Week 10.0: Farewell But Not Goodbye

I survived my first semester of university! I know it sounds cliché but time has gone by so fast. My first RTA 103 lecture honestly felt like a week ago. I’ve gained so much practical knowledge as well as a greater appreciation for design and aesthetics. Looking back at my first blog post, I had…

Week 9.0: After Effects

We’re almost at the end of the semester and that means that projects are due, finals are coming up and Christmas is just around the corner! For RTA 103, my final project is a 10 second long motion graphic of my favourite book, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The animation revolves around the growing…

Week 8: Storytelling & Transmedia

Digital Media is one of my favourite lectures to go to. It’s always engaging, fun and the subjects we cover truly interest me. This week was no exception. We had a guest speaker come a present during Tuesday’s lecture. Ryerson professor by day and transmedia storyteller by night, Ramona Pringle spoke on her successful transmedia…

Week 7: Blogger’s Choice – My Stop Motion Favourites

Week 7 = blogger’s choice = stop-motion favourites. This week I’ve decided to explore the world of stop-motion. I was first exposed to this art form when I watched Wallace and Gromit when I  was maybe 7 or 8 years old. At the time I was amazed by the way this film looked. I couldn’t wrap my…

Week 6.0: Motion Graphics

Motion graphics are just really, really cool. During this week’s lecture we delved deep into the world of motion graphics by watching and discussing the art of the title sequence. These opening credits can set the tone of the film or television show for an audience, include foreshadowing and if done correctly, can become the…

Week 5.0: Infographics

Week 5 was all about infographics and self-tracking in the digital world.  The question that I have always had about sharing on the internet is: do we share to just share or are we intending to get likes? I find that whenever I am on Instagram, some accounts seem fabricated to me. I perfected version…

Week 4.0: My Digital Footprint

This week’s lecture was quite the informative one. Prior to the lecture, I had heard about the concept of “digital footprints” and how everyone online has one. Essentially, digital footprints are like little bread crumbs that get left behind after each website that you visit, any video that you watch or Google search that you do….

Week 3.0: The Right Type

The topic of typography was one that I wasn’t too familiar with before this week’s lecture. I had heard about it and seen a lot of it. I just thought that typography was a bunch of fancy or hipster looking fonts that you could download off Pinterest. My preconceptions of this design form were a…

Week 2.1: History! It’s Everywhere!

Everything that we pull inspiration from has a past. It comes from somewhere, whether that be 10 years ago or 100 years ago. Styles from certain decades influence artists and creators and it allows for them to  re-interpret those elements into their own designs. The Blaxploitation movement of the 70’s was one of the design…

Week 2.0: Oh CRAP…

No. It’s not what you think it is, I didn’t have a crappy day or anything like that. We’re talking about the 4 design principles that encompass this acronym: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity. What does each one mean? Well, let’s start with contrast. This could mean the contrast of colours used in a design, the…

Week 1.0: All About YOU

Making my way down Gould Street in the hot Toronto heat, I didn’t really know what to expect from my first lecture of university. I knew I was going to a class about Digital Media, but I couldn’t wrap my head around what part of that world we would be discussing. If you asked me…