Final Blog Presentation

Group Design Rationale: 

For our final project we had to create a 3-D sculpture that applied a theory demonstrating what we learned throughout the semester. 

Throughout the semester we learned about Gestalt’s seven principles—proximity, similarity (shape), continuance, symmetry, closure, relative size, prägnanz or figure ground—and applied them to our class work/at home blog work. When brainstorming for our final project we came up with the idea of making a Play-Doh burger, each topping on the burger would focus on a different Gestalt principle, and the overall 3-D sculpture would tie all the principles together. 

Our burger had several layers, the bottom layer of the bun, burger patty, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and lastly the top of the bun, coated with sesame seeds. The first principle we applied the burger to was proximity by grouping the toppings on the burger. The next principle applied was similarity (shape) by keeping the two pickles together, the sesame seeds on top of the bun, and the two tomatoes together. We applied continuance to the burger by overlapping two tomatoes. The layer of pickles was symmetrical which applies to the symmetry principle. We strategically placed the sesame seeds on top of the bun so that they formed a circle surrounding a triangle. The 3-D visual as a whole which was the burger inside of the paper to-go box applies the relative size principle. Lastly, we were not able to apply figure ground to our Play-Doh burger but overall, we were able to help us predict what will be grouped with what, and we will perceive as “figure” versus “ground”. 

Individual Design Rationale: 

For the final project as a team we decided to use play-dough to form our 3-Dimensional visual to display what we have learned throughout the semester in this course.

As a whole, we worked well together. I purchased the play-dough from Amazon when we got assigned the project after we brainstormed what we wanted to do for the final project. We then as a team wrote down one of the gestalt principles that would correlate with the layers of the burger. In addition to that, we made a google doc where we were all able to share our thoughts about the project to form a group design rationale which is located above this paragraph. I struggled a little bit with trying to decide what color play-dough we could use to add in real life toppings to the burger for the gestalt principles. My AHA moment occurred when we finally found all of the colors we needed for the burger. If I had more time for this project I probably would have made some French fries to go on the side or something else to add to the burger to make it more realistic. Working in a group helped me think about a topic for what to do for this final project because we had 4 people brainstorming rather than just myself so there were more ideas laid out on the table to choose from. If I could do this all over again, I probably wouldn’t have chosen the gestalt principles to correlate with this burger because it was a little bit difficult at first trying to figure out what principle could match with what layer of the burger. 

Here is a photo of our final 3-D sculpture

Infographic Blog Post

For this assignment my key message is display to the viewer how I use my free time and what types of social media sites I use daily. There are a few key aspects in this blog that will be most interesting for people to know about such as how much time I spend on each site in addition to what I do while I am using those sites. Attached is two photos of a mind map and an affinity map in which I drew out when I was brainstorming what I actually wanted my topic to be for this assignment. For example, for the affinity map I decided to break it down into 6 columns, one for each social media site that I have in my phone with a few questions on what they can do to benefit the viewer. For two of the columns I was unable to come up with multiple questions because those sites are not too prevalent to me.

The 5 visualizations I have chosen to support the storytelling do so in several ways. For example, I have a pie chart that shows the amount of time I use on my 4 favorite social media sites, the bar graph shows the amount of screen time I use, and lastly the line graph represents the amount of time I am on each social media site in comparison to the rest of them. Then, I have a mind map and an affinity map attached to show my brainstorming process in which I thought was extremely beneficial when I began this assignment because I was unsure of what I wanted to do.

My infographic captured the cognitive thread because these graphs are visually appealing to the viewer. In addition, when you look at one of the graphs your eyes are immediately looking for the next graph that goes along with it so in a way they were all tied to each other which I thought was very interesting.

I added in the links of the social media sites at the bottom of this blog so the audience can follow up if they wanted to, as well as adding in a collage of the different logos of each social media site to see if any of the audience members were able to personally relate to some of the same sites I enjoy browsing through on my free time.

In this blog, I am trying to show the audience an informational story about my skills and accomplishments in a sense. In other words, this infographic shows where I spend my free time as far as social media goes. When I began this blog post, I had many problems because I did not know what topic I wanted to use to show the audience what skills I had to offer. My AHA moment occurred when I drew out my affinity map and realized I was only able to come up with 1 question for two social media sites when I had at least 2 or 3 for the other columns. That’s when I decided my core 4 ideas that I wanted to express throughout this blog. I made several connections to what we have learned in class in addition to the readings such as how to make a mind map as well as an affinity map. In addition to that we have had prior knowledge on how to make different quantitative practices such as the graphs that are also attached to this blog. If I had more time for this assignment, I probably would have made more graphs to see which 2 social media sites truly impacted my life rather than the 4 that I chose.  

https://www.instagram.com

https://www.facebook.com

https://www.weatherchannel.com

https://www.VSCO.com

Explanation Graphic

Throughout my process of making a flow chart and brain storming what I wanted to do for this blog assignment I realized many distinctions between Schrivers model and my own. My personal model would be a lot easier for a 10-year-old to understand than one of Schrivers models. I looked up the prices per month for AT&T of an iPhone 7, iPhone x and iPhone 11.  I completed my research just by googling AT&T and I went onto their website and searched each of the phones to figure out the cost per month. 

I found a few things interesting when I was doing my research for this topic. I was surprised to see that the cost of the iPhone 11 and the iPhone x were not that different. In addition, the cost of the iPhone 7 was not much less than both the iPhone 11 and the iPhone x. Before I began my research, I was expecting the cost of the newest phone, the iPhone x to be significantly more expensive than the iPhone 7. When I totaled up what the difference was, it turned out to only be around 7 dollars. The reason this was so surprising to me is because the technology is so much better on the newer phones than the iPhone 7. For example, the iPhone x has 3 different modes of zoom on the camera along with 10+ different effects whereas the iPhone 7 only has one zoom option for the camera along with no effects on the camera. 

When I first started thinking of all the different components of an iPhone I thought that I would never be able to fit it onto the page. So, I reviewed what the directions of this blog were and I decided I would stick to the basics of what each phone had to offer. In my 3 thumbnail sketches I did basically a comparison between the 3 to see which of them would best fit my flow chart of my personal wants and needs. As you can see from the images above, it is clear that I am going to go with the iPhone x as it was compatible with all of my questions throughout the flow chart. As it says in the directions, choose 7-13 of the most important elements for each thumbnail is what I did. I took those 7 important factors and brought them over to the final poster of my product to show the viewer what is most important to know prior to deciding what phone is best for you. 

My AHA moment occurred when I figured out what object to use for this assignment. At first, I couldn’t decide what to do and I looked at the example links you posted. But, then I thought back to when you were showing a flow chart in class of what you would want a laptop to have included in it before you purchased it. So that inspired me to choose an iPhone for this blog assignment. In addition, I thought an iPhone would be appropriate for this assignment as well because an iPhone is a very common thing especially around college campuses where we are right now. 

Cited References: 

https://www.att.com

https://www.apple.com

Storyboard Transitions

In the first storyboard, I went onto the Nancy solitary deck and I selected random. When I was then given a comic strip of 3 panels. Here is the link to the comic strip I was given https://www.gocomics.com/nancy/2003/01/07. In this specific panel, I think the narrative transition would be action to action. The reason being is because as you can see the little girl comes back from babysitting and Nancy asked her how it went, she immediately slammed the door and said it was not a good experience. She then continued to explain how she had to pay the children she was babysitting to go to sleep because they were acting so wild. The artist of this comic strip used the word “bang” to represent the slamming of the door when she first came in. In the second set of comic strips that I chose to look at I looked at a panel of 4 different comics. I believe the narrative transition of this particular comic would be action to action. The reason being is because the girl and boy start out at the top of the hill calling their sled a flying saucer. They then continue to walk up the hill a little bit more and then both get onto the sled. From there, they went down the hill and spun around on the way down. This was changing what they were doing constantly and they were constantly moving around causing different actions to occur on their way both up and down the hill. The comic ends with the girl and the boy saying how much fun they use to have in the olden days since they were using an older type of sled. Here is the link to represent that narrative transition https://www.gocomics.com/nancy/2013/01/17.

The most helpful narrative transition to tell this story would be action to action. The reason being is because the comic strip I made is a girl going upstairs to get her coffee from Starbucks and then after she paid for it and waited for it to be made she dropped it. I was confused at first about whether or not I should have chosen action to action to represent this comic strip although I thought it was the most appropriate considering the action of the girl is constantly changing throughout the panels. There were however two panels in my comic strip that I believe could be classified as scene to scene. Those two panels are the one that the girl is going upstairs to get her Starbucks and then downstairs afterwards to go back to where she was coming from. The transition in each comic affected the audience’s perception of many things. To start off, it affected the way the audience viewed drama, by the way she dropped her coffee and then the next panel zoomed into just the coffee cup spilled on the stair dramatizes that panel so much more. The narrative transition also had a big impact on the timing of the way the comic strip played out. The way each panel was separated showed how she went from the line to the other side of Starbucks to wait for her coffee after she walked there and then walked back afterwards as well. Lastly, the narrative transition had an effect on the emotion of this comic strip as well because if this was not action to action as well as scene to scene in some panels, the way she felt after dropping her coffee would not have been predictable. In other words, based upon the first few panels you are easily able to identify her facial emotions as being happy. Versus, at the end when she dropped her coffee it was easy to predict that she no longer had a smile on her face after all she did to get there. 

I did take out one panel that I originally had in my draft. It was a panel of the girl starting to walk with her coffee after she had gotten it from Starbucks before she had gotten on the stairs. However, after I was looking at it drawn out, I figured that it was just an extra step in the comic that didn’t belong. In other words, I did not think that panel had much meaning to the comic itself.

How to Make a Hot Beverage

In this specific blog post I was trying to demonstrate to the audience which in this case was a non-English person on how to make a hot beverage without using any words in the diagram. The purpose of this blog post was to instruct a person on how to make in this case chocolate milk which is then heated up in the microwave. The reason I chose this was because when I was a little girl I always wanted chocolate milk heated up before I went to sleep at night. 

When I was working on this assignment, I had many problems trying to incorporate the right kind of arrows to display what to do for each step. Prior to this assignment, I have never had to make a wordless diagram that I had to try to demonstrate something to an audience. Therefore, when I started this it was hard for me to figure out what I could use in replacement of words. As you can see in the diagram, I decided to use arrows to show the direction on what needed to be done. 

My AHA moment occurred when I decided what I wanted to do. I did not know what beverage I wanted to show how to make at first. As previously mentioned, when I was younger I always wanted to have chocolate milk heated up in the microwave, but in addition to that I also always had English breakfast tea. My mom has made me and my siblings tea with milk and sugar for as long as I could remember. So, my AHA moment occurred when I was drafting out a list of ideas that I could potentially do for this blog post I immediately knew it had to be the chocolate milk after the idea crossed my mind. 

I made a few connections to this blog post from discussions we had in class. I believe it was last Tuesday when we had classwork assigned where we had to draw out something happening with motion in the background. I had a lot of trouble trying to think of how to show motion in the background. So, I sat back and looked at some of the slides that you had for examples before I decided what I was going to do for that specific assignment. After I saw a few examples, I started to understand what needed to be done. What I’m trying to get at here is, I think by you showing those slides and the use of arrows to show direction helped me figure out how I could show the audience what needed to be done for each step of my diagram. 

If I had more time or more resources for this assignment, I would probably make the diagram bigger. I know the sketchbook is a huge piece of paper but I feel like when explaining something and having to draw something out for someone especially without words, it would be beneficial for the images to be larger. Besides that, I was pretty happy with the outcome of my blog post. 

Way-finding Route Map

When we were given this blog assignment I instantly knew what I wanted to draw. I am huge on coffee, once I wake up in the morning coffee is the first thing that is running through my mind. Personally, I am not in love with the Dunkin’ Donuts or the Starbucks on campus. With that being said, I go to Empire Tea and Coffee mainly everyday for my daily cup of coffee. It is about 2 miles away from campus and it is such an easy ride to get there! On the way to empire, when making a right out of Roger Williams University to then keep left onto Hope Street, you will pass the Lobster Pot on your left hand side along with several views of the water. In the distance you will be able to see the Mt. Hope Bridge which is headed the opposite direction to Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In this specific assignment, I was trying to achieve the goal of making a map for other people to find the destination with my directions. Given the circumstances, I did the best I could however I am not very good at drawing let alone making a map! When I was trying to sketch out the map I had a lot of trouble trying to think of the different land masses that were on the way to make note of in the map legend. However, I guess that is because since I am so familiar with the area, I don’t have to think about what is important to look for when I am driving by to get to the coffee shop. My AHA moment occurred when I pulled up the map from Roger Williams University to Empire Tea and Coffee because instantly when I saw the map I thought of 5 or 6 different things that I could add to the map legend which were already drawn on my map. So when I figured that out it was a huge relief and I was able to continue on making my way finding map. I made several connections to the discussions we had in class regarding how to make shadow and how to make lines look like more than just lines. When I began this assignment I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to make the lines look like actual roads but, after I started drawing out some of the roads of Bristol everything kind of just tied into each other which also took a huge weight off of my shoulders. If I had more resources I would probably look into how to draw the streets and water in 2 dimensional aspects more so than I already did. This was one of the first assignments that I personally had to draw something 2 dimensional minus the different exercises we practiced last week in class. Besides that, I did not have any other requests for if I had more time or resources. This assignment was kind of interesting to me because it was a lot different than all of the other blog posts we’ve done this far.

Luggage Tags

In this blog assignment I was trying to achieve the goal of deciding which luggage tag I would like most for myself. During this assignment, I had to be able to determine which shapes and colors fit best with each other regarding the way the letters fit into the design. When I had to decide which one was my favorite it was not very hard for me to do. I chose the thumbnail sketch I did because I enjoyed the way the letters intertwined with each other. For some of the other ones they weren’t as interesting however, I felt like the way these letters flowed into each other was very aesthetic and interesting to look at. When I was doing this specific blog post, I ran into a few different problems. I had trouble trying to separate the page into 36 different thumbnail sketches so some of them aren’t even because based on the dimensions of my sketchbook I could not possibly make each of them even. In addition to having that issue, I was having a lot of trouble brainstorming the different ways to make luggage tags. I think the reason I was having so many problems with making these luggage tags is because I have one on my suitcase at home already that I have been picturing in my head so I was telling myself there was no other possible design considering I have already found one that I really enjoy. Which leads me back to why I chose the thumbnail sketch I did. It was the same design as the one I have at home although, the actual one on my suitcase is a lot better than the one I made. My AHA moment occurred halfway through the assignment when I was embellishing some that had already been drawn. When I started using the colored pencils for some reason it sparked something in my mind and led me to immediately drawing several different designs onto the paper without any problems or blanks. I made a few different connections to the discussions we had in class. For some reason when I began making my luggage tags I started thinking back to when we did our mind maps and I thought of what different ideas went together. From there, it was easy for me to start making different designs and filling them with certain types of lettering and coloring to emphasize certain aspects of the luggage tags. If I had more time or resources, I would probably have drawn out the 36 thumbnail sketches of the luggage tags and then actually make my favorite one rather than sketching it out. It was interesting to draw it out and see it in a bigger perspective. However, as I previously mentioned in a few of my other blogs I enjoy actually doing art rather than drawing it because I am not the most artistic person. This assignment however, was very interesting to me and I did not get bored while I was making these different sketches. I did have a few issues trying to get my ideas down on paper at first as I already mentioned but toward the end everything was flowing right down onto the paper.

5 Photos of Sensory Forms

In this blog assignment I was trying to achieve the goal of getting 5 different photos that represented line, shape, division of space, color, and relative size. Before this assignment I had not known much about these terms besides what they stood for. For example, these are aspects that we pay attention to everyday without paying much attention to it. So, when we began learning about these terms and digging deeper into these topics I was instantly intrigued. When I began the assignment, I had a problem trying to figure out how I was going to be able to represent the division of space along with relative size. Reading about relative size in the book I was able to gain a general understanding of what it was, however I was having trouble trying to find the right object to describe those terms. My AHA moment occurred when I finally discovered which photos would work for what. I began trying to take photos for the terms I knew I would have trouble with, after I took the photos for those terms I knew I would have trouble with it was smooth sailing for me. A few connections I made from class discussions was I thought about the different examples you showed in class while I was brainstorming for my photo ideas. Although, even with those I still had a little bit of trouble trying to understand what I wanted to do in order to represent these terms so I thought a little deeper at how you told us to think about this assignment. You mentioned how you wanted us to look for something deeper in the object rather than say a bench itself. So, when I figured out that aspect of it, I started looking around at different areas that I could take these photos. My mom was visiting when I decided to take these photos for this homework assignment so I was actually in a hotel and at a restaurant where I had many different lines and different colors surrounding me the entire time. If I had more resources I think the photos I took would’ve been taken in a totally different area. The reason I say that is because even though I was in a new environment, I feel as if I was in an outdoor area or a totally different atmosphere the photos I took would’ve had a totally different meaning. However, I think the photos that I took have a very good representation of the words themselves. In addition, having more time would have benefitted me personally because I would have been able to look at my photos deeper to see which of them actually fit better with each term. I felt like by the time I took 20 photos and then narrowed it down to the 5 photos I needed for this assignment I had to rush in order to get this blog post done by the deadline. For the most part, I felt like this assignment was a good one in order to get our brains thinking more deeper into something than we normally would. 

This is a photo representing shape.
This is a photo representing color
This is a photo representing line.
This is a photo representing division of space.
This is a photo representing relative space.

Mind Map

In my first mind map I did on time management, I was trying to achieve what the best way to manage my time would be. As for my second mind map I was trying to achieve the goals of healthy living. Overall, I did not seem to have many problems when I was writing out my mind map. Everything kind of took its own toll and my ideas were just being thrown down onto the paper. However, if I had to find one problem I had when I was trying to design these mind maps it would be trying to make the mind map itself more creative. My AHA moment started once I wrote down my central ideas on both of my mind maps surprisingly. I had a little more trouble trying to map out the different aspects of “healthy living” however after I wrote down “working out” the words on the page started to flow a lot more easily and my progress increased a lot. I also think I had a little bit of an AHA moment after I took time off before I embellished my piece. The reason I say that is because I was kind of getting bored with my mind map toward the end of the first round and I didn’t have any thoughts on how I was going to decorate it. I took a shower and then watched a little bit of Netflix before I went back to embellish my piece. Soon after I began the second time, I looked down at my phone and 45 minutes had already passed. As I mentioned, I had no problem trying to get my words down onto the paper and I did not get stumped at all besides trying to decorate the mind map when I originally went back to embellish the mind maps. A few connections I made to the readings in class were how writing the ideas down on paper in a mind map form actually helps a person see things a lot more clearly. In addition, it is a good way to stay organized. Mind mapping is also a more fun and interactive way to learn. Before I did my own personal mind map, I googled a few for examples to go off of and I was very intrigued by all the different ways people designed their mind maps. Also, when I was drawing I was able to easily determine what different hue types I wanted to use when embellishing my piece. If I had more resources, I would probably look for other ideas on how to decorate my piece more. Maybe I would even take my two mind maps and try to somehow combine them into one while also keeping them separate at the same time. I think these two mind maps can be distinctly different if they had to, but at the same time I feel as if they could fit the same category as each other. Even now I wish I could’ve done something a little more creative with my pieces however I did the best that I could.

First Blog Post

Shannon Spor

As you can tell right off the bat, I am not a very artistic person. I get extremely frustrated when I am drawing for any class because I feel as if I am terrible at it. However, as I began sketching the flower I realized how different the meaning and message being conveyed may be without color. Everyday we look at things surrounding us while we perceive and take in many different colors without thinking twice about it. I chose this topic because as summer is beginning to end, the seasons are going to begin to change and leaves are going to be falling off of the trees before we know it. I guess what I’m trying to say is maybe I don’t want to let go of summer yet? The colors in my room are yellow, gray, and white so when I was looking around for inspiration I immediately…

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