Binghamton University Art & Design

May 9th, 2019

Project 4: UX Design

For our final project, we were tasked to do UX Design. Personally, I've never heard of UX Design before this class but once I learned what it was, my initial thought was "Don't we, as designers, already think about the users/audience when we design?"

The short answer is no.

Well, it's more like yes, but there are corporations and companies out there who couldn't care less about the user.

Anyhow, we were assigned into groups and asked to redesign a website. I worked with Carlotta and Sarah and tackled the Binghamton University Art Department site.

I'm going to be honest here folks, I hated it.

UX Design, I realized, is not where my passion lies. While I think it's an important and crucial aspect of design, I definitely don't want a career in it. Thank you Kevin for helping me realize that early on in life.

With that being said, this project required a lot of legwork. Surveys were sent out and a lot of research was done. I was scouring through different University's Art Department sites and taking notes on how it was better (such as the placement of faculty, how information was grouped, and how cluttered the page was.) It wasn't enough for me to say "Well that just doesn't work." I needed to have supporting evidence and a solution for it.

I might have hated this project, but I did have fun learning all the aspects of UX design and I'm very appreciative that it was assigned.

You can check out the results of our project below or you can click here.

March 28th, 2019

Project 3: Article Illustrations

For this project, we were assigned to illustrate three different articles. To read the article associated with each illustration, click on the image.

I wanted my illustrations to be cohesive and have a similar theme, so I chose to focus on news regarding the MTA. I worked with both Photoshop and Illustrator to create the illustrations.

MTA Raising Price of Weekly and Monthly Metrocards

MTA raising prices...

For the first illustration, I wanted to depict the effect that raising prices has. Some original ideas were people dropping money into a wallet that looked like a MetroCard, a savings jar that was virtually empty, and someone handing a paycheck to the teller in exchange for a MetroCard. The last idea is what paved the way to my final illustration. Instead of swiping the MetroCard, a person swipes their paycheck instead.

This Plan Isn't About Unclogging New York City's Streets — It's About Milking Them

This plan isn't about...

With this illustration, I knew from the beginning what I wanted to do. The minute I read the headline, I had an image of the city with udders being milked. I imagined it as a photocollage, with some drawn elements. I wanted it to work as a stand-alone, and it's this illustration that impacted the way I thought about the other two in terms of style and color.

Council Members Urge Action from MTA After More Debris Falls from 7 Train

Council members urge action...

I won't lie, this is my least favorite illustration. I originally wanted the umbrellas to be real, but I couldn't find a good source. I also would have liked to animate this illustration (I think the message would have been more impactful this way) but unfortunately I ran out of time. Maybe it'll be a future endeavor.

February 28th, 2019

Project 2: Line Icons

For this project, we were tasked with designing icons that represented us as designers or as people. Unlike the last one, I found myself stuck in the sketching process. I had to ask myself multiple times who I was and what my interests were. There were so many concepts I wanted to explore, one of which actually hurt to abandon— which was the idea of broken drumsticks (I used to play the drums up until high school, where I regrettably abandoned it.)

I settled on one design: a fish jumping out of the water. I really wanted to do an icon with water because I felt it best represented me as a designer, since I am influenced by all styles and tend to go with the flow of things. The fish was chosen purely because I'm a Pisces. However, as I was creating the icon, I kept thinking about another design I scrapped.

The second design is a simple moon in the sky. As I was working on the fish icon, I started feeling more connected to the moon icon. It represents me in multiple ways: I love sleeping, I always have my head in the clouds, and the artwork I produce tends to be surreal. I also love the moon (how can you not?) As I was finishing up the fish icons, I realized I had enough time to make a second set of icons. After finishing both sets, it wasn't too hard to decide which ones I wanted to represent me.

If you'd like to see the sketches for this project, click here.

February 5th, 2019

Project 1: Postcard

This postcard design was influenced by my personal goals. Something I've come to realize over the years is that I never make things for myself— whether that be writing or creating art. On the other hand, my younger sister who is curently 12, fills up sketchbooks within a matter of few weeks. She is constantly creating and making art and I wish I could do the same. She's not afraid to try new things and I get so happy when she calls me or messages me asking if I would like to see her new pieces. I'm not going to lie, she is an inspiration to me. This postcard was designed not only for her but it also serves as a reminder to me. I need to create more art that I'm passionate about.

If you'd like to see the sketches for this project, click here.