The Gif itself is a 3 second clip of a YouTube video called, “Funniest Cat Moments”. The clip shows a cat with an adorable cat sized polo on with the color popped for some extra style points.
I remember this hilarious clip from a few years ago, and was a bit challenging to find the clip. I had to go through numerous YT videos of funny cat (which isn’t a problem) to find this one. I remember first seeing this when my mom showed me it on Facebook (back when FB was still a thing).
To create this gif I went onto Giphy.com. I then had to go to YouTube and find the clip. I copied the URL of the video and pasted it on Giphy. I then downloaded it to my computer.
My first picture incorporates the design element of color. I used a picture of a duraflame quick start box. The color scheme of the box is a soft transfer from yellow to red. This color scheme shows off what kind of product is in the box, and what it relates to (in this case, fires). Up next I took a picture of a packaging of clementines that use the element of form, function, and message. The title is at the top to grab the readers attention. Then grouped together is the what the product entails. These words are all together, because they are related to describing the product. The third picture is a picture of an iPhone 7 case. The case shows off a life size image of the phone, and has the name on the sides of the case. The picture shows off the dominance of the case, and draws the consumers eyes right to what the product looks like inside. This is used to grab the attention of the consumer to show off how great a product looks. Lastly, the Puffs tissue box has a rhythm about it. The box has a repetition of the flowers on the box, and represents the softness of the tissues.
In this post I am reflecting on Massimo Vignelli’s piece called The Vignelli Canon…
Design isn’t something that can be seen as a nine to five job. It is simply creativity that never stops working. It doesn’t tire you out, but when you look at something it sparks an idea that can then be transformed into a design, and finally into a product. The design process can be very long and stressful, but every step in the project is thought out to provide purpose to the project, as Vignelli describes. Huge structures such as skyscrapers, monuments, and subway systems not only require a lot of time and effort, but what Vignelli hints at is that the determination/discipline and communication are what truly required to finish a product. Vignelli additionally points out that you must understand where your next move is, because if you don’t you can negatively effort yourself and your team. After reading this piece I can truly appreciate all that goes into the subject of design, and what it takes to be successful at it.
My name is Brandan, and currently I am a rising- senior at the University of Mary Washington. I am 21 years old, and play on the varsity soccer team. I hope you guys find out a lot about me, and like my content.
The last 15 minutes was an interesting one… I was challenged to complete a photo scavenger hunt. This test could be completed anywhere, but I chose to complete it in my house for reasons which include my laziness. Another reason I chose this location was, because I knew this place the best. This allowed me to manipulate my surrounding, and get as creative as possible. There were 15 possible options within the 15 minutes, but I chose to try and get creative with all of my options. I started my journey at 4:45pm on Saturday. I started out at the top of the list with something dominated by a single color. I was looking around and saw these fake apples and lemons, and obviously there were more lemons. So I surrounded the green apple with yellow lemons. The amount of yellow greatly outweighed the green. I then moved on to an unusual angle. I tried finding some kind of curved piece of wood, and saw the wine glass holder. I focused my camera on the glass to blur the wood holder. Next, I new exactly what I was going to do to make an inanimate object look alive. The silver toy rocks back and forth due to weight distribution. Like the last one, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I had create a picture with a metaphor. I just simply made my dog sit like a human! Finally I had to take a picture in the opening of something and tried to get really artistic on this one. I am most proud of this one.
After finishing at 5:00pm, I forgot to take the picture at the end which explains the 2 added minutes ( :/ ). This experience was a fun one that I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the whole 15 minutes. I wish I could of done more within the time restraint, but I am happy with the effort I displayed on the ones I completed. Here is the challenge if you want to try aswell—
Take a photo dominated by a single color.
Take a photo of an interesting shadow.
Take a photo of something futuristic.
Take a photo at an unusual angle, e.g. looking looking up at something or looking down at something, or from the view of an ant.
Take a photo into bright light.
Take a photo of someone else’s shoe or foot.
Make an inanimate object look alive.
Make a photo that uses converging lines to draw us into the photo
Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
Take a photo that shows a repeating pattern.
Take a photo where you move the camera as you take the photo, so it gives the subject a suggestion of motion.
Take a photo that is looking through a frame or opening to something else.
Take a photo that represents joy.
Make a photo that is abstract, that would make someone ask, “Is that a photograph?”
Take a photo that represents a metaphor for complexity.
I took this picture on my kitchen counter top. Now I know what you are thinking… It is a master piece! I know, I was thinking the same thing. However, back to reality… This is my favorite picture I have taken that isn’t unintentional. This picture could of turned out many different ways. I could included the junk that was spread around on the counter. I could of left the counter top dirty with a little spaghetti sauce here and there. But i took much of the advice that I read in duChemin’s ebook, TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear. This gave me a clear and concise way to improve my photography skills in seconds. I saw the light shining through the kitchen window , blinding my eyes, so I knew this would give really great color to anything. The tip that I really took into hand to improve my pictures was to look into the light. Don’t run the picture with a bright background that completely cancels the image you are trying to portray. But, instead I used the light from my kitchen window to glisten up the color of the fruit.
Understanding what goes into a picture isn’t something that is easy to do. You have to remove yourself from your own shoes and try on someone elses. Visual Literacy is thought of as a concept that is ability to read, comprehend, and write visual language. Remember that everything is an image, yes even text… Knowing how to read that image can be a simple one, but those that excel at visual literacy can think beyond what might seem like a simple photo. One who excels may of realized how fresh these fruits are, and might think I grow them myself (which is correct).