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The Circus

I thought that this assignment was going to be SO hard, but it was actually a lot of fun! I was born in October, so I had 1:01-1:30. Here is my final product, as well as the video! I hope you all like it!

 

I used a Chipotle to-go top:

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My friend’s adorable puppy:

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And my hilarious brother Brian:

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My process was super simple, all I did was record first the Chipotle top, then the dog, then my brother and layer them to fit the video! I somehow managed to delete the record, play, and select options from my tool bar (technologically challenged), so I Googled Audacity Hot Keys and discovered how to use my key board to control the program! I then saved the program as a WAV and uploaded it to SoundCloud!

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A shower.

For my Sound Effect story, I decided to recreate a simple shower! Here are the sounds I used:

Shower Curtains

Faucet

Shower Head

Running Shower

Whistling

Squirt Bottle 

Soapy Sounds

More Soapy Sounds

Wet Footsteps 

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I found all of my sounds using FreeSound.org. I used Audacity to combine my sounds together. class I downloaded the sounds and then opened them in their file location; after finding them in my Downloads folder I dragged them over to the program class.

One by one, I moved the sound bites into the program. As I went along, I moved them into their appropriate places within the story and cut them shorter when necessary. class

The tools I used were “Time Shift Tool” class (to move the sounds into their correct places within the story) and “Selection Tool” class (to select parts of the sounds to delete).

Once I was happy with my story, I went to “File” then “Save was WAV”. Once it was saved I uploaded the audio into SoundCloud!

Here is my final product!

“Absolutely Nothing”

For my first audio assignment, I decided to read aloud a poem. The picture for this assignment was of a tattoo on someone’s wrist that said the word “poetry”. I immediately identified with this assignment, because I have the word “infinite” tattooed on my wrist. I got it right before I moved in freshman year, and it was inspired by the book Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. That book contains a poem that I find very deep and meaningful, so I decided to recite it. I won’t lie, the poem is kind of morbid; the whole idea is that this poem was a suicide note.

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Part of this assignment was to make this poem come alive after reading it. I attempted this by dropping an object after reading. If you notice, the poem is cut short before its finish (the idea is that the author died before finishing). The dropped object could be left to the listeners imagination, but the idea is that the author of the poem as passed away before being able to finish it.

I know, sorry it’s super sad and morbid. But I’m so in love with this book.

I recorded this using SoundCloud.com, just as we had to do for the very first assignment, and embedded it the same way as well.

Week 2 Summary

And now we have completed out second week! Thankfully, this one went a lot smoother than the first. I feel as though this week I had a firm grasp of how to complete assignment and post them correctly. I was actually able to relax and have fun with the assignments! The feedback that I have received from last week’s assignments helped as well. This week, I think I better fulfilled my blog post requirements by adding more details and pictures of how I created my digital stories.

I really enjoyed this week’s assignments! There were a bunch of different Design Assignments that I would have enjoyed completing this week. I am very proud of the ones that I did complete, and hope that this means I am beginning to understand how to create a strong digital story. I hope that this continues to grow as we explore different mediums of media.

Since I did not see a specific place to submit a post on “Giving and Reflecting on Peer Feedback” on Canvas, I decided to write it here! I really liked visiting my classmates’ blogs! I have not given any real thought to my actual website and therefore have not edited or customized it very much.  My classmates, on the other hand, have gone above and beyond! I loved some of the designs and pictures that they added to their homepage. It has inspired me to put more time into my page this next week and customize it to so more of who I am. As for my specific posts, I haven’t gotten much feedback on those. from my classmates. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks I will have more activity on my page! In the mean time I am going to work hard to complete my assignments even sooner in the week, so that maybe people will have more time to look at them.

 

TedxPhoenix talk:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/tedxphoenix-talk-response/

Design Safari:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/design-safari/

Design Assignments:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-1/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-2/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/ds106-design-assignment-3/

Feedback:

  • http://businesswomanblogfromnyyharvey.wordpress.com/2014/07/06/always-believe-in-yourself-to-succeed-6-word/comment-page-1/#comment-41
  • http://www.frederickhowell.com/uncategorized/my-neck-n-back-presents/#comment-37
  • http://businesswomanblogfromnyyharvey.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/a-strong-word-design-assignment-1/comment-page-1/#comment-42
  • http://www.umwdoug.com/designassignments-2/novel-in-four-pictures/#comment-74
  • http://www.hayleyjoe.net/photography/design-assignment-2-motivational-poster/#comment-23

Daily Creates:

  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/my-new-law/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14560749422/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/49319375@N03/14380854720/
  • http://www.skasner.com/uncategorized/some-quality-l-o-ls-right-here/

Some quality L-O-Ls right here.

Alright, y’all ready for some insane cheesiness?

I’m sure that cows would be utterly shocked that people pasture up the opportunity to live in the wide open country and instead move into the city. Who wouldn’t want to milk all of the advantages of nature?

I’m sure they would be sour with all of the insulting cow animations. Some of them probably want to cream us.

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They probably wouldn’t graze past this one.

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I’m so sorry for anyone who just read through that. Clearly my career as a stand-up comic has not taken off.

Design Safari

When I first read this assignment, i expected it to be really challenging. However after I began to look for different design elements, I found that it was actually quite easy to spot different elements in common signs or messages.

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The first design that I found represents a common symbol. For this class, it was stated that “we can read symbols and refer meaning… when the symbols are familiar or unambiguous”. Symbols are a common aspect of driving, where one does not have the time to read instructions to gather information. The meaning of signs become almost second nature; that is in the context of driving one does not need to be told what certain signs mean. This sign is located about a mile down the road from my house. It is clearly suppose to mean that the road as hit a dead end and one needs to either turn right or left. However someone changed it to represent a different symbol, one of a certain vigilante. class

 

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My second deign element represents the use of color in an ad. This particular ad is one for soccer cleats. On the top half of the page, everything is whited out in order to focus on the unique color design of the cleat. The word “fast” is also colored. These two focal points are combined in the bottom half of the page, where the color from the cleat is streaked behind the player to represent the speed advantage apparently gained from wearing these cleats. The words “or fail” are printed in black, the same color as the opponent who has been left in the dust.

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My third design is an example of a negative effect of typography. It is apparent in this sign that Wawa is spelled with one upper cased W at the front of the word, and one lower cased w in the middle of the word. For a little while now, rumors have been floating around that the Wawa logo was not consistent; people who in constant disagreements about whether or not the company was class, class, or even class. There where ideas that if the sign said Wawa it was open 24/7, which if it was WaWa then it was not. Even though the debate has finally been put to bed (photo (3)), I’m sure there are still those who are convinced in another spelling. Even though there is not real threat of loss of money due to this typography confusion, still as a business owner I personally would not want such confusion surrounding my company. A different deign or font would have prevented any confusion and established a more concrete presence.

Your fortune is…

For my third and final Design Assignment, I decided to create some fortune cookies! Using the Harry Potter series (I’m rereading the books right now, which is why so many of my assignments have been HP themed), here is what I came up with:

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Google was very helpful for this assignment,  however since I’m kind of a nerd I already had a bunch of quotes on hand. After deciding which ones I wanted to use, I opened up Microsoft Word and went to “Insert” and chose “Text Box”: class

I then sized the box and chose a bold, black outline: class

For the text, I selected one called “HogwartsWizard”, which I downloaded a while back for a different assignment. I then chose the size and bolded the words. For the person who spoke the quote, I italicized their name: class

And that’s it!

Deception

For my second design assignment, I decided to play around with how the meaning of a word can be reflected in how it is written. Here is what I came up with:

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I think that I am not alone in saying that when I see newspaper letters cut out and taped together to create a word or message, I think trouble. This is a classic ransom notice technique. It is a way to send a message, often a vague one, and remain anonymous and mysterious. I thought that the word deception is exemplified by using this technique.

To start off I opened Word and went through the different fonts. I came across “Earwig Factory”, which I’m pretty sure comes standard with Microsoft Word: class

Then, after typing out the word, I played around with the size of each letter. Some I made bold or italicized, while others I left in the original font. I had to fight the urge to find another font to use or add color to some of the letters; I thought this would add to the effect yet the assignment specifies that there was to be no color and only one font. I hope everyone likes it!