Category Archives: Work from ECU

Masculine & Feminine


For my Advanced Typography class, I concluded the semester with another kinetic type video. The project was self-directed with the intention of being an exhibit in a typographic museum. This video examines the stereotypes of gendered typography, then analyzes some of the subtler influences that could be present in a typeface. Of course, it’s all in good humor!

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“With a Lily in Your Hand” Kinetic Type

This evening, I finished my first attempt at kinetic typography. For our core design class, we ended the semester creating videos with the objective of using moving type to convey emotion. This is my first time using After Effects, though I am certain it won’t be my last. Kinetic type is pretty addicting, although I like it in short doses. I don’t know if I could animate an entire song and spare my sanity at the same time.

We weren’t required to have sound in our video at all, but inside I was screaming, “No sound required?! But this is the perfect opportunity to set type to music!” This is where my background in music comes in–I sifted through my entire music library for hours, brainstorming songs I could animate. Disappointingly, there isn’t a lot of choral kinetic type out there, hence I wanted to try content that hasn’t been done.

Back in my senior year in high school, our choir director would give us listening sessions. We would sit back and relax in darkness, as to get the best listening experience, and this is where I was first introduced to the contemporary composer Eric Whitacre. I soon bought his album and have been hooked since. I selected his song “With a Lily in Your Hand” because it has a strong energy about it, yet is dynamic enough for experimentation. When I hear music, I imagine it visually as well as aurally. This was my chance to express how I imagine music. I hope I did the song justice–at least for an amateur.

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PFD: Last Chance to Sea

After dozens of hours (not to mention a hundreds of still frames), my team finished our life jacket advocacy project. I’ve paired up with Fiona Samson, Helene Lu, and Tia Blunden to produce PFD: A Last Chance to Sea, a stop motion animation short. It’s a story about Petey, a PFD, who lacks acceptance in the human world, and sets off to fulfill his destiny.

This is the first stop motion I’ve ever worked on. Although the process was very tedious at times, I must say that the outcome is very rewarding. When it comes all together, you get all giddy inside!

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Processing Film

I really wanted to give film processing a whirl for my next photo project, although it wasn’t required. Last night I got the film loaded and spent nearly an hour planning out what to do next. Overkill? Maybe. I was terrified I would ruin my film entirely. After the fixer, I started to freak out because the rinse water was VERY purple. I winced in the end, expecting the worst.

Ta-da! It was a success!  I will post my final project in a week or so.

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Don’t Mind the Rain

A few weeks ago, we had another critique in Design Photo. Our task was to present some kind of mood. Earlier, I began thinking about the rain and its association with sadness, but it would be no fun to shoot something so cliche!

You see, ever since I was little, I loved the rain. I love the way the drops hit your face when you look the the sky, even though you end up squinting to avoid getting nailed in the eyes. The sound is even more intriguing. Have you ever just listened to the rain? I could spending hours listening. Sure, I like the sun once in a while, but a decent downpour doesn’t turn me sour.

So I ended up juxtaposing a more cheerful mood with “lousy” weather. My younger sister also shares an appreciation for rain, so she volunteered to model for me (with a promise to stop by the bakery after the shoot). I had enough film for 72 exposures, so we didn’t hold back and acted like ourselves. The overall goal was to be who we naturally are, without looking like a scene from “Singing in the Rain”. One hilarious moment was when another person and their dog walked into the background, and the dog proceeded to do his business on the sidewalk right in my view– had I captured that image, it would have made for an interesting conversation.

The bad news is that I actually used the wrong film, so I didn’t get to process my own at school. Nonetheless, I still tried my hand at manually printing the images myself. I liked making contact sheets the best, because then I could see everything as though it were a narrative. Eventually, I selected my final shots that may reveal a slight hint of happy emotion without being too blatant. I also experimented with burning, which adds a layer of mystery to the images. Next time, I think I might try to find someone willing to lend me some contrast filters.

Was it worth the getting drenched with rain in the end? Definitely.

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As a part of my design photo class, students set off to capture a series of the western alphabet within their own selected theme. My topic consisted entirely of shadows, which I found compelling because they often go unnoticed by passersby. A large number of the shadows I encountered were very organic in shape, and were difficult to discern as letters. Therefore, my selection was predominantly from an urban environment, where geometric shapes were abundant.

This series was completed over the course of four days, which required several miles of walking. Every time I found a letter in my checklist, it felt almost as if I had discovered a $20 bill on the ground. Other pedestrians were often puzzled as to why I was photographing the ground. Obviously!

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