So week one was super hard because I am not a technology person AT ALL which means setting up a website was quite the challenge. This week I knew more of what to expect so it ran much smoother (plus less work hours equals more time and less rushing). I think what surprised me most was that I was able to reflect and story-tell easily. I say this but I did run into a few rough patches, however the whole reflecting and storytelling processes were much more fluid.
Sadly, the trouble I ran into was with my designblitz. No matter how hard I would try to find ads and signs with the different concepts, most of the concept photos I liked were with objects. Personally, each photo did represent the noted concept but I’m not sure others would agree with me. The subjectivity here gives me anxiety because I wanted to pass the assignment with flying colors while following instruction and being creative about it. I hope my reflections were enough to show my perspective of each photo.
I tried out my first daily create for week two. I wanted to make a collage but I found a picture of a bunch of carrots together already and had the idea for the daily create just pop into my head! I also showed it to some of my friends and my family and they all loved it (mostly the pun) so I was happy with it. I learned here that the twitter daily create page usually has less instruction than the online daily create page. I took note of this and found the next few daily creates on the online page so I was sure to know the full instruction.
The next day I tried out daily create number two. This was a fun one because I had so many puns I wanted to use. I decided to use one in the dialogue and one for the title to satisfy my pun needs. Looking back I wish I did a little more but I didn’t want to edit the photo itself in case it somehow changed the meaning/contents of the original photo.
The same day I tried out the required reading assignment. This was easier to get through than I thought! Well, parts of it. I really learned about timelessness/texture/color/white space and the to-dos and not to-dos about design. I learned that designs are the best when they are timeless because if it is long-lasting then they don’t have to change. I also learned about the effects of texture and color on a photo and how primary colors are the most used (also due to timelessness). I also never knew that the white space of a design was so important! That was probably the most surprising find of the read for me. I was also really happy to hear from someone that my summary of The Vignelli Canon was a “good write up” and “in depth”! I also learned something interesting about myself from this assignment. I am usually a very logical person, but when it comes to the logical part of art, my mind is like, “What? Art is meant to be creative.” So my brain automatically is thrown off because I am trying to find the rational part of art. But the logical part of me loves the history and challenge and psychology of art. Why primary colors? They’re timeless. Why white space? It’s a frame. These are just a few examples of what I mean but man is that cool.
Next I tried the Are We There Yet? assignment. This is another one of those times where I am so grateful that I actually remember something from my high school computer art class. I figured out how to pull the picture of my sister and me and place it on a new background to make it look somewhat realistic that we weren’t in Virginia anymore. OH and I finally figured out how to take screenshots and make a somewhat okay tutorial. I tried to do the whole narration while doing the assignment thing but I mess up so many times and it makes me nervous to record myself so I mess up even more so I just stuck to screenshots and a typed up narration under it.
The first few daily creates confused me because I thought we were supposed to make a story with them, instead of the assignments, to I struggled with that. But after the first assignment I was able to come up with a story for anything and my old self, the one that tried to make books and was in creative writing club in high school, arose within me and had a great time storytelling! FINALLY!
Then I tried a four star assignment, but I’m guessing I did it wrong because it did not feel like a four star assignment. I had to take out words from a movie poster for Taken 3, changed all the words to something punny, and was finished. I immediately was freaking out because I was confused as to why this was four stars but I couldn’t really figure out why through the comments. But I did it! Maybe this just means I’m super good at this now!! Or not.
Next day I did my third assignment for the week. This one was harder than the four stars! I had to find a good font AND a good picture AND try to select and separate the picture AND had to resize it so it fit AND had to add a pun because they are my favorite. BUT the challenge was what made it fun and plus it was so cute that I almost wanted to make it on Custom Ink or something so I can keep it.
So assignment four was a night assignment which means the creativity and feelings are going full blast. This one took a lot out of me. There was a lot of bravery and courage involved here because I have never made public such a personal story. It was at first just going to be assignment four but when I couldn’t think of a story, I thought, “Well why not the true story? My story?” So after an agonizing, heart wrenching, summary from like 5 years ago, I did it. This is an accomplishment I probably would have never gotten to do if not for this class. Also the fact it was night time when I made the piece also helped the emotions flow.
To make up for the sad post, I made my first GIF a hilarious one. I knew I wanted one involving a cat fail because those are what I watch when I’m feeling down. I also was totally confused at first trying to find a good GIF generator, but once I found https://makeagif.com/ everything ran smooth. I have never made a GIF before this so I learned how through this class, but it was also a lot easier than I imagined! I liked it so much I even made an assignment out of a GIF.
The next day was like a movie day. First I did the third daily create. This involved making hints for a movie for people to guess (sadly no one tried). I used Deadpool for my Daily Create because that’s my current favorite movie, but I just realized how depressing his story is. 🙁 Poor Ryan Reynolds. This one was surprisingly easy for me to do! I wish it was that easy to break down my essays for school.
I also did my second GIF that day, which was also a movie (The Notebook). This was not hard for me (I love making GIFs now) but the story was hard for me to come up with because I couldn’t think of any other story than the actual movie plot. Time to think outside the box. So what I did was use the characters features (the guy’s facial hair and the girl’s facial expression) to come up with the story: a werewolf and a vampire. How cliche.
For assignment number five I also did a GIF since I figured out how to do them AND used a third movie for the day (Spirited Away). As a psych major I would say the availability heuristic is definitely taking place here. I think I am earning back some of my creativity that I used to have because storytelling for the last few assignments has been a cinch! This time was even harder than the last assignment when it came to storytelling! I eventually figured it out but using a movie or a book as a prompt to write a story on is very challenging to do. Like I can’t just summarize what is actually happening so I have to make up something completely different based on what they are doing or what their expressions are.
Friday I made my most frustrating and dissatisfying Daily Create. Making the font and colors match was AWFUL. WORST TIME EVER. I tried sooo many fonts and colors the thing lasted at least an hour to do. It was such a funny idea too. I’m from the very bottom right of Virginia so anything above Richmond is considered NOVA and my friends and I like to call Hampton Roads SOVA to be funny. I’m also from Newport News and sometimes the nicer places around me call us Bad News. So I just put all this together into one postcard to make one very unsatisfying Daily Create.
Last but not least, I made my designblitz. I probably wrote 1000 words of reflection in like 5 minutes because all I had to do was write out all the things I was thinking while taking the specific photos. I’m not even sure what else to talk about for this one because I already reflected sooo much. This was difficult for me because I took pictures of things that I thought reflected the concept but a few pictures definitely needed explanation on exactly how it reflected the concept in my own mind. Because I am sure others would look at them and not see what I see and wonder why the heck I put them in the slideshow to begin with. But generally I was pretty happy with this blitz because it took a lot of creativity and searching in public areas to finally find these photos.
Overall, I feel that I completed the assignments to the best of my ability. Some of them missed the mark that I was going for but that’s to be expected every once in awhile. I mentally picture one thing and then I try it out and it doesn’t translate how I wanted it. I also really enjoyed the fact that storytelling was so much easier this week. And the tutorials weren’t as bad as I thought either! I kind of wished that I didn’t overthink so many assignments. I feel like I overthink things too much and then just mess up my hard work. I also am confused on whether or not I need to add anything to the Daily Create posts when I put them on here??? Looking all the way back, I think Vignelli really highlighted a lot of the societal implications. For example, how companies will use the “long-lasting” primary colors or not following the fads because they will be “uncool” soon enough and need change.