Contradiction Creation

For this Contradiction Creation assignment, I wanted to create an image that portrays the morning time. I wanted the background to also be very warm colors to encourage the viewer to get the feeling to go and tack today and they have to do for that day. Once I had this atmosphere setup, I needed a caption to completely contradict the entire background. So, I decided to go with, “Today Sucks, Just Go Back To Bed”. This was very easy for me to create using GIMP. Which I am really starting to prefer over using Photoshop. First, I pasted in my background and added a 12px white and black border all the way around the image. Next, I found the correct font and size I wanted to use and pasted in my caption. There wasn’t much left to do after that. I made sure my caption was centered and then exported the picture from GIMP. Here is my take on a Contradiction Creation:

Here is a video that I followed to create the border to this picture:

Motivational Poster

This is my take on a motivational poster for a design assignment this week. I wanted to make a poster about achievement. So naturally, I first needed to a picture that shows a great achievement or working toward it. What better than a picture of someone climbing a mountain? That is one of the craziest things we can do as humans on this planet! I can only imagine the feeling they must feel when all of their time and energy pays off as they get to the top of the mountain. This is something that I hope to get into myself one day.

To make this, I used GIMP. I have a decent amount of experience using GIMP, so this wasn’t too hard. I simply pasted my mountain picture as my first layer. Then, added three text boxes over top of it that would have the title, quote, and who said the quote. Here is my take on a motivational poster:

Best Sports Play

Alright, Alright, I get it, This didn’t happen this year but in these corona times we live in, It was great to relive the final seconds before the Capitals beat the Golden Knights to become Stanley Cup Champions. This actually happened on June 7th, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the end of a near decade long continuous let down where the Capitals would have amazing regular seasons and then fall apart in the post season. Making this even gave me chills at some points. All the Washington fans deserved this so much, what an amazing memory I have from being in Washington this night. Here is my take on the Best Sports Play from this past year, in a gif form. I also uploaded this to Giphy to make it easier to put into a post. I went about this one the same as my last, simply took screenshots and put them on top of each other then exported it as a gif from GIMP.

Animals Doing Funny Things

This is my first ever gif creation. I was attempting to do the Animals Doing Funny Things assignment. This was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. In order to create this gif I used GIMP. I have actually worked with GIMP several times before at my job to edit dimensions of shapes or adjust resolution of shapes, so I was at least a little familiar with the program. All I had to do was take 12 frames of the video and lay them out in order from 1 to 12. Then, simply export it as a gif and make sure to get the “animated” box. I found a video of a dog attempting to play an electric keyboard that was on the ground. I also uploaded the gif to Giphy to make it easier to add into this post. Here is how it turned out:

Here is the video I followed along with to create both of my gifs for this week:

My Simple Logo…

For my second design assignment for this week I decided to take on a simple logo creation. I decided to make a logo for an old business that I use to run while I was in High school. I would cut grass all summer to make extra money for myself. At one point I even made flyers that I would stick into people’s mailboxes with coupons and such. My services got very popular in my neighborhood. So much so that I had to eventually started turning people down because I would have the next two weeks completely full of lawns to mow.

I don’t know why I didn’t think to make a logo for my business back then, it could have been holding me back. So here is my simplistic attempt at a logo for Jacob’s Lawn Mowing. The website that helped me create this was FreeLogoDesign.

Are We There Yet?

The mandatory visual assignment for this week was Are We There Yet?. Before doing this assignment I was very worried because of my lack of Photoshop skills. I knew I wanted to take a picture from me Snowboarding and change the background to something completely out of the ordinary but I didn’t know how. It actually turned out to be so much easier than I thought it would be. Turns out, these days Photoshop pretty much will do all the work for you. Using the object selection tool it was able to almost exactly cut me out of one picture, which I was then able to paste on a different background. This picture was originally taken in New Hampshire while on a Snowboarding trip last year. Here is the original picture and the new picture.

Here is a video that helped me to create the above photo:

Reflection: The Vignelli Canon

After reading The Vignelli Canon, a short booklet by Massimo Vignelli I feel that I have been introduced to so many important aspects of graphic design that I had no idea about prior. I believe that one reason these concepts were so easy to take in is because of the way he laid them out to his reader. While talking about a specific subject, the next page will often be an example of that subject in use. For example, in the section where he talks about “Type Size Relationships”, on the next page there are three examples of different title sizes to help the designer achieve intellectual elegance as opposed to blatant vulgarity.

A section that I enjoyed reading a lot from this booklet was the section about Texture. Massimo Vignelli says, “Light is the master of form and texture”, which is something I have learned from the first week in this course. Light is what elevated my pictures from just normal pictures to something that clearly had time put into it. Taking time to figure out how your subject matter will absorb or refract light prior to your picture can help you plan to get the picture you have in your imagination. For this section, the example photo shows two vases side by side with two completely different textures. The one on the right clearly has a brushed texture along the glass, whereas the left vase is smooth and easy to look at. Here is the picture from the section for reference:

Another section from the booklet that I really felt like I took a lot from is the “Identity and Diversity” section. This is a strange section for companies and corporations because you want customers to be able to recognize your “branding” without having everything you put out look the same. Essentially, you need enough of the same things and enough of difference in all your work. Too much of the same and people feel the redundancy. Too much of diversity creates fragmentation, which as Massimo Vignelli describes, “a very common disease of badly designed communication”. Here is an example that I found of good identity and diversity balance.

This Pinterest Brand Identity picture shows how all the images are about something different, while keeping the style the same. You could easily tell these were all made by the same person but with different goals to accomplish with each unique cover.

In conclusion, these were just two of the sections that I felt I really understood to a different level. Other notable section I recommend you take a look at are: White Space, Color, Layout, Scale, and Visual Power. I think that it speaks volumes to how great his work was that he was so willing to write about important subjects to him to the benefit of all other graphic designers. I think ill end this post with a quote from him about creativity. As Massimo Vignelli says, “Creativity needs the support of knowledge to be able to perform at its best”.

1 Week of Storytelling

From this week of visual storytelling it is hard for me to put in one post all that I have learned. I have learned that such small changes like contrast and lighting can completely change a photograph. This changes were so much easy to implement into my photos than I expected. This was a part that I really enjoyed from the week. I found myself always messing with the lighting of my photos after seeing the difference that it could make. This actually sort of turned into something that drove me crazy, in a funny way. I sort of became obsessed with how the lighting could change a picture. How do you know when you have the best lighting? Could there be a better direction for the light to come from? I eventually just had to settle with the one I personally liked the most.

I have learned about the importance of visual literacy and that whether or not we have always known it this is something we have all been doing since we were kids. Now with how much technology has been integrated into our lives i’m sure kids are being introduced to visual storytelling at earlier and earlier ages.

One thing that I struggled with this week was using Photoshop. Photoshop is a program that I had never used before this week. So I went into it expecting to accomplish my task very simply. I was very wrong, I never knew how complex Photoshop is. Although, I eventually was able to find a video about “averaging” photos and accomplish my task. It took some trial and error but the next time I need to use it I believe I will be much more prepared going into it.

I do feel like overall I have completed all of the assignments for this week. I have gone through to make sure all of my media files, embedded videos, and hyperlinks work correctly.

In conclusion, I really did enjoy learning about visual storytelling this week. These assignments gave me a new perspective on something I thought that I understood previously. I am looking forward to the weeks to come.

3 Daily Creates:

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Visual Assignments: (10 Stars Needed)

My Very Own Spubble… (2 Stars)

How-to guide: Creating a Spubble

Averaging Concepts Using Flickr (3.5 Stars)

How-to guide: Averaging Concepts Using Flickr

Averaged Portrait (3 Stars)

How-to guide: Averaged Portrait

Places of Peace (1.5 Stars)

How-to Guide: Places of Peace

Photo Safari:

Photo Safari

Reflection on the Photo Safari

Photo Reflection:

Photo Reflection: My Best Photo

Reflection On Material This Week:

What I Have Learned About Photography This Week…

Reflection: How I Feel About Story Telling


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Reflection: How I Feel About Story Telling

After doing and creating several guides for various Visual Assignments this week, I feel like I have a completely different understanding of digital storytelling. I think that in specific I got the most out of the photography assignments. The tips that were given in the Handbook were put so simply that they were then easy to implement. I could begin to see a major shift in the quality of pictures that I was taking.

In the image-saturated society that we live in I today I thought that taking pictures and using these to tell stories would be a very simple thing. I was wrong, the way that visual storytellers use images to convey information and feelings effortlessly is hard to duplicate.

Visual literacy is the sending and receiving of messages using images. Visual literacy is something that most of us have been doing since we were kids. Visual literacy is the reason that books like The Very Hungry Caterpilar are created because kids can take in so much information. Picture books provide a way for children to engage with the story and let them put together the story in their heads. For those who don’t recognize this book here is an animated version:

In conclusion, I think that Visual Storytelling is something that I took for granted heavily before this week. I didn’t realize the impact that it has had on everyone’s lives, without it how would we be able to learn without being able to read first? Things that I can do to improve my own visual story telling are to use less words and more pictures and give more meaningful images. When I say “meaningful images”, I am referring to a picture that lets the audience get to the conclusion you want them to without explicitly saying it.

How-to guide: Places of Peace

This assignment was very easy to create by utilizing a free collage maker that I found online. First, I found the 4 photos that I wanted to use for the collage and simply uploaded them on to the website. The website will automatically fill in a collage template that you can then change to your liking. To delete cells, simply right click them and choose “delete cell”. You can also click and drag any photos that you would like to swap their positions. Here is how mine turned out: