Process: My audience for this portfolio is potential employers. First, I ranked my projects in the order I liked them so that I could place them with my favorites first. Then, I searched for a background for my slides. I saw the clouds, and I just loved them. I absolutely love clouds and dark rainy days, and so I felt they were a good reflection of my personality. As I was creating an intro and conclusion slide, the wording of the conclusion slide came to me, and it fit well with the image of the clouds. I inserted my photos as jpgs onto the slides, added a color bar with the titles, saved it as a PDF, converted the PDF to jpgs and inserted the new jpg slides into a new powerpoint project which I then uploaded to SlideShare.
Critique: Megan Randall critiqued my portfolio on Facebook on Tuesday. She said she felt that the typography going off of my color bar made it look less professional. However, Sister Peterson said she thought it worked, in her critique, because many of the slides did it and it was unified. Sister Peterson pointed out some alignment issues with text on some of the slides, as well as some letters feeling cramped, so I adjusted those. She also pointed out that some of my slides that had both vertical and horizontal typography had vertical words leading away from the horizontal words, which caused a confusion on which order to read them in. I adjusted the order and direction of the words so that they flow into each other as they’r supposed to be read. Sister Peterson also pointed out that I needed to add a 4th slide to my slide design page and said they should all be the same size. She recommended aligning all my photos from the photographic study on the bottom to reduce the feel of trapped space in my typography on that slide. She also said I should add my name to the last slide. I did that, and actually ended up switching my intro and conclusion slides because I felt they worked better that way.
Having completed sketches, chosen photos and written body copy in a previous lesson, I felt much less overwhelmed for this project! I chose my favorite sketch and created a shape map in InDesign, as seen below. My color scheme was noted in the top photo box. From there, I started placing my images and text, as well as adjusting font styles and sizes, and colors. As with all new software, there has been a real learning curve for InDesign, but I think my experience learning other Adobe products has helped, along with many tutorials! I greatly appreciate all those who critiqued my work through the process and all their awesome suggestions!
Here is my final project after all of my edits. Again, I had some really wonderful critiques by peers, my instructor, and even some friends! The audience this was created for was those who read the Ensign, and I think it came out with that same type of feel that you find in that magazine.
Below is a video of me talking a bit about my project and the process of creating it.
Critique: I got a critique from Becca Hanson on Facebook, on Thursday, as well as from Sister Peterson on Thursday. Some friends also offered critiques via my Facebook fan page. Becca suggested tightening up my pull-out quote, and Sister Peterson also mentioned there was a video on the left side of my pull-out quote, so I took their suggestions and tightened up the quote box, and I ensured there were no widows anymore. Sister Peterson also recommended right aligning my byline with the title of the article, so I went ahead and did that as well.
Fonts: Title: Caviar Dreams (Sans Serif) and Dancing Script OT (Script); Body Copy: Calibri (Sans Serif)
Having completed sketches, chosen photos and written body copy in a previous lesson, I felt much less overwhelmed for this project! I chose my favorite sketch and created a shape map in InDesign, as seen below. My color scheme was noted in the top photo box. From there, I started placing my images and text, as well as adjusting font styles and sizes, and colors. As with all new software, there has been a real learning curve for InDesign, but I think my experience learning other Adobe products has helped, along with many tutorials!
Process: My husband has been fleshing out an idea of his for a website, and so I figured this would be a great opportunity to support him and help him out. I talked to him a bit about what navigation buttons he’d like to see, and he wasn’t set on a name, so we worked together to come up with that. From there, I drew a shape map. I knew I wanted to use a yin yang as the logo, and I chose to repeat circles throughout to give it more unity, and they also made me think of plates, which goes along with the theme. As I was doing my shape map, I changed it up a little bit, most mostly stuck to my sketch. For my web design, I started out with only black and white, but knew I wanted to add some color. I sampled a green from the green pepper in the top photo and got a few shades from there, keeping the scheme monochromatic. I went with the greens, because they are calming which go with the theme of the website, as well as being sort of a symbol for healthy food.
Critique: Christina Carrick and Rachel Pearson critiqued my design on Facebook on Wednesday. They both recommended increasing the size of my quote, which I then did. Christina felt that I had too much white space, but I left it because I felt that it added to the calm theme of the page. She also recommended changing up the photos more to add additional asymmetry. Sister Peterson also made some suggestions about this, including varying the sizes of the photos and overlapping, which I did. She recommended keeping my navigation buttons grouped, so I reorganized those. I right-aligned my copyright at her suggestion. She also recommended that I enlarge the logo and try overlapping it with the top photo. I did enlarge it, but the effect of the overlap wasn’t working so I didn’t do that.
Color Scheme: Monochromatic (green)
Font: Segoe UI- Sans Serif (Bold and Regular)
Images: All images were downloaded from pixabay, which are copyright-free and require no attribution. I chose this route since the web design is part of a commercial endeavor for my husband.
Process: I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do for this project- I was pretty overwhelmed just thinking about it! I started thinking about what I love to watch, and so decided to go with a poster for a Doctor Who movie. My audience is my team for the company that hired me, wanting to get to know me. I started with a photo of the character of Clara Oswald next to the TARDIS and a Christmas tree. I cut my face out of a photo I took of myself (after having made some adjustments in Lightroom) and put it in the photo. I did some burn and dodge to add highlights and shadows to my face to better match the original.
Critique Report: Jaclyn Stephens and Becca Hancock critiqued my movie poster on our class Facebook page on Wednesday. Jaclyn suggested that I separate my text and put some above the photo—she recommended the title, but Becca recommended putting my name as main actor above the photo, so I went with that option. Both of them also suggested adding more movie details at the bottom, such as writer, producer, etc, so I did that as well. Sister Peterson recommended burning around the hair a bit, because there was a bit of a halo effect going on, as well as adding a bit of a shadow to the right side as well, both of which I did.
This has been the most challenging assignment for me so far- but also my favorite! The train was a really fun subject to photograph. I took my 5-year-old along and he loved playing around the train too. We got dirty getting close up underneath it. I’ve lived in this town for 7 years but this is the first time I’ve ever gone to check it out!
Process: Taking the photos was really fun for me. I got to learn more about my camera and more about how to adjust the focus to get the effects I want, as well as more about lighting. I also enjoyed editing the photos in Lightroom, now that I was slightly familiar with the process. I really like comparing the before and after in a side-by-side view! My challenge came when it was time to work in Photoshop. After a rocky start, that included many forums, tutorials, adobe support and classmate help, I started getting into the swing of things. I used Sister Esplin’s book as a guide for blending my image. I used a photo I took of the underside of the train where paint was peeling and layered that with a photo of the whole train. I had more difficulty creating the grid, but after a few photos and some awesome tips from classmates, I started getting the hang of it. I got my critiques and went back to edit my grid, when I realized my terrible, awful, horrible mistake—when I flattened the image of my grid, I did not do so with a duplicate. Somehow I missed that very, very important step. Looking at it from a positive point of view, I got more practice with the program since I had to go in and recreate the whole thing!
Critiques: Becca Hancock critiqued my photos on Facebook on Thursday morning. She said the top right photo felt cut off and that the strong line was leading off the image. She also mentioned that the photos on the grid contained a mixture of tones, and recommended warming up the cool ones to match the majority. Sister Peterson critiqued my photos Wednesday night and said that, with proximity in mind, the text should not be separated with a photo. She recommended using a sans serif to contrast my decorative font in the second word, making it smaller, and bringing it up and underneath and to the right of the first word, aligning it between the “o” in California and the end of the word. Because of my flattening the image and destroying my layers, I was able to go back in and have another go at practicing. I took Becca’s advice and moved the top right photo to the top left. I also took Sister Peterson’s advice, using a sans serif font on second word and bringing it under first, aligning it. Sister Peterson also gave me a few ideas for making the second word stand out more against the photo background, so I chose to give the letters a 1 pt black stroke. This time I made sure to save my layers and do a duplicate image when flattening it!