The See-Saw Effect Project/ My First Experience With Adobe Flash- My Take On It.

Well, fellow classmates, we have just concluded our very first Adobe Flash CS5 project, and even though it was just a bit of a challenge for all including myself,  WE DID IT AND WE ROCKED IT IN OUR OWN WAY! This just comes to prove to all of us, that if we can conquer this project, we can conquer every thing else we can do in this class! Good job guys! :).  If I had to say all my strengths in this project, they would be:

1. I did a much better job with my timetracking,YAY!

2. Even though I felt like I wanted to give up on my project the second day, I DID NOT. And finishing a task/project without quitting Is always an awesome accomplishment.

3. I am getting more adjusted and comfortable with Flash quicker than I expected.

4. And I was much more prepared for my presentation compared to the last one I did, and even had a summary of what I was going to say typed! YAY!

In regards to my weaknesses, my temper, my temper, my temper! Still need to learn how to control that better when I am frustrated over a challenging task, especially when its some issue I have never tackled on before.(Luckily for me, i can calm down pretty quick if allowed to). Plus my time was still just a bit slower than what it needs to be, but the more projects I do, the faster I will become, so it is all good. I also would like to add that all of the high school students that visited our class seemed to really enjoy the brief time they spent visiting us, all of them were very respectful and conducted themselves as mature young adults, and It was a honor and a joy for me to see all of them be so enthusiastic & excited about our program, the willingness to go ahead and take the next crucial step in their lives and look into college. Sadly, I see many teenagers out there that think partying, having tons of fun doing destructive things, and being lazy out there now and days, so this was a refreshing change and it reignited my hope that its still not too late for our youth to make positive decisions while they are still young before its too late.  Now, my fellow classmates, I have also noticed that some of you are still a tad nervous about presenting. Here are some helpful tips (they have helped me greatly!):

1. Be confident, kick that nervousness and presentation anxiety to the curb! Simply saying “I can do this” will help you tremendously, along with practice.

2. Stomped on how to present? write/type a summary of what you want to say! It not only helps you present better, plus it will cut down on presentation time/nervousness too.

3. During the presentation, you get stomped with what you want to say? Don’t pause, keep talking. Pausing while speaking not only frustrates you more, but it makes the mind go blank, thus ruining the entire presentation.

4. Practice makes perfect! Rehearse your presentation as many times as you need to get confident with your upcoming presentation. Self-explanatory.

And make sure you send positive feedback/kudos to our awesome instructor, Mr. Downs, for being such a awesome host and presenting our class so well in front of the high school students. Have a great weekend comrades! Best and Blessings!:)

 

The 5 Under 2 Minute Flash Animation Assignment

Ya-ne-sen a go-go

This flash clip resembles a japanese woman celebrating the japanese culture. What drew me to this first flash movie clip was the music, it was traditional japanese music that was one of the main elements that made the flash clip really amazing and pop-out to me, i could tell just by the japanese music alone that this was a japanese flash clip. Secondly, I loved the fact that the creator of this flash clip used original sketch drawings with color, that was another element that made this flash clip really pop-out in my opinion, plus it made it original and made it really stand out. Thirdly, I also really loved the fonts that the creator used and the fact that the creator used japanese words, along with english words as well. I also loved the color and the textures that the creator of this flash clip used as well. A definite must-see!

YA-NE-SEN a Go Go on Vimeo

Paris vs.New York

The first thing that caught my eye on this one was the graphics, I loved how they did the graphics, very modern, colorful, very unique, and very cool! I also loved how they compared the various different culture practice comparing between people in New York and people living in Paris, that element within itself also drew me to like this flash clip more as well. The fonts they used were very modern and super cool to me too, so kudos to the creator on that one as well! But what I absolutely loved the most about this flash clip was the music, and wow was the music cool! I loved how they incorporated the Paris themed music along with the American post-post modern music.  Overall, I would say that i really enjoyed watching this flash clip, enjoyable!

Paris vs New York on Vimeo

Ilumina

The first thing i would say that caught my eye on this was the black and white color scheme to this one, with the tad dash of the various vibrant colors, to me this was the most attractive feature to this flash clip by itself. I also loved the fact that they kept the main images used on this flash clip with an origami-paper themed to it, this also appealed to me in this flash clip as well, but it does not beat the various color themes that were used on this flash clip. In regards to the fonts on this flash clip, I would say the font that was most used on here gave the flash clip a post-post modernistic, futuristic feel to this flash clip. But overall, the flash clip was a great flash clip with a post-post modernistic feel and touch to it.

ILUMINA on Vimeo

Live Action Paint Lighting//TECH:TEST

This flash clip is an absolute must see for people who love post-post modernistic, futuristic, high technology fans who love lights and color! I loved, loved the city scenes they used on this flash clip, this was one of the key elements that made this flash clip absolutely awesome! Secondly, the music they used on this flash clip was so cool and very post-post modernistic and bottom line, the music that was used on here was suited very well for this flash clip. Thirdly, the lights, oh the colorful lights! this was just another key aspect that drew me to this flash clip, especially of how the people’s use for the lights to make really cool swirly shapes to it, very eye catching. Overall, I would have to conclude this flash clip review as a very post-modernistic and extremely well thought and put together flash clip that could one day be popular.

Live action light painting // TECH:TEST on Vimeo

Simpsons vs. Family Guy

Lets get ready to rumble! That’s right this flash clip is all about our two favorite television families, The Simpsons and The Griffin Family (aka Family Guy).  Ok, In regards to the images, Simpsons side was perfect, perfect clips, you know the awesome Simpsons introduction we have all come to know and love. But In regards to The Family Guy Side, It was just a hot mess! The vast majority of the images were blurry, you could only see just a few clear images, it was just not good. Lets just say this, back to the good old fashioned drawing board creator of this flash clip!

Simpsons vs. Family Guy on Vimeo

Donna’s Own Personal Take On Her Final Project- B.O.D.

Wow, I cannot believe that tomorrow that I am going to conclude my first month in my design journey, my how time flies!. I have learned so much these past four weeks already and I am ready for more knowledge. In regards to my final project, I discovered it to be just a tad bit easier than the group design project.  To me, my strengths were the following, I was a lot less nervous during my meetings with Alberto, I was much quicker and more comfortable  with the professional camera, my speed in completing the invoice was much improved and so much easier to do compared to two weeks ago.  As far as my weaknesses are concerned, and I am not afraid to admit this, when it came to the time tracking software, I was a bad little girl, lol, but all joking aside, I definitely need to get more familiar with the time tracking software, thank goodness I can time track manually. Secondly, and this is partially due to my mild autism, I need to try to not get so frustrated to the point where people see it, although many years of my own self-anger management practice has helped me tremendously over the last 12 years, I still need improvement in this area. I also I still had just a bit of nervousness and anxiety as well, but I know that will go away with the combination of time and experience, It is no question whether or not I can or cannot do this with my disability, I know I can do this and I know I will succeed! So many people that have came across my path judged me, bullied me, and tried to put every road block known to man across my path in life, but I have and still am proving them wrong! If I have any advice to give you folks is this, you can do anything you set your mind to, don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of what you want in life.  Overall, I have done a better job on my individual project than the group project, but i am still a diamond in the rough, still have some improving to do.  I conclude with this, One month down, 13 more months to go, Bring on Multimedia Production I! Best and blessings.:)

Chapter 8-Business Of Design

Summary

Well folks, this is officially the last chapter summary for the Business Of Design.  This final chapter describes to us all about Freelancing and how owning your own business can be tedious, costly,and how hard it is to develop and maintain your own business. In the first section, the book tells us all about the structure and how important it is to seek professional advice on every business venture you make (even with the business legalities), and how crucial it is to incorporate. In the next section, sole proprietorship, it gives us the perfect explanation of what it means to gain sole proprietorship in your business and how it is so simple to set up, no partners to deal with, no shareholder meetings, and no double taxation. But there are also downsides to this as well, such as no legal protection, cannot issue stock , and you also have limited tax loopholes as well :(. In the next section partnerships, it describes to us how it is the most logical choice if you ever so choose to do your own business and how partnerships are not taken lightly (and they shouldn’t).  This section also describes to us about the three different partnerships that a company can have (general partnership,limited partnership,and limited liability partnership.). In the inc. section of the chapter, it tells us about how corporations are the most common in not only the design business, but also in the vast majority of all businesses and how complicated it is to run a corporation, and by the way, you will pay for double taxation if you choose this path. And keep track of your business expenses!. Also if any professional gives you advice, TAKE IT and use it, especially in those cases where the clients are not so nice, you see what i am saying? and if you want to go into your own business, your best way to success and business prosperity is to brush up on your accounting and legal skills as well, do your homework and be smart! As far as insurance is concerned in a business, get it! the book states that it is important to have this, especially the health insurance! I also found that the business model section perfectly explained the differences between traditional/specialty, multidisciplinary, virtual, and cooperative. In conclusion, having your own firm takes a  lot of planning, work,money, and effort.

In conclusion to the entire  business of design book, I found all of the chapters and everything in this book to be very informative and extremely helpful In my future graphic design career. I am excited and look forward to the upcoming month, learning all about the world of multimedia design, sharpening my skills, and my wedding as well.  I want to thank all of my classmates and Mr.Downs for welcoming to this program with open arms and for all the help you have given me so far I greatly appreciate it, I look forward to being in class with all of you for the next 13 months. Best and blessings!:)

Questions

1. Name all 4 types of  business models.

2. Why is being a sole proprietor the simplest form of a business formation?

Chapter 7-Business Of Design

Summary

In my study of Chapter 7,  I discovered it told me about all the assets of the world of design and all of the products and hard work used to create a final identity.  In the Products section of the chapter, It tells us that creating designs is easier said than done at times and it can become a quite expensive design process as well. To pretty much sum this up in my own terms, If you think the design business is easy, think again. It takes a lot of money, requires a person to have a lot of patience, experience, and it takes a strong person with proficient business knowledge to survive in the design business. In my study of the photography portion of the chapter, it pretty much stresses out the importance of how crucial it is to have the right image for your design product and how expensive and pricey it is just to create that perfect image, that is if your business can afford a professional photographer. I also discovered in this chapter that many design businesses can not afford professional photographers, so either the design firm takes their own pictures and/or they will buy their images via a stock photography supplier. Also it reminded me that looking through endless photos to find that image can be time consuming and quite a daunting task, but it’s just something you got to get over and the thing that you have to do in order to get a successful final identity (product) in the end, so its worth it. Its also important (according to the book) that when finding a stock photography business, do your homework and research, that way you will find the right company that will have the images that you need. And to all you freelancers out there, keep stock resources in mind and be smart about this!. In my study of reading the fonts section of the chapter, it told me of how many design students can take the fonts they use on projects overboard, and how even some design schools have banned students from adding new fonts to the school computers. It also said that once you graduate college, that you will find finds can be extremely expensive, especially for free lancers and small design shops as well.  The bottom line for this section: 1. you are best off buying licensed fonts and 2. when doing fonts on a product, keep the font that the client would like in mind, remember, In any business, your customers are always #1 and what they desire is top priority. and 3. If you use a font that requires permission from a creator, don’t steal it, ask! and always sign and agree to the end user license agreement as well and you should be just fine. In my study of the video section of the chapter, I discovered that the book tells us that only the largest design firms will incorporate video to their graphic design projects. It also told me of how because of the internet, that the video aspect of design is growing, how graphic design is expanding via video.  The chapter also told me that using video for graphic design can be very expensive, from legal licensing to getting the video equipment, and that is why many design firms generally cannot afford to do video in regards to the final identities/projects that they create. In my study of the Illustration section of the chapter, it told me that just like photos and videos are licensed, so are illustrations and line art as well via stock resources. And folks, before you put those old comp rough drafts away from old projects, keep them! They may can be used for future work in other industries. Also, I found in this section that illustration and typeface may have different licenses as well, so if you use typeface/illustration, license properly please!:) In my study of the licenses section, I discovered that licenses can burn a hole in your wallet (in regards to how much your product will be) as well and make sure you license well too, or else you will be up a creek on a boat with no paddle. I also found that how they described each of the different licenses(royalty-free,rights managed, rights ready, and creative commons) very informative and simple to understand. The bottom line for chapter 7: If you think that the process of designing final identities are easy, think again. Now you know how difficult it is. Best and blessings to one and all!:)

Questions

1. What are the four types of licensing?

2. Explain to me in your own terms of why creating all designs so expensive and why is it so important to take the time and come out with the best final project.

Chapter 6-Business Of Design

Summary

If I had to put my own theme title for this chapter summary, I would name this Exploring The World Of Legal Issues. The first thing they discussed in this chapter is intellectual property and how it comes into key play in regards to protecting not only a person or company’s graphic design work, but also in technology, automotive, food, music, and film. These properties are the main laws or regulations that help protect the privacy of each product logo, artist, etc. In the next section, in which they go into depth of copyright laws, the book describes to us of how copyright laws protect the work of any artist,website owner, musician,etc. This section also describes how, through copyright laws, that the many original works of artists, etc. cannot be copied and used as another persons work, if you do violate copyright laws that you could face legal action against you. I also learned that through my study of this section that every piece of work protected under copyright law is legally protected with a trademark. Bottom line: DO NOT COPY AND TAKE CREDIT FOR OTHER PEOPLES WORK!!!!!!!! If you do choose to violate copyright laws, you are pretty much in big trouble and will have a huge hole in your wallet. Only copy of the original artist gives you permission to if the work is under 70 years old. The copyright laws also state that the original creator has the right to modify a film or graphic, and art they created and in order for the copyright laws to take effect on your creation, you must  register your work so if that an unauthorized person decides to copy and claim your work as theirs, you can sue them for infringement and get statutory damages.  Another thing to keep in mind is this, the law states that a creators work is granted copyright for 70 years after the creators death and after 70 years, it becomes public domain.  In regards to the Infringement and fair use section of this chapter, It perfectly made it clear to me the terms of both infringement and fair, but this section of the chapter also describes to us how hard and difficult it can be to prove infringement now and days, as many people may for example, use a image of a deceased movie star, but completely transform it via art/graphic design. Bottom line: If someone uses your design and you want to sue them for infringement, you must have the concrete proof and do your homework, this is how complex proving infringement on your work can be.  In regards to trademarks, in order not to get a lawsuit slapped on your lap, your trademark must be different, including different product and service as well. This section also states that if you start a new business and your business has the same name as another business, your business name must be changed, as that company owned that name first. Also unlike copyright laws, trademark laws are also renewable, which means as long as the business is active and running, that trademark belongs to that business and that business only and it does not have to registered with the government. The bottom line: If someone else has already got the trademark, don’t copy it!!!!!!!!!!!!. I have also learned in this chapter that all patents on any creation must be legit as well.  As far as contractual issues are concerned, one of the main legal keys to protect an artists work are legal documents. In regards to the spec work section of this chapter, doing spec work is basically doing the work and not getting paid when the work is done and this practice is highly frowned upon. Bottom line: don’t do spec work!.  But on a lighter note, it does stress the importance of the value of doing pro bono work for nonprofit organizations, it will give you experience. This chapter to be also perfectly explained the work-for-hire aspect and the assignment aspect as well, those two sections are pretty much self-explanatory, although i found it shocking that an assignment can only last 35 years. The last section the chapter discusses are the nondisclosure and noncompete agreements. This section stresses of how the NDA contract must be a mandatory document how this document should be kept confidential between designer and client. The noncompete clause basically is a clause that bans a designer from moving on to a competitor of their current employer. Final bottom line:  Know all legal issues, do not break the law and get sued! Best and blessings!:)

Discussion Questions

1.  Explain the differences of the terms Infringement and Fair Use.

2. Is it ok to use another persons trademark?

Chapter- 5 Business Of Design

Summary Proposals and projects, Oh my! In my own reading and study of chapter 5,  learned all about the wonderful subject of proposals and projects, and how they play a major key factor in the graphic design field. The very first section that they discuss in this chapter was pricing and how difficult and tedious it can be to set your prices for each of your designs, especially if you are planning on taking the freelance route in your career journey.  It also gives a brief, but understandable information in regards to how to how large companies break down of how they determine not only their budget, but also how much they pay for each experienced team they work with, the ultimate bottom line is that if you choose to work with a large firm, your work ALONE is a huge part of major projects, thus not the basis for the money that makes headlines in both the design and advertising presses. I also states in this section that your client may profit from your work, this section also reminds of of how it is key for the profit motive to not be disregarded, so don’t ever do that. I want to see all of you each succeed in your careers and live happy and prosper :). Also remember this folks, when it comes to profit in regards to this field, it is mandatory folks! no profit=no business, this is one of the ways I myself remember the delicate subject of profit. This section also stresses out the point not to overprice either, a common mistake many designers can make early in their careers. Through my reading of the section of time tracking, I learned that as you grow into your career as a designer, you must learn how to deliver a final identity that the client will be happy with on the clients deadline, not yours. It is crucial to keep in mind of your clients budget in regards to creating their desired project they want to be done. As I read on further into the chapter in the rates vs wages, for one, it perfectly explained the differences between the billable rate and hourly wage, but secondly it also reminded me of the fact that in order to be a freelancer, you must commit to being a freelancer, know how to handle and juggle both the business aspect and the design aspect in regards to your business and especially your finances. Remember freelancing is not for the designers faint at heart. In my reading of the freelance rates section in this chapter, i discovered that there can be a variety of ways to come up with a rate for a freelancer.  But the main rule of thumb to remember in regards to this is come up with a guideline, be realistic about this. You can discover this by two methods: to calculate your rate, multiply the hourly rate by 3  and to calculate a rate: expenses + income hours and if you do these two methods, it will greatly help you set your rates/budget. This section also stresses the fact that your best chance for success is to stick to your rates and take less work in regards to being a freelancer. (especially if you are married with a family).  As far as the fixed cost section of this chapter is concerned, I can summarize it up like this, although some designers find it easier to have a fixed cost, play it smart, know the risk you are about to take, but use it to your advantage and come up with a amazing final identity that will produce great profit. Also keep your billable rate and the clients budget in mind as well and the faster you get the job done, the better, and the bigger the profit will be.  I also found the Per diem method section of this chapter to be informative and interesting to read as well. I learned from this method is the fact that the per diem rate still is regarded as hours, but then again it allows the designer to focus on the entire day just to work with the client and this method is most helpful with a designer to be on-site of a job. Per diem is also the preferred payment method for traveling designers as well. It is also important to bill your client both all time and materials used for their project. Now sine prce we got the pricing summary finally done, let’s move on to the project scope section of this chapter. The first and most important thing, make sure each of your product proposals are understandable, concise, professional,and planned out well. Also always have a effective deliverable list if any issues should arise. The last thing I would like to say before I draw my summary to a close is you have to be a efficient, top-notch, and professional in regards to project management.  Best and blessings to one and all!:)

Discussion Questions

1 Why is it important to get a job done for a client quickly, efficiently?

2. What is the correct definition for per diem?