Category Archives: Design

Hit me up!

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Create Your Own Business Card that was submitted by Lauren Brumfield.

The assignment is to,” create your own business card to advertise who you are.” The assignment is worth 2 points.

I picked this assignment because I thought it would be fun to make my own business card for my position in my agency, Hit Me.

I used VistaPrint to create the business card. I wanted something sleek but stylish at the same time. I also wanted to keep things simple because if there is too much going on it’s more difficult to read. I think that I ended up designing a very “clean” business card. It has all of the necessary aspects, but it’s not “too much” in my opinion.

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Shirley will definitely be bringing in the business with these sleek business cards ;)

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Who Called? Veronica, of course!

For one of my assignments this week, Erin Clark and I decided to do the assignment, Who Called? that was submitted by Demi Fulcher.

I collaborated with a fellow ds106er Erin Clark to complete this assignment! Erin and I met when we worked on our radio show together and our characters have a lot in common so it wasn’t hard to collaborate.

The assignment is to, “Record you self making a phone call as if you were a character off of the wire. The phone call has to be to another character from the wire. You can even make it a three way or four way call. You phone call can even be a voicemail as if someone didn’t pick up. Cutomize it as much as you like! The phone call has to be at least 2 minutes.” The assignment is worth 4 points.

Erin and I decided to make our characters friends while planning our radio show. Veronica and Shirley have a lot in common. They share a lot of the same interests. We wanted to keep their friendship going so we decided to collaborate.

Veronica left a message to Shirley first! This is her message:

In response to Veronica’s message, I recorded myself (as Shirley) on Audacity and then saved it as a WAV file. Once I saved it, I uploaded it to SoundCloud.

Here is Shirley’s message to Veronica:

I really liked this assignment because not only was I able to collaborate with a fellow ds106er which was awesome, but I also got to dig even deeper into my character’s life and I am really enjoying building off of Shirley’s life!

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Mayfield

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Word that was submitted by Rabia Aman.

The assignment is to, “Pick one word. Select one single typeface, and communicate your word. Do not use colors or any other graphical elements. The goal is to select a type face that represents the meaning of the word, and if needed manipulate the font using different sizes, bold, italics, counterform (spacing) etc to visualize the word.” The assignment is worth 2 points.

I picked this assignment because I thought it would be really cool to manipulate a word in a cool way. I wanted to do this assignment and dedicate it to the 6 stars we had to do for our character dossier this week.

When I was thinking of words to do, I was thinking of a lot, but I narrowed it down to one word: Mayfield. I picked Mayfield because not only is Shirley’s last name Mayfield, but it is also the name of their family’s department store. I think that it has a lot of meaning for my character.

I used Microsoft Word to create my word. I used WordArt. I created each letter individually and then rotated them the way that I wanted them.

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I really enjoyed doing this assignment! Manipulating the letters was really fun!

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Shirley is Bringing in the Business

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Create Your Own Business Card that was submitted by Lauren Brumfield.

The assignment is to,” create your own business card to advertise who you are.” The assignment is worth 2 points.

I picked this assignment because I thought it would be fun to give my character dossier, Shirley Mayfield her own business card. I think that it will definitely make her seem more professional since she took over the department store after her father’s death.

I used VistaPrint to create the business card. I wanted something sleek but stylish at the same time. I also wanted to keep things simple because if there is too much going on it’s more difficult to read. I think that I ended up designing a very “clean” business card. It has all of the necessary aspects, but it’s not “too much” in my opinion.

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Shirley will definitely be bringing in the business with these sleek business cards ;)

I really enjoyed completing this assignment because I really enjoy bringing Shirley to life! It really makes her seem real. I also liked getting a chance to play around with business cards because that is something that I will probably need in the future.

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Downtown Design

For my DesignBlitz, I decided to take a trip to Downtown Fredericksburg because I knew that I would find TONS of elements of design down there. Even though it is absolutely freezing (I hate the cold), it was worth it! I really enjoyed going downtown and looking around. Now I can’t wait for warmer weather!

Typography

Typography

I think that this sign has elements of typography because the word “ARTS” is in a different font and definitely makes the sign “pop”. The word “ARTS” is also in different colors which makes the sign pop as well. I didn’t know that Fredericksburg had a center for the creative arts until I did some exploring, so that is something I would definitely be interested in checking out.

Proportion

Proportion

There are a lot of murals in downtown Richmond (where I am from) so seeing a mural on the bricks in downtown Fredericksburg really made me happy. I really like murals and I think that they give purpose to a building. They definitely give a building more character. This mural reminded me of proportion. It is designed in a way that makes you feel like you are standing there looking out in Fredericksburg. I really like this mural!

Minimalism

Minimalism

I think that these signs contain elements of minimalism because they are explaining that there is a “bike shop” using only words. There are no pictures of bicycles. The signs are very straight forward. I really like these signs because even though they are simple, they have cool colors and fonts which means they also contain elements of color and typography when it comes to design.

Color

Color

I absolutely love these chairs! They are SO me. I love the cool design and colors. I think that these chairs have many elements of design in them. I think that they are very creative, but the main element that I saw when I saw the chairs was color. If it wasn’t so cold, I would have sat on them! It’s something to do when the weather gets warmer, they are right in front of the water so it would be a great view!

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Shirley is Surely Savvy!

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Apps Galore that was submitted by Nicky Memita.

The assignment is to, “Think of a character–fictional or even historical. What kinds of apps would this character have on their smartphone? Use a design program to create a “fake” smartphone screen for this character. Use real or made-up apps, depending on what would best describe your character.” This assignment is worth 3 points.

I picked this assignment because I thought it would be fun to give my character dossier, Shirley Mayfield, a home screen of her own. Shirley is surely going to be technologically savvy! I thought that it would be fun to compile a list of apps that Shirley Mayfield would use in her everyday life.

I used all real apps and instead of using a design program, I used my own iPad. I rearranged and downloaded the necessary apps for Shirley’s phone. Once I had put all of the apps in order, I took a screenshot of the screen.

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In order for Shirley to be able to be in contact with whoever she needs to at any time, it is necessary for her to have the Messages app, FaceTime, and Mail. She also needs the Contacts app so that she can have all of her contacts on her phone. I think that it is also important for Shirley to have Safari on her phone because she could need the internet, you never know when you may have to look something up. Since Shirley is very busy, I included the Videos and Music apps to keep her occupied when she has time in-between meetings and such. I downloaded the Covet app for her because it is a fun fashion game and Shirley is definitely a fashionista. I downloaded the Reminders app and the Remind app because Shirley needs to keep her reminders all in one place. There is also the Calendar app so that she can have all of her events on her phone. She always has so much going on, so it’s important that she keeps it all together. I downloaded Pinterest for her for fun as well because when she is bored or has extra time she can scroll through the app and get ideas for new outfits and such. Obviously she needs the Photos and Camera apps because who doesn’t love taking pictures? It’s so necessary, especially for a fashionista. I downloaded the Maps app for her because everyone needs to know where to go sometimes and sometimes a GPS is super helpful if you don’t know where to go. Obviously there is a clock. The iTunes Store and App Store are on there because they come on the phone, but I think that she would need them in case she wants to download more music and videos or more apps. That’s important! I also downloaded the Weather Channel app because she needs to be aware of the weather so that she can dress appropriately! Newsstand and NBC are critical as well because she needs to be aware of the news especially in her area, but nationally as well. Shirley is always on top of her A-game, so I am sure that these apps will fully equip her for any situation.

I really enjoyed completing this assignment because I love being able to build upon my character and really bring her to life. We use technology so frequently now and being able to give my character her own apps on her phone was really cool.

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My Laptop Game is Strong

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Laptop Lingo that was submitted by Lauren Brumfield.

The assignment is to,” Make your own collage or create your unique laptop skin on My Custom Skin, and then share your work flickr. When you blog about it, explain why you chose each image! Use it as a way to share a little about yourself with your classmates.” This assignment is worth 2 points.

I picked this assignment because my laptop is basically my best friend. We have been through a lot together and we are always together whether we like it or not! HAHA! Right now, my laptop has a purple speck case on it which is covered in stickers that explain a bit about me and what I like. I have considered ordering a personalized SkinIT for my computer before, so I thought this would be a fun assignment to do! Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up ordering the skin!

I am a very indecisive person so I knew I could not just pick one picture or one thing for my laptop skin. I am obsessed with pictures, especially pictures with people because they bring back memories! I love remembering time spent with special people in my life. I chose to do a collage of pictures with family and friends.

I saved a bunch of pictures to a folder on my desktop and then I uploaded them to collage.com. Once I uploaded them, I fidgeted around until I found a design that I liked. Once I finished my collage, I saved it to my desktop. I went to My Custom Skin and uploaded the image. It created my skin for me! I really love it!

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I uploaded the image to flickr as well!

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I chose the top left image because it has almost all of my best friends and we love the summer because it’s when we get a chance to spend a lot of time together.

I chose the top middle image because it is my mom’s side of the family and they all mean a lot to me. This was a full family picture (minus the newest editions, twins!) that was taken in 2013.

I chose the top right image because these fabulous ladies are my roommates and I don’t know what I would do without them! They mean so much to me!

I chose the middle left image because it is my Aunt Vicki and she passed away when I was fourteen and this is by far my favorite picture of the two of us. It is a constant reminder that she is always looking over me.

I chose the middle (middle) image because it is the kids who I nanny. I don’t know what my life would be like without nannying these adorable kids. They keep me going, that’s for sure!

I chose the bottom right image because it is a picture of all of my best friends from home. It is very rare that all eight of us are together at once, but this winter, I hosted a Tacky Holiday Sweater party at my house and everyone was able to come!!! We always have tons of fun and this is a silly picture that captures our friendship.

I chose the bottom left image because it is my Uncle Gerald and he passed away this November. I love this picture of us and it is a constant reminder for me to keep following my dreams because he will always be by my side no matter what.

I chose the bottom middle image because it is my dad’s side of the family and they all mean a lot to me. This picture was taken this past Christmas.

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Not-So-Blah Banner

For one of my week five assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Website Banner that was submitted by Meredith Fierro.

The assignment is to, “create your own website banner! This will go on your website like your featured image. Have fun with this and be creative!” This assignment is worth 4 points.

I picked this assignment because I thought it would be cool to make a banner for my website. It needs something!

I started thinking about how my website is pretty plain so I want to add color. I thought about what I have written about so far and I have talked a lot about my travels. I love traveling. I thought it would be cool to include some of my favorite pictures from some of my favorite places that I have visited in my life.

I put a bunch of pictures in a folder on my desktop and then I went to collage.com and created a collage of the pictures. It was pretty easy. You just have to select the photos that you want to include in your collage and then upload them. Once they are on the website, you can decide what type of layout you want the collage to be and where you want each picture and how big you want each picture to be. I had a lot of fun playing around with the pictures, seeing all of the different ways my banner could be.

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I decided to include pictures from a lot of my trips! I include some from when I lived in Israel, visited Canada with one of my best friends, nannied in St. Thomas and the British Virgin Islands, spent some time at Wintergreen, took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, and hiked at Humpback Rock in Charlottesville. This banner tells a little bit about me and what I like. I love to travel! I think that it will add to my website :)

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What’s in Shirley Mayfield’s Bag?

This week, we were required to complete the “What’s in your bag” assignment that was submitted by Jim Groom. We are supposed to do this assignment for our character dossier.

The assignment: “What are the essentials in your bag that get you through the day? Take a picture of the items and detail each of them with a description.” This assignment is worth 3 points.

I sat down and thought about what Shirley Mayfield may have in her bag. I figured that she would have a lot because she likes to always be prepared.

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I gathered all of the items and set them up so that I could see them all laid out.

Shirley Mayfield’s bag would have…

  • A planner so that she is always prepared for events and important dates!
  • Black gloves for driving or for cold weather. You can’t have cold hands!
  • An aqua scarf so that she can accessorize on a whim if need be. Aqua is her favorite color and always brings out her beautiful eye color.
  • Perfume in case she needs an extra spritz throughout the day.
  • A round brush in case her hair needs to be fixed throughout the day. You can’t have messy hair!
  • Sunglasses to block out the sun of course!
  • Multiple lipsticks in case she wants to switch it up or needs a touch up throughout the day.
  • A wallet because you can’t go anywhere without that!
  • Keys because they are essential.

Shirley always makes sure that she is prepared. Having the essentials is crucial for Shirley to have a good day!

I enjoyed doing this assignment because it made me think more complexly on how Shirley would go about her everyday life. I think that is fun giving my character more dimensions!

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Colorize It: Shirley Mayfield Edition

For one of my week three assignments, I chose to do the assignment, Colorize It that was submitted by Kendall Simonpietri. I decided to Colorize my character Shirley Mayfield.

The assignment is to “Recolor a black and white photo using Gimp or another photo editing software to show how you imagine the photo looked during the time it was taken or how you think it should look in color.” The assignment is worth 3 points.

I could’t download Gimp on my computer, but I did find a website that lets you edit color. I used the website to colorize my character Shirley Mayfield.

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I decided to give her red lips because Shirley Mayfield never leaves the house without looking her best! She is always dressed to impress with her curly blonde hair. I decided to make her dress aqua because it is her favorite color and it really brings out her beautiful eye color. I had fun with this assignment! I liked being able to picture Shirley in a more lively form.

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