Media Intervention: Debunking Homeschooling Stereotypes

A vector drawing of a couple of stereotypical homeschoolers
A stereotypical representation of homeschoolers. Done with Assembly for iPhone and Inkscape.

Pre-intervention Survey

Thanks so much for coming by my blog to take part in this media intervention activity. Please start by clicking the link to take the survey so we can find out your current views towards homeschoolers, their parents, and homeschooling. After you finish the pre-intervention survey, please view the content below and see if your views change at all.¬†NOTE: Please be sure to take the survey again after you finish viewing the content below ūüôā There is a link at the bottom of this blog post FYI. Continue reading Media Intervention: Debunking Homeschooling Stereotypes

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Logo Design Project: Final Draft

The final draft of my logo design for this website, consisting of a blue shield, a simplified shirt pocket, a pocket protector, with a piece of bacon, mini ruler, fountain pen, and paint brush inside. The p for prodigimedia is on the front flap
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Contents:

Idea and Inspiration

REPRESENTIN’

For this project, I decided to make a logo for this website,¬†prodigimedia. I felt that this work would need to be representative not only of the character or theme of this site but also of my skills as a designer. The requirement for this assignment was to use Illustrator to produce a logo in vector graphics that would effectively brand this blog and represent the main topic covered herein. Continue reading Logo Design Project: Final Draft

Illustrator Tutorials

adobe illustrator icon
Adobe Illustrator Icon by GXXF under CC BY-SA 4.0 license; no changes.

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

Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

the final draft of a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. Wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Contents:

Idea and Inspiration

CHANGE OF DIRECTION

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Final Draft

Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

a collage of some of my best graphic design work displayed on a wood desk using gimp
Click to open full-size image in new tab. The wood desk background image was found CC0 (public domain).

Idea and Inspiration

For this project, I felt it was important to highlight the kinds of excellent graphical work that can be accomplished whether as a hobby, class work, or professional project. I spent some time coming up with ideas, like doing a video collection of past work with bullet points (sort of like a PowerPoint presentation converted to video), or a graphical resume, or perhaps an infographic. However, I decided on this modality because I felt that with a tight schedule I wouldn’t be able to get as involved as I would need to with the other ideas. Plus, the instructor’s described project scope didn’t include video, and I didn’t feel like pitching it to him. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Rough Draft

Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

graphic design project for photoshop or gimp title image
Photoshop logo http://bit.ly/2sREdRX – GIMP logo (head only) http://bit.ly/2syxQQA

Project Intent

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a creative process into your work. If you just start out making images for your design without planning, gathering resources, and problem solving, you will probably have a hard time staying focused. I always like to start by breaking down the requirements of a project to see exaclty what is required, so I will do excellent, targeted work rather than lots of wasted time going in the wrong direction.

As part of a class project, I will use the skills I gained through my tutorial work in GIMP¬†(that’s right, I’m not using Photoshop) to complete a graphic design project that will help explain why and how I’m qualified as an expert on¬†this topic. Based on my previous coursework¬†in Digital Technology and Culture, I’m going to use GIMP to make a branding/promotional image in order to show what I’ve learned and what you can gain as a reader of this blog. Continue reading Graphic Design Project: Project Intent and Image Collection

Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

the photoshop logothe gimp logo

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.

I also found a neat page that tells you how to make GIMP work a lot more like Photoshop. Continue reading Photoshop Tutorials Done Using GIMP

Three Free Graphic Design Tools for Better Content Creation

 

a collage of screenshots of three free content creation tools

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