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Greetings From China

The instructions for the “Destination Post Card” assignment were to “Create a destination postcard using any design software of your choice. Start by choosing an image from a location and put some some words over the image just like a postcard.”

For this assignment, I chose a picture that I took in Dongguan, China last summer. It was taken in Keyuan Garden, which is a place full of beautiful architecture and scenery right in the middle of a city. It was definitely one of the highlights of my time in China, and is a place that I wish I could have taken friends and family to explore.

To make the postcard, I uploaded the image to Canva. I used asymmetrical balance to decide where to put the words and chose a font that was a good match for a postcard. This was a fairly easy assignment to do, but it made me think a lot about design and why postcards are made the way that they are and what makes a good one. You can see the final product below.

We’re Just Ordinary People, Changing the World

My favorite movie quote is from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The instructions for the “Favorite Movie Quote” assignment were to “Choose one of your favorite movie quotes and insert the quote over an image from the movie you chose.” I absolutely love the Lord of the Rings, but this is a quote not found in any of the books. It was created for the first Hobbit movie.

I think that this quote is an important reminder that we don’t need to be rich or powerful to make a difference. Each of us has our own gifts, and just by spreading kindness and love we are able to change the world around us for the better.

I created this image with Canva. I found the movie still on this site. I wish that I had found the site the week that we did photography, since it has thousands of stills from all sorts of different movies. It’s definitely a great resource for the future. I uploaded the still to Canva and added the text, making sure that I quoted the movie correctly. I experimented with fonts and placement before finalizing my creation, which you can see below.

Mia’s Movie Night

The “You’re Invited!” assignment was to “Make an invitation for any event, whether it occur or not. Pick an event from a movie even! What does the invitation say about the event? Get creative.” I decided to tie my character Mia in with this assignment.

Mia doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on herself, since she is both a librarian and a secret agent. This results in her not being able to spend much time with her friends. However, this week she had a pretty light workload, so she decided to get together with some of her friends. She is throwing a movie and paint night at her house.

I used Canva to create the invitation. Previously, I have only used invitations with a template, which requires almost no work. This was the first time I’ve ever designed an invitation from scratch.

As I was designing, I tried to keep in mind what I wanted the invitation to say about the event. I used different design concepts such as minimalism, symbolism, and typography. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out! Maybe next time I need an invitation I will design it myself. You can see the final product below.

Mia’s Bumper

What does the back of my character’s car look like? I decided to design a bumper sticker that Mia would have on the back of her car in response to the “Bumper Sticker” assignment.

Mia is a librarian by day and a secret agent by night. Her catchphrase is “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This is a common phrase, but made special and ironic for her since no one knows that she is a secret agent! She decided to get this bumper sticker as a joke.

I used the bumper sticker section on vistaprint to design my bumper sticker. I chose to make it a rectangle, then selected the template that I wanted. I filled in the phrase and changed around the font/spacing/color until I was happy with the product. Since I made this on a real site, I could have actually ordered the design! You can see the finished product below.

I like to imagine Mia laughing to herself when people complement her on the bumper sticker. Little do they know!


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When you first saw my title, were you confused? I’m guessing you probably were! What you see is an example of a secret code I came up with for the “Create Your Own Cipher” assignment. The assignment was to
“Create your own cipher, a system for disguising a message by replacing its letters with other letters or numbers or by shuffling them, and share it on your blog or other social media accounts. Have people in the class try and figure out your cipher and see how long it takes them!” This assignment was a pretty fun one, and goes well with the secret agent theme!

I decided to go with a pretty simple code. Can you figure it out? I just used the following letter of each letter… b for a, c for b, etc. Even though it’s a simple code, it still looks pretty confusing to me!

Here’s the key to my secret code.

As you can see, my secret message was “Digital Storytelling is pretty cool!” I wanted to have a key for my code, so I Googled “create a cipher” and found this tool. I found it very convenient for keeping things organized!

This assignment was a fun reminder of the different secret codes I used to make with my siblings and friends when we were younger and would send each other secret messages. It’s not something I have gotten to experiment with lately, so this assignment was a fun reminder of my spy days 🙂

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