Pages & Motion in After Effects

December 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thinking & Practice Tutorial 16/12/13

These tutorials looked at two different transitional effects, the page turn and the shuffle, in After Effects. Four images were imported into a 960 x 540 composition scaled down to fit the composition. Each image was pre-composed in order to make sure that the effects we apply work correctly. We then did a search in the effects and presets toolbar for ‘page’ and we find ‘CC Page Turn’ which can then be applied to each of the images if we alter the settings for the initial image.

The fold position was changed to make it look like a turn of the full page rather than just a fold of one corner. The presets were changed to enhance the appearance. The fold radius was set to 100, light direction changed, the back page changed to no image, the paper colour light grey, and a drop shadow was added via the search bar. You can drag frames out for how long they arerequired to last. The more layers you want, you can just copy the setting with the same presets and apply them to each layer.

The shuffle effect is another type of transition to use. Using the same images scaled down and pre-composed. We took the images off the composition and applied the motion blur. Once the images were dragged down you could see straight away that the motion blur had altered the appearance of the images. When each image is dragged out to a different position on the timeline it creates a cascading effect and another type of transition that can be used between various images.


The Most Famous Book Set in Every US State

December 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This data graphic I find very interesting. It shows each state in North America and within each region is the front cover of the most popular novel that was set in that state. For example, ‘To Kill In Mockingbird’ – a novel set in Alabama, is the most popular literary piece that is set in that state. I like the way the graphic has used the front covers of the books for the map, and then has a reference of all the states and which book is set where.

1930s Style Library Data

December 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Whilst doing research I came across these wonderful data graphics from the 1930s. They take information about certain aspects of specific books and present them in this way. The graphics use a very limited colour scheme and what appears to be hand drawn visuals and typography. Each piece is very detailed and intricate. Although the style is quite outdated, I very much like these designs, and when I looked into the concepts behind each one I think they could be used as a resource to help inspire my visuals.

Data Visualisation Mind Map

December 14, 2013 § Leave a comment


Digital Diagrams – Trevor Bounford

December 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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To help with my initial research I found this interesting book on data graphics. It has a really in depth view on what makes effective data design and how to present statistics accurately. The other thing this book does is present an array of possible ways to present data – something which will be useful when looking at how to present my data. The organisational diagrams featured in the book are particularly notable; despite the content of the book being quite heavy, it really helped to give me an overview of the sorts of things I will be looking into.

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Money, Cost and Professionalism 3

December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Design Practice In Context 2 Lecture 11/12/13

People employ us to do a design job because it is not within their field of knowledge. It is importance to have confidence in yourself and in your work and display this confidence before clients – if they see that you are not confident, they will trip on that immediately. If they see confidence, you will make headway. They want to see you being able to consider all aspects of their pitch. There is such a thing as ‘Full Service Agencies’ – agencies that don’t just do the design work – they do all the marketing for it as well. Turn Key

IP = Intellectual Property

IPR = Intellectual Property Rights

People OWN What they create – this includes ideas, brands, inventions, designs, written work, sons, performances etc. How do we protect ourselves? When we sell a design we no longer own the rights. Anything we produce for a company is theirs not ours.

Patents – These must be NEW. They are big organisations.

HOW things work

HOW they are made

WHAT they are made from

TECHNICAL contribution

Protection can be for as long as 16 years. It can be costly to implement and acquire. There are however benefits to this.

A trade mark is a sign that distinguishes your good / services from your competitors. It is the same as a brand. This is normally marked by (RG) or (TM). Copyright is automatic. It is automatic protection covering anything that you create. Design Right is the way an object looks. It is similar to copyright in that it is automatic, and similarly the key issue is proof of originality.

Book Data Visualisation

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

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As part of my initial research I looked into other people who have created data visuals to do with books. This was so that I could gather some influence and look at the kind of things that could be included in my data visualisation outcome.

Top 5 Most Popular Book Genres Infographic


Although slightly outdated, I really like this visual representation of data on book genres. The canvas size is the long narrow shape of a typical data graphic, and the imagery is playful but eye catching and gives the relevant information in clear, legible font placed in bubbles. What I also like about this graphic is that it tells you a little extra than the title leads you to think, by showing the different print types as well. Graphic found here.

Obama’s Reading Timeline


This graphic stood out to me as well, as another way of providing information at the same time as being visually appealing. This particular data set gives us a timeline representing all the books the current President, Barrack Obama, has read since becoming President in 2008. What’s also interesting is that it also quotes some of Obama’s favourite passages from those books on the right hand side. Graphic found here.

The Power Of Books


Technically with these images we are not looking at infographics, but the concept behind the imagery is brilliant. An interesting and unique way of making a statement that is visually appealing and mentally stimulating. Images found here, courtesy of Tessa.

Top 10 Most Read Books In The World


Here is a classic example of some simple but effective data visualisation. Illustrator Jared Fanning created this based on the number of books printed and sold worldwide over the last 50 years. The units on the Y axis represent the number of books sold in millions. Graphic found here.

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