Cross-Discipline Post-Mortem

Hey everyone, I’m here with the post-mortem of my cross-discipline projects. I had three of them this trimester, so thats a 200% increase!

World-Builder Title Card

For World Builder the title card was made by a graphic design student.

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It took a few weeks for a graphic design student to show interest in this project, I almost gave up on getting any crossdiscipline work for this project. When someone commented on my post to the SAE Interdisciplinary Group on Facebook I sent an email to them as soon as I could. We exchanged numerous emails, discussing what my team reqiured for the title card, colours, fonts etc. They then gave me some draft images and finally, the final, as shown above. It was an interesting experience, we never met face to face, only communicating through email, though I suppose it is no different to commissioning art off of an artist on DeviantArt, I give the information that the artist needs and then the artist uses that information to create what I asked for.

This project went smoothly, nothing went wrong and everything was completed quicker than was expected. This is most likely due to me giving the graphic designer all the information they needed along with references they asked for, mainly font types.

Let’s Talk Logo

My second cross-discipline project was the Let’s Talk logo, made by a graphic design student and animated by me.

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This process was practically the same as getting the title card, I posted on the Facebook group and waited for the response of a graphic design student. When the logo was given to me however, I then animated it. I had some problems with this part of the process, occasionally the video file that I had exported from After Effects, I don’t know why it did that, only that reloading the file into Photoshop to export as a gif was the only thing that fixed it.

This website here taught me how to make gif files from After Effects, through exporting to video, then importing to Photoshop and then saving as a gif. This gif was then added to the first post on my new blog webseries; Let’s Talk, which was originally started on one of my Amino accounts.

This project went smoothly, with only the exporting going wrong. When the graphic designer asked for my opinion on what they was making I gave it, telling them the itterations that I liked the most. I gave them all the information regarding what I wanted to the student at the beginning when I first contacted them. This helped the project go faster.

Destructive Cover

My last project for cross-discipline was to design the album cover of an EP for an audio student.

Destructive Cover

I came across this project by complete accident, as the audio student I was doing this for was also the audio student for my final project group in CIU. We spoke about this as a sort of side thought to final project. Other than speaking about this in class, we also discussed this over Slack, I would send progress updates and he would tell me his opinion. Eventually this was made. Communication was easier than previous trimesters, as instead of using email, both of us were in the same Slack channel, so we both were able to direct message each other.

This project went well. Our conversations on this project were long, including a lot of screenshots, letting the audio student comment on what they liked, didn’t like, and how they thought I could change it. The only problem that arose was when the audio student wanted to change the entire cover, however it was discovered that I didn’t have the style that they wanted for it. Instead of scrapping the cover however, I was given the title “Destructive” to go over it instead of “Jawbone”.

Next Time

If I ever get the chance to work with other disciplines I don’t think I would do anything differently, as I did everything that I could do to get the projects that I worked on. I posted to the Facebook and I talked to students on campus. There was nothing more that I could do.

About Other Discipline’s Workflow

I didn’t learn anything new that I didn’t already know about about other discipline’s workflows during these projects. For the audio cover I was working as a graphic designer to make said cover and the process that I used was the exact same process that the graphic designers who make the title card and the logo for my blog. Nothing new was learnt about workflow.


And that has been my cross-discipline this trimester. It was fun and I learnt some stuff. Thanks for reading and until next time!

~Icetail~

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Assignment: Visual Timeline

Animation has brought forth many characters that have touched the hearts of fans, and last year the character of Otosaka Ayumi from the anime ‘Charlotte’. This timeline seeks to outline the potential inspiration that helped create Ayumi.

Otosaka Ayumi (2015)

1 Otosaka Ayumi

Ayumi is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Otosaka Yuu. She can be annoying at times but she always means well, her annoying tendencies springing from her excitable personality, such as leaving annoying messages on her brother’s bento, making her a cute character that is impossible to hate.

1 Otosaka Ayumi casual

She has huge expressive eyes that shine with happiness. Her long hair is always flowing behind her as she excitedly bounces and runs around. Ayumi only has four outfits seen in ‘Charlotte’, her school uniform, casual clothes, winter clothes and her pyjamas, and all these outfits are some form of a red, orange or yellow colour palette (discounting the uniform, which only has the red bow.) These colours are vibrant and reflect her happy personality.

Ayase Alisa (2013)

2 Ayase Alisa

Ayase Alisa is from the anime ‘LoveLive! School Idol Project’. She is very much like Ayumi, sharing an interest in music, and loving her older sibling.

Like Ayumi, Alisa is the cheerful, supportive younger sister of Ayase Eli. Alisa’s supportiveness is shown through her willingness to voice her opinion, without fear of people shooting her down. Her character design is also cute in appearance, and helps with her personality when she makes adorable mistakes while trying to help her older sister.

Alisa wears a lot of white clothes, occasionally wearing black or dark blue, reflecting her innocent nature. Most of the time its her uniform, in a simple sailor outfit style. Also in likeness to Ayumi, she has the same expressive eyes and, though shorter, free flowing hair. While she might not bounce around like Ayumi all of the time, she is no less cute.

Dojima Nanako (2008)

3 Dojima Nanako

From the game ‘Persona 4’, Dojima Nanako is the younger cousin of the protagonist.

Nanako is shy when she first meets the protagonist, but very quickly shows that she cares for him, and wants to help her older cousin, and while she may be more mature than Ayumi and Alisa, Nanako still shows the childish innocence that both of the aforementioned characters have, calling the protagonist and his friends her “big brothers” and “big sisters”.

She wears a lot of pink and white throughout the game. The white showing her innocence, like Alisa, and the pink representing her cheerfulness, like Ayumi. She still has the same expressive eyes as the previous two characters, but her hair is different, being tied into two ponytails on either side of her head, instead of flowing free, giving her a slightly more childish look.

Aryll (2002)

4 AryllIn the ‘Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’, Aryll, like Nanako, is a mature and helpful character. Aryll is the Hero’s little sister, and she tries to assist her brother and grandmother in any way she can, lending the Hero her telescope for his birthday. Ayrll is also compassionate, shown when she asks the Hero to help Tetra, whom she has seen being dropped by a giant bird.  She also loves playing with seagulls, showing an affinity for animals.

The simpleness of Aryll’s dress, like Nanako’s, shows off the childish innocence of the character. Her eyes are less expressive, stemming from the lack of colour to them, but they still show the excited nature of Aryll through angles. Her hair is the exact same style as Nanako’s, also adding to the childishness of the character.

Lucy Pevensie (1950)

4 Lucy PevensieAs the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy is often disregarded by her older siblings, as seen when she insists that the Wardrobe leads to Narnia, and several other times during the series. She is compassionate and willing to help everyone, when she want to help Mr Tumnus the Faun. She is also brave, adventurous and very curious.

In ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, the first time we meet Lucy in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, she wears simple dresses, common to young girls during the time the story is set, 1940, World War II. Her hair, once again, is like Aryll and Nanako’s, in twin tails on either side of her head.

Alice (1865)

5 AliceAlice, like Lucy, falls into a magical world which she then explores. In Wonderland, Alice displays her curiosity and courage as she traverses, meeting many strange and weird characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Alice is also somewhat helpful, in her (sort of) assisting the Duchess look after the baby which turns into a pig. Alice tries hard to be polite, but seems to fail to take into consideration others feelings.

The original Alice, drawn by John Tenniel, has free flowing hair like Ayumi and Alisa, and a simple dress like Lucy. The style fits in with the style of the time period.

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From Alice to Ayumi a clear archetype is formed, as the supportive younger sibling. It shows the character in a cute and encouraging fashion. These characters can’t be hated, and can cause much change to the emotional atmosphere of the world around them.

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