This week (week 2) was all about design. We were still focused on photography more or less but this week was all about setting up the pictures/looking at the design side of things. This week started out with a quick read: The Vignelli Canon. This was a great way to start the week as it laid out a groundwork for design and what to look for. It explored so many aspects and really taught me a lot about what to look for because to be honest I knew very little about design. You can see my post about the Canon here.
Next we will look at the assignments I had for this week. The first of which was an assignment where I had to design a tattoo that described my personality. This was a very fun assignment as I love tattoos. I designed the tattoo off of a quote that I like to live by: “Day By Day”, and then I use a couple different backgrounds for that assignment. You can check that out here.
Next I moved onto the required assignment for the week which was to take a pre-existing image and change the setting that it is happening in. This assignment was funny because you can really change the feeling of the image by changing the background. My friends thought they were posing for a picture, but instead found a visitor in the background! Link to the assignment here.
The next assignment was a funny idea to me. We had to pick some background and put text on top of it that was basically the opposite of the image. So in this case, I took a picture of a calming beach and put text on top of it that makes you stressed. Link to that here.
This next assignment was probably my favorite from the whole week. For this assignment we needed to choose a movie and a scene and put a quote from the movie over this. One of my favorite movies ever is Blues Brothers so naturally I chose this movie and one of the most famous quotes form that movie. My thought process for this assignment was to make a kind of wallpaper that could be used later on (it is now the wallpaper on my computer!). You can check out how I did that here.
This final assignment was my second favorite to do. In this assignment we had to make a wallpaper and incorporate DS 106 in there. I made 3 wallpapers for this post and designed them to be very minimalist. I didn’t want the DS 106 to be distracting, nor did I want the background to be. I think they are a great balance of both. Check them out here.
Next came my two GIF assignments. For the first I chose to do my favorite band, X Ambassadors, and turn a video of them in concert into a GIF. You can see that process here. The other GIF assignment was to take a GIF and reverse it. I thought it would be super funny to do something eating and I ended up finding this perfect GIF of a hamster stuffing carrots into his mouth. I reversed it and the outcome was great. Check that out here.
The final assignment I did this week was the design blitz. This was a very fun assignment for many reasons and I actually preferred it over last weeks photo safari. You can read my reaction to the design blitz here. After that you can check out my breakdown of the design blitz and my analysis of it here.
Throughout the week I did four Daily Creates:
This one was designed to make our own time magazine cover. I was recently in New Jersey when the government was shut down so I decided to make mine about the man himself, Chris Christie.
— Shane McSally (@SMcSallyBlog) July 5, 2017
The next one was to use a PNG of a cracked screen phone and put something in the background to show what cracked it. I thought it would be cool to show the last picture you took, which in this case was the view from the top of a skyscraper. Before your phone plummeted to the ground.
— Shane McSally (@SMcSallyBlog) July 6, 2017
The next was to take a picture of something familiar from a new perspective. I thought about it and decided that very rarely do I see my car from the passenger side. So I decided to do mine about that.
— Shane McSally (@SMcSallyBlog) July 7, 2017
My final daily create was to create a motivational poster. I couldn’t figure out if this was supposed to be funny or actually inspirational so I just went with inspirational. I chose one of my favorite inspirational quotes which is “Do what you can’t”. I tried to make the text look like it was floating in the clouds above the Golden Gate Bridge.
— Shane McSally (@SMcSallyBlog) July 9, 2017
All in all, this week was a huge learning experience. I got to use Photoshop a ton more. I got to read and learn about many aspects of design. I got to try out new editing styles and techniques. It was very fun. I definitely feel that I completed assignments this week much better than last week. I now understand more how this class rolls and how assignments should be completed. I tried to put a lot more instruction and background thought in my posts. The design blitz was both the most rewarding and most challenging assignment this week. At first, when I was walking around with my camera, I couldn’t really find many examples of the design aspects (probably because I was missing them). But after I came back and read more about what they were and what to look for, they were much easier to spot. Plus, through that reading I got to learn much more about design and the aspects of it. The most fun assignment this week was the movie assignment. Making a wallpaper based off of one of my favorite movies and movie quotes was so fun. If I were to do anything differently it would be the Are we there yet assignment. It was my first time really using the background eraser and the magic eraser. I used the magic eraser a little too much and kinda got into trouble. I would only use it a little next time and use more of the regular eraser. I really try to stay away from politics in a lot of my work. I let it creep through a little bit with one of my daily creates, but the situation was so funny I just had to! All together, this week was very fun and definitely to most I have learned so far in the class. Looking forward to next week!