Final Portfolio- InDesign


Here is my final portfolio for DAD 2 and 4 from InDesign. I just added my newest pieces to the InDesign document I had already made from last year. This saved a lot of time.


Top 50 iPad Apps Article

ABC News’ technology has gathered the top 50 apps in the Apple App Store for those who are new to the iPad phenomenon and they have organized them into different categories. In the reading category, I had no idea that you could buy magazines in the Amazon Kindle app; I just thought you could only use it for reading on the iPad. I surprisingly haven’t heard of a lot of apps in this article. These include Flipboard, News 2360, Instapaper, Pages, Mint, ShowYou, OnLive Desktop, Barefoot Atlas and many others. My favorite app though would have to be Pinterest, which is #3 in the article,  because I love finding new, creative and cool things to pin on my boards (like hairstyles I’m dying to try out!).

Client Animation: Storyboard & Storyline



So I decided to do a flip book for the music video to tell Me Things. It was really difficult to come up with an idea and I hope that this one turns out ok. I just think that this will be very time consuming. But I was thinking of drawing the lyrics out  and have each drawing connect to the other (shown in frame 6). I was also planning on doing this on notebook paper instead of index cards.


My favorite color is blue because my eyes have always been attracted to it. I love people with blue eyes and envy them because I think blue eyes are so pretty, next to green. I also love hanging out at the pool and going to the beach and I associate blue with them because that is usually the color of the water.

Photojournalism with Marcus Yam

Photojournalism is a profession that involves communicating the news through the use of photography. Photojournalists conduct research, explore new possibilities for a story, and interview individuals. They have the ability to manipulate objects, individuals, and/or situations to develop  better effects to illustrate their story. Photojournalists are responsible for purchasing their own equipment and keeping up the the fast-paced improvements with technology.

The average salary for this job is $42,490 per year and the starting salary is usually $37,900 per year. Those starting out as a photojournalist working for a newspaper or magazine will make less, but as they get more experienced, their salary will increase. An interesting fact about the benefits of being a photojournalist is that those who are full time employees for one publication will have a secure health insurance plan. However, those who are freelance workers or self-employed will have to pay health insurance themselves.

To prepare for this job, most photojournalists get a bachelor’s degree in photography and a minor in journalism. If they plan on pursuing a career that works with print and web publications they are encouraged to have an educational background to fully understand journalism. To get hired for the job, photojournalists ideally will have an exceptional experience and skill with photography and are able to edit photos to make them the correct size and color for the editorial. An excellent skill for a photojournalist is to have great people skills  since they will mostly be working with the public. They need to have good communication skills and be professional so that they are sure they are getting the right photos for their current project. Photojournalists spend a ton of time in front of a computer editing their photos for publication. When they are not preparing for publication, they are usually out taking photos. Photojournalists need to be prepared to go in action if they get a call about breaking news. They also need to expect to work long and unwonted hours and need to work in a fast, quick-paced speed. They are required to always be on track with deadlines and communicate with team members to make sure everything and everyone is in sync. Photojournalists also need to be familiar with legal issues in relation to taking and publishing photos.

This career choice is interesting to me because it is a profession that I have not given much thought to and is an interesting way of communicating the news to others around us. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is extremely evident in this line of work. This just goes to show that people do not have to use just words to communicate about an issue or what is happening in the world today.

One specific photojournalist is Marcus Yam. He is a photojournalist for the New York Times. His photographs mainly show the social issues that shape the American experience. These issues include immigration, citizenship, faith, poverty, and many more. He believes that photography is an observation of emotional yet factual truths that can be explained without words or a description. Yam’s photography does exactly this and can be shown through these following photos:

Elements and Principles of Design

The Elements of Design

1. Line- linear marks made by a pencil, pen, or brush

2. Shape- a self contained defined area of geometric or organic form

3. Direction- lines that are horizontal, vertical, or oblique; horizontal lines suggest calmness, stability, and tranquility; vertical lines suggest balance, formality, and alertness; obliques lines suggest movement and action

4. Size- the relationship of the area occupied by one shape to that of another

5. Texture- the surface quality of a shape (rough, smooth, hard, soft, glossy, etc.) and can be visual or physical

6. Color- hues (primary, secondary, tertiary, complimentary, etc.)

7. Value- the lightness or darkness of a color (a.k.a tone)

The Principles of Design

1. Balance- one element not overpowering the other in a painting, drawing, etc.

2. Gradation- the gradual change from dark to light or a warm color to a cool color

3. Repetition- used with variation to make a work interesting; without variation repetition can become monotonous

4. Contrast- the juxtaposition of opposing elements (ex.: opposite colors on the color wheel)

5. Harmony- the visually satisfying effect of combining similar, related elements

6. Dominance- emphasizes one or more elements to give interest

7. Unity- the visual linking of various elements of a work; relating the design elements to the the idea being expressed