Hey, all! Remember when I shared with you all my magazine spread draft? (Magazine Draft Blog Post) Well, today I am going to show you the finished product after I made some adjustments!
Process: Now, to be honest, my final finished design is not that different from my draft, but that is just because I put a lot of work into it in the beginning to make it really good, and so I had less work to do during this part of it. In order to create this final product though, I did ask for some help and feedback. I received some really good help and I was able to make some adjustments that made my project what it is right now! I also had the opportunity to help some people with their projects! I helped Mark Ormsby, Erin Hosford, and Nathan Day. I feel like I was helpful for them and I was grateful for their help too!
The things that I changed from my draft, were the colors and I added some little picture tabs to make it look kind of like a scrapbook. I also added myself as the author. Take a look!
Fonts Used: Title – Cursif. Body Copy – Lane Narrow.
I am really grateful for the opportunity to do this project and to work on projects like this to test me. This design class has been a lot of work, but has also been so enlightening. I have loved doing these projects and showing off my work on my blog! I hope you like it and thanks for reading!!
This week, I have been working on a magazine spread (2 pages) that would be able to go into the Ensign. Obviously, I am not actually writing for the Ensign, but for this project I am pretending I am. Let me share my process with you!
Process: To start out, I wrote what I wanted my “piece” to be about. I brainstormed ideas and researched Ensign articles and what they were about, and decided to share a personal story of mine about the Atonement. The message of my story is about understanding and using the different parts of the Atonement and how powerful it is. The audience I envisioned for this story is anyone who might be struggling with something painful and could use and uplifting story. After writing it out and getting all the wording and such right, I moved on to what I wanted my spread to look like. I started with a few sketches of what I thought I wanted the spread to look like. Then, in InDesign, I created a “shape map.” Here is what my shape map looked like:
I did not want to put my story in there yet because I was not sure if this was how it was going to turn out, so I just filled all the text boxes with filler text (aka jibberish). Now with my shape map created, I was able to get a good feel for how I wanted my spread to really look and feel. From here, I created my draft and basically all I did was replace the jibberish with my story and put my pictures in! I was feeling pretty good about what I made, but I still wanted to share it with my peers so I went to them and asked for some advice. They made a few really helpful suggestions, and with those I was able to go back to my project and create the draft that I am sharing today! I am planning on making a few more changes in the future (that is why I am calling it a draft). Take a look at what I created!
Now, I am not a website designer, but I think if I knew how to code and do all that complicated stuff, I feel like I would be pretty good at it! For this project, we were supposed to design a website page that a coder could use. Here is what I came up with!
Process: To start out, I drafted an idea of what I wanted the web page to look like. I put in boxes for where the text and images would be, and drew out how I wanted the web page to look.
After my sketch, I went to Photoshop and created an even more detailed shape map of how I wanted the web page to look. This step was really helpful because it helped me to see where things would be placed in my document with the correct sizing. Here is what my shape map looks like:
With this shape map, I was able to create my project. Though I did changes things a little bit when I got down to actually placing things, I think it turned out really great and this shape map was really helpful!
Critique: After I created my design, I went to my peers and asked them for some help. They (and my wonderful teacher) offered some really helpful feedback! I did not make many big changes, but I did make changes that made big differences. I am really grateful for the feedback that I was offered and I am also grateful that people are so kind and helpful! I was also able to offer some feedback to some peers, they were: Ellie Simon, Andrew Carroll, and Jordan Cook.
I love movies. I love going to new ones, spending my time watching them, and critiquing them with friends. Something that goes along with movies, are movie posters. When a movie poster is done well, it can be an amazing piece of marketing for that movie.
For this project, I was supposed to create a movie poster using a picture of me, and another picture. Here is what I came up with!
Process: Creating this movie poster was really fun. It was something that I had never done before, and I found that I really enjoy it! For this project, I used a photo of myself at Mesa Falls sitting on the rocks above the falls, and also a photo of some more trees that I masked onto the shape of my body. The message that I wanted to convey with this poster was a sense of mystery and adventure. I think that if this movie was marketed well, I would totally watch it!
Critiques: I was able to receive some really helpful feedback on my project. I took my first draft to my peers and from them, I was able to create this awesome poster you see before you! I also had the opportunity to give critique to some fellow classmates. I talked to Shara Lotti Lane, Shara Lotti Lane, and Heidi Nelson Thurgood.
Fonts: Titles: Bebas Neue and Beyond the Mountains. Bottom Font: SF Movie Poster.
Images: The main image was taken by me and Tree image
One of my favorite things about photography is getting the chance to discover and capture something that nobody else has. This project gave me the chance to do just that! I was able to take an object and take 12 photos of different perspectives of that object. 12 may not seem like a lot, but when it comes down to it, getting 12 different views of something can be difficult. But here is what I created for this project! My subject was my Makala Ukulele.
Process: I was really excited to do this project, and I knew that I wanted to take photos of something that I could be creative with. All day, I thought about what I could take photos of, and I couldn’t come up with anything. It wasn’t until the evening when I came home and walked into my closet and saw my ukulele case, that I knew right away that that would be the perfect subject. I pulled it out, grabbed my lights and my lightbox and set up for my photo shoot. Starting out was a little bit rough because I wasn’t getting the cool perspective I was hoping for, but then my creative juices started flowing and I starting taking tons of pictures. I ended up with about 30 pictures that I had to trim down to 12 (that took me quite a while). Once I got my images, I took them all into Lightroom and made some quick edits to make the color richer and the exposure better. With my edited images, I split them into two groups of images that I wanted to display large, and images that I wanted to display in a grid. With my grid images, I took them into InDesign and laid them out and arranged them how I wanted (this took some time and figuring out), added a text, and exported it as a JPG!
Critique: With my JPG draft, I went to my peers and asked for their feedback. From them, I was told to change a couple of things to make it better. Without their help, I do not think that my grid would be what it is right now! I am really grateful for their critiques. I also gave feedback to a couple of people: Samantha Haacke, Jordan Cook, and Sharon Bonchek Hays.
Guys. I am so excited about this thing I am about to share with you! I am so proud of the work that I did on it and I think that it looks so cute!
Anyway, now that I am done bragging, I can tell you what this is all about. For my COMM125 class, we are talking about social media and marketing and things alike. For my project, I made an infographic about blueberries (and their health benefits) to promote Jama Juice’s new Blueberry Smoothie. Here is a little more information about my idea:
Company: Jamba Juice Objective: Promote new Blueberry Smoothie Strategy: Create infographic showing health benefits of blueberries. Share this infographic across social media profiles and run a promotion that the first 50 commenters will receive a small blueberry smoothie for 50% off.
Originally, I was going to do something for Coca-Cola because I was doing something for their company last week, but I couldn’t come up with an idea that I liked. So I thought about it for a while more and this idea for a Jama Juice smoothie popped into my head (it also probably helped that I had a Jamba Juice Smoothie on my desk). From there, everything came together so nicely. I thought of what I wanted the colors to be, what images I wanted, and how I wanted the infographic to feel. I was able to sketch something really quick and pull it all together in illustrator.
With my first draft, I went to my peers and asked what I could do better. They gave me a lot of good feedback on my design, and I feel like the critique I received helped the design to be the awesome thing that it is today. I also helped to critique on a few other peers including: Samantha Haacke, Jaclyn Warnock, and Erin Johnson Hosford.
Here is my revised and final product. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Recently, I have been reviewing my photography skills and took some pictures so show some principles. Here are the pictures, and below each image is the principle I was working on:
I really love photography, almost as much as I love design! Going out (or in) to find something beautiful or interesting just really fun work that I enjoy. Taking these images was good practice for me to think about what I am trying to achieve, and doing it. Each of these images took fore-thought and after-thought (some of them a little more than others). After taking all of these, I brought them into Lightroom, made a couple of basic edits, and exported them to blog size.
The first image was taken in Utah at Thanksgiving Point during their Tulip festival. I made sure to get the colors in focus and bright, while also making sure the sky wasn’t blown out. The second image was taken in an old house in Bannock, Idaho. The house had some beautiful items, so I set up these mason jars in front of the natural light and took an awesome picture.
The third and fourth images are both of some Melaleuca oil blends. I took the images in a lightbox of mine to get that white background. I adjusted the focus from the foreground to the background to show the differences in focus.
The fifth image I set up at Bannock, Idaho to get some nice leading lines according to the Rule of thirds. The last image is of my husband at Mesa Falls, Idaho. We climbed over the fence to sit on the rocks over looking the falls. This picture is nice because it has some really nice lead room around his head.
In a couple of weeks, I will be creating a magazine spread for an LDS magazine. This week, I created my rough draft and threw some ideas together for what I think I want it to be. For my story, I shared an experience I had a couple years ago that really strengthened my testimony. After I typed out my story, I pulled together some photos that could work with it. Then with my story and photos, I drew up some drafts that I thought would look nice! Here is what I came up with:
When I was about 7 years old, my parents got divorced. It was obviously very hard on me and on the family, but we got through it. I grew up and both my parents remarried and had children of their own. I lived with my mom and my dad lived about an hour away and we would visit him every other weekend. I really enjoyed those visits, they were like a refuge from my regular life. My sisters and I would go over to his house, have pizza every night, watch movies, play at the park, go on bike rides, and just have good quality time with my dad.
Winter of 2013 changed everything though. At the time, my dad was working for Pepsi in Salt Lake City, but he found out that they were closing the warehouse that they had in SLC and transferring people to different locations. Because of this, my dad sat all of us kids down one weekend, to let us know that he got transferred to a position in California. 12 hours away from where he currently lived. 12 hours away from us.
Unsurprisingly, I was shocked by this news. I did not want my dad to move to a far away place and not see him as much. At the time that he told us, the full impact of what this meant had not hit me yet. It did not hit me until I was back at my moms and laying in my bed to go to sleep.
I remember thinking about the news and wondering about what it would mean for my day to day life. I started to realize that I would not get to see him every other weekend, which meant I would not get to eat pizza with him like we used to, or watch movies together like we used to, or play together like we used to. Realizing that everything was going to change, and that I was going to lose my dad again (much like I did in the initial divorce), I started to feel completely heartbroken. I was overwhelmed with sadness that I was not going to see my dad as much and that he was leaving and that everything was about to change.
After a while of crying into my pillow, a memory slipped into my mind of a recent young women’s lesson I’d had. It was on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The particular part of the memory that came back to me was about how Christ’s Atonement could be used to heal all our pain, not just pain caused by sin. With that in mind, I decided to say a prayer.
In this prayer, I asked God if he could take this pain away from me, because I knew that he had already felt what I was feeling and could lift it from my heart. Before closing my prayer, I remember just pausing to fill myself with faith in God and in His Atonement. I closed my prayer and waited. At first, there was no change, but then suddenly, I could literally feel the pain in my heart lift and replace with comfort and love. I remember feeling like I could finally get a deep breath. The way that I felt in that moment compared to how I felt before, was incredible. I felt so calm and comforted, but most of all, I felt an undeniably strong love from God.
After letting the feelings of comfort and love fill me, I made sure to thank God for providing me with this comfort and blessing me with this experience. Once I closed that prayer, I was blessed again with a peaceful sleep. I woke up in the morning with hope and with a deeper testimony in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Hey people! In this post, I made a little slideshow presentation about a TED Talk that I really like given by Will Stephen. His TED Talk is about how to sound smart in aTED Talk. It is pretty funny! Take a look!
As soon as I looked at the instructions on this project and that it was about giving a slideshow about a talk, I knew exactly what talk I wanted to do it on. The “How to Sound Smart in Your TEDx Talk” talk is so funny and also so true! If you have seen any TED Talk you know that this person’s points on how to sound smart are so true! All I had to do was find the talk, watch it, write out the outline, and figure out how I wanted to do the design! Designing this powerpoint took some figuring out. I knew what I basically wanted to do from the beginning, but it took some trial and error to make it just right. Here is my sketching for the slides:
Critique Process: After drawing up my draft, I created my design and shared it with my class and received some helpful feedback! At first, all I had was the geometric shapes and text. But after talking with my class, I decided to put some images in place of some of the geometric shapes. I am grateful for the critique I received because I think it made my design better! I also critiqued Jori Carter and Ryan Trusty and helped them with their designs.