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!

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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.

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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’

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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

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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’

Tricks of the Trade

Week 1 Tips

This week we were required to have visuals for most of the required assignments. Throughout this time span I used many different websites such as, Aviary, BeFunky, Flickr, etc. All of these websites required these visuals. For each picture I tried to test the tips and tricks that were mentioned from the different sources given.

The first creative tip I acquired was the Rule of Thirds, found in The Essential Photography Effects You Really Need to Know article. In this article it describes the Rule of Thirds being a grid where the image is divided into 9 small squares (2 lines vertically and horizontally). Below there is an image of the grid.

An image that I used for one of my blogs had this type of technique. I didn’t necessarily think about this technique at the time the photo was taken. I think the only reason this photo turned out to be a Rule of Thirds is because I wanted the background and the foreground to balance themselves out.

The second creative tip acquired was changing perspective. In this technique the subject of the photo is captured at an unusual angle, either from high above, or down below. In the Google Doc, How to Become Better Photographers individuals explain different ways to incorporate this technique. I tried this approach in the photo safari assignment. In the following two photos this method is displayed from below. The reason I chose to take both pictures from below is because I thought it gave the photo a different perspective than simply taking it normally. I enjoyed this approach because of how the image changes based on the angle. An image that is captured from above tells a different story than one captured from below.

Unusual Angle

The third creative tip was located on How to Become A Better Photographer article. Serena made a suggestion on zooming and body movement. She suggested that for some particular photos it is better not to zoom and to use one’s body and move to the angle that best fits the subject. Below is a screenshot of her suggestion.An assignment where I used this tip was for the first Visual Assignment, Shady Shadows. When I was trying to achieve the perfect image of the shadow I kept zooming in because when I moved my body to capture the photo my shadow would interfer with the image. When I zoomed in I got the image I wanted, but the quality wasn’t as good. So I tried all these different positions with my arms and I moved on the opposite side of the subject until I achieved the photo I thought was good enough. I thought that this tip was beneficial, especially for this particular task that I was trying to accomplish. However, I do think that it depends on the picture because for some instances the zoom might be required.





Visual Assignment #5

The first year of college was quite the experience. It was such a different type of environment that my friends and I were open to almost any idea. It was around the time of our first college midterms, my friends and I were starting to feel the pressure and stress that so many college students talk about. Naturally, we thought with all that studying comes some well deserved study breaks. The only problem was what could we possibly do in Fred.? As freshmen we weren’t allowed to have cars, so we couldn’t go anywhere, but we didn’t want to stay on campus either because it was a ‘cabin fever’ type of situation. After assessing the situation we all decided to Uber to the river and take pictures. This adventure was not supposed to be a photoshoot, but it certainly became one.

Reminising on this experience, as a broke college kid it probably wasn’t the brightest idea to waste seven dollars on an Uber to the river… in the middle of winter. Furthermore, the pictures we took were ridiculous, but the people made it worthwhile.

The production of this photos add-ons involved this website. Below are instructions on how to recreate the text bubbles in the image above.

Step1:Go to the Aviary website and click on ‘edit your photo’

Step 2: Drag your photo into the box

Step 3: Select the icon that says ‘stickers’ on the header

Step 4: Click on the signature option

Step 5; Select any of the four bubbles

Step 6: Once you have resized it and have the sticker where you want it click ‘apply’. Be sure to select ‘apply’ or the bubble will be deleted

Step 7: Go back to the header and scroll over once. Select the ‘text’ icon

Step 8: Once you have the perfect caption make sure to resize the text and place it inside the bubble. After that select ‘apply’.

Step 9: Once you’ve finished, hit ‘save’.

Step 10: After you save your image Aviary will give you the option to download the photo

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Visual Assignment #5’

Dream List

Visual Assignment #4

Bucket Lists can serve as a perfect solution to all the stress our lifestyle can bring because we live in such a fast paced society.  In addition, summer is the best season to fulfill these types of lists because many individuals travel and have more free time on their hands. I chose this assignment because of that particular reason.  I also have countless things on my personal bucket list, so I thought this would be a perfect time to get organized. Here are a few of the things I want to do throughout my life…

  1. Go zorbing in New Zealand–Zorbing in New Zealand is a tad different than the U.S. in the sense that they have terrain where the zorb balls can be launched down.
  2. Go skydiving–Anyone who knows me knows that I love heights. I’m an adrenaline junkie and ever since I started my bucket listI made this activity a priority
  3. Experience a drive in movie–Going to the movie theater is fun, but I would love to experience movies in a different surrounding than what I’m usually used to
  4. See the glow worm caves in New Zealand–i have no particular reason to go observe the caves other than the fact that I just think they look cool.
  5. Go to Finland to observe the Northern Lights inside a glass igloo–The glass igloos in Finland are a must simply because I’ve always wanted to go see the Northern Lights. I also think that the glass igloos would add to the experience. Especially since I’m not a huge fan of cold weather, so the glass igloos wold be a nice little addition.
  6. Swim in Great Blue Hole in Belize–This is one of my newer add-ons. I’m not much for being underwater just because it frightens me a little bit. However, I added this to list because I think it would be fun to at least experience it once even if I don’t like it. It would make a good story to tell.

When creating this assignment I used the website BeFunky. Below you will find an image of the website’s homepage. It gives you a couple of options, but for this particular assignment select the tab that says, ‘collage maker’ (circled in white).

Once you select ‘collage maker’ it should reroute you to a webpage that looks like the image below.

Next, upload your pictures by clicking on the blue icon that says, ‘computer’.

After you upload all the images you want to  use you have two options. You can either create your own layout with what they have given you (which is what I did) or you can select the layout icon on the far left side of the screen.

Once you have chosen the option you would like to use, click and drag your images into the grids.

And most importantly don’t forget to save your collage. The save button is located in the top task bar.


Link to assignment tagged in ‘Visual Assignment #4’

Room Raiders

Visual Assignment #3

A bedroom can tell a lot about a person and since this is introduction week I thought this would be a great assignment to do.  Below is a collage of my room, but since most of the pictures are small I’ll point out key items that I think contribute to the aesthetic of my bedroom…

My room is mainly comprised of boho accessories for example I have multiple tapestries (top picture), an indian elephant statue with a buddha head beneath it (first picture on the left), a Himalayan salt lamp (third picture from the left),  and lanterns. Another subtle ‘theme’ in the room is all the pictures and art I bought or took when I went to France. I designed my room this way because I just love the bohemian vibe. The colors that are used in the mandalas add pizzazz to the room, especially since the wall color is white. It just makes the room cozier and I wouldn’t change anything to it.


In regards to the production of the collage I used my phone camera to take the photos and I used the website BeFunky to make the collage. It was relatively user friendly and most of their collage layouts were free. The only negative about BeFunky is that the collage makes your pictures too small and you don’t want to blow up the picture because it can pixalate it, making it blurrier. For instructions on how my collage was made see below (click on images to enlarge).

Step 1: Go to BeFunky

Step 2: Click on the ‘Collage Maker’ option

Step 3: Upload photos by clicking on blue ‘Computer’ icon

Step 4: Drag and drop images into individual grids

Step 5: Go to the layout icon on the far left side of the BeFunky screen

Step 6: Click on the ‘featured’ tab

Step 7: Choose a layout

Step 8: Save collage

Link to assignment tagged in ‘Visual Assignment #3’

GoT Android?

Visual Assignment #2

Game of Thrones is a show loved by many, including myself. With Game of Thrones season 7 coming out soon what better way to prepare myself than doing this assignment and creating my own house.  The house I made was House Android. I decided to go with this idea because my family and I are team android, but everyone else I know usually is team Apple. When apple users tell me I should switch and get an iPhone I say no just because I’ve had an Android from the very beginning, so it would be hard to switch. However, when I ask Apple users why they don’t switch over some say it’s because everyone has an iPhone. This work is not about what company is better, but to serve as a reminder that it is okay to be different.


The house has an alien because the logo for Android is a little alien robot. Also because the phone logo that was available did not look like an Android. I created this assignment by using the HBO website. The image below is the first thing that should pop up.You have two options:

  1. ‘House’ Zuckerberg’, which allows you to create your own House and customize it the way you would like
  2. ‘House Your Name’, which allows the website to create your own House for you

Select ‘House Zuckerberg’. Once you have selected this option this is what your screen should look like.

The next step is to customize your House. You have three different tabs listed at the top: text, background, and icons. Select any of these to begin your journey!

Link to assignment tagged in ‘Visual Assignment #2’