For my very own Digital Storytelling Assignment, I decided to create one that would tell me about my classmates. I feel as though I am learning out their personalities, but only so much can be expressed through assignments. I think it’s the psychology major speaking, but I love hearing about a person’s life story. Here is my description and example!
And You Are…?
Tell the class about yourself! For this assignment, create a story line of your life using only pictures. It doesn’t have to consist of real life baby pictures (although it can!), get create! If you were born in another state or country, use that as one fo your pictures! If you are passionate about your job or got into a sport really young, show it in a creative way! Represent your most important life events in no less than 12 pictures.
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:
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”:
I then sized the box and chose a bold, black outline:
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:
And that’s it!
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:
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:
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!
If you have no read The Giver by Lois Lowry I suggest you stop reading, get into your car, drive over to Barnes and Noble, and purchase yourself a copy. Even if you never return to this post, you will thank me later. I guarantee it.
If you have ready The Giver, thank I hope you can appreciate this assignment. For my first Visual Assignment of the week, I chose to create a minimalist book cover. Here is my final product:
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone nor is that what this assignment is about. But for me, a very powerful portion of the book is when Jonas learns what colors are, and is taught to see, name, and appreciate them. Of all the aspects of their society, the fact that they have removed an individual’s ability is what hit my the hardest. There was such a commitment to squash out individuality that a world of grays, blacks, and whites became all that was allowed. For Jonas to see the color red in the apple was a startling conviction humans are not meant to be controlled as they were in the community. This book cover shows the red of an apple, the first color that Jonas could see, in the black and white world that he grew up in.
To create this assignment I first took a picture of an apple on my windowsill:
I then opened it in an app called “Photo Editor-“, which is free in the app store on an iPhone. I selected the “Splash” options, which allows someone to highlight certain colors or areas of a picture while leaving the rest of it black and white. I chose to use “Smart Color” as opposed to “Free Color”, because that tool focuses on only one color:
After finishing the color I went to the “Text” box in order to insert the title and author’s name: