Sunshine State

Design a License Plate: Design your own license plate! You can use an online site, alter a preexisting photo, or make your own from scratch. Make the license plate describe either your or a character. Your license plate design should have two part to it: designing the background for the plate and designing the font. Be creative with it. (3.5 stars).

This is a design assignment for my narrative story.

I decided to create a license plate since Edna was driving all over to find exactly where I might be. I chose Florida because I love the beach, and may have gone there..

I used Zazzle.com to help me customize my own license plate!

It was simple. First, I chose the state and began to edit.

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I clicked, “Edit Text” and then wrote something I thought Edna would have!

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Here is Edna’s final license plate.

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–SALTY SKINN

If Found, Please Call..

Missing Person: Create a missing posters flyer for a fictional movie/show character, made-up person, animal, or a real person. Be sure to include a picture, the name, characteristics, and last seen date and place. Let your imagination do the talking for this poster! (4 stars).

I made this design assignment for my final narrative!

I wanted Edna to create a missing persons poster, just like humans do when they post “Lost Dog” posters!

I used Microsoft Word for this assignment. I decided to use a handy template called Lost or Found Flyer. This was for a dog obviously, but I changed it for the project.

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Having said that, I didn’t have to change much! I inserted a picture of myself, and changed the text a little. For characteristics, I ended up writing “Black eyes” & “White hair”, since dogs can only see in black and white. I thought this was a funny element for my project. I tried to be in the mind of a dog, just like Edna would! This may have been the trickiest part.

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Here is the finished Missing Person Flyer!

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—SALTY SKINN

Here Comes the Bride

Wedding Invitation: We are currently in the middle of the wedding season. With this being said so many people out there are tying the knot! For this assignment, I would like you to create/design your own wedding invitation as if you were going to be getting married soon! What would it look like? You could include pictures, date, time, place, or anything else related to this topic that you think would be fun to incorporate! Use your imagination! Be creative! To create this assignment you should use Canva. Upload your invitation to Flickr and tag it DesignAssignments. (2.5 stars).

This is a tutorial on how to create a wedding invitation using Canva.com.

So, since you are looking into creating your very own wedding invitation, I have to guess that you are getting married and planning! First, Congratulations, and second, I hope my invitation tutorial helps your planning process go a little smoother!

I will make my own Wedding Invitation so it helps you too ūüôā

First, I went to Canva. This is such an interesting site for anything you imagine. You are able to create a Facebook cover for your profile, or a presentation for your next class. The possibilities are endless.

So, once you have arrived at the site, take a look around. You are able to choose from so many options of layouts. Here is what you see:

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I scrolled down to “Events”. This is where you will find the Wedding Invitations icon! Click this card.

Now, a blank card will appear with a list of options on the side. This is your design deck basically, you will create your card here!

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The first button in your list of options (right-hand side) says “Search“. This button can do a multitude of things. I am hoping for a beachy feel for my wedding invitation that I will make today. So, I typed in the keyword, “beachy” into the Search box. As you can see, there are pictures and icons that match this search, and I can add them into my invitation. But, since I don’t exactly want a picture of a beach, I won’t do that today.

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The second option on your right says “Layout“. This is the most helpful ¬†button in my opinion, and has many different pre-made wedding layouts for you to choose and alter! And, of course, you can make your own.

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I immediately see one I like. I clicked it, and it brought the card into the main area for me to work with.

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Of course, I have to change the colors, names and the locations, but I really do like the simplicity of the card. I will keep the font style. Hopefully you will find a style you like!

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I first clicked anywhere in the card where there isn’t text. This brought up a tool bar with options to change the color. I clicked the circle with the color inside, which represents the color of the card. I immediately go with a pretty shade of blue.

Also, if you want to change the font or the background color, click the side option “Text” and “Background“. ¬†There are many other options you can choose from here!

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I forgot to also mention another awesome tool that Canva provides. You are able to upload photos from your computer or Facebook onto your invitation. How cool! To personalize it, pick a cute couple photo to add to your invitation. Click the “Upload your own images” button and there you go!

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Next, I am going to change the text to my personal text. Simply, just tap into the text box and write your name, location, date, and anything else for your invitation.

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As you can see, once you alter text, you are able to change the size and color here too. I will leave it as is.

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From here, I am basically done! Easy, right?

Wait…How will you save this invitation for you big day??

No problem. Canva has a Share and Download button for you! From here, you can put it on Facebook or simply save it for printing!

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Here is my wedding invitation:

Miranda Skinner

How lovely!! I hope yours turn out just as well.

Again, Congratulations! Comment below with your own invitations!

—-SALTY SKINN

DS106 Bumper Sticker: Honk If..

DS106 Bumper Sticker: Remix classic bumper stickers to promote the cause(s) of ds106, ds106radio, and ds106tv. (2.5 stars) 

For this design assignment, I create a bumper sticker featuring #ds106:
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For this assignment, I designed my own bumper sticker by visiting Make Stickers.¬†I was able to choose my template and then type what I wanted on my sticker. I changed the text color and then the background color. We needed to promote DS somehow and utilize this on a bumper sticker. I think my sticker is funny but definitely promotes #ds106! “Honk if you are a Digital Storyteller,” was a great medium. Here is the handy website I used:

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Overall, I liked this assignment. Bumper stickers are a direct representation of design! Every time I go somewhere, I always see so many diverse bumper stickers that draw my attention. They are usually made with bold typography and colors so you can view them quickly and easily while driving. I made my bumper sticker with a bold text for this reason. I also changed the text to a darker color against a lighter background for better views as well.

 

–SALTY SKINN

 

Movie Trading Cards: Pirate Stare

Movie Trading Cards: Design trading cards for your favorite movie. Grab a screenshot from a film of your choice to create a trading card in the spirit of the classic Star Wars movie trading cards. Also see the imagined trading card for The Shining here for some inspiration. This assignment was inspired by Sean Hartter’s rendition of Brazil trading cards in this post. (4 stars).

For this design assignment, I created my own trading card! First of all, I have never owned one of these things in my life, so this was going to be new for me. I chose a movie that I thought would have popular trading cards out. Pirates of the Caribbean is an action filed, interesting movie, meaning people would definitely collect its cards. I know I would!

I chose my favorite clip of Jack Sparrow from the first Pirates movies. ¬†I just searched on Google, “trading card template”, and I found one that resembled the Star Wars card in the assignment description. I downloaded the template and added the image of Jack Sparrow into the card hole. Then, I added my card into Word, and then added two text boxes to give the card a catchy description.

Here was the template I downloaded:

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I enjoyed this assignment, one because I have never really collected the cards myself, and two, I love the Pirates movies. And surprisingly, I never really thought about how much design elements were incorporated into these cards. This made the assignment that much more interesting to complete. As I was scrolling through the different templates trying to get an idea, they all have different shapes and sizes. I also searched the Star Wars cards, and I found this one that I thought was super cool!

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First, I noticed that the text is interesting and large. The background has converging lines and a blue aura design. I was surprised with these elements and detail in all the trading cards that I searched online, since I just thought these cards were plain and boring!

My final trading card template I created of Jack Sparrow:

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—SALTY SKINN

This Assignment Is Suspect: Who took Fluffy?

This Assignment Is Suspect: Have you ever seen those crime shows that organize a case using a suspect board? Like Scandal or Blacklist? Well, that’s exactly what this assignment is. You will create a suspect board (or a board that connects different characters) to show interaction between the people. Feel free to add text, objects, and locations that connect to the people/characters to develop the story even more. Make sure that the board clearly shows how the pieces are connected, and in your post, explain the story behind it. A good example is one completed by Julia James using Microsoft Word by inserting text boxes and connecting them with lines. (3 stars).

Here is my finished product:

Who took Agnes’ Fluffy Unicorn??

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Who Took Agnes’ Fluffy Unicorn? It was last seen in Agnes’ bed around 8:30pm last night beside her fluffy pink pillow. The prime suspects include Dr. Nefario, who was last seen in the lab mixing up some weird-looking chemicals. Did he mix Fluffy in his flask for a new concoction? Bob the Minion is also another suspect. He always walks around with his Teddy Bear, so it is plausible that he wanted another animal. Plus, Bob is very small, so he could easily sneak into the room where Fluffy was sleeping. Gru went into the girl’s room last night to tuck them in and sing them bedtime songs. He could have easily taken Fluffy! Mrs. Hattie, the mean lady at the Adoption office, never liked toys or bows so she is a prime suspect, according to Agnes. With all these clues, who could taken have Fluffy??

For this assignment, I developed a Despicable Me suspect board. I knew the characters well so I wanted to use them for this design assignment. I downloaded a cork board styled template and inserted it into a Powerpoint slide because I was able to work with it more easily than a Word document. I added character photos and then linked them all to the Unicorn with lines I inserted under the “Shape” bar. I inserted text boxes to add more detail behind the Fluffy story. I really like Despicable Me movies, I think they are great movies. I used short black lines and rectangle boxes to help create my design. I also used Uppercase letters and the underline feature in the text in order to attract certain areas of my Suspect design.

After all said and done, a couple minutes after the Suspect Board was created, Agnes realized she had Fluffy the whole time. She didn’t notice him because he was just too fluffy.

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—-SALTY SKINN

One Story/Four Icons: Can you Figure it Out??

One Story/Four Icons: “The design assignment is to reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer, let people guess! The challenge is to find the icons that suggest the story, but do not make it so easy.” (3 stars).

This week, our theme is DESIGN!

This assignment sounded great because I love movies & trivia. And with the help of design and a movie, I created 4 symbols that represent a movie. I like this assignment because I hope others can guess what movie I made!

First, I used the handy website that was linked on the assignment page called The Noun Project. I highly recommend using this site. It contains various symbols that you can use. There were so many to choose from! I just typed keywords that I wanted to use for my movie and downloaded them easily.

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After this, I inserted all the symbols I downloaded into a Word document. All I did was resize them and put them beside each other to create the story.

This is my One Story/Four Icons creation:

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Hopefully you guessed it, and if you think you got it right, here is the answer!!

(SPOILER BELOW)

 

 


I chose The Hunger Games because it is one of my favorite books and movies. I enjoyed seeing the movie, but the book created so much imagery that I actually thought of some of these symbols in my mind while reading. In turn, I was able to quickly think of the symbols I wanted to use for my assignment.

The movie contains Katniss Everdeen, who wears her hair in a braid. She also uses a bow and arrow to capture food in her district, and then once entered into the Games, she uses it to kill. The mockingjay pin is a big symbol of hope for Katniss and her family in the book, so I decided to choose a bird to not make it so obvious. Then, I used the 3 finger icon, which is something the district people do when the teenagers are put into the games. The 3 fingers represents unity when the Capitol seems to be taking over when they arrange the Hunger Games each year.

I enjoyed doing this assignment, not only was it fun, but it also is a form of storytelling that I didn’t think design contained. The icons I added are ones that created a story in my mind when reading the book and seeing the movie. With this assignment, I was able to hopefully urge you to form a story of The Hunger Games in your mind.

—SALTY SKINN