Sunday, October 28, 2012

How did the audio medium change your storytelling in the podcast?

The audio medium changed the way we tell stories in many ways.  The most noticeable way was the actual writing of the script.  Sometimes when we talk, it is easier to just talk instead of writing down every single thing we say.  We sounded so rehearsed and silly when we read right off the paper instead of talking as we naturally do.  Another noticeable way storytelling changed was the tone of our voices.  When reading, we put inflictions in certain places and not in others.  When we are storytelling through audio, we can put our own infliction in.  It makes storytelling a little easier.  Another way storytelling changes with the use of audio is how we proof things to make sure they are the way we want.  When we want to edit something on the computer, we can just change it with the backspace button.  When talking, it is harder to edit what comes out of our mouths.  Many people would rather watch movies and television than read a book.  This could be because they can see an image and hear audio while getting the same story as a book.  Audio and imagery have really changed how storytelling comes together. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thirds, Diagnals and Vectors

Rule of Thirds

This is a picture of my mom.  This photo defiitely shows the rule of thirds.  My mom's face is in the lower right hand quadrent of this photo.  This photo is similar to the class example of Daniel.  Her face makes you "Bounce-back" with her eyes, thus taking your eown yes into the frame from left to right.

Diagnal Line

This is a photo of my brother.  The fence behind my brother shows a diagnal line.  It is almost straight, but goes slightly upward toward my brother's ear.  Another example of a diagnal line is the roof of the house.  The roof slaints downward.  Both of these allow viewers to follow the path(s) created. 

Rule of Thirds

This picture shows the Rule of Thirds because his face is in the upper right corner, which is the focus of the photo.  His left eye is at the right intersection where the thirds would meet drawing us to look at his eyes first.  In the upper left corner we have the roof of the house.  In the bottom left corner we have where his shoulder ends, and the house begins.


I took this photo a few months ago when Sunset Blvd was flooded.  This photo shows an example of a graphic vector.  It has a strong sense of direction, and your eyes naturally follow the path created by the road.  I feel like this is a good example because if the road just went straight with no water, your eyes would flow more naturally up the hill, but since the water is there, your eyes somewhat get confused. 

Diagnal Lines

The road obviously follows diagnal lines in this example.  Other examples of diagnal lines are the telephone poles, the lines in the road, and somewhat the mountains (although they are a little more choppy than a solid line.)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bad v. good Pepsi commercials

Bad Design:

This design is poor quality.  It places so much emphasis on sex appeal that you don't really remember what the product is.  It is also not advertising "Pepsi."  It is advertising the new cans.  Now, these new cans have recently been changed back to the blue design.  I feel like women would not necessarily want this product, while men would find this ad more appealing.  I don't feel like everyone can relate to it.  Also, the product isn't introduced until way into the commercial.  It is easy to forget the product because of the neutral background.  Contrast is very apparent in this commercial from the red car on the neutral background and the red (red???) pepsi cans.       

Good Design:

This commercial appeals to everyone.  Everyone thinks a baby doing the worm is funny!  (If they don't, they are some sort of messed up!)  It is not generalized toward just men or women, but more toward everyone.  The product is introduced right near the beginning of the commercial, and it is mentioned throughout the entire commercial unlike the other example.  I remembered this commercial the first time I saw it.  Some say you have to see a product or an advertisement three times to fully remember it.  I remembered this the first time, though, and it has stuck in my head ever since.  This commercial has the law of similarity.  The pepsi boxes are grouped together.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Contrast, Balance and Harmony

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I feel like this photo represents a good amount of contrast and balance.  When first looking at this image, you automatically look straight at the big dust cloud coming directly toward the city in Arizona.  Below the dust cloud, the colors are bright and cheerful, but then there is this huge gray dust storm billowing above.  The texture of the dust cloud is extremely powerful and makes it look like it might jump out of the image.  The position of the cloud creates contrast.  Just like many images, the focal point is right in the middle of the photo.  Near the top of the photo, though, is a lot of empty space.  This is contradictory of the rest of the photo.  The rest of the photo has a lot going on, and the blank space at the top makes the photo look confused.

This photo lacks harmony.  If I saw this dust cloud coming, I would run for cover.  This city looks like it should be scared for its life.  No one should have this big of a dust cloud coming straight toward them.  This photo is brilliant and shows a real life disaster waiting to happen, but it also shows a distaster that could be deadly to a beautiful looking city below.  In all, this photo shows a brilliant mixture of contrast, balance and harmony.