Project 9 Portfolio

 

  • Portfolio (Scribd.com):

 

 

  • Project Corrections / Time spent: I spent half an hour correcting the colors on my business card and stationery projects. I spent 1 and a half to 2 hours on creating a new project, a wedding invitation (which is featured on page 11).
  • Message: This portfolio communicates my design sense and skills.
  • Audience: Clients and Potential Employers.
  • Top Thing Learned: I learned about master pages in InDesign and how to edit individual pages from the set format.
  • Future application of Visual Media: I will be able to use my skills in Adobe for personal and professional use. As a wedding planner/designer, I could potentially work with clients in designing their announcements. I will be able to develop designs to brand myself and clients, and edit my own photos with Photoshop.
  • Color scheme and color names: Monochromatic pink
  • Title Font Name & Category: Beyond the Mountain, Script
  • Copy Font Name & Category: Big Caslon, Old Style Serif
  • Thumbnails of Images used: pink-1332302_1920
  • Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site): pixabay.com

 

T-Minus 3 Weeks

In early 1994, Ed and LeAnn were only a new couple learning what life together would be like. Marriage was barely a thought between the two when LeAnn’s mother Verna broke the news that she would be leaving to serve a LDS mission in South Carolina for 18 months. Verna was assigned to report in just three weeks’ time from when she opened her call.

LeAnn’s father had passed away the previous year, and in that moment, it was clear to her what needed to be done. “If we’re going to get married,” she said, “we have to do it before she leaves. I’m not getting married without either of my parents.”

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Ed and LeAnn outside the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, Feb. 26, 1994 

At 37 years old, this was LeAnn’s first marriage – and she didn’t want to wait any longer. This was Ed’s second marriage, and even with his own children to consider, he agreed that it was the right step to take. So, even with all the rush and limitations, Ed and LeAnn were married three weeks later on February 26th.

LeAnn is a wedding cake decorator by trade, so she did the cake and other desserts herself. She chose to wear a white Sunday dress as opposed to a formal gown at such short notice. The reception was held in the church cultural hall, free of cost.

It was a small event. Because of the short notice, Ed’s brothers from out-of-state were not able to attend, but the small guest list made the wedding feel intimate and personal. It wasn’t easy for many reasons, but the couple were happy to be able to start their life together as soon as possible.

Many brides and grooms choose to have a short engagement for reasons such as this. Maybe family circumstances require a closer date. Sometimes it’s a voluntary choice – why wait to start the rest of your life with someone when you’ve already committed to it?

According to the Wedding Paper Divas blog, only 4% of couples surveyed were married in 6 months or less from when they first got engaged. It may seem that a whirl-wind engagement is stressful, which it can be, but it also can be a blessing in disguise. For Elizabeth at Teaching Sam and Scout it was good because it gave “instant gratification” to the planning process. If planning gets stressful, it at least will be brief, instead of drawn out over 13 months (the American average for engagements). Elizabeth also adds that having fewer options makes the decision-making of planning easier, and helped to keep the process moving quickly.

So if you are planning or hope for a short engagement, you may need some advice to prepare yourself for the challenge. Here are some ideas to consider:

8 Tips for A Short Engagement

  1. Keep it Simple. As my college journalism teacher always says, “Cut the fat, leave the meat.”  When it comes to weddings, there is often a lot of “fat” – unnecessary details that are included out of whim or obligation. Consider what’s really important. This may mean cutting your guest list to a far fewer number than you may have dreamed of. Things like favors often are wasted, and can suck away your time and money. Remember that simple is beautiful. Like Seriously Sarah says, “you aren’t going to remember the little details. Your guests might comment on how cute they are, but no one will care.” Consider what’s going to really be memorable about your day.
  2. Keep a Short List of Alternatives. With various vendors to schedule, you’ll have to make the calls and check availability. An idea to try may be to keep a sticky note or list with 2-4 options of a certain vendor (i.e. venue, photographer, etc.) on a board or your notebook, and to eliminate the options you’ve researched until you find one of these alternatives that can work with your timeline.
  3. Be DecisiveWedding Wire suggests that, “with a shorter engagement, you won’t have as much time to make decisions. So when it comes to planning your wedding, be quick and decisive, and don’t sweat the small stuff. And once you’ve selected your color scheme, your attire, your flowers, your menu, or anything else, own your decision and stick with it.”
  4. Contact Your Guests ASAP. With a shorter timeline, its even more crucial to communicate with those who will be attending. Send announcements as soon as possible and take advantage of a wedding website that you can utilize in communicating all the details of the event with your guests. One platform for a wedding website that I recommend would be Joybecause it is free, available online and mobile, and is one of the most user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing platforms to communicate all the necessary details.
  5. Stay Organized. With everything to think about and not much time to think about it, it’s even more crucial to keep a planner with all the details of vendors, budget, guest list, etc. It will aid the efficiency of your projects if you keep them organized on a timeline and in a certain place.
  6. Get Help. Consider hiring a wedding planner who is more experienced with the process of planning if it seems like a daunting task. But Wedding Wire also suggests, “Hiring a planner is a major plus, but don’t forget about your family members and friends when it comes to providing assistance. Whether it’s having your mom research florists or one of your bridesmaids stuff invitation envelopes, your nearest and dearest love you and want to assist in any way that they can! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and delegate, delegate, delegate!”
  7. Be Flexible. With a short engagement, things may not go exactly according to your vision. You may have to compromise the date, the vendors, or anything else based on their availability. That’s a reality that some brides struggle to accept if they’ve always had a very specific vision. If this is the case, you may need to reconsider a short engagement.
  8. PrioritizeBrides worked with Julie Savage Parekh, founder and creative director of Strawberry Milk Events, who said, “‘Start with the big items first— save the little items and details until last,’ … That means venue, food, and photographer come before those cute DIY table numbers and monogrammed cocktail napkins. ‘If they don’t get done because you don’t have enough time, it won’t be as big of a deal.'”

Looking back, LeAnn sees many things about her wedding she wishes could have been different; but under the circumstances, she can’t look back in regret, because in the end, she got what she wanted – the man of her dreams. Whether your engagement is brief or drawn-out, consider what your priorities are and make decisions you won’t regret.

P8 Brochure

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  1. Description: This is a brochure for a fruit farm where you can pick your own fresh berries and cherries.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I used Adobe Illustrator to create the logo that was used on the front cover and the berries on the back cover as well. I used Adobe Indesign to create a duplex layout. I decided to keep it really simple and have a single half fold. I found images from unsplash.com and google.com to use on the inside and outside. Two images are full-bleed images, and four other images are used on the inside. I created a text wrap with the strawberry image on the first interior page. I went through the most challenges with creating the right file/image size. I wrote the entire body copy as well for this fictional fruit farm.
  3. Message: This brochure advertises for visitors to come pick and enjoy their own fresh fruit.
  4. Audience: I tried to create it to appeal to a family audience.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned a lot about alignment and sizing.
  6. Color scheme and color names: Complementary, red and green (with the contrasting neutrals, charcoal and white)
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Steelworks Vintage Demo, decorative
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Shree Devanagari 714, sans serif
  9. Word Count of copy: 301
  10. Thumbnails of Images used: 
  11. Sources (Links to images on original websites) 

Cherries – unsplash.com, Logo – self created, Girl in field – Pexels.com, Raspberries – unsplash.com, Strawberries – unsplash.com, Strawberry background – unsplash.com, Woodgrain texture – franticstamper.com

The Stewarts’ Sentimental Ceremony

You’ve probably been skeptical about dating websites, they’re proliferous and infamous for catfish schemes, but for some, they fill their purpose.

juliann and lawFor Juliann and Lawrence, Match.com is what tied their fates together. They immediately connected on many levels. Both have deep roots in family, culture and their home of Northwest Washington. So when they decided to get married, they wanted to share those deep roots as an integral part of the celebration.

Juliann and Lawrence were married in scenic Port Townsend, Washington. It was a beautiful day at the Northwest Maritime Center, which sits right on the water.

The ceremony took place in the courtyard adjacent to the marina beach. Juliann’s father walked her down the stairs to meet her new husband.

To personalize their ceremony, they did a few things to include their close family and culture. They honored those who could not be present, either because of death or illness, by handing out deep pink roses to that individual’s  closest family member, which they took down to the beach to toss out to sea. The emotion in watching family honoring those gone before was tangible.

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They also honored the Scottish heritage they both share with a tartan handfasting, a cultural tradition dating back to the Pagan Celts that has been adapted for Christian ceremonies over the centuries. Lawrence also bestowed a sash in his own Stewart family tartan upon Juliann to initiate her into his family clan.

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Juliann and Lawrence’s wedding ceremony is a perfect example of how you can include your family and culture in your special day. Diane Kolanović-Šolaja from Dee Kay Events said, “From having Grandma’s pecan pie at the dessert table or having henna delicately painted onto your hands, your culture is your heart. Celebrate it!” There are ways to incorporate family and cultural traditions that will connect you as a couple to the guests joining you on your wedding day.

An article from Bridal Guide details ideas to include cultural traditions in your special day, but they first offered this advice: “Stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to make cultural customs your own. ‘With some thought and planning, you can give even the most traditional cultural elements a modern twist,’ says Cathy O’Connell from Celebrations of Joy. Tonia Adleta from Aribella Events advises combining different sensory elements, such as interactive food stations and a steel drum band or a bagpiper, to create an experience that guests are unlikely ever to forget.”

Explore what your heritage has to offer in wedding traditions. Jewish weddings traditionally include a chuppah, a canopy meant to provide sanctuary from evil spirits, and represents the couple’s home together. In France, instead of wedding cake, the traditional wedding dessert is croquembouche, which is essentially cream puffs stacked into a conical pyramid shape and emphasized with spun sugar. Brides from many cultures wore colors other than white – various Asian cultures wear red or another bright color, Irish brides traditionally wore blue. Also in Ireland, the traditional wedding ring is a claddagh ring, with symbolism that represents friendship, loyalty, and love. (You can find more traditions here at Business Insider and Bridal Guide.)

Something that everyone at your wedding can appreciate is a family favorite dessert. It can be a sentimental touch to include your family by inviting them to add to your menu. Ask an aunt to make her famous cookies, or a mom to whip up her special lemon bars. Include a little card with the dessert that details what it is and who made it.

If you have a relative with special, professional talents, consider asking them to contribute their gifts. An example could be a cousin or sibling with musical talents performing on your wedding day.

(For more ideas, check out the article from Pop Sugar.)

You may also consider what your options are for the officiant of your wedding. Maybe a close, long-time friend from church would be willing; maybe someone close to you is a judge and could perform a courthouse wedding; or maybe even a family member who has the authority could marry you. It may depend on your religious/civil preferences and options, but don’t discount the idea.

Your culture, your family – the things that have shaped who you are – can be an essential and sentimental part of starting a new life with someone. Don’t forget to include them when beginning a new life with the person you love.

Juliann and Lawrence have now been happily married for nearly 5 years, and they’ve added two young sons to their family who will carry their family history with them the rest of their lives – who would’ve thought that it would have all started on a dating site?

 

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Project 7 Web Page

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  1. Description: This is a web page I created to showcase the logo I created two weeks ago.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I used TextWrangler as my code editing program. I learned and used HTML and CSS coding to create the webpage. I used basic HTML tags including <br>, <h1>, <h3>, <ul>, <body>, <p>, and <div> to organize the text and provide adequate negative space. I used CSS to add an appropriate background image, add color and transparency, and to manipulate my fonts. CSS also allowed me to manipulate the spacing of the margins and padding. One of the challenges was figuring out how how to coordinate the <div> tag to manipulate the transparency to be different under the logo vs. the body copy.
  3. Message: I wanted to manipulate the image and color scheme the most to communicate the sweet, creative message I tried to convey with my logo.
  4. Audience: These design choices, color scheme, font, images, all appeal most to a young female audience.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned a lot about coordinating CSS and HTML so they can work together.
  6. Color scheme and color hex(s): Loosely triadic, red/blue/yellow interpreted by pink/teal/ivory. Pink:#CD9E9B, Teal: #71A9A8, Ivory: rgba(254, 240, 225)
  7. Title Font Families & Category: Ribeye Marrow, decorative
  8. Copy Font Families & Category: Slabo 27px, slab serif
  9. Changes made to the CSS: I changed the colors, fonts, shape and size of the text box, added a background image, added transparency to the text box background, added two notes, and coordinated the <div> to separate the level of transparency in the header vs. body.
  10. Word Count: 487

Project 6 Stationery

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  1. Description: This is a layout for a business card and stationery designed for my mother’s personal cake decorating business.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): I used Adobe Illustrator to create the logo used on both projects. Then I used Adobe InDesign to create the layouts. It was a challenge to change and adjust between the two programs, especially when trying to work with the same colors. I invested a lot of time into revising my project. I worked really hard on alignment and adding necessary information that would be consistent on both the card and stationery. I also worked really hard on simplifying my design. Originally the cake had more lines, and the flagged banner was only an added design element on the stationery, but I was able to bring out the company name more by using the flagged banner in the logo.
  3. Message: This is designed to communicate a fun, cute, creative and professional small business. It’s very simple, which expresses a refinement in design for this particular wedding cake decorator.
  4. Audience: This is a design for a younger, more modern audience, between 19 and 30.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned a lot about alignment and simplicity, as well as gestalt, in order to tie all the details into one cohesive package.
  6. Color scheme and color names: A loose triadic color scheme of “red, blue, yellow” interpreted into pink, teal, and ivory/buff.
  7. Title Font Name & Category: DK Douceur, Decorative
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Slabo 27px, Slab Serif

 

Project 5 Logo

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Description: This is a logo project for a floral shop in my hometown.

  • Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): For this project, I started with several sketches and ideas. I used Adobe Illustrator to bring to life 3 of my sketches. My final design ended up mixing ideas from a couple of designs. I decided to use a lot of repetition of flowers, vines and leaves, and made it feel very organic in rhythm. This brings visual attention to frame the name of the store. I tried to make it equally modern and traditional to appeal to a younger audience while maintaining the older customers.
  • Message: This is to advertise Rexburg Floral as a more modern florist – a revival of their dated logo. The organic flowers and vines balanced with the contrasting typography attempts to reach the older customers and a newer, younger consumer.
  • Audience: The floral pattern and script reach to the older generation, but more youthful color scheme and typography reaches to the younger adult audience.
  • Top Thing Learned: I learned about communicating to a new audience, picking legible typography, and how you can create a design using a hybrid of ideas.
  • Color Scheme and Color Names: Analogous – green, teal, and blue
  • Title / Body Font Names & Categories: ATO Bondoluo Peek, sans serif / LillyBelle, script

 

 

Lea and the Dress Timeline

Lea and Johnathan met in January at a game night with friends. A week later Johnathan took Lea to a country dance and asked her to be his girlfriend. By April, they knew they wanted to get married and Johnathan proposed. What followed afterwards was not anticipated by either of them.
Lea and Johnathan ended up remaining engaged for two years after the initial proposal. For one reason or another the date kept getting pushed back – but they both knew one thing – nlea and johnathan 6o matter what, they wanted to be sealed for time and all eternity in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple. Planning a wedding became a struggle, because they had 4 working wedding dates in the two-year engagement period. When they finally settled on August 28, 2015, they still had the challenge of planning a wedding from three different locations – Lea and Johnathan were finishing their current semester of school in Wyoming, Lea’s mom and sister were planning the reception with Lea’s long-distance guidance in Idaho, and the temple sealing itself would take place in the Bountiful, Utah LDS temple.

The reception took place in her grandmother’s garden in Idaho the day after the ceremony. The family went to work setting up tables with white tablecloths set with glass dishes filled with red, blue, and silver pebbles. They used red and blue balloons to add whimsy and color.

Lea bought her wedding dress early into the engagement, but over the two years, she didn’t regularly try it on again to assure the fit and style – which became a challenge the week of the wedding when her weight had fluctuated enough that the dress did not fit. Lea’s mom worked quickly to let out the panel for the corset back, but with all the stress of the wedding details to be organized, the dress could have been one less thing to worry about.

Getting the wedding gown is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. There are so many things to think about – style, cost, venue, season – when purchasing a gown. Many brides have a vision of what they want to look like on their wedding day. But purchasing a gown can be a challenging step for long or short engagements.

In the case of long engagements, a bride needs to keep in mind what Lea experienced – the human body changes, and regular fittings are important to assure the dress will fit. In most cases, a bride should not order a wedding dress more than a year ahead of the day, according to Bridal Guide’s article “10 Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping.”

“It’s important to have the rest of your wedding details in place before you can truly shop for a gown, since many factors can influence the style of the dress. Consider your venue: ‘An ornate gown with tons of embellishments and a sizeable train might look stunning in a ballroom but completely out of place at a beachfront ceremony,’ said Tolu Ogbechie, one of our real bride bloggers. Also, the colors you choose for your bridesmaids and décor can influence whether you choose white or an off-white shade” (Bridal Guide).

A specific vision for your wedding when you go to buy the gown at the right time, and getting regular fittings will be the saving grace for a long engagement.

On the other hand, in the case of a short engagement, you really need to act quickly to get the dress. “Traditionally, a wedding dress must be ordered at least six months before a wedding… However, for the bride short-on-time, there are other alternatives” (About.com – Weddings).

Tali Gallo, a blogger for Solutions Bridal Designer House planned her wedding in five months, and assures her readers, “Five months is enough time to order a wedding dress. There is no need to panic, but my advice is to act quick. The more time you give the seamstress the better.” For three months or less, however, a bride most likely will have to compromise and purchase a gown alternatively to the traditional method.

Sample sales will have gowns you can purchase off the rack, dry-clean, and have altered quickly, but some stores’ samples will be limited in size and number – so getting “the one” is a slightly higher task. A bride should also be aware that samples have been tried on, and are bought as-is, so they have to pay special attention to any defects, like stains or rips in the fabric, because fixing these problems will add to the already costly bill.

Other options to consider: “Visit a large bridal emporium like David’s Bridal, where they have a wide range of sizes in stock, ready to be worn. Consider using a dress not intended to be a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress, including prom dresses. Also, JCrew now carries a line of dresses suitable for brides and bridesmaids looking for a relaxed style” (About.com – Weddings).

Whether you’re getting married in 3 months or 12, the dress is an important decision. Maybe it’s an overwhelming decision and process for you as a bride – but do not fear! There are so many resources for you to refer to. The Knot has a great article that breaks down a timeline just for the dress. Martha Stewart Weddings has 18 great tips for wedding dress shopping. And, always, have fun – enjoy looking at photos of gowns, enjoy trying on the dreamy dresses; make the process of planning and making decisions an opportunity to be creative and unique to you and your style. Your wedding is your story – tell it your way.

 

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Photo from Unsplash.com

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Project 4 Montage

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  1. Description: This is a project created using photoshop to mask and blend images into one cohesive message.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, Steps taken while designing): I pulled photos off the internet from unsplash.com, Pinterest, and Google search and brought each of them into Photoshop. I started with the starry sky as my background, and I tried masking in two different landscapes, but this one had a better angle and more detail. I changed the lightness and saturation of the landscape so it would blend better into a night scene. I used the overlay setting in Photoshop to create a double exposure of the girl and a sunrise/sunset sky background. I masked her into the scene and then I masked in the picture of Jesus Christ and blended him into the sky with the brush tool. In the original photo he was holding someone’s hand, so I found another picture of the Savior’s hand outstretched and masked/blended that in place of the original. I played with the typography, trying different fonts and locations, but I decided to stay simple and leave more “whitespace” in the sky rather than the ground.
  3. Message: I really wanted to communicate the divinity of the human soul and the divine potential we have to become like our Savior Jesus Christ and God the Father. I wanted to communicate the light from within the girl and connect her to the lights in the heavens as symbolism of her exalted destiny. This is possible through Jesus Christ, and so it is Him inviting her to take His hand and reach her potential.
  4. Audience: The design elements were chosen for a young adult audience.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned a lot about masking and blending images. I was challenged to really showcase this skill, and adding the picture of the Savior post-critique was a risk and a benefit to me to fulfill the requirements of this project.
  6. Filter / Colorization used and where it was applied: I turned down the lightness and saturation of the landscape (using the Hue/Saturation filter) so it would blend better into a night scene. I also used the overlay setting in Photoshop to create a double exposure of the girl and a sunrise/sunset sky background.
  7. Color scheme and color names: Analogous – violet, red, brick
  8. Title Font Name & Category: Imperator Bronze Small Caps Regular
  9. Copy Font Name & Category: Adam normal
  10. Thumbnails of Images used: 
  11. Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site):

Landscape: unsplash.com

Starry Sky: unsplash.com

Sunrise/Sunset in the clouds: billfrymire.com (from Google search)

“Hand Stretched Out Still”: lds.org

Redhead girl profile: Media Cache/Pinterest

Jesus heals a lame man: lds.net

P3 Photodesign

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  1. Description: This is a photodesign project using photoshop to create a layout featuring my own photography and practicing my typography and color scheme skills.
  2. Process (Programs, Tools, Skills, FOCUS principles): I used a Nikon camera to take the photo, then used Photoshop to edit and enhance the photo. I started my first draft as a full-bleed of the photo and the quote aligned down the right side, but that was hard to read and felt crowded. Then during my critiques we thought it would be effective to change the layout to a landscape so I would have more space for design elements. That helped the flow and rhythm and balance between the photo and the quote. I tried to add the flowers and leaves as repetition from the photo. It was hardest to balance color values for this color scheme.
  3. Message: I wanted to communicate the natural beauty and connection we have with people, regardless of what they own in possessions, because that is something I associate with the subject of my photo, who is a close personal friend.
  4. Audience: My audience would be a youthful, young adult audience who may relate to the message of my design.
  5. Top Thing Learned: I learned that sometimes you have to think outside of the box. I was confining myself to a full-bleed photo with overlaid typography, but by turning it horizontal I was able to use more space to design. I also learned a lot from using this color scheme, because I had to balance the color values so the combination didn’t look like “Barney.”
  6. Color scheme and color names: I used a split complementary color scheme of violet, green, and yellow.
  7. Title Font Name & Category: Frenchpress, sans serif
  8. Copy Font Name & Category: Daydreamer, script
  9. Thumbnail of original, unedited image insertedDSC_0155
  10. Date and location you took the photo(s): Photo was taken Tues. May 17, 2015 in Rexburg outside of the Presbyterian church on College Ave.