New Semester New Adventures!

Well it’s a new semester and once again I am swamped in a sea of uncertainty.  This happens each new semester: trying to figure out how the classes work, how the teacher works, and how to meet and work with fellow students.

This semester I am taking two classes — I really don’t know how adults with kids do more (Kudos to you if you do more!  I couldn’t be you).  The classes are a Computer Science class about computer/human interaction also known as HCI and a CIT class about website front-end development.

So far HCI seems to be about the communication between the computer and user and how as a designer you need to understand how the user will interact with your program or website so that you can make it easily understandable and simple to use for the user.  I find the idea to be very interesting.  I am especially interested in one of our text books called Don’t Make Me Think , Revisited  A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug.  It’s a very readable book and I find his insights in the book so far have been right on target.  I highly recommend it!

My CIT class is, obviously, about putting together a website. Particularly the part of the website that the user sees and interacts with.  All the HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript that we will need to do to put together a successful site.  We will be designing two web sites and I will post links to them so that you can check them out.  Feedback would be greatly appreciated.

So here I go on my next new adventure!  I would love to hear from you!  What adventures are you currently working on?


Project 9 Portfolio

Portfolio (

  1. Project Corrections / Time spent:  I spent time correcting several of my projects.  I spent 30 minutes on my imaging project changing my photo and changing some color problems that I found.  I spent 30 minutes restyling my stationery so that it had my logo in it.  I also spent 30 minutes creating a new logo for my logo project, and 30 minutes updating and changing the text on my montage project.
  2. Message: To show my projects in a professional and interesting way.  I want to covey that my designs are interesting and new.
  3. Audience: Potential employers, family members, and friends.
  4. Top Thing Learned:How to put together a professional design portfolio.  How to use InDesign’s paragraph styles to create hierarchy and a uniform look to my portfolio.
  5. Future application of Visual Media: Use what I have learned to create better compositions and give me a better opportunity at employment.
  6. Color scheme and color names: Big split complementary – green, red, purple, and orange
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Vrinda, sans serif
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Adobe Caslon, serif
  9. Thumbnails of Images used:

the internet

Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):” What has the Internet evolved into nowadays”

Project 6 Stationery

business card

business card



Enlarged business card

Enlarged business card

  1. Description:  Design a personal or business stationery system
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I used Adobe Illustrator to design my graphic elements using the pen and shapes tools.  I decided after I created the cupcakes (one for each sister) that I really liked the cherry.  The cherry then became my point of interest and I tried to include it in each of my designs.  I did have to modify it a bit on the letter head.  When I left it as just a circle, it looked like a bomb!   I then pulled the graphic elements into InDesign and added the text and lines.  I learned that in InDesign you can convert points so that you can get a rounded line.  I found InDesign a bit hard to work with until I figured out that the images that you place have two different bounding boxes.  Throughout the process I constantly kept the FOCUS principles in mind and tried to incorporate elements of contrast (the red cherry), alignment(of text and graphic elements), and hierarchy(grouping similar elements) to improve my design.
  3. Message: The message the I was trying to convey was to advertise for  a yummy and fun bakery.
  4. Audience: Any one who is interested in baked goods.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned to use InDesign to layout my design incorporating graphic and text elements.
  6. Color scheme and color names: triadic blue, gold, and red
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Lucinda Handwriting – decorative
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Legacy – sans-serif

Project 4 Montage

Montage Final

Montage Final

  1. Description:  Project to showcase masking abilities by making a montage of two or more pictures.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing):  I first decided on a quote that I thought was special.  I then began to think about what types of pictures I might find that related to that quote.  I searched on Google for rain clouds, people in the rain, and umbrellas using the search filters that I learned in class.  Once I had some pictures to look at I decided on my color scheme and message and that narrowed down the photos considerably.  My challenges for this assignment was the large quote that I had chosen and the difference between what I saw on the screen and what actually printed out.  I found that the colors were quite washed out when I printed for the first time.  As for the quote, I was able to consolidate it a bit and I found that by asking myself what I really wanted a person to see when scanning it I was able to determine hierarchy.
  3. Message:  The message of this piece is the quote.  Basically, if you want the blessings that Heavenly Father is always giving, you must be able to receive them by obeying the commandments.
  4. Audience: All people who want to know how to receive blessings.
  5. Top Thing Learned: How to use masks without fear.  How to copy a layer.
  6. Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: A filter was applied to the umbrella to add a texture to it.  Without the texture the umbrella, which is a picture of an actual umbrella, looked fake or cartoonish.
  7. Color scheme and color names: Complementary Teal and Brick
  8. Title Font Name & Category: Adobe Garamond Pro Bold, Serif
  9. Copy Font Name & Category: Franklin Gothic Book, Sans Serif
  10. Thumbnails of Images used:

maninrain         raincloud       black-umbrella

11.  Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):

Main in rain

Rain Clouds


Project 3 Photodesign


  1. Description: A project that showcases photography and design talents.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I first decided on an analogous color scheme featuring green, lime, and yellow.  I want something natural and positive to showcase and I felt this color scheme gave that impression.  After I obtained my photograph, I put it into Photoshop and used the Levels, Vibrance/Saturation, Selective Color, and Sharpen Tools.  I really had a challenge with using the sharpen tool.  I kept overdoing the middle of the flower.  I am so glad that I used different layers!  I then looked at the size of the picture and decided to add repeating boxes around the photo.  I then looked at the focal point and flow and decided to align my quote with the edge of the flowers where my eye was lead after the focal point.  I used the color wheel that was provided to find colors that matched the colors in my photo.  I have learned a lot about photography and Photoshop with this assignment!
  3. Message: I worked to create a natural and positive poster that would catch the eye and send a encouraging thought.
  4. Audience: Anyone interested in nature and beauty
  5. Top Thing Learned: How to use Photoshop to improve my photographs.
  6. Color scheme and color names: Analogous – Green, Lime, and Yellow
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Trade Gothic – Sans Grotesque
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Times New Roman – Serif
  9. Thumbnail of original, unedited image inserted


  1. Date and location you took the photo(s) Oct 15th 2014 local park Cleburne, TX

P3 Photodesign Activity

The sky through the branches of a pecan tree.

Light Outside

Light Inside

Light Inside

Focus Forground

Focus: Foreground

Focus Background

Focus: Background


Composition: Strong Leading Lines

Composition: Lead Room

Composition: Lead Room

This was a very interesting exercise.  I learned some new things that I could do with my camera -especially about the macro mode.  The first picture looked pretty good on the camera,  but when I got it into Photoshop I realized that, although I had metered it for the light, the blue in the sky had become more white than I liked.  I was able to fix that with the Selective Color tool.  I choose the color white and then bumped up the cyan about 10 to give the sky a bit more blue.  The next photo I took inside next to a lamp.  I found that adjusting my levels, especially the black, gave me detail and color that would have been lost.  I also found the sharpen tool was useful for the small details and the word that was partially cast in shadow.  I think I learned the most in the next two photos when I was focusing on the foreground and background.  It took me a long time to figure out how to focus properly with the macro setting on my camera.  The sharpen tool was useful to bring out details on the focal point of the picture.

The picture with the strong leading lines was fairly easy to compose.  I put the stone pagoda on the vertical thirds and the bonsai runs close to the other thirds with it’s top close to the horizontal third.  The last picture of my cat has her on the thirds facing into the frame for lead room.  I would have liked to frame her eye on the third but her ear was more prominent with the light shining on it.

Project 2 Event Ad


Description:  A color event ad promoting a fundraiser using a scanner and Microsoft Word.

Process (Programs, Tools, Skills):  I scanned the picture that I had chosen.  Once I had scanned the picture using my printer, I realized that the picture did not work well with my audience and I had to choose another.  I then used Microsoft Word to size and position the picture and text appropriately.  I used the Insert > Shapes > Line to draw vertical and horizontal lines frequently to check alignment.  I used the Shapes feature to draw the stars and then changed the opacity to give them a less prominent look.  I created several boxes for my text with rounded edges.

Message:  My message was an invitation for the public to attend a fund raiser costume parade to benefit the Plaza Theatre Company, a local non profit live theater.

Audience: My audience is adults that are interested in  supporting the arts in the community.

Color scheme and color names: Complementary. Blue and Orange

Top Thing Learned: I learned that with proper design principles you can put together a professional event ad even if you don’t have the high end design tools.

Title Font Name & Category: Bodoni Standard Black Serif font.

Copy Font Name & Category: AvenirNext Light Sans Serif font.

Scanned images used, sources, original sizes, location of scanner used: Logo used with permission from Plaza Theatre Company’s website Photo’s Original size 8.5 X 11 taken from the October 2014 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Special Halloween Edition pg 36.   Photo was scanned by my HP Deskjet F2210 all-in-one printer.



Flier Project


  • Description: Flier Project
  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I sketched out the four required concepts.  I then brought those to a critique group and asked what they thought about the different designs.  From there I chose one concept and put it together for the critique process assignment.  I then took the feedback that I received at the critique and made changes to improve my design.  Changes that I made based on the feedback concerned alignment of the photo, sizes of text, and logo selection.
  • Message: I feel that the main message of the flier is to encourage participation in the leadership conference.
  • Audience: The target audience are graduates that are interested in increasing leadership skills.
  • Top Thing Learned:  I learned that there are countless valid ways to represent the same idea.  The most successful fliers depended on following the principles of design and had a unique focal point.   I also learned more about gestalt and how having central message can improve the gestalt of a composition.
  • Title Font Name & Category: Ebrima, Sans Serif
  • Copy Font Name & Category:Adobe Caslon Pro, Serif
  • Links to images used in this projectLogo  and photo