Oh Christmas Tree | Pattern Making

As it is now December and I have been celebrating Christmas since Halloween was over, I thought I would take advantage of this pattern-making project and add some festive flare.

We were all given half of a potato, carving tools, paint, and paper. With these we had to tap into our creative side and explore the world of pattern.

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I saw the green paint and immediately thought of Christmas trees. Luckily, the basic shape of a Christmas tree is a triangle so that made my design a lot more easier to execute. I carved a simple triangle into my potato and started dabbing my design onto my practice paper.

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I was very happy with my design!

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My Type Face

Creating fonts are much harder than I expected. I personally had an original design in my head that looked similar to my handwriting. Since I was expecting to manipulate the software in order for the font look like I took a pen and wrote directly on the screen, I was disappointed that I couldn’t personalize it the way I imagined.

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My original sketches of the font.

I then started to play around with the online font maker and found that you can only adjust certain aspects. The way I saw it was that you were really only moving the notches to discover fonts that are probably already in existence.

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When I accidentally put a random number in the “superness” box, my font made a really funny shape with certain letters so I thought I’d build on that.

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From there, I made my font look like this. It’s not a font that you would use on a daily basis, but I think that if you were to make a poster that fit the aesthetic of the font then it would look really good.

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My design fits into a grid perfectly because all of the lower case letters are equal, as well as the capital letters. The lower case are half the size of the upper case, so it makes the font flow easily into one another. I like how all the letters are cohesive and look similar to the other.

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Modular Classroom Design

Working with a modular design can be difficult and forces you to stretch your creativity in ways you never imagined.

As I designed my modular classroom, I really struggled with how I was going to make the most of my space and how it would be beneficial to the imaginary students.

I made the decision that this would be a space similar to class Communications classroom we have now. A place for students to work on graphic and digital design projects. Unlike a traditional classroom, I thought it would be best to seat students together in pairs of three because I find that interacting with other students during class builds interpersonal and leadership skills.

I split the class into two areas: one for work and the other for casual brainstorming sessions. Comfort to me is a luxury in a classroom and having the opportunity to get up and move to a more comfortable seat during class is well worth the investment.

Another aspect that I want to mention is the fact that I strayed away from the traditional style of having a teachers desk. I thought that nowadays since everything is online, the students would have the control over the two large screens to access the teachers presentations via blackboard or email.

Work Section 

Below are images that show my progression in the designing process of this classroom.

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Brainstorming Corner

Below are more images of my progression in the design of the classroom.

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Virtual Tour of My Modular Classroom

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Advice From A Retired Flower Girl

My listical for Buzzfeed: Advice From a Retired Flower Girl
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  • It was challenging to look at my old memories from the weddings I was in and make a sarcastic, yet funny comment about how the wedding should be all about the flower girl. I also dedicated a lot of time finding the photos for this article. It took a lot of  digging through old embarrassing childhood photos.
  • I tried my best to make the images as parallel to the caption as possible, so that the reader is able to see a story evolving as they scroll through the article.
  • My list doesn’t contain value to everyone. In fact, it really isn’t valuable at all. But I would say that people who have been flower girls in the past would appreciate it.
  • The visuals enhance the text by giving the viewer a nostalgic look at what being a flower girl was like and will be like. I think that most people who were flower girls have very similar experiences and photos that match mine.

I’m glad I can share this with the flower girl community. It’s one heck of a community!

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The Hierarchy of My Favorite Shoes

My poster that I designed lists ten pairs of shoes that I own. I organized the information into different categories so it would be easier for the viewer to follow.

In terms of hierarchy, I initially was going to place my favorite pairs at the top and my least favorites at the bottom. With a change of heart, I decided to split the ten shoes up into four different categories: boots, sneakers, flats, and sandals.

The picture of the leg serves as a measurement of where the actual shoes would be placed on my foot. Each category has a line that points to the exact place those pairs touch when placed onto the leg. To accentuate the importance of the categories, I made them black and the subtitles in grey.

Another element of the photo, is the “KEL-OBR” that shows this poster is about me and my shoes, rather than just anyone. Since I didn’t include my full name and I put it in a very opaque grey, it shows that it isn’t the most important piece of information in the poster.
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Seeing the World Through My Eyes (My Frame)

I never really considered framing to be that important when taking a good photo. I knew that it was a thing, but I was never actually thought about it until now.

When I physically/virtually put the grids onto my images, it changed the game!

It made it much easier for all of my pictures to stay the same size, making the collection of them much more cohesive.

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Without seeing the “golden mean” grid actually on my phone, while I was taking the pictures, posed a real struggle at first. As you can tell, I started off with a simple image of a 6, turned on it’s side, that replicated that of the “golden mean” grid. Since it is a flat image with no depth of field, I’m not quite sure if it does qualify for the “golden mean”, but I thought it was interesting how it lined up very well.

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The “rule of thirds” grid was much easier to manipulate and control, since I have it programed on my iPhone to automatically show while I’m taking a photo. This picture shows how my left foot is placed on the right vertical line of the photo. With my feet on the right side of the photo, it gives the viewer a chance to look at all of the surrounding elements.

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This image has a great depth of field and is perfect for the “golden mean” rule. The bench is where the viewer’s eye initially goes, then it slowly moves to the ground, and then out to the field and the sky.

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This photo is all about the lines and symmetry of the wood panels and door hinge. The grid allowed me to center the picture in a more strategic way.

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This last image also has a heavy focus on lines, and the grid served as a better way to align the image to make it more balanced.

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Making My Eyes POP

Color Selection on Affinity Photo (a alternate version of Photoshop for Macs) was very challenging at first. I had to switch some of the tools to adapt to the specific software that differed from the tutorial by PHLEARN. I went for a more natural look in my eye color because I didn’t want to make it too drastic, where you could tell I photoshopped it. I chose colors that complemented my eye, so it made them look more like emerald than gray. There is also now more of a depth to them since I added more highlight and shadows.

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Below is a video of what I saw on my screen as I was working on my eye. I had to speed it up because it took me awhile to actual get it right, so now it just looks like I am a wiz at Photoshop.

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Saint Joseph’s University Seen Through Texture

Finding texture in all things is simple, once you force yourself to notice. As I was taking pictures of things outside, I got caught up in trying to find too many textures from the same things (grass, concrete, etc.). I wasn’t doing that great of a job by thinking outside the box. I started to look at things like shoes, statues, and even skin!

It’s fascinating to know that there is such a range of textures surrounding us on a daily basis. There is a certain flow to these textures, as well, that could tell a story. They would make beautiful works of art if someone took the time to notice and create a magnificent piece from the ordinary.
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Finding My Inner Zen via Paper

College students are often told to “find their balance”. Whether that’d be in health, friends, school, or time, we hear this on a daily basis. But how often do we actually hear it when it concerns paper?

Designers, on the other hand, hear this just as much as college students do. In my Visual Rhetorics class, my fellow classmates and I are all beginners in this area.

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We were given a piece of blank white paper and a black square.

 

We made a Notan to demonstrate how to balance a design. At first, it was difficult because you have no idea what your final piece will look like and you keep on questioning if you actually are doing it correctly.

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We had to let our creativity roam free while we drew our design onto the black square.
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My design before I cut out the shapes.

Once I started cutting out my design I could tell that it was going to look great. When all of my pieces were cut, the balancing part came much easier.

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All of my pieces before they were glued.

Once I found the balance, I could see the reason behind the project. It was really interesting to see all of the elements of the photo really balanced by their inverse. If I could have changed one thing from my final product, I would have made all the cutouts to be around the same size. My square wasn’t centered so that through off the balance a lot.

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