For one of my Audio Assignments this week, I decided to record and upload my own sound to Freesound, a free sound sharing platform.  The assignment said to pick a sound that I thought was lacking from the website.  I was inspired by my dad making us dinner.  I heard him frying up some burgers on the stove and decided to record it.

I opened up the sound recording APP VoiceRecorder on my iPhone, recorded the sound of the burgers, then saved it to my phone as an MP3.  I then sent the MP3 file to my computer.

After I received the MP3, I uploaded it to my Freesound account.


Then end result is kind of fuzzy sounding.  The burgers frying up could easily be mistaken for radio static, or even rain.

Mystery Music

I absolutely love music, so this assignment was right up my alley.  The idea of simplifying your favorite song to just the instrumental version is such a cool concept.  By taking away the vocals of the song, I heard different parts in the instrumental version that I never caught in the original.  It was very cool to be able to pay attention to the music that makes up the song.  It makes you realize how the vocals to a song are just one component of the finished product, and honestly a pretty minor one at that.

I found a royalty free version of the song on the internet, and then processed it in Audacity to strip away the lyrics.  I then exported the file as an MP3 and uploaded it onto my SoundCloud account.  The end result sounds really cool.


Can you guess my favorite song?

A Knight’s Tale

The assignment, Sound Effects Story, was one of my favorites for this week. It was so fun to create a whole story without any dialogue or visuals.

To accomplish this, I first downloaded sound effects off of the website, Freesound.  This website is filled with user-generated sound effects that all fall under free use. used Audacity.  Once I found the sounds I wanted to use, I uploaded them to audio editing software, Audacity.

After uploading them, I rearranged them in an order that would make the most sense.  When I was satisfied with the order, I exported the file from Audacity and saved it as an MP3.  I then uploaded it to my SoundCloud profile.


This assignment was really fun and challenging.  I loved being able to get creative and think of sounds that would trigger images in the brains of the listeners in order to convey my story.

A Halvetica Good Time

I found this week to be very interesting.  After reading The Vignelli Canon and many of the design resources for the week, I began to realize the importance of design in everyday life.  I now notice design elements and choices in everyday items like bottles and containers.  I will continue to use the resources given to learn even more.

I feel good about the work I produced this week but am a little frustrated with the process.  Many assignments take a long time to complete and there are a lot of assignments.  Most of the assignments are fun to do. I did encounter issues with uploading and embedding photos in WordPress  but  I reread the material and used trial and error to fix the problems.   Just like last week, I am powering through and learning a lot along the way.


Design Assignment :

4 icons 1 Story

Are we there yet




 Daily Creates


Read and Reflect on The Vignelli Canon


Gif Assignments

Funny Animal Gif

Contradicting Gif


You see them everywhere.  Photos of beautiful landscapes or happy people cover with sayings like “Dream Big” and “Keep Calm and Carry On”  or this:

Motivational posters are supposed to give you a feeling of hope and inspire you to do great things.  Well, maybe I don’t want to KEEP CALM!  Sometimes these posters are just annoying!  How nice would it be to one day see TRUE statements everywhere you look?  Something like, “Exercise sucks!”  That is why I chose to do this assignmentIt asked us to create an image and put a contradictory statement on top.   Basically, I created an anti-motivational poster. 

To do this, I used my new favorite app on my iPad, Canva (there is also a desktop version).  I chose Canva because it offers several FREE design templates for posters and a TON of copyright free images.  I followed these steps to create my poster and have included screenshots.  After logging into my account, I clicked on the link on POSTER under the Create a New Design tab.  I found the layout I liked then searched for the best positive photo I could find.  I drug the photo into the template, and adjusted the size to fit. 

Then I thought of the worst thing to tell a group of determined teen runners and inserted into the text box in the template.  I used a cheery font and placed the caption just below center of the photo.  By doing this, more of the facial expressions and body language is visible.  This makes the caption seem even more contradictory.



(I found the copyright free example of the positive motivational poster on the website Pexels)

From Subways to Helvetica

Massimo Vignelli.  I had not heard his name until today yet his influence has surrounded me my entire life.  In 1950, pre-computer age, he created one of the most used fonts of all time, Helvetica. His simplistic, modern style can also be seen in logos, interior design, furniture and more.   When interviewed for an article in the New York Times, Vignelli said “Design is a field that encompasses the entire outside world that surrounds us.   From this chair to that furniture there, everything you contemplate, has been designed by someone. “    This is never more evident than in his most famous design, a map of the New York Subway.  Vignelli used his clean style to make the complex system simple to understand.  After reading the book  The Vignelli Canon, I came away with a deeper understand of the importance of design in everyday life and a strong appreciation for the pioneers in the field.

Here are 5 Lessons from Massimo Vignelli.

Design Blitz Week 2

Everywhere we look, we can find amazing examples of good (and sometimes not so good) design.  Open the refrigerator and what do you see?  Jars, bottles, cartons with logos and pictures begging you to choose them.  Our mailboxes are full of advertisements, envelopes with company logos, fliers designed to capture our attention.  This week we were asked to complete a design blitz including pictures of items, logos etc. that represented four elements of design.  I chose the elements of design that really stand out to me when I look at labels and logos – symbols, color, typography and rhythm.  Rhythm surprised me the most because I have been reacting to it subconsciously.  After learning more about it, I am recognizing it everywhere.  See below what I think of these 4 elements.

Metaphors and Symbols:


Well I didn’t have to look far for this one.  The symbol of the apple has come to represent technology, innovation and status.  When we see the simple apple with a bite out of it, we immediately know the company it represents.  This symbol is among the most recognizable logos in the world and one of my very favorites.  I cannot help but get excited when I see a boxwith this symbol!  Check out other popular symbols at Change Conversations



This seltzer can uses Rhythm in their logo.  It shows repetition, movement and pattern.  This is an example of Flowing Rhythm because the lines bend and curve. The lines are shaped and spaced to invoke a feeling of calm and flow.  When I stare at the center of this logo, I imagine sitting in the sand with big waves rolling onto the shore.  Check out more about rhythm in design from the Interaction Design Foundation.



Pepsi got it right when they chose the color scheme for their flagship product.  Their spot on use of the primary colors of red and blue, are not only aesthetically pleasing, they also evoke a feeling of patriotism.  Color is so very important in any design.  Choosing the right color can make or break the project.  The blog, 99 Designs gives a great explanation of what particular colors mean.  Blue, represents  trustworthiness and red symbolizes excitement.  Yes, I trust this can and am really excited to open it!


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This Michelob Ultra bottle is a great example of using typography to create an image and feeling.  It incorporates 5 different fonts and uses spacing and color to draw your attention to each element of the label.  The fancy script font gives an expensive feel to the logo.  I love the use of the script embossed M on the bottle.  Check out the blog The Daily Egg to learn more about things like white space, spacing, fonts and more.


ily, ily not

This GIF assignment was a fun one.  It had me think of contrasting ideas that would make for a fun GIF.

I used two platforms for this assignment.  The first one I used was Snapchat.  Being a twenty year old girl, I am very familiar with snapchat and its functions.  One thing that makes it a good platform for creating simple images is its extensive bank of emojis and stickers, as well as its ability to lay text over any image.  I used the text tool to at the text “ily” (which is text-speak for I love you) in one image and “ily not” in another.  I then used the stickers and text tool to add various emojis of hearts around the “ily” text.

After I created my two images, I uploaded them into the app ImgPlay.  This allowed me to create a loop that alternates between the two images at a speed of my choice.  After messing with the speed settings, I saved my GIF to my phone’s library.

The end result is a cute, modern day take on the old phrase, “He loves me, he loves me not”.

Um, excuse me?

My chihuahua mix, Mo, is a goldmine when it comes to funny facial expressions.  He is high strung, and loves to be the center of attention, so I knew he would be the perfect subject for a funny GIF assignment.

To make my gif, I first found a funny video of Mo and our new puppy, Bennie.  I then opened the app, GIPHY, onto my phone.  This app makes creating your own gif extremely simple.  All I had to do was upload the video I wanted, picked what part of the video I wanted to use, and then trimmed the video to the length I thought would be best.  After the editing process, I simply saved the GIF to my phone’s library.

The end result is a very funny Mo that I think we can all relate to!

Since 1965

For my 4 Star assignment I chose creating a simple logo.  My grandparents have owned an auto repair business since before my mom was born.  I wanted to create a modern, simple logo that also honored the business.  To do the project, I used the app Logo Maker.

It does not have many free templates, but had what I was looking for and offered customization. After choosing the template, I removed 2 of the photo layers and replaced the symbol with a simple red car.  I used Halvetica font because I learned it looks good on everything!  Using Navy Blue font for the company name helps it to pop.  The tag line in gray is subtle yet effective.

I believe the modern font style and photo with primary colors give an up to date yet classic feel to the logo.  The tag line “Since 1965” adds distinction and credibility.

final product