Tech Mashup

This is a mashup of my fellow Elon University freshmen discussing technology and giving their opinions on it. As a class we attended a speech given by Dr. Jonathan Rosenberg, a creator of Skype, and after the presentation we had an assignment to submit a 20-15 second clip of us speaking about the speech and giving our thoughts on technology in general. I then took those individual pieces and created a mashup or word jumble of what each person said. This is my 1st mashup but I really enjoyed doing it and I will definitely be using this technique more in the future.

Elon Logos

Here are 3 different logos that I created for my school using Photoshop. I tend to like a lot of negative space in my designs and simple and clean is what I typically gravitate towards when it comes to logos. The theme of our 2013 winter term experience is diversity so that is why I included a globe in both of my winter term designs. My school of communications logo is very simple, but I like my use of color and negative space.

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Another stop motion video example- drink up!

Here is another example of a stop motion video. This one is more amateur than T-shirt War, but it still serves as a decent example of stop motion. What I like about it is that it’s simple but still has entertaining elements to it. In my opinion however, it is too long. I think 30 seconds to a minute would be perfect for this video, but 2.23 seconds is a little much. Although, it’s still a solid piece, and this is more like the kind of stop motion that I will be attempting for my project. T-shirt War is a bit too advanced for me right now, but taking an object and doing cool things with it seems to be right up my alley at this point, so this video has provided me with some inspiration as well!

Stop motion- it’s T-shirt time

Check out this awesome stop motion video that has reached 8,673,937 hits so far on YouTube. Think about how much time and effort went into creating this. I watch it and it just blows my mind! All the preparation and patience and precision that making this video must have required is incredible in my opinion. This is the best example of stop motion video that I have seen so far- not that I’m a master at finding great stop motion videos or anything.

I have an assignment for  a class to create a stop motion video and although it will not be up to par with this one, I now have a better idea of how to make one. This is such a creative idea and it’s entertaining and thoughtful and it’s excellently captured as well. Similar to T-shirt War, I want to use a compilation of photographs to create a video “flip-book” you could say. Enjoy T-shirt War and maybe you’ll find yourself being inspired as well!

multimediashooter.com exploration

The other day I was checking out multimediashooter.com, and I came across an inspiring page ( 8-rules-awesome-videos-and-inspiration-galore ) about creativity and motivation. It featured 10 different videos that are meant to motivate creators and get those creative juices flowing. A lot of these videos reminded me of what one of my college professors always tells my class. He says that although the creative process is grueling and troubling and often extremely frustrating, it is necessary. Without that self-doubt and aggravation, nothing great would ever emerge. All you have to do is get past that point; past that point of being so close to giving up that you almost do. Everyone is capable of being creative- you just have to find it within yourself.

My favorite video featured on this page is by Daniel Pink and it is called “The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us.” Pink explains to us an experiment that was done which reveals that there comes a point when money or other rewards do not motivate us anymore. Instead, what motives us is purpose. Humans have a desire to make a difference in the world and a lot of times we’re simply motivated by those means alone. Pink’s story is done very creatively with illustrations, and it’s something that you should check out.

Headers

These are a few blog headers I created using Photoshop. With each one I was going for a different look but at the same time still keeping a colorful and fun vibe, which is a big part of my personality. I love experimenting with fonts and color and making photographs look like paintings. On the second blog header I made my name by creating individual line segments and arranging them very specifically. The last header is probably my favorite- the signature-looking font adds a lot.

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Portrait gallery

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This is a small collection of a few of the portraits I have taken of various friends. Every person has a story to tell, and what I love about portraits is, that one picture can tell a whole lot about a person if it is taken right. Portraits are very intimate and revealing and I think they’re fascinating to look at and to take. A really good portrait evokes emotion from its viewers and when looking at it, it’s almost as if you know the person who is featured.

Agoraphobia (the fear of leaving one’s house)

This is a piece I wrote and edited for my digital media convergence class. We learn in class that in order to produce a successful and “good” story, the most important thing you need to do is introduce drama, heighten that drama, and then slowly bring the audience back down; that is what I tried to do with this piece. I used a lot of crops and mostly cuts from an Edward Hopper painting and there’s not a lot of motion, but I did that for a reason. I wanted to keep the images simple and clean and have my audience focus more on the dialogue than on fancy movements.

Andy Warhol mimic

 This is a self-portrait that I messed with on Photoshop in order to produce an Andy Warhol vibe. Andy Warhol has a very specific look to his art and it is easily recognizable and often mimicked. I thought I would give imitation a try and what better artist to imitate than Andy Warhol himself? He’s distinctive enough with his bold colors and unmistakable faces, and he is also highly admired. It was fun to play around on Photoshop and see what I could come up with. So this is me, Andy Warholified.

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