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…

Illustrator Tutorial: 1.0

This week, we switched it up in our lab session by learning how to use Illustrator . Unlike Photoshop, I had never used Illustrator before. I was excited to get my hands on this assignment and it lived up to my expectations. In many ways, Illustrator is similar to Photoshop. The display face is more…

Photoshop Tutorial 2.0

This photoshop tutorial took two weeks to complete and the project was split into two parts. For part one, I created the background, middle-ground and the environment. This included downloading assets and using non-destructive methods to shape things like the flowers and greenery. Many of the skills that I learned during the first photoshop tutorial came…

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…

Photoshop Tutorial 1.0

To start off my first digital media lab of the year, I tackled a Photoshop tutorial that allowed me to practice using layer masks, adjustment layers and text. The original photo was provided by my lab instructor and it was in colour. I then added a black and white adjustment layer. This allowed me to…

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…