Week Two – Space and Meaning

bloom    This exercise was useful for exploring the impact type has in a composition. I chose to put the word “Bloom” onto my old acoustic guitar. Guitar and music have been a big part of my life for over 10 years. I attribute my musical background to helping me bloom into a creative professional. Music was the first creative outlet that I was able to write and complete a full idea. Writing a song front to back is a creative task that requires a lot more thought and process than doodling in a notebook. Music has molded me in many ways so I like to include it in all of the things I do.

When taking this photo I was thinking about how the negative space below the guitar and inside of the hole effect the composition. I enjoy the shape the black space below the guitar creates. Because the type and negative space are both black, I needed to find a way to make the type the primary focus. I decided to angle the type to make it stand out, since many other elements in the composition are vertical and horizontal. One thing I don’t think works in this composition is where the “B” touches the negative space. This creates a lot of tension and I think it would be more visually appealing If I were to leave a little bit of space.



2 thoughts on “Week Two – Space and Meaning

  1. I think it was a really interesting take on the project the way that your word didn’t relate so much to the space it was put in so much as the person which connects the word to the item. You also were honestly critical of your own work within the post, which is something not many are willing to do.


  2. Hi Ben! I love your word choice and photo, but I love the meaning behind it even more; it directly captures the point of the whole assignment. I applaud your way of describing your thought process, however I thought of maybe a new connection to make. Have you ever noticed how sometimes, ironically with acoustic guitars, songs open up and become more and more complex as the song goes on? I never realized it before but I believe “bloom” is also the perfect way to describe the progression and flow of an acoustic song. Lastly, I do agree with what you mentioned about the “B” and the tension it creates, however personally I didn’t notice it until you pointed it out, and even after noticing it, it’s not a deal breaker for me. Great job.


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