This week was rather difficult since I’ve been in London (and still am). I’ve had limited internet access and when I have been able to get on the internet, it’s been rather slow. But I was able to finish everything thankfully. The taxes and licenses has been the most confusing thing to learn about. I’m still struggling with grasping everything and need to do more research to make sure I am doing everything right. The discussion boards have helped and I’m hoping there will be more posts.
I have been working hard to get ahead this week as I’m going to be traveling to London and will be there all of next week. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find some Wifi while there, but since I’m unsure of how that will work out, I’m trying to accomplish as much as I can beforehand.
I have learned a lot with the assignments this week. Looking at other sites really helped me to get a better idea at what I should include for my website. And I’m glad we had the discussion on credit card processing company because I really don’t have any experience picking one. I have used PayPal and briefly used Square for an event I was selling stuff at, but other than that, I haven’t researched any companies thoroughly. The discussion board really helped me to figure out what I needed to evaluate when looking for a company.
This week was a little harder than the previous ones. I don’t know if it was just because of other stressful things going on in my life or the actually course work. I had a hard time finding a host that fits my needs. With a lot of hosting sites you have to pick a more expensive plan if you have an ecommerce store. That’s why I eventually just decided to go with Wix. It’s not the most affordable plan out there, but it does have the advantage of having everything in one place. The thing I did enjoy this week was working on putting my website together. It has been a lot of fun to play around with the design and customize it to what I need. Hopefully I have an easier time next week with the assignments. I’m sure I will keep enjoying the class since I’ll be continuing working on my website.
This week I learned a few new things. I had never before given much thought to the process of finding a supplier or how to evaluate which one to be best. I also learned about drop shipping which is something I didn’t know about before.
I’ve really appreciated the format of the discussion boards. I feel like I’m getting more out of them than I have in any other class. The discussion actually provides good discussion (rather than people stringing random sentences together to get a good grade) and it helps me to think through things and get new ideas on how to approach the business cases or simply understand a concept better.
This week I also started working on Project 1 and it got me excited about developing my business further. It’s interesting what you can learn by searching keywords on Google AdWords. I can’t wait to see what comes of next week.
This week was a great learning experience. Reading both business cases helped me to see some of the different considerations of starting a business that I hadn’t considered before. I also learned a lot about Google AdWords. I have never used Google AdWords before and think this will be a very beneficial skill to have for more than just this class. I’m excited to use it more as we start Project 1 so I will be more proficient in using it. It’s also been fun to start brainstorming ideas. I’ve already noticed myself analyzing the ideas I come up differently because of what we have learned in the past week. It will be a neat experience to develop an idea to a running business, and it will also be fun to see what my classmates decide on and develop. Hopefully next week goes just as smoothly as this week has gone.
- Project Corrections / Time Spent: I spent about two hours on making changes. I changed the cropping of my photo on the imaging project. Before, the focus of the photo was in the middle third. I adjusted the photo so the focus is now in the first third. My next change was on the montage project. I swapped the two overlaying photos. I feel like this flows better. I also faded the edges more. The last thing that I did, was go through all the project descriptions and change them to better fit into the portfolio.
- Message: That I know how to design projects using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
- Audience: Potential clients and employers.
- Top Thing Learned: How to use a master page in InDesign.
- Future Application of Visual Media: I will apply what I have leanred in this class in future school work and also using it for personal things such as my lifestyle blog I run.
- Color Scheme: Analogous and Color Names: Purple, Violet, Red
- Title Font Name & Category: Aparaijita – Serifs
- Copy Font Name & Category: Intro – Sans Serifs
- Thumbnails of Images Used: None used.
- Sources (Links to images on original websites / with title of site): N/A
Description: A two-sided offset folding brochure.
Process (Programs, Tools, Skills): First, I created a logo in Illustrator. I decided to keep it simple. With the pen tool, I created leaves on the end of the “t” on Sprout.
I then set up a document in Adobe InDesign to form an offset brochure. I added the logo on the front page and added a photo I found of brussel sprouts.
On the inside I added three more photos and added the text. I used the text wrap tool to make the text wrap around the photo on left hand side of the page at the top. I first had to take that particular picture and edit it in Photoshop. Using the quick select tool, I removed the background. Once that was completed, I saved it as a jpeg and then I was able to do the text wrap in InDesign.
On the back, I added a clean simple photo and the logo at the bottom of the page.
Message: The message is to inform people of the healthy lifestyle convention.
Audience: Anyone who is seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Top Thing Learned: How to wrap text around an image.
Color Scheme: Monochromatic Color Name: Green
Title Font Name & Category: Arial Bold – Sans Serif
Copy Font Name & Category: Palatino – Serifs
Word Count: 289
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