SnapChat 2.0

Living in a world, where selfies and social media go hand in hand, it’s no surprise that apps are popular among all ages. From instagram to snapchat, there are a zillion options to get your inner selfies glowing! For my app re-design I chose to work with snapchat as this is my favorite app for taking pictures and messaging friends! This assignment was both fun and challenging as with all photoshop projects. I added the known snap chatters icons to make the screenshot more accessible for new learners or pros, on the go! I also changed the “our story” to “your city” along with a known icon of the state to help make it easier to understand,  since snapchat uses geo location! By being able to make minot changes I was able to connect better with the app and make a few more New York  friends! thanks to city stories!

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UX Design Fails

From smart houses to biometrics, there is no doubt that technology is taking over planet earth. Remember the days of black and white television and no cellphones? Now we have virtual assistants to organize our lives and cars that start at the press of a button. However, there are still a few items that still don’t quite live up to 21st-century technological advances.

One example of a UX design fail is the Whats App delete message feature. Face it, we’ve all been in the position of accidentally sending messages to someone that wasn’t meant for them but thanks to this WhatsApp feature, we can delete it and pretend it never sent! However, informing the recipient that we’ve deleted the message, kind of defeats the purpose? Prompting the awkward response of ” Why did you delete the message?”

The second example of a UX design fail is the Service feature of the Movit app! Let’s be honest when you live in New York, the idea of a good-running transportation app is a necessity! Whether you’re a workaholic or a college student, no one wants to be stuck on a train mid-way to their destination. This screenshot does feature clearly written text. However, the highlighted blue neon writing tends to clash with the black background making it difficult for the commuter to read, especially at night. The symbols for the trains are also blurry, making it difficult to interpret Yikes!

The third example of a UX design fail is the Subway schedule of the Movit App. Again, I stress the importance for a good transportation app, because face it between long work hours or tons of assignments, the last thing you need is unreliable transportation methods. This screenshot does feature clearly written text, with a bit of contrast. However, it still lacks viability with symbols that help indicate which trains are affected. It also features a neutral color header with white text, that is not only hard to read but is visually dissatisfying for the commuter, creating frustration. 

User Persona Profile

Name: Daphne Singh

Race: Indian-Guyanese

Status: Married (one child, a daughter Lily Romena)

Location: Los Angeles, California

Education:  Bachelors of Fashion Design

Occupation: Stay at home mom

Income: N/A

 

Facts about Daphne

    1. Enjoys taking selfies with her daughter Lily
    2. Loves wearing make-up, especially Fenty beauty and Too-Faced
    3. Enjoys a nice Carbonara paired with a glass of red wine
    4. Highly creative
    5. Keen eye for fabrics and colors
    6. Knowledgable of latest fashion trends, Daphne is a monthly subscriber to Harper Bazaar
    7. Strong sewing skill – Daphne loves designing costumes for daughter, Lily.

Daphne Singh or Daph is a creative taurus, who before having her daughter, Lily earned a bachelors in fashion design and worked for the House of Zoe and Chlo, where she acquired both a sharp business sense and brilliant eye for superb detail. Her goal was to start her own fashion company, the House of Singh. Daphne planned to infuse her Caribbean roots with the artsy fashion style to give new meaning to LA fashion. However, life had different plans for Daph, she fell pregnant, a few months after signing the lease for her new fashion studio. Daphne, decided to settled down with her boy- friend of two years, Derek and become a stay at home mom.

 

Behavior:  Daphne enjoys using the craft ruler, as she is still able to have a little taste of the fashion designer life, whether it’s sketching out designs for play dresses for Lily and her friends or to marking out fabrics for Halloween costumes. Daphne loves that the craft ruler can be used as a teaching aid to explore mathematics with her 5 year old or . Daphne also loves that at the end of a busy day it can be stored easily when she’s on the go with laundry or cooking.IMG_9718.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflection Post!

I remember thinking to myself too many assignments and not enough coffee in the day! Luckily I had Thursday mornings to look forward to because if you get down with the memes then you know its CT 101 class baby. I can honestly say that CT101 was by far my favorite class this semester as it allowed me the freedom of expressing my passion for art to a network of individuals, who shared my thinking!

It feels like only yesterday, I was walking into this class, thinking to myself

Click here https://wp.me/p7rH6k-8vY to read about mine.

 

By the end of the first week, I learned how to publish a post and create content that could relate to my viewers, or as I like to call them my network buddies. For this post, I had to express happiness in relation to the World Wide Web, or The Internet. One of my favorite pieces, I wrote because I got to share my love sweets! The video below was featured in my post!

Click on https://wp.me/p7rH6k-8p3 to read more. But if you thought this was fun! in CT101 we also got to make memes!!! Yes, you heard right! At first, I wasn’t so thrilled because I never really cared for them.

So if you’re interested in how I got hooked on the meme-making magic.
Follow the link below!

So if you’re interested in reading, click here https://wp.me/p7rH6k-8LT

But then things got better! Professor Ryan introduced the Zine Project assignment! and I fell in love with CT 101 all over again. For this project, I was able to use both my Adobe photoshop skills and https://unsplash.com/ to create images to express technology as a powerful tool for communication. Below is one of the three images, I produced for my zine collaboration.
so if you’re interested in how I created this. Click  Zine Collaboration Project!
Oh, I almost forgot! We also got a chance to make an animated portrait in CT101. This project was created using a simple google image, a filter from https://giphy.com/ and Adobe Photoshop!

 

my initial image before all the creative magic!
The end result  
Overall, I really enjoyed creating this project because it allowed me the freedom to truly express my creativity and progress of skills learned in CT101 this semester. The details to this assignment can be found here Animated Photoshop Portraits
Apart from the assignments listed, I also created my own website for CT101 https://chelsearomena.com which features everything that is Chelsea Romena! from college life to my love for traveling! Here are a few of my favorite blogs written A Dandy Adventure Into The World of Photoshop Candy!  Skeleton 2.0  Solar System: The Next Generation  (they can be found in the college category featured on my site). I also wrote about the different places I visited this summer, including Saint Jago de la Vega Cathedral  Rastaman Vibration and Home Sweet Home!
Go ahead and start reading! I promise you won’t be disappointed. However, I am saddened that Ct 101 has come to end. I am going to miss waking up on Thursday mornings, getting to see professor Ryan and making memes with my classmates! but all is not lost, I still have my website which I will continue to be blogging on because as a digital content creator can’t let my network buddies down! So Happy Holidays and cheers to 2020!!
Ps- Professor Ryan I am hoping to see an A+ on degree works for CT101 class because after all the hard work I have put into my assignments and website (detailed in my reflection). I deserve both an A+ and a glass of whiskey on the rocks!

Solar System:The Next Generation

Visual arts is the mantra behind human creativity because, without drawing, sculpting, photography, or painting, the world would be one-dimensional. Each form embodies an artistic purpose using a wide variety of tools and techniques to create one of a kind images. As an artist, I have found that mixed media was my favorite art form I worked with this semester. Today, I will be sharing the Solar System: Next Generation project I did for my Fine Arts 155 class!

First I gathered all my materials, then prepped my work station to begin my project.

Next, I sketched the background and arranged pieces of green-colored paper onto the Earth to create the mosaic effect.

I  continued to arrange the colored paper to build-up the mosaic effect, then used blue acrylic paint to color the Earth’s ocean.

Next, I used a combination of acrylic paint and colored pencils to add detail to my planets.

With the techniques set for the elements, I used my purple and white acrylic paints to color my background and create stars.

Overall, this assignment was one of my favorite projects as I was able to create an innovative art piece using the skills learned from my Fine arts class. So thank you, professor, Daphne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zine Collaboration Project!

Being an artist requires not only learning to sketch or paint. As a studio art minor, it has exposed me to both the physical and digital mediums of art. My favorite project I did this semester for CT101, was the zine collaboration, a project where I could showcase my new skills using Adobe Photoshop! to express technology as a powerful tool for communication.

The first step was to find the images to create the base for my zine collaboration using  https://unsplash.com.

After choosing the images . I created my zine collaboration using a few easy steps! (I will be using image one to demonstate ) 

    1. First, drag the image from the browser onto the desktop.
    2. Launch the Adobe Photoshop application. Click on file then open to set the image inside the application.

3.Select the lasso tool, the thrid tool located on the toolbar by hovering the mouse over the icon,  . Click on the lasso tool to cut any unwanted areas off the image.

4. After cutting, click on https://unsplash.com to find an accent image to complement the piece. The Facebook buttons were perfect!

5. Re-select the lasso tool,   to cut any unwanted areas off the image.

6. Repeat steps 3-4 until desired image is formed.

7. After cutting out the images. Click on photoshop menubar and select File>New

8. Select New> Background content. Set desired background color. I chose Pink.

9. With the background set, I have created the zine collaboration image!

In the end, this assignment was fun for me, especially when using the lasso tool, which gave me more of a free hand movement, when cutting making the process less tedious! Creating beautiful images, I am proud to call my own. (second and third image are linked below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeleton 2.0

Art is about self-expression, from the stroke of a paintbrush to a black and white snapshot of an exciting new city. Artists can create masterpieces that tell their story. As an art studio minor, I am exposed to various techniques from mixed media to mosaic. Today I will be sharing my first independent art project, the mosaic human skeleton.

First I gathered all my materials, then prepped my work station to start the project.

Next, I arranged the pieces of color paper onto the skeleton to create the mosaic effect.

 

I continued to arrange different colors onto the skeletal layers, to build-up the mosaic effect.

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of this project because of its attention to detail and the use of color resulting in a beautiful creation I’m proud to call my own 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animated Photoshop Portraits

I never imagined being an artist, but thanks to professor Ryan I can proudly say that my creative side has taken flight! Today, I will be sharing one of my favorite CT101 projects called the Animated Portrait, using https://giphy.com/ and Adobe Photoshop!

First, I selected a google image (over 2000 pixels) and adjusted the size of the image by clicking on the tool button in the drop-down menu. Next, I selected large in the options.

After setting the image size. I created my animated gif using a few easy steps!

  1. First, drag the image from the browser onto the desktop
  2. Launch the Adobe Photoshop application. Click on file then open to set the image inside the application.
  3. Select the crop tool, the fifth tool located on the toolbar by hovering the mouse over the image, both the crop tool and perspective crop tool   will appear. Click on the crop tool to remove any unwanted areas.
  4. After cropping, click the image tab on the menu bar at the top of your screen. Scroll to the adjustments option then click on the hues and saturation command
  5. Next, adjust the colors of your image either using the hue slider to change the range of colors in the image or the saturation slider to make colors more vivid or dull. Below depicts my play on increased saturation!

6. Click on file, then save as and rename the image as “number two” then convert the frame to a JPED by selecting the option in the drop-down menu below

7. Next, go to https://giphy.com/  and select the create button located on the top of the page. Choose the photo or gif option and select the file named “number two”

8. After the image uploads onto the site, click on the filter button and set the desired filter! Below depicts my use of the bad tv filter.

9. Click on the continue to upload button and add in a source URL, if desired. I will be using https://chelsearomena.com.

10. Once the source is set, click the upload button on https://giphy.com/

11. Congratulations your gif has been created. And can be used for a wide variety of screen displays now!

 

 

A Dandy Adventure Into The World of Photoshop Candy!

Moving into the second half of my computer graphic course,  it was bye-bye illustrator and hello photoshop! Living in the 21st century, we’ve all had a bit of exposure to the use of photoshop whether to edit our Instagram pictures or creating image compositions for online content. Photoshop has played an active role in our social media lives. Being a non-photogenic person, I wasn’t initially thrilled with the idea of using this tool but after learning the basics of compositing images, retouching and color correction, PS has become my new found love in the world of digital content creating.  The first project assigned in this section was to create an imaginary and impossible world.  From the start, I knew I want to create a candy theme world because who wouldn’t want to live in a world that remained them of the Wonka candy factory and secondly for my huge sweet tooth! which I still enjoy guilt-free even with braces lol.

The first step was to find an image to create the base for my candied world using  https://unsplash.com. The macaroons were perfect!

Next, I had to cut out the macaroons and find the right background color to complement my world,  I choose purple.

After cutting out the cookies, it was time to find accent candies that would balance out the image. I choose these heart-shaped lollipops.

With the candies set, my last step was to find people that I could place inside the world to tell the story behind my idea!

In the end, this assignment was a little tricky for me, especially when using the quick selection tool to cut out the pieces for the world. However, I stumbled upon the lasso tool, which gave me more of a free hand moment when cutting making the process less tedious!

Ending in a beautiful creation I’m proud to call my own 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the world of Illustrator!

As the fall semester continues to roll right along with more assignments and not enough coffee in the day. I become flustered with the idea of time-management? Being a semi-creative person, who had the clever idea of minoring in studio art I started feeling like I bit off more than I could really chew?
One class that I struggled to grasp this semester was computer graphics. For starters, I am not a morning person, so the idea of a 9:00 am class didn’t appeal to me. Secondly, going into the unfamiliar world of computer graphics, I really felt out of my element because after only taking environmental sciences courses last semester my brain really got a wake-up call. So imagine how I felt trying to formulate designs, while my classmates were enjoying themselves? Especially when we had to create a robot, avatar, and monster for the first part of the course, oh what joy…yeah right?
But as the week progressed, I became pleasantly surprised at how well I had grasped the techniques of illustrator and was, therefore, able to produce great character designs, ones I’m quite proud of!

Marvin the robot, turned out to be the simplest of the three. Using the shape tool, I created a Christmas theme for him. However, the coolest part was the animation!

Watch Marvin wave here:

animation

Futuristic Chelsea, channels a Jane Jetson vibe. However, she was the most tedious of the three-characters because of her intricate details like her curls, which I created using the brush tool.

Henry the monster was super sweet but still quite tricky to create. The brush tool proved difficult when sketching out his wings. However, Henry’s body and facial features were much easier since they were created primarily with the shape tool.