Week Four: Pitching to Day One

The Voices Her’d visionaries visited Day One so that they can give us feedback on the poster designs we did. Day One really loved the emotional/verbal abuse posters and thought that one of them should be made into a T-Shirt design. The T-Shirt designs they thought were really cool and we did a good job on them. They also loved the Good Lovin’ poster and thought it was really cute, but the vegetables and fruit should be made into monsters and robots because the fruit and vegetable theme was a little too young. The financial abuse poster was too gender specific. Day One thought that we shouldn’t show it in a gender specific way because it might look as if the the girl in the relationship is a “gold-digger” and the man in the relationship is the giver. So instead we drew out a silhouette of a person standing over another person holding a gift where the ribbons are tangled and attached to the smaller person below. This shows one of the definitions of financial abuse which is a form of mistreatment in which an abuser controls a victim’s economic means or may give their partner gifts and expect things like sex and obedience in return.  The technological poster was really good but just needed more realistic photos and details. The Sexual Abuse poster was a really difficult one because we didn’t want to make a poster that would trigger someone in a negative way. We used a first aid kit as a symbol of help, but they thought that it would be a good idea if we would possibly re-work the poster and put the items in a first aid kit as if it were Day One’s services. The Cycle Of Abuse poster was really good and they thought that the gears in the picture weren’t needed.  My thoughts on the feedback were Ok. I never really got criticized on my work before but it wasn’t a bad experience. I had the hardest topic to work on and I had to decide on what I could draw that wouldn’t trigger any one that has been sexually abused. I think the group took it well. It might have been a different experience for some people, but overall our group did a really good job. I really like working and writing on the blog. It helps build my writing skills which I can say are getting really good. -Tichinia,17

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Week Four: Edelman Trip

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This week we took a trip to the company Edelman. They are a communications firm that also works with corp0rations to support social and environmental causes. We got a tour of their office and saw how a desk job could be an artistic environment, too.  The first thing you see when you walk in is a word cloud that was based on the words from “The medium is the Message”, a book by Marshall Mcluhan. They helped us brainstorm ways to get our project to reach our intended groups. We listed our topics, and explained what we knew about them. They helped us figure out a way to connect our projects together.  We learnd that a boiler plate is a paragraph or even a design on the bottom of a poster with the information that could connect all of our differently themed posters together. We also listed places were we all hang out at and places we could hang our posters up to reach our intended audience.

Rebecca 17

Week Four: Learning Illustrator and Starting Final Sketches

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My group and I had trouble figuring out how we were going to combine all of our ideas together. So we brainstormed and figured out an idea. We decided to go with portraying healthy relationships with healthy objects (toothbrushes, fruits, vegetables, etc). Our plan for our poster is to show  different healthy characters next to each other in the shape of a heart representing different characteristics to show a healthy relationship.Then once we finish our poster, we are going to design stickers that show inanimate objects being in a healthy relationship.

-Rebecca 17

Week Three: Brainstorming the Series

We’ve come up with so many ideas by now, we had to take over a wall as an “Idea Bank”!  This way, as we continue to move forward, we can check in with ideas we’ve already worked on for inspiration or to pull things from to re-design.

And now we get busy!  Today we broke into groups, with each group taking on particular elements of each poster series.  We talked about different brainstorming techniques to advance our conceptual approach to image making.  All of the groups made great advancements in the development of their series.  Dakota, Rebecca, Michelle and Casey worked together on the “Good Love” series.  They began by listing different elements that make up a healthy relationship, such as good communication, trust, boundaries and affection.  Then each chose an element to do a series of small, quick thumbnails about.  I worked with Michelle for a few moments, who was brainstorming on affection.  Often in this phase of the process, it can be difficult to transition from doing more complicated drawings back to simple, quick thumbnails.  I explained that going from listing words and defining concepts into drawing quick, rough thumbnails was an exercise in language translation.  You are taking these complex ideas, and then translating them into a universal visual language.  Thumbnails are not meant to be particularly beautiful; mine are often bizarre scrawls that no one can understand but myself.  I assisted Michelle in doing rapid-fire thumbnails; first she drew a couple embracing, then holding hands, then taking a nap together.  I encouraged her to combine them.  “When you put these all together,” I asked the group, “what do you see?”.  Casey replied “Spooning!”  Michelle was going to start drawing a more developed image based on this, but felt intimidated by drawing the figure.  I encouraged her to either use members of her group as models, to work collaboratively with a team member who she felt may have drawing skills she could learn from, or to find an alternative way to represent that image.  We asked the group, “How could we show spooning?”  Laughingly, they answered, “With Spoons!”.  Michelle than began drawing images with the spoons.  I came back a little later, and asked the group, “What could we say about spoons that relates to healthy relationships?”  Dakota said, “This love is stainless!”  and I replied, “And strong as steel!”.  The group then began talking about doing the “Good Love” series using imagery of inanimate objects that belong together.  They started another brainstorming list, including things like chips and salsa, a tv and remote, peanut butter and jelly, a plug and outlet.  Then they started doing more small drawings of these objects.  Next week, we’ll work on developing metaphors and similes and writing catchy, concise statements to go along with these ideas.  —Tanya Linn Albrigtsen-Frable

Today July 21, 2011 we took on the task of creating designs for our anti wife beater campaign. First we created several thumb nail sketches and brain stormed on clever ideas that could woo our viewers. We also created a mind map to help prioritize what we needed to focus our art work on. We then proceeded to make larger revisions on our thumb nails in order to make it presentable to our peers.  We received great feedback on our work. Many people wanted to see if we could combine ideas together. They also gave us minor feedback on what to add on to our rough drafts such as adding some indication of someone climbing up a ladder like a hand or a foot, etc… Every one helped us by narrowing down our choices by coming up one by one and selecting what stood out to them the most.  Right now the direction we are heading right now is thinking about how many designs we are willing to use and how many colors can we choose for our work. We also need to focus on time management. We currently have two projects that need to be completed such as the wife beater shirts as well as our comic on “Love means never having to say…” We aren’t fully sold on the idea of making “love means” as our comic topic so that’s something we need to brain storm about. We are thinking about working on the comic next week and then going back to the wife beaters to meet our deadlines since they are both quickly arriving. One hour could be devoted to the wife beater refinements while another could be devoted to creating comics and story boarding, deciding is still a work in progress.  -Sarah Sanon and Cherry Sompanya

On Thursday July 21, 2011, we picked up from where we left off from Day One. We divided the different topics on abuse we covered into teams to work on. Me and my partner Suzan chose physical and sexual abuse to design posters on, but for now, we designed thumb nails. Our project has a great start so far. Our previous works based on physical and sexual abuse influenced us, but it can use a little more work once we have our Internet working. We also brainstormed ideas based on physical and sexual abuse to get an idea running across our heads. —Sandra Aghedo

Today July 21th 2011, me and my partner worked on thumbnail concepts for abuse posters. We had the topic of sexual and physical abuse.  We also edited ideas from old posters the group did. We took a look at our designs and narrowed down the ones that we thought would be best for the posters. We each came up with four ideas by brainstorming out ideas on a piece of paper. We branched out the words consent and coercion to help with our topic. My part of the project is going well and one question I have is how are we going to afford these poster printings? —Suzan Aghedo

Today I sketched some thumbnails for “Warning Signs”. There are many different types of warning signs such as jealousy, having a temper, false accusations, isolation, blaming, apologizing for your partner, and making excuses for your partner.  The process for making this poster was simple. I had to brainstorm all of the different warning signs and choose the most important ones to sketch. Next I used previous sketches that showed the different warning signs to incorporate in my sketches.  This project is going to finish as a poster for warning signs. —Emeli Herrera 15


Technological abuse is when people are in an intimate relationship and their partner is constantly calling, texting, emailing and looking through personal website profiles. Today we drew thumbnails for our topic on technological abuse. We drew objects that had to do with technology and abuse. Also, we used examples from other people’s ideas and combined it with ours. We used statements to go with every thumbnail that we drew.  The influence we had were from other people drawings and sketches. They had ideas that were good to combine with our topic.  Our part of the project is going on a poster with 4 ideas on 1 poster with red, black grey and white.  We want to look at what other examples can make our topic stronger.  –Jonell Santiago & Tichinia Alexander
Today we designed more posters for the campaign we are working on. We were separated into groups that were from 2 to 4 people in each group. While we were going through the process of brainstorming ideas we selected which sketches were good or okay. My partner and I came up with a few ideas that we had to come up with our topic which was emotional/verbal and financial abuse. We defined both topics and came up with several different ideas for our thumbnails. The influences came from our collages that made us draw serious, funny and emotional sketches. The feedback we got was positive and motivated us to come up with better sketches and ideas. Our part of the project is going well and going on the right track.   —Dominique and Glory Ann

Week Three: Learning Photoshop

Today we learned how to use Adobe Photoshop.  Photoshop is a program that you can use to edit pictures and images. We manipulated photos by moving it around in different places, changing the colors, changing the background to whatever we want. We also used different tools from the tool bar, and used the paint brush in different ways. — Glory Anne and Dominique 16

Week Three: Developing Designs Further

 

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In order to get where we are today in our topic about violent relationships we have written out many posters based on different areas of the topic. These posters have helped us break down this topic and cover every area so that we can understand it much better. We’ve had posters such as warning signs, vocabulary/concept list, “if you love me….”, “love means not having to say…”, unhealthy relationships, healthy relationships, and boundary statements. After our community meeting we’ve decided to break it down to three different series of posters “ If you love me,” “Love means not having to say,” and “Different types of abuse.” —Michelle Lopez 15 years old ..

Week Three: Community Partner Presentation

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On Tuesday, July 19th, representatives from Day One showed up around 10:30 am. This was our presentation day to Day one to show our progress in the last few weeks. They later on selected the top drafts we all created that they feel would work for our campaign. They all gave lots of helpful feedback and ideas to make this even better.  —Sandra Aghedo

On July 19 2010 one of Day One’s members, Claudia, held a small work shop based on the topic of “Wife Beaters”. As a group we explored the deep meaning of Wife Beater tank tops and asked ourselves this: why the name of this piece of clothing was okay and how has society normalized this name? Claudia proceeded to dig deeper into how Wife Beaters have become normalized by using the example “If I called sandals Child Molesters, then everyone would see it as a great offense and that it would NOT be okay, so why is it okay to name a tank top Wife Beater”?  We began designing our own wife beaters using positive messages.  What came out of this small project were loads of creativity and the strong will to change the definition of Wife Beaters entirely. —Saradyn Sanon