Design Concepts

Design Concepts

Design itself is the planning of an object’s presentation so that it achieves its purpose.

Color helps to create moods and draw the attention of lookers to key elements. This can be done using bold colors, or no color at all depending on the purpose and the emotion that is intended. There are many categories of color, complementary, warm, cool, tints and shades. Colors also have meanings.

Typography is the visual component of a written word. Fonts depend on weight, style, spacing, color of the type, and other characteristics. If you think about the difference between the type on signs like road signs and traffic signs compared to the store signs and the signs that are meant to market something, they are drastically different.

Metaphors/Symbols is the idea to use symbols to indicate what something means without having to put the actual words. For example, a bathroom sign or a hearing aid sign. They do not say the actual words but the meaning is implied by using symbols.

Minimalism and Use of Space is using the least to convey the meaning. A good example of this was the elevator’s buttons. They simply show arrows up and down, and a fireman’s cap to show emergency, and a phone to show the call button. The idea is to be able to look at something and know what it means. (Exit sign is also a good example)

Balance is basically the difference between using an asymmetrical image versus a symmetrical one and using them with purpose. For example, a government issued sign wouldn’t be asymmetrical, but a sign for a bar or a clothing store may not be symmetrical.

Rhythm is repetition used to create a pattern or a texture. There is a defined interval space between the repeating image.

Proportion is the relationship in scale between one object and another object. It helps to create a depth and determine what is the important aspect of the image.

Dominance relates to proportion. Whatever is taking up the most space or is written in the boldest color or contrasts with the rest of the image is where the eye is going to go first. Whatever part of the image has the most visual depth is the dominant aspect.

Unity is the relationship between the different parts of the image. The individual parts will make up a whole.

Off I go on a “safari” to find some examples here in good ol’ Fred!


Creative Commons Blog

The most useful tool that I found out there on the world wide web was the .org website for “Creative Commons”… They spelled out exactly what creative commons is and their mission statement and then went on earlier to explain each of the six licenses in an elementary way. I appreciated this elementary type explanation because quite frankly, I had no idea what creative commons was at all. 

So I learned that creative commons is a way to share knowledge and creativity and do it in a legal and technical way. Creative Commons was founded in 2001 and by 2003 a million licenses were working. The idea spread rapidly and by 2005 20 million licenses were working. They continued to grow and the most recent count in 2009 showed 350 million licenses working. I read all of this information, the whole time thinking.. what licenses?

Creative Commons offers six licenses with different restrictions on sharing work with others. 

Attribution. (CC BY) This license allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your original work as long as the original work is credited back to you. This seemed to be the least restrictive and the most reasonable for me as a ds106 student.

Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY SA) This license is the same as the Attribution license except that the sharer must license the new tweaked work identically to the original license.

Attribution-NoDeriv (CC BY ND) This license allows redistribution, both commercially and non-commercially, however the work must be the original work without any tweaking, remixing, etc. And that work must still be credited to the originator. 

Attribution-NonCommerical (CC BY NC) This license is the same at the Attribution license work cannot be shared commercially.

  Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike (CC BY NC SA) This license is just like the Attribution-NonCommercial license, except that the work must be licensed identically to the way the originator licenses their own work.

         Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike-NoDeriv (CC BY SA ND) This is the most restrictive of the licenses. The work cannot be changed, it can’t be shared commercially, and it must be licenses identically to the originator’s license. The work also has to credit to originator.


Again, I felt as though the .org was more informative than the other sites that I saw. I looked at the Wikipedia page as well. This .org site was most useful because it explained the concept, the licenses, gave examples and also explained how to license your own work using the license icons. It also explained that only copy righted work is able to be licensed through Creative Commons. This site is where I learned the most.


Again, the license that seems to make the most sense to me is the first “Attribution” license. This has the fewest restrictions and it makes the most sense because I wouldn’t really mind it people changed or remixed or tweaked my work. I can’t really imagine anyone even being interested in using something that I created, but it they did it would be nice to be recognized as the originator. 

DailyCreate on tdc498

DailyCreate on tdc498

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do this in my own picture, but I assume it doesn’t matter. And I have wanted to shed a little light on my own photo from this lovely 498 day.
A piece of food. Coming in.. The rest of this will be written in the perspective of the food on my imaginary fork.
“Are you serious? Me? You never eat everything on your plate. I thought you were full. I was sure I was safe until the next round… Leftovers. You try to drown me in a pool of some questionable tomatoey substance before chewing me up? Oh that seems fair. Not to mention the very hot environment I endured before I even landed on your plate. A day in the life, I guess”

4 Lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve

4 Lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve

The assignment was to make something in a drawing program with 4 lines, 5 dots, and 1 curve. I did a baseball diamond using a free drawing program online.

We’ve Found Your Match

We've Found Your Match

The assignment was to find a celebrity look alike of one of your friends. I spent some time on facebook. And realized that my friend looks just like Jim Carey in the olden days. The resemblance is uncanny.

Larger than Life

Larger than Life

I used my coffee cut on the table and took a picture with my iphone from an above perspective to make it look really big. This is only partly to show creativity. The other part is showing the amount of coffee it is taking me to get through this class.

Celebrity Life

I decided to combine the idea of the twilight zone and the Celebrity Life Assignment. I put my face on this cover. I simply removed an oval from the picture and took a webcam picture and put it where it should have been someone elses face.

Picture 55

Episode 4,5,and6 of ds106zone LoDown

I got behind on listening to the radio and wish that I hadn’t. I could have used these tips about the blogs and the weekly summary when they were being given out, instead of 3 days later. These episodes taught me to keep up. Well, everything is teaching to be keep up. Professor Groom, you were not kidding when you tried to scare us away in the beginning of the week. I think I am hanging on with dear life.

Episode 3 of ds106zone LoDown

I really don’t like the name AudioBoo.. but I am sure the app is great. Most of what I got from this was the idea that the iphone sound is pretty equivalent to the soundcloud posts from the past posts. I am wondering if he uses the head phones on his iphone to record into the mouthpiece to reduce outside noise.. maybe I will comment and ask.

Episode 2 of the ds106zone lodown

The best part of this episode was the idea of using a mobile app device to record things. This made it seem like I might actually be able to do this because I have experience recording things with my phone. I also used a recording app on my ipad to record interviews for a research methods class last semester. I am excited try soundcloud too.


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