Finishing Up!

This is so bittersweet! My last post for wire106 and ds106 (hopefully not ds106)! This semester was so much fun and its all thanks to this class! Ds106 was my favorite class I’ve taken so far here at UMW and I’m really glad I decided to take it. I was on the fence over the summer and whether or not I should take it but I don’t regret that decision at all. I learned so much from this class and its helped me learn about what I potentially want to work with as a career. I can’t recommend this class enough!

This class was particularly special because it was an online class. Normally you would think an online class would just be you yourself and you. I think of an online class as sitting down in front of the computer for hours trying to understand the topic. That normally doesn’t work for me, I need hands on experience to learn a topic. I quickly found out that this class was anything but that! Between the weekly lunches, video discussions, and the group projects I quickly learned that this class was something special. I still had the face to face interaction that a traditional lecture class would have, but with no lecture! It was a great mix!

I think the assignments were the best part to the entire class, besides having to watch TV for homework. Although my stomach would drop at the beginning of the week when we all got the weekly emails with our quota for the week and I would be so overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, I really enjoyed them! I would always dread sitting down to plan them, but once I did I knocked them out all in one go. The beginning of the semester was a little rocky but once the semester was in full swing I got the hang of things and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget the skills I learned in ds106.

 

So as I’m writing this I feel like this:

The semester is almost over! That’s so exciting! But I also feel like this:

I don’t want this class to end! I just want to keep creating things and watching TV for homework! But I do realize that all great things must come to an end. Ds106 was a great chapter in my great novel of my life! So with that being said I don’t think this would be a weekly summary without showing you what I did this week! Take a look! And if you want to see what else I’ve done this semester check out my past weekly summaries at the end of this post.

Posts:

Beadie’s To-do List (4 Stars)

Move Away From the Cookie Jar (4 Stars)

Evolution of Beadie (4 1/2 Stars)

 

Assignment Cards:

Website Banner

Keeping Up With the Cast of the Wire

 

Tutorials:

The Book of Life Silent Film

TV-Trailer

 

Daily Creates:

My Favorite Assignment

 

Comments:

Lauren’s post Water+Rice

Carmela’s post The End Is Near; 15

Kisha’s post DS106 Wrap Up

Imran’s post 10 Seconds of Thanks

Travis’s post Annnnndddd Cut — Great Work Guys

 

Past Weekly Summaries:

Week 1: I was getting everything set up so there wasn’t a weekly summary!

Week 2: Not So Good Week 2

Week 3: Getting The Hang of Things

Week 4: A Crazy Week with Sound

Week 5: A Cool Week with Visuals

Week 6: An Interesting Week with Design 

Week 7: Audio Week

Week 8: Radio Show Week!

Week 9: Inspiration Week!

Week 10: Video Week!

Weeks 11 & 12: Videos Galore

 Weeks 13 & 14: Video Remixmas

 

Epigraph Movtivational Poster

Hiya! So for a mashup I decided to make a motivational poster but I wanted to incorporate the Wire as well. So I thought back through some of the assignments that I completed and I found the alternative epigraphs assignment. I knew that this would be perfect! So I found a picture that I took over the weekend, and tried to find a good epigraph that would go with the theme of the picture. And the epigraph from season 4 episode 8 “Corner Boys” fit the bill perfectly!

We got our thing, but it’s just part of the big thing ~Zenobia

The columns on the bridge might just have the one part but they all work together to keep the entire bridge up. Just like what Zenobia said. Now she didn’t literally mean the bridge but the picture gives the epigraph a whole new meaning.

I used PicMonkey again, just because it was easy access since I was at home. I uploaded the photo then I added the text. I used the font “Shadows Into Light Two” because I think the handwritten feel balances out the picture very well. I picked blue for the font color instead of the traditional black because it kept with the blue theme of the rest of the picture. I think it turned out well!

Here is the final product!

DesignBlitz

So this week was our design week, and just like last week where we had the photoblitz, this week we had a designblitz. There are many  different elements to design and we were supposed to find different ads around campus that showed different elements to design. My first instinct was to go to one of the bulletin boards that are all over campus. Here are the pictures I found!

This photo is an advertisement for SAE’s social media accounts. This ad uses two main design principles. One being dominance, in this space, the main catch is the SAE social media, which is the dominant part of the ad. There’s not much more room for anything else with in the ad. The next design element is color. This ad has a monochromatic color scheme. Even though there are other colors within the ad, the majority of the ad has a color scheme of blue. However, I don’t think this ad was very well made. There could have been more color added to the advertisement.

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This next photo is an ad for Maker Monday’s in the Think Lab. I think this ad is great, it explains what the event is, and it also incorporates a lot of color, which draws your eye to the ad. This ad also uses great balance and proportion. It was balance out well because it uses the rule of thirds for the most part. The green vertical column helps split up the ad drawing your eye around the ad. And as far a proportion it works with that really well. There isn’t one space within the ad that is taking over the space.

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This ad is a good example of minimalism. Even though the ad takes up all of the space, it isn’t too cluttered. It shows the perfect amount of balance. The lines at the top and bottom really balance the ad out. The image of the bread doesn’t overwhelm the space and the text fits in well with the space as well. The ad also has a sense of rhythm to it by allowing the viewer to look from the top to bottom.

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This ad has some design elements that it doesn’t use very well. There is too much going on within the space of the ad. There are two different dominant parts that are fighting to take the full space of the ad. The typography doesn’t let the image take over the ad, it overwhelms the space. It conveys a good message for Cheap Seats but it is just too overwhelming.

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I really enjoyed looking for different designs throughout the different ad and spaces throughout campus!

Bad Guy Business Card

Do you have anything that you want to smuggle across the ocean? Do you want to do it cheaply and efficiently? Well then call Frank! Frank is great at bringing things over secretly so no one knows where you got it!

I saw this assignment that Paul created about Bad Guy business cards. I thought this would be great to make for someone within The Wire. I was deciding between the Greeks, Nick Sobotka, or Frank Sobotka. I decided to go with Frank because he was the head guy at the port but he can also keep things under wraps. He also knew when the group was watching him. He was great at helping people out.

Now on another note I thought this would be a great advertisement for Frank’s “business” he runs with the Greeks. Now This business card would be useful before the end of season 2, so now this wouldn’t help at all. But I did have a lot of fun making this assignment! I used photoshop (again) to create this business card. I just placed the text then I took the truck from my Minimalist TV Poster to create the “logo” for Frank’s business. Frank was very good at keeping things under wraps, while still making things look like they were completely normal.

 

Three Things I Would Take on a Deserted Island

This assignment was fun! We had to pick three different things I would take on a deserted island. I used photoshop to add all of the images together to make one image. I decided to take a practical approach on this one. I would take a Kindle because I would have access to multiple books that I have loaded on this device. And the battery lasts for a long time. The next thing I would take with me is a knife. This would help me in tons of different ways because I could cut things, to make a shelter, cut food, and if possible defend myself. I picked a hunters knife specifically because it would be durable and would stand up to everyday wear and tear. The third thing I would bring is an eno hammock. These things are pretty durable, and they are easy to use. I would be able to set up a shelter pretty easily. It would keep me off the ground and away from possible animals.

This assignment evoked a lot of thought. There are multiple different things you can bring on a deserted island. These things can be totally different because you can have fun things but you can also bring serious things that would help you with surviving. I decided to combine the two by bringing two things that would be useful and one thing that would be entertaining.

Three things I would take on an deserted island

Website Banner

For this assignment, I decided to make another one! I saw the one called the Website Logo but I thought the Website Banner would be fun too! I decided to create the assignment because I was looking to create a banner for my website and I thought I could get credit for it too! I had a lot of fun creating this as well. While brain storming for this banner, i happened upon this idea to use different photos that I have taken. I used photoshop to place all of these photos together. Then I put my website tag on the photo as well. So this is what my banner turned out to be like!

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I’m going to explain the different photos here. I’ll go from left to right/and top row to bottom row:

The first photo (Top left) I took on a whim. I was just getting out of class one night this season and the sunset was really pretty! It looked like the sun set the sky on fire. The next picture was one I took over the summer while I was on a family vacation in New Hampshire. My family goes to the same lake every year. On this particular day the lake looked like glass. The next photo I took while on my trip to London over winter break. This was outside of one of the shops we went to. The photo to the right of that is the London Eye. this was taken on the same trip. While we were walking across the bridge to get to the Eye, I saw how cool it was to see the street light in front of the London Eye. On the bottom row, to the very left, I took this picture while on a hike to a place called “Shock Rock.” It was a hike up to rock that are under some power lines. If you stood up and put your hand up you could shock some one who was sitting on the rock itself. The view was incredible. The next photo was taken while I was walking through the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. It was a great spring day and this flower was so pretty. Next to that photo, is another photo from New Hampshire. This is the dock that extends into the lake. After that photo is another photo I took in the downtown part of Stowe, Vermont. There was a little patch of flowers like this one.

I really enjoyed making this assignment!

Here are the photos on flickr!

Redone Epigraph

Hi there! This assignment was a lot of fun! At the beginning of each episode in the wire, there is a quote that one of the character’s says during the episode. I took a quote from season 2 episode 9, from Rawls to create the new epigraph. The assignment was supposed to relate it to ds106 in some sort of way, and I thought this quote would be great for this assignment. Here is the original epigraph from the episode:The greek epigraph

So this is the second one! I decided to use Rawl’s quote because I think this fits perfectly for our course. If you look back at when The Wire was made (2003), ds106 hadn’t started yet. Its pretty cool to see how much development the course has made since then. This course wasn’t even an idea yet. And Rawl’s quote really fits the idea of a new world. So much of our lives are based online. Its interesting to see how much things have changed as far as technology since The Wire came out.

Here it is on Flickr!
Here it is on Flickr!

I created this second epigraph in photoshop. I first opened the original epigraph in photoshop. I then blacked out the text. After that I added Rawl’s quotes to the picture itself. I felt the default text wasn’t too Wire enough for the epigraph so I found another text that looked like a typewriter. I felt like this was a lot like the original text. As I’m getting used to the different tools of photoshop this actually became pretty easy! I really enjoyed making this!

Minimalist TV Poster

This assignment was interesting! I decided to use Photoshop for this one. I found this one kind of difficult as I was trying to figure out what I was doing while in Photoshop itself. But I definitely got the hang of it though! I really like the thought of this assignment, trying to capture the essence of the show with just a few things on the poster itself. So I started out with a new project in photoshop, where I made the poster an 8×11. Then I made the background this blueish purple color. I was trying out different colors because I wanted to get a color that conveyed what was going on in this season. Because this season is focused on the port, and international trade, I pick the blue. I put in the text after that, using the text box tool. After I found the right placement I googled truck clipart, to find the truck that was put in this poster. I had to cut out the background to just have the truck without the white background. Then I found the image of the broken pill. I put this on the truck because I thought this would say another thing about the season because of the smuggling that goes on in this season. I feel like the placement of the text combined with the placement of the truck helps balance out the poster as well. I really enjoyed trying to find good a good design for the poster, and experimenting with the different placements.

Here it is on Flickr!
Here it is on Flickr!

Keeping Up With The Cast of The Wire

Hi there! Since this week is Design, I thought I would go ahead and make my own assignment. I was looking through other assignments and saw one called Where are They Now? This assignment takes the cast of the Wire and looks to see what other works they did before/after their time on the Wire. The other assignment I mixed it with was through and infographic. Infographics are great for keeping all the information in one place! So with that said, I really enjoyed making this assignment. It was really cool to see where the actors/actresses ended up throughout their career. I am going to go through each character and explain in a little more detail about what other works each actor worked on. While doing research for this assignment, I really relied on IMDB and Google Images. IMDB was especially useful because I could get all of the information in just a few clicks.

I chose these actors because they had a great role in Season 2 Episode 9. Chris, aka Frank, wasn’t shown too much in the Episode but he was referenced a lot.

Dominic West: Dominic, a British actor, plays Jimmy McNulty on The Wire. After The Wire he was Sab Than in John Carter (2102). He was in a BBC show called The Hour (2012), where he played Hector Madden. He will be Noah in another HBO show called The Affair, which will premiere later this month.

Chris Bauer: Chris played Frank Sobotka in The Wire. Before The Wire however, he played George Higgins, or better know as Machine, in the movie 8mm (1999). After The Wire, he played the character of Jared Bankowski, in the tv show, The Divide (2014). Bauer may be well know for his role in the HBO series of True Blood (2008-). He played Andy Bellefleur, who funny enough is a cop.

Amy Ryan: Amy portrayed the character of Beatrice Russell in The Wire. After her role was finished, she played the role of Holly Flax in The Office. Holly was Michael Scott’s girlfriend throughout season 4 of the show and appeared throughout the show from 2008-2011. Personally, I was really excited when I found out that she was on The Office as well. After The Office, she was Dr. Adele Brouse in the show In Treatment (2010). She was recently, Abigal in the movie Escape Plan (2013).

Pablo Schrieber: Pablo was Nick Sobotka, Frank’s nephew. Pablo was in the TV series, Weeds (2011-2012). He played Demetri Ravitch. After Weeds, he was in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, where he played William Lewis, a character that was mainly in season 15. SVU is one of my favorite shows and it was cool too see how he portrayed the characters very differently. After he was on SVU he is most recently on the Netflix series Orange is The New Black. He played George Mendez.

Idris Elba: Idris is another British actor on The Wire. He played Russell “Stringer” Bell in The Wire. Elba was also in The Office, like Ryan. He was  Charles Miner, who was a character throughout season 5 (2009).  Idris and Amy were briefly a part of The Office at the same time. After The Office, Elba was Heimdall in both Thor movies (2011 and 2013). And in-between Thor, he was in Pacific Rim, as Stacker Penetcost (2013).

Well that’s all for now! I hope you guys enjoyed seeing where the cast of The Wire ended up!

Check it out on Flickr!
Check it out on Flickr!

 

Here are the photos I used in the infograph!

A New Spin on a Storyline

For one of my assignments, I decided to make an infograph narrating one of the episodes. I’ve seen a lot of inforgrahs before and they just look so cool! I’ve always wanted to make one. So I said why not! I put Season 2 Episode 1 “Ebb Tide” into an info graphic. It brings a new spin on the story line. (The quality of the image isn’t the greatest and it left some images out. You can find the actual inforgraph here.)

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I decided to do the first episode of the season rather than other episodes because this episode is full of new beginnings. So I thought this would sum up the episode nicely. It also introduces a lot of new characters, which is why I made the character charts. Making the infograph helped me piece together all the different things that went on during the episode. I went through the episode to gather the events into 3 different topics; the port, the law, and the street. I noticed that even though it is a different season, the producers still kept Barksdale’s ring in the plot. It was interesting to see how characters like, Avon, and Dee ended up. There are a number of new characters introduced in this episode especially since there is a whole new case for the season. The season focuses on the Port of Baltimore and some of the Longshoremen. There is Frank, Nick, and Ziggy Sobotka, “Horseface,” and Spiros who are all introduced in this episode. (There are definitely more introduced but these were the ones that stood out to me). Beatrice Russell, an officer for the port police, is the one who finds the case. She opens up a container that has a fake compartment where 13 girls were held, possibly through human trafficking. These girls died on the journey over.

To put this infograph together I took screen shots from different scenes. I then went through and found different head shots for each of the characters. I found this website called Piktochart that allowed me to create the info graph format. I got a lot of inspiration from the default layout. I just let the creative way take over from there. I arranged the different pictures according to where their character fit, and which event fell under the different 3 topics. It was really fun to put together and I really enjoyed this assignment!