What A Crappy Font will Do

Fonts say much more than the text they display. Fonts are full of style and meaning.

It’s an assignment based on this:
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Not-strong-mark/5226613

Take a well know logo and remix it using a different font. The crappier the font, the better. Or maybe you think a different font might even improve the logo. Either way, change it and see if it truly does make a difference.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/what-a-crappy-font-will-do/

2 Points!

Nike

At first, I looked at this particular assignment and kept scrolling through the options thinking, how stupid! But then it hit me. I went back and played around with different fonts for the athletic clothing brand, Nike.  When I found this font it somewhat caught me off guard. Gave me feelings of “Wow, that is ugly” but also gave me thoughts of “I wonder if this would appeal to the non-athletic type and the people that don’t usually buy Nike Apparel. I don’t know if I would say I like this font but I think it would be interesting to see if Nike gave it a shot. I think they would be surprised at what would happen if they featured this on a few of their items.

“You’re Doing it Wrong”

I like to say this phrase a lot “You’re doing it wrong.” Just as dry and monotone as I can manage. If it’s timed perfectly, I can’t amuse myself better any other way. Your assignment is to  find the best possible photo you can of someone or something “doing it wrong.” Sometimes people drive the wrong way on a one-way street or there are signs or stairs that point or lead nowhere. Find something wrong and riff on it. Two stars, cause it’s a photo that might take some hunting but no editing is required.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/youre-doing-it-wrong/

2 Points!

baseball kid gets one in the nuts funny

I found this picture a while back and could not resist using it for this assignment. I have an even greater appreciation for this photo because of my love for baseball and it fits the “You’re Doing it Wrong” quote perfectly.  Obviously from this photo you can see the ball is no where near the “strike zone” but the kid swang his bat anyways! You cant win them all in life and this poor kid certainly did not win this one.

Storytelling Collage

Telling a story in a collage, creating a story for someone to view

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/storytelling-collage/

3 Points!

fish

Top Left:

My brother and I head to the dock at 5am to pick up the boat. Our friends at the marina grab the crane and our boat is being lifted out of the water. We back the trailer to the ramp and the boat is placed on the trailer. On to the next spot!

Middle Left:

We get to the water around 630am and we’re ready to go. We fire up the engine and off we go.

Bottom Left:

This is a picture of my brother driving the boat. Wind in our faces and reaching speeds of 60mph. Living the dream.

Right:

This is a picture of myself holding a Charleston SC redfish. We fished for around 20 minutes before the first bite but this fish decided he wanted the top water popper. It was a good fight and a good start to our long day on the water.

This collage tells the story of a summer down in Charleston South Carolina. My brother and myself have a huge love for fishing and if we could do it everyday we would. I created this collage using an application of my phone called picstitch. It was very easy to use and I think the best way to create this collage. This was an interesting assignment not only using the application but it brought back memories from our vacation and is making me want to skip over winter!

What’s In Your Bag?

Your purse, bag, packpack, murse, whatever, is your constant companion throughout your adult life. What are the essentials in your bag that get you through the day? Take a picture of the items and detail each of them with a description.

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/whats-in-your-bag/

3 Points!

backpack

Above is a picture of some of the things Gambino carries around on a daily basis. On the top left is a belt clip for Gambino’s phone. Gambino does a lot of business and his phone is one of his most important possessions. Below the belt clip is a knife. A knife goes along with Gambino’s gun although I could not get a picture of his gun. Gambino runs into trouble from time to time and having weapons of self defense is the only way to go. There is a bottle of Jim Beam whiskey and a can of tobacco because we all know that Gambino is never seen without some sort of alcohol or some sort of tobacco. Lastly, the playing cards are an essential for Gambino as he does a lot of betting and is all about the high stakes money.

Finding a few of these products was a little challenging but I found that they fit the Gambino personality perfectly. I used a filter on my phone to change the contrast to black and white to fit the noir style. One of Gambino’s biggest traits would be his gun but I kind of doubt that ill ever be able to capture a photo of it. Of course Gambino carries other things but these few things are his essentials.

Still Shots of Noir

Noir Still 1

My fist still was taken in a bathroom. You can see the shower curtain left barely open, the strange puddle of water seeping out of the shower, and the “forgotten” knife left on the toilet. Maybe this was work of a possessed, cynical cop killer. The shot portrays an extreme level of uneasiness and there is definitely more than  just what the picture captured. Incredibly dark and gloomy!

Noir Still 2

This next shot features a bottle of Whiskey, a freshly poured glass of whiskey, a tobacco product, a knife, and playing cards. These elements become important in creating a shady and unsettling situation. Brings questions like “Who is here?” and “What happens next?” to the table. Also relates to my created character, Gambino de Luca. The lighting on the bottle and the can of tobacco is also very noir in my opinion.

Reflection on Noir Films

Killer’s Kiss

The first film I watched was Killer’s Kiss. Killer’s Kiss does an amazing job of capturing noir characteristics and they are all over the place in this film. To start off with setting I did a little research and found that, Kubrick the director of this film, started shooting with a basic Hollywood theme of sound and lighting but Kubrick became frustrated and move the shooting which featured an old apartment, a dance hall, and a train station which embraced the typical noir setting. To me Kubrick’s use of setting in this film was his largest portrayal of noir. He featured an aspect of the tough city life, the few scenes of Broadway, and the beat down, unsettling apartments. The three main characters, the boxer, the girl (who was a dancer) and the gangster also fit many of the noir films.

He Walked by Night

The second film I watched was He Walked by Night. To be completely honest I was kind of mad at myself for watching this film. I didn’t exactly enjoy it. It did though incorporate aspects of film noir. To start, of course the black and white setting. Something that jumped out at me that hasn’t in the other noir films was actually the music. I’m not sure if it was just me but the music was terrific and just added so much more cynical, suspenseful drama to the film. Probably just me! Next, this film featured the crazy, creepy, cop killer that everyone loves in a noir. The cop was unquestionably the highlight of the film. Lastly, the chase that took place in the sewer system at the conclusion of the film incorporated the classic noir ending.

 

 

Experience with Photography

To start off, I love photos. My dad has been an active photographer nearly his whole life and growing up around his love of photo taking I have most definitely taken interest in the “sport”. I call it a sport because to me there’s so much that goes into it that people don’t realize. To call it a hobby is ridiculous.

I never used to take many photos mainly because I didn’t have the money to spend on a camera but with the developing technology of smart phones taking photos is a breeze. I am a huge enthusiast of the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, any sports, or even just hanging out. Almost all of the photos I have taken are either on the water or in the woods and to me it just doesn’t get more beautiful.

I wouldn’t say that I have a particular approach to taking photos although there are definitely certain things that I try to capture. Whether it be the sunrise or sunset, a bald eagle flying over the water, a deer eating corn next to a tree, a duck landing in the water, or just me holding a fish I take pictures of them all. In taking photos of these I also take photos with the people I do these activities with. I think that falls into the category of capturing feeling or meaning. Spending time outdoors is great but doing it with the people that mean the most to me is even better.

I think that in the future if I look towards the things that I don’t always focus on I will be much happier with my photos. There’s many things in nature that are clear to see and right in front of you although there’s so many things hidden that need to be captured or maybe not captured and leave it up to whoever is looking at the photo to interpret what I was trying to say.

Below I’ve linked a few shots to Flickr that my father has taken and I hope that I can take one day too!

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Alternative Ending

Ole Andreson was lying on the bed with all his clothes on. He had been a heavyweight prizefighter and he was too long for the bed. He lay with his head on two pillows. He did not look at Nick. “What was it? ” he asked. ” I was up at Henry’s,” Nick said, “and two fellows came in and tied up me and the cook, and they said they were going to kill you.” It sounded silly when he said it. Ole Andreson said nothing. “They put us out in the kitchen,” Nick went on. “They were going to shoot you when you came in to supper.” Ole Andreson looked at the wall and did not say anything. The next morning Ole Anderson packed his bags and seemed to be on some sort of mission. Andreson received a phone call and in the blink of an eye he disappeared. Andreson had been introduced to a man with the name of Gambino De Luca. The two paired up and are now running the town of Sicily. Andreson is acting as Gambino’s “body guard” and the two are perfect for each other. Gambino brings a lot of heart pumping action to the table and Andreson could not be more excited to get things going.

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10 Seconds of Thanks 2.5 Stars

1. Using a timer, write what you’re thankful for in just 10 seconds! Anything and everything that you can think of being thankful for is fair game, but stop at 10 seconds.
2. Share what you’ve written on a blog, wiki, or some other digital space that others can comment on.
3. Bonus! Complete a 10 second drawing of yourself to accompany your writing

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my dog, and everyone in my life.

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