Thursday, April 4, 2013


Growing up as a kid I remember how much I hated those dreadful PowerPoints.  I always wished they were shorter.  No one wants to listen to their teacher read from slide to slide in a monotone voice.  There's just only so much monotone you can take before your ears start to bleed and your head explodes.  The long PowerPoints didn't hold anyone's attention for long at all but now thanks to Mark Dytham and Asrid Klein, PowerPoints are now fun.  Did you know PowerPoints are now like a competitive sport?  Whattttt?? Oh yes, I said it, in fact about 80 cities have now adopted the idea of Pecha-Kuchas.  What is this Pecha-Kucha I speak of, you may ask?  Well, my friend let me tell you, it's only the best thing ever!!!! Allow me to explain..there are only 20 slides and the speaker only has 20 seconds to speak about each slide.  None of the slides are filled full of boring information.  Actually there isn't any writing on the slides at all.  Each slide contains a simple picture that will help the audience understand the presentation better.  Pecha Kuchas are the new and exciting way to get the point across and learn something new.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Comedy Movie Poster

  • Proximity- Ratings are at the bottom, actors are at the top.
  • Alignment- Center alignment
  • Repetition- Ariel font, white, black, and red
  • Contrast-High saturated picture vs black and white text box
  • Visual signifiers- the facial expression with the Edwardian Script ITC lets you know this movie is going to be funny.
  • Audience- adults.  anyone under 13 needs an adult to watch with them
  • Logos- image and font
  • Ethos- actor
  • Pathos- curious
Comedy movie poster uses Edwardian Script ITC and Ariel fonts. Photo taken by Justin Kelly. Wanna see more photos taken by Justin? Go here! or check out/like his Facebook page: 
Photo was an imitation of Miranda Sings from youtube.  Don't know who she is? Check out her YouTube channel! 

Si-fi Movie Poster

  • Proximity- Ratings are at the bottom.  Actors are at the top.
  • Alignment-Center alignment
  • Repetition- purple squares, white text, orator std and ariel fonts
  • Contrast- images under the vector
  • Visual Signifiers- Circuit board and squares represent pieces of data as well as the orator font lets you know its about technology
  • Audience- Adults.  Anyone under 17 needs an adult with them when they watch the movie.
  • Logos- colors are affiliated with sifi movies
  • Ethos- Actors
  • Pathos- curious
Si-Fi movie poster uses Orator std and Ariel font.  Circuit board photo came from and the water color texture came from 

Horror Movie Poster

  • Proximity-ratings are at the bottom, actors are at the top
  • Alignment- center
  • Repetition- red, white, black, Ariel font
  • Contrst-A whole new mind being 2 different colors and the background image to the vector.
  • Verbal signifiers- the pull quote lets you know some serious stuff is going down in the movie
  • Visual Signifiers- circuit board lets you know it's about technology.  The split color impact font makes you think of split personality.
  • Audience-adults, if a person is under 17 they need an adult to watch the movie with them. 
  • Logos-red and black.  I feel that people associate red and black with horror movies because red, of course, represents blood and black can represent death or darkness so you know there's going to be a bad person in it.
  • Ethos-actors
  • Pathos-anxious
Horror movie poster uses Impact, Ariel, and Gigi fonts.  the circuit board and paint splatter came from

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Movie Poster Analysis

  • proximity- title to featured actresses
  • alignment- center
  • repetition- font type, red, white, black, and pink
  • contrast- white background against figures
  • verbal signifiers- game plan
  • visual signifiers- red uniforms
  • audience- teen-adult
  • pathos- football players and ballerina look funny side by side
  • proximity- title to featured actresses
  • alignment- center
  • repetition- fonts and character placement
  • contrast- warm and cool colors
  • verbal signifiers- stardust alludes to themes of the movie
  • visual signifiers- shooting star through the word stardust
  • audience- teen- adult
  • pathos- it looks like an adventurous love story

A Whole New Mind

Si-Fi movie poster uses ariel font.  Circuit board photo came from and the water color texture came from 

Horror movie poster uses impact font.  the circuit board and paint splatter (used to look like blood) came from

Comedy movie poster uses Edwardian Script. Photo taken by Justin Kelly. Wanna see more photos taken by Justin? Go here! or check out/like his Facebook page: 
Photo was an imitation of Miranda Sings from youtube.  Don't know who she is? Check out her YouTube channel! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Digital Photography











Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Capture The Moment - Farm Life

This photo shows the rule of thirds.  I took this pic from the bathroom window and used a toilet paper roll as my tripod to get the sharp shot.

These two photos were shot from different angles

This photo of my dog, sally, fills the frame and also shows the rule of thirds.

This photo of Cow shows the rule of thirds and angle. I used the fence as a tripod to shoot sharp.

 This photo's orientation is landscape and it fills the frame.

This photo's orientation is portrait and fills the frame.

In this photo I was aware of the light.  Cow isn't shadowed, the photo was taken at an angle, and I used the fence to shoot sharp.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pat Wright's Tips On Digital Photography

composition is the process in which something is made, the parts of something and how it arranged

  1. incorporate places, people and activities naturally
  2. be aware of where the sun is (how it affects the composition of the photo)
  3. shoot tight, keep empty space to a minimum
  4. shoot sharp. keep camera still (use tripod to eliminate fuzzy shots)
  5. use different angles. (bend knees, climb: lower, higher, landscape, portrait)
  6. use different camera lenses or switch from wide to telephoto
  7. The rule of "Thirds"
  1. take more than one shot
  2. carry more than one media cards
  3. carry batteries
  4. set you camera time/date correctly
  5. keep image res high
  6. experiment with light settings
  7. carry lens tissue (a smudge on the lens will ruin any shot)
  8. carry note pad to take notes

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Copyright, Copyleft, Public Domain & Creative Commons

Copyright- protects the creator’s work so that it can’t be copied and reproduced
Copyleft- if there are modified versions of the original under copyleft, you must still abide by the rules of the modified version
Public domain- sites on the internet that are free to the public and that contain free content
Creative Commons- a type of copyright that an individual uses to allow certain usage of their work

Imitation C.R.A.P

In my ad, I used the yorkies standing vertically in the center of the picture and the font and front color to show repetition.  I used red on the value scale to create contrast, group the contact information in one spot to show proximity, and use center alignment. Images came from

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Yellow is a bright, vibrant, warm color that contrasts with other colors around it.  People used this color in advertisements or warning signs because it catches the eye.  Colors have the ability to change one’s mood.  The color yellow symbolizes happiness but if it’s over used it could cause a disturbing effect on an individual. 


To imitate the Limestone Library advertisement(click photo for original advertisement), insert the photo of the books and the arrow onto the page.  Make the white section of the book photo transparent, and then move the photo of the arrow down to cover the area between the two photos.  Press Ctrl and click both images and group them together so that when you move them they will stay together.  Next, draw a textbox above the URL in the arrow picture and type in “Limestone Library Online.”  Draw another textbox under the URL and type in “Read all about it.”  Position both textboxes diagonally, change the font colors to white with a shadow behind them to make them stand out better, and change the font to Brush Script MT.  “Limestone Library Online will be size 36 and “Read all about it.” will be size 28. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lets Talk Text Types!

Old Style text has diagonal stress, moderate thick/thin transition in the strokes, and serifs (serifs on lowercase letters are slanted).

Modern style text has vertical stress, serifs (serifs on lowercase letters aer thin and horizontal), and radical thick/thin transition in the strokes.

Slab Serif style text has a vertical stress, very little or no thick/thin transition, or contrast, in strokes, and serifs (serifs on lowercase letters are horizontal and thick slabs.

Sans Serif style text has no serifs anywhere, no thick/thin transition in the strokes and also no stress.

Script style text is self-explanatory but must not be overused.

Decorative style text is a font that will make you want to vomit if you even think about reading a whole book that is written in one of them; however, decorative fonts can make things fun!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marina and the Diamonds

When you look at the cover of this magazine you see the beautiful singer, Marina, from Marina and the Diamonds but what you don’t realize is what makes the cover so great besides just a pretty face.  The proximity between word spacing creates an air which accentuates the directional changes of the composition making it successful.  The image exposes right, left, and center alignment of text and image which cohesively work together to create implied lines which occupy the viewer and direct their vision throughout the entire composition.  It also has a repetition in color which creates harmony in the composition (Ex: pink and aqua).  The piece is composed of midtones and highlights leaving dramatic features creating a dramatic impact.

Land Rover

The Land Rover ad looks like just a picture of minerals or as the average person would say “it’s just a picture of dirt and rocks.”  Whatever you would like to call the piles doesn’t really matter but let’s talk about the things no one thinks about when they look at an ad:  proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast of the ad.  The ad possesses consistent proximity.  The items are spaced equidistant to each other.  The ad visually connects the elements of the page by arranging them in a horizontal and vertical unison.  Because the piles are aligned in horizontally/vertically unison, equidistantly spaced, and also consistent in scale, it creates a strong composition through its organized structure and avoidance of anomalies.  The chromatic and achromatic contrasts as well as contrast in value, creates visual interest by exposing the viewer to variety.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Best Blogs 2011-2012

I believe that a good blog should have a creative title and the topic should be something meaningful that the reader can relate to.  I’m not too big on reading blogs but the best ones I found in 2011-2012 are:  The Everywhereist (2011), Get Rich Slowly (2011), Never Seconds (2012), and Little Seal (2012).  All of these blogs are attention catchers. 
Geraldine DeRuiter, the author of The Everwhereist, writes like she’s having a conversation face to face with the reader.  The way she builds up to her point keeps the reader hanging onto each word until the very end.  Although the blog is well written, I feel that her downfall is her bad language.  In one of her blogs about her husband’s beliefs she uses God’s name in vein.  Using such language might be a turn off to her viewers that are religious.
                J.D. Roth’s blog, The Get Rich Slowly Philosophy, is about money.  Money to some people is just important as oxygen so it really grabs the reader’s attention.  In Roth’s blog he gives very good tips with explanations on how to save money.
                As kids we all had our own compliments about school lunch.  For that reason Never Seconds is very easy to relate to.  It also informs the reader about Mary’s Meals which feeds kids in other countries.
                It’s in everyone’s nature to be nosey; therefore, when we see something written on someone’s life we get the urge to read all about it.  The Little Seal blog brings you back to reality.  Little Seal is by a mother that blogs about her son that has Tay-Sachs disease.  He is blind and can’t move.  This disease will end up claiming the child’s life.  This blog reminds us how precious life is and that life is short.  We should be grateful for it and enjoy it while we can.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

With Knowledge Comes Great Responsibility

When things get tough sooner or later people start to wonder when they’ll get their break.  And while waiting for that break to come we as humans tend to get lazier and lazier because we feel it’s something will never come.  Well that break has finally come.  God blessed people with the knowledge to produce the technology we have today but with that knowledge also comes ignorance which will lead to our demise.  The world keeps becoming more and more advanced and as it keeps advancing the more awesome yet scary it seems.  The human race is becoming too smart too fast and nothing completely good can come of it.  Screens are everywhere advertising things to us.  There are holograms giving concerts and answering questions in air ports.  I still feel that some technology should be done away with if humans can do the job just as efficiently the technology.  Some of the technology today seems a bit ridiculous and I believe you get more of a learning experience and more fun doing it the old fashion way.  I don’t have any personal experience with making my own video of pictures with music in the background but I have seen a lot of videos like that on YouTube.  Some videos even have the lyrics to the song so I can sing along! ;D  Even though I can’t personally relate to Kevin Kelly’s article, “Becoming Screen Literate, I can somewhat relate to it through my brother.  While my brother was attending Limestone College, he made a camera from a match box.  I’m not sure exactly how he got the images from the match box but watching him develop the pictures in Limestone College’s dark room was a long yet fascinating process.  It has to be done just right or else the photograph could be ruined.  Any light at all entering the dark room could ruin the photo.  The chemicals used to bring out the picture on paper can be dangerous.  Technology has made tasks such as developing photos safer, easier, and much faster to get such images.  Even though technology makes tasks easier doesn’t always mean it’s not still dangerous.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Where's The Challenge?

I’m sure a lot of people can relate when I say my family often misplaces the TV remote.  The remote could be anywhere; another room, stuck between cushions of the couch, in the fridge.  Honestly, don’t ask, just know that in the Kelly family household it is possible.  I hardly watch TV anymore.  When I did, I often wished that someone would invent a call button on the TV.  That way you could easily press the button to make the remote beep so you could follow the noise then, BAM, what do you know there is the remote in the cat house you let your little Yorkie sleep in!  It is the same concept as cordless phones and their call buttons to help find them easier.  If this were invented it would be pretty awesome. I grew up on a small farm in the very small town of Blacksburg, SC.  As a kid, my daily activities were helping my parents harvest the four gardens we had, bottle feeding the baby calves, feeding the other livestock, gathering chicken eggs, and watching my dad rob the bee hives.  I also did some “normal kid” activities such as playing with cute little puppies, riding bikes, flying kites, etc.  I know what you’re thinking, this blog is supposed to be about technology, not my awesome childhood.  Well, truth is, my parents didn’t have cell phones.  The only phone we had was the house phone.  While the TV was on, it was sometimes hard to hear the person on the other side of the call.  If you moved the phone cord, it would make a popping noise and the person’s voice would go in and out.  Since the phone wasn’t cordless, it stayed in the living room.  If you didn’t read between the lines of my previous sentence, let me break it down nice and simple. There was no privacy while talking on the phone.  We also had video games to play on the SEGA or Nintindo64.  My brother played more than I did.  I’m not much of a gamer so I mostly wanted to play outside.  Back then, we didn’t have Internet at my house.  We didn’t get a computer until my brother and I were in high school and needed Internet for homework.  Internet changed our lives.  Well, once we updated from dial-up to the super fast stuff it did.  Now, I pretty much don’t go outside unless it’s to feed the animals.  I mostly stay in my room and Skype with friends.  I bought a cell phone when I started college but still only know how to do a couple things on it because I only use it for emergencies.  I usually use my iPod for texting.  Technology is a great thing but in a way I feel like it is making us lazy.  Almost all the answers to our questions can be found online.  Just type in a keyword and about 219,000,000 results can be found in 0.27 seconds.  Technology makes things extremely easy and for that reason our brains are turning into mush as we speak.  When texting we don’t spell things out which contributes to the slaughter of our knowledge and we forget how to spell words that seemed so easy to spell before we started texting.  Calculators do the work for us.  Where is the challenge these days?  Answer:  There is no true challenge.  We rely on technology too much; therefore, we don’t challenge our brains enough.  With that being said, sometimes in some situations I feel technology ruins us and that we should try to stop being so reliant on technology.  Not only does technology make us somewhat lazy, it’s taking our jobs.  So the question is…is some of the technology we have today really worth it?