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DMA 212

Project 4: Infographics

What did you learn?

I learned how to create a map that is interesting to look at while still being organized and simple.

What was easy?

Tracing the roads and the objects on the map was easy.

What was challenging?

Using the color palette was the most difficult part for me.

How could your submission be improved?

I could add more details to the map and make it more interesting.

How could the professor improve the assignment for the next class?

I liked this assignment and I would not change it.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

I could use what I learned in this project to communicate graphics in an engaging way.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

The Behance articles had helpful examples of interesting maps that are not too busy.


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DMA 212

Project 4

What did you learn?

I finally learned how to use the pen tool in Illustrator. I have always been intimidated by it because I could never use it properly but this project forced me to be patient and get the hang of it.

What was easy?

Making the pattern was easy and probably the most fun part of the project.

What was challenging?

Using the pen tool was tricky at first and folding up the design into the carton was challenging.

How could your submission be improved?

I think the design could be more interesting. It is very simple so I could add more detail to make it less boring.

How could your professor improve the assignment?

I would not change anything about this assignment. It is great practice for creating patterns, using the pen tool, and creating vector images.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

Vector graphics is an important aspect in all graphic design. For example, these skills will be utilized for creating logos.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

I looked at past student projects which was very helpful for gaining inspiration.

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DMA 212

Project 2

1. What did you learn?

I learned how to combine elements from different images into a cohesive layout. I also learned how to creatively incorporate the required elements to work with my portfolio images. 

2. What was easy?

The technical aspect of the project was the easiest because we had practiced the strategies several times in class. 

3. What was challenging?

Figuring out a way for my images to work with this project was the most challenging. My portfolio is all landscapes so I could not create a typical collage. This forced me to think outside the box and take a different approach. 

4. How could your submission be improved?

The masking of the tree can be improved. The edges appear sharp because it is difficult to softly mask branches. These edges could be more carefully edited to appear more naturally. 

5. How could the professor improve the assignment for the next class?

I think the assignment requirements are fine, but demoing a few different ways to apply the techniques could be helpful. 

6. How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

I did not know about the clouds feature in Photoshop and I usually just find an image from Google. I think the Photoshop method is way better and I will definitely use it in the future. 

7. How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

I was stuck on how to combine my images into a single canvas, but the Mashable article helped me realize I should take a more realistic and subtle approach. 

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DMA 212

Project 1: Portfolio

These are some of the images (before and after editing) in my portfolio. It is a collection of my favorite spots in my town.

What did you learn?

I learned effective techniques to enhance the quality of images and make the colors vibrant. I also learned the importance of image sizes and how to use Adobe InDesign.

What was easy?

The process of editing and resizing the images was easy, but time consuming.

What was challenging?

Staying organized was the most challenging. This project contains a lot of files and each image has three different versions that are different sizes. Being specific when naming the files was important.

How could your submission be improved?

I took these pictures on an overcast, grey day when there was icky black snow. They would have turned out better without these obstacles, or with more careful photographing.

How could the professor improve the assignment for the next class?

Removing the background from one image did not fit well with my pictures because most of them contain trees or lamps/street signs. This made the edited photo look strange. It might be a better idea to have removing the background as an option instead of a requirement.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

Enhancing photos is a useful tool and can be applied in all future assignments. I can also use my knowledge of image sizing to correctly size images for future portfolios and web projects.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

Looking through previous projects on comdma.com was helpful. I was not sure what the theme of my portfolio should be and past student projects helped inspire some ideas.

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DMA 212

Lab 1

The first photo is from unsplash.com and I took the second photo on my phone. The unsplash.com photo has better lighting and proper exposure. The cat’s eyes pop and are the focal point of the photo. It has a higher resolution and is more aesthetically pleasing.

The images on the left were taken with a scanner and the images on the right were taken with an iPhone camera. The scanner images have a higher resolution and brighter lighting. They are sharper and look more professional. The difference in lighting stands out the most, so the iPhone camera images could be improved with proper lighting.

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DMA 214

Project 4

What did you learn?

I learned how to combine all the elements of design that we have practiced this semester.

What was easy?

It was easy to decide on the imagery for each city and develop the concepts.

What was challenging?

It was difficult to arrange the elements of the stamps in the most effective way. 

How could your submission be improved?

I am not completely satisfied with the color schemes of the stamps. It was difficult to make the colors work with the images and the essence of each city.

How could I improve the assignment for the next class?

I liked this assignment and wish we could have had more time with it. I know my submission could be better with some feedback and time for improvement.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

I learned how to effectively use type and fill space which is a valuable skill in all graphic design projects.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

Student examples helped with the creative process.

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DMA 214

Project 3 : Image

~ out of the loop ~

My project illustrates the metaphor “out of the loop.” Since this is a broad phrase, I created the image in terms of being out of the loop with climate change. The earth/loop with flames demonstrates the urgency of the issue, and the plane emitting pollution is out of the loop physically and metaphorically. It is continuing to damage the earth despite the situation. 

What did you learn?

I learned how powerful imagery can be. Images can communicate a message effectively and sometimes better than words. Imagery forces the viewer to see something in a particular way and leaves less to the imagination than a written description. 

What was easy?

The technical aspect of this project was the easiest. I am familiar with Photoshop and had all the tools I needed to execute my vision. 

What was challenging?

The most challenging part of the project was developing the concept. Creating an image that communicates the literal meaning of the metaphor as well as the abstract meaning was difficult and frustrating. 

How could your submission be improved?

Other people only understand the meaning of my image when it is explained to them. Though I think it makes sense, I could have designed the metaphor to be more easily recognizable. 

How could I improve the assignment for the next class?

The guidelines for this assignment were a bit confusing at times. Sometimes it seemed that a literal translation of the metaphor was acceptable, but other times it required a double meaning. It made creating the concept difficult.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

This project required me to think carefully about how to communicate a message and this is something I will do with every future assignment. 

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

Past student examples are always helpful for gaining inspiration. I looked through all the articles linked in the project instructions and they were useful for understanding the goal of the project and how to properly execute it. 

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DMA 214

Project 2 – Color

What did you learn?

The goal of this project was to learn how to create color palettes and make them work together. I definitely gained a better understanding of this and was able to put together colors I typically would not. I also learned the importance of changing saturation, tint, and tone to improve the palette. 

What was easy?

It was easy to form creative ideas for this project. I had a small creative block with Project 1 and it was hard to begin working, but I did not experience this with Project 2. 

What was challenging?

I struggled the most with finding balance in my frames. Some landscapes looked too empty, but adding more objects made it too crowded. I had to figure out how to scale things appropriately to make the landscapes simple but still interesting to look at. 

How could your submission be improved?

I could have chosen more diverse color palettes. My project is mostly cool toned and I would have liked to play with more warm tones. 

How could I improve the assignment for the next class?

I enjoyed working on this project and often used it as a break from other classes. I found it very helpful and I honestly would not change it. 

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

Color conveys mood and building an effective color palette can pull together a design. I think I will use this knowledge in all future projects.  

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

The Smashing Magazine article was a good reference and very informative. I also found that looking at student examples was helpful and inspired some ideas. 

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DMA 214

Project 1

twinkle twinkle little star

abstract

representative

What did you learn?

I learned how to use Figma and gained a better understanding of the gestalt principles. Applying it in my own work taught me how to use the principles to convey a message. 

What was easy?

Once I got in a creative rhythm it was easy to be productive. Figma is also easy to navigate and work with. It was nice to concentrate on the work itself and not worry about struggling with the program.

What was challenging?

Getting started was the most challenging part of the project. It was hard to know where to begin and put ideas together. Designing in completely black and white was more difficult than I thought it would be. I never realized how much color and value is used as a crutch. 

How could your submission be improved?

I think some of my frames are a bit boring or bland. I could definitely make them more interesting and creative. 

How could I improve the assignment for the next class?

I enjoyed working on this project and learned a lot from it. I think I could have benefitted from a bit of practice (possibly a smaller assignment along with the lab) before diving in.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios?

The rule of thirds is extremely important and will definitely be applied to every project in the future. I can also use the gestalt principles to establish a focal point and create contrast.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you?

The Smashing Magazine was informative and helped me understand the principles. Student examples were also helpful and inspired some ideas. 

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DMA 214

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