Fine Designs

Design Blitz Reflection

At the beginning of this week, when I first saw this assignment I was worried. It seemed like a lot of work because of the background information. But like Tim Gunn says, “designers make it work,” and that’s exactly what I did. For this assignment the four concepts I chose to expand on were color, typography, balance, and proportion.

What is color? Most of us experience it in our everyday lives, but never go beyond that. For this assignment I learned a little bit about color theory and what colors compliment each other. The main source that I used for this section was an article by Steven Bradley. This article discusses the meaning of color, types of colors, color schemes, etc. I decided to demonstrate this concept by using the picture below. I thought that the picture I took is effective because it demonstrates the basics by displaying the primary and secondary colors, without it being overwhelmingly unappealing to the eye.


Out of all the concepts, I learned the most about typography. I thought the terimonology was interesting, especially the video that displayed which fonts to never use because I’ve definitely used some of them before. My image for this portion displays the terms used in the article, The Basics of Typography. I mainly wanted to focus on tracking, kerning, and alignment. Judging from the picture below the tracking in the words is higher than normal. Kerning is a bit more normal because the distance between one subject and another is relatively the same. This picture serves as an ineffective example for alignment and that is one of the main reasons I took it. As you can see below there is no alignment because the words are all over the place.


Balance was the trickiest concept for me to capture. I think the main reason being that I was overthinking it. I learned about balance through this website. Most of us know that there are two types of symmetry, assymetrical and symmetrical. In my example it’s a lttle difficult to tell, but it is symmetrical. If I were to split the dining table through the middle they would be the same on both sides. Another photo I took, but didn’t include in my previous blog post is my assymetrical photo. The second photo below displays this. The plant is not completely symmetrical because one of the smaller stumps has leaves the other doesn’t. This method is effective because it makes the image pleasing to the eye by having an equal amount of subjects/things in its surroundings.



The last method I chose was proportions. Proportions is one of my favorite methods that can be incorporated in photography! According to my source, there are two types of proportions. The first one is when an object is compared to a different object, and the second one is when one subject is compared to itself. In my example, I demonstrate the second type of proportion because you have a big succulent plant and then a smaller on. This was my favorite photo that I took during this assignment because it’s aesthetically pleasing. I think it’s an effective method to use in photography because the bigger element has the limelight, while the secondary object supports it.



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Design Blitz Findings

For this week’s workload I decided to do this assignment last to allow myself more time to ponder what concepts I wanted to use and where I wanted to take my pictures. The concepts I chose were color, typography, balance, and proportion. For the color concept I decided to use my living room pillow because it had many colors and it wasn’t overwhelming, so I thought it was interesting. Typography involved a little more creativity. I could’ve taken a picture of an excerpt, but I wanted the image to be more interesting. The picture I took for this concept was definitely my least favorite, but I like that I used the text on my pillow case as my example. The balance concept was tricky as well, but I decided to take a picture of my dining room table because it has a very unique look to it. It also happened to be symmetrical, so it worked out in my favor. For the last concept I captured an image of one of my mom’s succulents and it turned out to be my favorite picture. Below is a compilation of these photos.

Who Done It?

Design Assignment #5

If you haven’t seen the TV show Riverdale and plan to, stop reading this post! Spoilers ahead!

This assignment is based on designing your own suspect board. Coincidentally, this week I started watching the show Riverdale, which I used for my project. This show is about a wealthy family who loses their son in a tragic accident. They never found his body, so they assumed that he drowned in the town river. Until one night his corpse appeared with a gun shot wound straight through his temple. Throughout the show a group of characters try and discover who the murder was and along the way they learn other secrets, about themselves, and their families.


I chose this assignment because I thought it fit perfectly with the show. I also chose it because ironically I only have one more episode until the season finale, so I’ll get to see if my suspect board was accurate or inaccurate. For this assignment I used a website called Flowchart and Paint. Below are instructions on how to make the suspect board.

Step 1: Go to this website. If you sign up with your Google account you can find the application in your Google Drive.

Step 2:  Once you open the application click on the ‘T’ to make a textbook. Type the names of the individuals in those textboxes.

Step 3: Your spreadsheet should look like this. Afterwards go to ‘Insert’ on the top of the page and select ‘image’.

Step 4: After you upload your images click on the sticky note icon on the left sidebar.

Step 5: Drag the sticky note onto the spreedsheet and make them for each suspect.

Step 6: Go to the upper left hand corner and select the file tab, and hit ‘download as’.

Step 7: Make sure that the file type is downloaded as a .JPG

Step 8: Open Paint and upload your image. It should look like the image below.

Step 9: Select the line tool in the shapes category.

Step 10: Begin connecting each of the suspects by using the line tool above and creating arrows.

Step 11: Below is an image of how the arrows should look like. Color code the arrows with the color that is assigned to each person.

Step 12: Don’t forget to save your work!

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Design Assignment #5′

Memory Lane

Design Assignment #4

You know the feeling when you meet someone and you both just ‘click’? After that moment you know that the two of you are going to be good friends. Well that’s what happened to me and my friend, Jenna. Our story began when we were six years old and we’ve been together ever since, from elementary school all the way through college. We’ve shared big memories together such as the photos I included in my collage below.

In this collage display I list moments such as (starting from left to right), middle school graduation, the first time we traveled together, senior prom, high school graduation, and the first day of college. The reason I chose this assignment was because I wanted to pick something different. The last three assignments involved using GIMP and adding things to a new picture, but this one was more of creating a collage. Below you can find instructions on how to recreate this collage.

Step 1: Go to the BeFunky website and create a collage. Select the computer button to upload your photos.

Step 2: Select auto fill.

Step 3: Go to the far left side of the website and select the layer icon.

Step 4: Scroll down and select the grid section, pick the layout you want.

Step 5: When you finish with step 4 save your image.

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Design Assignment #4′

Stolen GIFs

Design Assignment #3

Around the Christmas season we all like to bake cookies, buy presents for one another, watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music. But what about Christmas books (other than The Night Before Christmas)? My childhood involved my family reading Dr. Suess’s classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This is why I decided to do this assignment.

This project involved choosing a children’s book and giving it a computerized title. My rendition of Dr. Suess’s original title is, How the Grinch Stole GIFs. It took me awhile to come up with this title and I had a few options. However, I went with this idea because I enjoyed its ‘punny’ nature.

This assignment would have been more difficult if I hadn’t done the ‘Are We There Yet?’ assignment before. The ‘Are We There Yet?’ assignment allowed me to familiarize myself with GIMP, which I used to create my design. The hardest task to complete was trying to make the word ‘GIFs’ more transparent, so that it could blend in with the rest of the title. Instructions for how to execute this title are below.

Step 1: Upload your image to GIMP. Go to the far left side of the screen and select the ‘free select tool’. Encircle the word, “Chrsitmas” with this tool.

Step 2: Next, select the color dropper icon on the far left hand side of the screen and click on the red background.

Step 3: After selecting the red color, click on the fill bucket icon on the far left hand side of the program.

Step 4: Before you fill the ‘Christmas’ bubble with the bucket make sure that the fill type is set to, FG color fill. This can balso be found on the far left side. Once you have this setting, click on the ‘Christmas’ bubble.

Step 5: Next, save the image by going to file and clicking on the export option. This is for the image to save as a .png or .jpg.

Step 6: Our next task is to acquire the same font used in the Dr. Suess title. To do this go to this website. After you are there, type the word, GIFs in the textbox.

Step 7: After you type your word change the font color to white. When you click the generate button, be conscious that you will not be able to see the text, so highlight it, right click on it, and hit ‘save image as’.

Step 8: For your next step you are going to go back to GIMP, file, and select ‘open as layers’.  Import the image you saved in the previous step here.

Step 9: Once imported, select the move icon, and move your newly imported image where the previous one was.

Step 10: Save the image by going to file, and selecting ‘export as’

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Design Assignment #3’

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Design Assigment #2

The ‘Are We There Yet?’ assignment required a lot of thought. I had to think about what background would work best with the subject I chose to use. I chose this specific photo of the people because of the position. It made it easier to photoshop (you can find the original images in the procedure section). The background was the trickier part. I had to find an image that went well with the position the subjects were sitting in. After endless trial and errors, I decided to chose a picture I took when my friends and I went hiking at Old Rag. The reason I chose this picture is first off, because I love the hiking scenario and the subject fit perfectly on top of this rock.

This assignment required a lot of steps. I had to download GIMP, which I struggled with a lot.  I even tried to use another program because GIMP was such a problem for me. After a couple of hours I finally started to get the hang of it. Below you can find the procedure on how to photoshop the images to recreate something similar to my photo.

Step 1: Upload your image and select the ‘Free Select Tool’ icon, located on the far left side.

Step 2: With the ‘Free Select Tool’ outline the desired subject

Step 3: Once you outline the image, right click on it and find the layout tab. Under the layout tab it should have the option of scaling the layout. Select it to make the image smaller.

Step 4: After you scale the image to the desired size, cut it out of the canvas by hitting ctrl + x

Step 5: In a separate document, upload the image you want as your background. Hit ctrl +v.

Step 6: Similar to step #3 right click on the layer tab, and select scale layer.

Step 7: Select the move icon on the far left side of the screen and move the layer to the desired place

Step 8: Now that you have your layer in the correct place, you can change the filter. Go to the image tab, mode, grayscale.

Step 9: Save the image. Go to the file tab and select the export option to convert the GIMP file into a .png or .jpg

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Design Assignment #2’

Sorry Mom…

Design Assignment #1

Sorry mom, but I designed my first tattoo! I chose this assignment because I love tattoos in general and I’ve always wanted to design my own, but I’m not an artsy person. I also think that tattoos are a great way to express yourself and it’s a different form of art.  It took me forever to design  my own tattoo, but once I had an idea it became a lot easier. You’re probably thinking, “wow another mountain and sky tattoo, so basic.” That’s what I thought as well, but the more I added to the tattoo the more I began to love it.

Each one of the images in this work has a different significance. The night atmosphere represents my introvert side of my personality. When I’m with people I don’t know very well I can be calm and quiet like the night. The stars however, represent my extroverted side. My reasoning behind this was that stars are known for shining and when I’m around people I know very well I tend to stand out more. The moon represents positivity because even in the darkest times the moon gives off light throughout the night. Lastly, the mountains display adventure and the act of being grounded.

The second part of this assignment was to pick various effects and colors to change the mood of the design. I picked four different effects. The first effect I enjoyed because it had hints of colors within it and since the picture is already dark I thought it could bring some positivity. The second effect made it seem more galactic and gave it a ‘dreamer’ aesthetic. The third effect is very subtle. It gives the impression that the stars are giving off a radiant light because of the contrast and the white border surrounding the mountain and the sky. The last effect made the design more dramatic. It gave the image a darker aesthetic.


I have broken the steps of this assignment into three parts. Part 1 is making the tattoo, part 2 is applying the effects, and part 3 is creating a collage. If you would like to recreate this design I have posted the instructions below.

Part 1: Tats

Step 1: Go to Tattoo Font Maker and select the tab that says, Tattoo Builder.

Step 2: Select the tab that says, add image

Step 3: Here you will find several different catergories, select the one that says, stars. Once in that catergory look for the star in the 5th row, 3rd column and insert it into the canvas.

Step 4: Select the textboxt that reads, “my tattoo” and delete it. There is a trashbin icon on the top of the sidebar.

Step 5: After you have deleted the textbox you can start and rearrange the stars by resizing and rotating them

Step 6: Once you have the perfect amount go to the, add image tab and insert your mountains

Step 7: Time to insert the moon. Go to the little image icon on the sidebar and scroll down to the moon icon

Step 8: Rearrange the moon to fit the stars

Step 9: When you have finished go to the bottom of the canvas and click the save button. Save it as a JPG image.

Part 2: Effects
Website #1

Step 1: Go to PicMonkey

Step 2: Upload your image by clicking on the open icon in the upper left hand corner

Step 3: Select the magic wand icon on the taskbar on the far left side

Step 4: Scroll to the Basic section and select the Soften effect, click apply

Step 5: Hit the save button on the upper left side of the screen

Website #2

Step 1: Go to PhotoMania and select the ‘Start Creating Effects’ Icon

Step 2: Go to the sketch section and select, Colored Sketch effect

Step 3: Save your photo by clicking on the download button above the canvas

App #3

Step 1: Go to the Playstore or Apple store and download Prisma

Step 2: Once downloaded, upload your photo. On the bottom they will have different effects, select the Mosaic effect

Step 3: Click the finished button and it’ll take you to this page. Select the download icon.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and 3. For step 2 select the Warm Stones affect instead.

Part 3: Collage

Step 1: Go to BeFunky and select the collage maker tab

Step 2: Upload your pictures by selecting the computer icon

Step 3: Delete the extra cells by clicking on them and selecting ‘Delete Cell’ from the pop-up

Step 4: To avoid having your collage look like the image below, go to the layouts icon on the far left side. Scroll down and select the ‘Grid’ option,

Step 4: Select the layout with the four squares.

Step 5: To save your work select the Save button on the top of the website

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Design Assignment #1’