Finding Design In Your Daily Life

So as I walked/drove around this week from classes to work to hanging out with my friends, I tried to look around for elements of design for the Design Blitz. I found a few different things that were examples of dominance, and definitely a lot of symbols (from street signs, bathroom symbols in stores/restaurants).

For my example of balance, I chose a drawing my roommate made. I think the picture as a whole is beautiful and the shapes and everything in it work very well together. As you can see from the picture, it works for color and proportion as well as dominance, but I thought the balance was my favorite thing about it. I think that everything just looks like it’s where it is meant to be.


For proportion, I chose to use a picture I took of a table I created at work. I had to make up this table entirely so I’m pretty proud of it. I tried to make everything symmetrical and used the colors on the lids to make everything flow together. I also decided to change the height for different levels which adds to proportion because it makes everything look like it pyramids (not sure if that’s the right word..)


For symbols, I took this picture while I was driving (stopped, of course). I chose it because you can see three pretty important street signs that only use symbols; the u-turn sign, the sign that indicates there is a median and the sign indicating there is a light ahead. While it is not the best example of symbols in design, I think it is pretty important to note the design of street signs.


For dominance, I chose this picture I took when I was in DC earlier in the week. I chose this one because I looked down over the railing and obviously only saw the duck. I really like it because its a simple picture and you can see the ducks foot under the water if you look carefully.

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For minimalism, I was sitting on the couch and noticed a different roommates sports coffee mug. I chose it because the design is very simple and straightforward, the symbol for the team is on the mug while the name of the team is on the handle. It’s a very simple design, but it looks really nice.


Finally, for typography I chose this picture of an inspirational quote in my doctors office. I really liked the way the type was used in the picture and then also in the background of the plaque itself. I think everything in the picture flows well together and I like that whoever designed it used 2 different fonts for the words.




Edward Scissorhands

This assignment was a lot of fun! I had to create a minimalist movie poster. I chose to do Edward Scissorhands. In order to try and capture the meaning of the movie, I decided to use his scissorhand (because obviously, that’s what the movie is about). In paint, I pasted the image I found on google and cut around them to fit them onto the poster. I chose a dark red for the font to go with the destruction aspect of the movie (and all the blood). I had a great time creating it and it took me longer than expected to decide exactly what I wanted to do. I thought about having his scissor hand go through some type of barrier but realized my skills are not advanced enough to make that look good yet (maybe another time). Here’s the final product:


Donut Cheerios!

For this assignment, I had to recreate a cereal box in some way. I decided to make donut cheerios…which would be delicious. I used a picture of doughnuts that I found on Google and a cheerio box as well. I decided to keep the design fairly simple and my photo shopping skills obviously need some work, but overall I think it turned out fairly well. I had to find a font as similar to the cheerios font as I could and I think it works pretty well even though it’s not quite the same.


Need Some Inspiration?

So for this assignment, I decided to go pretty simplistic. I am a huge fan of inspirational quotes – like I’m the person with those little wooden things that have quotes on them. I used a picture that I stumbled upon one day awhile ago. I felt the picture was appropriate for the quote because it looks like something that is impossible. It’s this beautiful bridge in Florida (along the keys) that’s 7 miles long. The quote is by John Muir and has been a favorite of mine for awhile now – I thought of it almost immediately after reading the assignment to make an inspirational quote “poster”. I used paint to create the poster itself. Enjoy!

Motivational Poster

It’s All in the Details

After reading Vignelli’s booklet, The Vignelli Canon, I have a newfound respect for design and people who use design in their everyday life. I realize that we use design for basically everything after reading Vignelli’s booklet. Everything from choosing a title for a paper to actually creating art is a use of design. Before reading the booklet, I never would’ve guessed that something as basic as choosing the margins, title and spacing of a paper would be considered design. It’s clear in the booklet that Vignelli loves design and has the utmost respect for it and all the elements that comes with that. I really liked what Vignelli said about semantics, syntactics, visual power, and discipline. I love that Vignelli puts such importance into the meaning of whatever is being designed and the discipline needed to create something. I really agree with his idea that discipline is needed for basically every aspect of design. Without it, a design would likely have less meaning and be less effective.

I think that the main idea I took away from the booklet is that design cannot be done without all the things mentioned. You need to have each element to create a truly effective design – the minute details/the small things are used to create the larger aspects of your design. I think that Vignelli seems to think that every choice made in creating a design is just as important as the next.

Audio Party

So as you all know, this week we were focusing on audio in storytelling. I think so far this has been my favorite week. I really enjoyed focusing on audio in the movies and radio involving westerns. As I mentioned in my post, I really enjoy the way most westerns use diegetic and other sounds to make the story seem more real/authentic. I’m a huge fan of the story being as real as possible. Obviously there would be an exception for a spaghetti western or something more comedic, but even those use sound fairly effectively from what I’ve noticed. I also really enjoyed doing all the audio assignments, I think those have been my favorite so far the past few weeks. 🙂 My favorite assignment this week was definitely the sound effects story. I love the way mine turned out and I had a lot of fun doing it.I decided to make it into a mystery and try and have you all guess what happens next, which I’m really glad I did.

The daily create assignments this week were also pretty fun! I really enjoyed the one where we had to create an invention. I got my idea from the movie Flubber and thought a breakfast machine would be such a great idea – mostly because I love breakfast, but who wants to get up early enough to make a waffle? No one.

Overall, I had a lot of fun this week playing around with audio and creating different things from a mashup to a radio bumper. I liked that we used ds106 radio to familiarize ourselves with it before we go further with it. I also thought it was a great way for us to think more about audio and it’s role in telling a story. I think Audacity is a great tool and I’m glad we are using it because I used it in high school (even though I didn’t quite remember everything). I’m looking forward to next week and what we’ll be focusing on!

Always Making Something New…

So this week we had to do 3 daily creates from twitter.

I really enjoyed the ones for this week, I thought they were pretty great! For the first one, we had to create an invention of some sort, so I decided on a breakfast buddy! Essentially, it’s a spin off of the machine in Flubber, but it would make you breakfast and you can program it so it’s done at a certain time and you don’t have to worry about making it yourself!

For the second, we had to create a stamp for the pony express. I used paint and my surface to do this and drew the stamp by hand (using the shape maker for the oval). I added a little clip art pony to the stamp as well and finished it off with a place and the name.

The final create I did this week was drawing a treasure map. I actually had a little trouble with this one, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My map turned out pretty crazy looking – mostly due to my terrible artistic ability. Here it is!


Radio Bumper

This assignment was pretty fun! I re-did my recording like 8 times probably because I kept saying something strange or something that didn’t make any sense. I ended up just keeping it pretty simple, but I like the way it turned out. I used a guitar sound from freesound for the background and talked over it to make the bumper. Using Audacity, I uploaded the guitar noise and made my recording and mixed the tracks.


30 Seconds: All About Me

This assignment was pretty nerve racking. I felt like I was actually doing speed dating when I was talking and trying to figure out what to say in 30 seconds. I kind of winged it because if I were to try speed dating I definitely would change what I say with every person, so I thought that would be a good way to make this more realistic. As you guys can hear, it turned out a little awkward, but that’s okay because who isn’t awkward with only 30 seconds to introduce and make a good impression?


Mashed potat….songs

For this assignment I had to choose an artist and pick at least 5 of their songs and create a mashup, at least 5 minutes long. I chose to do New Politics for this because I’m fairly obsessed with them and it happened pretty quickly…I saw them live and fell in love. So while they are not my all time favorite band, they’re a current favorite for sure.

I used audacity to mix the songs and I started by listening to each song all the way through and then looking for places where I could combine them. If the time requirement was a little shorter, I definitely would’ve chosen mashing points in other places. I played around with cutting and pasting in audacity and actually had a little trouble getting it to work at first, but about 45 minutes later, I was pretty happy with the result. The last two mashes were a little rough to coordinate, but I think they still work for the most part. Hope you guys like it!