Binghamton University | Arts 412 - Software II | F 2018

December 7, 2018

Project 3: Storyboard

Hogwarts: A History by Bathilda Bagshot

The final project for this class was the creation of a storyboard. As a devote Harry Potter fan, my initial interest was to do a storyline based on the critically acclaimed franchise. I decided to tell the story of the Four Founders of Hogwarts, how they came to build thier school and the legacy they left behind. To efficently tell this tale, I looked to the Sorting Hat and its annual song it sings at the beginning of each school year as inspiration. As such, my storyboard was a recreation of the song it sang in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Initial storyboard sketches

Sketches playing with the idea of stained glass windows

After many ideas and iterations, from full screen artboards to stained glass imagery, I ultimately solidified the storyboard into a book. Again taking from Harry Potter lore, I based this book off of Bathilda Bagshot's Hogwarts: A History, which is a mandatory text used in Hogwarts detailing accounts and interesting facts of the prestigious European wizarding school (interesingly, there exist no account of the Sorting Ceremony in Hogwarts: A History, so canonically, any reference of the Sorting Hat within the textbook is inaccurate. However, for the purpose of this design, I had the Sorting Hat have its own chapter within the book, with Chapter Seven being a reference to the first ever chapter the Sorting Hat appeared in within the franchaise: Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.)

To make it more "textbook-like", I added an introductory spread detailing the Hat's attributes and a brief explanation on it (excerpts from Pottermore). The following pages are the lines to the Sorting Hat's own song. Each spread of the book is also accompanied by voice over lines of the Sorting Hat singing alongside the line the reader is currently on. Each page turn initiates the corresponding audio file as you progress throughout the book. This is further accompanied by the Harry Potter franchise's theme, "Hedwig's Theme", playing continously in the background, for that added touch magic.

Make sure to pick up your copy of Hogwarts: A History from Diagon Alley before heading back to school!

OCTOBER 1, 2018

Project 2: Line Icon


For the second project, we were assigned the project of designing line icons. These icons were formatted in four different dimensions, each with its own varying degree of detail. The largest icon had the most features to it, and these features were removed or simplified in shape as it got smaller and smaller. As this was an icon representing me, I wanted to use an object that was very symbolic of my character and interest. I ultimately chose to use a sneaker for my icon to represent my hobby for dancing. As the demension got smaller, I removed details from the sneaker so that it wouldn't be too crowded after it was scaled down.

The hardest part of this project wasn't only the decision of what kind of details to remove from each consecutive icon, but how to neatly match each line and shape into a pixelated grid. As the icon got smaller, it became increasingly more imperative to insure that everything followed a grid, or the icon would result in a blurry quality. Although the sneaker (which was based off Adidas Superstars, a shoe that most people in the dancing community I know owns ) had curves and diagonal shapes, its generally blocky shape made formatting it into a grid a little easier.

Initial Chess Rook Mockups

Initially, I chose a chess rook as my icon. This was symbolic of my own perceived attributes of being straight-forward and my general liking of games. However, the rook itself was very simplistic in nature, so there wansn't much to show in detail as the icon got progressively larger. As such, I decided to scratch the idea moving forward.

August 21, 2018

Project 1: Intention

Greetings from Singapore

Postcard creation was the first project of this class. Inspired by the movie Crazy Rich Asians, this postcard comes from Singapore, highlighting its distinctive skyline under a starry sky, representitive of the five stars on its national flag. The vibrant colors are a call to Crazy Rich Asian's own colorful marketing used in promotional materials, with the golden framing being a nod to the art deco style of the movie.