1. @caholt2000

    Week Eight Summary


    What a great week! Super Secret Opinions is complete and I cannot wait for it to air on DS106 radio. I was surprised at how easily our group completed the project. It really helped that we all worked well together and were organized.

    The progress of the radio show this …

  2. @caholt2000

    Super Secret Opinions… Finished!


    This week, we met in the HCC and recorded the radio show. We had an outline prepared in a Google Doc so we could follow along as we recorded the show. We already recorded our commercials and bumpers last week for the radio show, so this week all we had …

  3. @caholt2000

    Week Seven Summary


    This week has been great! I had the opportunity to meet with my group and discuss our radio show. I wrote up our progress in this first week in a post. In this post, I also included what work I have individually contributed this week to the radio show.


  4. @caholt2000

    Super Secret Opinions Progress


    I met with my group this week for about an hour to discuss our radio show, “Super Secret Opinions.” We had a great discussion about how the show was going to play out and what everyone is going to contribute to the show. We also have a Google document that …

  5. @caholt2000

    Hey Jude Merged!


    Take the original version of a song and mix it with a cover that is drastically different. This will allow you to truly see the difference in the two songs in real time. It could be a slow version of the song and then a faster paced version of the …

  6. @caholt2000

    The Recaller


    Create a commercial featuring an item that you have invented that would be extremely useful to your favorite movie or TV Show character. Try to be as creative and abstract as possible. Must include sound effects or background music and be at least 20 seconds in length.

    Assignment Bank- Audio

  7. @caholt2000

    Super Secret Opinions Bumper


    Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned …

  8. @caholt2000

    The Daily Create!


    The daily creates were super fun this week (like always). We were assigned three daily creates this week, and the ones I completed ranged from life’s mysteries to a pet poster mashup.

    Life’s Mystery

    How am I super hungry just a few hours after eating breakfast some days, but whenever …

  9. @caholt2000

    Not so Secret Promo


    In order to promote my group’s radio show, I created a poster featuring the title of our show and our secret agent characters. The poster does not contain too much information, but then again, there is not too much information to share.

    In order to design this poster, I first …

  10. @caholt2000

    Week Six Summary


    I really love graphic design! This has probably been one of my favorite weeks in the semester so far, along with the excitement of getting this blog set up in the first couple weeks. It was so much fun completing the assignments for this week. There is so much to …

  11. @caholt2000

    Search for Principles


    To reinforce your understanding of design principles, you need to undertake a “Design Blitz.” Carry your camera with you this week and take photos of objects, ads, signs, etc. that illustrate at least four of the ten concepts listed below (one photo per concept). Refer to the DesignBlitz resources on …

  12. @caholt2000

    Nutty Plates


    Design your own license plate! You can use an online site, alter a preexisting photo, or make your own from scratch. Make the license plate describe either your or a character. Your license plate design should have two part to it: designing the background for the plate and designing the …

  13. @caholt2000

    Just Stay Inside


    Create some sort of graphic. Design the overall graphic to convey some sort of feeling or theme, but then have text saying something completely contradictory to the theme or feeling. Sort of like one of those old anti-motivational posters, but with more design than a black box with a white …

  14. @caholt2000

    Keep Your Music to Yourself


    Using Gimp or a similar program, create a public service announcement billboard on something that really aggravates you about people, society, the world, etc. It can be serious, goofy, but not offensive. Use a 680 x 300 work space in order to mimic the space of a billboard and have …

  15. @caholt2000

    Reflecting on Design


    First things first, I absolutely love graphic design. As soon as I saw this was design week, I got so excited. I did a lot of graphic design my senior year of high school when I was taking an Advanced Design class and Photojournalism (working on the school’s yearbook). I …

  16. @caholt2000

    Squirrel Cloud


    For this assignment, create a word cloud that relates to your class character. Use an online tool such as wordclouds.com. You can even choose the shape, theme, and color to best suit your particular character. Make sure the text you choose to use is meaningful for your character.


  17. @caholt2000

    Week Five Summary


    I was worried about this week when I saw that we were working with audio. I usually do not create audio recordings, so I was worried this week would difficult because I lack some important knowledge in this area of storytelling. Just like always, though, everything turned out fine and …

  18. @caholt2000

    Welcome to…


    For this assignment create a place by just using sound. For example, make the listener know where they are if outside use birds, cars, etc. You can get sounds from https://freesound.org 

    Assignment Bank- Audio Assignments

    Welcome to Jurassic Park! Cue the theme song. I decided to create the feeling that …

  19. @caholt2000

    The One That Got Away


    Tell a story using nothing but sound effects. There can be no verbal communication, only sound effects. Use at least five different sounds that you find online. The story can be no longer than 90 seconds. Another example (by a UMW student): http://ds106.us/wp-content/audio/audio_story.mp3

    Assignment Bank- Audio Assignments

    This short story …

  20. @caholt2000

    Tune in to this!


    Now that we have a #ds106 radio up and running creating a 15 to 30 second bumper for the station. What is a bumper? It is a short recording that identifies the radio station with signature music or an expression that makes sure the listeners know what they are tuned …

  21. @caholt2000

    Funky Squirrel


    With audio programs, making a song from scratch suddenly becomes really, really easy. Programs like GarageBand come with their own loop selection, but if you are using a different program, try downloading bass riffs or back beats and go to town! Or download beats from Youtube- wherever. The challenge is …

  22. @caholt2000

    Radio Show Ideas


    I do not listen to the radio, so I was not completely sure what radio shows consist of when I first started brainstorming. I did some research and figured out that radio shows can have music, interviews, journalism, stories, etc.

    It would be cool to have a show with that …

  23. @caholt2000

    Audio > Visual


    Consider what we watched, read and listened to this week and in the previous weeks. How does sound drive stories? How does it impact mood and create atmosphere? How do the ideas in Abumrad’s videos relate here? Write a blog post on your thoughts on audio storytelling. Use specific examples …

  24. @caholt2000

    Week Four Summary


    This week was a lot of fun aside from the fact that I started this week a couple of days later than I wanted. It all ended up fine in the end, so there was no need to stress too much.

    At the beginning of the week, I reflected on …

  25. @caholt2000

    Supreme Cinematography


    I chose some cool cinemagraphic shots from The Bourne Supremacy to analyze and use as examples for the different aspects of images.

    I found many aspects of images in this shot of Jason Bourne burning Marie’s passports and pictures. You can see Bourne in the moment that he is burning …

  26. @caholt2000

    Picture Perfect!


    This was exhilarating. For some of the tasks, I knew exactly what to do, but for others, it was a completely different story. I took a lot of extra pictures because I got a better idea for the task while I was trying to find something to take a picture …

  27. @caholt2000

    Life in Pixels


    Today, we have the luxury of fast computers with lots of memory and power. However, that wasn’t always the case, and graphics designers had to make due with very limited capabilities. For this assignment, you are to draw a person, vehicle, or otherwise intricate object. The catch is, your image …

  28. @caholt2000

    Super Secretly Confused


    Find a picture of any secret agent you would like, preferrably a fairly well-known one. Next, pick a quote from a similar secret agent character. Finally, attribute said quote to a third similar character. You want the characters you chose to be well-known but also similar enough that people would …

  29. @caholt2000

    Nutty Dollar


    Are you bored with money? Is George looking old and tired? Let’s give him a digital facelift! This assignment is inspired by this gallery (http://imgur.com/a/VOH3n) of cartooning on bills, but you’re not limited to drawing. You can draw on a bill and upload a picture, or use image editing software. …

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