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Week 7 Reflection

Whew! This last week before Spring Break was a whirlwind. However, I was able to complete all of my assignments for class, as well as interact with some other posts on twitter and on blogs. To begin…

Audio Assignments

I completed three different audio assignments this week, and they were a lot of fun! Firstly, I created a commercial for my group’s upcoming radio show. The commercial was something straight out of the ’80s – check it out here:

My second assignment was a bit more modern. I hummed one of my favorite songs, and gave a bit of back-story as to why I enjoy humming this particular tune. Check out me, humming away, here!

For my third and final audio assignment, I recreated an iconic beat, that being the drum beat from We Will Rock You. A surprising tool that I found in my kitchen ended up being the crucial item in recreating this classic tune. Check that out here:

Podcast Assignments

Beyond my audio assignments, a huge portion of my work this week was in collaborating with my groupmates and working on our upcoming radio show. My group as a whole is great and we all had some really creative ideas in regards to what we would involve in our podcast, different types of bits and concepts we could add to it, and so on. The finished result will surely be great – here is the article that I wrote about the progress that we’ve made thus far:

I created a logo for the podcast as well! Our group is called “the Breakfast Club” and although it’s a nod to the famous movie from the ’80s, I took the name a bit more literally in the logo I created. You can check that out here:

Daily Creates

The daily creates this week were interesting, and fun to do. I’ve linked mine below!

It’s been a great week in DS106 – I’m excited to keep working hard and get our podcast out to the world next week!

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Week 7: Radio Show Progress

The show begins! Over the course of the week, my group and I have been working our tails off on creating a great radio show, and have named our group “The Breakfast Club.” My group consists of four members – Sam, Emily, Diana, and myself, Zane. We’ve done a lot of great work this week and have been collaborating a lot.

One great part of the week has been creating a radio commercial for the upcoming show that we will produce. You can check it out through the post that I created, or my weekly reflection – I don’t want to give away the commercial on this post. It’s got to do with a small yellow circle, and some ghosts.

Another aspect of the week that was a lot of fun was creating the logo for the upcoming radio show. As our show has been named the breakfast club after the famous 80’s movie, I created a logo that is a more literal nod to it’s name – not to give it away here, though, go check out my post for it.

The rest of my podcast team has been great, as well. They’ve come up with some creative logos themselves, and we’ve come up with some cool ideas in regards to different bits and pieces to add to our radio show. It’ll be a lot of fun, and I’m sure that the finished product will be awesome.

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Week 7: We Will Rock Audio Assignment

For my third and final audio assignment for the week, I was tasked with recreating the popular beat to the globally known song, We Will Rock You, by Queen. There was a variety of different methods that I could’ve used around the room, however, the one that worked best was a box of small pretzel bites that we have laying around. It sounds exactly like the snare drum type of sound that the beat is widely known for. I used a tissue box and flicked it to get the other drum beat that comes after the first, widely known sound. Check it out below!

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Week 7: Humming Away

For my second audio assignment of week 7, I completed the Humming Away assignment. Growing up, I had a lot of habits, but two that stuck out – A), I would sometimes have trouble falling asleep, and B), I have a habit of remembering very random moments in and throughout my life. My second habit is one that has helped put an end to my first habit, for the following reason: One evening, when I was young, maybe 10 or 11 years old, I was in my dad’s truck with him. It was over the summer, and we were getting ice cream – it was a phenomenally happy, and peaceful moment. The song, “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz came onto the radio. For whatever reason, this song has caught on in my head and become one that I hum, whistle, sing along to in my head, or whatever else, very often. If I’m having issues falling asleep, I hum this song, and it always helps me get to bed. As such, I hummed it for the assignment.

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Week 7: Create an 80s Radio-mercial

For my first audio assignment of the week, and also one that I will use within my group’s podcast, I created an audio/radio commercial that is themed around the ’80s – I created a Pac-Man commercial! I used some of the audio and sound effects within the game as the background to my speaking, and I explained the basics of the game, and where you could go to play it. I tried to make the commercial set in the ’80s by mentioning that the game is found in Arcades, and to go find the closest one to you to play. Listen to it on soundcloud through the link below!

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Week 7: Radio Show Logo

To start out my week 7 posts, I decided that I would create for the upcoming radio show that my group and I will be doing. Due to the theme of the course and our group’s affinity with the movie, we decided to name our podcast “The Breakfast Club.” One of the great movies from the ’80s, it’s a perfect nod to the theme of the course, and is a very marketable name for a podcast. While my other group members have created designs that are more obvious nods to the film itself, I decided to add a more literal twist on my logo. As you can see, I implemented a stack of pancakes into my logo to display the literal meaning of a “breakfast club.” While this is not necessarily the meaning that comes from the movie, I believe it is a good logo that adds some originality to the group. Next to that, I included the podcast microphone type of icon to display what the group is – a podcast.

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Week 6 Reflection

What a fun week it was in DS106! I did a lot of different activities and enjoyed each one. Firstly, I completed a wide variety of visual activities – here is each one:

After that, I completed a reflection on some articles that we read this week about graphic design.

After that, I completed a design blitz where I connected a variety of pictures to a variety of words. You can find that here:

Finally, I created three different daily creates throughout the week – they can be seen here:

I’m excited to see what my next week in DS106 has to offer!

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Week 6: The Big Caption

For my caption, I found a picture from the big picture website, and gave it my own original caption:

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Week 6: Design Blitz

For my design blitz, I posted a few different pictures on my newly created digital studies Instagram to cover the describing words that were on the page.

The photos point to the various words that were assigned to us, like color, typography, metaphors, minimalism, function, balance, rhythm, proportion, dominance, and unity. For the most part, their relation to the words are fairly obvious – see if you can figure them out!

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Week 6: Reflection on Graphic Design Articles

In the readings assigned to us for reflection over the course of the week, there were a lot of different, interesting findings that I made throughout the articles. I for one thoroughly enjoy graphic design, and so seeing what some of these experts had to say about the bare bones of it, that being what it really is and all that it can be, was very interesting. My favorite part of the readings was in the Kidd article – he described graphic design as not just combining colors, shapes, pictures, and so on – but he described it as a method of problem solving. He explained that you can solve all types of issues through graphic design, whether that be good, bad, or even problems that threaten the fate of mankind. You can create whatever type of world you desire through graphic design, which is part of what makes it so fun and interesting.