Final Portfolio

Process: Since this is a portfolio I  had most of the content created for this project. I took the designs I have made and saved them as jpgs.  Then I inserted the jpgs into Microsoft Powerpoint.  There I added a little design element, different colors and titles to create consistency within the design.  I added a beginning and end slide to Introduce and conclude my design abilities.  This project was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy my work!

Critique: I critiqued Lisa Smith and Carrie Svozil.  I was critiqued by Joshua Jones and Rosemary Vincent as well as Sister Peterson.  I was advised to keep all the font size and typography to create consistency.  My instructor suggested I make sure everything is aligned, I was missing a repeating element on one slide and to fix Designer on the introduction slide. I was also reminded to add a conclusion slide. I took all suggestions that were offered to me, made changes to my typography to create consistency.  I then added the conclusion slide and made sure I had all repeating elements. 

 

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Magazine Spread Project

The first step for my Magazine Project Spread was to create a story, then sketch out possible layouts, and create a shape map.   This was helpful because I was able to draft different ideas that I felt would enhance the story I wanted to share. I brought my sketch to life by creating a shape map in Adobe Indesign.  The black areas are where my images will be placed and the placeholder text is where my text will go. I added notes for my fonts and color scheme.  Once the shape map was created I was able to easily go in and place the elements into my shape map to bring my magazine spread to life.  Here is my final project so far. 

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Here is my final project as you can see it is a little different from my sketch and shape map.  I  moved one of my images and changed my typography to make it more visually appealing.  When I interred the images, it just didn’t flow the way I liked it to so I made changes as necessary.  I feel that the colors and images go well with my story.  My audience is anyone needs help trusting in Heavenly Father’s plan for them but I wrote it with the Ensign in mind.  This was a lot of fun!

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Critique: I critiqued Megan Kraft, Emmanuel and Rosemary.  I was critiqued by Rosemary Vincent, Carrie Scvozil and my Instructor Sister Peterson.  I was advised to watch for widows, make changes to some of the images, balance out the columns and fix the spacing or indents.  I took the suggestions given to me and made some changes. I feathered one of my images, changed the typography, and made sure I had no widows and orphans.  I followed most of the advice given to me but there were something that I left the same. 

Fonts:  Header Bell Mt (Old Style) Subheader: Brush Script MT (Decorative)  and Body: Minion Pro (San Serif) 

Image Sources:

Hand and Clock

Pathway

Pathway Program

Magazine Spread Draft Critique

 

The first step for my Magazine Project Spead was to create a story, then sketch out possible layouts, and create a shape map.   This was helpful because I was able to draft different ideas that I felt would enhance the story I wanted to share. I brought my sketch to life by creating a shape map in Adobe Indesign.  The black areas are where my images will be placed and the placeholder text is where my text will go. I added notes for my fonts and color scheme.  Once the shape map was created I was able to easily go in and place the elements into my shape map to bring my magazine spread to life.  Here is my final project so far. 

Final project so far!

Final project so far!

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Fonts:  Header Bell Mt (Old Style) Subheader and Body: Geneva (San Serif)

Image Sources:

Hand and Clock

Pathway

Pathway Program

Web Page Layout Design

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Shape Map

Shape Map

Sketch

Sketch

Process: I started the process with the idea that I wanted to share some fun tours that children enjoy in San Francisco. I started by sketching out several ideas until I came up with a layout I liked.  I knew I wanted my color scheme to be red and black with an accent color so I tried to find images that would go with my color scheme.  I then created my shape map in photoshop so I would have an idea of what my layout would like.  Once I had my shape map completed I started on my final project I removed an extra rectangle from my sketch and map because it didn’t look as good from paper to the photoshop.  I then searched online for images that went with the tours I wanted to highlight on my design. I took the images into photoshop and enhanced the photos by adding exposure,  saturation, and cropping. Once I got the photo’s the way I liked them, I did clipping mask to my shape map to make my web page come alive.  My audience was anyone who is traveling with children to San Fransico and ideas for food, lodging, and activities that are kid friendly. 

Critique: I critiqued Brittany Picket, Autumn Goettman, and Emmanuel.  I was critiqued by Autumn, Emmanuel, Carrie, Brittany, and Sister Peterson.  It was suggested that I align the menu bar, the footer, the typography and center the cluster of pictures. It was also suggested that I move down the San Fran since it appeared to be to close to the top.  I took all the suggestions offered to me made changes and for my final project. 

Fonts: Harrington- S F (Decorative Serif), Helvetica- Body, Menu, Captions (San Serif)

Color Scheme: Red, Black, White

Links to Images:

Alcatraz

Boy Driving Boat

Boys Playing with Bubbles

Duck Boat in City

 Family  in front of Duck Tour and Daugther and Mother with Duck Beaks 

Golden Gate Bridge

Science Center

 

Movie Poster Project

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Message/Audience: I wanted my message to be fun with action and something every parent relates to.  Every parent knows the challenge of getting children to and from their various destinations.  Under the title is a small synopsis of the movie which tells a little bit about me.  My audience is anyone who has driven children to various destinations and experienced the joy of getting them their safely.  It is also intended for family and employers who would like a to see my work or have a peek at my personality. The message should be a stay at home mom who gave up her career and finds that being a homemaker is anything but ordinary, especially when it comes to transporting. 

Critique: I critiqued Klaire Bryce, Lisa Smith, and Carrie Svozil.  I was critiqued by Jenifer Asplund, Lisa Smith, and Sister Peterson.  It was suggested that I move my image to the right to allow a nicer flow of white space, increase my body copy font size to read more easily, clean up the sharpness of my blended images, add my name and try a background color.  I cleaned up my sharpness of my image so it blended nicer, moved my image, and increased the body copy size.  I made changes to the poster based on the suggestions given to me and it did enhance the quality of my poster. 

Fonts:  Title- SF Movie Poster Condensed Title (San Serif), Body Copy- SF Move Poster (San Serif)

Images: The self-portrait was taken on my own and here is the link to the other image.

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Photographic Study Project

Anyone who has walked our desert knows that broken glass is something you see every day.   I originally set out to photograph a Joshua tree but on my adventure back I spotted this pile of glass.  Now normally I would have just walked by, but since I was looking for ordinary objects to become more extraordinary I  thought the glass might be fun to photography.  When looking at the glass through the lens I began to see the glass in a different form, my daughter thought it was beautiful and my son thought it was jewels here is what I got…

Collage of Broken Glass

Collage of Broken Glass

Took this shot because you could see the sage bush in the reflection of the glass.

Took this shot because you could see the sage bush in the reflection of the glass.

Close up shot from the south.

Close up shot from the south.

Shot taken down on ground, trying to find a new perspective.

Shot taken down on ground, trying to find a new perspective.

Taken at the North East angle where I spotted a cool broken bottle top

Taken at the North East angle where I spotted a cool broken bottle top

Using a different focus taken from the North side.

Using a different focus taken from the North side.

Glass appeared as I first approached it.

How the glass appeared as I first approached it.

Shot taken from the East side of the glass

Shot taken from the East side of the glass

This is the blended picture, where I took one picture and laid it over the top of another picture and with the tips from Sister Esplin's book I was able to blend the two pictures together to make one.

This is the blended picture, where I took one picture and laid it over the top of another picture and with the tips from Sister Esplin’s book I was able to blend the two pictures together to make one.

Process: I really enjoyed taking these photos.  It was a lot of fun laying on the ground, metering the light, and zooming in on different pieces of glass and focusing on different aspects as well.  After I was done shooting from different angles, I took my photos to Adobe  Photoshop CS6 Were I edited them.  Since this program was fairly new to me I kept my edits simple.  I increased my exposure, vibrancy, and on a few of my photos I increased the saturation.  I also adjusted the brightness and darkness of the photos to help keep the brightness of the glass or darkness of the glass bottle.  I then created my blended photo which was a challenge at first but Sister Esplin’s steps really helped my overlay the pictures and find fun ways to blend my photos.  I blended my photos with the color burn, changed the opacity to 70% on the top photo and lightened it up.  If you look closely you can see glass pieces in the sage bush.  Then I created a college where I added my favorite shots after editing was complete and I did a clipping mass to fit my photos into my rectangle shape.  

Critique: I critiqued Lani Wong and Connie Willard’s collages.  Lisa Smith, Savanah Raymond-Burke,  Connie Shirley, and my instructor critiqued me.  I was advised to change the typography because it was hard to read, change the background color and correct spacing between images.  I took the advice that was given to me and made changes to my college. I changed the background color to match the blue from one of the glass pieces, I changed the font from decorative to San Serif, and I corrected the spacing between the images. 

Font:  Noteworthy (San Serif)

LFC Photography Activity

Outdoor Light

Outdoor Light

Indoor Light

Indoor Light

Foreground

Foreground

Background

Background

Rule of Thirds

Rule of Thirds

Lead Room

Lead Room

Photography is a lot of work! I really enjoyed learning the process and I took over a hundred photos to get six shots.  

I drove around my town looking for ordinary objects that had the possibility to become great pictures.  My indoor photography was the must fun, where I staged a scene and used afternoon natural light.  For the Foreground and background I took a decorative pumpkin and placed by a tree in my yard.  I focused on the pumpkin and then on the tree while trying to keep the rule of thirds.  My rule of thirds shot was taken at my neighbor’s house where she has had the cutest bird house for years.  My leading shot was random mailboxes on a street where anyone can walk into the frame.

Since I am an amateur I had to watch a lot of tutorials and even used Lyndia.com for extra insight to using Lightroom, where I edited, sized and watermarked them.  I took advantage of some of the auto features but also used the warming feature on my indoor shot and leading shot, then cool on the outdoor shot.  I also used clarity  and increased exposure on my lead room shot to enhance the image of the mailboxes. 

Slide Design Project

Created in Microsoft Powerpoint


Speakers Outline

Marriage is ordained of God

  • In today’s disposable society marriages are becoming equally disposable.
  • Marriage is ordained of God.
  • Humility and Repentance Marriage
  • Natural Man

Marriage ordained of God

  • The keys to surviving and enjoying marriage are found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • The Family Proclamation to the World
  • When we humbly turn our minds, or lives and our purpose over to God, He will refine us.
  • We gladly give our time energy to bless those around us especially those with whom we have made covenants with.

Flat tire relationship

  • “A Bad attitude is like a flat tire, If you don’t change it, you’ll never go anywhere.”
  • Appreciation inflates the tires on which we travel. Criticism is a slow leak in those tires.
  • Create a willingness to set your partner up for success
  • Love is not an accident it is a choice.

Put off the Natural Man

“The Natural man is inclined to think that the problem is our partner, the man of Christ knows that the irritation is probably the result of some faulty thinking some troublesome assumption and expectation nested in our unconscious.  We can remove the judging even if we cannot track down the troublesome assumptions.”

Irritation can be your friend

  • Muhammad Ali says, “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”
  • Irritation alerts you to the risk, just like a pebble in your shoe can cause blisters.
  • In Marriage, irritation serves the vital function of alerting us that something we are doing is creating a sore.
  • Irritation should be used as an invitation to repentance.

Repentance

  • How do we use repentance to make our marriage stronger?
  • We can repent of our narrow, trivial, superficial demands. We can recognize that a person is beautiful because we choose to love her or him.
  • Humility to know our perceptions are very limited
  • In the spirit of humility, we listen to our partner and we listen to God

Greener where you water

  • James Marshall says, “The grass is greener on the side of the fence you water.”
  • Goddard teaches, “If we tend our own little patch, even with all its weeds and rocks, we will find a joy that passes understanding.  If we sit on the fence and dream, we will lose even our allotted garden spot. And the devil knows that.
  • If you want a successful marriage you must put the time and effort into your marriage, don’t fault find in your partner.  Instead offer your assistance improve the situation and marriage.
  • Don’t get caught in the trap of fault finding, water your own lawn let it flourish and grow.

Process

I started the process by sketching a plan that went along with the message I wanted to share from Drawing Heaven into your marriage, chapter 4 by H. Wallace Goddard, PHD. (2009) My audience was anyone over the age of eighteen and especially to those who are struggling in marriage.  I wanted a simple design with a powerful message.  I started by rough sketching my ideas out on paper. (attached below).  After sketching it out I created the slides in powerpoint and searched for images online that would work with my outline and message. I used a flat design, with full bleed images, using a repeating element while using a gold and red color scheme.

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Critique Report:

I critiqued Lisa Wong, Joshua Jones, Carrie Svozil and Melanie Jones.  I was critiqued by Lani Wong,  Carrie Svozil, and my Instructor.  I was advised to keep fonts together not separate, keep colors all light or dark on the repeating element, use the same font on each slide, and try to apply the typography on slide two to the rest of the design.  I accepted all advice given to me and changed my design to be more appealing and communicate more effectively.

Link to book: http://read.ebookyes.org/1934537020/Drawing-Heaven-Into-Your-Marriage.html

Fonts:   Apple Chancery (Decorative), Farah (San Serif)

Links to images:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/489062840755629743/https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415879346810809830/http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-signs-of-work-life-balance-blow-out-and-10-inquiries-for-getting-it-back.htmlhttp://www.justiceandmercy.net/2015/09/cheap-repentance-isnt-repentance.htmlhttp://www.chaimbentorah.com/2015/12/word-study-wicked-enemy-foe-%D7%90%D7%99%D7%91-%D7%A6%D7%A8-%D7%A2%D7%A2%D7%A8/http://confessionsofapastorsfamily.com/2016/02/19/why-marriage-involves-more-than-im-sorry/http://hdw7.com/wallpapers-126/love-couple-grass-flowers-hands-fingers-heart.html

 

Event Flier Project

Event Flyer Project

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Process: Fall Festival is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser so I had the idea and needed to search for an image that would attract the attention of children. I retrieved an image from online that went with my message and red and brick color scheme. I added a decorative Marker Felt Font,  filled it in with brick coloring to match the brick circles, and outlined the lettering in black.  I thickened the weight of the line so it would grab the attention of the reader. I added a circle and filled it in, using my orange color scheme, where I placed my, red Candara serif font, body copy .  I used red on the body copy to go along with the red devil costume. Then I added a brick circle off to the left and a black circle to the upper right corner where I used transparency on so it wouldn’t be too bold. Then I added the date to the black balloon for a quick reference to the day, date and time.

Critique Process: I critiqued Brittany Picket, Lisa Smith, Connie Shirley, Loni Wong, and Savanah Burke.  I was critiqued by Emmanuel Gonzalez, Lisa McBeth Smith, and my instructor.  It was suggested that I realign the body copy, and try to make my title bolder by changing the color or size and just reworking it to stand out more to pass the focus test.  It was also suggested to make the font bigger on the balloon.  I did take most of the advice given to me  but I felt the rest could remain.  The changes I did make to my design really helped to enhance it.

Color Scheme: Brick and Red

Fonts: Title: Marker Felt (Decorative), Body Copy: Candara (Regular, San Serif)

Link to Image: http://lessonplanspage.com/fun-free-halloween-lesson-plans-for-the-fall-season/

 

Tasteful Typography Project

Tasteful Typography

I designed this project in Microsoft Word.

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Process: I first found a quote that I liked.  Then I searched for an image that would send the  message of not being alone to my audience.  My audience was adolescents and adults.  I copied the image into Microsoft word and then changed the view to publisher so it would be easier to add elements into the design.  I resized the image and flipped it horizontally to cover the enter page.  I then added textboxes for the body and title.  I  added two lines, which helped with a repeating element and in trying to tie the elements together. I used contrasting fonts and used colors that would add value to the design.  After advice from fellow classmates and satisfaction with the design I saved it to a pdf file then converted it to a jpg for easier viewing from online sources. (picresizer.com and pdf2jpg.net)

Critique Report: I critiqued Makenzie Miller, Connie Shirley, Lisa Smith, and Rosemary vincent.  I was critiqued by my instructor and Lisa Smith.  I also had friends and family look at my design to understand how the design was being perceived . Through my critiques I changed my original picture, due to low resolution, to the current one placed above.  I added another line and removed an element to bring the design together.  After those changes were made I again went through the critique process again since I made a major change to the design where it was suggested to change the font color on the quote author and that change was made to enhance and not take away from the design. The critiques we very helpful and I made changes according to the critiques I received.  This lead me to the design you see today!

Link to Image:http://www.mghclaycenter.org/parenting-concerns/teenagers/teen-talks-suicide/

Font name/category:Title, Ayuthaya, San Serif  Body Copy: Cambria, Serif