Reflection Blog Post

My favorite project I did this semester was the logo project. Making logos is something that really interests me. I enjoy the concept of figuring out what symbols, pictures, and/or words can go together to establish one logo that represents a company’s values.  I also really like making multiple sketch then choosing which one worked and fit the best with the topic.

Learning all the basics of the Adobe suite throughout this course will really help me in the future. I feel like now, if I need to I can use any Abode program to create, edit, or piece something together. This is a skill I can put on my resume and better my chances at some jobs that could require having some previous knowledge using the Adobe Suite.

I see myself going into a job in public relations or marketing. This class has given me the basics I need to know about blogging, as well as endorsing a company or topic. This will be influential in my career path because it has made me want to start a blog and get my name out there. I can use the skills learned in this class to help with that.\

I feel that all skills I wanted to learn, I did in this class. I now can make a logo, make and edit a video of my own, create great audios, etc.

One site that was very useful was Sound Cloud. I was able to find music I could use on my projects that was free and available for all users and able to remix it. I also found that doing research on various websites about your own topic can help you decide what you really want to accomplish out of your own blog.

One thing I wish I had done was come into lab more, I feel that could have benefited me a lot and I could have improved my skills even more.  I realize that I need to step out of my comfort zone and ask for help more. This is something I will do more in my classes next semester.

Thanks to all who have helped with this blog and read my posts!

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Final Video Story

This is my final video story.  It started out as an interview of a friend of mine who is also gluten free. She talked about why she went gluten free, the benefits of the lifestyle, her biggest struggle with it and tips. Following is a clip of the gluten free isle at the grocery store and then my food at home that I use a lot. I was not happy with the overall video I had for my draft. The video clips didn’t really flow together and the interview had a lot of background noise that got in the way. My friend was not available to do another take of the interview so I decided to go in a little bit of a different direction.

First I started my new video project with a title slide introducing the topic, then it goes into a clip of me giving a little bit of background about my topic and personal history with my gluten free lifestyle. Proceeding is a few clips in the grocery store where I show some of my favorite items. It ends with a closing slide. Throughout the video I have an upbeat song playing at a low volume to add more to the overall mood.

I had a little bit of trouble with the video somehow being sped up at the start so it looked like my mouth was not lining up with my speech. This was a bit frustrating but I just took the clip out then re-inserted it and it was successful. Other than that I did not run into any major problems. Adobe Premiere Pro got easier after I watched more tutorials online to help guide me. I used the tutorials to help add the transitions between video clips and get the opening and closing slides just right. Using Adobe Premiere Pro was somewhat confusing to me because there is a lot going on within the application. I struggled a bit while making the draft however got better with it as time went on and I got more practice with it.

I am now happy with the way My final video turned out.

Here is the link to the background music that I found on SoundCloud:

https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/morning-sun-free-happy-background-music

 

draft video story

This is the draft of my video story.  It starts out with a friend of mine who is also gluten free. She talks about why she went gluten free, the benefits of the lifestyle, her biggest struggle with it and tips. Following is a clip of the gluten free isle at the grocery store and then my food at home that I use a lot.

I would like to add a voice over to the last two clips. I tried to add me talking about finding items when shopping along with what I typically eat but the sound turned out very distorted and weird so I did not end up using it in this draft. I also planned on the interview only being 30 seconds but I realized that was pretty unrealistic for the amount of questions I asked and to get thoughtful responses. For the final product I was thinking of separating the questions I asked to put them in different parts of the whole video. I am also planning on putting some background music at a low volume.

Using Adobe Premiere is somewhat confusing to me because there is a lot going on within the application. I struggled a bit while making this draft. I did not run into any major problems but I want to look up some YouTube tutorials to help me add better effects. This video also took a very long time to upload to YouTube for some reason so I hope its faster for the final product but well see.

Another thing I am planning on adding is a “title page” or a type of starting slide. Overall there are still some things I would like to add but this is the basic idea of what am would like to do.

raw footage and storyboard

Below is my storyboard and YouTube videos I took myself.  This video project is about gluten free food/alternatives.

Storyboard: Gluten Free Foods

Visual Elements Audio Elements
0:00-0:30  First will start out with a video of me. I will be talking briefly about how gluten intolerance affects me daily.
0:30-1:00 grocery store setting. Gluten free products Short information by me about where to find the products in the store and what they are a replacement to. Ambient grocery store sounds.
1:00 – 1:30  interview of gluten free friend. Talks about her own tips she has for others.
1:30 – 2:00  video footage of products I have at home/cooking. Short wrap up by me.

Raw Footage Videos:

 

Final Audio Story

This is my final audio story. I made my audio story a narrative. It is me talking about the gluten free lifestyle. I was not really sure which sounds to record to incorporate but I finally thought that kitchen sounds would make the most sense. The sound at the beginning and end is chicken being cooked. I find myself cooking/grilling meat often so I found this very relevant to this audio story. I also added in some background music, it is just a little bit of piano and I think it really adds a lot to the mood. I downloaded the song from Soundcloud and it can be found at this link: https://soundcloud.com/rachel-wilkes-845200734/final-audio.

I did a little bit of research on gluten to add some accurate definitions and information to what I was talking about.  Other than the definition of gluten and where it comes from, I just use my own knowledge about everything I have experienced on my own. I first wrote myself my script of what I would say in the recording. Once I recorded my narrative part, I went to my kitchen and while I was cooking I took some recordings of sounds that were taking place. I placed one at the start and one at the end.  I had 3 separate tracks that I brought into Adobe Audition. I then played around with the overlapping and finally exported it as an MP3 and uploaded it to sound cloud. I was planning on incorporating a chopping or cutting sound but I did not like the way it sounded.  Also, I added in another 45 seconds of me taking about my personal journey with gluten. I am glad I did this because I want people to realize that a gluten intolerance can come up at any point in your life.

I would say that it was not too challenging to use Adobe Audition. For the final project I will play around more with some of the tools provided in Audition. One thing I did in the final that I did not do in the draft was I played with the volumes a lot. I did not realize how important this was. My draft was all wonky sounding because some parts were a lot louder than others and it created an odd flow. There is a lot going on when looking at audition and your tracks uploaded. I do not know what a lot of it is so it is just a little intimidating.  I did not run into any major challenges.

Draft Audio Story

This is my draft audio story. I made my audio story a narrative. It is me talking about the gluten free lifestyle. I was not really sure which sounds to record to incorporate but I finally thought that kitchen sounds would make the most sense. The sound at the beginning is a blender and the sound at the end is chicken being cooked. I find myself blending smoothies a lot as well as cooking/grilling meat so I found this very relevant to this audio story.

I did a little bit of research on gluten to add some accurate definitions and information to what I was talking about.  Other than the definition of gluten and where it comes from, I just use my own knowledge about everything I have experienced on my own. I first wrote myself my script of what I would say in the recording. Once I recorded my narrative part, I went to my kitchen and while I was cooking I took some recordings of sounds that were taking place. I placed one at the start and one at the end.  I had 3 separate tracks that I brought into Adobe Audition. I then played around with the overlapping and finally exported it as an MP3 and uploaded it to sound cloud.

I would say that it was not too challenging to use Adobe Audition. However, for this draft I just used the basics. For the final project I will play around more with some of the tools provided in Audition. There is a lot going on when looking at audition and your tracks uploaded. I do not know what a lot of it is so it is just a little intimidating.  I have not yet run into any major challenges. The only problem I had was that when I posted the sound cloud track to this post, I am not sure why it is using that photo, I tried to change it many times but it doesnt seem to work but I will figure that out for the final submission.

Logo Final Project

logo-final

This is my final logo project! My topic is about being gluten free so I wanted the text to be straight forward. I also want to incorporate wheat somehow because when I was doing some research on the internet, every logo I found about gluten used wheat as well. Wheat plays a huge part in a gluten free diet, in that you have to completely cut it out.

To make this, I first started with the oval shape using the ellipse tool. Then I chose a color to fill it in with. I wanted to do either a green or a cream color. I figured the green would make the wheat stand out best. I also wanted some sort of border so I gave the shape a white thick stroke and it ended up looking a lot better. The draft did not include the stroke border so I could see a huge difference in the end. I then went on to the text. I used the text tool to first type out “gluten free” then I did the “100%”  after because I wanted it to be larger in size. I changed the font and played around with the stroke size and color. I went with a darker green for the stroke color. Next I used the paint brush for the stem of the wheat and then used the ellipse tool again to make the leaf shapes coming off of it. I made copies of the original single leaf so they were all the same size. I filled them the same color as the steam and moved them around a bit and played with the angles to make it look realistic.

I utilized the varsity lettering tutorials to help with creating the text. I struggled a little with Illustrator as it is fairly difficult to use. I feel like it is hard to make what I am envisioning. Some of the tools really threw me off. Something that kept happening while I was using the paint brush tool was that the line it was making had several lines within it and whenever I tried to change it, it would go straight back but eventually I got it to work. Additionally, when I worked on the logo using campus computers and transferred it to my laptop I would have to change the fonts because the versions of Illustrator were different. The last issue I had was when I finally finished and was happy with the result, I uploaded it to word press and the color looks a lot different from when I have it open in Illustrator. It is a lot more of a vibrant, bright green than a dark forest green. This was a little upsetting at first.

The feedback I received on my logo draft was really helpful and constructive.  My peers liked the use of green and the wheat and said they could easily tell what my project topic was. So I kept both of those things. However, I worked harder on the wheat and made to pieces to add to the overall logo. I think this looks a lot better. I also added a border as one of my classmates suggested. Something I thought was necessary was to change the font. I made it a lot tighter and neater which I like. In the end I added a couple stars as well so tie it all together. I am really happy with the changes that I made.

I did not use any materials that were not mine. I created everything in Adobe Illustrator.

logo draft

logo-draft-jpeg

This is my logo draft! My topic is about being gluten free so I wanted the text to be straight forward. I also want to incorporate wheat somehow because when I was doing some research, every logo I found about gluten used wheat as well. When eating gluten free, you have to cut wheat out of your diet, and that is one of the main factors of not eating gluten.

To make this, I first started with the oval shape using the ellipse tool. Then I chose a color to fill it in with. I wanted to do either a green or a cream color. I figured the green would make the wheat stand out best. I then went on to the text. I used the text tool to first type out “gluten free” then I did the “100%”  after because I wanted it to be larger in size. I changed the font and played around with the stroke size and color. I went with a darker green for the stroke color. Next i used the paint brush for the stem of the wheat and then used the ellipse tool again to make the leaf shapes coming off of it. I filled them the same color as the steam and moved them around a bit.

I utilized the varsity lettering tutorials to help with creating the text. I struggled a little with Illustrator as it is fairly difficult to use. I feel like it is hard to make what I am envisioning. Some of the tools really threw me off. Something that kept happening while I was using the paint brush tool was that the line it was making had several lines within it and whenever I tried to change it, it would go straight back but eventually I got it to work.

I did not use any materials that were not mine. I created everything in Adobe Illustrator.