Design Thinking an Idea to Help End Human Trafficking
A few semesters ago I took a class on Design Thinking. For those of you who don’t know what that is it is a different way to go about solving a problem. The idea is to used human centered design to help solve a problem. You follow steps to help you reach a solution
- Empathy (understanding the problem from every angle)
- Define (based off of your knowledge you define what the problem is)
- Ideate (you come up with solutions to your defined problem)
- Prototype (come up with an smaple/example of your idea)
- Test (go test your prototype and see how it works out)
By laying it out in this manner it sounds easy but sometimes you have to repeat steps. It’s quite the process. Anyways my group went through this whole process and the idea I came up with, that the group ended up going with was to put the human trafficking hotline number onto bobby pins. We would have these bobby pins available for free in public restrooms, and we would have posters explaining what we were doing on the inside of the stall doors so victims would have the opportunity to read them.
The reason we went with bobby pins is because they are small, easy to hide, and are completely useful (especially if you need to pick a lock). Now we didn’t completely figure out all the logistics behind how we would pay for the bobby pins but I felt like this idea was too good not to share.
Anyways, I designed the prototype photos and posters and here they are. I did not take any of the photos posted. I did edit the photos shown.
Making a Skeuomorphic Swatch
This was quite the project, but I’m excited to share with you what I’ve made! In order to get started I had to pick a watch, and I picked St. Catherine Point Swatch from 1988. I love this watch because I really like the colors, the design, and I’ve been obsessed with Swatches for a while. Anyways, once I picked my swatch it was time to sketch. Once I felt comfortable with my watch it was time to take it to illustrator.
Say Hello to the beginning of my swatch:
Once I had the basic shapes I began making the swatch look “photo realistic”. I started with the yellow band at the top.
I then went on to add in other parts of the watch including the buckle, and watch face. I also tried to add some shading to the bottom yellow chunk as well.
All of the images above were made the first week. The rest of these photos were done the second week. Anyways, my focus became making the watch look photo realistic, or in other words skeuomorphic. I visited with Brother Kerr and he gave me some great tips on how to fix the buckle, and watch face. Which then brought me to this.
I then thought that this needed some shadow and that would make it look realistic. So I I created shadow, and then posted it for my peers to review, because I thought this was pretty good.
After I posted it I got some feedback and realized that I wasn’t done. I fixed the shadows, added a texture to the background to make it look more realistic, and then fixed my highlights to make them look less blue.
Here’s the original Swatch, my vector, and the paths to prove this is a vector.
I originally posted this at http://vectorpaths.com/st-catherine-point-swatch/
Vector Icons of Items used for Swimming
I decided to create icons of something that I love, and that is swimming! I did competitive swim for all four years of high school. It was a big part of my life and is still one of my favorite activities.
The very first thing I did for this project was come up with a list of all the items I used to swim, or were found in my swim bag. After I wrote that list down I picked the twelve most important items, then I sketched six of them.
Once I figured out what I was drawing it was time to draw them on the computer. I struggled at first because I am new to Adobe Illustrator, but after many many failed attempts I came up with these lovely icons.
As you can they are a little rough. Especially, that Speedo backpack. If you have never seen a speedo backpack just know that they are a weird shape and when you see one from the front they are very “frumpy” and not easy to draw. Click here to see what I’m talking about.
Anyways, I kept drawing and added a few more items. I was too overwhelmed to fix the backpack.
I finished drawing all twelve and then I went back and fixed a few problems. This included the colors, the arrangement of the items. I then realized there were problems I didn’t know how to fix, as in the backpack, the towel, and the fins. So I went to my professor Cory Kerr to ask for help. He gave me some great advice, and I knew what I needed to do. He told me to add shadow to my icons, and I think it helped. I also came to the conclusion that I couldn’t draw the backpack so I decided to change it to a speedo instead.
Overall I’m really pleased with how these turned out! It was hard work but now I know how to use most of the tools in Illustrator. For all of you non competitive swimmers out there these are Fins, Kick Board, Shampoo & Conditioner, Towel, Hand Paddles, Pull Buoy, Womens Competition Swimsuit, Water bottle, Flip Flops, Swim Cap, Goggles, and a Speedo.
I originally posted this at http://vectorpaths.com/swim-gear-icon-set/
A fun way to showcase your work
Hello! I am Lauren Wagner and I am a junior here at Brigham Young University-Idaho. I am studying communication and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love photography and graphic design and this degree is a combination of that. Communications is also great because there are endless possibilities, and it allows me to push myself.
For my resume handout I decided to create a note. It folds up small and is easy to pass along. I learned how to fold this when I was in middle school so I am happy that something useful came from those years. I was actually surprised at how complicated the design of this was. The process began with a blank piece of paper. I then colored and marked it to figure out what folded parts show when the page was laid flat. Then I had to figure out the shapes in InDesign. After a few rough drafts I am pleased to present my final product to you. If you like what you see please feel free to contact me. I would love to create something for you.
So the last three months I have been in a professional imaging class (COMM 316) taught by the wonderful Caryn Esplin. I have grown so much as a photographer. This class has allowed me to try all kinds of photography. It has also allowed me to learn about the different types of external lighting and what not in photography. Before taking this class I knew I liked macro photography, but I discovered that I also enjoy product photography as well. I also was not a big fan of portraits, but this class made me change my mind.
Honestly, I love learning new things, and that is the beauty of photography. There is always something new to learn or to try. This is why photography will be a lifelong passion of mine. So I would now like to present my top ten images from the last 3 months.