Marrissa Childs:The Complexity of Writing as Information Design 3305 Final portfolio

DO I REGRET IT?

I do not regret this course. This semester was full of complications for me, NOT only in the classroom, but outside of class as well. I learned that taking information and compressing into a smaller form is way more difficult to do if we simply think about the actual programs it takes to do those things. Of course, the material looks difficult at first glance, but the process is so much more tidious. During this process I grew to appreciate the difficulty of the programs.

Color and Execution

One of the things I did enjoy was being able to create my own color schemes. It made me realize just how important the colors can be for identifying things and dividing information. In a way it forced me to see how important alignment and organization was for a project. What I found to be the most difficult was the executing all of my ideas or having last minute ideas. The last minute ideas made me feel a little bad once I did them, but I wanted to try anyway.

THE LOGO

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY?

The Purpose

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT WAS TO CREATE A LOGO THAT YOU COULD USE TO PROMOTE A BUSINESS OR IDEA. I CHOOSE TO KIND OF FEED OFF OF MY GROUP PROJECT IDEA FROM TECHNICAL WRITING.

The Colors

The main purpose of this LOGO was to try and promote the Mothers Against Drunk Driving on a College Campus.This would be a RSO program for UCA. The colors were not hard to figure out because I knew that in order to appeal to students at UCA that it should have the school colors. I used a sort of gradient to give the center circle a sort of mixture in school colors. THe Red in the mix mya seem off initially, but it is important to also represent MADD As well. So, I had to recreate a new shade of red that would not offset the rest of the project. The symbols each meant something to the concept, but none them really fit. This is the part that I enjoyed about this project. I was happy with the colors I choose and I had a logic to why I choose the images.I was particularly happy with them, though, becasue They don't Really fit together. I tried to force them to fit through using Image Trace and changing the colors of the images to fit my imperfect vision.

The Execution

The most difficult part was using the Adobe Illustrator as my overall tool. It was my first time and even though we practiced as a class, I felt like I was completely worthless at it. No matter what ideas I had I ended up throwing them to the side after waisting time tryign to figure out how to do it.I WAS ALMOST NEAR TEARS TRYING TO DO CERTAIN THINGS, I FINALLY JUST GAVE UP ON IT. I FOUND MYSELF NOT BEING ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER I WAS FINISHED ARE NOT. THE EXECUTION OF THIS PROJECT WASN'T REALLY FINAL. I DECIDED THAT I WOULD TURN IT IN BECAUSE I NEEDED A GRADE FOR IT, BUT I WOULD GO BACK TO IT AND FORCE MYSELF TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK WITH ILLUSTRATOR. I LET MYSELF TO BE INTIMIDATED WITH THE PROGRAM INSTEAD OF RELAXING AND JUST DOING WHAT I COULD. THIS IN TURN AFFECTED MY EXECUTION OF THE PROJECT.

DidI learn anything?

I learned that I shouuldn't be intimidated by the programs because I could really have a great flow and then ruin everything beccause I am frustrated about the purpose of one tool. It can ruin my entire execution. So, I should really work on trying to do what I can ,when I can. The process is tedious enough. I honestly believe that there is a reason for that. The program forces you to pay attention to the decisions that you make as a the creator.

Change?

I would change alot of things about this project. I would change the images I used and the complete shape of my center shape. I tried to look deeper into some different logos because I can't help, but think that my logo is missing something. Orignally, I wanted to add a motto around my center shape, but the text path tool wouldn't allow me too. So, it was difficult to do that. I would definitely try to figure out how to do that.

THE RESUMES

I KILLED THIS AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME ANYTHING DIFFERENT! THANK YOU! ( I didn't get the job. : l )

The Purpose

This was simple a way to recreate our resumes and give them our own flair. at the time I was hoping to get a job with Bluecross blueshield.So, I was tailoring my resumes with those types of jobs in mind.

The Colors

I found this project so fun because I got a chance to express myself more. I hadn't never been told how a resume needs to look. But during class I really appreciated the fact that it kind of felt like we were given free will to do whatever we wanted to do. I loved that a resume is really meant to express who you are. I really did that alot with the colors. I am a pretty simple person, but I am bright as well. I am not wild , but i am creative and like to have fun. so, with this project the use of color was suppose to express that. i also did alot with the fonts , which ended up a downfall for myself, but i was still pleased with my use of font. (hehehe)I think thAt this was the assignment that Made me use color to help me align and balance my information. I realized that just simply having lines defeated the purpose making my own resume. so, i decided to add color to divide up those things that were important and different. Adding color to my diffrerent fonts was also a big help in division.

The Execution

I really didn't have alot that I was sad about in this project. I was able todo things that I thought would work and I did it the way that I felt was who I was. The only problem I had with this was trying to figure out whether my alignment was okay. For the first resume I liked the idea of having a left margin on a resume, but I also thought that it would be cool to put both the left margin form and the two-column form in one resume. I also felt that if I did that then it may just give me more room to add things that may not be on someone else's resume. Which it did give me more room, but what I did in the space left is what kind of ruined my execution. There was this need for a filler there and I wasn't sure what was okay to add to the resume. Since the empty space was under skills, i decided to kind of expand on my skills and hobbies. I failed because I misspelled things, but that was because it was apart of my last minute decisions. I was also second guessing alot while doing that part. On my Second resume I was really having a hard time with fitting everything on their because of the left margin form. Luckily, I found out that I could make it easier on myself by deleting some things. During this assignment I ended up realizing that I am a very in exeperienced College student and I hated that part of it, but other than that I loved it. My execution in my eyes was mostly about going back over my words. While the benefit of the ADobe programs is to be able to create extremely unique deisgns and edits, it doesn't really help you with little things like spelling and the using the grammar. So, that was a failure on my part.

Did I learn anything?

During this assignement I learned that I can express myself in any project, but I have to know how to do so in a way that is clear and certain. I think that in this class I wasn't quite sure what was okay and what was going overboard. So, you could see that in final projects. There are some places where I did what I wanted to do, but I wasn't really confident in it. For example, for my skills on the Second resume I used the shaping tool in Indesign to create my Hexagons, but I wasn't sure how to get it all to line up and have it all fit on the page. You can kind of see where I had a hard time on that. IF compare the two Resumes , you can see which one I had the most confidence in because I was expressing myself differently on each one.

Change?

I think that on this assignment I would change the spelling, of course, but I would also just rewrite my entire hobbies section on the first resume. When I was writing it I wasn't sure what was appropriate to mention to the employer. I didn't know if I should go into detail about my love Korean entertainment or talk about other things that I do besides enjoy Korean stuff. ( I don't do anything else. Pahahahaha : D) So, I did have a hard time with that - one of my last minute ideas. I would also decrease my font use and try to take it to only using two. I would change my second resume to a different form. I am not sure if it would be like the second one or just be an entire to coloumns, but I am pretty sure I would try to do something a little more unique like splitting it up into four boxes or something.

THE INFOGRAPHIC:

Bangtan Sonyeondan

(Full Infographic)

CLOSE UP VIEW! YAY!

Title and Introduction of each member of BTS. What I felt was the most important aspect of the Infographic. It took three hours each for me to get this part half-way decent. I loved it!
Composition list. Each song that each individual member has the help compose is listed from all of the Korean albums from 2013-2017.
Written List. This list is each song that each member had a part in writing the lyrics to.
My graphs came out awesome. They do not look awesome, but they were. I worked hard on them and I was proud of figuring them out. These graphs are meant to simplify the the list into specific categories.
Graph 1: Composition V.S. Writing Work ( When I was doing this I had to figure out whether it was really worth creating a graph, but after I had to count all of the songs myself I realized that the answer to that question is "Yes".
HOW MANY SONGS HAVE YOU COMPOSED, BTS?
HOW MANY SONGS HAVE YOU WRITTEN, BTS?

The Purpose

THis project means alot to me because it represents something and some people that I truly love. It is also meant to be a way to show the difference between this group and alot of other groups in the Kpop industry. This is meant to be a infographic that can't give guidance to a bts fan or for a new comer. They get a chance to see how well the boys work on their music and just how hard they work.

The Color

The color in this piece was the center of everything. IT was very important that the colors went with the right album and that the right album was with the right song. It was also crucial that every song was aligned with the correct member.I had the hardest time with this because I had to create Character styles on InDesign and appply them where they were needed. On one hand, that made it very simple, but creating them drove me a little crazy. Color and Alignment came into play when I was trying to section off the list and the list labels.(The labaels are the little signs with the mini wings on them.) I had to decide how I was going to align the list in a way that all of the songs would fit on the page while at the same time giving it enough room to not look Clustered. It may seem like color didn't have affect on that , but it did. I had to make sure that the each color choice not only fit the concept of each album, but also that they stood out for the audience to be able read them clearly and without alot of second glances. Color also played a heavy part in the creation of the graphs. I tried to make sure those colors matched the things and people that they were supposed to, but at the same time having those colors be bright enough to stand out and show just how important piece of data was.

The Execution

I was in love with the first half of my final product. The last minute idea was in the way I made the graphs. I was having a hard time trying to figure out how to make the Graphs in illustrator. So, first I worked through them on excel and then figured what the graphs are meant to look like. Then I recreated them in illustrator. (MAnnne, When I tell you that that was a process all of it's own.) I Also felt that because my graphs were last and the process took longer then it should have that I ended up placing them in an awkward place. If I had used excel the final product would look way worse.

Did I learn anything?

I learned that I seriously love Indesign and it is one of the coolest things that I have ever learned to work with. I was so in love with it. illustrator proved to be less frustrating. I also learned that taking a deep breath and just really trying to get a good understanding of the program can help you alot. I also figured out that I should try to learn a few more tricks to alignment. I am a person that loves to use the zig-zag trick to try and keep the page from looking cluttered. I very much want to learn more about that. I also realized that I am very detailed person. I need words. I can't deal with images as well as I can read words. So, creating a infographic was tedious. I disliked creating the graphs. Often times, I think that the problem with infographics is this need to search for all of this information across a page. There are graphs everywhere.there are details here and there. I find it a little irritating.

Change?

THe first thing I would change is the actual orientation of the document. I would make it long horizontally. I was thinking that since my graphs are in an awkward position , i could actually try to put them on both sides of my list. so, On one side the "Compostion V.s. Writing" could be on the bottom and the other two graphs could be on the left and right of the lists. I would also change the font of the members names. I felt that my alignment was strong and color scheme was great. I think that it really serves it's purpose as it is though.

Finally

* Said in a Jungkook graduation voice*

I really liked the class. It was difficult for me, but I learned alot from the programs used. I also learned alot about myslef. I am someone that have alot of ideas, but when i am really not into it they can get scrambled in my head and come out wrong on paper. I am someonet that maybe better in giving ideas over putting them together. I love the challenge though. IT is fun to successfully figure out the system and the things that you can do with a project.

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Created with images by Greyerbaby - "daisies daisy flowers" • Fitze - "half moon sky blue" • PIRO4D - "back to school colorful pens"

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