Some themes and patterns I gathered from my collage without realizing it during the creation process was lifestyles, healthy living, and vibrant colors. Creating this collage was an interesting process since we had to move quick in tearing things from the magazines we brought to class. I was immediately drawn to typography and did not use any images or photographs. I of course was drawn to the words that stood out on the page, may it be the color or size of the type in comparison to other text in the spread. I also chose words that spoke to me in relation to my interests, such as working out and staying healthy in a physical and emotional sense. When it came time to paste all the words into a collage, I just wanted to create something that showed how these words were all grouped and encompassed a lifestyle that I like and work for. I tore some of the words and cleaned up some of the edges to fit it all together like a puzzle. We had a few minutes left and I had finished creating my cluster, so I used the scraps to embellish and balance out the color usage. I had unconsciously created a sort of circle/oval to show the grouping of all these words. It is interesting to realize that things with rounded edges appear softer and less harsh, as opposed to if I had made these words into a rectangle of sorts and had not created this flow. The patterns of the idea of healthy living came about mostly because the magazine I was picking from was a fitness magazine since that is what I am into. So choosing these types of words were not really a surprise since it has importance to me. The color aspect is also important to me because it is what grabs my attention and gives this sense of positiveness to this lifestyle. Majoring in graphic design has me looking at colors and the messages it can send.
Most of my peers who had commented on my collage had similar insights about the themes and patterns present. A few that I had not thought of was the fact that my collage looked like an eye. I had not intended this, but do see where it looks that way. I had mindlessly embellished with the scraps, but found the comments about the eye very interesting. Other words that were expressed were confidence and beauty, and I can see where these fit in as well. Another comment that I found interesting dealt with the composition and placement of the words. I seemed to have clustered all the words relating to gym and fitness in the center, and the extraneous words such as men, citrus, and the brand name, Pandora, fall off the surrounding border. I can see how this relates as well and feel that maybe I had done so in a sort of hierarchical sense; what is most important to me in life and what may fall to the wayside.
What was interesting in this assignment that I was not use to was just doing things out of impulse. Being a graphic design major, and always having an interest in the arts, I always meticulously plan out a project or piece beforehand and then work at the execution. Especially in graphic design courses, we do a lot of process work developing a concept and working toward the best way at expressing an idea, but here we worked in reverse which felt so different for me. I was a little stressed while working thinking I was doing something wrong, or would mess up in some way, but really there is no right or wrong. The final product came out rather interesting and revealed a lot about me.