Week Six

Week six is focused on the Design from the basic knowledge of design, film design, and image design. It was a lot work this week. I spent a lot of time learning how to use GIMP and I am proud of the Professor Groom Poster assignment. The Daily Create is easy and fun. I would never pick up these kinds of movies if it let me pick, however, I had to watch them because of the homework requirement.

Vignelli

After I read the Vignelli Canon, I felt like designing a project just like writing an essay. There are three parts for designing a project: semantic, syntactic and pragmatic. Semantic is similar to writing an essay because you have to understand the topic, doing some research and getting some ideas for what you want to write in your project. It is the key part to a good project. Syntactic is like the grammar that you used in your essay that you need to follow the grammar rules. In the design, syntactic is how you use graphic design, structure, and grid in the project. Pragmatics in design is making sure your essay is clear and understandable to the audiences. Moreover, to be able to create a better design, pay special attention to the details.

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DesignBlitz

My professor told me to take a camera around with me wherever I go this week.  I noticed that I paid more attention to my surroundings. I read some of the articles in the Design Resource Center to ensure that I understood the basic design concepts before I took the pictures. Then I looked for objects that I could take photos with to fit these basic theories. I used my IPhone camera to take photos for some knowledge but the result it was not as good as using Nikon. For balance components, I used the symmetrical balance concept which is a door in the middle and two windows on each side.  I chose the flower picture to explain the dominance concept since the pink flower fills out most of the frame and there is only some green color in the corners as the leaves.  I used one of the pictures took while I was on vacation to illustrate minimalism & use of space’s concept. It is a simple picture which had a single object in an open view. Rhythm concept it shows that objects repeat a pattern.  I took this picture because I thought the trees repeated as the pattern showed in nature. All these basic design concepts enhanced my knowledge that I never thought about before. Hopefully, I can take some artsy pictures in the future.

 

designblitz

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Film Design

I watched the movie Planet of the Vampires.  When I first read the title of the movie I thought the movie was about vampires that drink people’s blood; but, it turns out they were more like zombies since they lived after they died.  I felt like the movie’s name was misleading the audiences. Maybe there was some reason they chose to use vampires instead of zombies. Moreover, I thought the sound design part was pretty weak. For example, the music could have been scarier when they walked around and checked on those dead people after the spaceship landed on the planet. To be fair, the movie was shot in 1965 so the effects were already very good back then. The set design was good which was all dark with some red and blue light plus the smoke and the mountains on the unexplored planet created a mystery atmosphere for the audiences.  Also, the suits that the crew members wore were appropriate for the plot. However, I felt like inside of the spaceship was pretty empty and simple. Lastly, I felt the story was boring and slow for me because I am not really into these types of movies. Overall, the design of the movie achieved the effects for a movie back in 1965.

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Professor Groom Poster 4.5 stars
final fugitive

 

This assignment was very fun and also popular, which the professor mentioned. However, the assignment has to be finished by using GIMP which I don’t have much experience with. I spent hours watching the online tutorial learn how to use the software before I started the project. Since I really liked the movie Fugitive, I planned to use the photo to finish the project. First, I found the Fugitive poster online and downloaded it to my computer and then I found Professor Groom’s photo online and downloaded it to my computer too.

Then, I googled the software GIMP and downloaded the software to my computer. Double click the GIMP icon to open the software and then click File->Open to upload the background picture, the original Fugitive poster. Then, click File-> Open as Layers to upload Professor Groom’s photo. Next, click the layer picture by left clicks the mouse on Professor Groom’s icon on the right and the layer will turn blue.  Then, right click the layer picture, select Add Alpha Channel -> Free Select Tool(under toolbox) to select the edge of the Professor’s head. After cut off the edge of the head, size down the head size to make it fit into the original picture. Lastly, save the file to your computer. You may embed the image to your blog for the last step.

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Vintage-ify A Place (2 stars)

JR

 

This is a perfect assignment for me since I am interested in changing the effects and  colors of a picture. First, I googled online and found the James River picture and downloaded it to my computer. Then, I used GIMP to open the picture. Next, I changed the color  by changing the Color Balance and Colorized the Image and added the river name by using the Text toolbox. After saving it to my computer, I embedded it to my blog.

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One Story/4 Icons (2.5 stars)
dirty dance

This assignment is very fun and also the Professor mentioned that the assignment is  a very popular one. I would really like to try it. Dirty Dancing is one of my family’s favorite movies. I would use the four icons to tell this movie. First, I thought about the story in the movie and designed what type of icons I should use to create the story.

Then, I googled the None Project and signed in with my Facebook account. Next, I searched the male dancer and pick one, then downloaded it to my computer.  Then, I repeated the same step to download the girl, the vacation house, and the famous dance pose in the movie: the boy holding up the girl. Next, I opened up the Paint software and added four icons to the Paint and saved it. Lastly, I uploaded the paint file to my blog.

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What Are You Missing Nearby (3 stars)

IMG_7203[1]

 

I chose this assignment because I thought it would be an easy 3 stars assignment. First, I found the images of four places online and saved them to my iPhone. Second, I clicked the PicCollage app on my phone (I use this app all the time) and picked the Layouts that I designed for the assignment which can be combined with four pictures. Then, I clicked “+” to add the four pictures one by one which I downloaded earlier on my phone. Then, I saved it to my phone. Since the PicCollage App can’t add text, I used another photo editor app, Photo Editor, loaded the image that I just finished in PicCollage, then, picked the text tool to add the name of each place. Lastly, I uploaded the final picture to the blog.

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Love At First Shot

 

love young

 

 

Love

Love stories are my favorite type of movie to watch, especially if their love lasts forever. I don’t see much of this kind of love anymore. I wanted to create this type of love story when I read the title. I thought about the scenes in the story and made up my mind of what type of images I wanted to use in the story. I searched online and found the photo of when they were old and the lady leaned over to her husband and put her head on his shoulder and her husband kissed her on her forehead. This image is so powerful and is worth one thousand words! Then, I found a similar pose of  when they were young to match it. They liked each other so much when they were young! I didn’t change anything on the second picture since it was already black and white; but used Pixlr to change the effect of the first photo (subtle). All done! Simple and easy. Although,  you understand the words, the pictures make it one hundred times more clear. That is the power of love, warm, sweet, and happness!  

She and he knew each other since they were little. They went to the same school from elementary to high school. She was always his sweetheart. When he was seven he promised her with his pure heart that he would marry her when they grew up. She put her head over his shoulder and felt so loved. Eventually, time passed and they became adults. He taught at the University of Nowhere and she stayed home as a housewife. Every morning, she walked with him to the porch and he kissed her goodbye.  Every night, when he got home, dinner was already on the table. He hugged and kissed her just like when they were in high school, even though her clothes smelled like the dinner and had baby food stains on it. Life kept going for years until their kids grew up and had their own families. The house got quiet again just like when they were just married. They walked to the park every morning and stood at the top of the bridge just like forty years ago when she put her head over his shoulder.

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Thoughts and Ideas:

Submit Your Assignment Ideas and Write up your Tutorials

The first tutorial assignment I plan to do it is my Pet at UMW.  Do you wish to bring your pet to UMW when you are in school? This assignment will allow your dream become true. You may use the GIMP or other photo editor software to place your puppet at anywhere of UMW ground.  This assignment need know basic knowledge of GIMP or other software that you wish to use. I rate this assignment 3.5 stars.

 

Planet of the Vampires 

I watched the movie Planet of the Vampires.  When I first read the title of the movie I thought the movie was about vampires that drink people’s blood; but, it turns out they were more like zombies since they lived after they died.  I felt like the movie’s name was misleading the audiences. Maybe there was some reason they chose to use vampires instead of zombies. Moreover, I thought the sound design part was pretty weak. For example, the music could have been scarier when they walked around and checked on those dead people after the spaceship landed on the planet. To be fair, the movie was shot in 1965 so the effects were already very good back then. The set design was good which was all dark with some red and blue light plus the smoke and the mountains on the unexplored planet created a mystery atmosphere for the audiences.  Also, the suits that the crew members wore were appropriate for the plot. However, I felt like inside of the spaceship was pretty empty and simple. Lastly, I felt the story was boring and slow for me because I am not really into these types of movies. Overall, the design of the movie achieved the effects for a movie back in 1965.

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The Vignelli Canon

After I read the Vignelli Canon, I felt like designing a project just like writing an essay. There are three parts for designing a project: semantic, syntactic and pragmatic. Semantic is similar to writing an essay because you have to understand the topic, doing some research and getting some ideas for what you want to write in your project. It is the key part to a good project. Syntactic is like the grammar that you used in your essay that you need to follow the grammar rules. In the design, syntactic is how you use graphic design, structure, and grid in the project. Pragmatics in design is making sure your essay is clear and understandable to the audiences. Moreover, to be able to create a better design, pay special attention to the details.

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Daily Create:

September 30th, 2015 #tdc1361 Upside down day
Upside Down

September 29th, 2015 #tdc1360 Draw Something You Bought Today

I bought Today

September 28th 2015 #tdc1359 Combine your favourite logos

logos Combined

September 26th, 2015 #tdc1357 Artsy Photo or Not

#tdc1357 Artsy Photo or Not?