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!
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.
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!
For my caption, I found a picture from the big picture website, and gave it my own original caption:
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!
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.
For my next visual assignment, I created a simple, yet detailed logo, for my friend Kyra. She loves coffee and has dreamt of opening a coffee shop – as such, I created a logo for her would-be coffee shop. The shop’s name is “Kyra’s Coffee,” and it contains her favorite animal, as well as the shop’s location. It’s perfect, in my opinion!
For my four image story, I added a buffalo, a sad lion, a forest fire, and a crown. My story is the Lion King! When Simba’s father is killed by buffalo, Simba is convinced that it’s his fault, and he flees the kingdom. Scar, the new king, and the real reason that Mufasa died, runs it to the ground, and there ends up being a huge fire at pride rock. Simba eventually comes back, kills Scar, and saves the kingdom, becoming the new king in the process.
For my minimalist movie poster, I just one of my favorite movies, Space Jam. The main premise to the movie is that the Looney Tunes, led by Bugs Bunny, need the help of Michael Jordan to win a basketball game. I believe that even without the title, one could tell what movie this was with just two images on the poster.
Now with over a month down in DS106, we’ve gotten a lot done. To start, this week, I did some daily creates! Here’s what I came up with:
I created a radio bumper as well! It was a lot of fun – maybe I’ll create my own radio show in the future.
Also, I recreated an ’80s MP3 to make it sound like it was playing from another room, and gave it a story. Check that out here!
Finally, I reflected about what was an amazing podcast episode that depicted what could have happened if the moon landing crashed.
It was a great week in DS106, and I’m excited to see what’s next.