Have you ever talked to someone with a disability that affects the way they use the Internet? My group of fellow students in DTC 475 Digital Diversity class at WSU Vancouver are working on our Final Project right now, which is about Web Accessibility best practices relating to people with cognitive disabilities in particular. Why are we focusing so much? For a few main reasons, which you’ll see below. In case you want to skip to the web accessibility survey, feel free to click on that link. Continue reading Exploring Accessibility Survey: Web Design Best Practices for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Question & Answer
Which project was your favorite?
My favorite project for COM 210 was definitely the logo project (Graphic Design Project), in which we had to learn from some blog posts (vectors, gestahlt, and logos) and videos (logos, contest), come up with an idea, do some research, sketch our ideas, then start to work in Adobe Illustrator. Continue reading COM 210 Reflection
- Idea and Inspiration
- Design Process
- Technical Details
- Sources and Materials
Idea and Inspiration
For this project, I felt it would be helpful to produce a video case study of one of my past projects that could show how all the elements of a website design fell into place because I was focused on properly balancing my interests with those of my client. It was about the narrative website I designed in DTC 355 (multimedia authoring) in the CMDC program here at WSUV for my most recent employer, A to Z Blinds, where I worked for about three years prior to returning to school to try and finish my degree. Continue reading Video Project: Final Draft
Idea and Inspiration
For this project, I felt it would be helpful to produce a video case study of one of my past projects that could show how all the elements of a website design fell into place because I was focused on properly balancing my interests with those of my client. It was about the narrative website I designed in DTC 355 (multimedia authoring) in the CMDC program here at WSUV for my most recent employer, A to Z Blinds, where I worked for about three years prior to returning to school to try and finish my degree. Continue reading Video Project: Rough Draft
This week’s tutorials were for the Adobe program Priemere Pro CC, which is one of the more popular video editing applications. In the first of the two tutorials, I had to take footage of two subjects (I chose my raspberry plants and a cherry tree in my backyard) and add audio, transitions, and text effects. In the second tutorial, I had to use some pre-supplied video clips, some historical images of Murrow Hall at WSU Pullman, and my own voice-over audio, then add transitions, color effects, and credits. The videos are below 🙂 Continue reading Premiere Pro Tutorials
Why Use Vector Based Graphics?
Many new designers might wonder why they would ever want to spend the extensive amount of time and energy required to learn another image manipulation program on top of Photoshop or GIMP, such as Illustrator or Inkscape. As it turns out, applications such as Illustrator are able to create vector graphics rather than raster graphics, which are pixel-based images like digital photos that become pixelated when scaled up. Vector graphics are based on lines, curves, and other mathematically calculated shapes, so they are infinitely scalable, whether you are trying to make a billboard or a phone icon.
In this set of tutorials, I was initially going to use Inkscape, an open source alternative to Illustrator, but I decided not to since it isn’t as fully functional and would be a bigger risk of wasting a lot of time to get very little done. After finishing these tutorials, I’m glad I made that choice, as they went much quicker than my previous Photoshop tutorials did while using GIMP. In case you would like to look at the tutorials themselves, there are linked here for you: one, two, three, four, and five. Continue reading Illustrator Tutorials
To Photoshop or GIMP? That is the Question. . .
I recently completed these five tutorials as part of a class project for COM 210 at WSU Vancouver. I am posting these here as evidence of completing the projects (mostly for the instructor), but also to share some of the lessons I learned in the process, especially concerning GIMP and how I used it to complete the tasks involved. Click to check out the Photoshop tutorials for yourself: One, two, three, four, and five.
Note: these were originally tutorials meant to be completed on Photoshop, in which I used GIMP. It was a good learning experience for me to see how to do some basic stuff in GIMP that is normally done in Photoshop. Through this tutorial, I had to do some research to find out how to install plug-ins for GIMP, which is fairly easy. Click the link for a GIMP plug-ins installation tutorial.
Free Tools that Help You Create More Quickly and Easily
If you really want to get the most out of each project you do, it would behoove you to have an idea of some of the best, free tools that designers and content creators can use to get the best work done in no time. Continue reading Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation
Why in the World. . . ?
Because when I was battling through my junior year at WSU Vancouver in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program, I would’ve loved a little heads up about what would help make the experience an excellent one. Because so many students I’ve met here seem to go through this program without a really solid plan about what they want to do or how to go about acquiring excellent project experience from every assignment. If you want to maximize the value you and your instructors, bosses, or clients get out of every project you do, you are in the right place! Continue reading Welcome to My New Blog!