“Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.” – Mayo Clinic When I saw this assignment, I immediately thought of body dysmorphia. I personally believe that everyone has felt an instance of body dysmorphia in some sort of way (I know I have, and struggling with self-image is a super hard thing to go through). Maybe  not everyone has experienced it to the point of where it is causing significant distress and impairment in our life, but I know as humans we’ve all thought about our flaws and we see ourselves in a completely different way than others, which can be very frustrating. Since I could personally relate to this struggle, I decided to create a design for a potential book cover on this topic. I specifically chose the text, because it looked kind of dysmorphed itself, especially with the spacing in the word “dysmorphia”. I chose the red background from the text to connect with the red outlining of the picture, which I thought was simple but very accurate and eye catching. P.S. – If you are struggling […]

Grapes of Wrath

I’ve honestly never read the Grapes of Wrath, but I have read “The Road” by McCarthy, (didn’t like it at all), and that’s what drew me to check out this assignment. I took the title of this book and decided to design it literally after looking up some of the actual covers of the book.  It took me a while to find a picture of angry grapes I liked (and I felt silly looking it up on Canva), but I’m pretty happy with how the design of the cover turned out. It gets the message across like I really want, and in my opinion it’s a bit funny, and I’m pretty sure that The Grapes of Wrath is a very serious novel, so I wanted to take this twist on it! 

one movie, four icons

Can you guess this 80’s movie? It’s a bit dark, if you couldn’t tell, and when I first watched the movie I was super confused by it and the meaning behind it. I’m not even sure I understand it fully even now. Making this was a bit hard because I felt like my symbols gave it away pretty easily if you’ve seen the movie. I tried to keep the colors to match the overall “mood” of the film, and tried to keep the design of the graphics the same (simple outlines of things), in order to keep similarity and make the image appear a bit more in unison. The only thing I wish that could’ve been different about this was the watermarks on the logos, but I wasn’t going to pay four dollars to get them removed! 

for famine relief

When I came across this assignment in the bank, I immediately thought of Live Aid, which was a charity that was done in the 80’s to help the Ethiopian Famine that was only two years but killed nearly 1.2 million people.  I struggled to keep it different from the original Live Aid poster as much as I could and struggled to keep it simple but eye capturing; I still feel it may not be enticing enough in a way a charity poster should be to try and get people to donate. I did it right after I had made the minimalist assignment so maybe that idea of keeping it simple still stayed with me as I made this.   

minimalist movie

I told my friend about this class, and she suggested that I use this website called “Canva”, and now I’m highly recommending it to anyone taking this class or needing to design things in general. I love how easy the site is to use, and although not everything is free, the majority of the options are and I was able to create this simplistic movie poster for this assignment. I originally was going to find a sticker of a candle I liked and arrange it on the background 16 times, but I couldn’t find one that I liked that looked simple enough, so I chose the number candles instead. I messed around with it for a bit after, and tried to see if I wanted to add any other elements such as balloons, a birthday cake, or borders, but I felt I was straying away from the challenge of being minimalist and kept it to this!  Also, I’m going to try and start using other fonts for my blog post than the regular old Times New Roman and choose ones that I think go along with the assignment/fit the mood of it.  P.S. – The movie is 16 Candles in case you haven’t heard of it or seen it! Molly Ringwald is amazing in it, go watch! (mood)