Sekani Solomon released his senior project from Savannah College of Art and Design entitled INAKES: THE FALL. I got to do some voice acting for the poetic narrative. This is part one, and I look forward to perhaps continuing the story in the future.
Meaning: characterized by abundance of verdure.
If you listen to NPR you have heard this word associated with a particular contributing foundation. I had never come across it, and wondered what it meant in context with “a Just, Verdant, and Peaceful World“.
Turns out Verdant is the adjectival form of Vendure, meaning: “characterized by abundance of verdure.”
Also “Of a green hue or color; green: Of vegetation.”
With verdant crown, wherewith Apoll his seemely (sic) head had clad
- Iliad 1581 translation
Where ornamental hedges and other verdant architectural structures are to be grown.
- 1842 Suburban Horticultural Journal
So if you wax tired from deploying trite vocabulary associated with the “green” movement, consider verdant as a word of choice.
Meaning: closely akin.
While reporting the evils of the Boston Marathon bombings, news anchor Stone Philips recounted related information that seemed to him “germane”. Due to my unfamiliarity with the word, I headed to the word manual.
Spelling: I thought germane was spelled germa-i-ne. Apparently this is an obsolete form, and the ‘e’ is optional. The first accepted spelling is, in fact, german.
Specific meanings include:
1. Having the same parents; ‘own’ (brother or sister)
I remember one old black and white film having to do with a convent where there was a “Sister-Germane”. I thought only that her name was Germane, but now it makes sense. She is someone’s (full) sister (as opposed to a half-sister).
2. That is the child of a ‘german’ brother or sister of either of (one’s) parents.
3. Genuine; true; thorough. (Although this definition is considered obsolete.)
Here’s a before and after of an engineering app in development for Drexel University I got to contribute to. This app is designed to assist students in learning the mechanics of materials and give them a better conceptual understanding of how various properties are dependent on each other. This is to be accomplished in a visually pleasing and intuitive way through dynamic control and feedback.
My revision fulfilled a demand for color, replacing the old monochromatic-w/accent with a new blue-red-white color scheme. My goal overall was to create more negative space between UI elements, both to relieve visual congestion and enhance functionality while at the same time retaining a compact on-screen footprint. The colored revision also increases visual contrast and assists the user by differentiating between data-readout and data-input areas.
By creating a hierarchy through color, scale, and stroke weight this design is more intuitive and more aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, I proposed substituting Trade Gothic for the initial Segoe font (of Windows 8), first because it was a condensed font that fit the layout better, and second because it provided a technical aesthetic that I felt Segoe lacked for this specific engineering context (Segoe is a humanist font, thus more friendly and fit for Windows 8 than calculating structural stresses).
Overheard someone say today that reasonable, civil debates attack particular ideologies instead of those who represent them. I’ve summed up this precept of debate with the phrase “Attack Positions Not People”.
Remember that an Ad Hominem argument is a logical fallacy that criticizes an individual on a personal level rather than addressing their ideological position. AKA calling someone names instead of answering their statement in rebuttal.
Some frames from a rare character-based project from me. More to come for the final designboard. This one is based around the story of the sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22.
Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
- Genesis 22:10-12