Friday, September 18, 2009


Gestalt psychology explains the tendency of the human brain to perceive whole forms rather than individual parts. The brain will fill in the missing gaps and make connections in order to create a whole image. For example, lines do not need to be touching for people to read the lines as an image. In the image below these individual lines can be read as a circle and a rectangle.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


My understanding of semiotics is that it is the study of the meaning behind signs or symbols. Semiotics is used to communicate a particular idea or message. The most effective way to communicate is by using simplified symbols. This is due to the fact that these images are much more universal and easier to identify quickly.
Some other concepts that were introduced in Friday’s lecture were denotation and connotation. The meaning of a symbol is what it denotes. The example that was used in class was that a symbol of a man denotes a man. The thing that a symbol suggests or represents is what it connotes. For example, a symbol of a man connotes that a men’s restroom is nearby.
I also learned the importance of buying good quality paint brushes. If you invest in a good quality brush you will be able to achieve a variety of widths. If you use cheap brushes you will need several different sizes of brushed to accomplish the same look. I also learned that even though all brushes appear to come to a nice point in the store, the cheap brushes will lose this look once they are used.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blog #2
In 2008 I received my B.A. in studio art from William Jewell College. I have come to UCM to learn more about Graphic Design. In addition to Intro to Graphic Design and Illustration I am also taking Typography. Since I am not working towards a major I have not decided exactly how many courses I intend on completing. As of now I plan on taking Logo/ Trademark Design, Design for Advertising, Package Design.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Intro to graphic design and illustration.