Design Assignment: Groom Poster (4 and a 1/2 pts) – An Ice Cold Love Triangle (collaborative characters)

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It was about time I made a Groom poster and I have to say, I think it is beautiful. Kim Roehl and I collaborated to create this Titanic poster, featuring Sebastian Crane as Cal, Groom as Jack, and the lovely Sasha Kellogg as Rose. Initially, we were searching for a shot from the film where all three characters had their faces towards the camera, but kept running into pictures where they were either in profile or one was absent from the shot. So we decided that the two male characters could face the camera and we could cover the back of Rose’s head with Sasha’s photo. For Sebastian Crane, I felt he embodied the character of Cal Hockley in Titanic because of the arrogance he can frequently exude. The line “I always win. One way or another,” is a line I remember from this movie when Cal tells Jack he will not be ensured a seat on a lifeboat. We placed Groom as Jack Dawson because well, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love either of them? :) Kim had the one photo of Sasha Kellogg that we felt would be a perfect reaction to having two men wanting her. She has the look saying “I’m so loved,” which fits with her femme fatale persona. We also chose to do Titanic because it is a very well-known movie and we wanted to put a spin on it.

Kim was responsible for finding the Sasha and Groom photos as well as removing the backgrounds on all of the head shots using PowerPoint (now I’ve learned how to do that thanks to her). I found the photo of Sebastian, this scene from Titanic, and the title “Titanic.”

House of Noir logo

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This is a logo I created for my group radio show called “House of Noir.” When coming up with the name, I wanted something that would represent a place where a group of people come together to give advice on a show radio show. I thought of having it be a “house” since the word “house” can allude to a group of people under one roof. When creating this logo, I immediately thought of using the Netflix show’s “House of Cards” logo and change the last word to “Noir” since the characters on the radio show are in the noir genre. To do this, I had to put a rectangle shape over the word “Cards” and add a text box. I chose to make the text red since it would add color to the logo, making it pop, and also because red is symbolic for love, death, blood, and anger, which all of these characters may have experienced in one form or another and these are elements of noir as well.  Also, I started watching that show during my winter break and from the few episodes I have seen, the show itself could almost be reference to the noir style since there are two main femme fatales in the show and there is a sense of mystery and corruption that is seen in noir. With the narration of this show, Kevin Spacey’s character makes commentary to the fourth wall as events happen and it serves as his thoughts expressed to the audience. I thought of this and this narration could relate to the advice show since we have these characters that will give advice to their audience and in that way, they are more personable and somewhat more tangible in how they may be better understood or brought to life.  I wanted to play with this idea when making this logo for our radio show. For the upside-down flag picture that is typically between “House” and “of,” I chose to add a picture from Google that would represent noir, the female and the male characters represent who will be showcased on the radio show.

Week Five Summary: The Design of Noir

Of all of the weeks of ds106, I would have to say that the week of design had more time-consuming tasks for me. I am very interested in design and creating visuals (it may be something I will pursue in the future), but I found myself staying on one task for a longer period of time, specifically with the design assignments (which I will cover later on in this post).

There were tasks this week that involved reading about design and watching design unfold in film. First I read “The Vignelli Canon,” which was a helpful introduction to the basics of design. I was most interested in the intangibles of design and this is discussed in great detail within my post ( In this reading, the main idea, to me, was that every detail matters and this can positively or negatively affect the viewer’s impression of a design; one has to have discipline and control when creating their design. They have to keep in mind they message they are trying to convey to their viewers. Later in the week, I chose to watch “The Big Lebowski” to see how space in the film helps to create design and noir. I had a very difficult time identifying examples of how design and noir interplay within the film’s city-scape, but I did my best by picking out a few examples that could best represent this idea ( As I watched the film, I picked out locations that could easily be used in noir films or have noir qualities to them. I did use one site as a source to help me remember specific places within “The Big Lebowski” so that I could think of the scenes that occurred at each that had qualities of noir (

The Design Blitz was relatively easy to complete since there is some form of design anywhere you look. I was in the Nest for a majority of the pictures I took and I had “500 Days of Summer” in my room to take a photo of the movie cover. It is interesting to truly look at a design and its’ components to see if they are effective in conveying their message. It made me aware of designs all around me and in the future, I will most likely analyze designs a lot more than I already do in daily life because of doing this assignment (

Three Daily Creates were required for this week: They are the following:

1. Make creative hands: My creativity thrives when I am either writing or doing a visual/and or film editing kind of project. I wanted to show both stems of my creativity in this one picture.

Movie editing and writing

2. What’s Your Superpower: The Power of a Contagious Laugh and Smile. I chose to edit these three photos of myself together since they were taken by my friend when I was laughing while he was trying to take a picture. I think that by having contagious happiness, that is a great power or gift to others. I like to think that I can make someone else’s day a little brighter through my laugh or a smile. Anyone can have this power within them so why not use it to bring happiness to others who need it.

The Power of a Contagious Laugh and Smile


3. Old time radio commercials: With this assignment, I downloaded the audio from a 1960’s Avon lipstick commercial and near the end, I added the audio of Lil’ Mama’s “Lip Gloss” song. I wanted to make something humorous and fun and a commercial that would combine two time periods for the same kind of message: this lip stick/gloss will make any woman feel confident and sassy.


As I mentioned before, some of the design assignments were very time consuming. Some that were three stars sometimes were the most complex (more so than one that was 4+ stars). A prime example of this was when I did the assignment “The Ultimate Merger” where you would merge two brand logos together to make one. This was a fun assignment since I combined Starbucks and Android to create “Staroid,” the coffee delivery service that brings you strength, energy boosting coffee (and there are no steroids in it!). It was a 4 and a 1/2 star assignment, but one design assignment I did for Sebastian Crane was 3 stars, yet felt more along the lines of being a 4. I did the assignment labeled “Newspaper Design” and I made the paper show the story of when Sebastian became the new Editor-in-Chief of the Chronicle and had some underlined scandal embedded with how he managed to get his competitor fired to fully secure the position he was given ( The reason this assignment could have been 4 stars is because of the great lengths I had to go through to actually get it in a newspaper format from online template, which would allow me to make the paper, but not download it unless I subscribed and paid $20.00. It was time consuming in that manner and it was frustrating. I did enjoy the final product because it illustrated the devious plan Sebastian got away with to secure his title, but it was a long process. It also put more faces to the characters within his life. Another design assignment I completed was the three start “motivational poster.” I inserted the lantern scene from Tangled with the words “Dream. Open your eyes and see your dreams outside your mind.” I wanted this to motivate viewers to make their dreams realities and I brought in a personal story of how I made one of my dreams real by joining color guard ( I felt that adding this information would make it more personable and it shows that you can make your dreams real, despite any self-doubt. The final design assignment I completed this week was the three- star “READ” poster. In this poster, you had to have a well-known figure or celebrity with a book and have the word “read” on it. I took this opportunity to have Sebastian Crane associated with this idea of reading since he enjoys reading and makes it a daily practice through work and during his free time. I also put an acronym-like idea in the poster with each letter of “read” having a word associated with it to better convey what kind of power reading holds (

Lastly there was the copyright reflection this week, where we read and watched sources detailing copyright information. I really did not know about many of the issues that go into copyright, such as no one can copyright a piece of material within the first 14 years it is published or if possible, have the consent of the publisher or the author. It never occurred to me that this is an issue since it threatens to stall creativity in our generations and younger today. It was interesting to see that as long as the copyright material serves a new and innovative, original purpose, it is just. But who defines that and is it always fair to the author and the person copy writing? It clearly is a complex system and I may still have questions about all of the tails of it later on.

Most of my TDCs were posted on Twitter and I got inspired by last week to create a speech/song remix for a project for my communication class. It is a colmbination of Bsh’s 9/11 speech and Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

I also attempted to do the song lyrics design assignment where you type only the lyrics and have no visual, but I did the assignment wrong. I did like what I created for the ABBA song “The Winner Takes it All,” so at least I got to use some creativity: winner takes it all


Here are most of the comments I made throughout the week on others’ work:


My Design Blitz

1) Stars sign:

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With this poster, I particularly noticed the idea of a symbol/ metaphor being utilized. The statement “Not all stars belong to the sky,” is referring to Virginia Beach since typically beaches have many starfish as do many coastal regions. The starfish also has “Virginia Beach” labeled on it. representing where this souvenir was purchased. Personally, I see this message as a metaphor for how we all, in our own way, can shine like stars. It is an inspirational message that can speak to many viewers.

2) “500 Days of Summer” movie cover:

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This is an example of unity since the photos are in close proximity, which is a part of unity. The pictures in the sun are close together and are in smaller size; all of the pictures are of Summer, one of the main characters of the film (supporting the title). Repetition is also created this way since her features are shown in most of the pictures, some in differing ways. In the larger photos, the two main character’s are placed in pictures together and they are larger in size, indicating that their interaction is a key plot of the film. There is unity overall since these are the two characters that are central to the film and no other characters are interrupting the cover. The “500 Days of Summer” cover is successful with its’ design since the photos in the sun figure and the ones outside it create a story of romance that the film focuses on.

3) Business card:

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The business card is an example of minimalism and use of space. The majority of the card contains white space, allowing for all the viewer’s focus to be set on the name in the middle/right side of the card. The name is surrounded by a thin orange halo, which alludes to the name of the catalog this person works for. Below the name is the contact information and there is an orange border along the bottom of the business card, adding some color to this card. I would say this card is successful with its’ design since its’ simplicity allows the viewer to place their attention on the name they see printed on the card; there are no distractions.

4) “Go Bananas” poster:

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The poster makes great use of color. The three main colors green, purple, and yellow are representative of the celebration of Mardi Gras. In the center of the poster, a mask is adorned with colored bananas (green, purple, and yellow) and the bottom portion of the poster has Mardi Gras beads intermingled on top of a diamond pattern (the prominent colors of green and purple used here). Having the black background makes the mask and colored border really pop and have a more three dimensional effect (specifically the bananas on top of the mask). Seeing these colors placed together, one can understand that they can represent Mardi Gras and even the text below can help one to reach that conclusion.

5) “Aubade” ad:

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The typography of this ad is neatly presented. The title of the club “Aubade” is printed in red, Scrabble-like blocks as a way to represent writing or coming up with words/ideas. Also, each letter seems to be in a different font, possibly showing the idea of different people coming together for one thing they have in common or love: writing. The meaning of the word “aubade” is, “a song or instrumental composition concerning, accompanying, or evoking daybreak; a poem or song of or about lovers separating at dawn.” By using this word, it can represent writing itself since an aubade is a special type of poem. It can also represent lovers of writing and writing itself coming together and separating at some point during the day. The contact information is printed in smaller black font below the title. The names of the special editor positions are in a large, bold text and the names under it are in a smaller, finer text, placing more emphasis on the position each person is holding. The emails are found under the names of the students, which again places importance on contacting these individuals. This, like the business card, is simple and to the point and this is essential for viewers since most want to know who is in charge and how to contact them. There is no overwhelming clutter of words on this ad and that makes it more pleasing to the eye. 

Design Assignment: Create a READ Poster (3pts).- Sebastian Crane poster


This READ poster is made with a photo of Sebastian Crane (Scott Eastwood) as he would sit in a study and read. Since he works with the newspaper, he must be actively reading and this photo can represent that part of his job. As Editor-in-Chief, he must be well-read and this is why he chooses to read on his free-time to hone his reading and critical thinking skills as well as writing. When he is alone at night, he enjoys reading a few chapters of a book to help him fall asleep and so that he is constantly practicing being a critical reader.

Making an acronym for READ seemed simple enough to do for this design. I chose “re imagine” since literature can bring forth new ideas that reshape the world you see. “Explore” because literature can contain places, stories, and emotions that we have never been to or experienced before; literature can allow us to explore something new and unknown to us. “Awaken” since new ideas will awaken or arise when reading literature that makes you think internally about strange and unfamiliar ideas; ideas you never really thought about before reading that piece of literature. The last word I chose was “dream” because literature can take us to any point in time, place, etc. and it is like being in a dream: somewhere we picture in our minds and grow attached to.

It is important to have these kinds of posters because reading does enlighten us in various ways. With advertising these posters, it is wise to show well-known faces so that viewers can see that even people they revere read as well and that reading is universal.

Design Assignment: Newspaper Design(3 pts)- “Sebastian Crowned as Chronicle’s Editor-in-Chief”

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(to view image better, click on the photo or go to the following link Once there, you can zoom in to have the text be more legible).

This was a very frustrating assignment because I had trouble finding a newspaper generator that allowed you to freely download your content once you were finished creating it. But the story I chose for this assignment made it a bit worth it. With this story, Sebastian Crane ensured he would keep the position of Editor-in-Chief by planting his wallet on his competitor John to make it seem like he stole his wallet. He also did this to intentionally provoke John so that he would make a scene in public of him trying to punish Sebastian and therefore, shame John. Sebastian did do some dirty business here and this article leans more with Sebastian than the innocent John. With this story, I hope to use John as a vengeful character in the future that will pose a threat to Sebastian.

With this paper, I wanted its’ focus to be on this pivotal change in leadership, so it is a front page story with more information about Sebastian Crane on the next few pages. I just gave faces to the characters of John (Armie Hammer) and Robert “Bobby” (Geoffrey Rush) by envisioning one male close to Sebastian’s age and the other someone who appears as a friendly older figure that is their previous Editor-in-Chief. In creating this paper, I could not download it as I stated before, so I used my snipping tool on my personal computer and cut the newspaper in half. Then I combined them by cropping some of the edges and used the snipping tool again after I sharpened the photo by 50% in the corrections section to make the text less blurry.

Design Assignment: Motivational Poster(3pts)- “A Tangled Dream.”


Tangled is one of my top favorite Disney movies of all time and I feel it sends a great message about the idea of dreaming and how it should be continuous. Flynn Ryder tells Rapunzel to find a new dream when she fears that fulfilling her dream of seeing the lanterns will mean there is nothing else to dream of. This is such a beautiful moment in the film and it honest;y is one of my favorite film moments I have ever seen. It is something I actually dream of doing and one day, I would love to see lanterns in the sky similar to this (that would be the best marriage proposal of all time for me). But I want viewers of this poster to feel motivated to make their internal dreams their external realities and to never stop finding their next dream. It is a human quality to have an unfulfilled desire for adventure and I think that is something that makes life meaningful; having a constant un-quenched desire allows one to explore different sides of themselves and do things they never knew they could do. One example of this for me is when I thought of myself joining color guard back in 10th grade, but never went out to find more information about it because I didn’t know if it was something I would ever do. At the time, it just seemed like a little daydream for me, tossing flags for an audience. But it was my senior year of high school that fate intervened. One of my friends randomly called me to have dinner with her and one of her marching band friends and I thought to myself, “Why not? I don’t have anything better to do.” The next day, I went to pre-band camp where the girl brought me to the color guard team and I came back for marching band the next week. Soon, I was an integrated member of the Cox Marching Falcons and I truly loved every minute I was with them, performing together. Being in color guard that year changed me and made me the happiest I had ever been all throughout my years at high school and honestly my life in general. It had been a long time since I had felt I was a part of something again; I did cheer from 5th to 9th grade and that last year made me see that that dream was gone. Before I joined guard, I didn’t have something that I loved and I felt empty. Maybe in a way joining guard saved me and showed me that every moment is full of inconceivable joy only if we allow ourselves to see it and never stop chasing it. Life began to have more meaning all because I followed this dream. I remember we gave speeches the night before our last show and I found myself in tears giving mine because I could not express how happy being a part of the band made me. Guard allowed me to see my full potential and I have met some of the most unforgettable people I can now call my close friends because of it. I don’t really know where or who I would be without this dream I made real. It still is the most unreal feeling even today when I perform for competitions at college, remembering that one summer day brought me here, brought me to this point in my life where I recognize that dreams can become real if you pursue them. When this journey ends, I know it will be time to find a new dream and life is certainly full of never-ending dreams that are magic in the making and remembering. For now, I will fully live this dream, the one that I believe saved me; saved me from being unaware of just how amazing life can be and how just one choice gave me this light that will never burn out.

Design Assignment: The Ultimate Merger(4 and a 1/2)- “Staroid”


Staroid: Give us a call when you need a cup of strength- boosting coffee.

This was a very fun assignment to do! I looked up famous logos online and first saw Starbucks as something I could potentially use. Figuring out what to combine it with was a little tricky since I wanted the name pairing to make sense together. Initially I thought I could pair it with Disney, but I didn’t want to take away from the crown already used in the Starbucks logo. When I saw the Android bot, I noticed that both this logo and Starbucks are a shade of green and that I could use that to my advantage. I decided first to give the Starbucks queen a weight to lift that would have two bots as the weights. To get more involved, I placed one bot in her crown and added star symbols to the “weight-bots.” Lastly, I wanted to have the brand name written in the white space that could be seen as her dress. “Staroid” combines both names and takes parts of the product they each sell to create one strange item: a coffee delivery service that makes strength- building coffee. It is a play on  the word “steroid” since those are obviously the drug that gives strength to anyone that would take them, but this is a healthy product that merely provides more energy to the drinker and allows them to have more strength in the process.

Week Five: “The Vignelli Canon” Reflection

“The Vignelli Canon” listed many important aspects of design. Before reading this, I figured design would be complex, but there are really a lot of factors that go behind design. I paid more attention to the intangible factors. With semantics, we search for the meaning of what we are designing and we must then understand all of the design’s aspects; every choice should be deliberate and tactical. It should be quite obvious that in this profession one should pay close attention to detail and how they relate to one another (syntactics). Dealing with pragmatics, I liked how the reading stated that design should be forceful and timeless, meaning that the message should be made clear and that the design should transcend time due to its’ content (make the content somewhat universal). Continuity over fragmentations is something to strive for when working on a design and goes into the idea of discipline; not being careless. When reading, I was not completely sure if I understood appropriateness as it relates to design other than choosing a proper medium to express the idea through. One part that grabbed my attention was the importance of having ambiguity and avoiding being vague. With the design being seen as ambiguous, there is vast room for interpretations and meanings and this allows for more depth as a way to enrich the design or message of itself. I liked reading how design can be seen as a creative process with its own rules and a designer should not be afraid to test out different possibilities. With intellectual elegance, the photo of the menorah design was very nice tomenorah look at and it did embody the elegance idea for me. As I mentioned earlier, the idea of timelessness to a design is very important since the message should appeal to others born of a different generation; an effective message is one that can reach or possibly inspire a vast amount of people of our time frame and beyond it. To do this, the designer should steer away from creating something that is a 100% of our current time frame because that trend may not be relevant and therefore not understood in the future. In this way, the message held before may become lost. The designer has 3 responsibilities (which I will think about as I start to create my own designs): to themselves and the message of the design, to the client and their problem at hand, and to the public at large. Also, with equity, I read the section of it and interpreted it as one making a design for a certain company, but not completely altering their logo, but just enhancing it by making few changes. The section on tangibles seemed very basic and went into the idea of paying close attention to detail and that every detail accounts for something within the design. Certain typefaces can be associated with a particular company and that is something I never seemed to think about prior to the reading. The one part of this section I quickly wrote down during note taking was that “in a world where everybody screams, silence is noticeable” and this dealt with typography. I clung to this idea most because I like to search for the message or importance of something rather than being shown it in an obvious manner, such as having larger text. Even the idea of white space being powerful was something that caught my attention; one example was that white space could create tension between texts. This is probably a very true statement that maybe subconsciously we can recognize. Being in control of scale and color can show a designer who pays close attention to detail. With the color section, it was interesting to note that it can serve as an identifier and that red, blue, or yellow were the recommended colors to use. Lastly, identity and diversity bring life to a design, so being unique will work in a designer’s favor. With my own designs, I hope to create work that no one has seen yet and for my viewers to be inspired by the message I’m trying to convey.