Design Creation 2 6/29/2020

This assignment is worth 2.5*. When thinking of the best sports moment of the past year it would be hard to not pick a play from Washington Capitals. The GIF I created through iFunny shows Washington Capital #13 Jakub Vrana scoring a goal in a shootout against Boston Bruins goalie #41 Jaroslav Halak. Vrana does a beautiful toe-drag to a top-shelf snipe which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Watch this clip numerous times and it will still make your jaw drop.
When creating this GIF I went to youtube and pulled the clip from a NBC video. I then imported the clip into iFunny and viola! We have our amazing GIF.

***Note****Given the restrictions of WordPress and iFunny simply cut and paste into browser to view

Design Creation 1 6/29/2020

This assignment is worth 3*. For the challenge to create a logo I was taken back to when I used to play Metal Gear Solid V- The Phantom Pain on the Xbox 360. One feature in the game allows you to set up your own personal mercenary base in the middle of the ocean and send your operatives out on missions to collect income, resources, and more recruits. The design I chose was a base shield shape with a white Pheonix (the phoenix is a part of my family’s crest) so naturally, I slapped the bird on my logo. In addition to this, I added two letters ‘F’ and ‘U’. You need not only use your imagination to determine what this means lol.
This logo actually turned out to be quite the popular one (base) to target in the online world, and I even got a few messages from the online players that matched up against my base reach out and tell me how humorous it was going through my base and seeing the logo on almost every wall. It is simple yet it got the message across. Although it didn’t really have the desired result to deter potential raiders it did provide for a funny experience when they did raid my base.
This feature in Metal Gear Solid where the player can design their own logo for the Mother Base is one that I love to play around for hours with when a game has a ‘design your own logo feature’. I know it is a relatively old game at this point but if you love stealth and action games you should definitely download Metal Gear Solid V- The Phantom Pain.

Vignelli Reading Reflection

Massimo Vignelli studied at the PORN (you learn something new every day) University in Milan between 1953-57. He ended up marrying one of his students after teaching her (interesting). In 1965 Massimo and his wife established Unimar International. With the aid of advanced computer technology, Unimar International became one of the leading professional Graphic Design corporations.
Lost yet? Well, this may help, have you ever taken the NYC Subway? Massimo was the man who designed that iconic map. That map of the subway system has influenced other cities public transportation, passenger navigation has never been easier when you are taking public transportation thanks to Massimo Vignelli. This ‘map’ was not meant to be seen as a map as it was intended to make the track routes more easily understandable to passengers. Vignelli also designed the American Airlines logo.
Massimo’s talents were not restricted to large companies such as American Airlines, he also created the Microsoft Word font, ‘Helvetica’. This font has become one of the most used type-faces in the world.

Visual Assignment 5- I finally got taller!

This assignment is worth 2*. This photograph comes from another one of my adventures in the district with my friends. This photograph was taken on accident as we sat down on a nice patch of grass on the National Mall in between Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. So we did what every tourist does when they visit the district, pose with Washington Monument either creating the optical illusion of you holding it or touching the tip.

To capture this photo all that was needed was a skilled camera operator and the right position on the National Mall to capture your desired photo. No unique expensive camera or advanced software required! You just need a skillful eye to recreate this photograph or one of a similar nature.

Summer Week 1 Summary

PhotoBlitz and reflection-
Photo Blitz!
Photo Blitz! Reflection Post

Visual Assignments-
Visual Assignment 1 6/22/2020- A Purple District Sunset
Visual Creation 2- I forgot my d*mn wallet!
Visual Creation 3- Shaken Not Stirred
Visual Assignment 4- The Coming Storm
Visual Assignment 5- I finally got taller!

Photography In Practice-
Walking Through the College of Southern MD- St. Mary’s City, MD

Daily Creates-
Daily Creation 6/20/20
The Daily Create 6/22/2020
Daily Create 6/27/2020

Reflection on the work I have done and the things that I have learned-
This first week in Digital Storytelling was an eye-opening experience, from the daily routine of blogging to keeping my eyes open for a picture of something that many would pass by or overlook. I found the visual assignments challenging yet enjoyable. I think that the story I am trying to tell is one of a mental journey to clarity in light of a tumultuous society brewing around this individual. It’s taking a second look at a tree and then noticing the red fox in the background 30 yards behind the tree that on first glance would have gone unnoticed. It’s about appreciating the small things in life for they are few and far between.

Visual Assignment 4- The Coming Storm

This assignment is worth 2.5 stars. When walking back home after playing tennis with my father I noticed an ominous cloud descending over the’703′. I was walking over an overpass which was on a hill overlooking the route 50. I thought that the contrast with the light still breaking through the cloud cover was very cool. Although it ultimately did not rain it still made me quicken my pace home to avoid any downpour. I am very fortunate to capture this breathtaking cloud formation.

To capture this scene I set my iPhone to ‘panoramic mode’. I then turned 360 degrees to capture everything around me. That’s the easy part, the hard part is finding a suitable surreal natural occurrence. I did not intend to take this photo, it was one of those things where you are thinking to yourself, “That might make a good photo”.

Visual Creation 3- Shaken Not Stirred

I have always been a fan of secret agent movies. Growing up my father made it his mission to make sure I watched every James Bond movie. I am very grateful for that because it is the knowledge and memories I gained were put to use for this task. When I discovered the Jason Bourne movie franchise I was instantly hooked, Bourne is essentially Bond but he is someone who is trying to right his wrongs instead of using the profession of the secret agent for a career because he was destined for this job in Bond’s case. ‘Casino Royale’ which came out in 2006 had a sequence at the end of the film where Daniel Craig’s James Bond was perched in a sniping position overlooking a villa where the head of the global crime organization resided. In the final moments, the crime lord’s phone rings from a call made from Bond’s phone and he shoots the criminal.

When making this meme I went to the internet and pulled an image of Jason Bourne behind his rifle. The whole idea for this meme works because in ‘Casino Royale’ the audience never actually sees Bond take the shot at the crime lord, only his voice is heard over the phone. By giving the audience the shot they never saw in a sort of deleted scene manner it would provide the viewers with another angle to an iconic ending to a terrific movie. To accomplish the text overlay on the image I uploaded it to Snapchat (I’ve used Snapchat as a very user-friendly IOS “Photoshop” platform). I then typed in my desired quote from the James Bond movie franchise and superimposed it onto a picture of Jason Bourne behind a rifle from the Jason Bourne movie franchise. This assignment is worth three stars (3*).

Visual Creation 2- I forgot my d*mn wallet!

When thinking of a good idea for my spubble I wanted to joke about something that could very easily happen to anyone. So what could be more ironic than going to the pet store to buy food for your dog and right when you get to the checkout lane you realized you have left your wallet at home. This actually happened to me recently but not at the pet store, earlier this week I was sent out by my mother to buy a case of water up the street at the local GIANT and I had to go back home to retrieve my wallet. This assignment is worth 2 stars.

Creating this spubble was very enjoyable and I was able to put my Snapchat skills to good use. First, a friend of mine took a base photo of me, which I then used the scissors tool in Snapchat to create a sticker of myself. While the edges may not quite line up I only think it adds to the originality of the spubble. Once I had an acceptable sticker of myself I looked around online to find a suitable pet store backdrop. Once I found my backdrop the rest of the spubble fell right into place. I was able to use a text box supplied by Snapchat to create my punchline, and VIOLA…here you have a man who went all the way to the store but could not buy anything because he forgot his wallet.