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.





Week 5 Reflection

How are you feeling? Be specific.

I am just getting over being very sick last week and just like Professor Burtis said… I think I feel better now than I did before I was sick! I feel like I have more energy and appreciate being able to breathe through my nose so much more now.  This is my final semester of college… and let me tell ya, IT IS HARD.  Some of the classes I am enrolled in this semester are the hardest classes I have ever taken, but I am trying to utilize my planner as much as possible to stay on track.

This week was really tough for me… I was and still feel really unfamiliar with audio and the assignments took a lot of effort for me to comprehend this week but I kinda enjoyed a challenge.  Writing is something I am familiar with so it was fun to do something a little different!

One other thing that was really new to me this week was doing a self-evaluation, I have done something similar at work but never for school.  I think it is a great tool to have us reflect on the amount of effort we are actually putting into the course… it made me second guess myself a little bit if I could be working harder and that motivated me to strive for excellence as the course proceeds.

Reading and Resource Reflection

Before this class, I had zero experience with audio and it has honestly been pretty intimidating.  I really like how Jad Abumrad paints this picture in my head without pictures in his description about the importance of connecting through radio.  Co-imagining is a really cool concept that I had never really though too deep about, but it is so true and I think especially in radio it is very relevant.

We relate everything we hear to an image in our head, when he spoke of walking up the stairs I knew exactly what sound that was and could picture him walking up to work on wood stairs in hard-soled shoes.  Even though he didn’t describe that at all, my mind created an image from what he was saying.

Abumrad describes radio as being modern story telling, and I totally agree.  I tune into XM radio sometimes in the morning while I am driving to listen to the morning talk shows, and it is so cool how technology has allowed us to listen to stories live from people across the country and across the world.  He also speaks about how technology lets us create and change sounds that helps us imagine different images than before.

His videos and the audio resources have really inspired me to get rolling on my own audio journey and become more comfortable with it.  I was really unfamiliar with Audacity before this assignment and love how it seems to have the technology Abumrad mentioned that allows us to alter sounds to create now images!

Character Choice and Intro

My name is Sarah Thatcher and I grew up in small town in Southhampton County, Virginia.  My parents owned a cattle farm with many other animals like horses and chickens and pigs, there I learned the importance of a strong work ethic and protecting the family.  My father was the leader of our wolf pack and worked hard every day to provide for us and protect the home and land we lived on.  He made so many sacrifices to ensure we got by.  My mother was love and caring and the backbone of our family.  She was the main support system for us all and just as important to our security as my father.

I had two younger sisters that were just as intelligent as they were beautiful.  I like to think that they looked up to me, and I tried my hardest to be a good example for them.  We spent every morning riding the trails on our horses, laughing and loving one another. Some of my favorite memories of us are from when were riding.  We didn’t have much but we worked hard and were so thankful that we had each other at the end of the day.

Tragically… that all changed one day.  My mother, father and sisters and I were returning from church in town one Sunday afternoon when an 18 wheeler struck the back of our pick up truck.  The truck rolled and crunched and when I woke up… I found out that I was the only survivor.  This was the major turning point in my life, I was now all alone.

I tried my best to keep the family farm in business and found that working every day helped to distract my mind from the major loss of my family.  The farm was all I had left of my family, my sisters horses missed them dearly and I had been avoiding riding the trails in fear their memories would come flooding back.

Now, I find myself having this overwhelming need to do good and protect, much like my father used to do when he was in charge of the farm.  I have distanced myself greatly from our community but still remain active at our church because I know my mother would want that for me.  I try to stay positive knowing I am keeping our farm alive and well and all our hard work wasn’t for nothing.  I want to continue to protect our family name in remembrance of my dearly loved family.

Week 4 Reflection

This week was definitely the most fun I have had so far and I might be a little obsessed with GIFs now!  I learned some super cool things that intimidated me a little at first… like the juxtapose… but after reading through help from my classmates I conquered this week like a boss!

I love photography and editing pictures to emphasize the best parts  of an image and I think this is a great tool for us to use to tell our story of The End.  Some of my favorite posts from this week were:

Alyssa’s super cool mutant picture!

Casey Spanitz reflections on the movie Mad Max because I felt the same way!

Question of the Week:

I definitely think a GIF can tell a story! I use them all the time in texts to tell my own story about a situation or how I feel instead of writing it out.  I think they make things wayyy more humorous for example…



I could say how upset I am about it being Monday… or I could just send that poor little kitty…



Or I could send that pupper when my boyfriend asks what I want to do tonight instead of typing out how tired I am and how I just want to relax and eat junk food.

PERFECT for lazy people like me who enjoy a few giggles here and there!