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Design Assignment Recap

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Iconic You (2 Stars) : This is the work I’m most proud of this week. It really represents me. It wasn’t hard to do, and I got the most comments on this one.

One Story, Four Icons (3 Stars) : I enjoyed this assignment. The correct answer was The Count of Monte Cristo (which everyone should read). I was pleased that someone guessed the correct answer.

The Big Hip Hop (2 Stars): This was a very simple assignment, but I like how it came out. I like typography, so I always enjoy playing with the different fonts on each of my pictures.

Minimalist Movie Poster (3 Stars): I chose to do one of favorite movies, which actually does the book justice, To Kill a Mockingbird. I like how this came out, but I wish I would have put the mockingbird more right of center. I had to use the clone tool (which took forever) and I didn’t realize how close it would be until I put the text it. Overall, I still liked this assignment and my poster.

Place I’ve Never Been (2 Stars) : This is my second favorite design assignment. As you can tell from my previous posts, I really like travel. I made this at the end of the week, and I was kind of burnt out. It took me a while to figure out what I was going to do for this assignment, so I just started playing around, and it ended up working out, I think. I did play with the font a lot of this one, I think I chose an effective one.

Minimalize Your Philosophy (2 Stars): As you can also see from my previous posts, I love lit. I have a lot of philosophies, so I had to choose one. I wasn’t sure whether or not the tree was going to be effective or not but I think it was. I really like the effect that came out on this.


I enjoyed doing a lot of these assignments, but this week was a lot of work!

Minimalize Your Philosophy

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

A philosophy of mine, is Henry David Thoreau’s quote seen in the picture. It makes you question what is important in life. He asks why we rush through life just to get to the next thing, and why we don’t ever just stop and enjoy where we are now. I think it’s a question everyone should be asked; we should just slow down sometimes and enjoy what we have.

For this assignment I used a textured background from Deviantart and added a photo of a tree. I wanted a representation of life, so I used the tree (kind of like “the tree of life”). Thoreau was also a big advocate for appreciating nature, and I think part of this quote is also to “stop and smell the roses,” metaphorically and literally. I didn’t know how it was going work, but I think it’s effective. Again, I used Picnic to add text.

Place I’ve Never Been

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

As a history major, France is one of my favorite countries to study, and it’s  one of the top places on my list of countries to visit, so I had to do this assignment.

I made this in GIMP.  I searched Google for tutorials and ideas. After looking at a few I played around with some of them.

1. Grab an image (I used the map of Paris)

2. Add a new layer

3. Paste in the image you want on the top (Eiffel Tower)

4.  On the “Layers” toolbar on the right hand side  change the “Mode” from “Normal” to “Darken” (this made the Eiffel Tower stand out)

5. Change the opacity of the background image to make it stand out even more

6. Upload it to Flickr and play around with different fonts in Picnik.



Minimalist Poster

Friday, February 17th, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of favorite novels and movies. The process was pretty straightforward and simple. I chose the mockingbird symbol as the “essence of the movie.” I used GIMP to paste the icon in the center of the background. I used the clone tool to make it blend in with the background. After that I uploaded it to Flickr and added text in Picnik.


For those who have not read To Kill A Mockingbird, the mockingbird is the big symbol in the novel. The famous quote by Miss Maudie is, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The mockingbird represents innocence. The protagonist, Atticus Finch, explains to his children, Jem and Scout, that you cannot shoot a mockingbird because you cannot harm the innocent. There are several characters in the novel, who are innocent, particularly the man Atticus is defending. Even though they are all innocent, they are harmed by evil, whether by lies or abuse, etc. Atticus defends the man, even though he is black and no one else wants him to, because he believes in protecting the innocent. The mockingbird symbolizes the story, and I don’t I could have used any other symbol to represent it.

The Big Hip Hop

Friday, February 17th, 2012


This assignment was pretty straight-forward and simple. I took a photo from The Big Picture and a song from the Top 100 List, and added the lyrics in Picnic. I ended up choosing a photo under the skating category. I chose “Paradise” by Coldplay because the picture looked pretty paradisal to me, so the song seemed like a perfect match.

One Story, Four Icons

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


This is a one of one my favorite novels, but it’s also a movie.  It’s a classic. Can you guess what it is?

P.S. The ninja may be a bit of a stretch, don’t think of it too literally.

Iconic Me

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The assignment was to create an image of something that represents me. I am definitely a book worm, so I chose glasses as my icon. I used an icon from NounProject and Microsoft Word. I pasted the image into a Word document and used the text overlap option. I typed words like “books” and “literature” over the image until the words created the image.

Mission: Defamiliarize

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Mission: Defamilarize , a set on Flickr.

The assignment was to take a ten photos of a familiar place and make it unfamiliar, what place is more familiar than home? The process was very simple, I just wandered around my house taking pictures at different angles until I had ten and then uploaded it as a set on Flickr.

Mission: Defamiliarize

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The assignment was to take a ten photos of a familiar place and make it unfamiliar, what place is more familiar than home? The process was very simple, I just wandered around my house taking pictures at different angles until I had ten and then uploaded it as a set on Flickr.

Picturing Prufrock

Friday, February 10th, 2012


I loved this assignment. I was able to combine my love of lit and travel. The lines about traveling inspired me to make this. My favorite line by T.S. Elliot was unfortunately not in this poem: “we shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Obviously, Eliot is big on travel, like myself, which made this assignment simple.

It was very simple, I just uploaded the image in Flickr and used Picnik to add text.