Almost Famous

The Jenna Show has been on air for 19 years, 1 month, and 21 days. It all started when Jenna was born. She was to be the main character of the show, and grow up with everyone watching. She wouldn’t be acting, and the audience loved her for it. They all knew her like a best friend, a sister even, but she didn’t really know anyone.

She had always wanted to travel, but her parents “couldn’t afford” to send her anywhere. When she turned 18, she started fundraising so she could visit somewhere other than her small town. It seemed to her like no one else had ever left that town. Her fundraising efforts had to be dismantled. We had cast and crew steal the money, we had special effects wind blow it away, we even had her identity stolen once she started using the bank. That was the only thing I ever regretted about this show. I never felt that we were depriving her of anything until that day.

Anyways, I don’t have much to do with the show anymore. I just designed the logo. I designed it to be blue and pink because we originally didn’t know whether it would be a boy or girl on the show. My career has taken off as a graphic designer after The Jenna Show first aired. I will be forever grateful to her, though she will never know me.

I chose this 4 star assignment because I wanted to make a logo for the “show.” I wanted it to be simple and represent what the show is about (basically constant surveillance). I was happy to find a pre-made logo with these colors because they are two of my favorite colors. I wanted to make something that was unmistakable as The Jenna Show, and something that people would remember.


I used to create this logo. First, I added the text by clicking the T text button. I typed in The Jenna Show.

I then chose a font. I selected the Handwriting category then the Rock Salt font. I wanted something easy to read but that would also stand out.

I then navigated to the search bar at the top lefthand corner of the screen and searched “camera.”

I selected the logo I liked best. I then resized it by dragging the corners or the logo, just like in  Powerpoint.

I then moved the text by clicking and dragging the text box to the center of the video camera. Then I changed the color of the text by highlighting the text and using the color wheel on the bottom right hand corner to match the words to the pink of the camera.

You can then click the save button in the upper right hand corner, and choose the free option!



Harry Potter And…Jenna

Choose one of your favorite movie quotes and insert the quote over an image from the movie you chose.

Some of my favorite movies ever are the Harry Potter series. There isn’t one I don’t like. ABC family frequently runs Harry Potter marathons, especially during the summer. So when I chose this assignment for 3 stars, I knew exactly what movie I would choose a quote from. Also, if you are going through all of my posts, you might be sensing a theme here.

J.K. Rowling is not only a great author, but also a great person. She frequently tweets hilariously and that is another reason that I’ve had Harry Potter on my mind. The true reason, though, isn’t as shameless as a J.K. Rowling tweet or an ABC family movie marathon. No. My inspiration was something greater. It was my recent Harry Potter Back To Back Movie Marathon. No sleeping, minimal bathroom breaks, and absolutely NO pausing the movie.

I have wanted to do this marathon for a long time, but I never had the opportune moment. But at the beginning of this summer, with the support of my mom, I endeavored to watch all eight Harry Potter films straight. The hardest part wasn’t staying awake, it was actually trying to sit comfortably for so long (19 hours and 38 minutes, without credits). I had to stand up and jump around a little after the third movie, and did so every so often following that first episode of jumping jacks. I didn’t eat as much as I expected to, but I guess sitting on a couch for 19 hours doesn’t really work up an appetite. My biggest tip would be to be very conscious of your water intake. While you don’t want to be dehydrated, you also can’t pause the movie, so drink responsibly. This would be much more doable if it were split into two days, and I would do that in the future. I’m glad I completed this task, but never again.

I chose this quote because Dumbledore is the smartest man, real or fake, I’ve ever known (or not known) and his quotes always resonate with me. This one especially. Here’s how I created this simple quote.


First, find your movie and your quote. The quote I chose was “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was spoken by Dumbledore. Then I opened a Powerpoint and typed in this quote.

Then, Google a picture of the character who said the quote, in this case Dumbledore, and find a high quality picture. Right click the image and save as to your desktop.

Then insert this picture into the Powerpoint by clicking insert > photo > picture from file and selecting your picture.

Move the photo to the background by selecting the photo, right click and choose arrange > send to back.

Now that the quote is back on top, highlight all the words to make them a good font and size. I chose the font Gabriola and set the quote to size 28 and the movie credit to size 18.

Then save the Powerpoint as a PNG or JPEG file.

When uploading to WordPress, select add media and then upload files. Click and drag the photo into the upload files folder and click insert into post. Once inserted into post, click the photo and a tool bar will appear. Click on the pencil. Then choose edit original.

Next, click and drag across the preview image. A border will appear and you can adjust the edges to crop out the white border. Click the crop icon in the upper lefthand corner to finish the crop. Then click save.

And there you have it, the finished product.

2 Hours to 4 Icons

Reduce a movie, story, or event into its basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons, four of them. Write your blog post up but do not give away the answer!

I clicked on this week’s suggested assignments because it was late and I needed inspiration. When I saw the One Story/Four Icons assignment, for 3.5 stars, I was so excited to complete it. I had already had experience working with The Noun Project for a previous design assignment and I liked the simplicity and ease the logos afforded my designs. I also love movies, and I wanted to do the movie poster assignment, but was too intimidated. I figured this one would challenge me in the same way creatively, but be easier to execute. I chose my movie (it is one of my favorites) and this is how I created my movie reduction. I posted the finished design on Twitter so that I could see responses of what movie people thought it was. If you want to see the movie revealed, click here.

First think of a movie or story you know well and can reduce down to just four icons. Got it? Good. Now go to The Noun Project and search for and download the icons you want. Keep in mind that the logos should have the same style and line thickness so that they look like they belong together.

My first step was actually to think through my designs and sketch them out. I recommend doing this so there is a vision and you know exactly what to search for. At this step, I had not yet decided what movie to do but these drawings are for two different movies.


Once I finally decided my movie, I searched for lightning bolt.

Then click download > PNG > creative commons. If you don’t have an account it will ask you to create one. Making an account is free and allows you to download all these logos for free through creative commons as long as you give credit to the artist.

I then searched for and downloaded three more icons, and used the same downloading process as the first one.

I searched for a broom, an owl, and an envelope.

I’m sure by now most of you know what movie I’m describing. I know it’s obvious but it’s one of my favorite movies/stories of al time so just bear with me.

Then, open Powerpoint and insert all the logos. Do them each one at a time.

After inserting the logo, crop the name out by selecting format picture > crop. A border will appear around the photo. Click and drag the border until the name is outside of it, then select crop again.

Then insert and crop the remaining logos using the steps above.

Then click and drag logos around the screen and resize them until it looks the way you want.

I wanted the broom to angle the other way, so I selected format picture > rotate > flip horizontal.

Then I made sure it was in the order I wanted with correct spacing, and I grouped all the logos together. Click and drag over the whole slide so that all the logos are selected. Next, right click and select grouping > group.

The last step is to save as a PNG or JPEG. Now your four icon movie can be uploaded anywhere!

Making the World a Better Place, One Design at a Time

I chose the Minimalize Your Philosophy assignment, worth 2.5 stars, because I wanted to try my hand at designing something from scratch. I wanted to take into consideration Vignelli’s points as well. I focused mostly on choosing the right font and keeping the spacing of the design aesthetically pleasing. At first I wasn’t even sure what my philosophy is, so my first step was to figure that out. After some searching and reading articles on other people’s philosophies, I decided my philosophy would be “Make the world a better place.”

Pick your favorite quote OR make up your own phrase which describes a philosophy that you try to live by. Design a minimalist poster depicting the concept.

I was born on earth day, and every year when my birthday rolls around I try to focus more on the earth around me than myself. Of course I try to respect the earth every day, but on earth day there is so much attention brought onto the well-being of our planet, I want to respect that attention it deserves. I am also planning to major in environmental science. The funny thing is, I was never that interested in the sciences during high school. I had never considered environmental science as a major or a job, so I still don’t know what I want to do, other than to make the world a better place.

During my first year at UMW I took many different classes that interested me, including environmental science and digital studies. I think those two courses, and now this one, have culminated to give me all the insight I need to complete this assignment. I care about the earth, I have a good amount of knowledge on digital literacy, and through this class I have expanded on my design comprehension and visual literacy. So here I go, trying to save the earth, one design at a time.

This minimalist design represents what I stand for and reflects my personality. The blue flowing background is calm like I (usually) am, and the globe itself is something I feel connected to.


I wanted a simple image of a globe, so I went to The Noun Project, knowing that they had simple logos. I searched “earth” and picked out one I liked. Then click download and choose PNG and the creative commons option. You will then be prompted to make an account; just enter your email so that you can download items for free, just make sure to give the artists credit. This globe image is by Nikita Kozin.

Then I searched for a picture of rays of light, because I wanted to but the rays behind the earth in my design. The following design is by Goker Cebeci. If you want to pay for The Noun Project then you can download pictures in color ad under the royalty free option. I did not pay, so I downloaded this image the same as the previous one.

I then opened a blank Powerpoint slide and inserted the two images. I cropped the names out of the logos by going to format picture > crop and adjusting the borders so that it is just the logo.

I then dragged the rays into the center of the slide and inserted a circle by going to insert > shapes > oval and clicking and dragging until the circle was as big as I wanted the globe to be.

I then changed the color of the circle by clicking on the paint bucket and choosing white. Then click the pencil and choose no line so there is no outline.

Then move the globe on top of the white circle and fit it so that the edge of the globe lines up with the edge of the white circle.

Add text to the screen by going to insert > textbox and type in your philosophy. Then go through the fonts and choose one that fits. I chose Lucida Grande. Then choose a font size that fits, I chose 36 point font, and then centered the textbox. 

Next, merge all the layers together. Highlight all the images (2 logos and white circle), right click and select grouping > group to merge all three layers into one. Then move the image until it is centered on the screen.

Lastly, change the background. Click on themes then choose the theme breeze.


Then save the Powerpoint and save as a JPEG or PNG file.



Star Donuts

Your goal for this assignment is to take your favorite company’s trademark image or logo and reinterpret it in a way that reflects the design of its enemy. The important thing is to still have the original company’s message and essence within the new design, but masked by the competitor’s look.

This 4.5 star design assignment piqued my interest by the interesting logo that was designed; it combined McDonald’s and Burger King. I immediately wanted to do this assignment because of the cultural relevance of the project, and because creative thinking is required. I love Starbucks and sometimes go to Dunkin’ Donuts, but I am biased towards the more trendy (and expensive) Starbucks.

Once I decided to tackle this assignment I knew I wanted to do a really well known company and it’s slightly lesser counterpart (in my eyes), kind of like the McDonald’s and Burger King example. I chose Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts because in high school people chose either one or the other, so it was a fresh debate in my mind. I also love coffee. I wanted to try my hand at integrating designs, especially with logos. Vignelli’s booklet really connected to this assignment because it gave me tips about design and balance. It also gave specific logo suggestions, like not changing classic and engrained logos. I somewhat challenged this notion by altering the classic logo just a little. I chose to keep Starbucks as the overall logo because I figured it was more universally recognizable. Here’s how I did it!


I first Googled the Starbucks logo, and started with this image.

I then decided to use Powerpoint because I had tools in mind that I knew that application had. I started with a blank Powerpoint slide and imported the original Starbucks logo. The first editing step was to insert > basic shapes > donut onto the slide. When the donut is selected, alter the color to match the green logo. I did this by trial and error until I got to a color that was close to the original green.

Next, insert > textbox >wordart and type Dunkin’ into the box. While that box is selected go to effects > transform > arch up to make the text curve.

Then insert another textbox and write Donuts, but this time choose arch down. Next, insert > shapes > stars & banners > 5 point star to add the stars back to the logo. Color the star white, then copy and paste that star onto the other side of the circle.


Then, go to insert > shapes > basic shapes > oval and click and drag to make a circle around the mermaid.

While the circle is selected, click the paint bucket and choose no fill.

Keeping the circle selected, click the pencil and choose white as the color of the outline. Then select line weight and choose a thick option that fits best.

After this step the editing is done. Make sure to save as a JPEG or PNG file so that it will save as one image.



We’ll Get There Eventually

This week’s mandatory assignment was very daunting to me. I am not proficient at extensively editing pictures, so I needed some guidance. I found a tutorial using GIMP, which is what I use, on another blog. This made me feel much less overwhelmed by the project by giving simple, step by step instructions. I did do some things differently, but I never would have known where to start without the other blog post.

Take an existing image and change the concept in where you are at and what you are doing.

Two Original Photos:


Final Product:

I chose these two pictures to combine because they were two of my favorite memories of 2016. The background is a photo of UMW’s campus during our one (lame) snow day this past year, and the second picture is of my best friend Meredith and me in the Bahamas last summer. Meredith lives 5 hours away from me and I don’t see her a lot, but the summer before we both went to college we took a cruise with my family to the Bahamas. I made some of my favorite memories there, like swimming in bright blue waters with dolphins, watching Star Wars in the middle of the ocean, and 24/7 soft serve ice cream service.

I have also made amazing memories and new friends during my first year at UMW, especially on this snow day. My friends and I just hung out and enjoyed our short reprieve from classes in the cold. I also chose these pictures because they are from two opposing climates; the Caribbean beach and a Virginia campus in snow. I thought it would be a more interesting picture to have these two opposites joined together.


The first step is to import the photo you want to cut out into GIMP. Then, using the free select tool, that looks like a lasso, click and drag around the image you want to cut out. I cut out the two people.

Then, right click and select edit > cut

Next, open a new GIMP file and import the photo you want as your background.

Right click on the photo and select edit > paste as > new layer, which will add your previous cut image to the top layer of this image.

While the new layer is still selected, right click and select layer > scale layer which will allow you to increase or decrease the size of the new layer to fit the background.

You can then move the cut and scaled image by selecting the move tool, which looks like fours arrows pointing up, down, left, and right. Just click and drag the image to where you want it.

Then use the zoom tool, that looks like a magnifying glass, to zoom in to about 200%.

Now, using the eraser tool, click and drag over the pixelated edges of the cut image. Just go slow and do little by little. This part doesn’t have to be perfect!

Then use the blur tool, that looks like a water drop, to click and drag over the edges that were just erased so that they can be smoothed out.

At this point, zoom out and male sure the picture looks good. I then saved my image and exported it as a JPEG or PNG file. I then uploaded the image to to edit my picture and make the two layers blend together. I mainly made the overall color cooler and lowered the saturation. Then I downloaded the finished image, and it’s all done!

Happy editing!