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Six words are enough after all

For this week you should complete two ds106 design assignments, each should be posted to your blog, appropriately tagged and categorized.

For my second design assignment I decided to do the Six word memoir idea and really thought long and hard on how I would tell my life’s story if I only had six words. And I decided I would use the following words:
Life = journey. Choose happiness and positivity.
This perfectly sums up how I have lived my life and try to do every day. No one is perfect but it is how I choose to go about every day. I had some other words but kept these. I cheated a little with the equal sign but it counts! I thought about having those words with a person at a fork in the road.

Six Word Memoir

Six Word Memoir

Now here is how that concept came out in an image with text. Unlike the first assignment I knew I wanted to use PowerPoint to create my idea since I am so much more comfortable with it and could do what I had in mind. I blame this on being a consultant and having so much time spent in PowerPoint. I got the text with shadow effect done first. I thought it kind of spoke the reflection of my words on a life time. Also how life mirrors what you think. Next I was starting to create some arrows to show different paths but peeked at the clip art and found something even better with the man and path image. So I went about putting them together and had the text layer on front and the image on back. I like it!

Determination

For this week you should complete two ds106 design assignments, each should be posted to your blog, appropriately tagged and categorized.

For my first design assignment I decided to do the Motivational Poster with one of my old photos I had from my trip Africa. I remember how determined I was to not only raise the money for the charity event but also climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Everything about that trip was life changing and just amazing. I was so glad I did it for my 30th birthday and glad to share it with you now. So here is my motivation poster titled “Determination”.

Motivational Poster - Determinaton

Motivational Poster – Determinaton

The photo was taken at the top of the mountain after hiking for six days through different types of terrain and getting ever higher in altitude. I basically broke down into tears after this photo was taken from the exhaustion and joy of being done. After all the camping, hiking, and just physical/mental endurance it was so great to be done. And truth be told we were at 19,000+ feet (pay attention the next time you fly when you reach that allitude if you have a video screen that tells you) so you are tired from lack of oxygen.
I used photoshop to create this poster and used four layers. I had the black background layer, the image layer, and two layers for the title text and the sentence. I tried to keep with the spirit of the motivational posters you normally see and think it came out well. I think the hardest part for me was the black background (picking color and getting it right) and finding the center tool.

If you ever want to do a life changing event combined with some adventure travel check out Charity Challenge who made it all happen!