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Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

Girls’ Guide to the Apocalypse has Aired

On Tuesday, March 20th, my survivalist group’s radio show aired on DS106 Radio. It was so exciting to listen to something that we all worked so hard on on a platform where anyone and everyone could hear it! Rachel did a wonderful job editing everything together. There was one moment that the volume was a little funny, but everything turned out so well! In my opinion, it sounded professional and like something that we had spent a lot of time on rather than something that sounded like we tried to rush and get it over with. I do not have a link to our show just yet, however, when I do, I will add it in to this post.

I live-tweeted the event while trying to give some ‘behind-the-scenes’ information as well as trying to add some more humor to our already-funny radio show. Some examples of those tweets:

If you want to see more tweets from my live-tweet session, you can find them on my Twitter profile, @eafinto!

I’m so proud of how our show turned out. I also really enjoyed seeing my other classmates’ reactions to the show! From the health advice, to the beauty hacks, and lastly to the advice column, it was funny, entertaining, and exciting. I hope you all who listen(ed) enjoy too!

After our show, I listened to the next show that was airing on Tuesday, Eagle Report. I really enjoyed this show as well! It seemed like a real news report during the apocalypse. Very cool! I enjoyed how they integrated music into their show, as well. They had a theme song that would play at the beginning of the show and at the end of the show, as well as every time that the show would resume after a commercial/ad. I also love how creative this group got with incorporating different bumpers into their show. They used real-life commercials that we have all heard or seen on the radio or on TV. I tweeted along with this show as well, and one of my favorite tweets that I added to the discussion was:

This show reminded me a lot of the show that aired on DS106 Radio a few weeks ago about the mysterious outbreak and the contaminated water. It was a live broadcast of what was happening on the streets and what the announcer was seeing. This show from Eagle Report was very similar, and I really enjoyed it!

These radio shows were fun to create and listen to, and I hope I am able to work with my group again soon in the future, and maybe even create another episode of the Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse.

Week 6: A Recap

Week 6: A Recap

We’ve made it through Week 6! I didn’t know if I’d make it! This week has had its absolute ups and its awful downs. For one thing, I had to say goodbye to my sweet yellow lab, Molly, on Thursday after 14 years together! I hate it, but I’m getting through it!

Besides everything that’s been going on in my personal life, it was DESIGN week! I definitely think this week was definitely one of my absolute favorites. I got to discover a creative side of myself that I didn’t ever really know I had!

First, I completed three Daily Creates (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) :

(Not quite sure why my picture isn’t coming up for that last Daily Create, so here it is: )

 

Next, I watched two TED talks! The first was given by Paula Scher, and the other was given by David Carson. Both were very interesting! Paula Scher is most well-known for the creation of the Citi Bank logo! She also has taken different things, such as the US map, and turned them into her own art by recreating the map only using the names of cities, countries, states, etc. Pretty cool, right? She also has included humor in her designs. For example, one sign that she created was a bathroom sign that just said “Go to the bathroom” with an arrow in the direction of the restrooms. She takes ordinary things that we see everyday and turns them into something more noticeable and exciting! David Carson is also a very humorous designer. He originally started out as a sociologist! His designs are more minimalist, but are still quite interesting! They can be interpreted in numerous different ways! I’d love to see more of both Scher and Carson’s works! If you’d like to read more about how I felt about both of these individual designers, I wrote a recent blog post about it! Check it out!

I also got to work through a few tutorials on Canva.com! I have a new-found love for Canva! It’s so much fun and there are so many possibilities of what and how you can create!

The next project I worked on was my DesignBlitz! For this assignment, I had to illustrate five elements of design with images that I took! The elements I chose to depict were hierarchy, proximity, color, alignment, and space! Here’s the end product:

My favorite assignment from this week is next! It was to create an alternate book cover of the novel I am reading for this class for the semester, California by Edan Lepucki. I’ve barely started it, but it is a post-apocalyptic novel about a husband and wife who are learning how to survive in the wilderness after their world is stripped from them. I really liked the original cover, and wanted to continue the theme of the original to my new updated version. Check it out:

My second-favorite assignment from this week was getting to bring my apocalyptic character to life! I’m so excited to continue Annalise Huddleston’s story! Please join along in the journey! As I stated last week, Annalise is a doctor who specializes in cancer research and care. When I created her on Hero Machine, I decided I wanted to go ahead and dress her in appropriate clothes for the apocalypse, but put her in her own “natural” environment, the hospital.

Another favorite assignment from this week was getting to play with writing out Annalise’s name as a personal “logo,” if you will! Here’s the result:

The next assignment was creating a word cloud to describe and depict Annalise! I included words to describe her, as herself, and also words that describe doctors and their profession! I also really love the contrasts of all of the colors!

One last assignment I did was try to help Martha find her apocalypse hat!! She’s lost it and we NEED to find it! It’s urgent! If you know anything, please let me know!

One of the last things I did this week was become a part of a survivalist group! I’m so excited to work with my teammates! They all seem very nice and open! I can’t wait to be able to work our different characters into a story together! We need to make a survivalist group name! I’ll make sure to talk to them about that this week! I’m working with Taylor, Rachel, Morgan, and Emily! I am looking forward to getting everyone and fighting the apocalypse with each other!


WEEKLY QUESTION:

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

I have definitely worked in groups that just haven’t worked at all! High school was the trickiest.

However, the most successful group I’ve ever been a part of would have to be the group I was in for a presentation we had to do in my Intro to Cinema Studies class. We were assigned a passage in the book, The Beguiled, and we had to adapt the passage in the book to a “storyboard” that we would use to turn the passage into a part of a film. We worked very well together, and I’d definitely work with each person again! One thing that worked so well was the way in which we communicated all the time. We kept each other in the loop. We’d send each other messages like “I’m working on this scene” or “I just finished this.” We also laid out an outline that we all agreed upon. Then, we divided the scenes/shots up amongst all of us evenly, and everyone was allowed to have a say of what parts they wanted to do/work on. We compiled everything into a Google Presentation, and ended up getting one of the highest grades in the class!! I was thrilled! We all were! It was definitely so great! Communication was key, as well as the fact that we each made time to all get together and work on the project as a group instead of only communicating through texting and Facebook Messenger.

A Reflection on Design

A Reflection on Design

When you hear or say the word “design,” what is the first thing that pops into your mind?

Is it clothing design, interior design, graphic design, etc. or something completely different?

This week’s focus was on design and how to implement design in different projects!

I watched two TED talks this week. One was given by Paula Scher. The second was given by David Carson.

Paula Scher is well known for her creation of the Citi Bank logo. She discussed how design is a type of “play” (like children playing, not the show you watch in a theater). She explained how sometimes people can get so bogged down in their work that they forget to have some fun with it to make it their own. After the Citi Bank logo had been published, Scher began to paint! She painted and created a map of the world, but instead of making it an accurate map of where each city/country/state is, she mixed them up!

Source: ArtNet.com

The entire painting is made up of the names of each continent, country, state, city, etc. Another project she worked on was turning buildings into artwork! She decided to cover buildings in different words or phrases to make them her own. She also made sure to talk about how much she hates the font, Helvetica, because it is used in almost everything you see! Textbooks, maps, articles, posts, etc.! So she decided to turn her hatred for this type-face into a design-project! Check out some of her work below!

Source: John Clifford on Core77.com

Cool, right?

I love her artwork! She also included humor into some of her projects, such as this funny bathroom sign:

Source: Society for Experiential Graphic Design

The ways in which she chose to design different elements is pretty amazing, if you ask me. The best part of these examples above is the fact that she had such a fun time creating each one. She turned a passion of hers into her career and also something she is very well-known for. Some of her designs are over-the-top, but still fascinating and fun to look at. I’d love to go to a museum or an exhibition where all of her work is displayed in one place!

David Carson, before becoming a graphic designer, was a sociologist! He was fascinated with how different images/projections made people feel after seeing them. His work differed slightly from Paula Scher in that his work is more minimalist. However, I feel as though both designers are trying to send the same messages: Have fun with it and find the humor in it when you can!

Also, Carson’s designs are slightly more vulgar, but still are sometimes funny. Here are some examples:

Teacher sitting naked on a stack of books.
Source: DesignBoom.com
Don’t Mistake Legibility for Communication.
Source: David Carson Design

Carson, during his TED Talk, also talked about the two images below and how even though one “sign” is missing a letter doesn’t mean that there are two different messages being told, or are there? He then added a funny line when he said, “Which one would you park in front of?”

Source: ProcessandSkills.com

I almost feel as though David Carson is asking his viewers to comprehend his messages and designs in their own minds, without there being a right or wrong answer. That’s one thing that is exciting about design! You can look at an abstract painting or a cloud in the sky, and one person might see an elephant and the other person sees an umbrella!


While discovering more and more about design, I went onto Canva.com and processed through a number of different design tutorials! The seven I went through were:

  1. Tips for Titles
  2. Color Relationships
  3. Marrying Text and Images
  4. Introduction to Infographics
  5. Canva Tips and Tricks
  6. Perfect Presentations
  7. Building a Brand Kit

These are just several of the possible tutorials you can work with on Canva when trying to create your own designs!

Before this class, I had never played around with Canva, except for when I was trying to create a logo for my main domain! I never knew how many options there were! You can make a presentation, infographic, image, etc.! It’s kind of like an amusement park for designers! The possibilities are endless! Unfortunately, I had completed all of my design assignments for this week before I worked with Canva, but the next time I have to create something, I will definitely be using Canva! It’s so user-friendly and fun!