Today we're going to work on finishing up importing or copying our letters from Illustrator into Birdfont. Remember that you may need to save as individual characters as SVG files if copying isn't working for you. Once your case is complete, the next step is modifying the spacing and kerning.
Spacing and Kerning
- H and O for the uppercase and
- n and o for the lowercase
- VAST,VATS, TATS, etc
- WAR, WALAWALA
- AVAIL, AVILA
Also try a mix of rounded, square, and diagonal letters:
- HANDGLOVES – or – hangloves
- HAMBURGFONTSIV – or – hamburgfontsiv
- MITTOMS – or – mittoms
Birdfont's Kerning Tool
- letters with a straight upright stroke: BDEFHIJKLMNPRU – or – bdhijklmnpqru
- letters with a round stroke: CDGOPQ – or – bcdeopq
- triangular letters AVWXY – or – vwxy
- the odd ones: STZ – or – afgstz
The midterm presentatins will be March 26 (in three weeks). [Click here] to see the project description.
Begin working on your other case. Remember to begin with sketches, then build these out in Illustrator, then assemble in your exisiting typeface file in Birdfont. We'll continue work on this next week. To give you a good understanding of spacing and kerning, read [chapter 10 in Letters of Credit], pgs. 70 - 80.
Midterm Discussion and Intro to Masking
- I want to begin today discussing what you think you might want to for your midterm project. Please present whatever you have sketched, researched, or thought about.
- Once we finish the above, we're going to begin working with Masking in After Effects. Here is the [Masking tutorial PDF] and [the Masking exercise files].
Midterm: The following video is a small PSA (Public Service Announcement) that I created for Earth Day that focusses on the real world value of a one degree difference on your thermostat.
I will show you the process of how I created it in order to help you understand the stages of the project, starting with the initial stages.
1.) Script: the first part was to create a preliminary script:
Think one degree is 'no big deal'
one degree can:
Raise your heating costs by as much as 3 percent.
Or it could Increase the nation' energy usage by and estimated 7 and a half billion dollars...
1 degree globally would increase rain fall by as much as 10% in some areas, but cause severe draughts in other areas. Weird huh?
One degree is a bigger deal than you might think...
What can we do about it?
Lowering your thermostat by one degree could save you as much as five percent on your heating costs!
It will help lower fossil fuel consumption, save you money, it may even help save the world!
So please remember: one degree is a big Big BIG deal!
2.) Sketches: here are some preliminary sketches
3.) Thumbnails drawings: here are my thumbnails... something like a quickly sketched out storyboard:
This is the pitch video for the ¡Salud! Myths and Reality of Mexican Immigrant Health documentary that I am currently researching and developing with my students. This film is the product of my honors seminar course at Lehman College CUNY exploring the so-called 'Latino Health Paradox' – the better than expected health outcomes of recent Latino immigrants to the US. We want to create a broadcast two-hour documentary to explain this paradox through the lens of recent Mexican immigrants in NYC.
This pitch video will be used to help crowdfund the documentary.
Directed by: David Schwittek and Alyshia Galvez
Victor Borja Armas
I recently completed this short animation for the 2013 Sustainable CUNY Video Short Contest. The film features the voices of Natalie Goldberg, Lindsey Goldberg, and Abby Schwittek.
I made this short doc for the Bronx Children's Museum's 3rd annual Dream Big Initiative, shown at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. Bobby was a ton of fun to work with! His response to the film: " You do good work!"