Wrap-Up Blog Post

Chandler Wysup
Comm 210-09
Final Blog Post

I think it is so cool how so much of what we learn every day and what we retain has to do with what we see. An image can remain in someone’s memory for their entire life. Visual information fascinates me and that’s why my favorite project this semester was our most recent one, the video story. All except one of our projects utilize visuals, but this one utilized audio as well as video which made the project extra challenging. It’s so cool how great audio can enhance an image and vice versa. I really enjoyed videotaping something I do with my brothers all the time and they think my final video is hilarious. Hayden, my littlest brother keeps asking if any “ladies” are going to see him in the video so it’s awesome to me how they enjoy this as well. I think the skills I have used in this project especially will benefit my career in the future. My family owns a business and my dad does almost all the marketing on his own for it and makes his own commercials so I think that the skills I’ve learned here will translate really well. I think that the illustrator project also helped me for if I ever make a logo for a business of my own and make business cards or anything. There’s so many ways this all could fit into my career. The class didn’t change or influence my decision in choosing my career, but it has enhanced my chances and skill within the career I have chosen which is great. I feel like we covered a lot in this course and I can’t think of anything that I wish we would have covered. They all tie in together in some way, and this was even evident in the last project. I experimented with audio in premiere and it didn’t work too well for me so I did the audio editing in audition, and put this new edited version back into premiere. I think we covered a great amount of content and were all relevant and could be tied in together, which made none of it redundant and gave each topic and unit worthwhile and meaningful. Mostly the only other websites I used the adobe website and they had some nice tutorials. I especially used them for Photoshop and Premiere. Overall, I loved the class and I think I will use this stuff in the future with my career and in my family business. My dad is pretty old-fashioned and even he is becoming more technology savvy, and I’m seeing how the industry is becoming more reliant on media and communications outlets. I really enjoyed the class and it was set up in an awesome way where we could always get help where it was always prompt, as well as our assignments always being returned promptly and with feedback. I have definitely already started recommending this class to my friends because it is so great!

Thank you!


Final Audio Story

For my final audio story I wanted to make a few major additions to what I had in my rough draft. A lot of feedback I got from classmates and my instructor suggested that I add an intro and conclusion to explain more about what the interviews are about and talk a little more about me. The conclusion helps in just wrapping up the piece as a whole and also gives a little more thought on to how I feel about my topic, which was living in Pullman and having my family in town with me. For the final audio story I wanted to keep the two interview clips I previously had with my dad and my brother because I thought they were the most entertaining and insightful. Some feedback I got suggested that instead of having my brother’s goofy interview first after the interview, I put my dad’s in first because it was a more serious clip. After that I thought it would be good to have a transition to my brother’s interview and talk about why my family is important to me and about my brother’s interview. I decided to leave in the intro to that interview because I wanted to leave in his “excellente” and I didn’t see how I could without my intro to him. Worth it if you ask me because it was pretty funny. After that I made a short conclusion just summing up the topic and how I feel. As for the mechanics and editing parts of the project, I focused on cutting out more unnecessary pauses because some people thought that it could be made shorter and more concise. I also worked with editing the volume so every part of the whole piece was around the same decibel range and no parts were overly loud. I also phased out the background music for part of my brothers interview all the way instead of slightly because I found out that what I thought was background noise was part of the song which was kind of annoying. I wanted to keep background music in slightly though throughout the rest of the piece because I thought it kept a nice tone and mood throughout. Some feedback thought I should phase it out completely though during the interviews but some thought it should be there. I thought it sounded best and most professional with a little background music as long as it wasn’t overpowering. Overall, I really liked the topic choice of how my life has been with my family living in Pullman and it talks a little bit about why I wanted to stay here to go to school here at WSU. I’m happy with all the feedback I got and it really helped me improve on my audio story.

Draft Audio Story

This is a very incomplete mix of my rough draft audio story for com 210. I still need to work on it a lot but I like the theme of it so far and the content but it is still a little messy. I am wondering what you guys think in terms of the intro I did and if that is something that works for this assignment? Should I have a conclusion? I thought for now and maybe even later no conclusion might work because the final words of the interview kind of sum up the topic pretty well and if I did add anything in it would be something pretty small just wrapping it up. I put together 4 different audio clips together not counting the music and mashed them up and cut out any unnecessary “ummm” like noises and faded them together and changed the volume for any parts that were too quiet with the volume decibel bar. Once I start talking I fade out the music and have it lightly in the background. Do you guys think it’s too quiet or just right? I think there might need to be some transitions as well that I add between the clips maybe explaining the story a little bit more. I just need to try to fit it into 3 minutes which is a problem because I am known to overdo it when it comes to limits (a 5 page paper may end up being 8 pages for me). As for content, I think where I have lived and my family have a huge effect on the person I am and I think focusing on my family’s thoughts of me and the place we have lived for 10 years is a great way to cover the topic of me! I think the music goes great with the topic as it is kind of upbeat but not overwhelming and it pauses it has make it easy to find a stopping place and to fade it out when I am completed. My laptop’s video recorder worked great and when there wasn’t any noise in the background, the sound levels I got in the program were great so I think I will stick to that recording device in the future. As for unnecessary background noise, there is a lot of it in the last half of my draft with my interview with my dad. I think it’s my little siblings but I can’t really tell. Do you guys know of any way to use an effect to reduce background/ambient noise? If not maybe I should just re-record that interview. So far I am happy with how this has turned out but I know I can change a lot to improve it and look forward to the Feedback!

Also thanks to Minor Threat Recordings for listing the background music under the free to share and remix CC license! Here’s the link to where I got the song.

Raw Audio Footage

Here are my Raw Audio Footage clips on SoundCloud. I didn’t include my tutorial but I do think I will use that and it is already posted below. I will probably continue to add more though to eventually include in my Audio Story.

These are some interviews I did with my family over the past 2 days. I asked them all what they felt about Pullman to hopefully make a compilation of a bio of where I live and why I love it but sadly they did not take it as seriously as I thought. I will for sure use my Dads and maybe the other ones or have them do a re-do with me.

Final Illustrator Logo

I’m really happy with how my final logo turned out. I improved it a lot based on my feedback I got from my instructor and my peers. The majority of the feedback I got had to do with the texture and size of the W part of my initial as well as the appearance of the C. The C was thinner in the handle area so that needed to be fixed and the W didn’t have the metal appearance I was looking for yet. I was told that it might look a lot better if I Moved the text of my name into the space between the magnet prods next to the W so I did that and made the font red like the Magnet itself. I also made the “handle” part of the magnet thicker because it was distorted to be thinner than the prods. I think this change also made it look more like a C. As for the W, I had a really hard time getting it to look like metal. This was probably something I could have done in Photoshop with mixing layers but with vectors it was really difficult. I decided to use a grain effect and played with the presets of the intensity and stuff a lot until it looked like a brushed steel W. I’m really happy with how much it looks like metal now because of the gradients of gray that are in it as well. I also added a drop shadow to make everything stick out just a little bit more. There is one thing that I couldn’t quite understand and that is that the W looks pixely sometimes. Sometimes when I open the file it looks foggy (due to the effect, I tried enhancing it and expanding the appearance to help it a little bit) and other times it is perfectly normal so I hope on the Jpeg it decides to cooperate with me! all in all, I got a lot of great feedback ranging from the concept of my logo, to the technical pieces of it and it really helped me improve it and I think that is clear through the changes in my rough draft and my final draft and I am happy with the results! I think my initials and the play on gravity or magnetism emphasizes the focus on me.

Thanks for all the help!

As for the resources I used this time for the W, I found two ways to make a metal look. One way was with the graphic pen effect but that didn’t work at all for me… here are the links to those sources. http://vectips.com/tutorials/create-a-brushed-metal-texture/ http://layersmagazine.com/brushed-metal-effect-in-adobe-illustrator.html Final Magnet

Self Critique of Draft Logo

Looking back on my logo draft, I think it was a good start and I’m proud of it because I think it is pretty creative. After not looking at it for a few days, it’s nice to see it in a fresh perspective. I got some great feedback that I can used to make my logo better though from both peers and my instructor. I really appreciate when someone tells me exactly what they think I should do even though that isn’t always possible because it is just a suggestion and we don’t always know how something will turn out but I’m glad there are certain things that stick out as easily fixable like font placement, shape of my magnet, and affects that I can use or other shapes to add more pizzazz to my logo. I was hoping someone would have an idea of exactly HOW to make something look metal, so instead I will just have to do some more experimentation and can hopefully get the W in my logo to look more metal. I was also told to maybe add more to the logo but I think one of the best properties of a logo is simplicity so I will experiment with it but won’t be set on any additions. All in all, I got great feedback that will definitely help me improve my logo. I really appreciate it!

Draft Logo

Before I came up with an idea for my draft logo, I just looked through all the required readings for the assignment and looked through tons of real company logos that are used today, and were used many years ago. What I gathered in my research is that not every logo has things in it that have anything to do with their product or services. For example, McDonald’s arches are not burgers yet it is their extremely iconic logo. The purpose of a logo is to capture the attention and some bit of memory from your audience. When I look at logos, I don’t just want to focus on good ones but also the bad ones because both good and bad logos can be memorable in either positive or negative ways. Even fortune 500, household name companies can have goofy, or lackluster logos and because of their prominence, it can be a marketing curse being stuck with that image. After a few days of just fooling around on Google and looking at logos trying to get ideas, I ended up making a few drafts and wanted to pick the one I liked the most, which is the one I have uploaded here. I didn’t choose others because in the required reading it listed a few important aspects of logos that my other drafts didn’t have. For instance, a logo should be scale-able and should look just as good on a business card or a phone screen as it would on a poster. I think a centered logo looks very balanced especially when you consider the teeter totter/ weight scale rule we saw in the video tutorial last week. If it is a centered logo, there isn’t any element of the logo that outweighs the other elements skewing the focus of the image. My magnetic logo is centered and I think so far has decent balance but it isn’t symmetrical. As you can see, the W dips lower than the magnet because the magnet wouldn’t just stick to the W in a perfectly symmetrical way. If I was trying to win over the attention of some ladies, I could say that my magnetic logo really emphasizes my magnetic personality and my immediate attractiveness. That isn’t the purpose though and to this point I like the design and I think the force of attraction or magnetism emphasizes the focus on me. The focus on my fits the my theme. Perhaps there are other things than just the W that should be pulled to the magnet? Should effects be added? are the size of the magnet and W adequate? What do you guys think? I’m really hoping that I can improve a lot on this draft with your guys’ feedback and what will make it look the best.

The way I made the magnet was I used two rectangles for the prods with the rectangle tool along with two smaller grey rectangles for the magnetic ends, and I made 2 circles with the ellipse tool. Half of the circles overlapped with the prods so to get it to look like a normal magnet I used the pen tool to cut out the other halves of the circles so they would match up with the prods to get the curved magnet. There’s a slight color gradient so let me know what you think the best color for it would be! The W is a just 4 rectangles put together. I couldn’t get text to have a gradient and I want the W to look metal so it would be attracted to the magnet. I’m hoping to improve on that as well so hit me with ideas! I also downloaded an electric font to use to put my name on the magnet in-case it wasn’t clear that the image is my initials and the lighting bolt style of the font goes with the force of magnetism.

I like the progress so far of this but I’m really looking for feedback on what I can do to improve so thank you guys!.

http://www.thelogofactory.com/logo-design-tips/, http://design.tutsplus.com/articles/30-brilliant-vector-logo-designs-deconstructed–vector-338, http://zankrank.com/Ranqings/Default.aspx?currentRanqing=worst%20logos%20ever,
magnet maybe done

Final Graphic Collage

For my revision of my graphic collage I got a lot of great peer and instructor feedback along with people outside of the class to see what I could do to improve on my rough draft. It was difficult deciding what to change because for example, some people thought the overall image was too bright and that I should reduce the vibrance, while others thought I should try to make the image pop even more with color. I decided to drop the vibrance and color balance a little because some feedback thought that it would draw more attention to the collage as a whole and not be overwhelming. Some of the other feedback I got was about the 3D text I used. It did end up looking a little rough around the edges and I was given ideas on blending it better or adding some effects to the text layers to make them blend a little better, as well as dropping the opacity slightly so it seemed less sharp. I also added another 3D text layer to kind of explain the purpose of the collage a little more. In my original collage the only text was “My universe.” It might be a little self-explanatory but with the feedback I got, I thought it would really help to open up on that a little more so I added “Friends and Family” because that is what constitutes my universe (cheesy I know). I also changed the lighting of the 3D text layers so it looked like the shadowing was coming from the bright blue planet bellow. I also put all the pictures I used together in the middle over the moon to show that these things are the center of my universe while adding some outer glow, bevel and emboss, and stroke effects to add to the 3D theme sort of and make the images pop off of the background.

Nothing about the theme of my collage changed as I really liked my progress the first time I submitted it. I still wanted a collage that looked well put together, like it took a lot of time and effort for a rookie like me, to show images that sum up my weirdness and what’s important to me, and to just express myself. I got a lot of constructive feedback from peers, instructors, and people outside of the class and I’m really happy with how my first ever Photoshop creation turned out and like seeing the differences between my first draft and this one. The amount of fiddling and backtracking due to mistakes has really gone down a lot between the time of the beginning of this unit, and up until the submission of my final graphic collage.

Here are also the citations and links to the 3 pictures I used (no changes were made to those 3 besides color balances from the first draft until this one), which are all under the free to remix CC agreement.

Sweetie187. “Space.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 12 Mar. 2011. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5518992555/in/photolist-bTgqWn-9pGhd4-9pGgQg-9pKiho-9pKhUm-9pGfXt-9pGgw8-9pKiEC-b8VdVc-4tx8TR-2ARhsT-iQiAx3-bNizEt-bNizrt-bzoVPo-bNiziX-73QCyX-iY2g1b-aC6dCi-9p2g8C-bu9fK-8zMrjp-fDVD71-hf4z6-9RpstC-72hXSg-dFxFBv-3MiXpn-87Te8V-7D9Eyf-9mKYWk-dd9c8g-cCTs3j-wCUX7-47zLGV-9p72ri-HFzzD-mfJeo-7CfoiH-ddtmtv-2miSSi-fLcamn-iQizjS-2xHS4v-7eo7Jo-73zAEn-kjkJ5N-bpixTw-oMZJdP-8e1Pdt&gt;.

Sweetie187. “Space.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 02 June 2011. Web. 26 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5519580228/in/photolist-bTgqWn-cb14DC-9pGhd4-9pGgQg-9pKiho-9pKhUm-9pGfXt-9pGgw8-cPcpqj-cPctMU-9pKiEC-cPcrDm-bAWvdk-o9xe37-b8VdVc-7Tby25-5Lnfk9-bHxiWx-9Ej29K-9XwA5y&gt;.

Spencer, Kenneth. “Moon 100614.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 07 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Jan. 2015. . (some rights reserved- free to share and remix) <https://www.flickr.com/photos/kendo26/15280817250/in/photolist-oq1roA-pC6VVv-phjbAo-oGWTUF-oQnpMc-oGeRwX-oFngcJ-oRiecr-qmw69R-oC1csd-orpXdX-oD9WWq-pw1cqC-pGTJfz-pVPczU-pFySvB-p8RoAx-ovnWWw-oHYYDu-piFsmS-pCnva1-pcmm5R-q1Xup3-p8Xs92-pcDjXg-paioFF-pbPcS4-pgHeyf-qdH2sF-pnDBKN-peAT8G-p6Gseq-phWsdJ-pGcH9h-oWETWa-pUY5ig-qkUKcJ-pDXPkc-pcvu5M-oScu7y-pau4FP-puKyyF-pjqALR-ptGU1i-pwmrED-pDzQ3H-pGPp4N-pGgY8L-pid3mW-p9EgS4&gt;.

All 3 sources are linked to this message- https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/