And the cow jumped over the moon..

Our class was asked to listen and reflect on Moon Graffiti by The Truth Podcast.  It presents a hypothetical alternative to the historical event of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landing on the moon on July 20, 1969.

I found this podcast to be morbid and a little uncomfortable.  The eerie music playing in the background and the sporadic tidbits of sound effects really emphasized the uncertainty of the situation.  Horror films and mystery are genres that can be uncomfortable for some people, considering that they can evoke fear and suspense by really playing with our emotions.  Horror films especially, seem to capitalize on sound media more than any other film genre.  Proven to intensify the particular circumstance, sound media is like the unspoken hero to an effective story.  It can be the essential component which impacts, creates, and accentuates the desired mood and atmosphere.

Below is a compilation of halloween sounds meant to generate the same feeling I felt while listening to Moon Graffiti.

GIFs and Kalidoscopes

This daily create is to fulfil the prompt that was posted on June 4.  It is to create a Graphics Interchange Format or “GIF” on a painting or artwork from the European Art gallery.  This figure was chosen from the Japanese objects d’art link.  Click here for more info on the sculpture.

 

This daily create is to fulfill the prompt posted on June 6.  It is to create an image projected from a kaleidoscope. It is a picture of my living room floor.

Houston, we have a problem

This week, I experience a lot of technical difficulties with design.  When I read the prompt describing the assignment for the week, I immediately had a lot of ideas. But I knew it would be a little difficult to execute, since I had no prior experience working with a photo editor such as Adobe Photoshop.  However, I was motivated.  But this was a few days ago and my emotions and motivation has changed since.

Daily Creates

This week our class was tasked on completing two more daily creates posted on twitter:

I had never heard of the NetNarr Alchemy Lab website before this assignment.  After I created this post by using Canva.com, I took the time and explored the page by clicking on the various activities and prompts.  It was actually very enjoying and fun to play around.  A few of the narratives that I participated in were “to choose your own ending” and listening to various soundbites.

For this assignment, I wanted to create a Pop Art adaptation with bright contrasting colors and imagery associated with weddings.  I created this design using Canva.com by utilizing a card template.  I admit, I probably could have enlarged the font a little to make the text easier to read.  But overall, I was happy with the chosen color scheme and minimal design.

Book Cover assignment

Celebrating 50 years of modern design

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This was the start of the technical difficulties that I experienced this week.  First I created the book cover using the book cover template on Canva.com.  The more I work with it, the more canva.com has become my favorite design generator.  It has large font tabs that are easy to navigate.  The step by step tutorial is outlined on the original post, which is hyperlinked above.

When it came time to write up the post, wordpress was limiting the amount of media that I could upload, and therefore I was having trouble attaching the screen shots I had taken to show how I created the book cover.  Eventually, I created a flickr account and attached links to the photos.  This was not my original plan, however it completed the task at hand.

The main reason behind why I selected this particular topic is because of my husband’s involvement with the military.  As an Army veteran, he served for sixteen years and was part of the regiment deployment to Iraq in 2001 shortly after terrorist attack.  His service to our military is a minor example of America’s involvement in the War on Terror, which resulted in a dramatic change in our nation’s attitudes and concerns about safety, vigilance, and privacy.  My adaptation on the book cover is to provide a sense of peace in an alternate era, as if the tragic events had never occurred.

Alternative History Assignment

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This photo is not the original idea that I had in mind.  However, I could not fully execute the image that I wanted to create in Adobe Photoshop or in any of the available photo editor tools.  What I had intended was to modernize an image of the World Trade Center and to present an option of what it may look like today.  I felt like I did not have the knowledge to create the building that I had in my head.  Instead, I transposed two images  to depict the World Trade Center in the background of the path of the High Line parkway.    The picture above shows that I tried to maneuver through the photo editor to the best of my ability, even though I failed at creating what I had intended.

Word cloud assignment – worth 2 stars

The online tool wordclouds.com was not as user friendly as initially anticipated.  The entire layout appeared cumbersome with minimual instruction provided.  Although there was a “wizard” tab available for novice users, it was still unclear on how to achieve the desired outcome.

In order to create a word cloud, the designer must exhaust an extended amount of time familiarizing with the tool.  A positive function is that it allows flexibility for the words to be formed into any chosen shape.  Users have the option to upload an image, and the program will form the words into the outline depicted in the picture. A picture of the World Trade Center was uploaded by selecting the “shape” tab, and the inputted text was formed into a columnar shape.  The chosen theme for this assignment is the depiction of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The texts are transposed into a column shape, indicating the high-rise and perpendicular aspects of the twin towers.  In this image, “Tower,” “Manhattan,” and “New York” appear to be larger, indicating the significance of the desired effect.   Altogether, the collection of words chosen for this assignment are ones used to describe the actual structure of the building itself, and not of the tragedy or aftermath that occurred during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Post card assignment – worth 3 stars

The image of the post card is an aerial view of New York City in which the World Trade Center twin towers are prominent.  Since both the North and South towers are intact, this image was taken prior to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. The photographer that took this image is Carol M. Highsmith.

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All in all, while this week proved to be challenging, this experience in design has open up mind to maybe branching out in another class that could probably teach me the skills that I was trying to achieve.  Any suggestions on what design class to take would be greatly appreciated.

A room with a view

This post is for the Alternative History Image assignment in the DS106 assignment bank.

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The image is a picture of the High Line in New York City.  Opened in 2009, the High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.  In the background, the twin towers of the World Trade Center can be seen.  The image was created as if the World Trade Center was intact.  If the towers had never been demolished in the terrorist attack, they would probably still be a standing symbol of Global trade, freedom, and American technology looking down on the streets of New York City everyday.

The image of the High Line was chosen for its scenic view and rooftop garden feel.  Within five years after its opening, it has become one of New York City’s top main attractions.  If the twin towers were still standing today, they would be in the top five of the tallest buildings in the city, and most likely within view of pedestrians enjoying this elevated walkway.  This imaginary image was constructed to provide a positive outlook on New York City.  As a result of the terrorist attack, over 2600 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center alone.  If the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 had never occurred, then New Yorkers and the world would still have their original symbol of American confidence and optimism standing high in the sky.

The featured image was created by first selecting an image of the World Trade Center twin towers discovered from the search engine google.

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Next, a photo of the High Line was selected.

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Using Adobe Photoshop, the buildings in the background were removed to create an empty sky.

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This building was added to another layer.

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Lastly, the World Trade Center twin towers were cropped into the picture and the building was added back on top of it.  The image of the towers needed to be blurred a little to be evenly transposed.

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Wish you were here!

This post is to fulfill the Destination Post Card assignment from the DS106 design assignment bank.  It is worth three stars.

 

The image of the post card is an aerial view of New York City in which the World Trade Center twin towers are prominent.  Since both the North and South towers are intact, this image was taken prior to the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Use your words carefully

This assignment is to fulfill the Character Word Cloud task found in the DS106 design assignment bank.  It is worth 2 stars.

A word cloud is “an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance.”

The chosen theme for this assignment is the depiction of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The texts are transposed into a column shape, indicating the high-rise and perpendicular aspects of the twin towers.  In this image, “Tower,” “Manhattan,” and “New York” appear to be larger, indicating the significance of the desired effect.   Altogether, the collection of words chosen for this assignment are ones used to describe the actual structure of the building itself, and not of the tragedy or aftermath that occurred during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

 

Celebrating fifty years of Modern Design

What if the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 never happened?  What would the World Trade Center Twin Towers look like today?

This book cover is a hypothetical depiction of what the World Trade Center in New York City may look like if the original twin towers were still standing today.  Background history of the World Trade Center was researched on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website.  With the finalization of the North Tower in 1970 and the South Tower in 1971, the year 2020 would mark the 50th anniversary since the completion of the World Trade Center.  In this day in age, it is easy to imagine that the structure would have undergone multiple modernization and redesign efforts to achieve energy efficient goals, implemented the latest technology enhancements, and aided in helping to create a sustainable environment to lower Manhattan.

This book cover adaptation was selected as an alternative to the tragedy of the terrorist attack.  The attack that occurred on September 11, 2001 was a very traumatic and horrific experience for everyone involved and was one of the most profound of our time.  The basis behind this adaptation is to provide a sense of pride for the city of New York.

Step by step tutorial

The book cover template in Canva.com was utilized in the completion of this assignment.

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Next a template was selected.  Canva offers many choices of templates to choose from.  This one in particular was chosen because of its streamlined effect and modern feel.

Origional Book Cover layout

By double clicking the text box, the contents can be modified accordingly.  However in this assignment, the font, size, and placement of text remained the same for consistency.

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A second page was added.  The purpose of this page is to provide a narration of the story.  On the left hand side, the “text” tab was selected to insert a text box on the second page.  “Open Sans” font and “white” font color was selected to provide uniformity to the title page.

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An image of the World Trade Center Twin Towers was found using the google search engine.  It was then uploaded to the Canva media file.  On the right hand side, the “arrange” tab was highlighted.  By choosing the “back” option, the uploaded picture was used as the background.

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On the second page, a solid background color and white lines were added to harminize with the background of the first page.

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Presenting the final product:

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Halfway through Design Concepts

In the beginning of this week, the class was asked to review essential design concepts and how they relate to communication and storytelling.  I must admit, I never payed attention to the various aspects of design or even wondered why a certain advertisement or label was created in the way that it was.  Now that I have somewhat of a baseline understanding of these concepts, I am starting to comprehend how visuals are usually a result of a methodical process.

Daily Creates

Presently, the class was tasked on providing at least 2 daily creates posted on Twitter:

I throughly enjoy listening to 80’s music and find the music videos to be entertaining and somewhat comical.  In this video, Daryl Hall, John Oats and the rest of the band mates magically appear in and out of long trench coats and matching fedora hats while singing catchy lyrics in a melodic tune. The outfits alone may be enough to provide meme material, particularly a message where one would employ a 1950’s detective to keep an eye out for you.

Originally, I had the intention of creating my very first meme video, however I experienced technical difficulties with Imgflip.com.  Other suggestions on how to create a meme would be greatly appreciated.

This picture had me “rolling on the floor” laughing for several minutes.  I still laugh every time I look at it.  Faceinhole.com was a very easy website to use because they had many scenarios available to select from, clear instructions on how to upload a photo, and user friendly tabs to resize your photo within the template.  The subject chosen was my usually reserved husband who had no clue what his face was being used for.

Graphic designers who play around

The hyperlink above should take you to the reflection post of the week.  In this post, the class was asked to interpret, compare, and contrast the styles of two different graphic designers, Paula Scher and David Carson.  I throughly enjoyed watching the TED talks from these two designers.  While I was aware that Scher was behind the design of Shake Shack, I do not believe I had ever experienced David Carson’s work before I watched his video.

The concept that resonated the most was that they both encouraged the designer to create freely.  I felt that I learned to look past the obvious in design and to try and interpret the meaning behind the message. For Carson, I particularly enjoyed it when he presented two pictures of the “No Parking” sign, both with the same wording but essentially different font and writing style that presented a different meaning.  And for Scher, I saw the humor behind her interpretation of the United States, particularly when she stated that she would place cities and states in the incorrect place.

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Hunting for the perfect design

The hyperlink above should lead you to the designblitz assignment.  This exercise was intended to help solidify the exposure received to the basic principles of graphic design.  Below are a few examples of the advertisements photographed that represent various concepts.

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Hierarchy #ds106 #designblitz

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Space #ds106 #designblitz

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Most of the images were captured on the same day while my husband and I were running errands.  In a few of the pictures, I did not even get out of the car to take them.  We were simply driving by a sign and I snapped a quick picture.  For the representation of space, I wished I had stepped back a little more to capture the entire building in a single frame.  The concept however should be obvious –  the designer has chosen to keep the signage minimal and simplistic much like the overall building.

The design concept that gave me a little trouble was proximity and balance.  It may have been the reason why I was having difficulty finding a representation – because I did not fully understand what I was looking for.  I should have spent more time with the tutorials on canva.com.

Question of the week:

If you could change one thing in our history what would it be?  Why?

What if the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 never happened?  As a result of these terrorist attacks, 2996 people lost their lives on that single day.  These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. During the aftermath of 9/11, President George W. Bush later coined the term “Global War on Terrorism.”  The United States government increased military operations against groups accused of being terrorists and heightened national security to a unprecedented level.