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Lindsey Smith || Visual Literacy 2014


Musings of an American University freshman.

     This is an advertisement from the CW network, promoting the premiere of the tenth season of the show Supernatural. What drew me to this advertisement was the designer’s use of color and contrast, specifically the juxtaposition of the red and the blue. The designer uses these colors to symbolize and contrast the themes of the show, which one might argue to be heaven and hell, and good and evil. I found it especially interesting how the colors blend together, potentially to represent the blurred lines between these seemingly separate concepts (as an avid watcher of the show, I can confirm that this is definitely the case).
     Additionally, what makes this advertisement extremely effective is its use of repetition. At the bottom of the image, there are repeating sets of hands, while at the top there are the faces of the main characters of the show. In a sense, these hands are icons, as they are highly recognizable, despite the fact that they are wispy and gaseous-looking rather than concrete (as icons often are). While it is not explicitly stated, the hands in the red smoke are representative of the demons and evil forces that are ever present in the show. This repetition of design elements allows for the production of a cohesive whole.
     Repetition is represented in yet another way in the typography presented of the word “supernatural”. Throughout all ten seasons of the show, the same font has been used, providing its viewers with an innate sense of familiarity and tradition. While the show is ever evolving, it has stuck to its roots, a fact that has kept up its popularity over the years.

     This is an advertisement from the CW network, promoting the premiere of the tenth season of the show Supernatural. What drew me to this advertisement was the designer’s use of color and contrast, specifically the juxtaposition of the red and the blue. The designer uses these colors to symbolize and contrast the themes of the show, which one might argue to be heaven and hell, and good and evil. I found it especially interesting how the colors blend together, potentially to represent the blurred lines between these seemingly separate concepts (as an avid watcher of the show, I can confirm that this is definitely the case).

     Additionally, what makes this advertisement extremely effective is its use of repetition. At the bottom of the image, there are repeating sets of hands, while at the top there are the faces of the main characters of the show. In a sense, these hands are icons, as they are highly recognizable, despite the fact that they are wispy and gaseous-looking rather than concrete (as icons often are). While it is not explicitly stated, the hands in the red smoke are representative of the demons and evil forces that are ever present in the show. This repetition of design elements allows for the production of a cohesive whole.

     Repetition is represented in yet another way in the typography presented of the word “supernatural”. Throughout all ten seasons of the show, the same font has been used, providing its viewers with an innate sense of familiarity and tradition. While the show is ever evolving, it has stuck to its roots, a fact that has kept up its popularity over the years.

These are screenshots of the PDF files, as for some reason, the actual files wouldn’t open in Tumblr!

As a reader of comic books, “Understanding Comics” was an especially interesting read for me. Not only did both assigned chapters beautifully sum up their respective ideas (Icons and Usage Of Line), but also did so in a way that literally illustrated its ideas through example. I really liked how in Chapter 2, for example, the book pointed out that we identify more with comics than realistic faces because we simplify ourselves when we talk with others, and a face devoid of any defining characteristics could actually be us. 

This relates to last week’s class lecture in that faces are defined as icons, as faces are directly related to the people they portray. However, as pointed out in the “Understanding Comics” reading, icons can have varying degrees of realism. By contrast, symbols only abstractly represent ideas, as a cross may represent Christianity. 

This photo is entitled “Mama Matilde and I”, and was taken by Karen Miranda Rivadeneira. This piece, as well as numerous others, were part of the exhibit “Staging The Self”. I absolutely adore the colors and the subject matter of this photograph. The greens and oranges of the flora enhance the subject of the painting, which is the two women who appear to be in some type of hole. In my opinion, the photograph is a commentary of personal life and universal truth, and evokes a sense of reflection within the viewer.

This photo is entitled “Mama Matilde and I”, and was taken by Karen Miranda Rivadeneira. This piece, as well as numerous others, were part of the exhibit “Staging The Self”. I absolutely adore the colors and the subject matter of this photograph. The greens and oranges of the flora enhance the subject of the painting, which is the two women who appear to be in some type of hole. In my opinion, the photograph is a commentary of personal life and universal truth, and evokes a sense of reflection within the viewer.