DAT 405 – Week 1 – Processing Programming Language

Today we were introduced to the Processing programming language (http://www.processing.org).

Working through six practical tasks, we became familiar with:

  • Declaring variables names and their types e.g. String, int and float
  • Assigning values to variables
  • Performing calculations using mathematical operators e.g. addition and multiplication
  • Outputting to the console, including concatenation
  • Commenting code

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DAT 403 – Assignment – Animation Show Reel

Brief: Manufacture an animated show reel that displays the skills you have learnt from this module. This is the format for submitting your animation tests, experiments, graphics designs and After Effect’s exploration in and out of the practical sessions. Each asset implemented must be your own work and individual to you. The show case of animated material should have an overarching theme or narrative. Focus is to be negotiated through discussion with the module leader. Add a description to the film describing and justifying the specific visual choices you have made. Break down the elements included and explain your theme/ narrative. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Assignment – Animation Show Reel”

DAT 403 – Assignment – Photomontage

Brief: Create a movie poster, using a composite of different images in Photoshop. Photos should be professionally cut-out, manipulated and blended together to create a carefully crafted and well justified design. The movie you’re designing this marketing poster for is a documentary about a topical world issue that is important you. It should work as an original movie poster, including their traditional tropes but also work as a protest poster against something, activism art. Consider how this poster can benefit your portfolio.

Must combine minimum of 5 images. Clear title and tag line. It must be 210×297 mm (A4), JPEG and optimized for web. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Assignment – Photomontage”

DAT 403 – Assignment – Corporate Identity Design

Final rendered image

Brief: Design your own brand identity marketing yourself. Imagine you are about to start your own freelance design company and you need to pitch to investors. You’ll need elements like a unique and original name and logo, business cards, letter heads, web banners, flyers and example magazine articles. Using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop comprise a single image displaying a composition of your different assets and designs. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Assignment – Corporate Identity Design”

DAT 403 – Task – Week 3 – Character Animation Walk Cycle

For the character animation walk cycle task, my intention was that the character that I created during the vector character design session would used in After Effects to generate a walk cycle animation. However, this proved impractical and too time consuming, so I created a simplified character. In Illustrator, the separate elements of the character each had their own layer to aid later animation, e.g. head, body, left leg, right arm, etc.

The Illustrator file was then imported as an asset into After Effects. The previous grouping meant that the individual elements of the character were available on separate layers within After Effects. Continue reading “DAT 403 – Task – Week 3 – Character Animation Walk Cycle”

DAT 403 – Movie poster tropes – What are they?

“A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.”


The DAT403 Photomontage assignment states: “It should work as an original movie poster, including their traditional tropes…”

But what are traditional movie poster tropes? Continue reading “DAT 403 – Movie poster tropes – What are they?”