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Write a blog post that embeds at least three photos of different design elements you were able to identify. Include a summary of the elements and what makes them effective, or what may have made them better. Sometimes we can learn just as much from badly designs as we can from good ones! So feel free to include bad design implementations as examples to avoid.

This past weekend I went to New Bern, NC to see my niece for her birthday and knew I would have time to take some shots of NC to represent some of the design elements. So I printed out the topics and made sure I had it handy when I saw something that caught my eye. I took two friends with me so we end up going to Tryon Palace. As luck would have it the gardens were open and free to the public so here is my choice for symmetry.

Front of Tryon Palace

Front of Tryon Palace

Notice the main building of the palace is balanced but also the two wings (stables) that are on either side of the building also match with the white covered walk ways that connect to main building. So you have a perfectly balanced (minus the tree in the way) structure that is balanced on either side. It is really hits the mark in the windows, structures, and landscape being balanced, even the same number of chimney.

Next, I thought I the back of the building really had “minimalism & use of space” represented. The large open yard contrasts with the grand entrance. It is very minimal and not a lot of structures to speak of from the back. The yard just opens up and stretches all the way to the water. It is just very simple and would be great for events etc.

Back of Tryon Palace

Back of Tryon Palace

The last design element is typography but this came from my trip to Raleigh on Saturday night and Sunday. I took my friends to the Krispy Kreme I always went to in college 15 years ago.

Krispy Kreme Building in Raleigh

Krispy Kreme Building in Raleigh


The logo on the building caught my eye and actually shows a lot of other design items but first and foremost it is the font they choose. It is very stylized and strong but placed inside a simple graphical representation of their hat. The use of the K for Krispy and Kreme also adds to the great marketing and font use. The long sweeping line that carries from the K draws your eye across the rest of the words and makes it seem very symmetric. Also the other design element is the simple colors they use and minimal clutter. So right there that is like three or four I counted and this is an instantly recognizable logo/font/sign win for them. Not to mention I love their donuts and they have a cult following.

I hope you all enjoy the safari as much as I did. Oh! Before I go this was my fourth choice for an image but went with the other three. This one would be for balance and symetry again. Just for fun here it is photo from my trip but composed by the bars and garden in the background.

Garden Tryon Palace

Garden Tryon Palace

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Albert Einstein on vacation

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

My second assignment from the bank of items was thinking about what Albert Einstein might look like if he did a selfie with a black hole behind him. Thinking he had a spaceship and wanted to visit one of his theories in real life was fun. I found some images of Albert and a black hole on the web and combined them in Photoshop. I took the black hole image as my background and crop/deleted the extra background behind Albert then super imposed them on top of each other. I left both as a layer so I could continue to crop and erase elements until it was believable. Here are the results. I hope you like it!

Albert on vacation

Albert on vacation

Focus on the yellow lab

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

Color Splash

I used the app on my iphone called Color Splash that others have used to post great photos to Instagram or facebook. It really makes highlighting a color simple. I started to use photoshop and then realized I had that simple app that would make my life so much easier!
So here is an image of Bo (Yellow lab) and his owner (my best friend) April. The thought of having an image that just showed the yellow of his fur kind of made me smile since he is also a yellow lab. So to erase all color minus yellow was fun. Not only that but this dog is the joy of my friend’s life and this dog has gotten her through a lot. So how fun to take something so joyful in her life and highlight it through color. I took this photo back in October when I first visited so he was only a month old maybe. He is a lot bigger now but still a joy none-the-less.
Once I had the photo in mind the app lets you use your finger to un-gray an object of your choice.
Here are the results:

Color Splash Bo

Color Splash Bo

Escape your urban life

Take a turn at the Five Card Flickr Stories site; generate your own story. Copy the code to put the story in your own site.

What a fun assignment making a story out of 5 photos.

My story describes escaping from your urban enviornment. I liked how it actually worked out as I picked photos. I hope you enjoy it!


Five Card Story: Breaking out of your urban life.

a Five Card Flickr story created by Claytondc


flickr photo by Serenae


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by bionicteaching


flickr photo by bionicteaching

When ever you feel locked into your urban environment take time to escape by motor, the backdoor, a window, or a door. But be careful because there are pitfalls in the shadows.


I was a little worried when the first five photos showed up but I was drawn to the rusted lock. Those types of items that have history always draw my attention. The other photos all had at least one that was urban and found in the city. So by the time I got to the second photo I was thinking this story is about your urban environment and maybe how you can escape. My story had a spine and it would go something like this:
Once upon a time there was a boy that wanted to escape his urban life. Every day, there was a lock on the gate and he could not escape. Every day, he dreamed of hoping on his bike and escaping. One day he realized he could go out the back door or a window. Because of that, door he was able to escape. Until finally he found freedom.

Come on an urban journey with me

Carve out a time and place to try the photo scavenger hunt; write a blog post that includes a gallery of your images, and some thoughts on the experience. The photoblitz assignment was a good test of my imagination for sure! I decided to use my house as the subject for my photos and see […]

The Swann (Street) Never Looked Better

Pick at least two tips from these resources and try them out with your camera, just seeing how they change the way you take photos. Write a blog post that not only includes at least three of your own photos, explain how you applied the tips you learned.

I must admit I always wondered about the grid lines on the iphone when you were taking a photo and why you would ever want to turn them on. Now after reading about all these photo techniques and especially the “Rule of Thirds” you get to know why. So this project was very fun and I must admit that I love my street I live on in DC so I did not have to venture far to take all these photos. I have tons of photos in different seasons looking down my street. Here is a look at my street using some of the techniques we were taught. Oh and for the record I see tons of people taking photos on my street during fall since the gingko trees turn a bright yellow!

Rule of Thirds:
For this technique of dividing your image into grid lines I used the corner of 14 and Swann as my subject. I lined up the windows and Ted’s Bulletin to take up the right third of the screen and the light pole also helped show the other line that is mostly empty. The line of shops at the bottom help form the lower horizontal line. Overall I think this is a good image showing the new parts of 14th with the older parts in the background.

Ted's Bulletin on 14th Street

Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street

Close Up:
One of the best features of DC houses can be the wrought iron stairs around my area. The designs and detail can be overlooked unless you lean in and really take it all in. That’s what I did for this image and got in real close to show the detail. This could also be a forced perspective shot since the descending stairs behind it also caught your eye. Also the curves of the iron away from the main end point is also interesting to me. The building was built in 1917 and the iron is original so that history piece is also interesting as you think how many folks have walked past it and the change the iron has seen in this area of the city.

Iron Work on Swann St

Iron Work on Swann St

Leading/Diagonal Lines:
I have taken this shot a million times in the last seven years I have lived in my condo but I can never get tired of it. Here I was using the leading lines and diagonal feature of the houses to draw your eyes towards the back of the shot. The colors help to draw you in and you just follow to the end. That happens on both the left and right side. The trees in the middle help to contrast and also look like a grid but this was more about the lines leading you towards the center.

Looking down Swann St

Looking down Swann St

Pattern:
Here is the newer part of my building and the stairs that were built in 2007. I was thinking what a great pattern and how it might change the look and feel of my street looking through them. So this is a combination of a pattern (the diagonal lines crisscrossing) and a forced perspective. You also cannot help but notice the other pattern behind it where you see the crisscross from a little further back that is nested inside the other crisscross. So I had a lot of fun with this shot and had to sit down on the stairs and really get down to take it. I am glad no one came out of the building while I was taking it.

Iron Stairs looking down Swann St

Iron Stairs looking down Swann St