Category Archives: Visual

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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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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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.


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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Noir Photo Safari

I have to admit, I could have put a lot more effort in this photo safari, but to be honest I didn’t even know where to start. I haven’t had an assigned subject for photography since high school, so I have lost a bit of my imagination spark. I was not ecstatic about the results of my photos. My subjects were amazing and super cooperative, but I was not on my “A game”, that’s for sure. I was able to capture some noir elements.

Characters captured in a tableau suggesting an intense, fraught moment



Lighting from one side




Off-Kilter or Unusual Camera Angle/Framing




Sense of Drama


Urban Nightscape




Even though I personally think I could have done better, I am still happy with the outcome of my pictures. I am really starting to get the feel of noir and I think I like it :)

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Reflection on Noir and Visual Storytelling

This week we had to watch two movies and reflect on the noir and visual storytelling elements. I watched Killer’s Kiss (1955) and Chinatown (1974) which is on Netflix. Both of the movies had very long introductions.

My computer was having some technical difficulties while I was watching Killer’s Kiss (1955), but I was able to watch the whole movie! Killer’s Kiss was in black and white. I liked how this movie, like the readings from last week share elements of noir. There is a twist in this story, which makes it very “noir”.

Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 5.10.42 PMThis is a still capture from Killer’s Kiss. I thought that this picture contained elements of noir because it uses a lot of shadowing. I can also feel the mood just from this picture. Something is happening. Someone has arrived and two people are headed towards the car. This is what I can tell based off of this picture, but seeing it in the film brings all of the elements together.

My computer was cooperating when I was watching Chinatown on Netflix. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. I really liked how it was in color. I also really liked how the feelings are very vocal. You can tell what a character’s emotions are based off of them being vocal about it or their body language.

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This is a still capture from Chinatown. I thought that Mrs. Mulwray resembles my character dossier Shirley Mayfield. I found them to be very similar. She is very wealthy and is dressed to perfection wearing her pearls and red lipstick just like Shirley would be. I just found that to be interesting. They even have several character elements that match up.

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This is a still capture from Chinatown.  I chose to include this photo because I think it contains multiple elements of noir. This image is shot through binoculars, so the angle is different. The side profile is being shot and there is shadowing going on. I can feel the mood just by looking at this picture.

I think that cinematography encompasses the feelings and aesthetics of noir. I like how cinematography gives you a broader visual of noir in visual elements because a with a picture you can see what is going on, but with a film all of those elements are tied together. I really enjoyed watching these films. It gave me a broader perspective on cinematography.

I enjoyed both of the movies. Even though they have a lot of similarities, they are both very different at the same time. I liked how I watched one in color and one in black and white. It gave me a different perspective on how noir works or is portrayed in film. Killer’s Kiss really wasn’t that interesting to me. I don’t really know what, but I didn’t enjoy it much. I really liked Chinatown a lot though. It had a good plot line and it was enjoyable.

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Remember to wear sunscreen! Emojis IRL

For one of my week three assignments, I decided to do the assignment, Emojis IRL that was submitted by Fairuz Maggio.

The assignment is to “Choose at least 3 emojis (from the provided picture or one you find on Google) and recreate the action/face with a self-portrait or pictures of other people! Make it as close to the picture as possible! Try to make a story out of the emojis you choose. For example, a birthday surprise (normal face, shocked face, cake, etc.)”. This assignment is worth 2 points.

I had my friend Julia take the pictures of my emoji IRL faces on my Nikon D3100. Then, I uploaded my pictures so that I could put them all next to each other. I found the emojis online. In order to put all of the pictures side by side, I used a website to join the collages together.

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My story is a reminder to me and everyone else to wear sunscreen. When you go outside and you’re feelin’ all sassy because you’ve got your shades on don’t think you will be fine without sunscreen or you will get burnt. Please remember to always wear sunscreen!

I love emojis! They are my favorite, so this assignment was fun because everyone loves acting out emojis when they are explaining stories. Facial expressions tell a lot. I am obsessed with using emojis, so I loved being able to make a story using emojis with my own face! HAHA!

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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.



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.


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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My “9 Lives”

For one of my week three assignments, I chose to do the assignment, 9 Lives that was submitted by Emily Deane.

The assignment is to “Find nine photos of yourself in different stages of your life. Turn them into a little collage, showing how many changes you’ve gone through over the years. Change is good, so have fun with it!” The assignment is worth 2 points.

I knew that I would love this assignment because I always have fun looking through old pictures. In order to put my timeline together, I had to find the pictures. I got some pictures from frames and albums. I didn’t do them in any particular way. I just picked nine pictures that I liked. There are more in the early years because those were my cute years haha.


I put the pictures on a powerpoint and then saved them as images to create my timeline.

I find it interesting how I really look the same when all of the pictures are next to each other. I really enjoyed doing this assignment because I can see the changes throughout my life.


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