Blog Analysis

January 28, 2009

James Jean, a Taiwanese-American award-winning illustrator, is well known for his “process” works. Jean’s illustrations are based on “pop surreal,” which means underground visual art movement. Thus, the audience could possibly perceive wrong message of his work. Jean understands that various curiosities may arise from the observation of his artwork; therefore, of four published books of his illustrations, he named one as Process Recess, which includes the process in his illustrations.

            Following the Process Recss book, he created a blog, also called Process Recess, to allow an easier access. The blog shares same idea as the published book, showing observation and the overall process of Jean’s work. Two forms of Jean’s blog can be accessed through the Internet. One, service provided by http://www.blogger.com, only consists of Jean’s works from 2005 to 2006. In contrast, the second blog consists of Jean’s works from 2005 to current studies and exhibitions. Both blogs include Jean’s observations and the concept behind his image making. Jean’s initial ideas/sketches and various trial/error are thoroughly laid out on a white space. Nevertheless, I must say that the current blog is simpler to follow through.

            Jean’s current blog, http://www.processrecess.com/index.php, obtains various components. Links to ordering prints and books, viewing original sketches, drawings, and paintings, contact information, search link, and any other additional information are located on the left side of the blog. In addition, there is another set of links on the right side, which are archives that direct toward not only Jean’s final projects and exhibitions, but also the observations and the processes that drove him to get to the final stage. These two sets of links act as a frame of the most important part of the blog. The main content is assembled in the middle, framed by the two sets of links, to capture the viewer’s attention with powerful images. As viewers scroll down the page, he or she may follow brief descriptions under each image. Images are mostly Jean’s illustrations, but also consist of observations, collections, interests, and inspirations regarding his artwork. In addition, some descriptions provide links to Jean’s resources. These links can be quickly identified because the color changes when hovering the mouse over the links, and they are also emphasized in red. Comment box is easily accessible by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. “Comment” link is emphasized in capital letters and changes its color when hovering the mouse over the link. Any topics that are related to the entry on the current page can be accessed by clicking on the link next to the “comment” link. Jean’s past and current entries are nicely organized and can easily be accessed by clicking on the date and the arrow located at the top right corner of the page.

            The blog is very well designed to enhance the use of accessibility. Simply, two colors are used for the overall layout, to distinguish active link and unvisited link. The generous amount of white space gives a room to breathe while the images provide vibrant colors. Overall, Process Recess helps the audience to appreciate James Jean as an artist. Many would be able to understand the process behind the final production – it gives an opportunity for people to see a side of the artist that have never been exposed. It is very rare for people to get to know famous artists, but with a blog like Process Recess, people who are inspired by James Jean would not only be able to recognize the artist’s personal traits, but would also be able to learn from the artist’s mind.

 Blog: I think blog is an online journal that reveals one’s personality or interest. Blogging helps people to share their judgments of their daily observations. It is a creative way of sharing intelligence.

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