I uploaded a bunch of photos today over at [FD]. These include pictures of Jamaica, some of Kenobi, some of where I work, and others. The ones of my desk at work are a little outdated…I now have a different LCD monitor, different keyboard, and different Wacom tablet. The Neopets are all still there though.
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I’ve been working on my non-fiction children’s book most of today and yesterday. So far, I have all of the text written and three illustrations done. There’s 12 illustrations total. I have to have this finished by 1 am Saturday (Sunday).
I’d appreciate it if anyone could take a look at it and let me know if there’s any typos or misspellings in the text.
I’ve been using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop for the illustrations and putting the book together in InDesign. I do the lines and the color in Illustrator and do some blurring, blending modes, and filters in Photoshop.
I’m finally finished with my final multimedia project. You can click on that if you want to see it. It’s the previous movies in an interface, with some changes. I spent from about 2 pm today working on it. It was really enjoyable though. I took my time and wasn’t stressed out like I usually am when it’s Saturday and I haven’t finished my homework.
I can finally say I know Flash now.
Today I could log into my Senior Project class, which begins Sunday. I’ve been wondering about this class ever since I first started here. What we have to do is chose three items from the following list (or more), create a business proposal along with cost estimates (as if we were a real company). We’re not supposed to use anything we’ve done previously or plan to use for a future class or any business or personal use.
So here’s the options:
Logo development and design
Stationery (business card, letterhead, envelope)
Product packaging design
CD packaging design
Print advertising design (magazine ads)
Print advertising design (newspaper ads)
Instruction Manual design
Children’s Book design
Product development and design
Web site mock-ups
Other: Please describe
My first thought was wow! Children’s book design! But then I thought, do I really want to create a whole children’s book if I’m not going to be able to try and sell it in the future? Sure, it would be good practice, but a lot of work can go into a children’s book. Plus I’d have to do two other items too from the list. I also only have one idea for a children’s book and I’d kind of like to be able to try and sell the book based on that idea. So right now I’m thinking of maybe a Flash-based web site. Maybe something like an online presentation about something. Then I could do logo development and CD packaging design. I have no idea what to do it on though. Or maybe I should just go for a regular website (minimal Flash if any), logo, and…something else for a business company. I don’t know what kind of business. Or maybe I should do some sort of children’s book. I don’t know! I don’t have very long to decide. The first part of the project is due the Sunday from next.
I would love ideas from anyone.
I don’t like grades, I’ve decided. I think all classes should be on a pass/fail basis.
I went from a 100% in Multimedia to a 92% after the second week’s assignment. My second week’s project was more complex than the first week’s, as it should have been, but apparently not complex enough. We were supposed to use masks, motion guides, and motion tweens. I did. He wants “more animation”. That’s fine, but I only have two “scenes” and one scene I can’t add animation to because it uses a mask. The mask only masks out what’s on the layer under it, so basically one scene has to be flat and you can’t animate a layer with more than one group of objects or symbols on it. Or so Flash told me when I tried even though I only had one symbol. *shrug*. As it was our first week learning animation, I don’t see why he expects us to use a ton. I had two. Plus he said my discussion board wasn’t “in detail” enough when it was about the same length and same amount of detail as my first week’s one, in which I got full points.
Which brings me to my point. I obviously completed both assignments to specifications. I don’t think it’s necessary to have to grade things more than that. Give comments and critiques on, yes. Sure, getting high grades is great and an ego boast. But when you get bad grades? I don’t know about you, but it usually doesn’t inspire me to work harder. It makes me feel like giving up or not care about the assignments. Which is kind of what is happening to me this week. I don’t have much enthusiasm for working on this week’s assignment. I put the same amount of work into the first and second week’s assignment and I got a worse grade on the second week’s. I probably worked more on the second week’s. At least the project was still above the class average…my discussion board grade was about 10 points below the class average. While I agree that it wasn’t as good as some of them, it was better or as good as most of the other ones. He mentioned going more in depth and including examples, but only one other person wrote a post like that. So I don’t understand why mine wasn’t closer to the class average. I don’t feel like asking why either. It just bothers me because getting a not-so-good grade can really mess with your self-confidence. And sometimes the instructor’s grading makes no sense…it’s like it was just that one week they were in a good mood and gave everyone good grades…and the next week they were in a bad mood. It does seem that when my grades are lower, everyone else’s is lower too (class average-wise).