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    Weekly Summary (Week 5)


    As this course comes to a close, I am here to do a little reflection. This course was rather difficult for me as I don’t classify myself as an overly creative person. However, this class did push me to get those creative juices flowing and put out some great content. …

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    Behind the scenes of my final assignment


    This post is a tutorial for how I created all of the media for my final assignment. First, let’s start with the iPhone 8 billboard. The first step was to choose an image that someone made as a representation of what the iPhone 8 might look like. After that, use …

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    The Life Of A Phone


    This story is told from the eyes of something that we take for granted every day. The humble smart phone. Most smart phones love their owners. The owners take them for walks, they feed them electricity, and they constantly play with them. They are constantly paraded around and being upgraded …

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    Weekly Summary (Week 4)


    This week was all about video. How to make video, how to watch video, anything you could imagine. So I started this week by learning all about video. First I looked at Roger Ebert’s “How to read a movie”. This was a very interesting article on how to look at …

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    How to Read a movie


    How to read a movie was really a quite interesting thing. I feel like most people, me included, take movies for granted. We watch them and say what we think at the end, but really miss a lot of the work that directors put into them. “How to read a …

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    Instant Replay


    For this assignment I chose to take a clip of something and make an instant replay for it. I am a huge baseball fan and have always been a Yankees fan. That is why I chose to take Aaron Judge’s swing and make it a slow motion video. Aaron has …

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    Time Lapse Assignment


    For this assignment I chose to do something a little different than the description. Instead of taking 1-2 second time lapses throughout the day I took one big one to show some period of time. This really gave a different effect as you can see movement in things you wouldn’t …

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    Analyze Video Clip from movie


    As soon as I saw this assignment I knew exactly what clip I wanted to do. The Pursuit of Happyness has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can think. The movie tells such a powerful story and there are so many amazing quotes from that …

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    Weekly Summary (Week 3)


    This week was aimed at learning all about audio. From audio design to podcasts and radio we covered it all. To start this week off we looked at two of the greatest radio broadcasters to ever do it: Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad. Both of these men gave great tips …

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    Moon Graffiti


    This post was amazing to listen to. The first thing I did when I clicked on the link was read the description. It talked about how this podcast was based on a real speech that was written for Nixon, to be read in case the astronauts never made it to …

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    It was so interesting the use of background music in addition to the commentary. The selection started out by introducing the subject of the talk (Sherry Turkle). They introduce her without any background music. Then when they started telling the story, the background music started. They paired the happy moments …

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    Rainy Day Mix Tape


    The last assignment I chose to do this week was to make a mixtape of my choice. The day was rather gloomy and I wasn’t feeling the best so I decided to make a rainy day mixtape. The theme of these songs were slow, lots of piano or acoustic instruments, …

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    Sound Effects Story


    The required assignment for this week was to make an audio clip that tells a story completely with sounds effects. My inspiration came from when I was a kid going to baseball games with my dad. I always remember driving to stadiums and the closer you walk to the stadium …

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    Reverse Audio Quiz


    For the second assignment of the week, I decided to do one where I take a song, reverse it, and take a small snippet (30 seconds), and see if someone can guess what song it is! My thinking was to choose a song the has very level high and low …

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    Make it 800% Slower


    This was the first assignment I chose to do this week and man was it an interesting one! The basic gist of this one was to take any song and slow it down a ton and see what it sounds like. For a while now I have loved the song …

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    Start of week 3 reflection


    To start off this week we looked at two titans of the industry, Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad. The first couple videos I watch were from an interview with Ira where he describes his craft. One thing that really stuck out to me was from the first interview. He was …

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    Weekly Summary (Week 2)


    This week (week 2) was all about design. We were still focused on photography more or less but this week was all about setting up the pictures/looking at the design side of things. This week started out with a quick read: The Vignelli Canon. This was a great way to …

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    Design Blitz Analysis


    So this week our assignment was to keep our camera with us as we went about our business and to take pictures of things that represent specific design elements. This assignment was very fun and really gave me a good appreciation of the design elements because we had all week …

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    Design Blitz


    This design blitz was very fun! I carried my camera with me all week (in some cases my iPhone), and took pictures of things that I thought represented some aspects of design that we are studying. I will go more in depth analyzing the aspects of design that I found …

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    Thoughts on The Vignelli Canon


    Reading this was quite the eye opener for me as I am very new to design and this week has helped to show me so many things that I have never noticed. While exploring part one of the booklet, I realized these are the sort of backbones of design. The …

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    Turn A GIF Into A FIG


    For this assignment I had to reverse a GIF. I thought it would be kinda funny to do something related to eating (and maybe kinda gross), so I went on giphy.com to try to find something. I found a great GIF of a hamster stuffing his cheeks with carrots. From …

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    Favorite Musician Gif


    For one of my GIF assignments, I chose to do the band X Ambassadors. They have been one of my favorites for a long time now and I wanted to pay homage to that. Their lyrics for almost all of their songs have such deep meaning and can be analyzed …

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    DS 106 Wallpaper


    For my final assignment I chose to make a DS 106 wallpaper (I actually chose to do 3). My wallpaper aesthetic is very minimalist and clean. I love high resolution wallpapers with not much going on. I don’t like to busy my work space.  So these wallpapers were inspired by …

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    Favorite Movie Quote


    Blues Brothers has been one of my favorite movies for a while now. And this is without a doubt one of the most famous lines from the movie. It is a classic line that many people know and love so that is why I chose it for this project. My …

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    Contradiction Creation


    This was the third assignment that I chose to do. This was another one that was relatively easy to do in Photoshop. First I chose a background, in this case it was a peaceful beach. Then I simply used the text tool to place text on top of the background. …

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