JMC 3433 Design Blitz

Color

I chose this pattern off of a handbag to represent the use of color. These colors run well together to create a put together flower pattern.

I chose this pattern off of a handbag to represent the use of color. These colors run well together to create a put together flower pattern.

Typography

I used the front cover of the Associated Press style book to represent typography. The font for the cover of this book has to represent professionalism as well as be in line. The font remains the same throughout the entire book.

I used the front cover of the Associated Press style book to represent typography. The font for the cover of this book has to represent professionalism as well as be in line. The font remains the same throughout the entire book.

Metaphor/ Symbol

I used this painting to represent a symbol. Not only does it symbolize the state of Texas, but it also has my initials inside. This symbolizes that Texas is my home state.

I used this painting to represent a symbol. Not only does it symbolize the state of Texas, but it also has my initials inside. This symbolizes that Texas is my home state.

Minimalism

This is a photo from the front cover of a book to represent minimalism. The women's body is incorporated into the design, therefore sharing the same space.

This is a photo from the front cover of a book to represent minimalism. The women’s body is incorporated into the design, therefore sharing the same space.

Form and Function

This water bottle represents form and function. One can tell from the look of it, that it is used to hold water for drinking.

This water bottle represents form and function. One can tell from the look of it, that it is used to hold water for drinking.

 

 

 

 

Originally posted at Taylor Jurica- Gaylord Journalism Student

Design Blitz

 

1) Color

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This is a good example of color with design because all the colors are bright and attention-grabbing while the image itself bleeds off the page.

2) Typography

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This is a good example of typography because all of the letters in “Indian” are new and unique. They also have small features that make each letter similar to each other.

3) Metaphors/Symbols

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This sign warning visitors to watch out for falling coconuts is an example of a metaphor or symbol because it has the image of a coconut falling above the writing. This is very useful for getting the message across to those who might not speak the language.

4) Minimalism/Use of Space

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I like this poster because the colors make it very eye-catching while it only uses simple shapes to represent the movie. The viewer knows it is Star Wars from the two moons shown from the desert planet.

5) Form/Function/Message

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This is a good example of form and function because the cool colors/texture and neat purpose draw buyers in even if they don’t necessarily need it. I don’t even drink beer but it still seems cool to have.

Originally posted at Brought to you by Brooke

Design Blitz Scavenger Hunt

This assignment required us to post examples of color, typography, symbol/metaphor, minimalism and form and function to our blogs.

Color

This is album art by an artist I listen to, Neon Indian. This art is an obvious example of color because of all of the different colors splashed together to make this abstract image.

This is album art by an artist I listen to, Neon Indian. This art is an obvious example of color because of all of the different colors splashed together to make this abstract image.

Typography

This image is an advertisement for a performance by DJ Simba, a close friend and colleague of mine. This ad is a good example of  typography because his text is superimposed over a busy, vibrant background image.

This image is an advertisement for a performance by DJ Simba, a close friend and colleague of mine. This ad is a good example of typography because his text is superimposed over a busy, vibrant background image.

Metaphor / Symbol

 

This is the symbol for OU Stompdown 2014. This is an clear example of symbolism, as this image represents the contest and is a recognizable symbol.

This is the symbol for OU Stompdown 2014. This is an clear example of symbolism, as this image represents the contest and is a recognizable symbol.

Minimalism

This profound quote by revolutionary artist Jason Derulo is presented in a very minimalist form against a plain background.

This profound quote by revolutionary artist Jason Derulo is presented in a very minimalist form against a plain background.

Form & Function

Two very large purchasing factors of cars are typically form and function. This 2013 Cadillac on a display floor is a great example of a car manufacturing advertising both a product's form and its function.

Two very large purchasing factors of cars are typically form and function. This 2013 Cadillac on a display floor is a great example of a car manufacturing advertising both a product’s form and its function.

 

Originally posted at Nick Edwards

Design Blitz Scavenger Hunt

For this blog post I am going to post pictures I had to go find to complete a design scavenger hunt that my PR Publications teacher assigned. In this assignment we were required to find an example of several different design principles. The ones we had to find were color, typography, metaphor/symbol, minimalism, and form and function.

COLOR

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I chose this planner as an example of color because I like the use of these three colors. With the basic white and gray design and the coral accents it is simple and easy to follow the organization of the page.

 

 

 

TYPOGRAPHY

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I chose this sign as an example of typography because it is very clean and simple. The font is easy to read and understand.

METAPHOR

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I chose this as an example of a metaphor or symbol because in my sorority the anchor is our symbol. For us it symbolizes the principles were we founded under and the bond we share with our sisters.

MINIMALISM

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This is a good example of minimalism because it just uses the outline of Jack Sparrow and a plain background. It is a good poster for the movie Pirates of the Caribbean because anyone who has seen the movie will know that that is the silhouette of Jack Sparrow.

FORM AND FUNCTION

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I chose this for form and function because the print on the buttons make it easy to know what buttons to press to work the television it goes to.

 

Originally posted at Mary Morton- PR Publications Course

Emotional Design

The book Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter is book about creating more emotion on websites.

Personalizing websites is a relatively new concept on the web, the idea was born from the burst of the dot-com bubble, “All of those people who were laid off or fired…started to make new websites and applications…,but the voice of these new sites was decidedly more personal.” (Walters, 3). Growing up in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr the idea of no personalization in websites never crossed my mind. I am used to people sharing personal information, sometimes oversharing but that’s part of what makes the sites so popular is connecting with others through the web. After reading this chapter I realized that in the beginning people were not so lucky, they kept emotion out of their websites and even used the word ‘we’ “trying to create the perception that I was a big company” (Walters, 3).

Walters introduces Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid which has safety near the bottom of the pyramid. Maslow suggests that the human need for a sense of safety is where we find happiness. I disagree with this because humans need some adventure and risk for happiness. If you lead a stagnant life you won’t find happiness. I believe in the cliché of living life to fullest and that involves loosing your sense of safety a little, stepping outside your comfort zone.

I’ll end with my favorite quote of the chapter: “Though the industrial revolution sprang from a utopian vision of the human progress, humans were so often the ones left behind” (Walters, 1). I like this quote because if you focus to much on the future you can loose sight of who you are and living in the present.

Originally posted at Grace Vojvoda

Emotional Design

In Aarron Walter’s book “Designing for Emotion”, Walter brings up many interesting topics in the first chapter entitled, Emotional Design. Although I have always known about the Industrial Revolution, due to past history classes and textbooks, I never realized there was an Arts and Crafts movement. In my opinion, one of the most interesting thoughts in this chapter was when Walter wrote about following the path of the artists, designers, and architects in the Arts and Crafts movement. Walter says they believed, “preserving the human touch and showing ourselves in our work isn’t optional. It’s essential,” (Walter 2). Personally, I had never thought about creative works like this. I always knew that when creating something, you should show your own personal style and flair, but I did not realize that this was essential to the piece of work. Thus, throughout my Public Relations Publications class this semester, I will take this advice to heart, and always show my style throughout my assignments.

However, one thing I did disagree on in this chapter was when Walter stated that, “Emotional design has risks,” (Walter 16). In a way, I can kind of see how anything dealing with emotions can have risks, but I think it depends on the type of emotion you are trying to convey in your work. Every emotion is different and makes you feel a different way. In addition, any type of design has risks, but they’re not always dealing with emotions. Therefore, I do not fully agree with this statement, although my thoughts could change throughout the course of this class, due to other chapters of the book.

Personally, I’m enjoying this book so far due to the real world and current examples mixed with the historical examples that Walter provides throughout the chapter. For example, when Walter mentions how social media is now exposing all of our emotions via the Internet, I completely agreed with this statement. In addition, I enjoyed reading about Maslow and seeing how Walter connected the model of human needs to the needs of our users. As a student, textbooks can sometimes be hard to relate to, but so far that is the opposite of “Designing for Emotion.” Walter connects with our generation as well as provides historical evidence, and uses a causal style of writing throughout the first chapter. I enjoy reading practical, real world examples in books and look forward to reading the rest of “Designing for Emotion.”

Originally posted at Megan Young - Gaylord Student

Designing for Emotion Chapter 1

At the beginning of the chapter it talks about buying products from Etsy and Kickstarter. I have never thought about that fact that when buying products from a single person, this can inspire and develop their craftsmanship. By buying one product from Etsy, it is something that has a story behind it. This is something that I have never thought about as compared to large market stores where millions of the same products are produced by machines.

Later in the chapter it discusses how the start of the web led to many people be laid off from work. The author says that these people without jobs sat around and created web pages of their own. This may be an exaggeration by the author, but in my opinion those people were not sitting around on the computer, they were out looking for other jobs to support themselves.

Throughout this chapter I had a lot of eye opening moments. In the middle of the chapter I realized that being self-assured about my work takes more than just self-confidence. Having self-confidence involves a lot of outside factors including comfort with my home life as well as social life. I realized that outside factors could affect my work as well as my confidence towards my work. Near the end of the chapter it was also interesting to read the “Pink Panther” story. That story hit home to me because I am a huge sports fan. If any company offered me that kind of deal, I would absolutely be their number one customer.

Originally posted at Taylor Jurica- Gaylord Journalism Student

My first post- Chapter 1 of Designing for Emotion

So here is my first post! Yaaayyy! I’ve had to create this website for my Public Relations Publications class so all of my posts will be about stuff going on in that class and then after that who knows what I’ll do with this site.

This first post is about Chapter 1 of our textbook, Designing for Emotion, by Aaron Walter. The first chapter is mostly introducing the concept of designing websites and content to evoke positive emotions from the reader. One thing I found really interesting was how Walter talked about the evolution of web design from how basic and focused on sounding like a big company using “we.” To now being more centered around the individual and their experience. Being apart of the generation who started with Myspace this concept didn’t really seem new or impressive to me. I never really thought about how the internet must have changed since its creation back in the 1980′s.

One part of the book that I did not agree with was when Walter talked about starting to switch the focus of web design from being more functional, to being a more emotional and memorable experience. Although I think connecting with the consumer on a more personal level is very important, you can’t connect with someone if your website isn’t functional. Walter does mention this once in this chapter but I don’t think he puts enough emphasis on the importance of finding the right balance between these two concepts. A well designed web page has to be functional and able to connect with the consumer emotionally. But having more of one than the other can cause your web site to be ineffective.

What I’m most looking forward to learning in this class is to finding how to strike this balance. I tend to focus more on making sure everything is functional and then I hate the how the end result looks or feels. I think reading this book and learning how to use the right tools in class will improve my skills and help me not be so terrified of InDesign and Photoshop.

Originally posted at Mary Morton- PR Publications Course