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Mind Map Reflection

In my mind map, I decided to solve the problem of whether or not I should get a job while I am at school. I need the money to pay for the car I just purchased as well as the insurance, and there is no way I can get through the entire school year with no regular income. When I am at home, I am lucky enough to have an employer who works with my schedule, allowing me to come home to work whenever I want to. The only problem was that out of the six employees with the same position as me, I always seem to work over forty hours a week while I am home, and the other kids work one or two nights a week. I am reluctant to find an off campus job because I am not only afraid to lose most of my free time, but I am also afraid that I will not be able to keep up with my classes. While money is important to me right now, passing my classes is much more of a priority. I already understood the pros and cons of getting a job, but I am very hesitant for some reason. Actually mapping all of my ideas down on paper assisted me in achieving a sense of clarity. I need to put my fears aside and get a job, because it is too necessary for my life. I only listed about five things that I needed to pay for, but the list could continue to grow if I did not care about my mind map being aesthetically pleasing. Last year, I purposely did not get a job so I could adjust to my new lifestyle as a freshman in college. Now that I am a sophomore, I have fully acclimated to my environment, and I know it will be much easier to add a job into my life. Last year, I often found myself bored and unmotivated. Living a passive life is not something that is good for my mental stability, and being constantly stationary assisted me in losing the desire to go to classes, complete my homework, study, etc. If I had a job, I could develop my time management skills further, which could ultimately help me in the adult world. I used many icons in order to catch the viewers’ attention and make my work more enjoyable to view. It can help someone to further understand the problem I am trying to solve rather than just reading words and not being fully immersed in my work. If I had more time, I would use computer software to create my mind map. Graphic design is one of my majors, and I enjoy looking at refined pieces rather than hand drawn pieces, especially if it is a representation of myself. However, I did find hand-creating the map very therapeutic; it did not feel like a homework assignment, but instead a process that I needed to go through in order to face a problem that I have been avoiding for weeks now. Mind maps are an efficient way to work through situations as well as take notes. It is not just a vanilla way to plot your information, and I will definitely use this method in the future

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Route Map

When thinking what I was going to make my map of, I immediately decided on my daily commute to class. I make this drive multiple times a day, so I figured it would be perfect to try to recreate from memory. Without traffic, it should be a little less than a ten minute drive, but with the help of the bridge work, I am usually stuck on my route for 25 minutes. I first leave from the Baypoint Conference Center, where I am dorming this year and turn right onto Boyds Lane. I then drive down that street until I reach the Mount Hope Bridge. I drive through the intersection and enter onto the bridge, and Bristol Ferry Road. I then sit in about ten or fifteen minutes of traffic on the bridge as I wait to be let through the road work. After that, I get off the bridge and drive through another intersection and down Old Ferry Road to the parking garage, which is right past New Res. Some of the important information in my map includes all of the buildings that are included in the Roger Williams University campus, including Baypoint altough it is not technically “on campus”. They play a huge role in helping me get to my destination, so I know when to turn. Another important factor in this map is the Mount Hope Bridge. Although it is annoying to drive over, I would not be able to get to and from my classes without it. A problem that I encountered was the scaling. Obviously, when creating something strictly from memory, it is nearly impossible to perfectly scale the components of your piece. It is clear that there is a random jumble of buildings including Stonewall, CAS, Gabelli School of Business, and the Architecture Building. I guided myself with the mental images I created when thinking about what I saw from the street. My method clearly did not work, but the placement of those buildings are not crucial factors in the instructions to get to the parking garage. I also did not have enough space to include the actual parking garage, which was another mistake. For the most part, I tend to park in any spaces on campus that I am allowed to park in, but that is rare, which is why I have to resort to parking in the garage. If I had more resources, I most likely would have measured out the distance between the various points I included and it would also help to refine the shapes I attempted to create, making the entire map much more visually pleasing. Also, it would be helpful to have a larger piece of paper, so I could include much more information, making the map more distinct. This project has helped me to realize how important symbols are to a map, and they assist people in understanding an message much more clearly.

Thumbnails For Luggage Tags

With my luggage tag thumbnails, I was trying to achieve a design that is distinct, unique, and easy to understand. I also wanted a design that would be a reflection of my personality and style. When creating my drawings, I definitely found it difficult to think of 36 different variations that were completely different from one another. I then realized that there would not be very much critical judgement on my designs, so I eventually let my mind run free. While I was creating these, I was watching “BoJack Horseman”, an adult cartoon show on Netflix, and I found myself inspired by the different shapes on the characters’ clothes, faces, and aspects of the different locations that the characters were in. I implemented some of these shapes into my sketches, and that helped me to create many more than I ever imagined. I had actually just finished an assignment for my Typography class, so I was also inspired by all of the fonts we were looking at and the history behind them. I used my knowledge of color and type charcteristics that I learned in this class in order to create my designs. If I had more time and resources to use, I would definitely create my luggage tag designs in vector format. It would help me to see the designs in a much more refined format, rather than using crayola colored pencils. This class is valuable to me because it relates to one of my majors. I can combine my skills that I learn from both of my classes in order to positively contribute to each class’s counterpart. I definitely believe that I can improve on my designs if I had more time. They did not have a whole lot of thought that went into them, and I could have thought a bit more creatively. A regret that I have is not using enough unique and abstract shapes. For my own sanity, I tend to design or draw things that are simple, aesthetically pleasing, and get my point across quickly and easily. Drawing an ice cream cone with my initials in it would not be an ideal luggage tag for me. Although I like ice cream, I would not choose that specific design to represent myself and my personal style. I believe that this assignment helped me to understand the point of thumbnail sketches as well as the process of creating them. Although it took a lot longer than expected, I am happy with the result. The hardest part was thinking up the designs for each of my sketches, but the most time consuming part was coloring them in in a visually pleasing way. I will definitely create thumbnail sketches whenever I am planning on creating a design, or even a painting, which is another one of my hobbies. I have now had to make thumbnail sketches in three of my classes, so it is clear that these are important in the designing process. It is crucial to understand that you cannot design something perfectly first try; it takes a lot of time and effort as well as trial and error in order to create a final product that is satisfactory.

5 Photos

1.) Division of Space

I was sitting outside of New Res, waiting for my roommate to get out of class because we carpooled that day. I noticed the extremely interesting pattern on the chairs, and was immediately drawn in. The geometric shapes are perfectly aligned, showing a clear division of space. There is a constant pattern of squares, which is very satisfying to look at. Also, the reflection of the metal on the chair shows that the sun was setting, which adds a bit of character to the image. The negative space that is created by this chair intrigues me.

2.) Shape

I was walking back to my car in the parking garage, and noticed the different shapes that were adjacent to each other on the wall. We all tend to ignore the properties that these random aspects of the garage holds, but we should take more time to appreciate the things that are not traditionally “beautiful”. I believe that this is a great example of shape in a photograph. It is interesting to see the contrast between the circular hole filled in with cement, and the blue rectangular sign. There are also circular screws that were put into the corners of the sign, which creates a sense of balance within the image. I decided to crop out the left half of the sign to create a sense of symmetry, which is pleasing to the eye.

3.) Relative Size

I am living in Baypoint this year, and it is widely known that it is also used as a hotel. I find that many other hotels use a countless number of lamps on the walls all the way down the hallway as well. I noticed that this was a great example of relative size and the effect that your first person perspective can have on how you see the world. These lamps are all the same size, but the closest one appears much larger than the lamp all the way at the end of the hallway. I found it difficult to focus the picture to reduce the glare of the lamps, which was expected given that I used an iPhone camera.

4.) Line

I found it difficult to find an object that would display a good example of line. I finally noticed my roommate’s fan on her dresser, and the curved lines drew me in. The dust takes away from the perfect silhouette of each line. Also, the curves on the outside of the fan add an interesting touch to the lines on the inside of the fan. The lines created in the back of the fan seem to add more emphasis to the middle of the fan. I also like that the fan is white, so there is nothing that is taking away from the lines.

5.) Color

I also noticed this fire extinguisher in the parking garage. I think that this is a good example of color because fire extinguishers are intentionally made to stand out from the rest of their surroundings. In the United States, red is traditionally a sign of danger or caution. This does not only stand out from the rest of the photograph, but there is a symbol in within it as well. It has a similar effect of a stop sign, warning the driver of potential danger, and keeping them safe. Fire extinguishers are bright red so they can be easily noticed if they are needed.

Visual Artifact Homework

My drawing depicts a human hand squeezing planet Earth like a stress ball. I was inspired by all of the social media coverage about the Earth’s quick demise, and how humans are the only ones to blame. My goal was to show the impact that we have on the Earth without using any graphic images of suffering animals or melting ice caps. I also wanted to show the sense of urgency often adopted by the human race. We are always looking to be more innovative, and grow more technologically, mechanically, and politically. We rarely take a step back and appreciate the life that we were given, the natural world around us is simply used for resources that only pollute what we are given. This is a very general image, but I feel as though it does have a strong impact on the viewer. I wanted to depict the hand to look very large and powerful, hence the strong, fiery colors used to color and shade it in with. The Earth was made to look helpless and small, as if it is being swallowed by the hand. It also helps that the earth is generally colored with cooler tones, improving the contrast between itself and the large hand gripping onto it. If I were to show this to another person, I do believe that they could understand the message behind it. Many of the classes I have taken in high school involve analyzing text and posters, but my peers and I have been left speechless, simply because the message trying to be spread by that specific form of media is very vague and only extremely intellectual people can understand it. The point of my image is very clear, and the viewer should not need an extensive amount of educational experience to comprehend the important message I am attempting to spread. 

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