Structure and Messaging

Structure and Messaging

Andrea Szwejbka


In any design the structure is very important. The stability and integrity of a piece is vital to it’s over all look. Equally as important is the message. The message of anything you create is significant for the viewer to understand why the work is what it is. Without these simple parts ones art will not appear as it was supposed to.
            Structure by definition is the arrangement of and relations between the parts or elements of something complex. This is done with no sustenance in nature the molecules in their simple movements build what we see around us. However this process does not just happen there is way in which nature constructs itself. Molecules to connect with weak bonds, this progression must happen repeatedly for nature to continue to renew. This is the bases for all structures. Structure can only exist if the parts relate to each other and the principles such as balance harmony and rhythm, amongst others, are fallowed.

Art work means nothing if there is no meaning behind it. However finding a meaning can be simple. Meaning is a perpetual thing all creatures do with realizing. The things you experience in life help develops these meanings. However humans have to privilege of changing what we may think something means. Since very early in our history humans have used meaning to make sense of the world and answer questions using symbols such as the sun is the symbol for life. Also using simple shapes in nature to define who we are as humans.

            Structure is what holds the piece together but meaning is what gives it life. With these two things and little help from nature you can make art. Making art isn’t about painting or drawing but what you are painting with and what is on the canvas. The center of your image is what others will view. 

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3 Glitched pictures

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For my first image I used Photosounder. I really enjoyed playing with this one because of the things you could do. It changed drastically to make my image a darker image.

For my second image I used Audacity. Audacity takes the sound of an image to glitch it. The meaning of the image completely changed.

 For my third glitch I used the program Hexedit. All I did was change a few numbers around in a code. It changed the meaning in a seemingly happier way then the other two.

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The image was a photo of my close friend Kathrine and I waiting for ‘go’ from our teacher behind so that we may walk down the path between assorted friends and family to take our seat at our graduation. Something we had both seen for many years happen to others. We are holding hands because we needed to be united in this moment. It was a warm day perfect for a graduation. The image after it had been glitched is destroyed. The happiness and maybe nervousness is gone and is a completely new image then it was before.


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Nick Briz-Glitch Artest

For my artist I chose Nick Briz. His work was very easy to find a grabbed me in immediately. Nick Briz is a new- media artist who bases his art off of theories on remix-culture and digital-rants. The website seems to say that he wants people to know more about his work because not only is it esthetically pleasing to the eye, but, from my stand point, easy to fallow. His art has been shown around the world at many different festivals such as Toronto and Rio de Janeiro.

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Fritz the Cat

Fritz the Cat-Andrea



            Fritz the Cat was an X rated movie based off the comic strip by Robert Crump. Created in the 1970’s was aimed to an adult audience to help show that cartoons were not just for children. Directed by Ralph Bakshi it was a widely successful independent film. It grossed over 100 million at the box office.

            Fritz the Cat is a mockery of college life in the 1960’s. Set in New York Fritz and his friends are trying to meet girls and bring them back for sexual purposes. After meeting three girls Fritz drags them back to the bathroom. Meanwhile, two pig policemen come to bust the party that Fritz and his gang have started. After hiding in a toilet Fritz manages to escape. The antics continue with Fritz leaving on a road trip with his girl friend.

            Many of the animators for this films such as Jim Tyer and John Gentilella had worked with director Ralph Bakshi on Terrytoons. With very few pencil tests and saving money by not using model sheets Bakshi was really pushing his luck with this movie. For the sake of saving money Bakshi and Johnnie Vita walked around New York getting pictures that would later be used as a template. Some inked the outline of these photos onto cels with Rapidograph, the technical pen.

            With the films success a second came shortly after however with a new director. The release of the sequel The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat failed to live up to original. Fritz the Cat will always be remembered as it inspired many other films although not all did as well.   





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Workshop-Dr. Rathbart

Dr. Rathbart came to talk to us the music in movies or other works of media. As Animations students we are taught to create the forms along with the music in the background or in the beginning. A few years back as my family and I were watching TV the sound was all mute save for the background music. It was then it was then that it occurred to me that music in media is essential.

First he showed us a series from a show and put different theme songs to it. For each theme song we were to guess what type of show it was. Then he showed us the original music and asked us. I answered correctly say it was a ‘slice of life’ type of show. Then he showed us a clip from a movie ‘Empire of the Sun’ and showed us the music in that and what it meant.

Throughout the entire presentation I was very involved. I answered a few of the questions such as the one I mentioned earlier. I also answered a question he asked about a song in the movie ‘The Welsh Lullaby’. I knew the song from my years in choir when we sang it. I also learned that specific songs maybe mean sadness and that music would change from movie to movie. The psychology of music in movies and what it does to us emotionally was also fascinating.

All of these things combined taught me a lot. I learned a lot about the movies I had already watched and perhaps the ones I choose to make in the future. From the simple melodies to the full on songs all of them are part of the magic that makes movies come to life.

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            Helvetica-Andrea Szwejbka


Helvetica is the most commonly used fonts in the world for its simple look. Created in 1957 Switzerland by typeface designer Max Miedinger. The Stempel foundry purchased the original fount. In the 1960’s Helvetica made is way over seas to America where it was altered. Mergenthaler Linotype added many new designs to the now popular typeface. Creating Helvetica, as we know it today.

            Helvetica is known for its all-purpose design and can easily be found on any newspaper, billboards or advertising. The design is based on grotesques of the late nineteenth century. However, because of the changes made to the fount it can be put in the sans serif sub-category of neo-grotesque. Helvetica can get your message across in a clear and easy way without misunderstanding. 

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