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DMA 217

Project 2

Better Weather evaluates the weather in your area and suggests the proper clothing to keep you comfortable. It can be difficult to figure out what to wear during the fall and spring when the weather constantly fluctuates. That’s where Better Weather comes in! Just enter your zip code and we will assess the weather data in your area to recommend appropriate attire. Try it out here.

What did you learn? — I learned how to create an animation in the prototype. The menu in the last picture slides in like it would in an app.

What was easy? — The overall process of designing was much easier than last project because I now understand how to use components, which makes everything so much easier.

What was challenging? — The hardest part for me was thinking of an app. I wanted to make something I would actually use, and I am horrible at dressing appropriately for the weather so this app is perfect for me.

How could your submission be improved? — The app is pretty simple, and I think I could add more interesting features if I spent more time with it.

How could I improve the assignment for the next class? — I think it might have been helpful to have students come up with more than one app idea. I think it could have led to some more interesting concepts.

How might you apply your knowledge in future assignments or work scenarios? — I will incorporate animations in all my future work that involves prototyping.

How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you? — Seeing the variety of previous projects was helpful during the brainstorming process. They were very creative and helped me get started.

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DMA 217

Project 1: ToDo App

Click here to interact with the app.

  • What did you learn?

I learned how to use the prototyping feature in Figma and how to create and use components.

  • What was easy?

Using Figma and creating a design style was easy.

  • What was challenging?

Figuring out the organization of the app was challenging. It was also difficult to create simple and effective features.

  • How could your submission be improved?

Some of the interactive features could be improved. For example, I would change it so you can click on the text bubbles to complete a task instead of just the bubble next to the task.

  • How could I improve the assignment for the next class?

I think it could be helpful to have parts of the project due at different times instead of the whole thing all at once.

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

This project challenged me to think about usability and simple ways to create features, which will be useful in future projects for this class.

  • How did a specific reading or video inspire or help you? Refer to a specific reading or link for this; do not reference a class video or lecture.

The Smashing Magazine article was helpful when organizing my app because it broke down the whole process of UX design.

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DMA 217

Lab 0

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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.