CO221: Week 7

For the seventh week of this spring semester, we are required to do Reading 6, which is based on Chapter 10 (pages 134 – 154) of the textbook. I took the following pictures via my phone, capturing each category:

  • Symmetrical:


I am having difficulty distinguishing between symmetrical (centralizing the objects) and asymmetrical (using the rule of thirds) pictures. This photo was taken at a nearby cafe in my neighborhood and has the lion as the center of it. The tables and lamps are what creates the painting of the lion to be in the center and gives it a dynamic.

  • Asymmetrical:


I thought this photo of my friend running is a appropriate example of a asymmetrical photo.  I tried to use the rule of the thirds, which makes me see the contrast between the large and smaller spaces of the image.

  • Shows contrast: 


This picture displays contrast simply through the lighting (and also of the dark and light elements). Contrast often refers to something being different from something else. I actually wanted to put this under “shows influence through lighting” as well, but I decided that it fit well with the contrast.

  • Shows influence through lighting:


The lighting isn’t very obvious in this one – it’s in the buildings. You can see that there are shadows (direct light) coming from the buildings and behind the people. The building with the man on it almost doesn’t seem recognizable, since its color blends in with the sky. I believe that the lighting makes the viewer have a clear understanding of the photo, such as knowing what time it is (near evening) and the season.

  • Vertical: 


I did not only choose this picture because it is in a vertical format, but also because you can feel something when you look at it. The towering buildings, the people in their jackets, the contrasting of the buildings.

  • Horizontal:


I chose this to be under the horizontal category because: the focus is the Darth Vader plush. You can see the other dolls around it, along with the ceiling of the store.

  • Long shot:


Long shots allow enough space for the atmosphere and setting  to be grasped by the viewer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take a photo in the worm’s eye view (camera is placed low) or the bird’s eye view (camera is placed high). In the picture above, I chose to take it from a worm’s eye view. My position and angle really flaunts the building and how tall it is, along with the sky and the shadows of the other buildings around it.

  • Close shot:

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I didn’t take a close shot from the same location I took for the long shot.

However, meet Andy. This is Professor Murray’s (from the Communications Department) dog. He’s a sweetheart and a bit shy.

In the textbook, it said that the most common way to illustrate a close shot is to have the person be in the center of the image. I shot this photo right when Andy was looking at my direction, which, I believe, gives intimacy to the viewer.


Week 6: reading 5

Formatting images are important because you want to attract the receiver’s eyes, like making it look pleasurable to look at. This is also known as “attracting and orienting” (A&O). There are a lot of subjects to take in when formatting an image: symmetry, asymmetry, contrasts, lights, shadows, space, and so much more! There’s a lot of effort and thought being put into these things. Formatting text is also very similar to images — except, I believe that the image is more like the foundation/ground for the text. The text is like the blanket and adds more structure to the overall image.

The text and images are different from the web, television, and to an ad because:

Web: can be replicated, digitally enhanced

Television: has support from audio and often has a narrative, credits

Ad: location, headings, flexibility (such as size)

Within all of these formats, a logo is used by: being recognizable, unique (also refers to it being timeless), be adjustable (referring to it being able to be used in large and small spaces).

Here are a few examples:

Print ad


Online ad

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television ad

CO221: Week 6


(attn: the above image is from, Divergent is one of my favorite books of all-time!)

Hi! This is in response to the forum for Reading 4, which is based on Chapter 13 of the textbook.

These are the questions: When creating your book cover will you use color to attract, create atmosphere, inform, structure, or teach through your design? Why?

I would want to inspire people when they see my book cover. I would like to use color to attract, create atmosphere, inform, structure, and teach others through my design. I want to create a cover that is pleasing to the eye and is intriguing. It makes people want to read on and dive right in.

Based on the classwork we did in photoshop, I got inspired by seeing the work my classmates did and found out what I would like to do for my own book cover. I would like the colors and structure to match with the meaning behind the book cover. The atmosphere would come from the colors I create the book cover in. The overall book cover will inform the reader what it will be about and intrigue them. The structure will come from the book cover’s complexion and completion. I would like to teach others to be creative and inspire them that anything is possible.

CO221: Week 4-5

This is in response to the forum for Reading 3.

Reading 3: Chapters 8 & 9 


(attn: the above image is not mine! it is from studystory @ tumblr)

I tend to use fonts that are similar to my own handwriting – simple, clean, and pleasing to look at. I really like fonts like Helvetica and Sans Serif. I am also fond of Times New Roman because it is readability.

I use visible typography. I would like to also use the contrasting approach for my book cover because I want to experiment with the different options – such as the size, strength, shape, and color contrast – and create something great. I also like how the contrasting approach isn’t restricting. I can be as creative as I want to be.

CO221: Week 4 &5

Viewing 1: Helvetica 


I really enjoyed the 2007 documentary Helvetica. This documentary was directed by Gary Hustwit. I learned how Helvetica came to be as a font that we see everywhere now. I didn’t realize how popular it was used. I didn’t know why people favored this font so much – now i know. On my macbook, I automatically have Helvetica as my default font. I really like how clean it is and how it is easily readable. It is more casual than Times New Roman, which is the font that I use for my essays. As a individual who writes stories, I am picky very with the typographies and fonts that I use. I like to start with a clean page and have a neat font to work with. I really like Helvetica, especially since I now know how much work and effort was put into it. Helvetica is calming to read and see on paper or on screen. I like using it when I write and do assignments! I also began to realize that the Regis College Moodle page is also in Helvetica – but in Neue. In the attachment below, I copied and pasted the Viewing 1 forum into Microsoft Word and it says that it uses Helvetica Neue. For my notepad, the default font is in Helvetica.

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I also noticed that my American Apparel Cities Tote has Helvetica (Bold?) on it as well!


CO221: Week 4: Reading 2

I will be responding to the forum for Reading 2 (on Chapter 2 and 3 from the textbook) here:

An example of dramatic storytelling is:

One time last year, a classmate of mine vented out at me her life problems. I tolerated it, despite having better things to do, and listened to her. I know that people want someone else to listen. She especially didn’t want me to interrupt her venting, because she’ll enforce on what I said. There was one main conflict in her story, which was her issue with her “best” friend, whom betrayed her.

An example of non-dramatic storytelling is when:

My sister vents at me about her work day or whatever is bothering her. She’s the type of individual who likes to have another person’s perspective. I know her well and she always looks out for my opinions, mostly because they are true. However, after I tell her my opinion, she tends to also enforce it and elaborate on it. It helps her think through the problems and not just from her perspective. This type of storytelling involves the participation from the listener as well. Our conversations makes us realize more things about ourselves.

An example of interactive storytelling:

My friend and I often text each other. He’s like my brother, since he respects me for who I am (we are total opposites!) and he listens to my problems, vice versa. Our conversations can be deep and laid-back.

When telling a story, I would be the supplier since i like photography and art/illustrations! I would also like to experiment with the production process as well.

CO221: Week 1-2

CO221: Week 1-2


Hi, there! These are the assignments that my Visual Communications (CO221) did for Weeks 1 through 2! Enjoy these!!

Reading 1: In Visual Communications class, I am very excited about learning various techniques on communicating with others. Such as (based on the two blog posts), the layout of Snapchat, Tumblr, and Instagram. The first article ( explains how cropping an image can have an effect on the real image or story. People give them the good parts (especially when the filters and editing come in handy!). I also want to learn more about how color has an effect on social media websites (this was the topic for my Intro to Communication final group project last semester)!!

Other link: 

Classwork 1: Invisible triangle and Spiral drawing

These both were created using Adobe Illustrator (AI). I had fun creating the Spiral drawing, especially since it was a challenge for me – I wanted the effect to be the same as the original or similar to Professor La Pointe’s example :–) I am quite surprised at my result, because I didn’t know I was good at these types of things. Honestly, half of the time, I just went with the flow.

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Sharing 1:

For class, I shared one of my favorite you tubers. Her name is Casey Ho, and well known for her youtube name, Blogilates. She is a fitness youtuber and owns a website under the same name. I chose to share this because I really, really, really adore the pastel colors she uses on her blog (I am a sucker for pastel colors because they are so aesthetically pleasing to the eye!!). Her use of these colors really want me to be more fit and buy more cute fitness wear.

Visit her blog here and get motivated to work out: