what flowers grow in the gardens and its rich history, the Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens is definitely a place I will have to check out when I’m there. I incorporated the gardens into my piece by including an abstracted map, popular flowers that grow there, historic statues and monuments, as well as some landscape scenery.


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