Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Post for HW due on 8/29/13

Articles in G Drive: Post on Blog by Due 8/29/13
~What is color?  
~Translating Colors
~The Do's & Dont's of Infographics
      ~Commentary
      ~Thoughts
      ~Connections to Arts Chapter
      ~Connections to WOK
      ~Connections to TOK activities & AOK Classes


 

44 comments:

  1. George "What is color?"
    Color is the byproduct of the spectrum of light, as it is reflected or absorbed, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. Color is from the spectrum of light and certain wavelengths interact with the receptors of the eyes. Color is mainly relates with perception, as the eyes and brain have different perceptions of each color because of their wavelengths, and that information eventually tells the brain it is a certain color. Color is language, as it can be a form of communication such as, the color red in the USA represents love, and blue is gloomy or depressed. With this it also sets a mood, as when different colors give a message, and that can set the mood of a painting, making it a sad painting or a happy painting. Primary colors are used to make other colors like the secondary colors and tertiary colors. However, primary colors aren't technically colors, as the human perception cannot see the primary colors, and if you can't see them they aren't colors. I think that the alternation of colors such as, tints, tones, and shades, are what help people communicate same colors, with different messages, as they change the value of the color. Such as, having a darker value of blue, making it more gloomy, depressed looking, based off of American society, but then adding tint to making it lighter, could lessen the gloomy look, and make it more brighter, and happier. Also saturation has different effects especially in perception, as making some movies in black-and-white, and then having the same movie in color can change the perception of the tone of the movie. Like, in The Wizard of Oz, the movie changed from black-and-white, to color, and that changed my perception of the movie, as I could see more detail with color, even though it was technically the same film, and the same camera, but the color affected my mood, making me more interested in the movie. With warm colors and cool colors, I have noticed that some places have warmer colors to make it seem more welcoming, like in my doctor's office. However, in the examination room, the colors switched from the warmness to the cooler colors, to probably relax the patients, before he exams them. Color schemes, I think have a big role in the infographics, as certain colors tend to go together, and appear nicer, than other colors schemes. Artists with effective uses of the color wheel and color schemes are able to make inforgraphics more effective and appealing. This also relates to color psychology, as certain colors and color schemes interact with the human brain in certain ways, compared to other colors/ color schemes. Like when some infographics use bright white backgrounds, with other information in other bright colors, it makes it more appealing to me, as it appears more welcoming, compared to another one, which may not have the white background, or other colors. It appears that colors that have the description by the authors, may be from countries similar to the USA or the USA, as some of the color description matches the common definitions, like red is for love, and black as power. However, do different cultures view these colors as opposite, as maybe different folktales, or traditions have shown different definitions for the same color.

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    1. Because your parents are immigrants from China, what is YOUR perception of red? What do you associate it with?

      I see it as:

      passion
      anger
      fire
      love

      And you?

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  2. Jose

    For my group, I chose the article “What is color?” As someone who considers himself an “artist in training”, I really enjoyed reading this article. I have learned pretty much all of the information in my art appreciation class, but reading the article was a nice reminder that color is something so powerful and interesting. One thought on which I would like to add on to would be the author’s tip to pick colors wisely as they set the mood for a room. Color should go much further than just decorating a room nicely. In my opinion, color should be one of the first things to think about if the task at hand requires making something aesthetically pleasing. Sense perception dominates how we feel about something, and using the wrong colors could create a terrible perception. For example, in class, I did not choose the Teen Suicide infographic as being the most effective. We read in the previous article for homework that science does matter in an infographic, but that art completes the job and makes the data effective. The Teen Suicide graphic had useful information, but the color choice was not pleasing to the eye and could even be considered as cliché, seeing as how red and black are commonly used for dark topics. I think that even if I were able to overlook the cliché of the color choice, I would still be put off by all the different shades of red and black used. The book makes a point about how people tend to look for balance in something in order to find it visually pleasing; however, the random shades and background figures did not create any kind of pleasing balance or order. My art appreciation class helped build my foundation regarding the psychology behind colors, and now this article has helped reinforce that knowledge. It is now clear as to why my room, which contains many blues, relaxes me while my sisters’ room, which contains many pinks and reds, makes me feel energized while in it.

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    1. In addition to color...what roles do you think texture, line, and spatial relationships play in art.....infographics?

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    2. Is color the most important or equally important to texture, line, form space...etc?

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  3. Hyon
    The article I read was about translating color. It provided useful information about what kind of colors would appeal to a certain gender or age group. It also provided examples of how the meaning behind color differed among different cultures. I found it interesting that in China, they associated mourning with the white because in the US, we associate death with black instead. It made me wonder if they would dress completely in white to a funeral as we do in black. Another part that I found interesting is that in Zimbabwe and Liberia, there was no word to distinguish red and orange. It reminded me of how my grandmother would refer to both green and blue as the same thing because there was originally only one word to describe them. In one of the sections it talked about color combinations, specifically black and red. It reminded me of the activity we did with the 2 different infographics since one of them had the color scheme of red and black. However, unlike the emotion the infographic tried to express the section talked about how in China, red and black signified happiness.

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    1. This reminds me of how Savannah's school is decorated during the Chinese New Year. There is so much red and black and I do not associate these colors with happiness.

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  4. Mario Martinez
    8-29-13
    3A
    The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographic Design
    After reading the article on the do’s and don’ts of infographics designs I saw that there are many rules which will leads to a successful infographics. Before reading I honestly thought that with infographics you just place facts and interpret them with charts and bars and things of that nature. But I came and saw that when it comes to infographics it relates to the objectivist view where the quality of the work will determine whether it will be good or bad. If it is a good Infographic it will demonstrate it rather than being said and by this it is meant that the more visually appealing it is the more likely it will be successful in drawing in audiences and getting points across. However as discussed in the article there are rules in where the color scheme and organization of the Infographic plays a great role, which then goes back to the idea of it being visually appealing but at the same time is able to get its message across. Relating back to the Arts chapter in the book, this article demonstrates how far technology and color have taken the impact of art to a different level. With the amount of different colors being used that once before were limited, technology has given art the opportunity to be better and appeal to a much larger audience than ever before. When reading the rule with structure and organization in the article it reminded me of the golden ratio in a way. The Greeks based much of their art and architecture on this proportion of 1.62 without knowing the actual basis of things, and they used that measurement because it simply pleased the eye. Infographics in a way is like this where the goal is to make it appealing in other words make it beauty to the eye of its beholders. An activity that was done in class that relates to infographics was the comparison between the two infographics; with one dealing with teen suicide and the other with the usage of phones. When I look back I now know why I found the Infographic dealing with the usage of phones more appealing. And the reason behind it was because just as the article discussed it followed the rules to lead to a somewhat successful Infographic that visually informed its audience. I didn’t really like the Infographic dealing with teen suicide because it used to much of a dark color scheme and I understood the reason as to why he used such colors but it didn’t want to make me want to read more about it. All it truly did was overall was draw me in and I really couldn’t pick out the main focal point of the teen suicide Infographic. Overall infographics must be able to visual show there point rather than saying it purpose for doing so and in order to do this the rules given within this article must be followed. And through this I can say that infographics is a form of art because it has purpose and it both informs and teaches.

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    1. And what about our ability to interact with an infographic more easily than lets say an abstract work?

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  5. Djellza Ramadani
    Translating Colours

    Through experience and research, it is evident that different colors extract different emotions from people.In fact, it has been proven that seeing the color red causes an increase in blood pressure in many people. In this article regarding the meanings of the different colors, it is stated that businesses strategically use certain colors whilst marketing to achieve certain reactions from their marketing target. Most kids are tend to be attracted to colorful things, and therefore many items for kids, such as toys and clothing are very colorful.

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    1. How does this relate to our overarching discussions?

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  6. Sagen
    Translating Colors
    The title of this article struck me as meaningless, but after reading it I found it to be very interesting. I always figured that everyone had their own way of interpreting colors and that culture and location can impact their perceptions, much like it does for most things. What I saw as somewhat surprising was that men preferred bright colors and women preferred soft colors. As a female I understand the liking of soft colors because bright colors make me look like walking pieces of fruit, but I didn’t expect for men to favor bright colors. I rarely ever see males wearing or being seen in bright colors which is why this took me by surprise. I usually see men in the fashion world wearing dark or sometimes soft colors so this news didn’t make much sense to me. Another fact that astonished me, because it was so true, is that as children are at a “later stage of development” they prefer shapes to colors. I think that the following statement is true because kids have big imaginations and love to just pick up colors and draw continuously; my little sister does just this all the time. Colors are one of the first few things that they learn as they grow, because they’re so simple to understand and remember, whereas with shapes, you must remember how many sides they have whether the lines should be straight or not, and many other things. However, I believe that older people, such as myself, do prefer shapes because of their complexity and how they test our abilities. Art isn’t a passion of mine but I enjoy sketching from time to time; and when I do, I am hardly ever concerned about the color of my drawing. The structure and neatness of the piece is more of what I pay attention to and try to fix rather than the color scheme, however, it does still have some impact.
    What was said about logos made me look back and think about the millions of trademarks from different companies that are out there. I started to think about what they really were trying to convey, if they were trying to convey anything at all. Sometimes colors are used to change how we feel about something. Colors signify different emotions everywhere around the world, so these alterations will be changed depending on where they will take place. For instance, if a company was trying to spread exposure about sex, they would use the color red in the United States. But if they were trying to reach out to an audience in Spain, they would go with the color green. It may not make sense to you, and honestly it doesn’t make any sense to me, but what kind of society we are raised in and our surroundings influence out ability to understand the meaning of this. I’m pretty sure that if a native-born Spaniard saw that sex is linked to the color red in America they would think that we are crazy too. It’s all a matter of perception.

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    1. In what ways can we bridge these perceptual differences?

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  7. Meng
    The Do's & Dont's of Info-graphics

    Info graphics are the visual representation of information. According to the article, info-graphic are known to be a powerful tool for disseminating huge amounts of information to the audiences. Art tends to catches more people's attention then a long boring paragraph. Connecting to the Art Chapter, it stated that art had always been used for propaganda purpose throughout the history, such as the history cartoon that shows the reality. This is exactly what info-graphic does, it spread information through a "fun" way where it can catches the reader's attention. In designing info-graphics,you should only show the information through charts and pictures, but not telling the information, and make sure not to over-do chart because that would just look like an excel spreadsheet. Your info-graphic should be organize and make it easy for the viewers to follow. You should make your main point bold and catches the viewer main attention, so they know what to take from the info-graphic. Although neon and black are very edgy, its not good on info-graphic because they tends to be hard to read. You should just stick to three primary color when you are making a info-graphic. Info-graphic are meant to be fun, and easy to understand.

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    1. Meng, how is this article applicable to to all that we have been discussing?

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  8. I think it is very interesting how we come to attribute different colors with different moods. Like how black can be used as a sign of power, red for love and white for purity. As a society, we have trained our brains to recognized our brains as good or bad colors. This makes me wonder to what extent is art subjective. Yes we interpret the art in different ways but to what extent if most of us attribute the same meaning to the same colors. The article said that a work of art shouldn't be chaotic or too dull, it has to be a perfect balance between the two and that color is used to create harmony. It's true because our brains can't really process something too chaotic because it may have too much going on at once, that's why colors are used to create that unity and that harmony. Should all work of art create harmony in order to be pleasing? The advancement of technology had made the availability of color increase by a lot. There's such a large range of colors present now that people couldn't imagine back then. It's interesting how humans move on and so do they art work. Art is still a great way to communicate your ideas, and colors are just aids that help get that idea across in a more efficiently matter.

    Blanca V.

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    1. So if our brains have been trained to recognize and associate colors with good and bad, then does this apply to our associations with respect to race?

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  9. Paola 3A
    The Do's and Don'ts of Infographic Design

    This article inform me on a lot of tips on how to make an effective info-graphic. When making a info-graphic it must be more of a data visualization since it is basically you who needs to make the details less when it comes to reading but something that can capture the viewer's attention quickly. This makes the reader visualize the theme and its purpose. There should be less text and more ways of how to present the data in a graph. When it is in a graph it should not be too simple where anyone could basically do it in excel, it should be something unique and more closely to what you are talking about in the info-graphic since that can actually grab the viewers attention. It must have the right colors scheme "palette" in order for the info-graphic can look the way you want it to be. Although at times not everyone uses the same rule and may break the rules given in that article and had been successful with their info-graphic.

    During that time in class where we spoke about the differences in the two info-graphics that we had to choose, one was more effective. The one that was more effective was the Teen Suicide because it went on straight to the visualization and how we can imagine how in certain places had some causes to it, and there was not that many text since that's not the whole point of the info graphic. Comparison to the other info -graphic it was presenting way to much typography, exceed more than necessary, and although it got a nice color palette or scheme it made it more attractive but not for its actual facts. Also when we were set into groups to talk about art a bit more it reminds me how everyone does not have the same perception on a certain topic and that effects how much an info-graphic can reflect on the artist/creator. Also when reading through this it reminds me how there must be a story behind what you are trying to make the viewers visualize, like how art has their purpose because there is some kind of "story" behind whether it is based on culture... historical content or other factors. As similar to the text because art can combine well with other concepts such as science, technology, history and others it gives those that are visual learners to see something if they can not look it through numbers or words that may not make sense to certain people and instead have art who can present it in which one can understand it better. Like if you were to give some statistics on a certain matter some may understand but then some may not but putting it into a graph would make things easier to understand in order to make a comparison to what the numbers may mean to put out numbers for people to think about where an info-graphic, powerpoint presentations or in reports that shows that kind of matter can make a difference to how a person may perceive it.

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    1. What is we don't have the cultural and context? What then?

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  10. Translating Colors
    Everyone comes from different ethnicities and by reading the article I found out that many countries have different meanings to colors. Like the color orange in the U.S stands for hazard signs and in China it's a type of spiritual color. Many of us are trained to look at each color with a deep meaning. For example, in Class we were asked to look at the image of love in four different colors and choose one that made more sense. The one people chose the most was the red one. In my perspective people already know that almost everywhere you go a heart is colored red, representing "love". In my opinion people may have a typical favorite color that makes that particular color pop out to their sight. When opening websites the first thing that gets my attention are the colors. In class when we observed which info graphic caught our eyes the most I was able to see the color meaning each one had. When I saw the one with a lot of colors on it I thought about the rainbow and how rainbows show a sense of happiness. That info graphic caught my attention and made me be interested on that one because of the sense of happiness and interests it brought to me. Looking at the "Teenage Suicide" I observed that the colors they applied to it made me get a sense of depression and sadness. The color black and red made me think about evil stuff and I guess since I was younger I was taught that it represented the devil, which in part it's a religious view. Color represents many brands and it is used to distinguish many things, such as the colors of fast food restaurants, as McDonalds and Burger King. Without the difference in colors there won't be a difference on how people view the different restaurants. When looking at art you automatically see the colors that are in there and look at the colors that are being put together. A little kid will perceive a picture of a yellow Sun and a colorful garden as a happy and enjoyable picture.In the article it talks about how language barrier can affect the perception of color. This is true due to the fact that people come from different places where they have different history, culture and language. Not having the same traits as others limits your knowledge about the meaning of colors people may have. This shows that color isn't Universal because people have different meanings to the same color.
    Yeni Munoz

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    1. So if red is evil, were you steered away from fast food establishments that use red in their logos and advertisements.

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  11. Esther Risinger
    "What is color?"

    This article was mainly about color and how it works in context with our perceptions. In many ways color can stimulate a specific mood or feeling. For example red can, to some people, symbolize love and/or being in love. In other cases it can stimulate a fearful emotions based on its use with blood ( which is portrayed in many horror movies as scary ). In the text it states " Color is a language. Color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives". These two statements got me wondering, what about those who are color blind? If color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives then what is in place of color to color blind people? It also stated " It speaks to who you are, how you feel, and where you are going?" Without color are we spirtiaal lost if youare color blind. If color plays such a huge part in our lives, to what extent are those who are incapiabale of seeing color unable to connect emotions to specfic things? Would you rather have had color vision and lost or not have color vision at all.

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    1. Hmmmm

      Esther, this is really interesting.

      Color blind

      What about people who were just born blind and have never perceived with their eyes?

      Can you smell, feel, taste and hear color?

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  12. Edwin R.
    I found it interesting that a for profit company would, although it is in their best interest to, explain what art is. color, defined scientifically is the "byproduct of the spectrum of light, as it is reflected or absorbed, as received by the human eye and processed by the human brain. color in connection to WOK is considered a language because colors are used to express feelings, emotions and moods and people based on their culture identify specific colors with meanings. for example, in the psychology of color (in the USA), black refers power and authority and is attributed to evil, white is taken as innocence and purity, and green is attributed to nature. the psychology of color is related to history as in certain times people attribute certain colors to certain things, most famously is the color red which was and still is attributed to communism.in connection to the TOK activity we did with the infographics, I chose the one with the red and black because I found the red to be very attractive and appealed to my emotions, and the article defined red as most emotionally intensive color which help to a certain degree why I chose that info graphic and not the other.

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    1. Is red attributed to Communism itself or does the red represent something in relation to communism.

      Next time you look at propaganda and/or a political cartoon, think about the color that is used...spatial relationships of the objects and/or people.

      Think about the about the big brother poster in 1984.

      Someone mentioned that dictators have big mustaches....LOL

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  13. I read the Translating Colors article and what an amazing experimental analysis of how color is translated across the globe. Now that I've read this article I have come to the conclusion that Color is not universal. One shocking comparison I came across was the color of a funeral in China, how when white is seen abundantly it usually has to do with death or a funeral. As compared to the United States whereas black is associated with death and funerals. The semantics of Colors are so large in quantity that it can literally cause a headache. As I continued I took note of the variations in symbolism of color per country and how they were very much differentiated across the globe. Noting this down, I understood why art isn't universal and why different people of different cultures depict certain things a different way. Mainly because color is involved in art and color itself is differential to people. In some languages there aren't any words for certain colors like orange for example, if a person with a language like that were to analyze art their interpretations would be very much different from another because of the limitations to color that one person would have. Having a limitation to color effects absolutely everything now that I think of it; it effects the ways of knowing to even the areas of knowledge. One can find reasoning behind a color from a piece of art and interpret it in order to understand the artists intent for example. This commentary could go on forever, but to summarize all my thoughts, I would have to say that much understanding and knowledge was gained particularly in color and art from this article. I very much appreciate the authors/writer's time, work and input into this article.

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    1. If your perceptions and meanings that we attach to color vary from culture to culture, then how will the art be appreciated if the intent is misunderstood?

      Or does that matter?

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  14. Juwan

    I read the article pertaining to infographics and I must say that I found it very useful. Before I read it I had no idea where to start with my graphic. The most helpful part of the article was the descrpition of color palleting. I think choosing the right colors is vital in order to attract an audience and create empathy. In class the infographic about suicide was not even interesting for me to read it. Once I saw the color I immediately went to the other infographic. The hardest thing I will have to do when creating my graphic is the hook, because it has to pertain to the data while simaltaneously presenting the data clearly and interestingly. i would not consider myself to be a great visual artist. I find my creativity at it's best when creating audible art. Creating infographics is completely based on perception and you must create a graphic that best presents a universal message to viewers. Creating an infographic will be a challenge, but I confident that I can meet the requirements. I am looking forward to this project because I feel that infographics are a very potent way of realying information.

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    1. Creativity translates into all facets....

      Your perception of your creativity being limited to one area may have become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      You bring up the idea of a hook. I struggled to create a hook with my sample infographic. I think I will go back this weekend and try my hand at another one.

      I am thinking that a symbol should serve as the hook and the infographic should weave its way through (beginning, middle and end).

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  15. While reading this article I saw a phrase that said “color is one of the most fulfilling elements in our lives, it can attract your attention or change your mood which reflects to emotion in the ways of knowing. It speaks to who you are, how you feel and where you're going.” And based on this I asked myself what role does sense perception especially that of color play in understanding our world and surroundings and also while reading this I researched color in a different perspective and I found out that color has 3 views: objectivism which is the view that color is an objective, eliminativism which is the view that physical objects do not have colors and subjectivism which is the view that color is a subjective quality. Also while reading this article I connected it to the activity we did in class about the word LOVE but highlighted in different colors and which one calls or draws us near the most to what I read about how color attracts our attention and speaks to who we are which is like calling to us. This article what is colors can also be connected to the arts chapter in the TOK textbook because sometimes colors are used as a symbol to represent art or call attention to a particular art piece.

    Cynthia

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    1. Which view of color applies to you?

      Objectivism?
      Eliminativism?
      Subjectivism?

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  16. Ganiu
    3A
    According to the article I read on the G-Drive " Color is the byproduct of the spectrum of light as it is reflected or absorbed by human eyes and processed through the brain." The article talked about how to make colors more pleasurable to the minds eye of the viewer. The aesthetics of colors and color manipulation such as saturation including manipulation of the color wheal to create harmony in a room. According to the text I read "Harmony is defined as a pleasing arrangement of parts, either music, poetry or color".
    A funny thing in the text I found is when discussing the meaning of certain colors, for instance yellow can be a color of irritation causing even babies to cry, and causing increase in metabolism speed and concentration enhancement. This makes me think about cultures around the world with the color white. When depicting Iku(Yoruba god of death) who is painted white, and a show I watched a while back in which the bride of Chinese decent wanted to where a white wedding dress but her family thought white was an inappropriate color because of it's relation to death and mourning, instead they wanted her to wear a red dress which represented luck.
    Another relation is also due to perception in the article it is stated that certain colors we automatically perceive some colors based on our culture and how we were brought up to believe in some colors. This is relateble to the classwork to we did with the separately colored hearts that each vibrated. most of the class chose red and pink hearts because it was what they were used to because of what our culture say on valentine's day. Very little people chose yellow and less chose black. I chose black not only because of how the color vibrated to me but I also took the context each color spoke to me. I thought that since black is the presence of all colors excluding the presence of light. If anybody is willing to go through that darkness than they truly are in love.
    In connection to the Arts chapter of the book the article says several things about the harmony of colors. "extreme unity leads to under-stimulation, extreme complexity leads to over stimulation." and also, that human brains reject what they can't organize and what they can't engage with. This when talking about the art chapter can lead to our objective and subjective views when we see a piece of art. If we can't engage with it or it is to complex or simple we find it boring and meaningless. Through the composition of color, hue, and finding a peaceful way to compose these with a purpose then viewers can understand and truly feel the art or understand it's purpose.

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  17. Ashanti M.
    "Do's and Don'ts"
    Reading this article it made me start to think that there's a science to everything. Almost every detail for advertisements or publications has been carefully decided. What struck me the most was how simply the way Infographic are layed-out. The type of font to the color palette. Even the organization of statistic whether it be in percents, numerical values, or use of symbols for particular number values. When finding connects to the chapter I could see that Art and Infographic both thrive off of interpretations.Its all about how one perceives the information. Also both work at the viewers Emotions. Infographic want to draw you in and persuade you to be down for their cause. Similar to art which also tugs at the viewers heart strings.

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  18. jamilet
    What is color; This article appears to show that color has an effect towards how one feels. Its as if color is a characteristic of ones mood. As if each color has a meaning or a representation of something. Especially with how easily color can be manipulated. If color affects our mood can it manipulate how someone is really feeling at the moment. Depending on the hue, tone, or even how shading itself is created. or is this all just in our mind that colors has no affect but the fact that it is surrounding us we create a meaning to it. For example when I am running in the trails, believe it or not I ll get exhausted. So when almost finishing my run there is always a lighting that hits off the trees, creating this contrast of colors; brown with many shades if green. Because of this contrast and lighting I take in whats around me, and replacing my exhausted mood with tranquility. Yet because I run in the woods daily its already has some affection, like this perceptional view of it being a "home" because of how accustom or familiar I am with the environment. In addition with how running helps me have a clear mind. Working hard in this scenery I create this perception that the woods itself can be calming. So that being said color could manipulate ones mood because of how one perceives it.

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    1. Isn't this how misunderstandings happen? We create meaning based on our schema that involves geographical location, gender, race, ethnicity, culture etc. Our schemas are different from one another.

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  19. Kolleen
    The Do's and Don'ts of Infographic Design.
    Learning how to create a good infographic is necessary to build businesses and share important information. The area of knowledge art is a very important key to have success atcreating infographics. Art deals a lot with sense perception. Art is interpreted based on how someone perceives a work. The article says to show more than you tell when you're making an infographic. I also believe that the visual should show just as much as you tell because the infographic should allow people to quickly assess data just by looking at the visual. The article even mentions not to rely on typography. Pictures and graphs that represent data are more important than writing, although writing is also important for infographics. The author of the text emphasizes that one must display information in the most eye-catching way to keep the viewer interested. Arts should also be eye-catching in order to please the viewer. When speaking of art it is important to remember science. Due to new technological advancements, artists are able to enhance their work to help depict their vision to the audience.
    Planning a storyline before you start doing visuals is a good habit. Having organized how you will execute your ideas is a good way to make any work of art; that way it comes out the way the artist wants it. Art can be used to tell a story. Good infographics have a beginning, middle, and end. Works of art can also have beginnings and ends, not only in novels or other writings but drawings and music as well. I can't think of a song, a poem, or a piece of writing that doesn't tell a story. Paintings and drawings on the other hand tend to be more indirect at times and allow the viewers to use their imaginations to create a story.
    Visual hooks are very important in infographics. They sum up the big picture. For example, the infographic we looked at in class about teen suicide had a hook. The hook was the nuse that indicated that many teen suicides occur due to teens hanging themselves.
    "The right color palette can help organize an infographic, evangelize the brand, reinforce the topic and more." This phrase from the article reminded me of the "beauty and harmony" section of the Art chapter. There should be a sense of wholeness otherwise the work can come off as ugly and displeasing. The design of an infographic should be able to attract a diverse audience. Infographics should be as universal as possible but other forms of art can be more culture-based.

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    1. I like that you selected that infographics tell a story. They just provide an additional medium to share that story.

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  20. Odunayo

    The article was on the do’s and don’ts of info graphic design. There are a couple of basic concepts that they mentioned. Those concepts are that when one is making an info graphic, they should focus on portraying the data clear enough that little writing is needed. That is not an easy task. The article goes on to say that simple bar graphs and pie charts are not enough. One needs images that are visually compelling enough to pull the reader in and keep them interested enough to get the information that the image is trying to give. The article says that one should not pile the graphic with basic excel charts or typography. One should separate the graphic into three sections: the beginning, middle and end. The middle is where one should have the hook; one of the most important parts of the graphic. This is the largest most appealing image on the graphic and should have the most important information. Finally, the article discussed the importance of color. It is important that one does not have too many or too few colors because this is one of the main factors of the info graphic that attracts a viewer.
    The article debunked some previous thoughts I had about info graphics. I expected it to be mainly excel charts and typography. The article tells me to focus on images that portray the data or unique bar or pie charts. In order to hit the target audience, we can focus on finding imagery that is symbolic of the LGBT community and turning those into charts or bars that give the information we deem necessary.

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  21. Ya-Marie

    The Do's and Dont's of Inforgraphic Design written by Amy Bulliett, gave examples and explained the rules of creating a well written and attractive infographic. Basic steps and tips were given throughout the article. The first one was show, dont tell meaning all the information you have should be visually stimulating, and the design should speak for itself. There should not be a bunch of standard charts and graphs on a page, and they also must be creative and attractive. Research numbers should be visualized in any if possible, because typography can make or break a design. An infograhic should be well organized, and before you create it you should write your information like a story line in order to guide you as you're creating your infographic. It should be broken up into sections, to spread the information out and it is suggested to use a three color palette because it's easier on the eyes.
    The article was very helpful and now I understand the most successful way to create my infographic so the reader will be entertained while also gaining information. Through the ways of knowing you can attract readers to feel and become attracted to your infographic, so now I have to be sure to use WOK's to inform my readers and keep them entertained.

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  22. Why do you think that images work better than graphs and tables?

    Do graphs and tables resonate at a metaphorical level?

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  23. Shaunakay

    Goethe on the Psychology of Color and Emotion

    This article is about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who published a book in 1810 about color and his interpretation on it. His quote "colour itself is a degree of darkness". What this quote means to me is that without darkness is commonly shunned with words describing it as " obsuce" and "absence", but without darkness there wouldn't be light and without light there wouldn't be darkness. Von Goethe then goes on to explaining different colors. Yellow is told to be like the true definition of "light" and purity as though that is the source of all light because all light has that color. Blue can be dark or light, but it is told as showing high power wit a hint of negation. Red is normally a dark color, representing dignity and jealousy. With these tree colors, I see that the darker the color is, the darker the associated acts to it are. Light is known as beautiful and dark is known as rough.

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  24. Nya

    Nya
    This article was basically en extension of what we talked about briefly in class the other day. Color, like art is not a universal. People from different cultural backgrounds perceive colors a lot differently than we do here in the U.S. I think this is important to keep in mind as we are creating our info graphics because here at Parkdale, our student population does come from many different cultural backgrounds. I think a challenge for us would be to choose the "right" color that fits our topic. Obviously homelessness, hunger and poverty are not happy or enjoyable concepts but at the same time we want to make sure that we can catch the attention of the audience as quickly and effectively as we can. There is a possibility, though it would take a little more work and creativity on our part, that we could create info graphics that pertain to a specific country and by using the article "Translating Colors" as a reference (along with some other sources) feature the color that would cause someone who is from that country or has that culture to have a immediate reaction or relation to the stats that we put on that info graphic. This subject connects to WOK: emotion. SInce we have a gloomier topic our goal will be to create some kind of emotional reaction from our audience whether its sympathy, surprise or sadness.

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Thanks for posting!!

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