Does language affect color? We shall see…
So the goal of this project was to see if language affects color perception. In order to test this, I asked various students at LJA who speak a language other than English to read a list of words in their other language and to tell me the first color that pops into their head after reading it. I wanted to see if language changes the way people have various connotations about words.
It was interesting to see so many overlaps of colors, for 3 out of 5 words had at least two people saying the same color. However, that also means a vast majority of the people had different connotations of the word. Thus, it could be followed that perhaps language does influence how a person views a word.
I have created this video, showing my belief that “white crayons are not useless.” In it, I show how people may consider the white crayon useless just because it does not show up on white paper. As the video progresses, I highlighted the different uses for the white crayon and made the white crayon a metaphor for people who may not be skilled in ways others are.
This belief has been with me throughout my life; however, it is only until recently that it grew into a concrete thought in my mind. As a student, I have always been considered to be on the more intelligent side of the spectrum, but I feel I can empathize with students who struggle. My best friend is not what one would call “school smart” however through connecting with her and becoming friends with her, I have learned she is so much more than what people give her credit for. She is able to think outside the box, is the most creative person I know, and I often find myself slightly jealous of her talents. Although I hope I was always able to see that everyone has their own special skills, it was not until recently that I started to think about my belief on a regular basis.
Notes about creation:
The first several slides in the video show black text on a white background, but at the end I put white text on a white background. I chose to do this for I thought it would be an interesting transition to enforce what I mentioned in the video.
Furthermore, I made sure to cut and paste the music to fit the video. I wanted to capture the mood in the video, so I decided to take care in creating the right flow.
Stop motion depiction of quote, “What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice.” – Albert Einstein
In this project, my partner and I needed to chose a famous quote and depict it through a movie, stop motion style. We mostly used construction paper and a whole lot of stills to make the entire thing.
We decided to use paper instead of hand-drawing so we could move the paper items and take stills every time instead of having to draw individual images and taking pictures of them. Throughout the process I learned how to use iMovie (I did not really know how to before) and am really happy for I am certain I will need to use it again in the future. Although I usually cringe at the thought of having to make a video, I found this project fun for it was an interesting combination of art and technology.
To do all of the kinetic typography, I needed to find a simple and user friendly way to create it, for I am Photoshop illiterate. This being said, I ended up typing everything in Microsoft Word, which I am more familiar with. I simply drew a shape with the shape drawing tool on the program, inserted textboxes where I wanted, and played around with the text. In between words, I simply took a screen shot and uploaded the screen shots to iMovie in order to create the kinetic typography effect.