The creative commons workshop was a very valuable and interesting workshop that helped refresh me on my knowledge of copyright laws. This workshop relates to our class because when you are creating a website, you must understand where your images/ videos/ creative content is coming from and if it is available for use. Otherwise your website would be taken down and you are taking credit for someone else’s work. This is especially relevant when designing websites, where you would be taking images from the Internet to use in a website. Many DTC and English courses require that you are familiar with copyright laws, and that you use them as though you are a professional and not a student. It is important to understand where someone’s work is coming from, and how you can use it. I really enjoyed this workshop, even though it was all review for me. Last year we went to the same room in the library and had the exact same presentation. I really only remember this, because of the drawing that the librarian used as an example. Even so, I still thought the workshop was interesting and helpful. I think that it is always important to review copyright laws as they change often, are easy to get confused, and are very important for creative work. This workshop helped remind me that I really need to pay better attention when using someone else’s work and make sure that they have deemed it okay to use or remix.
One of my favorite aspects of photography is the use of negative space and lines. In two of my pictures, the blue lit one and the construction zone, I made it a point to highlight the geometry in the area. The lines from the blue lit one go straight up and down while the lines in the construction zone seem to angle all over the place, but somehow remain spaced correctly.
The picture I took of the two guys diving off that cliff (from a trip to the Caribbean) makes excellent use of negative space! The cliff is contrasted harshly by the ocean and horizon line. I may just be stretching it a bit but there are also hints of point in the construction scene in the with the traffic lights. Though they might not be the focus of the picture I still find them to be important. If this photo was cropped a bit more then it would definitely be the focus.
The space and volume of each photo is different. Like I said earlier, the negative space in the cliff picture is clear and is spaced in such a way that the cliff stands out. in the second picture, I would say that the way the room is built helps evenly space out the lines of the lights. The third picture has a lot going on in it. There are obvious parts like the lines from the cranes and building infrastructures but the bus and street also play a large role in the dynamic nature of the photo.
This photo is an example of a point in space. If you ignore the magnet, that I could not for the life of me get off on my door, it is a clear focal point and contrasts well from the door itself. Although color does not really contribute to this contrast, the space around the point does this well because of the geometric embossed elements. The point is round and stands out.
This photo is a simple example of a line. A line can be straight or curved. If there is a beginning and an ending it is a called a line. It can be put together with other lines & still be a line. It is a combination of many points. It can be thick or skinny. It can be a positive mark or a negative gap. In this picture there are horizontal lines & vertical lines. There are many lines in this picture as you can tell. The lines can combine to be even more lines. Almost everything in this picture is a line because lines are combined points.
For plane, I took a photo of my Rubik’s cube. This example of a plane is made up of a height and width with the same measurements, creating a perfect square. Of course it is obvious because it is made up of smaller individual squares which along with it, create lines and form a structured pattern.
This example I took in my apartment’s wall.
This picture is a good example to represent a point in space. I found this pin in my apartment and I hang it in the wall to represent the point. I found that the wall can be a free space that can make the point contrasted from the background. This point represents a position in space as it said in the book “Graphic Design: The New Basics.” The point is the first step to make any shape or volume.
I took this picture while I was walking to the campus.
This example represents a line in space. The line must have at least two points. One point is the beginning of the line and the other one is the end of the line. In this example, I choose a straight line however the line can be curved. The line is the element that made the shapes which all shapes made with several lines. However, lines are made with points so points are the first element to start any shape.
I took this picture in my apartment while I was working on my computer.
This is an example of a plane. I think this paper is representing the plane because it is flat and has hight and width. plane can represent a shape. In this case, it represents rectangular shape. To make a plane, you need to have at least three lines and three points. This example made up with four lines and four points. The plane can also make the space and the volume of thee dimensional objects.
The jack point of my earphones
The reading says the point marks the position in space and multiple points make up a line. It says that a point is a period, the end of a line. In a case of my earphones, all the focus and the source of the line (the earphone itself), the center is the jack point. The point is also very geometric. The point itself is flat, but uniformed. It is symmetrical and provides a hard surface.
Tiles on a bathroom floor
In a case of a line, it is made up by series of points. It appears at the edges of planes, tiles in this case. The tiles are separated by many lines, creating a pattern. The lines in these tiles are solid, not implied, meaning they are in the positive space. These lines are very geometric, straight lines. They are uniformed, hard, and provides as the edge of the plane. Lines can be curved, creating more organic look but these tiles are designed to be straight. It is easy in this pattern to see the two points that connect the line together.
My mousepad is made up of lines and points, creating height and width. The lines make up the edges, but it is a soft plane. The points are not sharp and hard, but more curved, creating more of an organic shape. It is a solid, filled, plane. No negative space is apparent and it is very flat. The edges are worn out, creating a tattered irregular look to it.
For my three photos I looked around my house for some items that represented the various aspects best. The first photo I chose to take was of a thumbtack stuck in my wall, which I believe represents the idea of a point well. If the entire wall was a plane in this situation then the thumbtack would be a single point on the wall, with only x,y coordinates and nothing else.
For the next photo I chose my headphones laying on my bed, which I think represents the idea of a line well. Although its not a perfect straight line, and the plug on the end doesn’t really work, the cord itself could definitely be considered a line in my opinion. It goes from one point to another, and has length, but doesn’t have any breadth.
For my final item I chose a book that I had on my shelf. In this case the whole book wouldn’t be considered a plane obviously since it’s three dimensional, but the front and back covers I would definitely consider planes, since they’re flat and extend over a distance having both width and length.
The first picture of took was of the sun. I did not take this picture with this assignment in mind. I saw how red the sun was and wanted to take a picture. I then realized that the sun acts as a point in the sky. The function of a point is to mark a position in space. I believe the sun marks its position in the sky or space. Another reason why the sun is the point in the sky is because of how much it contrasts from its surroundings. Its colors and brightness both differ from its surroundings.
The second picture is of the parking lot at my apartment complex. I never thought of any parking lot as a line, but it is a series of points (cars). A viewer will easily be able to indicate each individual point. The line in this photo is broken because not every parking space is filled, but that will not always be the case.
The third picture is of the outside wall of the Chinook. This picture is a representation of plane because it extends in both height and width, but has a flat surface. Walls are considered physical planes. This wall is a collection of shapes on this flat plane.
The final picture is of one I took on the Terrell Mall. This photo is similar to one in the reading called, Parallel Lines Converge: Summer Underwood. This photo is able to enclose three-dimensional space and has volume. This photo’s most highlighted feature is its depth.
The sun shining through the smokey sky.
A line of cars in the parking lot at my apartment complex.
The outside wall of the Chinook on campus.
The middle of the Terrell Mall.
This is a picture of a screw that I captured.
This is a picture of a plant that I captured.
This is a picture of a planters box that I captured.
In my first image, I found a screw in the wall at my work that represented functions as point, marking a position in space. The screw stands out from the background because of the light and dark contrast. I really liked the texture of the wall with it as well, it made the screw stand out from the rest.
In the second image, I found a plant that functions as a line because the bold line that it creates through each leaf. The thick green lines spread out through the picture and the viewer can still see that the line is made up of the plant itself but the overall form is a bunch of lines. The texture and color of the plant brings out the bold lines. Before I took this picture I didn’t use flash and in this one I did use flash, I noticed that had a huge effect as well.
In the third image, I found a planters box outside of my work that functions primarily as a plane and in some ways volumes. In this picture the planter box has a large flat surface with specific outlines and shapes. The straight edge of the box draws attention as well as the texture and color in comparison to the flowers. You can also see that the back wall of the building is actually a 3-dimensional object. It has volume, including height, width, and depth. I would say that the planter box does just that as well being that you can see the edges and texture along with the height of the box in comparison to the wall and ground.
Line by Me
Point by Me
Plane by Me
As a previous art student, I have studied and created points, lines, and planes frequently. All three can be found together and separately, and are easily found in everyday life. We often used them to draw three dimensional figures such as cubes and pyramids. The first image on the left is the image I selected for line. The image features many lines which overlap one another in a linear fashion. The railing lines are more obvious since they are bold and contrast against the light background of the horizon. The horizon is also a less obvious line, but a line nonetheless that is almost parallel to the railing. The horizon featuring a slightly different color from the sky and water, clearly define where the two planes (Sky and water) meet. The crisp and sharp edges of the railings overlapping suggest even more planes between them where there is negative space.
The next photo features several brightly colored geodes that I found breathtaking in a gem shop. Each geode is an individual plane, defined by the sharp curve around them. There are several planes within the geode which makes it more interesting and adds depth and dimension. The smooth surface of the geode is what I decided to focus on, as it has a solid color that is defined by a contrasting colored edge.
The third image on the far right defines a point. The eye is drawn to the upper right of the photo, where my sister is riding her bike close to where the horizon ends and comes to a point. Her bright red shirt contrasts against the earthy colors around her making her the single focus of the photo. A series of curved parallel lines draw the viewer’s focus towards the point.
Ellen Lupton explains the artistic value among elements using points, lines, and planes to map and connect data. Each of these elements are prominent in our every day lives, and present unique features that can often be overlooked. I appreciated the chance to take a greater look at what Lupton calls the “building blocks of design,” as point, line, and plane design attributes are visible virtually everywhere.
A button on the backpack of one of my peers.
Lupton describes points graphically, as a mark in a position in space in the form of a dot (or visible mark). The relationship between the point and its surroundings make for its own identity instead of blending in. This is particularly from the contrast of the button on the backpack, against the black fabric and the brown leather patch it is attached to.
A window pane hanging on my bedroom wall.
The lines are straight, uniform, and align perfectly. Especially with light reflected on the window pane, the lines represent an infinite series of points. The pane depicts edges amongst planes that meet.
A photo I took of my keyboard.
The lines of silver between the keys on my laptop keyboard are actually not lines at all – they just appear that way as they act as a barrier between each key. They are symmetrical and the contrast of color makes for more definition in this barrier. The 3D nature of the keys also enables plane dimensions. The solid, flat surface and spacing make for an example of a plane.