after too much thought time and not enough creative time, i have finally decided that in order to visually display teh world wide death penalty stats, i will do so via an Infographic, wether it will be animated or not is undecided at this point.

I decided to research some, and here are some that i found eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing, mostly due to the complimentary colour choices, they are easy to read and easy to understand.


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I actually really do enjoy these, particularly the one about colour emotion, and the one with random facts about the London Olympics.

As mine is based around world wide facts and statisitcs i would like to do something with a map, perhaps changing each state, contintent, country, etc into a different section with something famous from that area or their culture that will also have their death penalty stats included. My problem with this is that what i have to present and visualise is so morbid.

I hate making sad, depressing, morbid things, so the look of mine may visually contradict what it’s actually informing the viewer of, haha.

I also found some infographics that included world maps, to give me an idea of where to start.

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i may separate the infographic into many infographics and perhaps only focus on one country per poster or animation (i haven’t decided how this will be presented yet).

However, i am glad i have finally come up with a reasonable idea that isn’t just a bunch of graphs and other such poop.


Last week the university got their Arnold licenses for Maya and we have been getting taught the basics using it. Here is a little image i created using Arnold. I tried to make one object look like metal, the other like plastic and the final one like rubber. I’m not sure if this comes across but for a first attempt i’m pretty pleased.

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Creating Smoke

Today i took it upon myself to try and understand how to create smoke using Adobe After Effects. I found it slightly more difficult to understand than creating fire which i did previously yesterday.

Creating smoke involved understanding and using expressions which i had never done before.

If i had just done it as the tutorial was telling me i would have created fire but i wouldn’t have understood how  i did it, so i had to take that into account.

Using particle playground and a blur plugin i was able to create a great smoke effect, here is how it went.

I am quite pleased with this as it was a first attempt


^ I joke! lol

Today i decided to learn how to create some basic fire using Adobe After Effects and some yotube tutorials, to my surprise it was easier for me to achieve than i had first thought. I was able to change the size and the ‘wildness’ of the fire very easily.

Here is a screen recording of it. (not in real time).

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Trajan font is used is many film posters such as below





Paul also used us something called hedgehogs. A Restaurant, and he used many different fonts and told us to guess what type of restaurant it was from the fonts which made us realise how important typography is. From typography alone we could guess if it was Italian, fast food, indian, Chinese etc.

Creating fake business cards, Paul also asked us would we hire this person based on their business card, which was also an eye opener. If someone uses comic sans, you can be pretty sure they won’t be hired…unless they are a child’s entertainer, and even then its iffy.  Example, if someone died and you needed an undertaker you would want a serious and sensitive business card, not something happy and cheerful.

Typography is used in all languages, even fake ones such as elvish.


common terms from typing come from when the lead alphabet pieces were stored in cabinets, the capital letters were kept in the upper case and the small letters were kept in the lower one, hence the term, Upper and lower case.

Font’s have font sets such as bold, italic etc and other even expand into hundreds of style of the one font, these are called super families.

All things have to be considered when using typography such as kerning, tracking, alignment, leading etc

Different fonts are used for different reasons, for example there are some fonts that look great on screen, and for poster etc, but for print in newspapers etc they just aren’t reasonable and professional looking.

Different Typographers 

Eric Gill

Eric Gill was a fantastic type designer, however was a horrible paedophile which is very ironic as most of his work was based around biblical books.


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Max Miedinger 

Max Miedinger (December 24, 1910 in Zurich, Switzerland – March 8, 1980, Zürich, Switzerland) was a Swiss typeface designer. He was famous for creating the Neue Haas Grotesk typeface in 1957 which was renamed Helvetica in 1960. Marketed as a symbol of cutting-edge Swiss technology, Helvetica went global at once.





Eric Spiekermann 

Erik Spiekermann (born May 30, 1947 in Stadthagen, Lower Saxony) is a German typographer and designer. He is a professor at the University of the Arts Bremen.

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Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a canadian artist, sculptor and typeface artist. She makes intricately detailed things, and short life art pieces, such as things made out of sugar or salt.

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Jessica Hische 

Jessica Hische (born 1984) is an American letterer, illustrator, and type designer.

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Si Scott 

I don’t know much about Si Scott’s personal life, but his work is beautiful! I genuinely do love it, teh intricate detail is astounding and inspires me.





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Paula Scher 

Paula Scher (born October 6, 1948, Virginia) is an American graphic designer, painter and art educator in design, and the first female principal at Pentagram, which she joined in 1991


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Stefan Sagmeister 

Stefan Sagmeister (born August 6, 1962 in Bregenz, Austria) is a New York-based graphic designer and typographer. He has his own design firm—Sagmeister & Walsh Inc.—in New York City. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny.




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Creative Criticism

After some creative criticism and positive help, we have slightly altered the story arc.

In the beginning,only the large bird will be in the scene, and the smaller bird will walk into the scene. He will look to see the fire (which is unseen)  He then begins poking the large bird repeatedly.

The sun and moon is no longer in the film to represent time going faster.

New Ending 

Massive fire, smoke explosion

smoke fades

branch is gone

camera pans down to the ground

2 piles of ash with little eyeballs blinking


2 naked birds with a few feathers flying.