7 Daily Creates For The Ending of The End


I think the creator of this daily create really hit the nail on the head with this one.  What a cool way to reflect on our time in DS106.  I definitely feel like I have learned so much!



Picking just one thing to draw a picture of what is most important to me was pretty difficult, but my labrador has been my rock this semester.  I really do think they can sense exactly what we need because he is always there for snuggles and kisses on my bad days.



Naming this cute guy was so fun! My horses name in real life is Beau so I wanted to give this guy something a little more creative.



This daily create was to make a gif out of a picture you already had and these sleepy pups definitely describe how I feel Monday mornings heading to work.



Make a haiku from a random word?  I am not poetic at all but I do love food so I gave it my best shot!



Don’t dream it, vine it… well I am definitely still dreaming of being on this beautiful beach in Florida.  My boyfriend’s sister got married over spring break and we visited them in Florida for the wedding and it was so fun! The beaches and weather were a perfect break from the cold and rain we were getting in Virginia.



Describe you mood… haha… well this has been me for the last couple of weeks trying to balance starting a full time job, graduating, and moving into a new house. Cheers to the end of the end!



Daily creates have consistently been one of my favorite assignments throughout The End.  They are a quick way to create something fun, some are more challenging than others and I have really enjoyed thinking more outside of the box from other’s ideas.

Reading Movies I Am Legend Video Essay

Kubrick // One-Point Perspective

The Shining – Zooms

Examples of Editing Techniques (*Jump Cut)

Top 20 Amazing Cinematic Techniques Part 1 (*Long take, steady cam)

I watched the above short videos about filmmaking and I never realized until after how filmmaking techniques really make a huge difference in how we view a movie. While watching the movie version of I Am Legend I used John West’s technique of pausing the movie and thinking about what I saw.  In the scene I chose from I Am Legend, Robert Neville and his dog Sam get caught in the city and a dangerous situation during sundown. After I watched the scene again and again I found some filmmaking techniques from the short videos I watched. Watch the video below to hear more about the scene!



Video Assignment 2058
I really enjoyed doing this video assignment, it gave me time to reflect on some of my most favorite pictures and memories and tell you guys a little bit about my life!

Video Assignment 2031

This is a video collage of all my favorite pictures from my last year at UMW!  I can’t believe I am graduating in just a few short weeks! I will really miss this place and all the memories I have made here, but I am so thankful for the opportunities UMW has given me.

Video Assignment 1981

In this short trailer, I am using our radio show characters from The End Apocalyptic Airwave to give a glimpse into what we dream our journey through The End will look like for all of us.  Starring Sarah Thatcher, Winifred Hart, Carson Gordon, Alex Whitmore, and Joan Williams.

Assignment Revision

I decided to revise my design for my character’s name because I feel like her personality has evolved now and needs to show in her name.

I think this design shows the current position she is during the apocalypse, she has learned to be tougher and is a little more rough around the edges now on her journey surviving the end.

Design Reflection

Design is play. Play is engaging in childlike activity.  I agree with this 100%! I love design and I think it is the most playful, fun thing I have spent my time on.  I decided to take summer courses in interior design at my local community college, and they were the most amazing classes I have ever been a part of.

We were encouraged to think outside of the box, PLAY!  Of course we learned some design principles to keep in mind, balance, color scheme, proportions, contrast, focal point, harmony, and rythym… but it was up to us how we used those principles.  It was definitely like being a kid again, I appreciated the release of some creative energy compared to business classes I had been taking.  My professor was encouraging no matter how outrageous some of our ideas were.  She helped us figure out how we can remain playful in the work we do.

It is important to challenge the norm and use those basic principles to create really cool and sometimes crazy designs, just like Paula Scher challenged the constant use of Helvetica and did her own thing.

David Carson talks about our emotional connection to design and I think this closely relates to the things I learned in my interior design classes.  While interior design is much different from graphic design, it is still a form of design that we create to make someone feel a certain way.

When a client needs a space they can plop down and relax and read a book, we create soft, cozy nooks with accessible lighting.  It needs to be a secluded, quiet place that invites you in to cuddle up and explore a different world.

On the contrast, when another client may need a space where they can entertain and throw parties for their friends, we create open spaces with different seatings options for different situations.  There’s close seating for intimated conversations, group seating around a table or counter bar for eating and drinking. This space needs lots of lighting with dimmers and media options for tv and music, it influences conversation and engagement.

When a client walks into these spaces it should make them feel a certain way if the designer has done their job correctly and listened to their needs, the same goes with graphic design.  David Carson video was hilarious and I especially liked the assignment on making new signage for restaurant doors.. LOL

Design Blitz 

I chose to use my pictures from events I have done with the company I work for, most are from weddings but some are from a huge wedding show we just did where tons of businesses in the industry show off their best to future brides.

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All of these photos are from weddings done by the company I work for Waterford Event Rentals. Design is an important element in pulling off the perfect event. This first picture is a great example of repetition, it is uniform and eye catching! The second picture is contrast, the navy and white are contrasting colors and adds a pop to the tables. The third picture is alignment, perfect placement of plates, napkins and name cards make this table look sharp and intentional. The fourth picture is proximity, while this table seems to be tightly packed with plates, cups and utensils, the higher centerpiece helps to draw the eye to the center of the table. The last picture is a great example of color, the bright colors are enticing and make people want to approach it and grab a bite to eat! #ds106 #designblitz #theend106

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Design Assignments

This is the lost and found poster I created for Professor Burtis’ hat and I really hope it can help her to find it! HOW TRAGIC… IT HAS BEEN A STAPLE IN THIS CLASS

This is the design I created for my characters name, it is a little more psychedelic than I was going for but I think it embodies her “tough-girly”, good guy kinda personality.

Alternative Book Cover

Honestly, the dog in this book is the most important character, he deserves to be on the cover and also I wanted to portray its about zombies lol.  Without a companion of some sort I think the apocalypse would be much harder to get through


Audio Assignments

Here is a compilation of my absolute favorite sounds!  I love hearing my horse call out to me in excitement, the waves crashing down on the beach from the ocean, the sound of birds on the first sunny, spring morning and the timer on the oven letting me know the cookies are done!

I chose to do a 911 call from Sarah Thatcher (my character) to her local police station in an effort for her to figure out what is going on… but she soon realizes that she may be in more trouble than she thought when even the dispatcher seems to be in trouble….


Frequency 2156, Can You Hear Me Now?

First off… this is reallyyy reallyyy cool! Love this site.  I think the creators chose audio as the medium because I think it allows the listener to create their own images of who is behind the voice and fully immerse themselves in the stories. I think adding video would distort the cohesiveness of this story even more.  The story is a little all over the place from what I listened to due to the crowd-sourced audio but I still think it all has an awesome post-apocalyptic theme.

I think if I had created this story I would have it be more organized, and create characters that are more closely related beyond being alone, I think that would help the listener become more involved with the story. I like that it is from all over the world, even in different accents and languages and I think that really helped to tell the story of this world wide catastrophe.

Frequency 2156 Contribution:

I decided to build the story on my character of Sarah Thatcher being on a farm all by herself with only the animals left to keep her company.  I tried to incorporate some farm animal noises and make it seem as if she didn’t really know what was going on as she has distanced herself from the community quite a bit sine the loss of her family.