It’s been an interesting week for sure. I never really expected to do anything in person for this class, especially with the format and the professor not even being at UMW. But we had an in-person meeting at the conferencing building on campus, and my group and I were able to get a much better perspective on where to go with our project. I’m not a huge fan of Zoom meetings because I tend to not be engaged and get very bored, but being able to do this in person really helped get us on the right track.
My group also met once beforehand over Zoom, but I was working and wasn’t able to join this meeting. However, in the second meeting I found that they had already delegated some things for me to do, and I immediately got started with it.
We’ve already started our script, and we are currently working on getting together to rehearse some of our lines for the recording. I’ve completed two commercials for the project, and there are several other things that I’m also currently working on to expedite this process.
Here is my first radio commercial, which I will also use for my group’s project. It’s for paint thinner. It took me way too long because I’m only just re-figuring out Audacity, which is software I used a little bit years ago. But now…… Not so confident.
I’m not using Soundcloud because I don’t like the lack of privacy, this stuff is only for Ds106, not for anybody else to view.
I’m still working on figuring out Audacity, so anything not involving Audacity is a good thing right now. Having fewer assignments this week made it a lot easier for me to increase the quality of what I’ve been able to produce.
For this assignment, I chose to turn Jacob’s Ladder (1990) into a book cover. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I would have been interested to see a book version of it. Well, there is technically a book version but its more of a script than anything….
I took an existing poster, and replaced the center of the poster with a slightly ripped depiction of Jacob’s Ladder, as referenced in the Bible.
This was a pretty interesting article. Immediately, just by looking at the work discussed, it really catches the eye. Even if it’s now super detailed, or interesting, which most of his work frankly isn’t. Though when your audience is primarily children, I supposed it matters less if your artwork actually means anything, but rather if it catches their eyes as the targeted audience. Some of the historical designs featured in the same article also seem to go after simplicity, which really isn’t a horrible thing when most people aren’t exactly staring at something like a book cover to uncover the mysteries of life.
Looking through Reading posters over time, there are some pretty horrible-looking ones out there. Most of the time, I was just staring at some of them and wondering who exactly is telling me to read books.
So I decided to go with a more thorough approach. I have Photoshop on my computer from my previous school, who forgot to deactivate my Adobe account I guess.
So once upon a time, I had a legitimate business card for a legitimate business that my friend and I ran. It had all of my actual-ish information on it, and was used for a few months. But, we got rid of that business eventually and I haven’t really had a business card since.
Again, I had a business card for myself last year when I was working for an insurance company doing property inspections. But, thankfully my boss decided to not put my personal cell phone number on the card, which was great because I don’t like talking to customers on my own phone.
So, for this assignment, I decided to have some fun with it and not explicitly do a business card promoting myself in a conventional manner. I’ve already had too many boring, ordinary business cards, and what’s adding another one to the pile going to do? But I did put the actual link to my blog in the card itself, so that works, right? I also admittedly do not live on Sesame Street, though that would be pretty cool if it were true.