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Project 2: Reflection

Time goes fast, we’ve already finished two projects for this semester. In this project, I’ve learned about juxtaposition, we walked around our campus to find our juxtapositions. Also  Colson Whitehead’s book “City Limits” has give us some ideas of juxtapositions. I like the way we’ve learn by walking around city first. I feel like this is useful to help me understand the project. For this project, I think I need to prove comment skills. By ‘peer to peer review’ part, I’ve read a lot of amazing works from our classmates. I feel like that they are all good so that I cannot leave a comment objectively.  Their works help me to get the points of our projects which are pretty useful.  I’ll still work on my works of project 1 and 2 to make them  much better. One more thing is I”m trying to post every work on time and be in class on time.

Project#2 Reflection (Mash-up displays)

This project introduced me to an unfamiliar concept that an individual can display the sound of music onto paper. First, we did a class demo where we listened to two different kinds of music. The first was Stegato which is a more loud and rough course music track. The next was Legato which is more monotone and flows more calmly. We then translated what we heard onto Bristol paper in the form of shapes and lines that would depict whether it was stegato or legato. When we created the mash-ups of these pieces, I was able to explore this concept into more depth which allowed me to get creative. Throughout each stage of this project, I felt that there was a significant connection that helped us to gradually understand music more, in a different way. There were aspects f the projects I think I could of done differently such as the inking mash-up. My edges could of been a little more smooth as I was told in the critique. The feedback that I received can only be used to help in my work in the future. Now that I know the specific things I can work on, I can display major improvement for the following projects.

Project #2 Reflection

Project 2 is about sound and vision. We were using our five senses to express our feelings of listening a song. Different songs express different emotions.

The first step, we listened a song and draw our feelings. I feel like this is an interesting way to develop my creative skill. The sound I’ve heard was sent to my mind, then my mind figured the sound and sent a picture to my hands. The pic can be full of curve lines or straight lines or even a monster.  The next step, according to the pic I’ve created to rebuilt the song(s). For this project, I’ve also learned about the Ps and popcorn maker. Even though I still feel confuse about some parts, it still a fantastic learning experience.

Project #2 Draft

Everyone is entitled to an opinion therefore everyone is entitled to their own New York. Every New York has it’s story and will vary from person in accordance to their experiences as a New Yorker. For some it may be the towering buildings of Manhattan or the beautiful walls of what used to be the 5 Pointz building, whatever it may be it has one thing in common it’s someone’s New York. Colson Whitehead author of “The Colossus of New York” explains what his New York is and the experiences behind them are. My task was to follow Whitehead’s footsteps and find my New York with the added twist of a juxtaposition and how it makes New York even more unique in the way it merges poorer neighborhoods with the more richer ones.

When beginning my journey I had an easy time finding things that juxtapose one another but my main issue was finding my New York the experiences that actually meant something to me because of this I was able to find the location but not the meaning or feeling that such a walk should have. After a couple of days it clicked to me my New York was my friends that I’ve made here in college but my friends aren’t a location rather the places we went to are the some of the locations that make up my New York and will continue to do so as I spend time with them here in City Tech and Jay street. The location of these places are pretty simple to follow, one must first start off by exiting out of the Johnson side of City Tech upon doing so you should be greeted by sounds of construction and the sight of a yet unfinished project, make a left and keep on going straight you should cross a train station with connections to the A,C and R trains. As you walk for a minute or two you will see a concession stand with people at times however there is another train with connection to the number lines, head over there but do not go in the train instead head straight through the trail with trees. Once you encounter the Five Guy’s restaurant make a left and walk. Upon walking the Juxtaposition should start to become evident with the buildings starting to look a little more run down and less new than they are in Jay Street.  Continue walking straight and a few things you will see are the Asa Learning Center, a blood donation center if you walk even further you will eventually come across the Fulton Mall. My original journey was slightly longer but had no real attachment to the area since I had no memories that were particularly important to me, however once I made a few friends and went around making a few friends I see that my New York is slowly but surely becoming evident.

My location in specific lies between Fulton mall and Lawrence Street to me this a rather unique juxtaposition it shows a small section that in a sense is slowly being consumed by it’s surroundings Whitehead experiences this with many of the buildings he never got to say goodbye to “I never got to say goodbye to some of the old buildings. Some I lived in… I thought they would always be there.” This small section between Lawrence and Fulton looks rather old compared to the areas around it, everyone here was mostly casually dressed and seemed to be of a somewhat low income with the occasional professional who is by assumption making their way through to make it to a job or coffee. The Willoughby area is saturated with small stores like 99c stores, corner stores and raggedy looking restaurants however there is also some chain restaurants like Tio Pio here and there but oddly enough no franchises such as  Mcdonalds in the Willoughby area which is odd as restaurants like these tend to thrive off the low income ares such as this one. As for the sounds I heard it ranges from voices to car noises with the occasional construction here and there which in a way serves to remind that Wiloughby street is slowly disappearing. As it begins to be consumed by it’s surrounding it makes me wonder is it really such a good thing? Will I, just like Whitehead not be able to say goodbye to my New York?

On the other side of the spectrum in the Fulton Mall is much more varied with people of all walks of life, age and cultures. Unlike Willoughby street Fulton mall is full of name brand clothing such as gap, banana republic, Aeropostale and Express. The way one feels upon entering Fulton mall is like entering a whole new world with such the drastic change in scenery. As far as noise goes it varies a little bit more as buses are now thrown into the mix, and since Fulton mall is slightly more lively there is also many people shopping and talking as they walk through the streets. When I look at the Fulton Mall I can’t help but wonder what this place looked like before and whose New York did it used to belong to? Such as how Colson remark on how the Pan Am building and how others who refer to it as the Met Life building are wrong ” I still call it the Pan Am building…that titan squatting over grand central is the Met life building….She is wrong of course”. The way this juxtaposes with Willoughby is really evident not only in the way it looks but how it integrates with the surroundings, Fulton Mall makes Willoughby’s scenery stick out like a sore thumb. Everything from the condition of the street to the people that walk through it shows the difference in people and the way they go about their day.

The New York one has varies from person to person and can be good or bad depending on that person’s experience there. By looking at two locations that juxtapose one another one is able to see how people live and to some point can even tell what their New York is. With their being so many people, there is so many New Yorks all with different experiences and locale how one decides to look at it all varies.

High Key/Low Key

20141015_125852[1] 20141015_125900[1] 20141015_125912[1] 20141015_131603[1] 20141015_131647[1]High key is when the color white dominates most of the image. I only took 3 pictures that correctly define high key. The first picture was when I looked up and the stairs were white  so I captured that. The second picture was of a drawing of a boy in a case on the wall. It was done in pencil and the paper was white therefore the dominant color was white. The third high key picture was of the blinds. It was mostly white and light gray because of each thin line in the blinds . Low Key is when black dominates most of an image. I took two low key pictures. One was of a light that was fairly bright that it made everything around it dark look dark even though it wasn’t. The double doors in the staircase was the second picture because they’re black doors with small windows.

ADV1101 Project #2


without music

With music:

Reflection: I really enjoyed doing this project. When I listen to music I don’t really put pictures or images to it; which was the whole point of this project. I like to think I did a good job of drawing what I heard and I think the final mash-up looks pretty cool. Animation is one of my favorite things to do so I felt right at home. This was however the first time I animated using photoshop. It took some getting used to but after awhile it was pretty easy. Bottom line is I liked doing this project from start to finish.

Staccato/Legato GIF: Mashup/Reflection

The Animated GIF

The Animated GIF

GIF with Sound


I’ve always wanted to make my own GIF. I usually just edit them, like add words to them using Photoshop. This was my first time actually make one from scratch. It was a lot of work but the end result was awesome. I can see how people could spend days on editing these things to make them perfect. I really liked how we could add music to them. It got real tedious when popcorn maker wasn’t working well, but I eventually pulled through. All in all it was a project I really enjoyed.

Work hours:

Staccato/Legato Thumbnails:   10/9/14 took around 1 hour

Staccato/Legato Mashup:    10/11/14 took around 1 hour

Staccato/Legato Mashup Inked:    10/14/14 took around 3 hours

Staccato/Legato Mashup GIF :   10/15/14 took around 3 hours

In all it took 8 hours to finish this project


Aural Topographies: Critique

In Project 2, I have learned that design can contain many different things into unity. While two different things matching up together, it will carry out different feeling as a whole. However, Project 2 is difficult for me because it is not easy to find two different things matching up together as a whole. For example, two different things can carry their own style that may cause them against each other in the space. The hardest part for me in this project is finding two different things that can accommodate each other but also carrying out a spark. The only way to solve this problem is doing more experiment until I feel satisfy. I believe the more experiment I do the more closely to the perfection. In the end, I believe I will apply this attitude to the next project to make me feel stratify on my final work.

Project #2: Gif Mashup

Without Sound
Without Sound

With Sound {Click Here}

This took quite sometime to make, at first it was rather frustrating to get everything working, but as you work, you begin to learn things along the way, that’s how it was with this project. but eventually the frustration lead to success. I feel that’s the main lesson to take out of this experience, and It’s that Failure and struggles will lead to success after enough practice and patience. Overall, it took me about 4 hours to complete this, and by the looks of it, I’m satisfied with the final product.