My Past Two Weeks Nearing the End

The past two weeks have been pretty fun and relaxing for the most part. I finished up my novel The Passage, which I really enjoyed, but man, was that a LONG book. I did four daily creates, I did the two we were required to do and I did the animal swap and manga me daily creates! Those were fun and my tweets are posted below.

The radio show has been fun overall. I wish that I had been able to meet with my group in person both of the times that they met. Unfortunately, with work and being a commuter I was unable to do so. I am meeting with them tomorrow though because I don’t have work and we are going to finalize everything. I think that putting this radio show together has been different for me because I have never done something like this before. It is definitely fun because you are able to be creative with it. I like that we can be funny but serious at the same time.

Overall, I have enjoyed this and I can’t believe we are really nearing the is coming SO quick.

Question of the week:

If the apocalypse happened and I had to become something else I would become a vampire. I think that vampires are cool because they live forever and they can run SUPER fast. I am definitely one of those people that thinks of the Twilight series when I think about vampires. The only downfall of being a vampire would be having to drink blood. I guess if I am a vampire, I would get used to it and figure out fast that if I don’t drink it, I may not last.

Survivors at Sunrise Radio Show

This is another progress post about how our radio show is going! This past week we recorded our individual parts. I, again, was unable to meet in person as I work every afternoon/night Monday through Thursday and my group met on Wednesday evening. I did record my part though at home and I sent it to Elaina, who is editing our radio show because she is great with audio!

We are meeting up tomorrow to finalize our show and get it sent to our professor. We are so excited for everyone to hear it, I think you all are going to enjoy it and definitely be entertained by it!

Can’t wait for you guys to listen to the Survivors at Sunrise this week. 🙂

Survivors at Sunrise

Elaina, Lauren, Jillian, and I all met in the HCC and over factime the Friday before spring break. I was the one that couldn’t meet in person as I am a commuter and I got done with class really early. We discussed a lot of ideas together and came up with a bunch! We then had to narrow them down to what we thought would be the best and most entertaining for the class to hear.

Originally, we tried coming up with a name that had all of our characters initials in it, but that didn’t work out well. So then we tried to have a pun that involved the apocalypse and the names we came up with weren’t very catchy. That’s when we came up with Survivors at Sunrise. I love this name because we are all survivors of the apocalypse.

Below is a promo poster for our radio show. I used Canva for this and it was pretty easy to make, of course I wanted to include a sunrise in the poster because it is in our name! We can’t wait for you guys to hear more about the process of our show and to hear the actual show! 🙂

My Sixth Week Nearing the End

This week overall has been a pretty fun one. I have learned a lot about design that I didn’t know and it has really helped me this week. I started off watching the TED Talk videos and doing the tutorials on Canva. All three were super helpful in helping me decide what kind of designer I wanted to be this week and for the remainder of the semester.

The daily creates this week were fun, I did the one required on Tuesday. Then I did apocalypse logo and art in my daily environment. Both are posted below!

The design blitz this week was fun because it was different than the photo blitz. We had to do it from the design perspective which was really cool, because I think we all learned a lot from it. The alternative book cover for the book we are reading was fun because we got to be creative with what we wanted on the cover. I think that this was one of the most fun assignments this week because being able to create your own book cover is something we don’t get to do every day. So being able to create it and be creative was fun.

The apocalyptic character generator assignment was different, I felt that I didn’t have much room to create my character because my options were very limited. Then having to crop my character into a background was kind of difficult, because when I exported my character she had a white background so I had to get rid of it…a little difficult.

Then the last two assignments I did was an ad for Martha’s lost hat and writing my character’s name in cool letters and fonts. Those two were fun!

This week was pretty fun in general and I feel like I learned a lot from it.

Question of the week:

The group that worked out the best and was the most successful was for my management class last spring in Dr. Gower’s class. My group worked really well together because the entire semester we had to work together. We even had to do 15 hours of volunteering at a non-profit organization outside of class time. We all worked well together because we talked about things we didn’t agree on and came together to figure out a conclusion. I loved that group, we had so much fun!


Generate Cool Letters: Bellamy Reyes

I did the generate cool letters assignment, I used my character’s name, Bellamy Reyes. She is from the islands, so I gave her name tropical colors, with a pretty pattern in her name.  I used a light blue and a brighter orange to outline her name. I decided to use a classy font to write her name. I used to create her name. This was a fun and quick assignment that related to my character.

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Apocalyptic Character Generator: Bellamy

Here is Bellamy in Puerto Rico, where her and her sister currently are. Bellamy is a survivalist, so she is strong and intelligent. Making my character, I found Hero Machine to be a little difficult to use, I didn’t have many options for my character. Then when I exported my character, I had to crop her myself and get rid of the white background, which was a little difficult to do with my finger on my phone. Overall, I think Bellamy came out pretty good, even though she doesn’t exactly match what I described when I introduced her. I had limited options. Enjoy. 🙂

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Alternative Book Cover: The Passage

I decided to use Canva for this assignment. I used a template that was already created and changed the picture and titles. I decided to stick with the woods theme since this book is about survival and catastrophe with a girl and saving a destroyed world. I liked this picture of the woods because it was kind of dark and gloomy, but the sun is still peeking through the trees. I used white since the image itself was darker but had accents of white in the top right from the sun. I like the font because it kind of gives the book a bit of a mystery feeling to it. I enjoyed making this book cover and thought it was fun deciding what I think this book cover should actually look like!

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Design Blitz

#DesignBlitz : Alignment, Hierarchy, Repetition, Balance, & Color #ds106 #theend106

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Above is my design blitz that I did. I decided to use my windows for alignment because they all have a connection by being the same size and evenly spaced apart. I used my Burt’s Bees facial cleansing towelettes for hierarchy because they have Burt’s Bee’s in the biggest font and facial cleansing towelette’s just a little bit smaller and in a different color to show which is the most important. As you go down the font gets smaller. I used my little brother’s basket for repetition, because it shows the same sports over in the same pattern through the entire basket. For balance, I used my Louis Vuitton purse to show the stability and even spacing throughout. Lastly, I used the Frosted Mini Wheats cereal box for color, this has a good amount of colors in it and it depicts what mood you feel when looking at it. The main color is orange which usually means happiness or encouragement.

Behind the making of this post:

I really enjoyed doing this design blitz because I had to be creative throughout the week and think of each of the basic principles when I saw things. I thought it was going to be pretty easy at first, but it wasn’t. The principles are helpful when it comes to design. I thought when I saw certain things that they would fit into one of the principles, but many times they didn’t. I enjoyed this assignment overall! 🙂

Design Reflection

Overall, I enjoyed watching the TED Talks. I thought that both of them were very different, but I liked that. I really love Paula Scher’s work, she is creative and fun. Her work is straightforward in a way and she has fun with her designs.

David Carson and his designs are much different than Paula’s…I would definitely say his are a bit more out of the ordinary in the design world. David is someone, I think, who wants to be known as different and not the same as every other designer. Which I like that we watched both videos because we were able to get a feel of what designers are like and how they relate and differ. This gives us the idea of how we want to be in a designing perspective.

For the Canva design tutorials, I thought they were all really helpful. I thought I knew a good amount about design, I was wrong. Canva really showed me different ways to do things whether it was with branding, layouts, images, etc. I actually ended up doing more than seven tutorials because I was so interested in learning more, that I just kept going!

I think all three of these resources give me a better understanding of what goes on with design and how it works. I think that I have learned a lot about how I want to be as a designer through the two TED Talks. I think I got to see two very different designers and relate with one of them over the other. I definitely related more with Paula Scher and her designs because they are fun and easier to understand than David Carson’s.  I think that my designs are going to be fun and creative, but definitely easy to understand. Canva is a good tool and learning through those tutorials, I think will really help me this week.